11th April 2017
My Switch on to Swindon story
I’ve been in Swindon for around 23 years. But I’ve only properly noticed it for the last 4 years.
That ‘noticing’ process began when I started to write my Born again Swindonian blog – ‘Blogging Positive about all things Swindon’. I was an English student at UWE at the time. So I’ve been an unofficial ambassador for Swindon for a while now. I can bore for Britain on how great Swindon is. So I’ve been switched on to Swindon as #BAS for quite a while now.
With that blog I’ve changed the perceptions many people hold about Swindon. My UWE lecturers who had no idea of Swindon’s hidden gems, actual born Swindonians who had no idea about much of what I’ve written of. And more.
Through my blog I’ve become aware of what a creative hotspot Swindon is. I’ve become aware of what a thriving art, literature and poetry scene Swindon has. Through my blog I’ve been thrilled by the love for Swindon of every incomer I’ve come across. But then Swindon is built on incomers.
I’ve also been awed by the commitment of countless community groups all making Swindon a ‘… great place to be right now’. Their contribution to what makes Swindon so surprising and so special should not, must not, be ignored. It’s immense. Community is what makes a place desirable surely?
Then, after graduating (3 years ago almost) I started my business, AA Editorial Services. And yet again I’ve been delighted – but not altogether surprised – to find what a super place Swindon is to do business in and from.
I was fortunate to have support from the now sadly-defunct Outset Swindon. Several start-ups that I met via them are now my clients. We’ve since formed ourselves into an informal but supportive mentoring group of ladies. We meet monthly and share our collective business and social media know how.
So my story is not yet ended. I’m building my business. I’m still writing Born again Swindonian – over 100,000 views now – and I’m a trustee of Swindon Civic Voice.
And now I’m pleased to add to all that by being an ‘official’ Swindon ambassador via Switch on to Swindon.
So I’m switched onto Swindon in 3 personas: Born again Swindonian, Swindon Civic Voice and AA Editorial Services.
In summary: my niece recently asked me where, if I could live anywhere else in the country would I live. My answer: ‘Nowhere. I love living in Swindon.’
When I’ve visited family in London and Surrey and coming back on the train, I always get a thrill when I catch sight of the David Murray John Tower (I LOVE that building) because then I know I’m home.
If you let it, Swindon gets under your skin. It’s under mine. Hence, I’m in a really good place right now.
See a digital version of the Swindon story book here: Switch_on_to_Swindon_Brochure_web
Switch on to Swindon Ambassador event
Switch on to Swindon
5th April 2017
Presenting Brand ‘You’
A workshop presented by Lis McDermott – the Headshot Diva
A workshop that looks at you, the brand that is YOU, from the inside out rather than the outside in.
Arguably the subject of this post is aimed at business people – for the most part at least. Certainly that’s how Lis – the lady running the workshop pitches it. And with good reason.
But, that said, people in the corporate world may benefit from this. Or if you are involved in a charity of some kind that takes you to networking and fundraising events. Perhaps there’s something here for you too?
First up – the practicalities:
When is it? It’s on May 15th, 9 – 4
Where is it: It’s at the Jurys Inn Swindon. It includes lunch and free parking. Did someone mention the ‘L’ word?
How can I book onto it? By following the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/presenting-brand-you-tickets-32464283546?aff=efbevent
Okay. Having got the housekeeping out of the way – what’s it all about?
Consider these questions?:
- Do you get nervous at the thought of walking into a room full of strangers, knowing that you have to network and be at your very best you?
- Are you filled with dread at the thought of having to deliver a 1-minute pitch?
- Do you dislike your photo being taken? Do you always try to position yourself to the back of the group shot?
- Are you confident in the clothes you choose to represent ‘brand you’? **
** In the post ‘Why you are what you wear and why it matters’ I write about the importance of knowing your wow colours and your style personality.
This workshop is all about YOU. It’s about how you present yourself and your brand.
Note: It’s not a branding workshop in the strict sense. And the small group size is to allow for discussion throughout the day.
Aims of the day:
This day is all about enabling you. Enabling you to:
- Present the best ‘brand you’ possible for your business.
- Be confident in a range of public business situations
- Be prepared to be captured on camera at business events rather than being camera shy
The day’s sessions:
- What is brand you?
- Why is it important for you to physically present your brand well?
- Occasions where you have to present yourself in business
- How the brain affects and influences our behaviour
- Making an entrance
- Best face forward – (all attendees will receive a digital headshot from this session)
- How to dress for ‘brand you’ – led by Guest Speaker (Annabel Cyzba on this workshop)
- Standing out from the rest – how to pose with confidence
What do you need to bring to the event?
Not much really. Your smartphone and a pen – workbooks are provided. And a pair of shoes with heels. Not vertiginous stilettos – kitten heels will do. And a willingness to embrace your inner ‘you’ I guess.
At this point you might be thinking to yourself ‘well, this sounds all very fine but who is Lis McDermot and what does she know about it?’ It’s a fair enough question. So, in Lis’ own words:
I’ve had experience of photographing over 90 weddings and countless business events. And I’ve noticed, time and time again, that people don’t know how to present themselves in front of the camera.
When I attend network meetings I meet some souls who are soooo nervous and clearly are finding it difficult.
Before becoming a photographer I spent 34 years in education. During the last 20 of those I was often developing and leading workshops for teachers, head teachers and students.
It’s my wish to use the skills gained and honed during that time of my life to empower women in their businesses.’
What the papers say – well not the papers exactly but previous attendees:
“Wow! The photography-related session was awesome. Loved the interactive sessions, group exercises, workbook and opportunities for the participation of the delegates”. Wendy Ismail, Revetir
“Good mix of theory, practice and application to business. The small group size allowed honesty and openness in discussion which is important to gain most from the day”. Janet Israel, Health Screening Today
“Thought provoking with lots of interaction with the group. Very knowledgeable on subject: so interesting. I really enjoyed the practical side of the photography session and will definitely be practising how to stand for future photographs.” Francesca Newell, Seven Hills Hideaway
So grab the kitten heels and follow this link to book on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/presenting-brand-you-tickets-32464283546?aff=efbevent
18th March 2017
Shop local for Mothering Sunday
Some Mothering Sunday Gift Ideas from Swindon-based Independent Businesses
Inspired by a friend and fellow business owner who has been sharing other Swindon-based business offerings on her Facebook timeline I thought I’d put this post together as a ‘one-stop-shop’ of gift ideas for Mothering Sunday – and other occasions of course.
It’s only a week away so if you’re stumped for ideas then read on. And support the local economy and a small business while you’re at it. Win, win, win!
I’m sure no-one want to buy their mother any words for a mother’s day gift so I won’t bother mentioning my own AA Editorial Services. Ooops – I just did. Hey ho. 😉
So, in no particular order here’s my totally subjective list of great people offering fab things that would make ace alternative gifts for your own yummy mummy:
- A gift voucher from Ishbel’s Wardrobe for a colour and/or style consultation. Buy this for your mum and style Nirvana will be hers. To discover why you are what you wear and why it matters read here.
- Some gorgeous handmade jewellery from Catherine Jay. It’s super stuff – I wear a lot of it. And – if she happens to already know her WOW colours then maybe Catherine can conjure up something special in one of them? How individual would that be?
- If you’ve a mum into camping, glamping etc then the fab 4Points Leisure is worth a peek. Lots of super cool and funky stuff. The cactus LED lights being my fave at the moment.
- For handmade, organic, microbead free skincare for your mum check out the delicious Pink&Green.
- The Fab Gift Boutique sell these ace 3D cards. The range is bigger than what’s on the website so always get in touch if you’ve something in mind that you don’t see. There’s a range of gifts too: https://thefabgiftboutique.com/product-category/gifts/
- Mind your language: Has your mum indicated that she’s like to learn a language? Then how about a voucher for lessons from Odile Motte who runs the Westrin Study Centre – in the process of rebranding to the Brunel Language Centre? Odile is French so understands all the challenges of learning a foreign language.
- His nibs: And to do the language homework with there’s gorgeous hand-turned pens from the lathe thingy of Simon Webb. http://www.simon-webb.co.uk and here on Born again Swindonian: https://swindonian.me/2015/10/22/simon-webb-handcrafted-pens/
- And finally some bodily TLC from Julie Nicholls of Body Mind Coaching – which nowhere near describes what she does! To make your mum feel a year younger on the inside treat her to some super special care from Julie. From a neck and shoulders work over to a 2-hour full body treatment including a free initial consultation Julie IS the biz. Buy from http://www.healthywares.co.nr/giftvouchers.htm
Art for Arts Sake
Now art is a very subjective thing but, if you’re sure of your mum’s taste, then an artwork of some kind might be worthy of consideration.
Swindon, it has to be said, is something of a creative hotspot. Take some time to root through this section of the blog: https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/ and you’ll see what I mean. I can’t mention them all here because it would get silly. Instead here’s 4 of my faves – again in no particular order:
- Lynette Thomas and Artkore mosaics: http://www.artkoremosaics.co.uk I love Lynette’s work. Her pieces have a narrative built into them and they are just fab. I own several pieces!
- David Bent: well known for his aviation art and his association with the Red Arrows, David has more than one bristle to his brush. Fret not if you can’t afford an original – I only wish – he sells reasonably priced prints of some of his work.
Read more about him here: https://swindonian.me/category/artscultureheritage/david-bent/ and his official website is here: http://davidbentstudio.com
3. Tim Carroll: To my chagrin I admit I know little about Tim Carroll (a state of affairs I must redress) despite owning some of his work. Prints of course!
Tim’s 100 views of Swindon are brilliant. He’s a talented chap. I’d love to have prints of them all but am a bit lacking in wall space. So one will have to suffice.
He also does gorgeous wee ceramic pieces that would make an unusual gift.
4. My good friend Gill Thomas. Gill does lovely botanicals and rather cute animals. Here she is: http://www.gillthomasart.com/about-gill.html
About Mothering Sunday: http://yesterday.uktv.co.uk/blogs/article/mothering-sunday/
14th March 2017
Reasons to Wise-Up and use a Bookkeeper
Wise Bookkeeping Early-Bird Tax Return offer
It’s a truth universally acknowledged (well almost) that when you first set foot onto the rocky business owning road you have to wear all the various business-running hats yourself.
If you weren’t a juggler before then you quickly turn into one!
Gradually though, as business builds, it gets to the point where you can’t get your arms round everything. When that happens it’s time to look at what you can outsource.
These may be tasks that you don’t mind doing but no longer have the time to do or things that, at best, you simply dislike doing or are possibly not too skilled at. In which case your time would be far better spent concentrating on that thing that you’re good at – the thing you went into business to do – and paying someone else to do the things you’re not good at. Or no longer have time for. Because guess what? Someone else will be far better at those things than you.
And we’re not talking hundreds of pounds here. Tens of pounds will offload a lot of strain and leave you more time and energy to make widgets, bake cakes, cut hair or whatever it might be.
The tax man’s taken all my dough
Now I’m no mystic Meg but I venture to suggest that many people’s version of Room 101 is doing their tax return and/or their bookkeeping.
So, here’s 5 reasons why you should hire a bookkeeper:
- You won’t have to cope with the admin!
It’s fair to say that most business owners/entrepreneurs are creative people. That’s why they go into business in the first place. By their very nature, creative people are not ones to be excited by administration. So it either gets left or gets done badly.
Two things vital to keep your business breathing are turnover and cash flow. Get a bookkeeper to manage your cash flow while you concentrate on generating turnover.
- A reliable expert
You’re not the fount of all knowledge. A world leader in widget making you might be. But do you know the ins and outs of the tax system? I venture to suggest that you don’t.
Your bookkeeper deals with scores of businesses of all kinds. Ergo they have a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge that will be jolly useful for YOUR business. Take advantage of it and concentrate on the widgets.
- A hotline to the seat of power
A bookkeeper boasts a hot-line to the heart of the tax office. Or a designated number at least. So, y’know, in the event of any queries they won’t be kept hanging on the phone for half the morning as you would be. Imagine the widgets you could make in that time. And the hair you wouldn’t have pulled out in frustration.
- Accounting software isn’t a panacea for all ills
Many budding business owners think that a low-cost software package will solve their bookkeeping and accountancy ills. Chances are this is a false economy.
The data still has to be entered – eating in to widget making time. And it won’t be able to manage tax and cash flow in a timely fashion.
Wise-up with Wise Bookkeeping
So, you’re convinced now right? The benefit to you and your business of outsourcing your tax return and bookkeeping services is now clear.
If you’re a Swindon-based business then Wise Bookkeeping are worthy of your consideration.
Read here: https://www.wise-bookkeeping.co.uk/index.php/blog/item/filling-out-a-uk-tax-return-for-sole-trader
And check out this YouTube video to find out how to enjoy a tax-haven of a summer – well free of worrying about getting your tax return done at least.
Fancy some social chit chat with Wise Bookkeeping?
And of course their website: http://www.wise-bookkeeping.co.uk/
Questions? Well you could try Owl Post but personally I’d either give them a call on 0800 133 7160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll raise an appropriately branded mug to that!
Off the cuff: a brief history of cufflinks
‘A cufflink (also cuff link or cuff-link) is a decorative fastener worn by men or women to fasten the two sides of the cuff on a dress shirt or blouse.
Cufflinks are designed only for use with link cuffs (also known as French Cuffs or double cuffs), which have buttonholes on both sides but no buttons. These may be either single or double-length (“French”) cuffs, and may be worn either “kissing,” with the ends pinched together, or “barrel-style,” with one end overlapping the other. Kissing cuffs are usually preferred.’
There’s not too many men that don’t have at least one pair of cufflinks lurking in their bedside drawer. Though there are cufflink aficionados out there who could easily wear a different pair every day of the year.
They’re passed down from father to son, bought by a groom as a gift for his best man and groomsmen, and are a favoured romantic gift.
Indeed, back in 1935, when the affair between the American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII was still a secret, Mrs Simpson presented her lover with a set of diamond cufflinks inscribed with the exhortation ‘Hold Tight’. It barely gets more romantic than that: arguably the greatest and certainly the most scandalous romance of the 20th century.
As much variety and creativity goes into the design of cufflinks as into any other form of jewellery.
Along with tie pins and clips, cufflinks are arguably one of the few ways that men can legitimately both adorn themselves and express their hobbies and interests in jewellery form. As with these enamel golf cufflinks for instance:
Simon Webb, Wiltshire-based bespoke, artisan pen and cufflink maker makes his from all manner of beautiful woods.
But how did the cufflink come into being?
Evolution and revolution
The evolution of this functional accessory that can be elegant, novelty, classy or flashy is closely aligned with the history of men’s shirts. And it was the Industrial revolution that made possible their mass production, and therefore, accessibility to everyone.
In the beginning
Almost from back when Noah was engaged in his ship-building enterprises men have worn shirt-like garments.
Yes, the cut and construction have changed over the centuries but the basic shape remains unchanged: a front opening tunic, with long or short sleeves and a collar of some sort.
Worn next to the skin and washable the shirt helped to prevent soiling of outer layers from close contact with the body. It also formed a protective barrier between the skin and rougher, heavier outer garments by extending beyond it at the neck and wrists. Areas where chafing was most likely to occur.
After the late Middle Ages, the visible areas of the shirt became the focus of male fashion and started to complement the main outer garment with frills and embroidery. A precursor to the cuff as we know it first appeared in the early 1500s.
It was in the 17th century that the fancy shirt ruffles evolved into cuffs and neck ruffs were modified to become a recognisable shirt collar.
Before all that though, according to The Chap Magazine, graves of our Germanic ancestors (having migrated to our shores in the 5th & 6th centuries A.D.) have yielded an interesting cufflink forerunner:
‘They made much use of decorated jewellery, both for the purposes of show and function. In eastern England, we find a particular item known as a “wrist-clasp”: pairs of these, usually in gilded bronze with ornamental design, were sewn to cuffs and clipped together so as to hold the folds of the sleeve tight. However, these ancient symbols of civility were not worn by Anglo-Saxon gentlemen but by the ladies, who can thus take credit for starting a trend which in later centuries has come to embody gentlemanly style.’
Well done ladies. Leaders of the pack in all things sartorial!
But back to the 17th century:
These early wristbands or cuffs had a small opening that was fastened together with thin ribbon or string. A similar fastening used to close the shirt collar was the forerunner of the cravat.
Although having a garment that would be recognizable to modern man as a shirt it nevertheless took men sometime to realize that the wristband closing was a missed opportunity for flaunting wealth. Even Louis XIV, a man not known for being modest and minimalist in anything, probably dressed his shirtsleeves with nothing more ostentatious than coloured strings.
Although towards the end of Louis XIV’s reign dedicated followers of fashion began to wear pair of identical or similar buttons joined by a short chain, cuff strings were worn until the early 19th century.
According to this article from Office-dress-shirts.com one of the earliest references to what we’d now recognize as cufflinks was made in a 1684 edition of the London Gazette. The publication referred to a pair of cuff buttons set with diamonds. In 1686 the same journal also described a pair of gold enamelled cuff buttons.
The article goes on to suggest that, despite this early appearance of cufflinks, the taste for elaborate wrist ruffles prevailed for some time to come.
It appears that it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that the cufflink came into its own when it was out with Dandyish ruffles and in with minimal, functional sleeves. This transition from frills to cuffs was aided by the arrival of the French Cuff – known also as the Double Cuff. Or, as the French themselves called it, the poignet mousquetaire – the musketeer’s cuff.
Of course cufflink use was, in the first instance, confined to the upper echelons of society. The working classes had not the revenue for such symbols of sartorial elegance. But this situation changed with the Industrial Revolution and the development of electroplating processes on precious metal that ‘allowed the masses to adorn their cuffs in a way that had formerly been beyond their means.’
Across the pond meanwhile, during the 1880s, with the introduction of removable starched collars and cuffs, one George Krementz patented a device adapted from a Civil War cartridge shell-making machine. It produced one-piece collar buttons and cufflinks.
As a result almost every major business in the first half of the 20th century commissioned cufflinks for advertising purposes for corporate gifts and incentives.
To come up to the present day we return to The Chap Magazine:
‘The Roaring 20s were probably the height of cuff-link invention. Manufacturers created a variety of devices and designs to do one simple thing: permit a fellow to insert and remove his cufflinks with a minimum of difficulty and a maximum of security. In the 1950s, the “stirrup” link enjoyed some popularity – a curved bar encompassing the cuff from one side to the other.
Later, the solid T-bar link was devised, still the most popular method in use today.’
NB: Along with the online references thanks also to the book ‘Cufflinks’ by Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nissenson.
So we’ve seen how the cufflink has made its way into common usage and deployment as a gift for all manner of occasions. If you’ve a cufflink lover that you’re looking to buy for this Christmas and want something a little different to ‘off-the-peg’ – or should that be ‘off the cuff’? – then you might consider looking at the work of Simon Webb Artisan: http://www.simon-webb.co.uk
‘Simon Webb is a small artisan company creating beautiful, desirable but yet functional objects destined to be new family heirlooms.
Based in Wiltshire, the company has access to some truly special materials, making products that can be enjoyed for years and even generations to come.’
Simon is well-known around Wiltshire for his beautiful hand-turned wooden pens. But he also turns (sorry) his hand to cufflinks. Cufflinks such as these elegant and tasteful beauties:
Amboyna wood cufflinks
He’s a frequent stall-holder at Bath Artisan Market, But if you don’t want to go there then you have an opportunity to see him and some of his wares at the STEAM Museum Christmas fair on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of December.
If you can’t make that then contact him directly. He’s a friendly chap and will be thrilled to hear from you. Call him on: 07834 375628 or email: email@example.com.
Social media fans can find him here: https://www.facebook.com/simonwebbartisan and here: https://twitter.com/simonwebb
See also these articles about Simon Webb’s artisan, handcrafted pens:
27th September 2016
An open letter to Swindonians
There are a number of groups on Facebook dedicated to showing and sharing photographs and memories of Swindon past. And they are great. I love seeing the old photos. They’re a lovely nostalgia trip for born and bred Swindonians.
But they’re more than that – they’re a narrative of the town’s history – and that’s really important!
But I do find them frustrating at times. But before I start to expound on why these groups sometimes frustrate and sadden me I must stress that most of the users simply share their pictures and postcards and stories in fond remembrance and discussion of their town past and present. And that’s wonderful. The vast majority of Swindonians love their town I know.
But then…and now it needs to be stated here that I’m not especially observant – I wouldn’t have noticed it otherwise…but there’s a significant minority who appear to simply chunter about lost buildings and to have only one agenda and that’s to stick the boot into Swindon.
And the problem with it is this: such comments, such dialogue, such discourse encourages the crap to stick, it encourages a victim mentality – and there definitely is one I’m sorry to say.
Besides which, God knows there’s more than enough people outside of Swindon all too happy to throw crap at the town without its residents doing it.
I’m not the only one to notice this ‘sticking the boot in’ position. In this post – https://swindonian.me/2016/09/17/swindon-not-a-crap-town/ – I quote from an interview by Swindon Heritage Magazine with Hadrian Ellory Van-Dekker (the new director of the museum and art gallery):
‘There is a great cultural scene here in Swindon, but I have noticed a tendency in people who live here to put the boot in when they talk about the town. It seems to be a default setting. People categorise by what it isn’t rather than what it is. They tell me it isn’t Bath, and it isn’t Oxford and it isn’t Reading. But it has a hell of a lot to recommend it, so I think it is time to start thinking about what it has got going for it, not what they think is missing.’
So here’s an open letter, a plea to Swindonians of every hue
“Dear Swindonians and fellow social media sharers
Firstly, can I say how great it is to see all the wonderful old photographs in your Facebook groups.
You see I’m not Swindon-born like many of you so I don’t have these memories. But I’ve been here for 22 years now and believe me I COULD NOT love Swindon more than I do.
In fact, I love it so much I started a blog about it: Born again Swindonian.
I love it because it’s an amazing place. It’s an interesting place. It’s a surprising place. Swindon and Swindonians have SO MUCH to be proud of.
Secondly, let me say that, like some of you, I feel frustrated at the clearly terrible crimes against planning that have been committed over the years.
Believe me I could sit and weep at all sorts of things that have happened, do happen and don’t happen here. The wasted potential in all sorts of areas is staggering.
But – perhaps it’s important to get some wider perspective?:
- I frequently perceive the attitude that such things happened only in Swindon. But it didn’t!
I appreciate the frustration you must all feel at what you see as a desecration of your town. But you’re not alone. In the new broom of the 1960s and 1970s (and yes beyond that period) good buildings were razed in towns up and down the land. So I’ve no doubt that people all over the UK feel the same as you.
Swindon is not the only victim of this. So how about trying to shake off that victim mentality and be positive ab0ut all the great things Swindon has?
- How about considering that MAYBE – just SOMETIMES there’s no other choice than to demolish a building?
- It was much of it an awful long time ago and a lot of energy is expended chuntering about things that happened 50/60 years ago! Hells bells! It’s done – it can’t be changed. Move on and LOOK TO THE FUTURE. Please?!
- There’s often a lot of misinformation on the threads. A recent post about the much-lamented Baptist Tabernacle being a case in point.
I do think we should note that sometimes the council gets flak for things it’s not been responsible for. Which isn’t to try and whitewash that there’s been many poor decisions. There have. But – in this particular case: Not guilty M’lud.
More knowledgeable people than me have the full info, but can we please lay to rest, once and for all, the belief that the incumbent council of the time were responsible for that building’s demise? THEY WEREN’T.
Clearly all of you people in these groups care about your home town. And that’s fabulous. You should.
Okay – I see on these Facebook conversation threads lots of questions about Swindon and its buildings.
Just in case anyone feels that there’s no-one in Swindon trying to do anything – there is. There are.
And they could use your help – if it’s only to pay your membership to give them funds so they can carry on in their work of preserving Swindon’s heritage and challenging poor planning decisions.
They do what they can but they are charitable organizations and need membership and support from people like you to simply survive – let alone achieve anything.
So dear Swindonians I ask you to consider this:
- If just a fraction of the energy you expend posting photographs on Facebook – whether done positively or negatively – was instead put into being positive and perhaps supporting the organizations of which I speak – and info on them will follow – then we might all have a super shiny Swindon once more.
- IF, instead of bemoaning what, over the years the council haven’t done, what they could have done, and what they should have done – blah blah blah – we all took some personal responsibility and did something positive then just perhaps, just maybe some of these ‘crimes against planning’ might not have happened. And, more importantly, further ones might be prevented.
A shining example of someone doing something:
Debs Donkersley is a member of one of these groups of which I speak. She’s a keen photographer and lover of Queen’s Park. Over the years she’s photographed the park through the season’s and from every viewpoint. She’s now had a calendar made featuring her images – proceeds from which will go towards the upkeep of this little gem. Positivity in action. See ‘Queen’s Park’s own calendar girl’.
Just SOME of the Groups doing what they can:
A charity and part of the national Civic Voice Movement – http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/ – SCV have planning experts and architects on their committee. They do what they can to challenge contentious planning issues and therefore strive for the Swindon we all want.
But they’re small in number and need membership subscriptions to continue their totally unseen yet important work for this town.
Membership is a mere £5 for the year.Only £2 if you’re unwaged! If you can manage either of those then I’m sure that would be welcomed.
Doing what it says on the tin. They too are a charity. They too need membership subscriptions.
- Swindon Heritage Magazine: http://www.swindonheritage.com – not only producing a great magazine but going to schools, organizing events and more – all to record, preserve and educate about Swindon’s incredibly rich history.
Visit their websites and Facebook pages to find out more about them. Even better between them they’ll be able to answer and address your questions about Swindon’s buildings and history and more – past and present.
And there’s so many more. It would take all day to mention them all. But they’re all there. Try a little thing called Google. You’d be amazed at what’s out there. 🙂
All of these people are working hard for YOUR town. But they can’t do it alone.
So Swindonians I ask you this:
Do you want to act upon your undoubted love for Swindon?
You can help to create a better Swindon for the future. Isn’t that more positive than wallowing in what’s gone and can’t be recovered?
In the meantime – keep sharing and enjoying Swindon’s wonderful history captured in those photographs.
Yours faithfully and in hope, and word and deed for a brighter, better, shinier Swindon!
See also on a similar theme: