GWR Park Follow-Up Survey

GWR Park Follow-Up Survey

‘We had a fantastic response to our survey about GWR Park – over 400 people told us why the park is important and what needs to change. A draft conservation management plan has now been prepared by landscape architects Cookson and Tickner. That plan that takes on board these views and sets out the park’s future management.

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Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Closure

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Closure

As if all the bru ha ha surrounding the Oasis leisure centre were not enough and in a week when SBC announce their intention of launching a city status bid, they also announce closure of the museum and art gallery in Swindon’s Old Town.

Quite how one might a city in possession of an art collection of national importance yet nowhere to see it is a mystery to me. But then so much of what SBC does is a mystery to me. This is the unfunniest of jokes.

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A Swindon Health and Leisure History

A Swindon Health and Leisure History

Swindon possesses an important slice of social history. One that shows how health and leisure provision have changed throughout the years. And how important that is to people’s welfare. Both physical and mental. It began with the GWR Medical Fund Society and comes right up to date and feeds into the current Oasis saga.

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The Oasis and Inclusivity

The Oasis and Inclusivity

From one of the campaign team, Helena Williams Bowie, on the topic of the Oasis and inclusivity.

Back in 1972 when Swindon’s elders conceived the Oasis, the town had a population around half of what it is today. They knew back then the town’s population could and would have a rapid increase. And indeed, the expansion of Swindon continues almost 50 years on. Back then the administration in charge had a bold vision. Now we’re lacking facilities with double the population.

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Oasis reflections from the 1970s

Oasis reflections from the 1970s

So yesterday we had a Save the Oasis rally in front of the Oasis itself. In this post I want to share the Oasis reflections from the 1970s that I spoke of at the rally. But first, some comments about stuff said on Twitter by a certain Conservative councillor and Cabinet member. And I’m saying this as me, a Swindonian, looking at things from the outside in.

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Stratton Peace Memorial Swindon

Stratton Peace Memorial Swindon

The Stratton Peace Memorial Swindon
So yesterday, together with two friends and two dogs, I strolled round Stratton following a Stratton history trail. One of the things this trail takes in, is the Stratton Peace memorial, the main focus of this post. But I’ll come back to that in a bit. First a bit of info about the Stratton treasure/history trail.

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