Event: Summer Workshops at Swindon’s Museum and Art Gallery

Event: Summer Workshops at Swindon’s Museum and Art Gallery

11th August 2018

Summer Workshops at Swindon’s Museum and Art Gallery

Doing what it says on the tin – a poster advertising stuff to do with the kids, in the form of summer workshops at Swindon’s museum and art gallery up in Old Town. The activities are sponsored by the friends of Swindon museum and art gallery– an organisation well worth joining.

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Summer workshops at museum and art gallery

Event: Transport company’s drive to raise charity funds arrives at fun day

Event: Transport company’s drive to raise charity funds arrives at fun day

10th August 2018

Transport company’s drive to raise charity funds arrives at fun day

Akcess fun day August 19th at Coate Water 
Akcess fun day August 19th

Akcess Medical NEPTS transport

They say you wait for one bus then three come along – well that’s just what’s going to happen when the team at Swindon-based transport company Akcess lay on a bumper fundraising fun day.

As part of the festivities at the event, which takes place at Coate Water on August 19, visitors will be asked to guess the combined weight of three vehicles. The vehicles are from Akcess CIC, a not-for-profit community transport company, and its sister company Akcess Medical, which operates hospital transport.

As well as guess-the-weight, there will be everything from fun fair rides to tombolas and sweet stalls, displays, and old-fashioned races like egg-and-spoon. There will also be a raffle, with local business people generously donating prizes ranging from Swindon Town tickets and swimming lessons, to chocolates and Bluetooth speakers.

All the profits from the event, which starts at midday, will be split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Uplands special school in Swindon.

Organising the fun day is Akcess Medical’s crew manager, Tracey Mason.

“Originally, we were going to run a fun day for staff, as we employ about 200 people across the businesses, but then we decided to open it up to everybody who wants to come along and to help charity at the same time,” she said.

“We picked Uplands as we provide transport for a lot of the children to get to and from school, and for school trips, and they are really wonderful. Wiltshire Air Ambulance fits with Akcess Medical, although our ambulances are firmly on the ground!”

Tracey is still looking for people who want to run stalls or displays at the fun day. To get in touch or for more information email info@akcess.co.uk or call 01793 855550.

Event: This is our town

Event: This is our town

13th July 2018

Event: This is our town

Prime Theatre wins major support for new Swindon history play called This is our town.

Prime Theatre this is our town

Prime Theatre has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £27,000 for an exciting new performance project based on Swindon’s people & places at the turn of the century.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project ‘This is Our Town’ will allow young actors & writers to partner the town’s heritage organisations & create live & digital performances & exhibition.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the nine-month project begins with a major production at STEAM museum at the end of July,

’This Is Our Town’, brings to life figures & events from between 1903 & 1913. After this first production, new young writers & historians will be able to join another creative project with digital stories & an exhibition in the autumn.

Celebrating the award, Prime’s Associate Director Emma Barr said: This is a fantastic opportunity for Prime Youth Theatre and any actors, producers, writers, researchers, technicians and directors between the ages of 10-17 to develop skills alongside professionals while learning more about local heritage. In our research we have come across dramatic stories and visionary people, giving us plenty of reasons to be proud of our town.’

Cast member and young writer, Jenna said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the history of Swindon. Getting to be involved with both the writing and the performing has been so interesting and so much fun!’

Prime Theatre will support up to 150 young participants from across Swindon to get involved with heritage professionals from Swindon Local Studies archives, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, STEAM Museum, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre & Swindon Heritage.

The show features William Morris, editor of the town’s newspaper, then called the “Swindon Advertiser and Wiltshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire Chronicle”. Other glimpses of history include suffragette Edith New, James ‘Raggy’ Powell the Swindon Councillor and philanthropist and events such as the tram crash of 1906.

Daryll Moody from Swindon Local Studies said: ‘We are proud to be involved in this fantastic project, which will allow Swindonians to step back in time and glimpse life in ‘our town’ a century ago. We always welcome the opportunity to share the treasures of the Local Studies collection with the widest possible audience.’

‘This is Our Town’ will be performed at STEAM museum on Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 July at 7pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Tickets at £7 are available through the Wyvern ticket office on 01793 524481 and www.swindontheatres.co.uk


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Series of free events aims to help Swindon businesses

Series of free events aims to help Swindon businesses

15th June 2018

Series of free events aims to help Swindon businesses

Rombourne hosting Free events for Swindon businesses


Rombourne serviced offices in Swindon are to stage a series of free events to support businesses across the area, as well as those based in the centre.

Shirley Hensher - The Change Agent

Shirley Hensher – The Change Agent

The first event will be on July 3, and is a two-hour afternoon workshop with business and career coach Shirley Hensher, of the Change Agent, focusing on helping business owners rediscover their direction and priorities so they can manage their time more effectively.





On July 18, Jo Smyth, who runs PR and copywriting agency Word Worker, will hold a drop-in copy clinic, where business owners can call in and ask for help and advice on anything from how to write and where to send a press release, to tips on blogging and crafting web copy.

Jo Smyth - Word Worker

Jo Smyth – Word Worker. Photo credit Stuart Harrison Photography

Other events will be planned in for later in the year.

“I am keen to integrate and support the local business community. I really wanted to try something different and I have the facilities to accommodate varying size workshops,” said Danielle Mottram, business centre manager at Rombourne’s Kingston House, Lydiard Fields, West Swindon. “Shirley Hensher is one of my newest clients at Kingston House, and this is a great opportunity for us to work together in supporting the local business community. I also hope Jo Smyth’s copy clinic appeal to the businesses in our centre and further afield.”



Shirley Hensher, who helps provide fresh perspective to her clients so they can shape their working lives, spent 25 years in corporate life, as an employee then freelance project manager, before starting a coaching business. She said: “I am really looking forward to running the workshop in July and helping business people rediscover their sense of direction and purpose so they can align their daily activities with what is really important to them and to their business.”

Jo Smyth works with SMEs and uses her journalism skills to craft press releases which hit the mark with online and offline media. She said: “I always enjoyed copy clinics when I was a young journalist, and received some really fantastic advice from my editors, so I am looking forward to helping business owners unlock their own writing potential.”


Danielle Mottram of Rombourne Serviced Offices

Danielle Mottram of Rombourne Serviced Offices

For more information about the events at Kingston House, email dmottram@rombourne.co.uk or call 01793 683550.



Victory Breakfast

Victory Breakfast

14th June 2018

Victory Breakfast

Victory Breakfast

The Victory Breakfast is going to be a splendid event in celebration of votes for women. It’s taking place at Swindon’s Marriott Hotel on Thursday 5th July, 2018 and is raising funds for Swindon’s Womens’ Aid.

Tickets are £10. To get one contact:

Carol:01793 522955

Susan: 07842 489 819

Read more about it in this article in the Swindon Advertiser: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/features/big_interview/16226741.THE_BIG_INTERVIEW__Honouring_those_who_ploughed_the_furrow/

‘Carol Gibbon and Susan Pearson, investigated archives at the London School of Economics to make the victory breakfast as authentic as possible

WOMEN got the vote a century ago – but not all women.

That didn’t come until a decade later, and was marked with a victory breakfast at London’s Cecil Hotel on Thursday, July 5, 1928.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Swindon’s Marriott Hotel, the breakfast will be recreated and the achievement of 90 years ago celebrated…

…Millicent Fawcett, who recently had her statue unveiled in Parliament Square, was involved right from the beginning, when she was a teenager. One of her sisters was the first female doctor, for instance. They were a very feminist-minded family.

“She married an MP who had been blinded in a shooting accident, so she was a secretary from quite a young age and gradually got more and more involved herself. She was there in 1928 at the victory breakfast, so she’d been working all those years and saw the culmination of her efforts.’




Swindon Stitch & Bitch & The Longest Knit

Swindon Stitch & Bitch & The Longest Knit

13th June 2018

Swindon Stitch & Bitch & The Longest Knit

Ha! The good ladies of Swindon’s super duper Stitch and Bitch group are busy clacking their needles for their latest yarn-based challenge all for a local charity. To find out more read on:

Swindon’s Stitch and Bitch are going to Avebury on Wednesday 20th June 2018 for the longest knitting day. The 21st is the summer solstice, so they will make the most of the daylight hours spending time knitting.
The group will travel to Avebury on the bus from Swindon Bus Station. They’ll be knitting while on the bus and once they get to Avebury. The needle clacking will continue at Avebury under the wishing tree as the ladies knit and crochet hanging spirals. The ladies will be gifting their spirals to visitors in return for donations. All donations will be going to Dressability.
the longest knit - yarn twirl
Dressability provides a low-cost clothing alteration and dressmaking service for people with disabilities. Swindon Stitch and Bitch will be collecting donations from their longest knit to give to this fantastic charity
Swindon Stitch and Bitch are working with Dressability making woollen garments for Swindon’s elderly who find themselves choosing between heating and eating during the winter months.
Through Dressability, Swindon Stitch and Bitch have received beautiful yarns from John Lewis. Tracey Major of Swindon Stitch and Bitch explains  ‘We were so honoured thatDressability asked us to work with them. We’re thrilled with the amazing yarn from John Lewis. Lots of the yarns are our favourite brands and will make gorgeous, and in some cases, luxurious garments to wrap the elderly up in this winter. They can keep warm in style.’
Tracey Major said, ‘disappointed at being unable to get together for World Knit in Public Day on the 9th of June, we decided instead to celebrate the summer solstice in yarn twirling style. We decided on yarn twirls because they look amazing, are easy to create and hang from anything.’ 
The group hope that visitors will come and visit them at Avebury and donate their loose change and take away a knitted twirl with them, and to also take with them more awareness of Dressability and the fabulous work they do.

About Dressability:

‘Clothing comes in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes that is simply not enough! For people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and the over 65’s, finding clothes that reflect a personal style, fit well and are easy to take on or off, can be hard. To make life easier Dressability provides a low cost clothing adaptation and alteration service to people who need their clothes to fit well, feel comfortable and remain stylish. Whatever physical challenges you face, Dressability can help tailor your clothing so that getting dressed or being dressed becomes an everyday routine rather than a daily problem!

Dressability is one of only two independent clothing services in the UK which caters specifically for the needs of disabled people.

We work with other voluntary organisations, disability support groups, social workers and healthcare professionals. Because of our experience of clothing and disability, our advice has also been sought by the legal profession.

Dressability is a registered charity which has a board of trustees who are legally responsible for all the charity´s activities.’