All the latest goings on, in and around Swindon, in easily-digested little chunks

Farm focal point of photo prizes

Swindon Advertiser:

9:32am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FARM near Swindon will be featured on popular TV show Countryfile on Sunday.

Army pals gather

Swindon Advertiser:

9:29am Wednesday 27th August 2014

LECHLADE: The Swindon Branch of the Women’s Royal Army Corps gets together from 7.30pm today at The Trout Inn, St John’s Bridge, Call 01793 703687.

Babies get busy

Swindon Advertiser:

9:28am Wednesday 27th August 2014

CLYFFE PYPARD: Woodhill Benefice Busy Bees Baby And Toddler group takes place from 1.45pm today at the Clyffe Pypard And Bushton Village Hall, near Royal Wootton Bassett.

School fete fun

Swindon Advertiser:

9:27am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SWINDON: Churchfields Academy will hold its summer fete on September 13 from 10am to 2pm, to celebrate 50 years of the school. Everyone is welcome and there will be activities for all ages. To book a stall call 01793 487286

Wedding fair date

Swindon Advertiser:

9:26am Wednesday 27th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: The Wyvern Theatre’s first wedding fair will be held at the theatre on September 7 from 11am to 5pm. There will be lots of local suppliers on hand to give you inspiration for your big day.

Lot of laughs await you all

Swindon Advertiser:

9:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SWINDON: Chuckles Comedy Club opens its doors to Mandy Knight, Simon Clayton and Alistair Barrie from 7pm tomorrow at MECA, Regent Circus.

Clowning around

Swindon Advertiser:

9:22am Wednesday 27th August 2014

STRATTON: Hobbycraft staff will be clowning around this weekend as they host a circus themed weekend of fundraising at the store at St Margaret’s Retail Park. All funds raised will go to children’s hospice Helen and Douglas House and Naomi House.

Man bailed over ‘assault’

Swindon Advertiser:

9:21am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SWINDON: A man who is accused of assaulting a passenger on a train at Swindon railway station has been released on bail by a judge.

War images talk

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Tuesday 26th August 2014

SWINDON: Capturing Emotion: war photographer Robert Capa – a talk by Ron Bateman – will be held at the Central Library on September 25 from 7.15pm. The co-founder of the Orwell Society presents a collection of images taken by Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War and Second World War, and discusses his work. Tickets are £2.50 (£1.50 library members). Call Colin Curtis 01793 463782.

Magical storytime

Swindon Advertiser:

10:39am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: On Thursday, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii, from the Octonauts, will hold storytime sessions at The Brunel’s magical garden, situated near Cargo homestore. Characters will appear between 11am and 3.30pm. Entry is free.

Call to diabetics

Swindon Advertiser:

10:37am Tuesday 26th August 2014

SHRIVENHAM: Doctors and nurses from Elm Tree Surgery invite you to a diabetes roadshow on September 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Shrivenham Memorial Hall. Meet experts, talk to other diabetics and look at support.

Invitation to have a flu jab

Swindon Advertiser:

10:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

SHRIVENHAM: A flu vaccination clinic will be held at Shrivenham Memorial Hall on October 1 between 2pm and 6.15pm.

Jacklin tees up

Swindon Advertiser:

10:28am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: An evening with Tony Jacklin, hosted by Willie Thorne, will take place at the Wyvern on September 11 from 7.30pm. With perfect timing just a couple of weeks before the Ryder Cup, Tony Jacklin is in Swindon to talk at length about his Major-winning golfing career and Ryder Cup captaincy. The show will also include a Q&A session, a golf swing master-class and a meet and greet. Tickets cost £26. Call 01793 524481.

Heroes play at Brunel

Swindon Advertiser:

10:24am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: The Brunel Centre is to commemorate the centenary of the Great War with Heroes, a play set in a French military retirement home. The September 11 event will begin at 6.30pm in the shopping centre. The comedy, featuring professional actors, tells the story of three First World War veterans who plot their escape from the boredom of the routines of living in a care home.

Call to tenants

Swindon Advertiser:

10:21am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A GROUP which scrutinises Swindon Council’s housing service is looking for new volunteers.

Training offer to social enterprise

Swindon Advertiser:

10:19am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A programme of free training workshops for social enterprises in Wiltshire is being organised by Community First and Silva Social Enterprises.

Deaf urged to help research

Swindon Advertiser:

10:17am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE CHARITY Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is inviting people in Swindon who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus to join the charity’s research panel and help influence its work.

Fully involved

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: Swindon Involved takes place on Saturday from 11.30am at Wharf Green, with live music from The Wire Birds, featuring Jenny Haan, Full On, All Ears Avow, Jimmy Moore, Swindon Lightning Cheer Squad, Ataraxis Vibration and The Damned and The Dirty.

Porkers at pub

Swindon Advertiser:

10:12am Tuesday 26th August 2014

BISHOPSTONE: Pigstock 2014 takes place at The Royal Oak at the weekend with live music, food and drink. Camping on the farm is available for tents and motor homes. There will be toilets and simple showers available. For information email Carolyn@helenbrowningorganics.

Back in business

Swindon Advertiser:

9:56am Tuesday 26th August 2014

SWINDON: The Tesco Extra store in Ocotal Way relaunches today after a re-vamp which has seen a brand new Giraffe restaurant and Harris + Hoole coffee shop added. Deputy Mayor Coun Andrew Bennett and Lesley Bayliss from charity Brighter Futures will be accepting a chequ

Sale in the street

Swindon Advertiser:

9:55am Tuesday 26th August 2014

OLD TOWN: The third annual Old Town Yard Sale will be held on August 31 between noon and 4pm. Houses in Ashford Road, Brunswick Street, Hythe Road, Kent Road, Lansdown Road, Folkestone Road, Maidstone Road, Pembroke Street, Stafford Street and Savernake Street are invited to sell items from gardens. There will be a pamper zone at Savernake Street Social Hall on the day. Email swindon oldtownyardsale@gmail.com.

Judge grants woman bail

Swindon Advertiser:

9:53am Tuesday 26th August 2014

SWINDON: A woman who is accused of carrying out a serious assault on her partner has been released on bail. Lisa Holborow is accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to an alleged incident in Chilton Foliat.

Poppy Cat visits

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Thursday 21st August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: Children’s favourite Poppy Cat will visit The Brunel Shopping Centre between 11am and 3.30pm today for a fun free activity. Visit www.thebrunel.

Get help to buy your new home

Swindon Advertiser:

10:16am Thursday 21st August 2014

HOUSEHUNTERS considering a new home at Taylor Wimpey’s Greenfields on the Ridgeway Farm development could be eligible for the Help To Buy scheme.

Help Samaritans

Swindon Advertiser:

10:12am Thursday 21st August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: Volunteers are being sought to help run the Swindon Samaritans shop, in Curtis Street. Call 01793 537373.

Meet the council

Swindon Advertiser:

10:11am Thursday 21st August 2014

COVINGHAM: The parish council’s next meeting is taking place at Covingham Park Primary School at 7.30pm on September 8.

Tenants can lend a hand

Swindon Advertiser:

10:10am Thursday 21st August 2014

SWINDON: Volunteers are being sought for a Swindon Council group which reviews its housing service.

Pop in to pop-up

Swindon Advertiser:

10:09am Thursday 21st August 2014

OLD TOWN: The next Vintage to the Core pop-up shop event, in aid of local charity Empower, will take place on October 4 and October 5 at The Core, in Devizes Road.

Quiz on bus pass times

Swindon Advertiser:

10:07am Thursday 21st August 2014

COUNTY: A consultation has been launched about possible changes to the Wiltshire Bus Pass scheme. People are being asked to decide whether they would like passes to be restricted for use only after 9am from Monday to Friday, or only after 9.30am.

Invite to a dance class

Swindon Advertiser:

10:06am Thursday 21st August 2014

DANCE classes for adults, young people and children restart after the summer break at Swindon Dance on Monday, September 8.

Don’t miss 999 show

Swindon Advertiser:

10:05am Thursday 21st August 2014

IT IS now just three weeks to until this year's Emergency Services Show, and the organising committee is busy finalising the programme of events.

Car blaze arson fears

Swindon Advertiser:

9:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

CHISELDON: A car was destroyed by fire in what is believed to be an arson attack opposite the farm shop in Chiseldon on Tuesday at 4am. The car is thought to have been a Subaru. Anyone with information on the incident should call police on 101.

Bus was stoned

Swindon Advertiser:

9:49am Thursday 21st August 2014

CHENEY MANOR: Police were called to the roundabout at Cheney Manor Road and Vicarage Road at 7.30pm on Tuesday after reports that a group of six youths aged 14 to 16 were throwing stones at a bus. One of the windows was smashed. Anyone with information on the incident, which is believed to have involved four males and two females, should call police on 101.

Hunt on for next of kin

Swindon Advertiser:

9:48am Thursday 21st August 2014

LIDEN: The Coroner's Office for Wiltshire and Swindon is appealing for the public’s help in locating the next of kin of a man who died last week.

Meet your MP

Swindon Advertiser:

5:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CRICKLADE: North Wiltshire MP James Gray will be holding his next surgery at Hobbes Parlour in the town hall on September 6 from noon to 1pm.

Skating on offer

Swindon Advertiser:

5:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

WEST SWINDON: An open day at the Link Centre on August 30 from 10am to 5pm will give people a chance to try some of the free activities including fitness taster classes, ice skating, climbing, swimming, junior bounce, badminton, table tennis and more. Booking is advised for the fitness classes – call 01793 445566.

Endless curry

Swindon Advertiser:

5:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

PEATMOOR: An all you can eat charity curry night in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance is at the Bombay Lounge, Peatmoor tonight from 5.30pm. Entry is £15 per person. Call 01793 887799.

Two hurt by ambulance

Swindon Advertiser:

5:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CRICKLADE: Two pedestrians were seriously injured when they were hit by an ambulance car responding to an emergency in Cheltenham at the weekend.

Yes to Mac signs

Swindon Advertiser:

10:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

BRIDGEMEAD: Swindon Council has given permission for McDonald’s to erect outdoor signs at their base at Bridgemead Industrial Estate.

Come for lunch

Swindon Advertiser:

10:29am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TOOTHILL: Toothill Lunch Club is open every Wednesday from 12pm at Toothill Community Centre. The cafe serves two-course meals followed by tea or coffee for £3.20. To book a meal call 07944 134915. If you are unable to travel to the community centre, you can request the Wiggle Bus to pick you up from your home. For more details email toothill.bl2013@outlook.com

Fitness linked in

Swindon Advertiser:

10:17am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WEST SWINDON: An open day at the Link Centre on August 30 from 10am to 5pm will give people a chance to try some of the free activities, including fitness taster classes, ice-skating, climbing, swimming, junior bounce, badminton, table tennis and more. Booking is advised for the fitness classes – call 01793 445566.

Get a tree pack

Swindon Advertiser:

10:16am Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNTY: The Woodland Trust has more than 4,000 tree packs to give to schools, community and youth groups in autumn. It is asking people to take part in a tribute to all who gave their lives by creating a growing legacy. Visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/in-your-community.

Did you see this assault?

Swindon Advertiser:

10:15am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: At 2.50am yesterday morning, Wiltshire Police and South West Ambulance Service attended an assault victim in Bridge Street.

Cash for autism

Swindon Advertiser:

10:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNTY: The Government has made £1.2 million of funding available to improve local autism services and increase awareness.

Views sought on bus passes

Swindon Advertiser:

10:12am Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNTY: A consultation has been launched about possible changes to the Wiltshire Bus Pass scheme. The options are to consider changing the scheme so that bus passes may only be used after 9am Monday to Friday and after 9.30am from Monday to Friday.

Cut back hedges

Swindon Advertiser:

10:07am Wednesday 20th August 2014

SOUTH MARSTON: South Marston Parish Council is urging residents to keep their hedges trimmed back from road signs after a number of incidents have been causing safety problems for pedestrians and motorists.

Area loses power

Swindon Advertiser:

10:03am Wednesday 20th August 2014

EASTCOTT: About 100 homes were without electricity on Eastcott Hill yesterday after the power went shortly after 8am. It took engineers a couple of hours to locate the source of the problem to be a faulty underground cable. Southern Electric later apologised for any inconvenience it had caused and thanked people for their patience.

On lookout for beggar

10:02am Wednesday 20th August 2014

ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT: Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Neighbourhood Policing Team have received a number of complaints through partner agencies and during patrols about a man begging.

In pops the cat

Swindon Advertiser:

4:27pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

TOWN CENTRE: Poppy Cat will be at the Brunel Centre on August 21 from 11am to 3.30pm, with a special activity session in the magical garden near to Cargo homestore.

Up pops the shop

Swindon Advertiser:

4:26pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OLD TOWN: The next Vintage to the Core pop-up shop event, in aid of local charity Empower, will take place on October 4 and October 5 at The Core in Devizes Road.



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