Guide to What’s On in Swindon September 2018

31/08/2018

Saturday 1st

Swindon U3A Open Day
St Joseph’s College, 10am-12:30pm
For those no longer in full-time employment, U3A already has over 2100 members who enjoy a multitude of opportunities to keep mind and body active, develop new skills, explore new horizons and meet new people. See the wide choice of academic and recreational courses and meet those who lead the 150+ interest groups. Free event, annual membership of U3A costs £32 which covers attendance at most groups.

Saturday 1st

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
The Salvation Army, Devizes Road 10am-12:30pm
Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee and home-made cake. All money raised supports local work.

Saturday 1st

Swindon RAF 100 Years Ball
Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way 7pm-12am
As we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, come and join us for an evening to remember. Live military music from the RAF Association Band, a three course meal, wine on the table, followed by a disco to dance the night away. Themed tables and room. All proceeds go to the RAF Association Wings Appeal. Tickets are £40 each and available from either Jess Robins on 07769662806 (jessica.robins@nhs.net) or Andy Ormston on 07921529599 (andy.ormston@hotmail.co.uk).

Sunday 2nd

Repair Café and Free Shop
Savernake Street Social Hall, 2-5pm
Get your broken items fixed! Buy preloved treasures! Bring along items you no longer need! Live music! Please don’t bring electrical items. Donations welcome for repairs. Free event, refreshments available for purchase. For more information please contact eastcottcommunity@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 2nd

Sausage and Ale Trail
The 5th Sausage & Ale Trail will take place between 12 – 5pm in Old Town.
For the first time in Sausage & Ale Trail history, there will be multiple drinks stands throughout Wood Street & Joiner Lane! Wood St and Joiner Lane both have stages for entertainment this year.

Sunday 2nd

The Lydiard House Wedding Show
Lydiard House, 11am-3pm
Join us at our exceptional Wedding Show, featuring 25 of the finest local wedding suppliers, be inspired by our ‘Inspiration Zone’ and enjoy live music as you make your way around this gorgeous venue.

Sunday 2nd

Baby and Children’s Market
St Joseph’s Catholic College, 11am-1pm
Come along to the original Baby & Children’s market! Just £1 entry per adult, kids go free! Goodie bags for the first 50 through the door. Lots of bargain preloved items from 0-8 years and business to suit! Refreshments and entertainment provided.

Wednesday 5th

Swindon Film Society – Loving Vincent
TSwindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. UK/Poland 2017, running time 93mins, certificate 12A. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk

Wednesday 5th

The Beehive Philosophy Club
The Beehive Pub, 7:30pm
Is Stoicism useful in the modern world? For more information please visit http://bee-hive.co.uk/

Thursday 6th

Wroughton History Group Open Meeting
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
All are welcome to attend. The first visit is free and after that there is a charge of £2 for non-members, payable on the night. Open evenings are for everyone to get together over tea/coffee and chat about events, share information (perhaps some old photographs), and discuss matter of interest to the Group.

Thursday 6th

RWB Community Cinema – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Sixth Form Building, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy 7pm
A writer (Lily James) forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Drama/History/Romance, Running time 124 mins, certificate 12A. Tickets £5 (cash only please). Bottled drinks and sweets available for purchase.

Friday 7th

Free Lunchtime Talk – Warrior Burial from Wroughton
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Take a tour of our refreshed archaeology gallery with our collections manager and hear about new research carried out on the Anglo-Saxon warrior burial from Wroughton. Get up close to the newly conserved finds from this archaeological site and find out why revisiting objects as technology develops is key to discovering new information. Lunchtime talks are free, start at 12.30pm and last for approximately 30minutes.

Friday 7th

Band Night in aid of Prospect Hospice
Woodlands Edge, 8:30pm
Join us for an evening of live music and fantastic raffle prizes all in aid of a great local cause. Local band MOJO will be performing from 9pm until late. Entry is free with donations to Prospect Hospice welcomed.

Saturday 8th

Run the Rainbow 2018
Lydiard Park, 10am
Have you taken part in the most colourful fundraiser in Swindon yet? Join us to get painty for Prospect! Start the race wearing your white Run the Rainbow T-shirt and brightly coloured powder pain will be thrown at you along the 5k route so that you finish covered in the colours of the rainbow! This is a great event for the whole family, as well as friends and colleagues. If you’re worried about running, don’t be – you can jog, walk, skip or dance. It’s all about having fun! For more information and to enter please see www.prospect-hospice.net/Home

Saturday 8th

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Sat 8th – Sun 9th

Railway Village Museum open day
Open 10.00-15.00, village tours 10.30 & 13.30
Step back in time and visit a former Great Western Railway worker’s cottage in the heart of Swindon. Find out what it was like to live and work in a Victorian railway town and take a tour of the area with one of our local guides.

Saturday 8th

Make a Brew, Make a Difference
The Gingerbread House, 5 Church End, Purton, 2-6pm
Join the residents of Purton for their afternoon tea all in aid of Prospect Hospice. Pop along for tea and cake and have the opportunity to buy some fantastic local goods as well as having ago at winning some amazing raffle prizes. All donations given will be kindly donated to Prospect Hospice and go towards the end of life care and support they provide to our local community. The Gingerbread House is immediately next to St. Mary’s Church, opposite the entrance to Purton House.

Sat 8th – Sun 9th

Purton Scarecrow Trail
Purton Village Hall, 10am-5pm
Scarecrow Trail around the Village of Purton. Trail sheets available from 1st September from Purton Organic Farm Shop, Hiscock's Butchers or Val's Hairdressers. On both days from Purton Village Hall SN5 4AJ. Monies raised will go towards maintenance of the two defibrillators. This year the theme is Kings, Queens, Princes & Princesses. £3 adults, separate children’s trail £1. Email info@purton-scarecrow.co.uk

Sat 8th – Sun 9th

The Swindon Railway Festival
TSTEAM Museum, 10am-5pm
Join us for the biggest GWR event of the year. This exciting two day festival appeals to rail enthusiasts and families and is a fantastic day out for all generations. See the finest model railways in the UK, enjoy live steam displays, modelling demonstrations, and family activities (including interactive model railways and activity trails). Delicious refreshments will be served in the GWR outdoor arena, including BBQ and real ale bar. Tempting home-made hot and cold meals are available at STEAM’s Platform One Café. Tickets: Adult £12.50, child £8.50, senior/student £9.50. Family ticket options available. STEAM season holders receive 10% discount. For more info see www.steam-museum.org.uk

Sat 8th – Sun 9th

40th Anniversary Weekend
Swindon and Cricklade Railway, 9am-6pm
A chance to view the Swindon and Cricklade vast array of steam Locomotives, whilst running an intensive train service throughout the day. For more information please visit http://www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org/index.php#top

Sunday 9th

Swindon Half Marathon
Please be aware there will be road closures and disruption throughout Swindon 8am-12pm.Whether you’re on a fitness kick, want to test yourself or simply want to raise money for charity in a healthy active way, then this is the perfect event for you! Running to and from the town centre, and taking in many of the town’s highlights. A nice flat course, suitable for both beginners and those looking for a personal best alike. For more information including the route, road closures, and entry information, please visit www.newswindonhalf.co.uk

Sunday 9th

Swindon Half Fun Run
Swindon Town Football Club, 8:30am
Brighter Futures are really excited to announce we have teamed up with Swindon Half Marathon in 2018 to bring you a Swindon Half Fun Run. The one mile fun run will take place alongside the famous Swindon Half Marathon. Designed to be fun for families whilst your loved ones take part in the half marathon. You will be rewarded with a medal at the finish line then you can make your way over to cheer in the runners as they finish their run. Entry - Adults £7.00, Children 16 and under £5, Under 5's - free, all children must be registered through the link to receive a medal and must have a full paying adult talking part with them. To enter, please head over to www.entrycentral.com/funrun You can then chose to fundraise for your chosen ward or department within Great Western Hospital. The money raised will support an extraordinary provision of care to our patients.

Sunday 9th

The Double Tree by Hilton Swindon Wedding Show
The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Lydiard Fields 11am-3pm
Join us at our exceptional Wedding Show, featuring 30 of the finest local wedding suppliers, be inspired by our ‘Inspiration Zone’ and enjoy live music as you make your way around this gorgeous venue.

Sunday 9th

Polyptych Opening
St. Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze 2-4:30pm
The polyptych will be opened for public viewing. It is a painting of the St John family of 1615, painted by William Larkin, James I royal court artist and has unusual features that break the norm of paintings from this time period.

Sunday 9th

Wedding Fayre
Cricklade House, Common Hill 11am-2pm
Join us for our best wedding fayre yet! Come along to our FREE open day to catch a glimpse of this fabulous venue when dressed for a wedding. We know how important it is to visualise how your big day could look and to be able to look around the venue at your own pace and meet a handful of our highly recommended wedding suppliers.

Sunday 9th

Rodbourne Community History Group – GWR Tours
Designer Outlet Village, 11am
This year we continue our popular free tour of the buildings still standing of the ex GWR Works. The tour takes in the listed Joseph Armstrong buildings of the Designer Outlet and others on the old factory site including STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, The Managers Office, the Chain Test shop and the ex Drawing and Administrative offices now Historic England’s National Monuments Records building. You are taken around the site by ex employee Ron Johnson who worked “inside” for 30 years from the age of 16. His anecdotes and stories paint an amusing and sometimes frightening account of life in the factory. The tours start from the Designer Outlet Reception Desk adjacent to Pizza Express at 11am. It is essential to book a tour so please email secretary@rodbournehistory.org

Sunday 9th

Lower Shaw Farm Ceilidh – Harbour FUNdraiser
Lower Shaw Farm, 6pm-11pm
A chance to experience a global village, men, women, adults, children from all over the world celebrating and dancing together! 18:00pm - Arrival 18:30pm - Food - please bring something to share 19:30 - Let the dancing begin! A traditional Ceilidh (Scottish or Irish folk music and traditional dancing) with caller and folk band, they performed last year and were fantastic, not to be missed! Parking is limited. Some parking available on Lower Shaw Lane. Money raised from ticket sales will go the Harbour Project - Supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon. Tickets £10, for more information see www.harbourproject.org.uk

Tuesday 11th

Oooh Beehive Spoken Word Night
A monthly spoken word/poetry evening 7.30pm
Open mic slots available for newcomers. https://www.facebook.com/OoohBeehive

Tuesday 11th

Swindon Artswords Reading Group
Lower Shaw Farm, 7:30pm
September’s book is Where I’m Reading From by Tim Parks. Why do we read and/or need fiction? Do we read to escape or to discover? Do we read to challenge our vision of the world or to confirm it? Has novel writing turned into a job like any other? Why are books copyrighted? Any other questions? The cost is £2 per session. For more information 01793 771080 Email: matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Wednesday 12th

Swindon Society Talk – Up on Nob Hill by Andy Binks
Goddard Park School, 7:30pm
Take a nostalgic trip around Old Swindon via photographs. Lots of fun and filled with fascinating facts. The meetings take the form of image presentations by members or visiting speakers. Members 50p, visitors £3. Light refreshments included.

Thursday 13th

Tombola
Even Swindon Community Centre, 2pm
Donations for tombola prizes gratefully received – any unwanted or unopened gifts, smellies, chocolates, toys etc. welcome. There will also be a separate children’s tombola running alongside.

Thursday 13th

Race Night
County Ground
Swindon Link and Nicky Alberry, the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, are joining forces and hosting a race night to race money for Net Patient Foundation, supporting Neuroendocrine Cancer. The evening will include a raffle with various prizes up for grabs which includes a signed Swindon Town shirt, Swindon Town Tickets, tickets to Swindon Wildcats and a day out at Better Link Centre. Tickets cost £10 each and will include a sausage or fish and chips meal - tickets must be booked in advance. Tables can be booked for up to groups of 10. To book tickets please call Karen Randall at the Swindon Link office on 01793 575 571 or email Karen@positivemediagroup.press

Friday 14th

Osteoporosis Support Group Meeting
Central Community Centre, 1:30pm-3:30pm
The Osteoporosis support group meet on the 2nd Friday of every month. This month’s will be the Annual General Meeting, followed by Swindon LIFT Psychology with Debbie Wadsworth. For further information, telephone Ali on 01793 634424 or email swindonosteoporosis@googlemail.com

Friday 14th

Free Lunchtime Talk – Cicatrix
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our curator for a free lunchtime tour of the new exhibition “Cicatrix”. Cicatrix is a contemporary art project incorporating drawing, films and installation. It explores the scars of World War I on the landscape, people and psyche of Wiltshire. Lunchtime talks start at 12.3opm, last for approximately 30minutes and are free.

Friday 14th

Would You Adam & Eve It?
Bath Road Methodist Church, 7:15-9:15pm
The first 90 chapters of the Bible in 90 minutes! A top-notch comedy show from the Searchlight Theatre Company, sponsored by the Bible Society. Genesis and Exodus – brought to life on stage. ‘Would You Adam & Eve It?’ shows what happens if you tell two gents to dramatise all 90 chapters from the first 2 books of the Bible. The show caters for anyone aged 10 or over. £10 per ticket, but children aged 10-17 go free if accompanied by any adult. For more information and to book tickets, email stephensparkes331@btinternet.com

Saturday 15th

Christ Church (Autumn Fayre)
12 – 4pm
Don’t miss Swindon’s popular Old Town Autumn Fayre! This FREE to enter event is returning to Christ Church on Saturday 15th September 12noon – 4pm. This colourful event is held in the church grounds and the Community Centre and the church and will be packed with stalls and activities for all the family.

Saturday 15th

Swindon Heritage Cemetery Walks
Christ Church, 2pm
Join us on a walk around this beautiful cemetery and hear the fascinating stories of some of the people who made Swindon's history. Contact Andy Binks 07968 246792 or mail ambamwas@yahoo.com for details.

Saturday 15th

Salvation Army Coffee Morning
The Salvation Army, Devizes Road 10am-12:30pm
Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee and home-made cake. All money raised supports local work.

Sunday 16th

Autumn Hedgerows – 5 mile stroll through Stanton Park
Stanton Park, 11:30am-2:30pm
A gentle 5-miler through this fabulous park and surrounding countryside. Hedgerows laden with food, as Mother Nature starts thinking about her Winter sleep. Suitable for dogs. Meet at Stanton Park Ranger Centre. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring some money for refreshments at the half way stop. Event leader Tom Murawicki Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Sunday 16th

War to Wildlife Walk
Blakehill Farm, Nr Cricklade SN6 6RA 10am-4pm
We are offering visitors the chance to join Volunteer Reserve Warden and RAF Blakehill Farm Historian Vince Povey for a tour of the former airfield and learn about its fascinating history. You will stand on part of the surviving runway from where aircraft and paratroops once left. You will hear more about the airfield’s lost infrastructure, discover the secrets of the ROC Nuclear Bunker and be told the story of the sites cold war role, with some important new information for 2018. Your visit includes a presentation telling the story of the site’s development and ongoing legacy along with lunch, displays of relic items found on the site, as well as other items of interest. Please note this is a full day’s event – on arrival and following introductions, the guided walk will commence, eventually reaching the Whitworth building where your day’s visit will conclude after the presentation. Wear suitable walking boots – part of the tour involves uneven ground – there is transport available between the tour points for visitors who require assistance. £20 per person, lunch included. Please visit https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Event/war-to-wildlife-june19 to book a place.

Wednesday 19th

Swindon Film Society – Dheepan
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:45pm
On the losing side of the civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil Tiger soldier poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life - only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heart-rending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience. France 2015, running time 115 mins, certificate 15. Non-member tickets £9, for membership options visit www.swindonfilm.org.uk


Wednesday 19th

Chiseldon Local History Group Talk – Mary Queen of Scots by Dr Gillian White
Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon. 7:30pm
Visitors are welcome for £3 per meeting, or you can join for £10. For more information contact info@chiseldonlhg.org.uk

Wednesday 19th

Cricklade Historical Society Talk – The Queen’s Bodyguard
Cricklade Town Hall Annexe, 7pm
Steve McCormack will be speaking at the September meeting of Cricklade Historical Society. His talk is entitled 'The Queen's Bodyguard' and everyone's welcome to come along. Doors open at 7pm and refreshments are served from 7.15pm.

Thursday 20th

Cricklade WI – ‘The Pearl Lady’
Cricklade Town Hall Annexe, 7:30pm
Cricklade WI invite you to their September meeting. Frances Benton will be talking about pearls and how they are made into necklaces. There will be items for sale. All ladies are invited to come along, non-members always welcome.

Thursday 20th

Wroughton History Group Speaker Event
St Joseph’s Church Hall, Wroughton 7:30-9pm
September’s topic is ‘The Queen’s Picture – Portrait of Elizabeth I’ by Dr Gillian White. All are welcome to attend. The first visit is free and after that there is a charge of £2 for non-members, payable on the night. Open evenings are for everyone to get together over tea/coffee and chat about events, share information (perhaps some old photographs), and discuss matter of interest to the Group.

Friday 21st

Free Lunchtime Talk – Swindon’s Treasures
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 12:30-1pm
Join our collections manager for a guided tour of our refreshed Archaeology Gallery, focusing on key objects from the archaeology collections. Get further insight into the collections started by our first curator, find out which of our objects are the most unusual and have the opportunity to handle archaeological objects. Lunchtime talks are free, start at 12.30pm and last for approximately 30minutes.

Friday 21st

Swindon Stargazers Talk – Galaxy Formation and Evolution by Dr. Chris Pearson
Liddington Village Hall, Church Road, Liddington, SN4 0HB, 19.30 – 21.30
Join Swindon Stargazers – Swindon’s own group of amateur astronomers - for a talk on: "Galaxy Formation and Evolution" by Dr Chris Pearson of STFC.

Saturday 22nd

Meet the Railway Workers
STEAM Museum
Whatever your age, our friendly team of volunteers will add to the STEAM experience as you tour the Museum. They will welcome you aboard three famous locomotives: No. 4073 Caerphilly Castle, No. 3717 City of Truro, and No. 6000 King George V! You'll even get to find out how the controls worked on the great engines! Expect to hear some fascinating anecdotes of what it was like to be a GWR engine driver, fireman or labourer; or an engineer, craftsman or office worker at one of the 'Shops' inside GWR's Swindon Works. This great experience is free with standard admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Saturday 22nd

Hedgerows – Nature’s Larder
Lydiard Park, 1-3pm
Join our Warden on a botanical and culinary interest ramble covering no more than 3 miles within Lydiard Park, identifying and learning about the natural fruits of autumn. Tickets are £3.50 Please call and book on 01793 465270.

Saturday 22nd

Wiltshire Farmers’ Market
Royal Wootton Bassett High Street 9am-1pm
The Wiltshire Farmers Market is held from on the fourth Saturday of each month in our market area by the Town Hall, High Street, with local food from the local producers, truly traceable food you can trust. Most producers grow and rear their products within Wiltshire’s borders; a few come from surrounding counties. People making products also support local farmers and growers by using own or locally grown/ reared ingredients where possible. You can found out more by visiting their website – http://www.wiltshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd

Kids for a Quid
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Any adult or senior buying a ticket may take children with them for £1 each. For more information see www.swindon-crickladerailway.org

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd

Swindon Open Studios
Swindon Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to get to meet local artists, see where they work and find out more about them. There are opportunities to buy Original Artwork and a whole range of different art styles and mediums to peruse at a variety of venues across Swindon as local artists throw open their doors and invite you to see first-hand what they do. For more information on venues please pick up a brochure at Central Library or visit https://www.swindonopenstudios.org

Sunday 23rd

Walk for a Brighter Future 5km or 10km walk
Stanton Park, 10am start
Walk for a Brighter Future is a sponsored walk where you can support any ward or department within Great Western Hospital that means something to you and your family. By taking part, you can show your support to the doctors and nurses and give them the funds they need to enhance care for local patients. This will be a great day out for you, your family and friends and the chance to join other people who care about their local NHS hospital. All that we ask is that you strive to raise as much as you can. Situated at Stanton Park Swindon you will have the opportunity after the walk to have a family picnic in the grounds, make use of their famous café or pop over to Stanton House Hotel for a cream tea or Sunday roast! Entry - £10 an adult with £30 sponsorship for your chosen ward, Children under 16 - £5, Under 5’s free - All children must be accompanied by a paying adult to take part. To enter, head over to www.entrycentral.com/walk

Sunday 23rd

Swindon Marriott Hotel Wedding Show
The Swindon Marriott Hotel, 11am-3pm
JEach Marriott Certified Wedding Planner is qualified to coordinate weddings of all types, including ethnic and military weddings. Relying on experience, training, tradition and old-fashioned intuition, Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you determine an overall vision for your wedding and help you execute each detail. Our Whitewed Team and a huge array of trusted Wedding Suppliers will be ready and waiting to meet you and help you on your wedding planning journey, and don’t miss the renowed bridal catwalk show at 1pm! There is plenty of free parking and admission is also free.

Sunday 23rd

Tea Service
Immanuel Church Hall, Upham Road 4-5:30pm
If you enjoy singing some of those favourite old hymns and songs then come along to the Tea Service. It’s a simple act of worship where you can enjoy good company and a cuppa in an informal friendly atmosphere. Choose a favourite hymn and we will all sing it! There is a large car park and disabled facilities.

Sunday 23rd

The Village Hotel Wedding Show
The Village Hotel, Shaw Ridge Leisure Park 11am-3pm
Tell anyone who’s getting hitched and join the fun! Featuring 30 must-meet suppliers and a gorgeous inspiration zone plus enjoy live music as you wander around. It’s a show not to be missed. There is plenty of free parking and admission is free too!

Sunday 23rd

Fungi Talk and Foray with the Cotswold Fungus Group
Stanton Park, 10:30am-3pm
Join Lee Hayward of the Cotswold Fungus Group for a stimulating talk on Fungus in the morning, followed by a fruitful foray around Stanton Park in the afternoon. The event is free, though to ensure we can provide the public with quality events in the future, all donations will be welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please wear old clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes, bring lunch and a drink along with a hand lens and fungi ID book, if you have them. Meet at the Great Barn, Stanton Park. Event leader Lee Hayward. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

Sunday 23rd

Mid Wilts Ramblers Walk: Hackpen Hill and Barbury Castle
Hackpen Hill carpark, 10am
Meet leaders at start, Hackpen Hill car park at 10 am. Nearest postcode SN4 9NR. Easy walking, one incline. Bring refreshments. 8 miles. Contact 01672 512335.

Sunday 23rd

Bird Ringing at Blakehill Farm
Blakehill Farm, Cricklade 9am-12pm
Braydon Forest ringer, Simon Tucker holds a public ringing session at migration hotspot, Blakehill Farm. A wide selection of birds, both resident and migrant should be trapped. Particularly suited for families. Cost: £3, booking essential. Contact: Robin Griffiths 01793 751081 or 07761290725 robswildlife@googlemail.com

Tuesday 25th

The Wildlife of Hawaii and Midway
The hall behind the Woodshaw Inn, Royal Wootton Bassett 7:30-9pm
Expert photographer, Philip Mugridge will explore the colourful wildlife of these mid-Pacific islands. The inn is at the junction of Roebuck Close and Garraways. There is a car park onsite. Access to the hall is via the inn’s main entrance. Adults £4, accompanied children free. Members of Wootton Bassett Supporters Group and non-members welcome. Contact: Barry Bissett 01793 848217 barry.bissett@btinternet.com

Tuesday 25th

Writers’ Café
Central Library Café, 7-9pm
A meeting place for new writers, experienced writers, and anyone interested in writing to meet, greet, and connect. The emphasis will be on writers and would-be writers connecting with one another, having a chat, and offering feedback on one another’s writing. Everyone and anyone interested in writing will be welcome! For further information, Contact 01793 463238 lflower@swindon.gov.uk or 01793 771080 matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk

Tuesday 25th

Cricklade Cinema – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Cricklade Town Hall, 8pm
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Town Council Offices at 113 High Street or on the door (subject to availability). Prices are still great value at £4 per individual film or £10 for a season ticket to all four films.

Wednesday 26th

Purton Carnival Bingo
Silver Threads Hall, Purton High Street 7:30pm
For £10 entrance fee we provide tea, coffee and cake with your night of Bingo. We hope you will enjoy the raffle whilst there, if you have anything you want to donate to the raffle contact us or bring it along on the day. For more information visit www.purtoncarnival.co.uk

Thursday 27th

Cicatrix: Call and Response – Walk and Talk with Katie Ackrill
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 7:30-8:30pm
Cicatrix artists Henny Burnett, Susan Francis and Prudence Maltby are joined by Katie Ackrill in a lively ‘walk and talk’ around their exhibition at SM&AG. Explore the legacy of WWI through striking and poignant multimedia artworks, created in response to the scarred landscape of Salisbury Plain. Katie Ackrill is a Wiltshire-based curator, who has worked closely with the collective during their tour of the South West. Tickets are limited to so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets available online and via SMAG on 01793 466556. Tickets: £6 Friends of SMAG, £8 non-Friends.

Thursday 27th

Purton Historical Society Talk – The House by Paul Wilkins
Purton Village Hall, 7:30pm
This talk will explore the world of the Highworth and Swindon Poor Law Union during the 19th Century. Annual membership £15, guests £3 per meeting. For further information contact Marion Hobbs 01793 770185 roy.marion@btinternet.com

Friday 28th

Rodbourne Community History Group Talk
Even Swindon Community Centre, 7-9pm
Our monthly meetings usually take the form of a talk or film lasting about an hour, then the slightly more formal business of the group followed by complimentary tea, coffee & biscuits. The topic of September’s talk is ‘Civil Defence in Swindon during the Wartime and Austerity Years’ by Julie Davis. This talk is about Swindon’s wartime British restaurants and Civil Defence in the town in the post war period. It also mentions other things to do with Swindon in wartime including the Lodgings Restriction Order of 1940 and the arrival of the US troops. Members £1, guests £2. For further information phone 01793 616558 or email secretary@rodbournehistory.org

Friday 28th

Cricklade Country Market
Jenner Hall, Cricklade 2-4pm
Locally handmade, home cooked and home grown produce for sale in the Jenner Hall from 2pm - 4pm. Refreshments served throughout the afternoon. Pop in after school for a browse.

Saturday 29th

Baby & Kids Indoor Market
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Royal Wootton Bassett 10:30am- 12pm
Come along and pick up some great bargains. Pre-loved nearly new baby and kid’s items for sale. Adults 50p, kids go free. You can also book a table to sell your pre-loved items, and traders selling or promoting goods relating to baby, kids or parents are welcome to book a table too. Sellers £10, traders £15 for a table. For more information contact my.mums@btinternet.com We support Against Breast Cancer charity to help raise money for breast cancer research. Bring your unwanted bras to deposit in the pink bra bank at the sale.

Saturday 29th

Swing Night
Cricklade House, Common Hill 7:30-11pm
Join us for Ray Lowe’s tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr! Only £35 per person to include a 3 course meal, a glass of wine and this fantastic entertainment! Just call reception to book your place on 01793 750751.

Saturday 29th

Prospect Hospice Full Length and Fabulous Ball
Great Western Hall, STEAM Musuem
2018 will be the fifth biennial Ball for the Hospice, they are held every other year to ensure it remains a sell-out grand occasion. One of our patrons the talented Jonathon Wilkes is our host for this special evening and will entertain you throughout the evening with his amazing band. The venue is the Great Western Hall at the Steam Museum, where you can expect a champagne reception on arrival, a sumptuous three-course dinner, and excellent raffle prizes along with our charity auction for you to bid on some fantastic lots. Tables of 10 are £750, giving you amazing value for such an exclusive event. To secure your table please contact Sheryl on: sherylcrouch@prospect-hospice.net

Sat 29th-Sun 30th

Swindon Open Studios
Swindon Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to get to meet local artists, see where they work and find out more about them. There are opportunities to buy Original Artwork and a whole range of different art styles and mediums to peruse at a variety of venues across Swindon as local artists throw open their doors and invite you to see first-hand what they do. For more information on venues please pick up a brochure at Central Library or visit https://www.swindonopenstudios.org

Sunday 30th

Marsh Farm Hotel Wedding Show
The Marsh Farm Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett 11am-3pm
A charming former farmhouse dating back to the late 1800’s, Marsh Farm Hotel is set within 2 acres of grounds – offering a choice of 3 reception rooms, including a self-contained banqueting suite accommodating up to 170 guests, it provides the ideal setting for your dream wedding day. Why not come along to our wedding show where you can see the venue in real life and meet the team there along with our amazing suppliers who can help plan your big day!

Ongoing Events

 

12th Sept – 1st Dec

Art and Conflict: Works from the Swindon Collection
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Art and Conflict brings together paintings and drawings from theSwindon collection which reflect on war and conflict. The exhibition includes Augustus John’s important World War I drawing, Canadian Soldiers, as well as World War II paintings by Claude Francis Barry and Mary Kessell. It also includes more recent responses to conflict, including Joe Tilson’s Vietnam War print, Let a Thousand Parks Bloom, and Barbara Howey’s reflection on atomic warfare. The exhibition accompanies the exhibition Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound, and forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of exhibitions to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

12th Sept – 1st Dec

Cicatrix: The Scar of a Healed Wound
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
Cicatrix (meaning: the scar of a healed wound) is a centenary project which reflects the story of Wiltshire during World War I. It is a contemporary art exhibition incorporating installation, drawing and films, by Prudence Maltby, Susan Francis and Henny Burnett. They are joined by Commonwealth artists Caro Williams (New Zealand), Catherine Farish (Canada) and Sophie Cape (Australia) for this ground breaking and collaborative exhibition. This international multimedia touring exhibition examines the concept of scarring: the physical marks left behind, scars on the Wiltshire landscape, and other scars, obscured but clearly evident as memories mapped within those who’ve experienced conflict. Cicatrix is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums, and forms a network of regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is the only venue where this exhibition will be displayed in its entirety.

19th Sept – 5th Jan

The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry: A History
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry was founded in 1794 to help protect the county during the Napoleonic Wars. Today it lives on as part of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. This exhibition explores the regiment’s rich history, including its role in Italy and north Africa during the Second World War, the Boer Wars, and the Gulf War. The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry received thirteen battle honours during the First World War, with soldiers fighting in Cambrai, Ypres, Bapaume, Messines and the Somme. There will be a special focus on the experience of the regiment and its soldiers during World War I. The exhibition features paintings, uniforms, photographs and objects held by the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry’s own museum collection.This exhibition forms part of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Other exhibitions in this programme include Cicatrix and Art and Conflict.

Until 24th Nov

Fractures: Texture and Fragility in Modern Ceramics
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This exhibition explores Swindon’s collection of modern ceramics through ideas of texture and fragility. It brings together challenging ceramic sculpture by Ian Auld, Gordon Baldwin, Ben Arnup and Sara Radstone. Alongside these, it will showcase exquisite bone china and porcelain vessels by Sasha Wardell, Jo Taylor, Lucie Rie and Edmund de Waal. The exhibition complements Art and Conflict and Cicatrix, and explores how ceramic art can reflect vulnerability, strength, peace and aggression. Free.

Until 8th Dec

Temporary Exhibition: Hankerton Village
Cricklade Museum
In partnership with The Hankerton History Group. Every village has a history and we are tracing ours from the Paleolithic to the present. This is an exhibition of photographs, artefacts and memories collected over the past few years that combine to give a surprising picture of a small village.

Until 31st Dec

The Art of Publicity: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
The Art of Publicity is a special exhibition that showcases a number of striking publicity materials produced by the GWR. Showing beautiful posters and carriage prints from the STEAM collection, The Art of Publicity will take visitors on a journey across the Great Western Network. You are also invited to join STEAM on a virtual journey through time, across the GWR network. Each month we will be sharing a historical image of a location along the GWR route, beginning at Paddington Station in London, travelling west and ending in Penzance in Cornwall. The Art of Publicity is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission and also to STEAM season ticket holders.

Until 31st Dec

The GWR Publicity Machine: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
Come and see our brand new special exhibition and learn some fascinating facts as you explore and enjoy our fabulous collection of GWR publicity materials. Our unique displays tell the story of the great 'GWR Publicity Machine' and how the Company became part of people's everyday lives through clever and forward-thinking advertising. We are delighted to have the modern 'Great Western Railway' on board as sponsor of this exhibition. Our displays show the link between the original GWR publicity items and the 'new' Great Western Railway campaigns. This exhibition complements our ‘The Art of Publicity’ displays. Free with admission and to STEAM season ticket holders.

Until 31st Dec

GWR With Everything: Special Exhibition
STEAM Museum
Come and explore our new special exhibition ‘GWR with Everything’ and discover how the Great Western Railway branded anything and everything. From pen nibs, to bricks and from bars of soap to door handles, everything was branded with the company initials. The exhibition displays an array of weird and wonderful objects that were printed, stamped and marked with GWR. There is a real treasure trove of material and objects on display, some of which are being displayed for the first time. There are some really quirky items on display, such as toilet paper and manhole covers. Visitors will also get to test their skills with a ‘Guess the Object’ game. With almost a 100 objects on display this exhibition is a visual feast of everything GWR. This exhibition complements our 'The Art of Publicity' and 'The GWR Publicity Machine' displays. Free with admission and to STEAM Season Ticket holders.

Every Tuesday

Afternoon Tea
Christ Church Community Centre, 2-4pm
Come along every Tuesday afternoon between 2-4pm for a piece of cake and a drink. We try to put on a different activity each week. A great chance to meet new people and have a fun time. Donations are welcome.

Every Wednesday

Swindon Go Club
Windmill Pub, Freshbrook Village Centre, 7.30pm – Close
Go is one of the oldest board games in the world. It’s true origins are unknown, but it almost certainly originated in China over 2500 years ago. The rules are very simple, yet the strategy is complex and the patterns that emerge are intricate and beautiful. Visitors to the club are always welcome, especially newcomers to the game. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

Every Wednesday

Royal Wootton Bassett Market
High Street around the Town Hall, 8:30am-4pm
The regular weekly market features a wonderful array of stalls, complementing the wide range of independent retailers, which keep our town bustling and vibrant. You might meet our Town Crier and Swordbearer, Owen Collier, who cries for the market every Wednesday morning. With a number of wonderful uniforms, we are very proud of our town crier. Free parking for up to 2 hours on the High Street.

Every Thursday

Darkroom Espresso Cycling Club
Darkroom Espresso (round the back), 5:30pm for 6pm start
Over the lighter months we’re running our Thursday club rides every week. These rides are open to everyone, and vary in length between around 15 and 30 miles, taken at our usual pace of 13-14mph. Details of where we’re headed each week can be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/darkroomcycleclub/ There’s usually the opportunity to head to the pub afterwards too.

Every Sunday

Farmers Market
Swindon’s Designer Outlet, 10am-4pm
You will find around 20 stalls each week offering freshly baked bread and cake, seasonal produce, free range meats, local cheese, jams and a range of hot foods including hot dogs, bacon rolls, burgers and falafels. Lots of tasters will be available - so try before you buy!

Every Sunday

Swindon Go Club
Beehive Pub, Prospect Hill
Visitors and beginners welcome. Contact Paul on 01793 692408 or David on 01793 521625 or at secretary@swindongoclub.org.uk See also www.britgo.org

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