Hundreds of young people recognised at annual Children in Care awards

Children and young people who have been under the care of Swindon Borough Council came together to mark their achievements at two special events. Swindon’s Children in Care Awards recognised the hard work and success of hundreds of young people in a range of categories. Awards were presented for school achievement, involvement in community projects,… read more

The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available. In this issue we hear about the three new online toolkits the Network has produced for members and coordinators covering social media, burglary prevention and managing a scheme. We also hear feedback to Fundraising and Social Media workshops, advice on how to achieve a great working… read more

Water Safety

Cooling off in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes can have deadly consequences. Every year, firefighters are called to incidents where residents (particularly children and young people) get into difficulty when swimming in open water. Dangers of cooling off in open water The water may look calm on the surface, but there may still be… read more

Spate Of Deliberate Small Fires In Swindon Area

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has experienced a spate of deliberate small fires in the Swindon area over recent weeks. Seventeen such fires, including fences, rubbish, bins and grassland, have been dealt with by crews from Swindon, Stratton and Westlea since 17 April. Station Manager Greg Izon said: “When fire crews are sent… read more

HMRC Scam Alert

Wiltshire Police are receiving lots of calls from people who have received letters from someone purporting to be from HMRC with a demand for money. A phone number is provided to call, which will connect to Wiltshire Police so appears genuine. This is a scam, and people receiving these letters should be aware that Wiltshire… read more

Council’s wellbeing programme is our cup of tea, service users say

Sometimes we all need a good cuppa and the chance to connect with other people. That’s why the Council’s Coffee and Connections programme is such a valuable tool for those who use it. The six-week initiative, run by the Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team, allows vulnerable people of all ages to come together in… read more

Ch4’s ‘LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION’ Is Coming to Swindon!

Are you or somebody you know a chain free buyer struggling to find that perfect property? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Experts Kirstie & Phil are planning to come to Swindon next month, May 2019! In these uncertain times, this is a great opportunity to get some completely free expert advice to… read more

Reminder to keep gas cylinder Safe

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the operators of both industrial and agricultural buildings to manage any gas cylinders on site properly and safely. The Service has dealt with a number of fires so far this year involving barns and storage sheds containing gas cylinders. Station Manager Graham Kewley, from the Fire… read more

Safety Warning For Enjoying The Countryside

With the Easter holidays underway and the May bank holidays fast approaching, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to take care when out and about. When good weather combines with children being off school, it’s natural that families will want to enjoy the sunshine, especially in our beautiful local countryside…. read more