SWINDON 105.5 is a non-commercial radio service in Swindon, by Swindon, for Swindon. Licensed by OFCOM as a Not For Profit community broadcasting organisation, with a specific Brief and funded by grants, donations, corporate support, fund-raising events and support in-kind. We are the only locally-based station that's broadcasting 24 hours a day.  We take no sustaining external service, unlike all other radio services in the region.  We carried out a 4-week trial in 2006, applied for the licence in 2007 and launched in March 2008 with an initial five-year extendable licence and about 120 regular team members regularly involved.


Our Aim
To run an effective, inclusive radio station that dares to be different to other stations serving the region, by providing a diverse and open access to the citizens of Swindon. Contributing to the promotion of cultural, spiritual, social and economic life of Swindon.


Our Philosophy
We have a totally different concept to other Radio Stations in the area. Presenters, admin and technical teams are volunteers learning new skills and sharing their knowledge and experience with others, at the same time as helping provide a radio service for Swindon, engaging with and supporting the local community.


We are a totally accessible, inclusive service for the town and provide training and volunteering opportunities.

Community Radio

The idea for this form of radio broadcasting was piloted by the regulator at the time called the Radio Authority in 2002 with the licensing of 15 Access Radio stations for a trial period of one year to test the feasibility of such stations.

In 2004 a consultation was issued by the Radio Authority's successor, Ofcom, on the creation of Community Radio. Next - an invitation to groups to apply for community radio licenses nationwide was issued. 106 stations were awarded licences, the first community radio station to be licensed was Forest of Dean community Radio, followed by youth-based Afan FM in Neath-Port Talbot and the first to go on-air was 103 In The Eye in Melton Mowbray.  Forest Of Dean closed its doors in 2009 through funding issues.  As of August 2014: 225 Community Stations broadcast across the UK with 40 further licences having been awarded.

SWINDON 105.5 was set up as one of only 18 Station in the UK NOT permitted to support itself in any way commercially on air.  The Station Manager successfully invited Minister Ed Vaizey to visit the Station in December 2012 and in July 2014, with support from MP Robert Buckland she was invited to the House of Commons to put the case for a relaxing of the funding regulations for this Station and the other 17 to ensure more fairness.

March 2015: A call came to say a change in legislation was to be made to allow those Stations to be able to seek a specific percentage of their income through on-air commercial activity - sponsored programmes and advertising from May, relieving pressures of such as grant writing and donation seeking. In areas where a community Station did not broadcast to the same area as a small independent station, the commercial percentage could be higher. The House of Commons and the House of Lords approved the changes readily.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


JUNE 2014 - The QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE was made to SWINDON 105.5. An MBE for Community Organisations. This was a great accolade for volunteers and supporters - and for the town we serve.

"It looks like a wonderful occasion and such a fantastic way to reflect on all your hard work and achievements at the station. It’s such a pleasure to see pictures of the event and hear about your successes and those of the station."
Elaine Woolford OFCOM

Station Manager Shirley Ludford Recieving the High Sheriff's Award


MARCH 2014 - Shirley Ludford received the High Sheriff's Award for her long service to the local community.

In 2012 she received a Pride Of Swindon Award.

Station Manager Shirley Ludford and Whoopi Goldberg


MARCH 2014 - Shirley was featured by ITV in a special Mother's Day "Surprise Surprise" programme after nomination by her son James.  Filming took place at the radio station with Shirley believing it was all about SWINDON 105.5.  Boyzone were flown in to surprise her then she was taken to the ITV Studios for the recording of the programme in front of a large TV audience.  She was invited by Whoopi Goldberg by video link to meet her in New York, as she was a person Shirley was keen to meet - and Whoopi Goldberg became a Patron of the Radio Station.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent Visits Swindon 105.5


NOVEMBER 2014 - His Royal Highness,The Duke Of Kent visited SWINDON 105.5 to deliver the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service (MBE) to SWINDON 105.5 and a special framed Award Certificate signed by Her Majesty, The Queen.  A great accolade for all volunteers and supporters. After his tour of the studios, he was presented with a Swindon Monopoly game, which also includes SWINDON 105.5.

Dave Woods


Station volunteer Dave Woods was short-listed in National Radio Awards for local and national election coverage: Brussels, College Hustings and on the night coverage.

Lee Williams Recieves Service to Country Music Award


DECEMBER 2014 - Lee Williams receives "Service To Country Music Award" at the British Country Music Awards in London. SWINDON 105.5 Presenter - and founder of Europe's CMR Nashville.


We are members of Local Giving, this means that donations and Friends contributions made by clicking on the link on our homepage are gift-aided - and occasionally are added to by a Local Giving initiative. http://latest.localgiving.com/blog/good-news-from-swindon-1055-the-towns-community-radio-service

Annual Reporting

Annual Ofcom Report 2010-2011
Annual Finance Report
Annual running costs:  £35-£40,000

Chairman: Nick Stevenson
Director: Ian Rowe
Business Development: NEW OPPORTUNITY
Technical Director: NEW OPPORTUNITY

Board Advisors:
Gerry Reilly: Member of Federation of Small Businesses
Martin Upfold: Volunteers' representative
John Flannigan: Video/film production
Tony Martin: Zurich Community Trust
Adrian Young: Technical Project Manager

Station Manager and Trainer: Shirley Ludford (also fundraiser)Pride of Swindon Award. High Sheriff of Wiltshire's Award. Patron of Commonweal School, Vice-President Pegasus Brass  (experiences include: PR. Media Trainer. ex Community Cable TV, Commercial Radio, BBC Radio. National Dance Agency Marketing)
Minutes Secretary: Jo Willby Tudor

Members have track records of working with and showing support for community projects and organisations and share a desire to provide a unique service, openly encouraging participation from people of all ages, cultures and abilities.

Our Three Patrons
Representing key areas of our service commitments


Lord Joel Joffe
Ex Barrister who worked with the team representing Nelson Mandela Helped launch Allied Dunbar/now Zurich Shown active support for many community initiatives


Simon May
Prolific music and song writer Composer of Novello-Award winning Eastenders theme tune, amongst many others Teaches and engages with young people through music


Whoopi Goldberg
Grammy Award-winning comedian, actress and human rights advocate, and long-time television host of the daytime talk show The View First woman to host the Oscars (met by our Station Manager on a special surprise trip through ITV to New York)

Listening/Advisory Groups
To find out more about joining our listening panel and feeding back on programming and Station activities, e-mail: info@swindon1055.com

Our Contact Address:
Swindon 105.5
The Bentley Centre
Radio Studios
Stratton Road

We work with a wide range of community groups - helping develop good communication within the community

Information Sharing
To provide information and publicity for community groups and on local issues, or national issues with local implications or interest

To maintain impartiality of radio coverage in line with national broadcasting Code of Conduct

To build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations in the Public, Voluntary and Business sectors i.e.. education, media, employers, community groups

Development of strong links with educational establishments

A policy of open access and training for volunteers, in programme-making, working with individuals and community groups to ensure they best promote themselves, encouraging good communication and confidence in dealing with the media.