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‘Swindon: The Opera’ about to become a reality


‘Swindon: The Opera’, a musical extravaganza which promises to be fun, informative and unmissable is just a week away from being performed at the STEAM Museum.

Over twenty songs reflecting the decades have been written by Matt Fox, Trustee of the JTP Trust, with music by internationally acclaimed composer Betty Roe MBE. Narrated by Polly Leech, the Swindon Music Festival Supreme Champion 2011, the Diana Dors double will be centre stage in the show which charts Swindon’s history since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. The cast is made up of 100 local performers who are keen to tell Swindon’s story and put Swindon on the cultural map.

Theatre goers can expect an evening showcasing the arts in Swindon which will include a smorgasbord of art exhibitions in the foyer from local artists Ken White, Billy Beaumont, Nick Smith, Gordon Dickinson and Puttyfoot Photography. The show itself will be acted out on a colossal custom built stage with the support of a nine piece band of local musicians. During the interval, icecream made by Swindon’s only icecream makers, Ray’s Icecream, based in Swindon’s Old Town, can be devoured.

Matt Fox, librettist, commented “We’re delighted that everything is coming together and the cast are excited to perform something fun and contemporary which will tell the story of their home town over the past 60 years. The show has songs for all musical tastes and is not purely opera. There are operatic elements to the show but we thought it only right to cover all genres of music for the publics enjoyment.” He added “I wrote the piece with families in mind and hope it will be enjoyed by local families. It will be a great way of learning the town’s history.”

Publicity has spread nationally for the BIG Lottery funded project, with a recent visit to the Royal Garden Party, a review in The Independent on Sunday by Janet Street- Porter and a transmission planned on BBC1 Breakfast News for Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 6:50hrs, 7:50hrs and 8:50hrs.

A promotional video is visible to view on the website. The project can also be followed via Twitter www.twitter.com/SwindonTheOpera and Facebook.

‘Swindon: The Opera’ will be performed twice daily on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July 2012. To purchase tickets visit www.swindontickets.co.uk. Evening performances are just 」10 with 」5 tickets available for the under 13s for both matinees.

For further information regarding this unique community project, visit www.swindontheopera.co.uk.

Advertiser – Honda disappointed at turbine decision

Swindon Advertiser today ran a more detailed article regarding the outcome of Thursdays planning committee meeting regarding Honda’s application for Wind Turbines:

The town’s second biggest employer has said bosses are disappointed after the council took the decision to reject their green plans.

On Thursday night, Swindon Council’s planning committee rejected Honda’s plans to put up three large wind turbines on its South Marston site.

It said the visual impact would be to much. Continue reading Advertiser – Honda disappointed at turbine decision

BBC – Honda’s wind turbine plans rejected – updated

The BBC ran the following article today regarding the Wind Turbine planning meeting last night:

Plans by Honda to build Wiltshire’s first wind turbines have been rejected.

The car company had proposed three wind turbines to power its plant near South Marston in partnership with energy supplier Ecotricity.

Planning officers had recommended Swindon borough councillors approved the plans.

However, councillors voted against the application by nine votes to three abstentions. Honda said it would now consider whether to appeal.

Residents said the 394ft (120m) high turbines would be be too large and noisy.

South Marston-based protest group Ill Wind said even though Honda had suggested scaling back the plans to two turbines they remained too close to homes at a distance of 1,935ft (590m).

Andy West, from the group, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. We don’t want these turbines in Swindon because they’re totally unsuitable.”

Councillor Dale Heenan said the committee had been “between a rock and a hard place” when making the decision.

“On the one side, as councillors, we’re here to represent residents and on the other side of the argument the applicant is one of the biggest employers in the town.

“On balance the committee decided the application for the three wind turbines was inappropriate at this time.”

Honda had argued it was essential to keep its Swindon car and engine manufacturing site one of the world’s most efficient while also meeting internal targets to reduce its carbon footprint.

In a statement it said: “We are obviously very disappointed with the decision, however, we will be discussing our options with Ecotricity over the next few days.”

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 dimrie@swindon.gov.uk or visit www.challengeswindon.org.uk

Vote for your favourite teacher and put South Marston on the map

The Swindon Advertiser are holding a competition to find out who is your (or your child’s) favourite teacher, details here.

We only have until Monday (13th June) to get our entries in.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if one of the teachers at South Marston Primary School was in the paper!

I’m off now to buy my copy of the Adver and fill out the form to vote for my favourite teacher…

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

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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.

Swindon Borough Council – Core Strategy Presentation in the Village Hall

On 12 April, Swindon Borough Council held their Roadshow on the Core Strategy and gave some indications about their thoughts on the expansion of the village. The village expansion working party also put on a display of some of their work.

Over 130 villagers attended. Many were kind enough to complete a questionnaire about the proposals and raised several points of their own. Of the 100 questionnaires given out, some 60% have so far been returned.

The village expansion working party are analysing the completed questionnaires and are also trying to obtain from Swindon Borough Planners, the answers to some of the questions and concerns raised by villagers.

Once this work has been completed, it is the intention of the village expansion working party to invite villagers to another meeting to hear the results of the questionnaires and to discuss the implications of these and some of the other points raised in greater detail. It is hoped that this can be arranged during May 2011.

Because it is not always convenient for villagers to attend on an evening meeting it is hoped to run the feed back meetings at different times of the day and on different days of the week in order to allow as great a participation of villagers as possible. When these meetings have been finalised, we will deliver a leaflet through your door giving you the detailed arrangements. We hope you will all continue to attend these meeting, as your views are important.

The village expansion working party can be contacted via the Parish Clerk, Gemma Cheal on 01793 820529 or via email on Clerksmpc@Aol.Com

Advertiser – 7,500 homes? No, Thank You

Swindon Advertiser ran the following article, which describes some of the comments which came out of Mondays meeting at Wanborough regarding Swindons Core Strategy.

SWINDON Council has unveiled its blueprint for 7,500 homes and an industrial park in the east of Swindon, part of the Eastern Villages plan. Continue reading Advertiser – 7,500 homes? No, Thank You

Youth Workers required!


Do you want to develop Youth Work knowledge and skills in a fun environment?

Then South Marston Youth Club can help.

We are passionate about supporting you in gaining the experience you need, to enhance your prospects of landing your dream Youth Work job. We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative person to join our dedicated team, working with children and young people aged 8 -11 years. Continue reading Youth Workers required!

Village Talent taking to the Wyvern Stage

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Talented performers from South Marston will be among the members of Stagestruck taking to the Wyvern Theatre Stage in May for their new show, “Raise your Voice“.

Once described as ‘Swindon’s best kept secret’, Stagestruck has been growing their audiences since 1999.

Their annual variety shows at the Wyvern have proven to be firm favourites with their audiences and are an opportunity to enjoy good value family entertainment for all ages.

A show not to be missed!

Village resident and performer, Donald Jones, explained what theatregoers can expect: ‘First and foremost, Stagestruck shows are there to entertain the whole family. There is always a mix of song, dance and comedy to ensure that there is something for everyone. This year is no exception, with some classic show tunes  from Mary Poppins, Half A Sixpence and Phantom of the Opera, mixed in with songs from the latest West End shows including Sister Act, Lover Never Dies and Altar Boyz, as well as a few from the TV show Glee.

The adrenaline rush that we get from performing always seems to be matched by the positive response that we get from the audience. Nowhere is this more evident than with some of the comedy sketches which feature local personalities, Geoff Marsh and Ken Jell.

Directed by Jane Marie Osborne

Musical Director Andre Pysanczyn


Thursday 19th 19:30

Friday 20th May 19:30

Saturday 21st May 2pm

Saturday 21st May 7pm.

Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)

Wyvern Theatre Box Office: Tel 01793 5244 81