Mechanics' Matters Number 4

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee on Friday 3rd June – from 11.00am to 3.00pm at central community centre, the Baker’s and the the railway village museum.

Mechanics' Matters Number 4 - Mechanics' institution platinum jubilee
Mechanics’ Matters Number 4 – Mechanics’ Institution platinum jubilee celebrations

Other Mechanics’ Matters

The Cricketer’s Arms

We’re delighted to report that we’ve got approval to convert the Cricketer’s Arms into three self-contained apartments, a retail unit and a community room. We expect the cost of the development to fall the region of £1.5 million with the first phase due to start this summer.

New artwork for the hoardings around the Mechanics’ Institute building

Railway village residents have seen the appearance of new, grey-painted hoardings around the Mechanics’ Institute. But that’s to provide a backdrop to painted scenes representing the history of the railway village and its key buildings. Funded by Historic England and the Towns’ funding, the project will involve local schools and local artists such as Marilyn Trew.

The trust hopes to see it completed by September 2022.

The Baker’s

Saturday the 21st of May saw some discussion about future use of the Baker’s. The trust present options with input from residents.

DON’T FORGET WEDNESDAYS @ the BAKER’S – 10am to 1pm – On Wednesday’s we invite village residents to enjoy free coffee and cake and to chat with us about heritage action zone projects. Those happening now and those forthcoming.

Residents can also speak to SBC housing and public health officers. Further – on Weds 27th April and 4th May we’ll have plant seeds to take away.

Railway village museum openings

Free entry – but donations appreciated. The museum opens 11am to 3pm as follows:

  • July 2nd
  • August 6th
  • September 10th and 11th
  • December 10th and 11th

Outlet centre walking tours are on Saturdays 10am to 2pm. To book tours ring 07766138229 or email

Getting involved

Enjoy FREE membership until 31st December 2022 – Currently £1.00 plus donation

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is a charity and relies on volunteers and charitable funding although we do generate income from the buildings we currently have responsibility for. We have a range of opportunities and are looking for volunteers and trustees.

Interested? Contact us here. We’d love to hear from you! OR:

You can write to us at: Mechanics’ Institution Trust, Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Swindon, SN1 5BP.

You can phone 01793 611277 and leave a message.

Booking the Community Centre or Bakers

Please e-mail your enquiry to:

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