Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated

UPDATE: Mrs Plested is being interviewed live on BBC Wiltshire radio at 5.15 on Thurs 14th Jan 2010, about virtual lessons conducted when the school was closed. It’s on 103.5FM,104.3FM and DAB.

Swindon Advertiser recently published the following article about South Marston Primary School

MODERN technology in Swindon could soon put an end to education-free days during school closures.

On Thursday a number of children at South Marston Primary School took part in an innovative home lesson via the wonders of the internet – complete with a teacher, an in-home science experiment and a question and answer period. Continue reading Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated


Church Letter – Dec 2009

Dear Friends,

A young girl in the late 1920’s writes about her experiences travelling through China with her missionary parents. She recalls as she writes about those trips– the crowded places where they stayed overnight. The village inns, full of people, coughing, sneezing, smoking, while babies cried and children complained. Often her family put their bedrolls on board covered trestles in a large room with everyone else. Continue reading Church Letter – Dec 2009

Swindon Advertiser – Town poet in the spotlight

Swindon Advertiser published an article about one-time South Marston Resident, Alfred Williams.

In a town quick to celebrate a working class hero, Swindon lags behind in its recognition of writer Alfred Williams, an omission about to be addressed by the recently formed Alfred Williams Heritage Society.

Alfred was born in South Marston, one of Elias and Elizabeth Williams’s eight children. A carpenter employing one boy at the time of the 1881 census, Welsh born Elias deserted the family soon afterwards. Continue reading Swindon Advertiser – Town poet in the spotlight

Swindon Wi-Fi turn on begins in Highworth

Logo for Signal Public Wifi ServiceBBC News Reports:

The first phase of Swindon’s free public wireless internet has been switched on in the north of the town.

Swindon Borough Council plans for all 186,000 citizens to have blanket “wi-fi mesh” coverage by April 2010.

The equipment, mounted on 21 lampposts in the Highworth area, will allow people to connect to the internet via laptops or portable devices. Continue reading Swindon Wi-Fi turn on begins in Highworth

Battered Moons Poetry Competition

The Battered Moons Poetry competition is free to enter. It is open to all Swindon Borough residents, aged 14 or over. The 7 winners will read at the Swindon Literature Festival alongside a well known poet and have their poems published online. The event is supported by the Swindon Literature Festival and ARTSWORDS, an Arts Council literature project.

We would like everyone to consider submitting. The deadline is 8 January 2010 and submissions are accepted now, via swindonpoetry@googlemail.com

Further details below:

Battered Moon Poetry Competition Rules

Battered Moon Poetry Competition Leaflet