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No 398 July 2015

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Selfless youngster asks for diabetes donations


instead of birthday gifts
Phoebe Maddison from North Swindon decided that receiving gifts for
her eleventh birthday in May was
so last year and asked her friends
invited to her birthday disco if they
would make a donation to diabetes
charities JDRF and Diabetes UK.
Phoebe has had juvenile Type 1
diabetes from an early age, and has
been raising money for the charities
for the last five years. Her total is
2,500 from singing at concerts and
taking part in community events.
She is now also a regular performer
at Pop 4 Diabetes which takes place

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10,000.
The eleven year old, from
Groundwell West, leaves St Catherines Primary School in July and
starts at Isambard in September.
Phoebes birthday party disco with
friends at St Catherines and fellow
students at Stagecoach theatre
school raised 310.
Her dad Antony said: It was
such a kind act and Phoebe was
so pleased that her friends helped
raise such a great total for JDRF and
Diabetes UK.
Last October she recorded a song
entitled My Life which has raised
several hundred pounds so far. The
CD is still for sale with all proceeds
going to charity.
Like: Phoebe Maddison on
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her activities in the run-up to World
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Zoha, centre, with Brook Field Chess Club members, former members
and coaches Keith and Fran Williams
A young chessplayer from Brook
Field Primary School in Shaw has
been announced by the English
Chess Federation as the highest
ranked player in her age group, for
which she was awarded 100.
Zoha Ashraf from Peatmoor only
started playing the game at the
Friday after school club a year ago
and has taken the age category by
storm.
Children play matches at tournaments around the country which
is used by the Federation to rank
players.
Mum Duri said: Zoha started
playing chess a year ago with her
father and her older brother who
goes to the Brook Field club. She
won her first match and has really
taken to the game.
We were really surprised and
really pleased when a email from
the chess association arrived.
Zoha said: My dad teaches me at
home. Sometimes I find games quite
easy and some are harder. I dont
win all the games, but I really like
playing chess.
The Brook Field Chess Club was
started 7 years ago by parents Keith
and Fran Williams. Keith said: I

played chess at school and thought


it important to provide a more
cerebral alternative to sport.
Weve had a number of successes.
My son Isaac was selected for the
England Under 11s three years
ago and a former member Aliriza
Gorguu returned to Turkey with
his family and now plays for the
national team.
He added the club has won the
Swindon & Wiltshire primary school
championship several times and
players have gone on to play for
regional teams.

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Celebrating 50 years of community harmony

Salas Khan welcomes the Mayor of Swindon and members of the


towns Pakistani community for the 50 years anniversary
Members of Swindons Pakistani
community were joined by civic
leaders to mark half a century since
the formation of the Swindon Pakistan Welfare Association.
Formed in 1965 when there were
six families of Pakistani heritage in
the town, the charity has developed
into an important welfare and
cultural support organisation which
promotes racial harmony.
It has a particular focus on
children and youth activities with
a programme of after-school
and weekend religious and Urdu
language classes.
Long serving secretary Salas Khan
received Prime Minister Tony Blairs

certificate for community relations


work in the South West and was
awarded the MBE in 2003 for his
work championing equal opportunities for ethnic minorities as well as
the integration of different races in
British society.
At the 50 year celebration at
Freshbrook Community Centre on
7 June, Mr Khan, 75, who lives
in Shaw, said: We have worked
hard to promote peace and racial
harmony in our town. But our
efforts are limited; we urgently
need a social and cultural centre for
Muslims in the Swindon area where
we can support our senior citizens
and educate young people.

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The roar of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be heard over Swindon on Tuesday 15 September to commemorate the seventy-fifth year
when the RAF fought back Nazi aerial bombardment.
Swindon Heritage is coordinating a week of events to mark the anniversary, with particular attention to Swindon pilot Squadron Leader Harold
Starr who was killed in his parachute on 31 August 1940.
The August Link magazine will carry a four page feature prepared by
Swindon Heritage telling Harold Starrs story and the wider role of the
town in the Battle of Britain, including details of events in September.

Soldier receives due recognition 95 years after his death


At a moving ceremony
on 14 June, an official
Commonwealth War
Graves Commission
headstone was unveiled
at the last resting place
of World War I soldier
Herbert Marfleet at Radnor Street cemetery .
There are over 100
graves of military personnel from two world
wars located there.
The headstone was
placed by the commission after several years
research by Swindon historian Mark
Sutton which showed Marfleet died
in 1919 from injuries in conflict.
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Head says 11 year old was a lovely boy


Daniel Climance, 11, who was killed
in a tragic road accident cycling
through Purton on 10 June has been
described by Jo Garton, headteacher
at Bridlewood Primary School, as
the loveliest lad you could ever
meet.
She expressed the deep sorrow
of everybody connected with the
school following his death, adding:
Daniel had been part of our school
at Bridlewood since he was four
years old.
He was a popular, sporty, bright
boy in Year 6, whose height and
deep voice gave the impression that
he was older than his years.
It was such a happy time for our
Year 6 children. SATs were out of
the way and they were rehearsing
for the big end of year production
and generally enjoying the last few

school is pulling together and we


called in additional support to help
all those in our school community
who feel the shock of Daniels loss.
Our hearts are with Daniels
parents at this devastating time.
In a statement released by
Wiltshire Police, Daniels parents
described him as a beautiful,
loving child, with a fantastic sense
of humour, caring and loving with a
wide circle of friends.
He will be sadly missed by his
brothers Robbie, George and Noah,
and all of the extended family.
Daniel Climance
Daniel, who was due to start at
weeks at primary school before they Bradon Forest School in September,
was cycling down the hill in Purton,
move to big school.
accompanied by his father and older
Weve known Daniels family
brother, when he collided with a
for many years because his older
brother attended Bridlewood before road sweeper which was travelling
he started with us. Everybody in the in the direction of Hook.

MS Centre manager Jackie Wray retires


Jackie Wray departed the MS Centre on 17 June after eleven years as
manager, although she and husband

Dave have been volunteers for 22.


Its been an amazing experience
to be part of the positive spirit
amongst the members and
volunteers and to see the
centres services grow to
help our 500 members said
Jackie.
The people of Swindon
have been fantastic in their
support because the therapy
centre has never looked to
the NHS for grant funding.
The highpoint of my career

was moving in 2010 to Bradbury


House at Westmead, topped by the
Queens Award for Voluntary Service
in 2012 to recognise everybody
involved with the therapy centre.
The charity has a new challenge
to raise the money to buy the whole
building. After a holiday Ill be
pleased to come back as a volunteer, if theyre happy to have me.

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Dressability on the move to the West

Dressability volunteers John Spencer, Rose Bond, Helen Sleiman


Dressability, the charity that adapts
clothing for older people and people
with disabilities, is moving to take
up office space on the upper floor of
the MS Therapy Centre in Westlea.
Currently based in Dorcan, the
trustees made the decision not to
renew the lease and make the move
to larger premises. The charity has
grown in the last few years with
social media helping to boost its client base. The new location in West
Swindon will provide the dressmakers and tailors with more elbow
room to work whilst providing a
separate office for administration.
Dressability manager Sharon
Tombs added: This is a fantastic

move for our charity as we have an


excellent relationship with the MS
Therapy Centre. We have adapted
several of their adult oxygen hoods
so that children are able to use
them, making them much more
comfortable to wear.
The move on Saturday 25 July
will take place with Swindon based
business Easymove providing their
services free of charge. Sharon said:
We cant thank Easymove and
their staff enough for their valuable
support. It means we can quikcly
get back to business as usual on the
Monday.
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Housing next to Lydiard Park not clear cut

Charity evening at The Maharajah,


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Two sittings on Tuesday 7 July at
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To book tickets at 15 each, contact
Eunice Salmon on 07947 068 159
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Ladies dance festival


Sunday 12 July, 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Punjabi Community Centre, SN2 8AZ.
Teeyan (Teej) is the womens dance
festival of the Punjab region when
young girls and women celebrate
happiness and the prosperity of
Arthur Johns of architecture practice ALP discussing the development with Steve and Jackie Brown and
married life.
Yvonne Nicholls, centre
Entertainment, traditional Teej food
ship of 89 per cent of the land
The Friends of Lydiard Park,
and music. For tickets mail: punjab- Housing developer Taylor Wimpey
has promised to give the fields to
which the company has owned for
which has protected the interests
ieventclubswindon@hotmail.co.uk
of Lydiard House and the park
or call Mina Bhogal: 07773 267123. the north of Lydiard Park to Lydiard about 30 years.
Tregoze Parish Council and say this
He said: We recognise the first
and assisted with raising funds
will
be
legally
written
into
a
planpresentation
in
November
left
the
for restoration for over 60 years,
Barn dance in aid of
ning agreement, should it be given
key issue of what will happen to the have stated implacable opposition
Prospect Hospice
by Wiltshire Council.
land unclear. Weve had a number
to any housing close to the park.
with Cowshed Ceilidgh Collective
At a second public consultation
of meetings with Lydiard Tregoze
Mike Bowden, the chairman, said:
Saturday 18 July,7pm to 10.30pm
held on 3 June, planning consultant Parish Council who will take
Lydiard Park is a unique local asset
Marlborough Football Club, MarlPeter Lawson said the number of
stewardship of the rest of Taylor
and has a very special place in the
borough SN8 2BG.
houses had been reduced from 50
Wimpeys land holding between the hearts of local people, supported by
park and the existing West Swindon their councillors and Members of
Tickets 9 each from Hilary Fleming to 48. He added the parish council
housing.
Parliament.
01793 813069 or email: hilaryflem- would support the Taylor Wimpey
plan whilst agreeing to take ownerThey recognise there is a balance
South Swindon MP Robert
ing@live.com
to be struck between a small hous- Buckland expressed his regret that
ing development and protection
the developer continues to pursue
of a much larger area of land. Our
their proposal.
agreement will be written into the
It really is deeply disappointing
draft parish neighbourhood plan.
that they are intent on ignoring the
But Lydiard Tregoze Parish Council views of residents and the Friends
clerk Avril Roe indicated that Taylor of Lydiard Park, he said. The house
Wimpey has jumped the gun. The
and park are a jewel in Swindons
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No more chicanery in Haydon Wick

Councillors Oliver Donachie and David Renard at the chicane next to


Morrisons
The frustrations of drivers passing through Haydon Wick should
be eased after the summerwhen
the chicane between Morrisons
supermarket and the Haydon Centre
is removed to ease congestion.
The road was originally built as a
bus only route but this was never
implemented. The current increased
volume of vehicles travelling
between Thames Avenue and
Westfield Way through the chicane
has turned the present single lane
arrangement into a major bottleneck.
Swindon Council ward councillors
David Renard and Oliver Donachie
have unveiled a traffic management
design whereby vehicles will be able
to travel in both directions at the
same time, whilst still being slowed
by a speed table to ensure safety for

pedestrians.
Commenting on the new system
Cllr Renard said: Haydon Wick
Ward councillors have been working
hard for three years to agree a
scheme and secure the necessary
resources to achieve a more efficient use of the road space whilst
maintaining safety for pedestrians.
We are delighted to be delivering
yet another project wanted by local
residents. Cllr Donachie added:
This scheme has been a top priority
for many of the residents of the
ward. For me the most rewarding
projects are those that bring a
benefit to as many people as possible and I am convinced this will
have a positive impact on many of
the road users.
Work should start on changing the
road layout later in June.

Employment charity desperate for space


The members and staff of Swindon
based social enterprise charity
Phoenix have been told they have
until the end of July to leave their
current premises at Westmead
industrial estate in West Swindon.
For 14 years Phoenix Enterprises
has successfully helped a range
of people recovering from mental
health issues, learning and physical
disabilities back into mainstream
employment - but now face the
prospect of closing down if they are
unable to find another workshop
space.

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infrastructure and arguing that this
should be considered an interim
western bypass.
This will require substantial works
to improve traffic flow on Great
Western Way so that traffic queues
are not just moved from one part of
Swindon to another.
The regeneration of Cheney Manor
Industrial Estate with road access to
this bypass is an integral part of the
proposition.
Our joint objectives are to balance
aesthetic, functional, and technical
considerations which ensure good
cycles routes alongside Thamesdown Drive as well as making a
reality the much talked about rapid
transit link from Tadpole Garden
Village to the town centre.
The good news is that there is a
consensus among MPs, councillors and residents groups of the
importance of this project, as
conceived 20 years ago, as well
as further improvements to Great
Western Way.
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TDeX member John Stooke, chair
of Haydon Wick Parish Council,
writes:
Just before Christmas the
Government announced the biggest
upgrade to roads in a generation,
with a 15 billion plan to triple
investment by the end of the
decade.
To obtain a share of this money
to fund the construction of the
link road from Thamesdown Drive
to Great Western Way, Swindon
Council must present a compelling
business case.
TDeX is a consortium of eight
residents groups in North and West
Swindon, who have come together
with the borough council and the
Local Enterprise Partnership to make
the case for investment on the west
side of the town.
This includes extending Thamesdown Drive to Great Western Way
to relieve the congestion on Mead
Way through West Swindon and the
communities in north central areas.
Together with Swindon Borough
Council we are developing a

Phoenix needs around 1,000


square feet to carry out small assembly work and mail sorting, work
that is often too time consuming
for a normal business.
Charity chairperson Emma Rees
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housed Phoenix the property would
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Old instruments wanted in South America


Renowned classical music composer
and conductor Luis Szaran from
Paraguay made another brief visit to
Swindon in May to update friends
on his Sound of the Earth project in
his homeland.
In between touring the world to
conduct top orchestras, Luis runs
Sonidos de la Tierra which provides
musical education to disadvantaged
children and young people.
The project relies on donations of
instruments. In many households
across Swindon there is probably
a musical instrument stored in a
cupboard or the loft, full of memories of learning to play at school, or
perhaps a former hobby.
Speaking through an interpreter
he said: Sonidos de la Tierra is
also about community life; we help
young people gain a skill and build
confidence through playing an
instrument. Music is in our soul and
we use it to bring people together.
He added there is less need for
stringed instruments because there
are local workshops to make them.
But, brass and wind instruments
are wanted. Whatever condition
they are in they can be repaired
before being sent to places where
orchestras are being formed.
Luis said: You would be amazed

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Schools share love of sport

Luis Szaran receiving a bugle from


Amy Fidgett from Coleview in May
what people living in the poorest
situations, in slums or on dumps,
can achieve, making and playing
instruments made from recovered
pipes and bottle tops.
Commenting on his visit to Swindon, Luis said: There are good and
bad people in all parts of the world.
Here I have only found wonderful
people who understand what we
are trying to achieve. We have been
building a cultural bridge between
Swindon and my country.
John Holland collects the instruments to send to Paraguay. He said:
Its amazing what Sonidos de la
Tierra are doing to build communities.
Contact John Holland on 07771
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Molifa Daffeh with Peatmoor pupils ready to launch sports week


Peatmoor Primary School welcomed
back Molifa Daffeh, headteacher
of Pirang School in the Gambia, in
June, following an exchange trip
in April by Peatmoor deputy head
Sarah Adams and colleagues.
The Connecting Classrooms project
funded by the British Council has
been going for three years. Previous
themes focussed on exchanging
information and schoolwork on
how children get to school, planting
gardens in schools and growing food.
In April the Peatmoor staff took
sports equipment to Pirang and
demonstrated how to play rugby
and games with a parachute.
Molifa explained that PE lessons

are often done in the classroom


for lack of resources. Everybody
in Gambia loves football, but our
pupils now spend more time in the
playground learning rugby skills
and the parachute is very good to
include girls and boys of all ages.
Sarah said: We organised Peatmoors annual sports week around
Molifas visit in early June so that
he could see how we use physical
activity in the curriculum to keep fit
and also to learn about food and its
effect on our bodies.
She hopes the schools link will be
able to continue after an assessment report and a further grant
application to the British Council.

Swindon aid workers plea for Nepal


earthquake relief
For two Swindon charity workers
the scenes in the aftermath
of the Nepali earthquake are
heartbreaking.
Rosa and Ian Matheson from
Highworth have raised funds for
the past five years for the Angel
Orphanage in Nepal and are now
calling for people to keep up the
donations as they can get the aid to
where it really matters.
As the worlds media moves on
whole communities only miles from
the capital Kathmandu with no
buildings left standing have still not
received any aid and the monsoon
season is now upon them.
The next few months will be
one big battle for their lives as
families try to survive with no real
shelter or running water, whilst
fighting the risks of disease and
fear of landslides caused by the
earthquakes structural damage.
Ian, who has only just returned
from Nepal, said: We visited
several villages trying to get them
some aid. A lot of the places weve
visited havent seen any aid at all.
Weve been trying to give them as
much help as possible with money
raised especially using corrugated
iron so that they can put together
some sort of temporary shelter to
get them through the monsoon
months which last from now until
September.
It is devastating to see. Weve
got to know these communities very

well and although they are very


resilient they have some very tough
months ahead. Were able to get the
aid directly where it is needed using
our local contacts. We can provide
very real help for them. At the
moment the Nepali Government has
not lifted the 40 per cent import tax
so a lot of the aid from the bigger
organisations is still at the airport
not being used.
The couple are planning a trip in
late September after the monsoons
to help with reconstruction of
homes using earthquake resistent
earth-bag building techniques. They
also want volunteers to join them, if
they can pay their own way.
Rosa said: There is so much that
people need. Any little help will
really make a difference to a lot of
peoples lives.
In the meantime the Mathesons are
not slowing down their fundraising
events. Join them on:
Saturday 4 July, 2.30pm, Brandy
Bush, Brookfield, Highworth for
cream tea in the garden,
Sunday 12 July, Longcot Village
Fair,
Sunday 26 July, 12.30pm, Southerndown, Shrivenham. Jazz on the
Lawn with The All Stars Jazz Band.

Nepalese villagers stand outside the ruins of their homes


that have been reduced to rubble

A temporary shelter erected at a village just outside of


Kathmandu in the aftermath of the recent earthquakes

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Work on Abbey House, an 8 million
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To be opened in mid-2016, the 73
bed home will be run by Milestones
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people with dementia, mental health
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But Swindons growing and ageing
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Trust CEO John Hoskinson said:
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In addition to providing the
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recruitment drive will start later this
year.
Abbey House has been designed
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Link Centre trampoline park on schedule despite objections


Plans to change the Link Centre
sports hall into a trampoline
park are still going ahead despite
objections and calls on Swindon
Council to stop the proposal.
GLL which took over management
of Swindon Council leisure facilities
are to open a 1,200 square metre
trampoline park. It means closure
of the regions largest climbing
wall and relocation of community
recreation groups and activities by
the end of June.
Sports hall users and climbers
started petitions and residents
pressed Swindon councillors at the
West Swindon Forum on 8 June to
explain their position on the closure.
At the forum Shaw councillor
Mary Martin said the borough
council in 2013/2014 had to reduce
the cost of running and subsidising
leisure facilities. We were faced
with closing leisure centres or
finding a way of keeping them
open because they are essential to
communities across the town.
We negotiated a 25 year lease
with GLL which included a 10 year
keep open agreement whereby GLL
took over the 1.5million annual
subsidy for running leisure services.
The are no specific clauses to
keep particular parts of a leisure
centre open and as GLL are

Closing the sports hall will not


encourage the community to
participate and be involved in
improving their health and fitness.
Link Centre does an enormous
amount to bring together men,
women and children of all ages,
cultures and backgrounds.
GLL were unavailable for comment.

Members of Swindon Badminton Club, unhappy at losing Link Centre


continuing with leisure related
activities, planning is not required.
As an independent charitable
trust its up to them to find ways
to increase the income to meet
the subsidy and to reinvest in the
facilities.
As a long term user of Link
Centre sports facilities I was also
disappointed with the speed of the
change. I have a lot of sympathy
with the loss of the climbing wall
and the sports hall, but there is a
less formal climbing centre opening
in the town and GLL is finding other
locations for clubs and classes.
GLL are working to their business
plan to make the overall package of
leisure centres across the borough

Link library 30th birthday party: 27 June

viable. We have to be realistic; if


they had not taken on the lease the
borough would now be looking at
which centres would have to close.
Suresh Bangalore who started the
Stop Closure of sports hall at Link
Centre, Swindon petition said: Our
group has been playing badminton
at Link Centre for the last 10 years,
every weekend, during the week
and Bank Holidays.
Apart from our group, there
are activities for children, indoor
football, roller skating, lots of
families bring their kids for basketball, badminton and table tennis.
Other communities use the hall for
cultural events and meetings.

A 3,200 square metre trampoline


park at Kembrey Park employment
area is to open in July - subject
to final approval. See details on
page 31 about this project and the
Rockstar bouldering and climbing
centre that is due to open in the
Autumn.

Cliffhangers junior climbers raised


over 160 for the Nepal Earthquake
appeal by scaling Link Centres
climbing wall 150 times in early
June. Members will attend a
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West Swindon librarian Linda Black receiving copies of Link magazine


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Link Centre has been celebrating
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11

Isambards finances improve

Safe Hay Lane crossing to come

New headteacher Sue Banks is improving Isambards finances


Isambard Community School has
made significant improvements to
its financial management according
to a Swindon Council audit report.
Last year the school was
criticised for not having control
of its finances and was deemed at
significant risk.
Since then, new headteacher Sue
Banks has taken steps to remedy the
major issues and the risk has been
downgraded to of concern.
The initial report was commissioned by the councils audit
committee and highlighted a lack of
proper diligence which resulted in
inaccurate budgeting.
The follow-up report said: The
school has made significant
improvements since the
previous audit. Of 12 priority
recommendations made in the
previous report, six have been
implemented and six are in
progress.

The report highlights many


improvements, including a full
staffing review and the creation of
a School Development Plan. Three
governors have also been appointed
who have greater understanding of
financial affairs and there is now
closer monitoring of cash flow.
Some key improvements still need
to be made as some budgets had
been changed without full approval
from the governors, and problems
with purchasing still exist.
Sue Banks said considerable
progress is being made. I am
extremely pleased that the audit
commission recognised and
congratulated the school for the
significant number of improvements
made in the last six months.
We have introduced tighter
financial systems and controls and
look forward to welcoming the
auditors back in 12 months time for
a further review.

Robert Buckland MP receives the crossing petition from Grange


Park residents at a pre-school protest on Hay Lane in April
Parents at Tregoze Primary School
have welcomed the news that a
new crossing for children will be
built across Hay Lane over the
summer.
This follows a decade long
campaign calling on the council to
do something about a heavily used
but unmarked and poorly signposted
pedestrian crossing on Hay Lane,
between Grange Park Way and the
entrance to Lydiard Park.
Councillor Tim Swinyard said: Im
hoping the crossing will be put in
place in the summer holidays. This is
thanks to a lot of parents including
Tracey Boxall working really hard to
get this done. This is something that
will benefit children and keep them

safe for many years to come.


Tracey Boxall said she wanted
to thank the valuable contribution
of the school travel ambassadors
who helped with collect names on
the petition. The lack of a clearly
marked crossing has been a problem
for years and years. This will make
a huge difference to the children
currently at the school and all
future pupils.
Headteacher Helen Tudor, said:
I am delighted that we will finally
be getting a crossing on Hay Lane
- the childrens safety is paramount
and our parents, especially Mrs
Boxall, and I have worked so hard in
helping to achieve this - thanks to
everyone for all the support.

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Highworth Warneford is an outstanding secondary school
providing an excellent learning environment which allows
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In our most recent Ofsted report (May 2013) pupils behaviour was
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and such behaviour makes a strong contribution to their learning.
So that you can see for yourself the quality of our provision,
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Lauren Costello, managing director and co-founder of the Swindon


based White Horse Federation of
primary schools, was awarded the
Order of the British Empire for
services to education in the Queen's
Birthday Honours List, announced on
13 June.
As Lauren Connor she was headteacher of Moredon Primary School
for 5 years and was Swindon's first
National Leader of Education, and
the first executive headteacher
of two schools. Mrs Costello is
currently the vice- chair of the
Department of Education's Primary
Headteacher Reference Group.
She has overseen the improvement
journey of many Swindon schools,
often taking them from an Ofsted
grading of inadequate or special
measures, to good and more often
outstanding.
But Lauren is keen to acknowledge
all the people who have worked with
her saying that in education OBE is
often thought of being for Other
Beggers Efforts.
She said: The award is for the
work of lots of people over the last
16 years who have contributed to
improving standards at Nylands,
Rodbourne and Moredon schools; it
just happened that my name was on
the door at the time.

OBE awarded to Lauren Costello


Everyone has been incredibly
supportive and theyve said they are
very proud, which I am so grateful
for.
She added that she had to read
the letter asking her to accept the
honour several times. It was a huge
surprise and once the shock had
passed I realised somebody had put
in a lot of effort to research my past
as worthy of an award.
Its incredibly humbling.
Dr Nicholas Capstick, White Horse
Federation chief executive said:
"This award could not be more
deserving. Lauren is a great school
leader, clear educational thinker
and a compassionate and caring
colleague and headteacher."

swindonlink.com n July 2015

15

Taw Hill school wins Lions award


Youngsters at St Francis Church of
England School in Taw Hill have
been awarded the Swindon Lions
Club Community Service Award
for their long term sponsorship of
disadvantaged children in the Phillipines.
The school sponsors Caron Mae,
15, and college student Runito,
17. Each year pupils in Year 6 are
given the task of raising money to
help them. In April they organised a
sponsored litter pick which saw 12
bags filled and 480 raised.

School builder nominated for award

Rhiana said: We received a


donation from Justin Tomlinson MP
which was nice.
But Zara added: We were shocked
by the amount of litter we had to
pick up.
Swindon Lions has been recognising the community effort of young
people from schools and youth
organisations since 2007, presenting a plaque and a reward of 100
Paul Morris showing children Redhouse Community Centre in July
to further their work.
Find out more about the awards at 2014, before Tadpole Farm Academy opened in September last year
www.swindonlions.org A site manager responsible for deDue to the quality of his work Paul
livering two school building projects has been nominated by Swindon
in North Swindon is up for an award Council building control department
to receive the site supervisor of the
in July.
Paul Morris of Wilmot Dixon was
year award at the West of England
Regional LABC (Local Authority
set to start the permanent Tadpole
Building Control) Building ExcelFarm Church of England Academy
in 2014 until problems with access
lence Awards.
to the Tadpole Garden Village site
The awards event takes place at
the Bristol Marriott Hotel on 10
forced the Bristol diocesan educaJuly.
tion board and Swindon Council to
Since last August Paul has been
look for a temporary solution. The
slow progress to build Redhouse
supervising the construction of the
Community Centre suddenly became permanent academy at Tadpole
Garden Village. Take a visual tour at:
a fast track project with Wilmot
Dixon commissioned to construct it.

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With Paul at the helm, the project, The 10 million conversion of
which normally would have taken
UTC Swindon in the former railway
26
weeks,
was
delivered
in
just
19
works in the town centre has been
Year 6 pupils holding the Lions award with teachers Alana Morris and
so
that
the
school
could
be
set
up
in
nominated to receive three awards.
Nicki Sellars
time to open in September 2014.
See details: www.bit.ly/utc-awards

16 swindonlink.com n July 2015

Values at the centre of school life


boosts learning

Haydon Wick school council with, rear from left, former headteacher
Simon Cowley, present head Aine Gale, Neil and Jane Hawkes
Children at Haydon Wick Primary
School met expert educationalist
Dr Neil Hawkes who developed the
concept of values based education
which is central to their school.
Neil travels the world promoting
VbE to schools and governments
asking the question, how can patience, respect, fairness, tolerance,
respect, compassion and collaboration be incorporated in a positive,
practical way in schools?
Neil said: There is a lot of talk
about values in education but
their application is not always
fully understood. VbE is a teaching framework within a strong
learning environment that enhances
academic attainment, and develops
students social and relationship

skills that last throughout their


lives.
It quickly liberates teachers
and students from the stress of
confrontational relationships, this
frees up substantial teaching and
learning time.
Simon Cowley, who brought Neil
to Haydon Wick six years ago,
said: Values based education is
extremely beneficial to our children;
were aiming to create a better
Swindon.
Now based in Rutland, Neil grew
up in the town and attended Lethbridge Primary School and spent a
number of years at The Ridgeway
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Uplands School wins Alternative Provision


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Celebrating the TES nomination, Uplands pupils, staff and headteacher


Deirdre Fitzpatrick and executive headteacher Jackie Smith
The accolade comes from the highly
respected TES Schools Awards
which were presented on 19 June.
The award recognises outstanding
contributions made by education
teams and individuals to help
students around the country to
succeed.
Uplands has a 19 to 25 learning
centre, designed to enable young
people to continue their education
after leaving school and also has a
pupil-run shop at Redhouse Village
Centre, which introduces students
to the world of work and makes
them visible in the community.
Academically 77 per cent of

students make outstanding upperquartile progress across key stages


3-5 in literacy, and 74 per cent in
numeracy.
The judging panel were also
impressed by Uplands leading CPD
(continuing personal development)
programme, which is now widely
used across the country.
Nominees attended a black-tie
event in London, hosted by BAFTAnominated writer and comedian
Greg Davies.
Over 1,000 attendees celebrated
outstanding contributions to education in 17 categories, across all
school sectors.
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To avoid disappointment

With all the changes in the funding of childrens centres by Swindon


Borough Council in the last 12 to 18 months, some people think the
Butterflies Centre in North Swindon has closed. Not so, says manager
Tanya Parkinson. Butterflies is very much open for business, although
there are amendments to the way it operates.

Butterflies staff, back left to right: Nicola Walton, Kate Berryman, Cate
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Amanda Wray. Front, Sarah Stratton, Tanya Parkinson, Tracy Badger
Tanya writes: We have had a busy
couple of months at Butterflies.
Our Spring Fair, which we held to
mark the change from a Childrens
to a Family Centre and raise some
much needed funds, was a great
success.
Thanks to the generosity of our
families and hard work of our Butterflies friends and staff we raised
over 1,000 including generous
donations from Crest Homes and
Vodafone.
Some of this money has been used
to replace a few of our tired toys
and we have bought toys specifically for our Honey Bees Portage
groups, which support children on
the autistic spectrum, or with additional physical or medical needs.
Some parents havent been aware
that we have been able to continue
our Stay and Play groups since the
funding change, but we are now
running eight great groups across
North Swindon during term time for
the under 5s, two of which focus on
singing and dancing.
These are drop-in groups which
means there is no need to book a
place, just pay on the day.
Our Swindon Town Football Club
led Soccer Tots courses and baby
massage courses are proving very
popular so places do need to be
booked in advance.
There is lots of fundraising taking
place at the moment. We are
currently working with Friends of
Abbey Meads School, who support
our fundraising activities. We will

be meeting about three times a year


and would welcome any parent able
to give up a couple of hours to help
support Butterflies with fundraising
ideas and activities.
Butterflies is a collection centre
for Swindon Foodbank and we
welcome tins of food, sugar,
toiletries and other long life items
to help this worthy cause. We also
issue Foodbank vouchers to families
in crisis, so please come in and ask
to speak to a member of staff, in
confidence, if you are in need of
help.
Butterflies staff are proud to take
part in this years Starlight Walk in
aid of Prospect Hospice on Saturday
27 June.
Our team works with families
whose lives have been touched
by cancer and in many cases have
support from Prospect.
There is still an opportunity to
sponsor the staff team online at:
www.justgiving.com/Butterfliesfamilycentre
For details about Butterflies
with timetable of the current
activity programme, see
www.abbeymeads.swindon.sch.
uk/butterflies
Butterflies is based in its own
rooms at Abbey Meads Primary
School and runs groups across
North Swindon at Oakhurst,
Catherine Wayte, Orchid Vale
and St Francis primary schools.

Parenting specialist to launch new book at West family centre


Sponsors sought to give copies to parents who need support
Leading trauma parenting specialist Jane Evans launches her second
book which helps young children
talk about big feelings at West
Swindon Family Centre on Monday
6 July.
Jane, who featured in Channel 5s
series My Violent Child earlier this
year, is appealing to businesses in
Swindon to sponsor copies of the
book so that they can be given free
to parents with whom the Family
Centre work, and to other child
support organisations. She said:
My latest book is designed to help
parents, carers and professionals
support children who have not had
their emotional needs met for a
range of reasons.
I would love to give free copies
at the event to those working with
families who have faced difficulties
such as domestic violence, mental
illness and substance dependency
so the children can begin to find
names for their feelings.
Jane, who has agreed to be the
family centres patron, has already
published How Are You Feeling
Today Baby Bear? which is now
used by professionals, parents and
carers around the world.
It tells the story of Baby Bear who
lives in a home where the Big Bears

preschool
gymnastics
where an early
start makes a world
of difference!

Jane Evans and Family Centre manager Mike Smith with from left,
Ghossiya Hameed, Lorraine Fleming, Marie Rodden, Yvette Sutton,
Amy Bedford, Priya Saxena
fight and argue at night. It allows
adults to talk to young children,
aged two to six, about feelings
around violence in the home.
On 6 July she launches Kit Kitten
and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings which
helps adults explore mixed up emotions with young children.
Kit is a kitten whose parent is not
always able to care either physically
or emotionally. This causes a range
of feelings in Kits everyday life.
One day Kindly Cat comes to Kits
home to help everyone to begin to
talk about them.
Explaining the ideas behind her
latest book, Jane said: Its intended

to offer a simple tool that parents,


carers and professionals can use to
gently start to help our youngest
children find ways to say how they
feel. This is an essential foundation for good mental health and
learning.
The launch at West Swindon
Family Centre, Gainsborough Way,
Swindon is by invitation. To enquire
about attending or offer sponsorship, email: Fiona@fionascott.co.uk
See details of Janes books at:
www.jkp.com
www.westswindonfamilycentre.com

daily classes for the under 5s

01793 822262

www.esprit-gymnastics.co.uk

More members needed by Bluebelles majorettes

Please call us at
Windmill Hill to
arrange a nursery
tour just for
you and we will
look forward to
welcoming you to
our Outstanding
Nursery
The team of twenty five girls based
in West Swindon were part of the
big parade at the Old Town Festival
in early June, one of several carnivals of fun in the South West they
will travel to during the summer.
Bluebelles, which is in its fifteenth
year, is keen to attract six to 17
year olds to the squad. No musical
skills or knowledge is required. With
experienced trainers the members
are encouraged to work as a team
Bluebelles coordinator Christine
Doyle said: We encourage members

to work together across age groups


to practice and improve their skills.
Over many years weve found this
helps to increasesocial, educational,
physical and emotional development.
Being a majorette builds and
develops confidence as well as
improving self discipline, fitness and
well-being.Lifelong friendships are
created.
To find out more about joining
contact Christine Doyle on 07979
276 795.
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New Life Church - Swindon


Committed to the mission of
loving people and changing lives
for the best in CHRIST
Join us each Sunday morning
for an awesome time
of worship and the Word.
10am to 12 noon at Roughmoor Community Hall
Swinley Drive, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5AP
For more information, visit: www.new-life-church.co.uk
Contact: Pastor Matthew Hamza on 0789 1001572

PTSD conference at Lydiard Park in July


The Swindon Trauma Group (STG)
is holding a Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder workshop at Lydiard Park
Conference Centre on Friday 24 July.
This follows the success of the
groups June workshop on Gulf War
Syndrome held at the same venue.
The group raises awareness of the
symptoms of post trauma stress
which can develop when a person
is subjected to an event considered
outside the realms of human

experience.
If the symptoms persist for longer
than a month the person could
develop post traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD).
The July workshop will be looking
at what treatment and support is
available for the invisible injuries of
PTS/PTSD.
For information and register to
take part on 24 July via:
www.swindontraumagroup.org.uk

Haydon cafe celebrates 5th year

West Swindon and Lydiard Tregoze


Church Partnership
Please join us in worship on Sunday mornings
Westlea Church, Westlea School: 10am
St Marys Lydiard Tregoze
- the church in the park: 10am
Holy Trinity, Shaw: 10.30am
Toothill Church: 10.30am
For details of these and our other services
call the Partnership Office on 01793 874221
Email: wspartnershipoffice@gmail.com Website: WSwinlyd.org.uk

Anglican Baptist Methodist United Reformed Church

St. Johns Haydon Wick


On Thames Avenue
next door to
Morrisons
Contact:
Revd Raymond Adams
Tel: 634258

Sunday 9am
Services 11am

Traditional communion service


Eventful, contemporary worship
with childrens groups meeting
www.stjohnshaydonwick.org.uk

Open to all, serving tea, coffee, cakes & light lunches


Fridays and Saturdays: 10am - 2pm

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Anna Richardson, left, with from left, Canon Raymond Adams, Ann Park,
John Howard, Mary Southgate. Front, Lyn Hammond, Sue Branch, Dee
Howard, Mick Noble. Below, Anna launching The Rock with the first
volunteers in 2010
The Rock Caf at St Johns Church
in Haydon Wick celebrated its fifth
anniversary on 22 and 23 May
with cake, coffee and balloons for
customers.
It has become so successful,
having expanded to a second day
within a few months of opening in
2010, that a paid administrator is
being appointed to assist with the
increased workload of keeping the
cafe open.
Anna Richardson, who first
proposed the idea of The Rock, said:
We wanted to make our church
more accessible to all members
in the community, whether they
attend or not.
The Rock provides a friendly place
where people can get out of the
house and drop in, chat and make
friends. Its a way of showing Gods
love is non-threatening, helped by
coffee and cake.

St Johns minister Canon Raymond


Adams said: The cafe has made
the church relevant to people of
Haydon Wick, particularly to all the
new people who have arrived in the
area over the last five years.
Lots of people comment about
the quality of the food prepared and
served by the volunteers who run
The Rock and the warmth of the
atmosphere.
Pat Williams from Shrivenham
makes a weekly trip with her
husband Alan when they visit the
Orbital shopping park. Weve been
coming for three years and sometimes meeting with our daughter
and our grandchildren, she said.
The food is well prepared and
well priced, and the volunteers are
very welcoming. Wed recommend
everybody to come along.
See the opening times in the
advert on the left.

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Lydiard Craft Fair takes visitors back in time


The first ever Love Lydiard Craft Fair
inside Lydiards Georgian walled
garden takes place on 4 and 5 July
when volunteers dressed in period
costume will re-enact stories from
the parks rich history and encourage visitors to try Georgian games,
such as pall-mall (or croquet as we
know it today).
Over 20 professional craft people
will be selling a range of products from wooden board games, stained
glass and hand-made jewellery, to
clothes, fine art, ceramics and even
bespoke wooden rocking horses.
The North Wiltshire Woodturning
Association will also be featured
alongside the traders showcasing
their crafts.
Caroline Palmer, leadership
manager at Lydiard House and Park
said: We have over 30 volunteers
involved in the craft fair - including
professional actors and hair and
make-up artists. If you followed
Poldark you may recognise reenactment scenes from those times.
This is the first time weve
endeavoured to bring Lydiards history alive in this way and we hope
the two days will encourage more
people to come and explore all that
Lydiard has to offer.
Its also a wonderful opportunity

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or 07967 363322
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Some of the Lydiard Park volunteers organising the craft fair in July

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For details or
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for everyone to enjoy the striking


summer flower displays in the
walled garden.
Refreshments will be available
with a selection of hot and cold
drinks, cream teas, light lunches and
home-made cakes on sale, as well
as a barbecue in the Rickyard, next
to the restored stable buildings.
The craft fair is open from 10am
to 4pm on both days. Entry is 50p
per person and there is free parking.
See more details at www.lydiardpark.org.uk or call 01793 466664.

Win tickets to open air


theatre in the park
Thanks to Lydiard House and Park we have
tickets to give away for three productions in
July and August.
All you have to do to enter is tell us who
wrote the books of the plays being performed:
Friday 10 July
Pride and Prejudice (2 adult tickets)
Friday 31 July
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (2 adult
tickets)
Friday 21 August
The Secret Garden. Win a family ticket (2
adults + 2 children)
Send your entries by 6 July to:
Alice Armstrong: aarmstrong@swindon.gov.uk
or post them to Lydiard Park, SN5 6BT
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See the Designer Outlet through this young mans eyes


Before the Designer Outlet became
a regional shopping attraction, the
buildings hummed to the noise
of heavy industry as thousands of
railway workers created Swindons
future economic success.
But what was it like to work
there? Members of Rodbourne
History Society offer conducted
tours of the buildings pointing out
significant features which have
been preserved and giving their
personal insight of what it was like
to be inside.
Visits take place on 11 July, 22
August, 12 and 13 September, 5
and 6 December. Places are limited
and should be booked in advance by
contacting the secretary on 01794
616558 or email: secretaryrodbournehistory.org
The society organises a programme of talks given by historians
and individuals with personal
experience to share.
Over the last few months there
have been talks on National Service,
Canals in Wiltshire and how the
British led coalition destroyed
Napoleons ambitions at the Battle
of Waterloo 200 years ago.
Coming up are talks on Englands
wealth in the Middle Ages as a
result of the wool trade on 29 July,

Your tour guide, Rodbourne resident Ron Johnson, 89, below, and
as an A Shop apprentice aged 15
and the history of the changes and
owners of properties in and around
the Market Square, Old Town on 26
August.
On 30 September, an earlier
violent dispute with our French
neighbours will be the subject of
discussion when Martin Collisson
talks about the 600th anniversary
of the Battle of Agincourt.
The history society meets at
Even Swindon Community Centre,
Jennings Street, SN2 2BG. All are
invited to take part in the discussions.
See the website for details:
www.rodbournehistory.org

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of


the St John polyptych in St Marys
Church, Lydiard Park
Rendezvous Special For Two

The unique multi-panel illustration of the St John family tree. The


hidden parts will be on show and explained on 24, 25 & 26 July
As St Marys Church in Lydiard Park
prepares to celebrate a significant
anniversary in July, a message from
the USA reveals a 400 year connection, writes Frances Bevan.
In June 2014, Palmer Hamilton, a
lawyer from Mobile, Alabama was
created a Knight of the Order of
St John by the Queen and when it
came to creating a coat of arms the
new Prior of the USA Order looked
to his Wiltshire family history for
inspiration.
Palmer can trace his ancestry back
through the Tucker family, who
founded Bermuda, to Sir Richard St
George who compiled the St John
genealogy on the polyptych in St
Marys Church.
Sir Richard St George of Hatley
Saint George, Cambridgeshire was
knighted in 1616 and served as
Norroy King of Arms before being
appointed Clarenceux King of Arms
in 1623, the second highest heraldic
appointment in England.
Sir Richard married Elizabeth, the
eldest daughter of Nicholas St John
and his wife Elizabeth.
So when Sir John St John commissioned the tribute to his illustrious
ancestors, installed in St Marys in
1615, who better to ask to compile

the genealogical information than


his Uncle Richard?
Palmer Hamilton had a similar
task in 2014. The new Prior was
required to have a banner bearing
his coat of arms to be carried in
investiture processions and he
turned to Thomas Woodcock, Garter
Principal King of Arms. The coat of
arms designed includes the golden
falcon, the St John family emblem
that will be familiar to visitors to St
Marys Church.
The three falcons each hold
a palmers or pilgrims staff, a
reference to Hamiltons christian
name. The motto Firmitas in Coelo
Stability in Heaven reflects
Hamiltons work with the Episcopal
Churchs House of Bishops Task
Force to address current issues
facing that Church.
Meanwhile the St Marys Church
Building & Conservation Appeal
committee will shortly submit a
refined bid to the Heritage Lottery
Fund, having now independently
raised and secured funds approaching 175,000.
Urgent conservation work on the
18th Century Reredos (behind the
altar and the east Chancel wall is
due to begin soon.

1615 to 2015. A weekend to celebrate

The banner will be on display with the magnificent 17th Century


St John Polyptych on the 400th anniversary weekend: 24, 25, 26 July.
Members of St Marys congregation will be serving strawberry cream
teas from the stable room next to the church.
The rich medieval interior and a chance to learn about the fascinating
Tudor connection can be viewed during the Lydiard Park Craft Fair in the
Walled Garden on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July. See page 21.
On Saturday 4 July, 7pm, there will be an evening of music and poetry
through time, featuring Strictly Recorders and the Wentworth Singers.
Tickets are 5 on the door at St Marys Church.
The church is also open on Fridays, 11am to 4.30pm, with volunteers
from the local branch National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts
Societies conducting guided tours.

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Everybodys shuffling in our town!

Exhibition looks back at local


performing arts from 1955 to 1985

All Ears Avow who will be appearing at this years Swindon Shuffle
from 14 July to 19 July at venues across the town
For anyone who appreciates new
and original local music, the
Swindon Shuffle is the must-see
event of the year.
It takes place from Tuesday 14 July
to Sunday 19 July.
The venues will be stalwarts of the
original music scene, The Victoria
and The Beehive as well as The
Castle, Baila Coffee & Vinyl, The
Roaring Donkey and The Central
Library.
Not all the line-up has been
confirmed yet but you will be able
to catch the high octane Foosesque rock of A Way With Words
on the Thursday night at The Vic
as well as 2 Sick Monkeys, All Ears
Avow and The Harlers.
Friday at The Vic will see Colour
The Atlas, Theo Altieri, Super

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Squarecloud, Sahara Heights and


Cursor Major.
The Castle line-up is headed by
The Hamsters from Hell, as well as
Coasters, SN Dubstation, Yves and
Plummie Racket.
The Beehive line-up has been
fairly under wraps so far but there
will be The Shudders and Mr Love
and Justice amongst others.
All the venues will be free entry
with donations given to Goldenhar
family support, The Shuffles chosen
charity.
This years event is run in partnership with the Academy of Music
and Sound which will see young
musicians and technicians taking
part.
To keep up to date with the lineup visit swindonshuffle.org.uk

Tanwood Knaves in 1968, in one of Miss Mollys famous shows


A fascinating trip into living memory
is launched on 15 July at Swindon
Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road
when an exhibition called Entertaining Swindon focuses on performance
arts in the town from 1955 to 1985.
It celebrates thirty years of people
involved in shows, starting from
the closure of the now demolished
Empire Theatre in 1955 to the opening of the arts suite at Link Centre
- exactly thirty years ago.
Curator Kate Parsons said: Life
in Swindon (and Britain) was very
different in 1955. Few homes had
a TV and many more people made
their own entertainment.
There were lots of performing arts
groups based around the workplace,

church or political groups, many of


which continue to this day.
There was strong community
spirit, civic pride and a focus on
betterment where amateurs and
professionals mucked in together.
By the 70s, people were happy to
be entertained by TV, but arts in the
town flourished aided by a healthy
budget and visionary leaders.
Weve excluded much fted
famous exports like Diana Dors
and XTC in favour of showcasing
ordinary Swindonians performing
for Swindonians.
Entertaining Swindon will certainly
draw in people across the generations. It will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm

Take a selfie with an eye on time; support


Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal
Great Western Hospital are
seeking selfie-takers with an
eye for time to support a 2.9
million fundraising appeal to
bring radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients to
Swindon.
Take a self-portrait with
either a clock or watch and
post it on Facebook or Twitter with #TheTimeIsNow.
The hash-tag has been
chosen as Great Western
Hospitals Foundation NHS
Trust believes its time to
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bring radiotherapy to Swindon
Bodies says #thetimeisnow
and provide cancer treatment
closer to home for the 340,000
While the expansion of the Oxford
people living in the Swindon and
University Hospitals Trust service to
Wiltshire area.
Swindon is subject to final approval,
Annually around 3,000 people
the planning is well advanced. It is
are diagnosed with some form of
envisaged that treatment could be
cancer at GWH and in 2013/14
available locally by the end of 2017.
seven hundred patients made the
Jen Green of Brighter Futures said:
70 mile round-trip to Oxford for
We want everyone to get involved
radiotherapy. Treatment usually
in #TheTimeIsNow - the more quirky
lasts for four to seven weeks. This
the selfie the better.
journey has to be made every day.
Post your images to
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ter: @BF_NHS
Foundation Trusts charity, will fund
Read more about the appeal at:
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www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk
radiotherapy centre at GWH.

Aviation art helps lift spirits at GWH

Twenty-two artworks by acclaimed


artist David Bent, above, are on
display until 2 October at Great
Western Hospital.
His work has been exhibited in
St Pauls Cathedral, the Royal Tent
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and at the RAF
Museum in London.
David, from Old Town, has collaborated with RAF Red Arrows since
2007 and has spent time observing
them at work during the display
season in the UK and rehearsing
during winter in Cyprus.
David was a patient at GWH in
2014, when both he and his wife,
Carole, were reminded of the power
of art in hospitals as a way of lifting
peoples spirits.

The trustees of the hospital have


believed in the value of exhibitions
since it opened in 2002. Trust
chaplain and arts committee
member Steve Henderson said: We
were keen to display Davids work
because of its innovative and inspiring approach to viewing machines
of the air in surprising ways.
This is a unique opportunity for
the people of Swindon to view a
collection of works by one of its
most reputable artists.
Davids exhibition can be seen in
the gallery area of the ground floor
street area of the hospital, off the
main entrance.
David can be found online at:
www.bentartgallery.co.uk

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WHATS ON
CHILDREN & FAMILY
Monday 20th to Friday 24th
Hungry Caterpillar. Feed the hungry caterpillar to help him grow into
a big beautiful butterfly. Also craft
activities and free tractor rides.
Normal admission prices. Roves
Farm. See the advert on page 23
Saturday 25th, 7.30pm
The Michael Otton Show. Comedy,
magic and illusion for all the family Suit age 7 years and over. 16;
concs 9.50; family of 4 45. Wyvern
Saturday 25 July to Monday
3 August
Jurassic Farm. Join the ranger on a
free tractor ride to detect and even
discover a new species of dinosaur.
Normal admission prices. Roves
Farm. See the advert on page 23

DANCE
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th
Move, Dance, Be Born presented
by Judith Hockaday School of
Dance. An extravaganza of song
and dance. 13.50. Wyvern
Saturday 11th, 2pm & 7pm
The Adventure of Alice in Wonderland presented by Classical Ballet Centre. 12; child 6. Wyvern
Sunday 19th, 6pm
Tanwood School of Performing
Arts Showcase 2015. Performances
across all genres including dancing,
singing and drama. 12; concessions
10. Wyvern

COMEDY

Saturday 11th, 7.30pm


Keep Calm and Carry On. Enjoy
a three course meal while being
MUSICAL
entertained with a parody tribute
Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th, to classic comedies of the 50s, 60s
and 70s. 35, incl meal. Wyvern
2pm & 7pm
restaurant
Wilkes Academy present an evening of musical theatre. 15; conces- Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th.
sions 10. Wyvern
Tues to Thurs 7.30pm; Fri 5pm &
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th, 8.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Avenue Q. The award winning com7.30pm
edy musical features the naughtiest
Ghost - The Musical. A timeless
puppets in town. For age 14 years
fantasy about the power of love.
and over. 18 - 30.50. Wyvern
13. Arts Centre

Manor Garden Centre


Cheney Manor, Swindon SN2 2QJ

Free scatter
cushions with
every suite

New range
now on display
Special
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prices

Free local delivery Open 7 days a week

Tel: 01793 526691


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SWINDON
DRAMA
Friday 10th, 7pm
Pride and Prejudice. Take a picnic
and enjoy live theatre in the park.
14; students & children 10; family
(2 adults, 2 children) 42, for tickets
call 01793 524481. Lydiard Park. See
the competition on page 21
Tuesday 14th, 7.30pm
Swindon Youth Theatre Summer
Showcase. A celebration of a year
of workshops. 5. Arts Centre
Friday 17th & Sunday 19th, 7.30pm

FILM
Friday 31st, 11am & 3pm
Sing-a-long-a Frozen. Age recommendation 5 years plus. 15.50;
child 10.50, family and group
tickets available. Wyvern

Wednesday 1st, 7.30pm


The Billy Fury Years. Michael King
and his fantastic collection of musicians with a show of Furys greatest
hits. 19.50. Wyvern

Sunday 5th, 7.30pm


Abba Reunion. The most authentic
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Saturday 4 July, 12noon to 4pm
Barbecue, cream teas, displays and
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Friday 10th, 7.30pm


Magic of Motown. All the dazzling
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Sunday 12th, 6.30pm
Traditional Choral Evensong sung by
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Sunday 12th, 7.30pm
Kast off Kinks. Former members of
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Wyvern Jazz Dinner, an evening
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Friday 24th, 7.30pm
T*Rextasy. The worlds official tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan
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Jellytots Playgroup Fun Day


Saturday 11 July, 12noon to 3pm
Many stalls incl face painting, cakes,
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Refreshments, pulled pork, hotdogs
Brook Field School, Cartwright Drive

Saturday 25th, 7.30pm


Wessex Male Choir Summer Concert, accompanied by accomplished
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1st Toothill Summer Fete


Saturday 18 July, 2pm to 5pm
Traditional summer games & craft
Scout Hut, Toothill

Friday 31st, 8pm


West Point Country Music Club:
Tom Noone. 6; under 18 years, 3;
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SMASH Fun Day.


Saturday 18 July, 11am to 4.30pm
Many stalls incl bouncy castle, bike
maintenance from Dr. Bike, Make a
Memory Maker box, fire engine.
Swindon Rugby Football Club
Greenbridge Road
Kentwood Show Choir Concert
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Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm
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reading campaign is aimed at four
to eleven year olds and their families. Children can sign up at their
local library, then read six books,
collecting stickers, all for free.
Go along to the launch day and
help set a Guinness World Record
for Most Pledges Received for a
Reading Campaign on Saturday 11
July, between 10am and 1pm, at
Central Library.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson will act as the lead witness on
the day and organisers want to beat
last years total of Swindon children
reading a record 13,684 books
throughout the summer holidays.
This year, the library service has
set a target of challenging children
to break the Swindon record and
read 14,000 books.
After reading their first book
children can enter a competition to
win prizes ranging from books, to
vouchers donated by local businesses.
When they have read four books
they receive a voucher for a free
DVD from Swindon Libraries.
After the sixth book children will
receive a free entry voucher for
Beale Park (subject to availability).

and there will be a random draw


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winners invited to a party at The
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On days that you cant get to the
library, the Record Breakers website
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authors talking about their books,
a place for children to record what
theyve read and Book Sorter, where
youngsters can recommend books
to others.
The challenge runs from Saturday
18 July until Sunday 6 September.
Record Breakers is produced by
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with Guinness World Records,
supported by Arts Council, England,
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Visit a Swindon Library for
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Toothill tunes bring community together for Nepal


Teenagers tend not to dance to
classic songs such as the Lambeth
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thats exactly what greeted attend-

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everything from bingo, raffles and


music from yesteryear entertaining
all ages.
Organised and run by a group
from The Princes Trust Inner Flame
project, the tea dance managed
to raise 56.82 for the Nepal
earthquake, with raffle prizes on
offer from onesies to slippers.
Gail Light, West Swindon Localities facilitator, said: Afternoons
like these not only help reduce
isolation but the exercise improves
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The oldest tea dance reveller
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Following the success of this
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centre, a 5,000 capacity arena,
skate park, a cinema and a bowling
alley.
Moirai Capital Investments are
seeking approval for their 31 acre
(12.5ha) leisure development which
will be built adjacent to and around
the newly refurbished Oasis Leisure
Centre at North Star.
But although the outline plans
mention a skate park - at the
moment it is not clear whether it
will be a free to use outdoor one to
replace the current facility on the
site or an indoor paid-for one.
A campaign to save the free
outdoor facility has been launched
by Diana Kirk of ATBSkate Warehouse at Hawksworth but she
believes that their pleas are being
ignored as it appears on the plans
that it will be an indoor site. You
can sign the petition, which so far
has 700 signatures, at: www.bit.ly/
oasis-skate
She said: Were going to keep on
fighting to make sure that there
are the free facilities in place for
the huge number of young people
who use the outdoor skate park. A
lot of the users are from deprived
backgrounds and would not be able
to afford a paid for indoor park.
Im disappointed that theres
nothing in the plans to suggest that
the existing free outdoor facility
will be safeguarded; we will keep
making a loud noise until they are.
The plans, which come after a
public consultation, include:
Up to 50,000 square metres of
mixed leisure including a cinema,
5,000 seat entertainment arena, ski
centre and other leisure uses which
could include a crazy golf centre,
comedy club, laser tag and skate
park;
Up to 12,000sqm of restaurants
and cafes
Up to 12,000sqm retail space,
with a minimum of 9,000sqm of

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sports retailing;
Up to 9,000sqm for a hotel;
The vast 120 million leisure
scheme will be one of the largest
projects of its type in the UK.
Moirai chairman Martin Barber
said: This is a crucial step in the
process of delivering this major
development. Getting to this
point has been complex, with
consideration given to the best
possible layout for the project, but
also to address issues such as traffic
management and the potential
environmental impact of the
development.
Coun Garry Perkins, Cabinet
Member for Economy, Regeneration
& Skills said: The application
represents another step in this
exciting project. I am satisfied that
now Moirai have put together a
proposal that matches the councils
ambitions; I look forward to hearing
more as they get closer to turning
these plans into a reality .
These are only the outline plans
and until we see the detailed ones
it is difficult to say what form the
skate park will take, but at least it is
part of the plans at the moment.
It is believed that many visitors
to the facility will arrive by train,
as Swindons station is only a short
distance away. Forward Swindon
has completed a feasibility study for
a new pedestrian crossing over the
mainline, adjacent to the station,
connecting the north and south
parts of the town centre. Seeking
funding for the crossing is the next
stage.
Chris Hitchings, director of
development at Forward Swindon,
said: Swindon is well connected
to a huge, affluent catchment. The
arena and ski centre, for example,
will provide Swindon with high
profile destinations to compete
with the likes of Cardiff, Bristol and
Milton Keynes.
Resilience is the watch word for
North Star. Read Richard Pagetts
Viewpoint on page 46.

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Volunteers Week at the beginning


of June was an annual celebration
of the fantastic unpaid contribution
of millions of people across the UK
to make their communities better
places.
Volunteers are needed all year
round to keep hundreds of organisations going, often providing
essential local services at a
neighbourhood level.
Volunteer Centre Swindon

provides a hub of information


where you can find out how to get
involved in volunteering opportunities in the town.
For details call 01793 420557 or
email: info@swindonvolunteers.
org.uk
The staff are available to callers
at 1 John Street, Swindon between
11am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.
All the volunteer placements are
available to view at www.do-it.org

Swindon CAB is looking for volunteers to fill a range roles. People


who can spare 10 hours a week and
want to give something back to
their community are welcomed.
In return CAB offers full, ongoing

training and support.


For details and to arrange an
informal chat, call 01793 402106,
mail: trainer2@swindon.cabnet.
org.uk or call into Sanford House,
College Street, Swindon SN1 1QH

The Ashington Way Surgery Patients Participation Group has purchased


an examination couch, as well as a pulsemeter that can be used on house
calls and a narrow wheelchair to help patients access rooms in the former
showhome where the surgery in Westlea is located.
The money was raised largely from book sales in the waiting room.

Contact Joan Schofield MCFHP MAFHP


07763 908167
Hours to suit your busy lives

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Healthcare assistant Alison Kembrey with Mary Morgan and Brian


Tallboy with, front, group chair Tony Kirby trying out the wheelchair

Could you be a Swindon Foodbank centurion?


Swindon Foodbank is
looking for 100 people
willing to donate just
10 per month via
standing order as a
much needed financial
contribution to help
keep their wheels on the road.
The charity also has to maintain
storage space, an office and
distribution centres through which
food donations reach clients.
A hundred people committing
120 a year means over 14,000 for
the charity. The hard fact is money
in the bank is just as important as
food donations when it comes to
ensuring that Swindon Foodbank
can continue to meet the needs of
those in food crisis.
If you are a UK taxpayer con-

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sider gift aiding your


donation as Swindon
Foodbank will be able
to claim back the tax
you have paid. This
represents another
2,800 if 100 people
become contributors.
In fact you can give any amount
that you feel able. Find the standing
order and gift aid forms at: www.
swindonfoodbank.co.uk/donate
Alternatively set up your own
standing order online via your
bank, but send the gift aid form to
Foodbank.
For help contact Norma Bates on
01793 978045 or email: norma.
bates@swindonfoodbank.co.uk
Find our more at:
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Can you go the distance for CALM?
Badminton Club, which meets at Haydon Centre in North
Raise 100 and enter cycle sportive free Greenmeadow
Swindonon Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm and Fridays 7pm to 10pm, are looking
The Savernake Sizzler Cycling Challenge is back on 26 July, supporting,
on its third outing, Swindon based
charity, CALM (Childrens Cancer
And Leukaemia Movement).
Organised by GiveItSome, run by
father and daughter team, Paul
Greenman from Freshbrook and
Penny Pauw of Gorse Hill, there are
distances to suit all abilities, from
32 miles up to 110 miles, passing
through some of Wiltshires most
stunning landscapes.
The routes promise a fantastic mix
of challenging hills, winding lanes
and straight, fast sections.
The cost of supporting CALM
whilst enjoying fresh Wiltshire air
and soaking up the scenery is just
10 each, with all the facilities
youd expect from a larger cycling
sportive, combined with the friendly
atmosphere of a smaller local event.
CALM is an entirely volunteer run
local charity, which helps families
of children receiving cancer and
leukaemia treatment at Swindons
Great Western Hospital. Theres
free entry to any Sizzler rider who

for new members. Men and women are welcome to play both socially and
to join men, ladies and mixed teams in the Swindon League.
For details contact Karen Young on 07780 994765.

Golfers wanted for charity day

Teams and individuals are invited to enter the Swindon Cares Golf Day at
Ogbourne Downs Golf Club on 22 July, from 1pm, in aid of this years supported charities: DASH (Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness) and Hop
Skip & Jump.
The day ends with a three course dinner and presentation. The cost of
entry is 40 per tee.
See details of competitions at www.swindoncares.co.uk or email:
peter.c.hayman@btinternet.com
raises 100 or more for CALM, and
theres a prize draw for fundraisers
too. Proceeds from the home-baked
goodies stand and tea and coffee
donations will be going to CALM
providing a perfect end to a hard
cycle.
Find out more at www.giveitsome.
me
To be a sizzler sponsor or display
promotional material and offer free
samples or services to riders, mail:
penny@giveitsome.me, or paul@
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Fit senior Mike Sheppard, set off
on a 1,300 mile cycle trek from
Swindon to Barcelona and back to
his home in Masseube, France on
22 June in aid of the Rainbow Trust
childrens charity.
Rainbow supports families caring
for a child with a life threatening or
terminal illness.
Retired civil servant Mike, who
lived in Purton Stoke for 30 years,
decided to mark his 70th birthday
with a memorable challenge and
was moved by a BBC TV Children in
Need appeal for Rainbow. He said:
The appeal film about Rainbow
really touched my heart. Seeing the
difference the charity made to those
families set my next challenge.
Mike trained hard for the 9 day

trip to Barcelona in the mountains


around his home in South West
France.
Through the support of friends,
family and his church communities
in the UK and France, his aim is to
raise over 1,000, the equivalent
of 44 hours of care from a family
support worker.
Rainbow Trusts Swindon Care
Team currently supports 125
families across the South West.
Each family has a dedicated support
worker who is with them from
diagnosis to cure or end-of-life care
and bereavement, for as long as
needed.
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This Girl Can swim the Thames

Abbey Meads mum


Claire Bennett, has
won a free place in The
Henley Mile on 12 July,
an open water swimming event to be held
in a beautiful stretch of
the River Thames near
Henley-on-Thames.
The organisers
wantedto encourage
more women to get
involved in outdoor swimming
so ran a national competition for
women to win places, in association
with This Girl Can.
Claire, 43, mum of four teenagers, and seven other women from
across the Britain, have spent three
months training and have been
blogging about their experiences,

describing positive and


negative aspects of this
kind of swimming.
Claire said: A few
years ago I was given
a copy of Wild Swim
by Kate Rew and was
completely captivated
by the idea of swimming in open water.
It really appealed to
me but I lacked the
confidence to give it a go.
The team at Henley Swim and
the This Girl Can initiative spurred
me into action. Im really looking
forward to the swim.
Follow the blogs by Claire and the
other women at:
www.thisgirlcanswim.com
www.henleyswim.com

Youngsters at Bridlewood Primary School


enjoyed a week of sport in June designed to
give children the chance try out a range of
activities.
Classes visited sports centres around the
town, including Lydiard Park Academy where
they had a go at trampolining. Year 2 children
enjoyed a morning learning how to be cheerleaders with 6th formers and members of the
LP Allstars Jazmin Fearib and Leah Scaife.
They learnt basic routines in small groups and
put on mini-displays.
Bridlewood coodinator Jenny Hulse said: The
aim was to give children the chance to try out
a variety of different sports like ice skating,
abseiling, golf, martial arts, croquet and much
more. They had great fun working on physical skills and also developing determination,
perseverance and patience.
Many children discovered hidden talents
which we hope will encourage them to
maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

Hole lot of fun for the summer


Basset Down Golf Club have come
up with two innovative ways of
playing golf.
Football golf is a six-hole football
course, which combines the skills
of football with the rules of golf,
where players have to sink a
standard football into enlarged
holes, using just their feet.
Basset Down is the first club in
the UK to offer a treasure island
9 hole Instagolf course where

players navigate their way around


obstacles and characters, complete
with pirate sounds.
Were excited to be the test bed
for this new way of enjoying golf,
said club director Juliette Nutland.
It really brings a new dimension to
the game to interest people of all
ages.
See details in the advert opposite
and www.bassetdowngolfcourse.
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businesses and start-ups that cannot get
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It is the result of a partnership between
Fredericks Foundation and The Community
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Fredericks Foundation, a registered charity, has
been lending money in this way since 2001.
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North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson joined Abbey Meads FC players
and coaches to view the Barclays Premiership League Trophy
Youngsters at FC Abbey Meads
enjoyed an up and down end-ofseason as a result of goings on in
the Barclays Premier League.
Club organisers entered Abbey Meads under 11s Rangers
in a Barclays Spirit of the Game
competition to play on a premier
league pitch, which they won. Thirty
children were set to travel to east
London in June to play at West
Hams Upton Park ground until the
money-cant-buy experience was
cancelled. West Ham had qualified
for the Europa league which meant
getting their pitch into condition
by July.
Abbey Meads coach and development officer Clint Ricketts pleaded
with Barclays Premier League officials that he had a large group of
disappointed children on his hands
and it was agreed the famous trophy would be brought to Swindon
for the clubs annual presentation
evening at MECA, complete with
security guards.
It was an amazing outcome for

our club and wed like to thank the


Barclays Premier League for making
our end of year event something
special, said Clint. To give the
youngsters the chance to be so
close to the trophy handled by the
Chelsea players only a few weeks
ago was wonderful.
It was a great way to celebrate
a really successful season. The
under 11 Rangers were undefeated
and won their league, the under
13s also won their league and the
under 14 girls team won the treble
(league and both cups), whilst the
under 18s were runners up in their
league.
The club, formed in 2003, now
caters for 150 boys and girls aged 8
to 21 The FA Charter Standard club
is run by forty CRB/CRC checked
volunteers, with coaches qualified
or working towards FA coaching
qualifications.
To join the club or become a
volunteer, contact Clint: clintricketts@talktalk.net
www.fcabbeymeads.co.uk

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Are you in pain? Do you feel isolated,


lost, lonely and/or confused?
Dont struggle alone, Foggys is
looking out for you, writes group
founder Deb Cooke.
We are dedicated to providing
support, raising awareness and
promoting positivity about invisible
conditions. These include arthritis
and rheumatism, chronic fatigue
syndrome and ME, endometriosis,
fibromyalgia, irritable bowel
syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica
and giant cell arteritis, seasonal
affective disorder and trigeminal
neuralgia.
Meetings take place from 12noon
to 2pm:
on the first Wednesday of the
month at Liden Community Centre,
Barrington Close, Liden, SN3 6HF

and every third Monday of the


month at the Boundary House, 1
The Street, Moredon, SN25 3ER.
Due to a lottery Awards 4 All
grant, we can now also offer free
hydrotherapy and jacuzzi sessions
every Monday at Thamesdown
Hydrotherapy Pool.
The group provides advice, support
and a shoulder to lean on, and a
place where you can chat about
anything, everything and nothing.
Its an amazing relief to know that
youre not alone.
Find out more by calling
0844 887 2377 between 12noon
and 4pm or email: information@
butyoudontlooksick.co.uk
www.butyoudontlooksick.co.uk

Free estimate at your home or work We now complete all repairs in our workshop|
We will collect and return your car, free of charge, the same day
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The High & Mighty Volkswagen


Touareg

In his latest car review, GEOFF MAXTED of Drivewrite puts the


Volkswagen Touareg through its paces
The basic exterior shape of VWs
mighty Touareg hasnt changed that
much since its introduction way
back in 2003 but it has been considerably refreshed over time.
It was face-lifted again in 2014 to
resemble the overall look of the VW
range. Impressive upon release, it is
even better now.
While it retains all the virtues of
space, comfort and refinement, as
well as off-road and towing ability
which have made the Touareg so
popular, this latest refresh takes the
model forward thanks to the use of
lightweight construction techniques,
more fuel-efficient engines and new
technologies.
The front-end design of the

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Touareg features larger headlights


(now bi-xenon as standard across
the range), a deeper new radiator
grille with four instead of two horizontal fins and a re-profiled bumper,
all of which lend the big SUV a wider
appearance.
At the rear as at the front, the
redesigned bumper gives the Touareg
a wider look than before, with a
new rear diffuser between the twin
tailpipes and LED rear fog lights
integrated in the bumper. New door
mirror caps, a range of new wheel
designs and new paint colours complete the exterior makeover. Inside,
the Touareg also gets the option of
new colours for the standard leather
upholstery, new design accents and

new lighting.
Power is derived from a new 3.0L
V6 TDI. There are two versions; a
201bhp (332lb/ft) entry level and
the engine tested here that delivers
258bhp with a huge whoosh of
428lb/ft of torque. This is the power
plant you want on this SUV and
its twinned to a new eight-speed
Tiptronic gearbox which is more
frugal and greener than ever
before. With the 258bhp engine,
the Touareg returns 42.8mpg on
the combined cycle, while emitting
174g/km of CO.
The interior is smart, in an almost
austere business-like way, and very
uncluttered with most functions
organised via the big screen. The
leather front seats come with
lumbar support and theres also
two optional wood trims on offer
although our car didnt feature
these. In any case I prefer the
brushed aluminium look. Choose
the R-Line model and Nappa leather

upholstery in two-tone grey and


black is available as an option. All
key information including the
rev-counter, speedometer, engine
temperature, fuel gauge and
computer display is displayed
within the drivers visual field in the
instrument cluster.
Out on the road its more refined
than previously. Handling is much
improved with better poise into
corners. Long gone is the woolliness of the steering which is now
precise and accurate making for an
easy-going drive. The Touareg offers
comfort and refinement yet its still
a very good car to drive especially
given the size of the thing.
Ride quality is brilliant and kicks
sand in the face of our ruined
highways. Overall, the Volkswagen
Touareg is refined, quiet and the
perfect vehicle for distance travel
and most off-road encounters. Its a
bit pricey at 44k but you can feel
the 4x4 heritage.

Pebley Beach named regional Garage of


the Year, for second year in a row

Wiltshire Police put a Renegade


to good use in the Swindon area

Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach


has been named regional Garage
of the Year for the second year in a
row, thanks to its customers.
The competition was run by
national reviews website Motor
Codes, which allows the public to
rate their experience at any garage
in the UK.
Nationally, one customer every
minute posts a review on the site.
A recent review for Pebley included
this comment: The service offered
The Renegade has best-in-class
Swindon-based motor dealership,
by Pebley Beach Hyundai is always
TH White Fiat Group Brand Centre,
off-road capability and first-inexcellent, from being greeted by a
has begun a forward-thinking part- class automatic transmission along friendly smile as soon as you walk
nership with Wiltshire Police which with innovative Jeep Active Drive
through the door, with a cup of
systems.
will see an all-new Jeep Renegade
coffee should you have to wait a bit
Andrew Carr, Wiltshire police Hub to be attended to, to the efficiency
put to the test in a six month trial.
It's a first for the dealership and
Superintendent based at Gable
and attention to detail when you
Cross Police Station, believes the
also Wiltshire Police, where at the
collect the car.
end of the test period, the force
Renegade has great potential to
An overall experience rating
will have purchased the vehicle at a support the fight against crime in
of 98 per cent, and 99 per cent
and around the Swindon area. He
preferential rate.
of customers saying they would
The Renegade, based at Swindon
said: Were delighted to add the
recommend Pebley to a friend,
Jeep to our fleet of vehicles, its
Police HQ at Gable Cross, has been
placed the firm in pole position in
the first of its kind weve used as a
given a complete makeover by the
the franchised main dealer category
force, with full police graphics, blue marked vehicle.
in the South West.
We're confident this is the start
lights and sirens fitted.
Pebley will now go on to the
of a rewarding relationship between London national final which it
It was chosen to join the force
fleet as its compact size gives police Wiltshire Police and TH White Fiat
won last year part of the Auto
Group Brand Centre.
off-road access to rural areas that
Express Awards on June 30.
www.motors.thwhite.co.uk
larger vehicles are not able to reach.
Managing director Dominic

Holly McAllister, head of


customer service and quality for
Motor Codes with Pebley Beach
managing director Dominic
Threlfall at last years final
Threlfall said: We have very loyal
customers who come back to us
year after year and are happy to
recommend us to friends and family.
We work hard to retain their loyalty,
and Im delighted that the efforts
of our award-winning team have
paid off.
While Pebley Beach is a franchise
holder for the Hyundai and Suzuki
brands, drivers of any make of car
can take advantage of the firms
MoT and servicing department.
Find out more at: www.pebley.co.uk

Savings to smile about with Hyundai


i10 S 1.0

From 8,705 OTR

New i30 SE 1.4

From 16,495 OTR*

Pebley Beach Hyundai 01793 816800

West Swindon Motor Park, Paddington Drive, Bridgemead, Swindon SN5 7SB www.pebleybeachhyundai.co.uk
Pebley Beach Ltd, trading as Pebley Beach Hyundai.

Fuel consumption MPG (l/100km) for Hyundai range: Urban 18.0 (15.7) - 80.7 (3.5), Extra Urban 32.8 (8.6) - 94.2 (3.0), Combined 25.2 (11.2) - 88.3 (3.2), CO2 Emissions 261 - 84
g/km. Fuel consumption: figures shown are based on official EU test figures. These are to be used as a guide for comparative purposes and may not reflect all driving results.
*Models shown: i10 S 1.0 at 8,705 OTR in solid paint at no extra cost and New i30 SE 1.4 5dr at 16,495 in solid paint at no extra cost. On the road (OTR) prices shown include customer saving discounts where applicable, VAT where applicable, delivery, vehicle first registration fee, number
plates and 12 months Road Fund Licence. All offers and savings are subject to availability, while stocks last and are only available to private retail customers on new cars purchased and registered in the UK (excluding Channel Islands or Isle of Man), between 1st April and 30th June 2015,
inclusive, sourced through Hyundai Motor UK Ltd or its authorised dealers. Offers are not available for customers under the Hyundai Affinity Programme. 5 Year Warranty terms and exclusions apply. Please see www.hyundai.co.uk or ask your local Dealer.

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Blooms on display for charity

LANDSERVE

West Swindon garden open in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and
Prospect Hospice
Saturday 18 July, 10am to 5pm
1 Berry Copse, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5AD
Cream teas and cakes, tombola, raffle & rumble table
Entry 2

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Grass cutting - regular maintenance
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TWIGS Community Garden: Sunday 19 July, 1pm to 5pm


The two acre community garden
adjacent to Manor Garden Centre, Cheney Manor, is maintained by
volunteers who experience mental health problems.
The gardens provide plenty of ideas for your own garden. Swindon
beekeepers will have a stall and there will be plants and craft goods for
sale as well as home-made teas.
Admission 3; children free.
www.twigscommunitygardens.org.uk

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Garden Walls
Fencing
All general building and
landscaping projects undertaken
NO JOB TOO SMALL
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01793 670115 or
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for a Free Estimate

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The beautifully restored ornamental 18th Century walled garden will
be at its peak, a riot of colour with shrubs alternating with individually
planted flowers and bulbs as well as sweet peas, annuals and wall-trained
fruit trees.
Light refreshments are available in the adjacent tearooms.
Admission 2, children 1.
Visit Lydiard Park and view the medieval decoration in St Marys Church,
and also the St John family tree which celebrates 400 years on 24, 25
and 26 July. See page 23 for details
www.lydiardpark.org.uk
See gardens involved with the National Garden Scheme
open throughout the year at www.ngs.org.uk

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GENERAL GARDEN MAINTENANCE


& CONSTRUCTION
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Tel: 07711 253508

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mowing
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maintenance service
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width required: 29 (730mm)

Trees Shrubs Hedges


Stump grinding
Lawns Mowed Strimming
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All waste removed

Call Steve to discuss your needs


and receive a free estimate

For a free quote call David on

01672 511311
or 07542 151162

Tel: 01793 848708 or 07967 341567


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Planting, clearance
and much more

For a free no obligation quote call Cliff


on 01793 703986 or 07973 391 668

Email: gardencareswindon@hotmail.com

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For a free quote call Cliff on

Tel: 01793 731418


Mobile: 07808 355487

Established locally for over 8 years


References available

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35 Spencer Close, West Swindon
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Tel: 01793 875451 or


07940 247152

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Mobile: 07799 176514
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SERVICE SECTOR

GET SOMEONE IN, REPAIR AND IMPROVE: YOUR GUIDE TO HOME MAINTENANCE

DJR General Builders Ltd

Approved
Electrician
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works undertaken

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Mob: 075151 25060
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Tel: 01793 748333


Mob: 07733897039

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Mob: 07790 283 186

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MILESTONE

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Mobile: 077 8968 1536

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07739 357617

M.

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BATHROOMS

BATHROOMS

BATHROOMS & KITCHENS

Plumbing

& Heating
MJP Home Creations

Quality bathroom suites

fitted - tiling, electrics, flooring


all taken care of
All types of
plumbing undertaken
- leaking taps, pumps,
tanks, burst pipes,
302877
machines installed

Free estimates

01793 876600
07748 964433

Creation Born Of Perfection


Specialists in kitchens bathrooms
and wetrooms
Design and installation, plastering, plumbing,
electrics, underfloor heating and tiling

Contact Matthew Pollard: 07779 318717


info@mjphomecreations.com
See our customer testimonials:
www.mjphomecreations.com

Approved Plumber

mjplumbing64@gmail.com

DAMP SOLUTIONS

IS DAMP A
PROBLEM IN
YOUR HOME?

DECORATOR

DECORATING &
CARPENTRY
Interior/exterior
painting and decorating
Wallpaper
Tiling Coving
Laminate flooring
Doors & skirting
replacement
Kitchen & bathroom refits
Internal alterations
No job too small Rooms left tidy daily
Free no obligation 24 hour quotations

Do you have:
Rising damp
Streaming windows?
Damp clothing & furniture?
Unsightly black mould?
Wet internal walls?
Mould and odours?

Damp surveys undertaken


All damp problems solved
Call now for free advice

Call Andy: 01793 729354


or 07900 835116

DECORATOR
INSIDE
AND OUT
High class painting
and decorating
30 years experience
Competitive rates
Interior & exterior
References available
Reliable friendly service, all work undertaken
For free
quotation
call Paul on

01793 321981
07775 840236

HEATING & PLUMBING

HOME MAINTENANCE

Quality Plumbing & Heating

G R SERVICES

Est. 30 years
Central heating installation
Boiler servicing & repairs
Replacement boilers
Bathrooms & tiling
Power showers
Outside taps
Reg: 128966
All plumbing work undertaken
Reliable service, realistic prices

Kevin Rolfe

DECORATOR

DECORATOR

Painting and decorating


Carpentry services
Grounds maintenance
Turfing, fencing, patios
Kitchen & bathroom installations
Wall tiling
Fascias & guttering
Roof repairs
Friendly, reliable & competitive

Call Glen on:


01793 487450
07774 841879

INTERIOR H EXTERIOR
WALLPAPERING H COVING
H

20 years experience
Competitive rates
No job too small
Reliable & friendly service
Free estimates

Call Stuart on 01793 727659


or 07809 368051

HOME MAINTENANCE
Services

(Household Maintenance)
Handyman

Plastering Carpentry
Garden Maintenance
Decorating, Coving
Groundwork Tiling
Bathroom & Kitchen Installation
Fencing & Patios
Power Jetting
Building, installing partition walls,
loft boarding & repairs
Competitive Rates, Flexible Hours,
Reliable, No job too small

www.swindondamp.co.uk

Tel: 01793 881905


Mobile: 07973 663367
www.swindonheating.co.uk

www.grservicesswindon.co.uk

Mobile: 07764 511933


or Tel: 01793 879069

OFFICES/WORKSHOPS

PLANS DRAWN

PLASTERING

TILING

Loft conversion & extension


specialist. Complete house
design and commercial work
undertaken.

BSJ PLASTERING &


DECORATING SERVICES

GILES BROS

01793 886222

WHITEHALL CRICKLADE LTD

near Cricklade - out of town location

OFFICES/
WORKSHOPS
Are you looking for flexible,
rural office/workspace,
in various sizes, on attractive terms?

Contact: 01793 750416


allbusiness@whitehall-services.co.uk

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From initial concept to full working


drawings my service includes:
written specifications;
contractor tender documents;
all forms and paperwork carried out;
liaison with relevant authorities;
Party Wall Act paperwork and
advice given.
7 DAY DESIGN SERVICE
for most domestic work
Established 1980. All areas covered

Call Bob on 07778 324228

email: grservices@hotmail.co.uk

All areas of Plastering, Decorating and


Refurbishment undertaken

Ceilings and Walls Plastered


Coving Rendering
Painting & Decorating - Internal & External
Complete Home Improvements undertaken
Free quotations

For a free no obligation quote


call Gary on

FLOOR & WALL


TILING
SPECIALISTS

Please contact Brian Jones

Free Quotes
Call Lee
on 0771 8102 921

Professional, reliable and friendly service


www.swindonplasterer.com

Call Mike
on 0778 8444 084
or 01793 520526

Mobile: 07976 572905


Home: 01793 725834

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DECORATOR

DECORATOR

Paul Rhind

J S Property Services

Experienced in all aspects


FREE
of interior and exterior
ESTIMATES
decorating

TREVOR WYSE

Roofing & building


maintenance

Telephone/fax:
01793 874807

Free
Free estimates
estimates
Call Jamie
Jamie on
on
Call
704309 or
or 0777
0777 594
594 8833
8833
704309
www.jspropertyservices.co.uk
www.jspropertyservices.co.uk

DOUBLE GLAZING

ELECTRICIAN

Painting, decorating,
ceramic tiling

Doctor
TREVOR WYSE
Professional
Painter
Glass
& Decorator

ELECTRICAL
Professional Painter
SERVICES

Call 01793 721455 or

Call 01793 721455 or


07976 885203
Also
hinges
FREE QUOTATIONS,

repairs & replaces cracked,


broken
or
Wallpaper
Specialist
misted double
Coving Dado Rails Tiling
glazed windows
Also hinges
07976 885203
and locks

Call: 01793 854448


or 07976 219671
www.trevorwyse.com

TREVOR WYSE

SAFE & SHAW

Doctor
Glass
& Decorator

EXTRA SOCKETS / LIGHTS


repairs
SECURITY
ALARMS
&LIGHTING/FIRE
replaces cracked,
Wallpaper
Specialist
GARDEN
LIGHTING
& OUTDOOR
broken
or
SOCKETS
Coving
double
Dado Rails Tiling
misted
SHOWERS/COOKERS
INSTALLED
glazed
FUSE BOARD
REPLACEMENT
windows
COMPLETE RE-WIRING
NO locks
OBLIGATION
and

Please call
Call:
01793
Paul
Eastham
on 854448
www.trevorwyse.com
07769
883717
or 07976 219671

De
cor
at

Domestic, commercial & letting


INTERIOR
&
Specialist in insurance claims
EXTERIOR
& DIY 'rescues

Pa
inte
r&

Conservatories, fascias
and guttering

General
General carpentry
carpentry
Fitted kitchens
kitchens // bedrooms
bedrooms
Fitted
Laminate
Laminate and
and solid
solid flooring
flooring
Replacement doors
doors
Replacement
Skirtings
Skirtings // architraves
architraves
Decking
Decking and
and patios
patios
General
General building
building maintenance
maintenance

PA I N T I N G A N D D E C O R AT I N G

UPVC windows & doors

Home & Garden Improvements

Competitive rates (no VAT)


REDUCTIONS
FOR Excellent references
& recommended
Call
OAPs Registered
by the Painting & Decorating

01793
Age UK Registered
334823
Full public liability insurance
or
Free advice and quotations
07788
contact Darryl Bevan
on
01793 497461 or 07919 671307
572043
Association

PR
ID
E

Bathroom suites
and kitchens fitted

or

CARPENTRY

A C h a n g e o f Co l o u r

BUILDING SERVICES

Professional Painter
& Decorator
Wallpaper Specialist
Coving Dado Rails Tiling

Call 01793 721455 or


07976 885203

www.trevorwyse.com

HEATING & PLUMBING

RJ
PeaRce Plumbing & Heating ltd
Doctor

Glass

Over 20 years experience in plumbing & heating work

Central
heating cracked,
repairs
& replaces
7 YEAR GUARANTEE
Bathrooms
& showers on Worcester Bosch Ri Si and Cdi boilers
broken
or
misted
double rates
Competitive
glazed windows
All work guaranteed
Accredited Installer
Also hinges
Nolocks
job too small
and

Call: 01793
854448details call Richard
For further
or 07976
219671
on 01793
879156 or 07747 723606

203455

KITCHEN & BATHROOM SERVICES

APPRENTICESHIP SERVED TRADESMAN


Free survey
Building work
Plastering
Tiling
Electrics
Plumbing
Wooden flooring
All types of worktops fitted
including granite
For a complete professional service contact:

STEVE GEORGE

APPROVED

Tel: 874480 Mobile: 07860 760364 30 years experienced tradesman

TILING

TILING

WOODWORK

TEL: 01793 330975


MOB: 07919 255673

TRADITIONAL HANDMADE
KITCHENS, FURNITURE,
FITTED WARDROBES
BESPOKE JOINERY
WINDOWS, DOORS, GATES
CONSERVATORIES
SKIRTING AND ARCHITRAVES

Email: leon.jack@hotmail.co.uk
Kitchens, Bathrooms
and Conservatories

www.britishwoodwork.co.uk
info@britishwoodwork.co.uk

WALL & FLOOR SPECIALIST


Please call Leon for a free quote

01793 978274

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ACCOUNTANCY

AERIAL SERVICES

CJD

Shaun Guard

ACCOUNTANCY LTD

TV AERIAL SERVICES

Craig Dell FCCA

Chartered Certified Accountant


Over 20 years experience for all your
accountancy & taxation needs including:
Self Assessments Sole Traders
Partnerships
Limited Companies
Available evenings and weekends
Fixed fee quotes No VAT
First consultation free

Tel: 01793 343255 M: 07557 399987


Email: cjd.accountancy@virginmedia.com

Poor Reception Solved


Aerials repaired & supplied
TVs - Hung on your wall and tuned
Extra TV Points
- For aerial and Sky (In HD!)
Sky TV - Also Foreign Language TV

Call Swindon
01793 474720

www.cjd-accountancy.co.uk

BOOK-KEEPING

CARPETS

AERIAL SERVICES

Chris Payne

aerials
& satellite systems



Freeview & Sky installations


TV & radio aerials
Home cinema
Extra TV & telephone points
NO VAT

Tel: 01793 700078


Mobile: 07904 330724

CARPET CLEANING

AERIAL SERVICES

Aerial
Solutions
Does your picture freeze and break up?
Would you like TV points in other rooms?
Do you want Freesat or Sky installed?

Then contact your local VAT free


aerial and satellite installers

01793 744957

50% off
digital aerials

CARPET CLEANING

Abacus Cleaning Services

Cant face
doing the books
after a hard
days work?

The Carpet &


Upholstery Cleaning Specialist

Call Leonard Fuller,


A.I.C.B,
qualified bookkeeper
with over 20 years
experience.

Tel: 01793 700637


or 07963 637748
www.bookkeepingswindon.co.uk

We bring the showroom to you!


Carpet, Vinyl,
Wood & Laminate

01793 200071

www.jcarpets.co.uk
Great personal service
with great prices!

CLEARANCE

Carpets, Rugs and


Fabric Upholstery

Carpets, rugs, curtains, suites etc


Emergency call out available
Hard floors cleaned and sealed
Stain removal Protection treatment
Fully insured

Quickly usable

Hard Floors Cleaned & Sealed

Email: cliff.whiteway@btinternet.com

www.abacuscleaningswindon.co.uk

COMPUTER SUPPORT

COMPUTER SUPPORT

Youll be amazed how affordable it is


....call for your free estimate from your
local independent on 01793 731418
or mobile: 07808 355487

Carpet & Upholstery


Protection Treatments
Insecticide & Anti-Static Treatments
Spot & Stain Removal
Fully Insured,
NCCA member
Independently owned & operated
To arrange for a free estimate call

01793 421802

Computer problems?
Let us help

We provide a range of computer


services for both home and
business including:
PC repairs and maintenance
System upgrades, networking
Custom built computers
Windows home server installs
Virus removal
Data recovery
Internet solutions
Web design
With over 15 years experience,
you can rely on us

Tel: 01793 325685

GARAGE DOORS

Electrical Automation
Up & Over
Roller
Sectional
Repairs
Unit 8, Central Trading Estate, Signal Way, Swindon SN3 1PD

Tel 01793 847545


Email enquiries@dimensions.org.uk
www.dimensions.org.uk

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OVEN CLEANING

Ovens, ranges, agas, hobs


extractors and microwaves

Fixed pricing examples


Single Oven 40 - Range 60
No hidden extras,
includes racks, doors, glass
20 years experience
No toxic chemicals in your home
Reliable & Friendly
Free Quotation
To book your oven clean call

01793 877677 or email:

office@enlan.co.uk

PEST CONTROL

PEST CONTROL

Cost Effective
Pest Prevention
and Control

ASW Pest Control

Highly competitive pricing


Swindon based
Fully qualified
Specialists in all pest removal
Bird proofing
Wasp Specialists
7 Day - No call out charge

Call 07818 550347

russell@whelanpest.co.uk

Daily service in Swindon


and surrounding areas
covering all pests including
rats, mice, moles, rabbits,
pigeons, ants, fleas, bedbugs,
wasps and bees

Prompt professional service


07966 527538
07973 767582
www.aswpestcontrol.co.uk

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APPLIANCE REPAIRS

APPLIANCE REPAIRS

APPLIANCE REPAIRS

HALE SKILLS
Washing Machines
Cookers
Dishwashers

Guaranteed
repairs to
all makes
of domestic
appliances

Dryers
Vacuum Cleaners
Over 30
years
experience

Same day/next day service

Call 07963 131429

Tel: 01793 469300

e.mail: haleskills@gmail.com

CLEANING
Homes That
Sparkle From
People Who Shine
Affordable & reliable cleaning
programmes, tailored to meet
your needs and budget
Regular cleans, Spring cleans,
Moving in or out cleans
Trained and insured staff
Equipment and supplies provided
Quality Service Guarantee

CLEANING

At COSMOS-PRESTIGE
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
Natural Stone Restoration

h Domestic and Commercial


h End of Tenancy Cleaning
h Stain Removal
h Tile & Grout Colour Sealing
h Driveway/Patio Cleaning
h Stone Cleaning & Sealing
h Free Competitive Quote
h Fully Insured

Call us now for free,


no obligation quotation
Tel: 01793 511885

www.procleancleaningservices.co.uk

COMPUTER SUPPORT

FURNITURE WANTED

Mobile: 07506 740921

Est 2002
For all your computing needs

we are dedicated to

TOP QUALITY CLEANING


and great customer satisfaction

Phone MAGGIE
on 07516 57 99 76

and see how easily you can


afford to RELAX and still have a
SPARKLING CLEAN HOME
Also OFFICE cleaning and IRONING
Check out our written references
Work done under insurance

www.cosmos-prestige.com

Make an
impact!
Promote your
business on paper
and online
@ swindonlink.com
Call Sue Roberts
to discuss our
combined advertising
packages

01793 602540

GARAGE DOORS

Installation & Repairs


New Doors Automation
No Obligation Quotes
Est. 1981

Hardware & Software Installs & Upgrades


Repairs Maintenance PC Security
Home or Business Networking
Wireless Setup
On Site Service, Home or Business

For a dedicated local service with a


Microsoft Certified Professional,
with over 21 years experience, call
01793 320 439 or 07799 337 918
E: info@compucareuk.com
www.compucareuk.com

CLEANING

Showroom:

is a West Swindon based charity,


providing furniture and
white goods to people in need
Call the collections line on
07714 091011
HELP US TO HELP OTHERS

Maxwell House,
Maxwell Street,
Swindon SN1 5DR
Tel: (01793) 618499
or 513796
swindondoorservices@
btinternet.com

www.garagedoorsupplies.co.uk

REMOVALS

SCRAP METAL

TV REPAIRS

UPHOLSTERY

WHITE VAN MAN

RODDERS
SCRAP
METAL

Gogglebox

M & J Upholsterers

SINGLE ITEMS MOVED


ANYWHERE IN SWINDON
FOR ONLY 35

Full house removal


House clearance
Disposal of unwanted items
Any distance long/short
Fully insured
NEW: Licensed to remove fridges

Call for a FREE quote


Mobile: 07796 236436

All metals removed


FREE of charge
Washing machines, cookers,
microwaves etc.
Sorry no fridges or freezers
Scrap cars collected FREE of charge

01793 613396
07899 018167
Registered waste carrier

New TV tuning
& system set-up
In house TV repairs
In house estimates

Call
Darryl Pace
on
01793 812738

RE-UPHOLSTERY
& ALL SUITE REPAIRS
Re-upholstery of 3 piece suites,
dining & fireside chairs etc.
Also new seat interiors
Seams - Zips - Springs

LEATHER CLEANING
Repairs carried out in situ
Established 1972

Call 07709 453949


emanjayupholstery@gmail.com
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VIEWPOINT: Richard Pagett

A snow centre for Swindon. But is it resiliant?


What a brilliant idea! What with
hotels, retail outlets, entertainment
arena and a ski slope, this should
be a real kick-start to energise a
town centre, but, there are major
problems. The question is, does it
meet resiliance requirements?
This project needs incredibly careful planning and expertise. Raising
cash and pouring concrete is
fairly straightforward but designing
infrastructure for resilience into the
future is hard, very hard.
If not finessed carefully then all
one is doing today is adding straw
to the camels back. When we do
not take the future into account
today, then that is unsustainable and becomes a big no, no.
Understanding how to build
resilience in cities is arguably one
of the defining challenges of the
21st Century. Urban populations are
exploding and urban centres are
vulnerable.
But how can we build resilience
in the context of complex and massively divergent urban tapestries?
We need to unpack the enormous
opportunities that exist for stimulating resilient development.

We all know that the last few


climate change summits (at the
end of each year) have all been
promising to figure out a deal to
cut greenhouse gas emissions so
that global overall temperatures do
not exceed an additional 2 degrees
threshold.
The problem, of course, is that
as the world leaders tussle with
that challenge, we are, the world
over, adding to the problem each
day with everything we do. We are
still moving food around, heating
water, driving cars, building houses
as if it was still 1970. That is to be
expected.

The density of our population


means that most have to live in
cities and towns. This could be the
best way of gaining economy of
scale in terms of emission reduction, current housing, food, water,
waste and energy.
Unfortunately, current policies
are just too unsophisticated to
accomplish that. Arguably, we can
only do so much with food, housing,
cars, waste and so on as these are
basic requirements, and we cannot
all go and live in a cave.
There are simply not enough caves
to go around anyway.
But the elephant in the room is
entertainment. Entertainment is
discretionary though an important
part of the human condition. We
have been sitting around open
fires listening to storytellers for
thousands of years.
In modern times entertainment
has become ever more sophisticated
and energy-consumptive. Some
entertainment can have low carbon
footprints, but Formula 1, Premier
League, badminton (in fact most
sports) have larger or smaller energy
penalties, not to mention snow
domes.
So where do we draw the line?
Society will decide that, though
probably not soon. Yet, the writing

Prize winner
DJ McGhee ran a competition
in the April Link to win a copy
of his debut illustrated story
Space Invaders!
On offer was a signed copy
of his book and a signed and
framed print of one of his
pictures that appear in it, as
well as an Easter egg
The winner was seven year
old Lauren Winley who attends
Haydon Wick Primary School
who is pictured with DJ.
Find out more about the
author and upcoming books on
Facebook: DJ McGhee

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ion the wall is not on everyones


wall just yet. The best we can do,
given all the constraints, is that all
new infrastructure has to be designed with resilience in mind. It is
no longer acceptable to burden the
future with our energy consumption
attitudes.
So lets welcome the snow dome
but it needs to be designed with
a minimum carbon footprint,
emission-free and zero waste as far
as possible, taking responsibility for
all the emissions of the thousands
of cars driven to the attractions,
and of course, it needs to generate
emission-free energy from, for
example, solar panels and heat
pumps. It needs to use all the latest
innovative materials and concepts.
Quite simply and unequivocally,
it needs to be (from what we have
been told so far) considerably better
than it is.
If not, Swindons entertainment
driven regeneration will simply be
another headstone in the Cemetery
of Lost Chances and a reckless
embarrassment.
Dr Richard Paget, who lives in
Purton, is an international expert
on resilience and thinker on the
critical global issues of our time,
connecting their importance with
activities at a local level