Category Archives: Upcoming Events

Train to be a Volunteer Walk Leader

Metal Ridgeway sign
Image by Bods via Flickr

Swindon Borough Council are offering a free accredited training to become a Volunteer Walk Leader for Swindon Health Walks.

Date:  Tuesday 1st November
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Link Centre, Swindon

Registration required.

For more information and to register, contact Cheryl Heyne, Health Walks Co-ordinator


Tel: 01793 465413 or 07856 609379


Challenge Swindon – Summer Community Games

There is something for everyone to enjoy at our free summer community games, from adults and children to young people and grand parents.

Games are great! They bring people together and get people playing. It’s a great way to make new friends in your community.

Each session runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and activities on offer include multi-sports, frisbee golf, volleyball, football, tag, dodgeball and lots more. So come out to play… and we promise you’ll be home for tea.

Location Day Date
Quarry Road, Old Town Monday 25th July to 22nd August
Spots vs Stripes 22nd August
Meadowcroft, Upper Stratton Tuesday 26th July to 23rd August
Spots vs Stripes 23rd August
Buckhurst Fields, Parks and Walcot Wednesday 3rd to 24th August
Spots vs Stripes 24th August
Sevenfields, Penhill Thursday 28th July to 25th August
Spots vs Stripes 25th August
St Marks, Central Friday 29th July to 26th August
Spots vs Stripes 19th August
Rec Ground, Chiseldon Saturday Spots vs Stripes 30th July
Walters Close, Peatmoor Saturday Spots vs Stripes 6th August
Blunsdon Saturday Spots vs Stripes 13th August
Weir Field, Wroughton Saturday Spots vs Stripes 20th August

All activities are run by qualified coaches.

Cadbury Spots vs Stripes

To celebrate being the official treat provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cadbury has created Spots v Stripes – the biggest, longest, most fun game ever. And to give everybody the chance to play, Spots v Stripes will be touring the country and bringing big games to towns and cities all across the UK this summer.

For more information contact Doug Imrie on 01793 465405 or or visit

Meet your MEP – William Dartmouth

Date: Monday 27th June 2011

Time: 7:15 pm

Venue: Forrest Suite, South Marston Hotel, Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4SH

William Dartmouth MEP, is one of six UK MEPs representing the South West, elected in the 2009 European elections. Please come along and hear what he’s doing and ask any questions that you may have.

Their original promotional flyer is available here.

Source: The Office of William Dartmouth MEP, 31 West Street, Wilton, Wilts, SP2 0DL


FYI: To see a list of the MEPs representing your region:**ALL**&filter2=**ALL**&filter6=**ALL**&filter4=**ALL**&submit=Submit


A420 Culvert upgrade works and Road Closure – 17th to 20th June 2011

A roads in Zone 4 of the Great Britain numberi...
Image via Wikipedia

Swindon Borough Council will be carrying out culvert upgrade works on the A420. The works involve a lane closure for the majority of the works but there will be a weekend road closure. The works involve the following:

  • Thames West Utility diversion to facilitate the works
  • Removal of the existing drainage structure (3 x pipes)
  • Replacement of the existing structure with a 3 x 450mm diameter pipes
  • Reinstatement of the road surface
  • Road closure to allow the pipes to be constructed across the road centre line

This work is required as a priority, as the area has been prone to flooding in the past and this culvert has been identified as a restriction to flow.

The works will commence on 6th June 2011 for 4 weeks. During this period, the road will be closed from 2300hrs on 17th June 2011 to 0600hrs on 20th June 2011 and an alternative diversion route will be signed from the closure. Works will take place from 0730hrs to 1800hrs daily, Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 0800hrs to 1700hrs and Sundays from 0900hrs to 1700hrs.

Should you require information in another language, or alternative format, please contact Customer Services, telephone number 01793 463725.

The original SBC letter for residents affected, which includes further details, can be found HERE.

Prospect Hospice Starlight Walk – 25th June

With only a month to go until registrations for the Starlight Walk ends, Prospect Hospice are urging ladies who haven’t yet signed up to register now.

The Starlight Walk, supported by Nationwide Building Society, takes place on Saturday 25 June and is the Hospice’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Last year saw over 700 ladies stepping out for a summer-night’s sponsored walk beneath a starlit sky, raising £80,000 for the Hospice. And with over 300 women already registered for this year’s event, fundraiser Becky Gammon is urging would-be participants to sign up before registrations close on 30 May.

“We have been pleased with the sign-up rate so far, but we’ve still got a long way to go to break the record.” says Becky. “We’re hoping that there are a lot of ladies out there planning to take part who haven’t yet registered. If you’re one of them, either phone us or visit our website to sign up and register.

“It’s a really fun girl’s night out, a physical challenge and a brilliant way to help raise much-needed sponsorship for Prospect Hospice. I’m really hoping there are still ladies out there who just make that decision to take part and join us for what I know is going to be a really great event.”

Taking part in the Starlight Walk for the first time is Nationwide Building Society employee Sam Sealey. Sam will be tackling the 10k route as a way of saying thank you for the care her mum Rita received at Prospect Hospice in the final weeks of her life.

“Prospect Hospice wasn’t something I had known about until Mum was admitted there last October,” she says, “We would sometimes visit the Prospect shops, but I either didn’t know or didn’t want to know about the Hospice. When Mum needed their support, I was so glad that the Prospect Hospice was there.

“I’ll be thinking of Mum, of course, but it’s also my son Joe’s birthday. Before she died, Mum would tell Joe that she would watch down on him from the moon, so a Starlight Walk on his birthday seems very fitting.”

Ann Vince will also be taking part in the Starlight Walk for the first time, setting herself the challenge of the 15k route. The date is an important one for Ann, as it marks the second anniversary of the death of her best friend Delphius King at Prospect Hospice.

“Delphius was someone very special, and we were friends for many years. Prospect was a huge source of comfort to her in her final days and they cared for her extremely well. It was clear from Del’s stay that the Hospice is such a great place and that’s what encouraged me to take part in the walk.

Del’s experience has made me feel very close to the Hospice and what it does. Del’s daughter-in-law has said that she will sponsor me, so clearly she feels that Prospect Hospice is a charity worth supporting too.”

To sign up for Prospect Hospice’s Starlight Walk before registrations close on 30 May, visit Registration costs just £15 and walkers are encouraged to aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.