What's On

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ONGOING

Toastmasters Local Club, the Churchill Pub SN4 8ET, 1st Wednesday of the month (in person), 3rd Tuesday of the month (Zoom meeting). Contact stewartlinford1976@gmail.com, call 07468493253, visit toastmasters.org.

 

SWIAS (Swindon Interactive Art Service), Inspiring Adults with Learning Difficulties, Wednesdays 9AM - 2PM at St Andrew's Methodist Church. £10 entry each session, snacks provided, please bring your own lunch. To book a spot, call Sarah Purnell at 01793 614 262, or email jofox7@sky.com.

 

Mindfulness for Parents and Carers, A 9 week online course is being offered by Susie Stead, an Oxford-based mindfulness teacher certified by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, with classes adapted from the book 'Finding peace in a Frantic World' by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. A taster session is available online on Thursday 25th November from 8PM-9PM, and the course itself begins on January 20th 2022 for a subsidised cost of £50. For more information, or to sign up for the course itself, email chris@christchurchswindon.co.uk, or call Chris Smith on 07582 305760. Information can also be found on susiestead.com/mindfulness-teacher.

 

NOVEMBER

 

Monday 15th November - Monday 6th December, Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal

Run by churches across Swindon, the Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal begins on Monday 15th November, and runs until Monday 6th December. Churches, businesses, schools, and organisations will be accepting donations of new toys for children aged 0-16, and a financial donation point has been set up on the website, which raised over £10k last year for those in need. To find local donation points or to donate through the website, visit gatewaychurchswindon.org.uk/toy-appeal

 

Friday 25th November, Wilts and Berks Canal Pub Quiz Night

In aid of the restoration of the Wilts and Berks Canal, a pub quiz is being held at the Manor on Cheney Manor Road, Swindon, on Thursday 25th November at 7PM. Entry is £7.50 per person for teams of 2-4 people, and the price also includes a buffet. To enter, email Peggy-Sue.Ford@WBCT.org.uk, no later than November 20th.

 

November 26th-27th, Starmaker

The Ellendune Community Centre in Wroughton is hosting a Christmas Musical Show and Pantomime for two days only, with songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dear Evan Hansen, and Waitress. Starting at 7:30PM on Friday 26th and 8PM on Saturday 27th. Tickets are £7.50 per head. For more information or to book your tickets, email ellenduneentertainers@gmail.com or visit https://sites.google.com/view/ellendune-entertainers/home.

 

Saturday 27th November, Freshbrook Church Christmas Market

Freshbrook Church is hosting a Christmas market and open air carol singing event, from 3-6PM on Saturday 27th November. Entry is free, and alongside the stalls, there will be a barbeque and a café where guests can purchase refreshments during the event.

 

Saturday 27th November 3pm - 6m Christmas Fair

Freshbrook Church, Worsley Road, Freshbrook. In aid of Christmas Care Swindon. Community carol singing sessions in the car park! Stalls include gifts, decorations, crafts, books, Barbeque and cafe. Arrangements are subject to Covid requirements.

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

Sunday 5th December - Friday 31st December, Christmas at Christ Church and St Mary's.

  • Christingle, Christ Church (Sunday 5th December 10AM)
  • Carol Service, St Mary's (Sunday 12th December 4PM)
  • Christmas Organ Recital, Christ Church (Friday 17th December 1-1:45PM)
  • Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols, Christ Church (Sunday 19th December 6:30PM)
  • Swindon Town Football Club Carols, Christ Church (Monday 20th December 6:30PM)
  • Crib Service, Christ Church (Christmas Eve 4PM)
  • Midnight Mass, Christ Church (Christmas Eve, 11PM-Midnight)
  • Christmas Day Holy Communion, Christ Church (10AM)
  • Watchnight, Christ Church (31st December 11PM-Midnight)

 

December 2nd-31st, Enchanted Gardens Light Trail

Swindon Town Gardens will host the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail, designed by Light Art Pioneers and Luminism, and supported by the South Swindon Parish Council. The event will run for almost a month and follows a 1.5km path through Swindon Town Gardens, featuring a piece made by local Swindon schools titled "Reflections of Swindon". The tours will run from 5PM-9PM Sunday to Thursday, and until 10PM Friday and Saturday. The Trail will be closed on Christmas and Boxing Day. Tickets are £10.50 per adult, and £5.50 per child under 18. For more information or to book your tickets, visit skiddle.com/groups/enchantedgardens.

 

Friday 3rd December, Chiseldon Christmas Concert. Held at Holy Cross Church, Chiseldon, the 25th annual Chiseldon Christmas Concert will be performed by the Aldbourne Band, starting at 7:45PM. Tickets are £10 per adult and free for under 16's.

 

Saturday 4th December, Bands of Brunel Christmas Concert. Christchurch, Swindon is hosting the Bands of Brunel Brass Christmas Concert at 5pm on Saturday 4th December. Adult tickets are £10 and free for under 16s.

 

Saturday 4th December, Blue Plaque Unveiling

At 12PM on 4th December, a blue plaque marking the crash of a spitfire in 1941 will be unveiled in Ermine Street, Stratton. All welcome.

 

December 5th, Santa vs Rudolph Run

In support of Brighter Futures and Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix is hosting a fun run at Lydiard Park on Sunday 5th December, with lengths of 3K, 5K, and 10K. The event begins at 11AM and all finishers will recieve a Christmas themed medal. To sign up for the event, visit www.swindonsanta.org.uk

 

December 5th, Mozart Concert

7pm

Hosted at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon, the Trowbridge Philharmonic Choir will be performing a Mozart concert. For more information, or to book your tickets, visit wiltshiremusic.org.uk.

 

Friday 10th December, A Christmas Carol Concert. All Saint's Church in Oakhurst is hosting Swindon Brass and Oakhurst Community Primary School Choir for a Christmas Carol Concert. The event starts at 7PM and tickets, for £5 each, will be abailable at the door. For more information, visit swindonbrass.co.uk.

 

Saturday 11th December, Christmas Concert. Swindon Concert Band will be performing at the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall at 7:30PM. Tickets are £8 for adults and free for under 16's. To book or for more information, call 01793 85361, or email at ticketsswindonconcertband.co.uk.

 

Saturday 11th December, Dick Whittington

Produced by Bristolian Productions, the family pantomime Dick Whittington is coming to Swindon, at the Community Centre at Christ Church and St Paul's Centre, on Saturday 11th December. To find more information and to book tickets, visit brisprod.co.uk/box-office.

 

Tuesday 14th December, Christmas Concert. The Aldbourne Band and Soloists from the Kentwood Choir, featuring the Swindon Down's Syndrome and Spotlight Choirs, will be performing a Christmas concert at 7PM, presented by the Rotary Club of Swindon. Tickets are £12 each and refreshments are available for purchase. To book tickets, call Sue Frawley at 07881 246110 or Alan Holmes Music at 01793 520948.

 

Saturday 18th December, Sing Nowell. Christchurch is hosting a family Christmas concert on Saturday 18th December at 6:30PM. Tickets are £10 each or free for accompanied under 18's. The concert features the Wroughton Silver Band and the JTPTrust Concert Choir, accompanied by conductor Elinor Cooper and organist Ian Crabbe. For more information, visit swindonchoral.org.uk.

 

Sunday 19th December, Christmas Concert at the Bandstand. A free concert, presented by Swindon Brass and Town Gardens Cafe, will be taking place at 2PM on Sunday 19th December. Entry is free and the cafe will be open until 5PM for hot drinks and cake.

 

Panto is back: Jack And The Beanstalk is booking now at Swindon's Wyvern Theatre... see short video with the main characters emetinging in Swindon with the beanstalk!