24th March 2018


Eastcott Heritage Exhibition

The good people of Savernake Street community hall in Eastcott have been busy again. I LOVE what they’re doing up there. It’s such a lovely thriving community centre that does some terrific stuff with its residents. At the back end of last year they launched their book: Legacy of a Rag and Bone man.  Caroline Davis Khan, who helps run the community centre, has recently won a Pride of Swindon award – and so very well deserved it is too. Congratulations Caroline!

The book tells the story of a century of Eastcott community life. Savernake street hall has had several incarnations: British restaurant, civil defence – you name it really.

Now, building on that, they’ve launched an exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery on Bath Road. All of this stuff has been made possible with help from the Heritage lottery fund – HLF South West. 

It runs until the 5th of May so do go and see it.

A key character in Eastcott’s history is one ‘Raggy Powell’.  There’s a quote in the book from the lovely Frances Bevan, local historian, who comments that Powell is one of ‘Swindon’s forgotten heroes’. ‘Despite his philanthropic contribution to the town, no street, or building has been named after him’. But the book and this exhibition are surely addressing that situation – as is only right and proper. The exhibition features a knitted Raggy Powell – one of the Swindon celebrities created by the good ladies of Stitch n Bitch. 




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