January Events

By Shirley Ludford On Saturday 30th December 2017

Monday 1st             Swindon and Northeast Wiltshire Ramblers Walk
Meet Marlborough Road/Pipers way roundabout, 10am

Join the Ramblers for a West Woods New Year Walk. This is a 4 mile moderate walk. Meet 10.00 am Marlborough Road/Pipers Roundabout Swindon, or 10.30 am Clatford Bottom car park West Woods. Bring a drink and a snack. http://www.wiltsswindonramblers.org.uk/index.php/ne-wiltshire

 

Thursday 4th          Swindon Photographic Society
Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be on the subject of: London Salon of Photography. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk

 

Saturday 6th           Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm

Coffee morning and table top sale. Everyone welcome to join the Salvation Army for coffee and home-made cake. Money raised support local work.

 

Saturday 6th            The Giant’s Garden
Coate Water Park Ranger’s Station, 11:30am – 2pm

Another chance to catch a gentle 4-mile stroll in the bare naked countryside found within the LNR of Coate, and its wider countryside. The usual half way stop at a local watering hole to warm up the bones, before returning to Coate in the late afternoon sunshine and fresh air. Meet at Coate Water Ranger Centre. Bring some money for refreshments at the half way stop, and a snack. Please wear clothes to suit the weather and stout shoes. Event leader Tom Murawicki. Book in advance on 01793 490150 or swindonrangers@swindon.gov.uk

 

Saturday 6th           Swindon and Northeast Wiltshire Ramblers Walk
Meet Marlborough Road/Pipers way roundabout, 10am

Join the Ramblers for a walk around the Great Copse, Wichelstowe, Old Town Railway Path & Lawn Woods. This is a 4 mile easy walk. Meet 10.00 am Marlborough Road/Pipers Roundabout Swindon. http://www.wiltsswindonramblers.org.uk/index.php/ne-wiltshire

 

Sunday 7th              Retro Ronnie Toy & Train Fair 
County Ground, 10am

The New Year in 2018 will kick off with a bang, as we launch a brand new venue for Retro Ronnie on with a mammoth Toy & Train Fair at Swindon Town’s famous County Ground. At least two more dates are planned for the year, and the new Fair will complement our existing venues in Cirencester, Didcot and Bristol. Tim and Ronnie are Swindon lads at heart, and both live in the historic railway town – so where better to host a train fair, with plenty of other toys, games and collectables thrown in! Main doors open at 10:00 am, with entrance at £2.50. http://retroronnie.com/swindon

 

Sunday 7th              Swindon Scalextric Swapmeet
Oasis Leisure Centre, 10:30am-3:30pm

Buy, sell, swap, race, chat and get free advice - a family friendly event to explore your interest in Scalextric! Great fun for young and old alike. 60+ stalls of Scalextric for sale. Lots of genuine bargains compared with the prices you will pay in the high street/online. Brand new releases through to collectable 1950s/60s cars. Track for sale to extend your sets. Swap or sell too. Or just chat or ask questions to the many experienced stall-holders. No need to be an expert or enthusiast - all welcome.

Tickets: £2.50 Adults, £1.00 Children. For any further information, please contact Robert Learmouth on 0845 634 3196 or email swindon@learmouth.com

 

Sunday 7th              Free Shop and Repair Café
Savernake Hall, 2pm-5pm

Our first Free Shop and Repair Cafe of 2018 will feature repairing, sharing and creativity! Art and history will be combined as artist-educator Suzie Simmons helps us to create an exhibition celebrating 100 years of Eastcott history. eastcottcommunity@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sunday 7th              Wedding Show
Chiseldon House, 12pm-4pm

Chiseldon House is a beautifully appointed Georgian country house hotel with an outdoor civil ceremony licence, set in three acres of gorgeous grounds, located just one mile from J15 of the M4. The WhiteWed team will be there along with 20 of the finest wedding exhibitors and live music and their stunning venue will be set for a wedding. There is plenty of free parking and admission is free too! Fancy skipping the queues and getting a VIP goody bag on arrival? Why not pre-register? You'll be automatically entered to the prize draw to win a case of Champagne. Contact Name: Natalie Lovett. Tel: 01793 238921. Contact Email: hello@whitewed.co.uk

 

Wednesday 10th     Swindon Film Society: A Man Called Ove
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:15pm

Synopsis: An irritable, elderly busybody spends his days making his neighbours miserable with his grousing and demands for order, but his crabbiness hides a deep grief for his deceased wife, whom he hopes to soon join. His clumsy attempts at suicide bring him into contact with the Persian family next door, and his growing friendship with them helps him reconnect with life. For more information visit the website: www.swindonfilm.org.uk  Tickets available from the Information Centre.

 

Thursday 11th        Swindon Photographic Society
Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be on the subject of: Monochrome Competition. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk

 

Friday 12th              Swindon Anglo French Club
St Joseph Parish Centre, 7:30pm

The comedy film ‘Retour chez ma mère’ will be shown. At the age of 40 Stephanie has to return home to live with her mother. However, this doesn’t always go smoothly as they both try to adapt to the new situation. So if you would like to practise your French in a friendly environment please come along at 7:30 for an 8pm start. Refreshments will be available for a voluntary contribution.

 

Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th: The Great Western Wedding Show
The Steam Museum, 10am – 5pm (Sat), 11am – 4pm (Sun)

A 2-day spectacular brought to you by the WhiteWed Directory. Includes, 60+ Exhibitors, Shopping Area, Prosecco Bar, Gorgeous Inspiration Zones, Catwalk Shows, Demonstrations, Workshops, Live Entertainment, Beauty Consultants and so much more! Free entry. http://www.steam-museum.org.uk/events/Pages/The-Great-Western-Wedding-Show.aspx

 

Saturday 13th          Writing Books for Young People
Richard Jefferies Museum, 10am – 1pm

Elen Caldecott, author of the Marsh Road Mysteries, leads us through the basics of writing a good story for children, then builds on that with exercises to keep the momentum going. We'll use examples from texts and respond playfully so your writing puts its best foot forward. Tickets £25. Booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-books-for-young-people-tickets-39549912854 mike@richardjefferies.org

07768 917466

 

Monday 15th: ‘Cotswold Wildlife Gardens’ A talk by Tim Miles Head Gardener
Ellendune Community Centre, 7.30pm

The Wroughton & District Gardeners Society are hosting Tim Miles, The head Gardener of The Cotswold Wildlife Gardens near Burford in Oxfordshire who will talk about the challenges of providing naturalistic yet surreal settings for the Parks wildlife.  Members free but guests are very welcome at a ticket price of £1 that includes a cuppa and a biscuit beforehand. www.wroughtongardenerssociety.co.uk 

 

Thursday 18th         Swindon Photographic Society
Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be a Three Club Battle with Stratton and Windrush. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk

 

Friday 19th             Swindon Stargazers
Liddington Village Hall, 7:30pm – 9.30pm

Join Swindon Stargazers – Swindon’s own group of amateur astronomers - for a talk on "The Chelyabinsk Meteor" by Dr Elizabeth Pearson. The Chelyabinsk Meteor was the spectacular large meteor that was filmed over Russia in Feb 2013 and caused injury to some 950 people. Elizabeth is a News Editor for the BBC Sky at Night Magazine.  In addition to monthly talks the club offers the opportunity to go out on clear evenings with experienced amateurs to view the night sky, and as club members even borrow club telescopes. Alternatively bring along your own telescope and get help on setting it up and getting the most out of it. The club meets on the third Friday of the month at Liddington Village Hall. See the club web site for more information about the club including directions to the venue: http://swindonstargazers.com/

 

Saturday 20th          Wanborough Farmers' Market
Wanborough Village Hall, 9am-12pm

Wanborough’s next monthly farmer’s market will be on from 9am to midday, in Wanborough village hall. The usual stalls will be there, and there will be refreshments from the Wanborough Community Cafe. For more information call Sue or David Birley on 01793 790438 or email sbirley@gn.apc.org

 

Saturday 20th         Salvation Army Coffee Morning
Devizes Road, 10am-12:30pm

Coffee morning and table top sale. Everyone welcome to join the Salvation Army for coffee and home-made cake. Money raised support local work.

 

Wednesday 24th    Swindon Recital Series: • Clare Toomer and Sarah Mattinson
Wyvern Theatre, 1:05pm-2pm

Swindon-born Clare Toomer, already well-known to and well-loved by SRS audiences for her elegant piano-playing, will introduce us to her flutist daughter, Sarah Mattinson, at January’s Lunchtime Concert. Together they will present a programme to include Reinecke’s Ballade, Sancan’s Sonatine and Bach’s Sonata in Eb BWV 1031. Tickets £6, accompanied children 14 and under free. www.swindonrecitalseries.org 

 

Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th: Phoenix Players: The Ladykillers
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:30pm

The Phoenix Players perform The Ladykillers. Criminal mastermind, Professor Marcus, and his gang of oddball villains posing as musicians, meet their match when they take up residence in the top floor room of Mrs Wilberforce’s dilapidated house. A convenient location to plan their heist, they figure their sweet-natured old landlady will be easily hoodwinked. Or will she?

Tickets: £11.00. Concessions: £1.00 off. Tickets are available from the Swindon Theatres Box Office on 01793 524481.

 

Thursday 25th         Writers’ Café & Kitchen
Lower Shaw Farm, 7pm-10pm

A meeting place for new writers, experienced writers, and anyone interested in writing to meet, greet, and connect. The Cafe starts with pot-luck supper from 7.00pm. If you can, please bring something to nibble or drink, and to share with others. Following acclimatisation with food, drink, and friendly chat, we take time to look at our writing, hear it, and comment where wanted. You may simply read your work, prose or poetry, for up to 5 minutes; or, if you have a story, to tell, not read, and ideally a story from your life, please bring it along and tell it; or, if you’d like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, and this is the ‘Kitchen’ part of the Café, bring 10 copies of one piece of writing to pass around and read out. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry. For further information, contact matt@lowershawfarm.co.uk or call 01793 771080

 

Thursday 25th        Swindon Photographic Society
Western Community Centre, 7.30pm

This meeting of the Swindon Photographic Society will be on the subject of: Mary McIntyre – Astrophotography and Light Trails. More info: www.swindonphotosoc.org.uk

 

Thursday 25th        Burns Night Supper
The Cricklade Club, 7pm-10pm

Join us for a Burns Night supper at The Cricklade Club.

Prosecco reception with smoked salmon canapés, haggis supper and pudding. Piper, ode to a haggis and a choice of three superb whisky's for your supper. Limited tickets £29.50 inclusive. Tickets: https://www.eventbee.com/v/thecrickladeclub/event?eid=101460425#/tickets

 

Friday 26th              Cricklade Country Market
Jenner Hall, Cricklade, 2pm-4pm

All our produce is locally handmade, home cooked or home grown so start the New Year well! Come and find delicious pies and cakes, scones and cookies, jams and pickles and all manner of original gifts. Pop along for a delicious afternoon tea or come in for after school refreshments too! Please call Nikki on 01793 751845 or Moira on 01793 771656 to place an order or for further information about the market.

 

Sunday 28th           Wedding Show
Doubletree Hilton, 11am-3pm

Whether you are planning a lavish celebration in a modern ballroom, or a more intimate party with your closest friends and family, DoubleTree by Hilton Swindon can help you every step of the way. The Whitewed Team will be there on Sunday 28th January from 11am - 3pm along with a vast array of wedding suppliers who can help plan your big day. The show also features one of our hugely popular 'Inspiration Zones' - a series of wedding themes, colours and ideas all in one area to get your creative wedding juices flowing! Fancy skipping the queues and getting a VIP goody bag on arrival? Why not pre-register? You'll be automatically entered to the prize draw to win a case of champagne! Free admission and parking. Contact Name: Natalie Lovett. Tel: 01793 238921. Website: www.whitewed.directory

 

Tuesday 30th          An Evening of Stories
Central Library, 7pm

Once upon a time, on a chilly winter night, four fabulous storytellers came to the warm and cosy Reading Room in a prize-winning central library to tell prize-winning tales from far and wide, for you, for him, for her, and for everyone. Would you like to join us? John Row, fresh back from Romania, he’ll have a beard-full of stories and tales to tell. Author of Wiltshire Folk Tales, Kirsty Hartsiotis knows a few, folk tales. She comes to tell some, in Swindon, all the way from Suffolk. Chris Park can tell stories in daylight or dark but, with word play to write home about, they always shine bright. Storyteller and singer, Kathy Sterry has a distinctive way of telling tales, with a choice of words that that are a delight to be heard. MC Matt Holland, founder of Swindon’s lovely LitFest, will keep time and good order, and may throw in a tale or two of his own. Join us, for an evening of surprises, or at least surprising stories! And if you have one of your own, bring it along, just in case . . . Tickets are £5 (£4 Library members and concessions) and are available from the Central Library or by calling 01793 466454.

 

Tuesday 30th          Hidden Treasure! Archivist Talk & Workshop
Local Studies, Central Library, 10:30am-12:30pm

Hidden Treasure! Local government records for local and family history. A talk and workshop with Claire Skinner (Archivist at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre). Book your place in person at Central Library or call (01793) 463238 for further information. £2 (library members) or £3 (non-members).

 

Wednesday 31st     Swindon Film Society: The Salesman
Swindon Arts Centre, 7:15pm

Synopsis: Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighbouring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the centre of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. For more information visit the website: www.swindonfilm.org.uk  Tickets available from the Information Centre.

Ongoing Events

Until Saturday 20th: Janet Boulton: Watercolours
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, 11am – 3pm

Janet Boulton is internationally known for her watercolours and paper relief works, but few know of her connections to Swindon. This exhibition celebrates her works on paper and will include paintings inspired by music, still life and gardens. Boulton was born in Swindon. After art school, she returned to the town and worked as an art teacher at Swindon College, Commonweal and Hreod Parkway. Since the late 1970s, she has worked at Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden at Little Sparta, the Villa La Pietra, and the Garden Museum. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK and abroad. This exhibition is a welcome return to Swindon from this important artist. It celebrates both her innovative use of watercolour and her engagement with nature, beauty, architecture and music. 

 

Until Wednesday 31st: Dreams and their Meanings
Richard Jefferies Museum

A collaborative exhibition exploring the symbols and meanings of the subconscious mind. Preview: Friday 5th January 19:00 to 21:00. Free.

 




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