August 2022

Mechanics’ Matters No 5

Mechanics' Matters No 5

The latest updates from the Mechanics’ Institution trust. Join the MIT here:

See earlier newsletters here:

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  • Railway Village Museum and Village Tours
  • Health Hydro (Milton Road Baths)
  • Central Community Centre (Former GWR Medical Fund hospital)
  • The Baker’s
  • The Gluepot Public House

You can explore

  • The Carriage works
  • Pattern Church
  • St Mark’s church

Also enjoy:

  • live music and dance performances 
  • Refreshments
  • Crafts and inventive activities
  • local history
  • Try your hand at games
  • Learn more about inventions, from cars to computers 
  • Relax in the Designated Wellbeing zone 
  • Find out more about progress on the Mechanics’ Institute and the Cricketer’s Arms 
  • Take a stroll down to the nearby GWR Park.

Heritage Open Days

On Saturday 10th -Sunday 11th September from 10am to 4pm -come to Emlyn Square in the GWR railway village.

Wiltshire family histories – Saturday the 8th October 2022 11am – 2pm

Are you interested in your family history? Would you like to learn more about the people that lived in your house?

Since the early 1840s these houses were family homes – BUT – WHO actually lived in them?
Do YOU have stories to share with US? Do WE have info on YOUR family home?

The Swindon Branch of Wiltshire Family History Society are collaborating with the Mechanics’ Institute Trust and CARIG on this exciting project.

Please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bakers Cafe, Bathampton Street, Emlyn Square, SN15BP

Car boot and table top sale – Saturday 29th October

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Following the success of our previous event, we’re once again hosting our popular table top sale.

Contact Dan if you would like to book a table or Call 07955373172.

Cyber crime prevention workshop – Wednesday 16th November – FREE ENTRY

Do you know how to protect your online banking? Or Do you worry about how you can stay safe online? Are you in need of support using your devices safely?

We’ll be welcoming people from across Swindon who may benefit from our free cyber crime prevention workshop. There will be a live presentation by Wiltshire Police, open discussions and even a cyber crime themed game of bingo!

We’ll have hot and cold drinks available for a small charge along with light snacks.

For more information, contact Dan. Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, Railway Village, Swindon, SN1 5BP.

Update on the Cricketers’

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Mechanics’ Matters No 5 – the Cricketers’

We have the tenders! Now we can get started on this project. We’re expecting to appoint the successful contractor very soon, so we anticipate that the ‘phase one’ works, to protect and restore the exterior of the building, will get well under way by the end of this year. This means that, in preparation for phase two of the project, it’s a good time for us to review our proposal for the future use of the Cricketers’. And to continue thinking about how the interior of this building can benefit the local community.

We welcome all views on this topic, and would like to hear from you how you would like to see the ground floor of the Cricketers being used. 

Please let us know what you think!

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Flexible volunteering – Every Wednesday from 2pm-4pm

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central community centre

We’re hosting volunteer drop-in sessions where you can take part in a group project that carries out maintenance activities around the Central Community Centre and Swindon Railway Village.

We carry out activities such as gardening, litter picking and painting. There’s no commitment to joining this group project, so why not come along and give it a try?

If you’d like to become a general volunteer outside of this project, feel free to use our volunteer enquiry form.


We had some visitors in some of our buildings recently… 

Are you interested in local paranormal activity? Check out Paranormal Hunts on Facebook to see what they have recently discovered during their visit to the following local buildings:

  • The Glue Pot Public House
  • The Railway Village Museum
  • The Central Community Centre (Former GWR Medical Fund Hospital)
  • Health Hydro
  • Cricketers

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