Visit to Freshbrook Church Open House Lunch Club

Councillor Matthew Courtliff with residents at Freshbrook Church

I had the privilege of being invited to Freshbrook Church recently, where I met local residents at the Open House lunch club. This happens on the first Tuesday of every month and provides retired people with a chance to eat a freshly cooked meal together for just £2.50, and it was great to hear how much it means to people.

Following this, I had a tour of the church's fantastic facilities and finished off by helping to pack boxes for the food bank.

Thanks to John and the team at Freshbrook Church.

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Community Grant Bids Now Open

Swindon Borough Council Logo

The latest round of Community Grants and New Shoots Grants is now open.

Local Community Groups can apply to grants of up to £1000 and can be used to support events/projects in Swindon, of which £250 can be used to support things like helping with running expenses or printing newsletters.

For Swindon residents or informal groups who have an idea for a project which will benefit their local community, there is a New Shoots grant which has its own application form. The maximum grant available to an individual or new group is £200.
The deadline for grants applications is June 30th

To find out more and whether your group can apply for a grant go to:

All applications must have the support of a local councillor, so if you would like to apply for a grant please contact your local Labour councillors to discuss.

Pride of Swindon Awards

Swindon STEAM Museum
I was really pleased to be able to attend the recent Pride of Swindon awards, which was held at the STEAM Museum. It's always a great pleasure to attend the event, as I always learn about the amazing things that are happening in the town and the huge commitment of Swindon locals to helping others and making real difference in their communities.
I'm proud that the event was set up by one of my former Mannington & Western ward colleagues, Steve Wakefield, when he was Mayor of Swindon, and has grown every year since.  The stories that I heard this year were an inspiring as ever, with the youngest recipient in her early teens being recognised for her work to raise awareness of diabetes and support sufferers and the oldest being a team of pensioners rewarded for their work running a lunch club that supports elderly residents and gives them a reason for leaving the house and socialising.

Swindon Festival of Literature 2016

Jane Milner-Barry speaking at the Festival launch on 18th March

Believe it or not, 5th May will be an important date for some of those people who cause us so much grief, the ones who don’t know where their polling station is and just do not care who’s in charge in Euclid Street. They will be heading for the Arts Centre and the Central Library for the events of Day 4 of the Swindon Festival of Literature, which as it happens include conversations with two star comedians, Isy Suttie and Dom Joly.

Swindon People Invited to Saraswati Puja Celebrations

Swindon residents have been invited to an important Hindu festival on the evening of Sunday 14th February.

 The Swindon Puja Committee has organized the third annual Hindu festival this Sunday to celebrate Saraswati Puja, an event devoted to the goddess Saraswati, at the Punjabi Community Centre, off of Cricklade Road. Last year’s event had more than 400 people attend and was deemed an overwhelming success.

Local Community Activists Deliver a Mural

A new mural based on Doctor Who and Swindon has been completed at the Cambria Bridge Park. It celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Swindon Rail Works and local artist Ken White features. Well done to all involved, it shows what can be achieved when the council works with local community activists. Thanks to those at the Central Community Centre and the Mechanics Institute Trust activists.

Councillors Hold Report Back Meeting for Walcot East

The Ward Councillors for Walcot and Park North Emma Bushell, Abdul Amin and Steve Allsopp  are holding a  report back meeting on Wednesday November 18th at Buckhurst Community Centre (Walcot Dome) Burghley Avenue, 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Swindon Labour Party Quiz night and Fish & Chip Supper

Why not put your general knowledge to the test at our fun Quiz night on the 21st November 2015 and enjoy a Fish & Chip Supper with a cash bar, in the company of friends, come as a team (up to 6) or join others on the night.

Pre-booking essential and a deposit it required. Tickets are £10 per person and are available from Carol Heavens

Walcot & Park North Councillors Hold "Report Back" Meetings

This is a new idea to try to set up a two way conversation with residents help inform how best councillors and residents can progress local issues and concerns. It aims to build on our programme of street surgeries and ensure that we are campaigning on those local matters which most concern residents.

Refugee Week: Party in the Park

“I was happy to support this event. It reminds us that refugees are ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. I am proud that Swindon is a welcoming place.”


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