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 Newsletter No 3
The Mechanics’ Institution Trust has submitted a planning application regarding the Cricketers’ Arms. Our plan is to convert the ex pub into 3 self-contained apartments a retail unit and community room. The application also includes an access ramp. The first phase will be to fix the roof and the exterior so that its watertight.
For decades the Mechanics’ building was at the centre of the community. But today it stands empty. Many Swindonians have fond memories of time spent with friends and family in the building, from first dates and theatre performances to ping pong and dancing!
Sadly, some have only ever known it covered in weeds and scaffolding.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. It brings together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. The Mechanics’ Institution Trust, in partnership with the Heritage Action Zone, are opening up some of its buildings and putting on several events.
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The building has been through three independent reviews. Two of these reviews covered viability proposals. And we’re pleased to say that a use, based on the Trust’s own proposals, is deemed viable.