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MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM Welcome to our August edition of the Anything Swindon magazine, in this issue we celebrate our 1-year anniversary. To celebrate, we will give one reader an opportunity to win over £800 in prizes donated by local businesses. We have our second Slimming World diary and also celebrate the Slimming World Race for life at Coate Water. We feature a fantastic eight-page Town Centre spread with news from the In-Swindon Bid Company, who recently teamed up with SBC to tidy up the Town Centre.









We have an interview with Sheila Harrod of Kentwood Choir as she prepares for this year’s Christmas Cracker at the Wyvern Theatre.



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We meet with Andi Kidd of Genjitsu Karate Kai as he celebrates 20 years teaching Martial arts in Swindon. We catch up with Paul and the team of coaches at Stratton Juniors Football as the Stratton teams go from strength to strength. We hope you enjoy the August edition of Anything Swindon. If you would like your stories, events or activities featured in the magazine please contact us on 01793 977117 or email us at info@anythingswindon.co.uk. Happy reading! Ian and Graham

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Twelve months of the Anything Swindon magazine In early 2014 myself and Ian discussed the idea of creating a fresh new magazine for Central Swindon, filling the gap between The Swindon Link in North and West Swindon and The Handy Mag in East Swindon. Anything Swindon was born to become a fresh platform for local businesses to promote their services while giving our readers a variety of local and informative content. Our early plans were to print just 10’000 copies delivering directly to areas such as Upper Stratton, Lower Stratton and Old Town. After speaking with residents and researching the need for this type of platform throughout Central Swindon we soon realised that there are many areas of Swindon that do not receive a free publication.

We now distribute the Anything Swindon Magazine to 25’000 properties every month, including the Town Centre, Rodbourne, Gorse Hill Old Walcott. And more recently we have added areas such as Covingham, Coleview and Nythe to that list. Every month we create a fair balance between advertising and informative content to ensure our advertisers are achieving the very best return on their investment. While ensuring you, the readers have the best possible experience when turning the pages through every edition. We have updates from local councillors and MP’s Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson, local news and success stories in addition to our monthly competitions. To celebrate our first twelve months we have created a competition for one lucky winner to take over £800 in prizes, including high street vouchers, restaurant vouchers, theatre tickets, cinema tickets and gym membership and much more. If you have a story or would like to advertise your business to an estimated readership in excess of 65’000 readers every month, get in touch today.

To celebrate our one-year anniversary we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a treasure chest of prizes worth over £800.00, Including Theatre tickets, high street vouchers, a Consol pamper package and meals out at some of Swindon’s best restaurants and many more great prizes. All you have to do to enter is simply like our Facebook page and share the competition with your friends and family, alternatively email us with your name and contact details to: win@anythingswindon.co.uk The winner will then be chosen at random from all entries and the winner will be contacted at the end of August and announced on Facebook and in our September magazine.



Slimming World Update

Anything Swindons Graham & Ian Slimming World Diary update # 2 of 3 This month’s Slimming World diary included mixed emotions with challenges such as a Stag do, New Gym routines and a maintain on the scales. Myself and Ian have thrown ourselves head first into our Slimming World 12 week challenge, sacrificing Sugar for sweeteners and chips and curry sauce for poached eggs on plain toast for our lunch in the office. Now 8 weeks in we have seen dramatic change in both our appearance and our overall fitness and have achieved a huge 40lb weight loss between us, and it really hasn’t been as hard as we thought it would be.

The great thing about the Slimming World plan is that you can still eat the foods that you love, in the form of Syns. A Slimming World term for treats, naughty things, indulgences etc. Syns is shorthand for synergy – Slimming World believes it’s the synergy between the three components of the plan, ie. Free Foods, Healthy Extras and Syns, that makes Food Optimising effective at enabling weight loss. Certain treats have a value in syns for example 1 sugar = 1 syn or if you are not a tea drinker and prefer alcohol, a large glass of wine = 6 syns with a pint of lager = 10 syns.

So here is the hard part, the average allowance for the amount of syns you can use daily are 15 for a lady and 20 for a man, so imagine my fear when attending my weekly weigh in following 3 nights away on a stag do at the beginning of July. As long as you stick to plan and make a few slight changes to your normal routine weight loss is really easy with Slimming World, I have now lost 12lb in 8 weeks with Ian losing an impressive 28lb.

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Slimming World does Race for Life Slimming World does Race for Life; giving our members (and their family and friends!) the chance to take part in our very own version of the ultrainspiring Race for Life. Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer, and Slimming World does Race for

Life not only raises funds for Cancer Research but is also a chance to celebrate and commemorate loved ones. Every penny raised will help find more cures for cancer, improve treatments and outcomes, and help people avoid the disease altogether.

Slimming World does Race for Life is a fab way to get active – no matter what your current fitness level, every step counts! To find out more please visit the website at: www.slimmingworld.com.

Thanks to everyone that took part in Slimming World does Race For Life on Sun 26th July at Coate Water country park. Every penny donated goes straight to Cancer Research UK as the event was hosted by Swindon’s fabulous consultants with fruit and water being provided by us at Anything Swindon.



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LUXURY TRAIN COMING INTO SWINDON STATION TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PROSPECT HOSPICE. The sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Belmond British Pullman is being exclusively chartered by the Prospect Hospice for a fine dining gala dinner from Swindon on 7th November. The Pullman 1920’S heritage carriages form the first part of the journey from London to Venice and offer luxury rail travel at its best.

great evening while also helping to raise funds for the Hospice’ The excursion is £299 per person and due to the wonderful support of local business Imagine Cruising half of your ticket cost will now be donated directly to the hospice services. Bookings close end of September 2015. See our website for details and bookings www.prospect-hospice.net/ or Call 01793 816161 to speak to a member of the fundraising team.

These magnificent carriages are wonderfully decorated with fine wooden panel walls, inlaid with detailed marquetry and designs. They have sumptuous furnishings and upholstery and are true palaces on wheels. The carriages have been fully restored from their glory days in the 1920’s and 30’s when they carried many famous clients such as the Queen Mother, Winston Churchill and many members of the modern royal family including Princes Charles. On 7th November 2015 you will have the opportunity to step on board for a gala dinner with a champagne reception, table canapes, a delicious four course dinner and a bottle of fine wine served by the liveried stewards. Sheryl Crouch, Head of Fundraising said ‘this is the first time the Pullman train has been to Swindon and we feel this will be a fabulous fine dining event, We hope that the people of Swindon can join us for a ANYTHING SWINDON

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August 2015 Wellness Screening As cats and dogs get older, they become more prone to certain conditions, and they may appear well despite underlying disease. So, it is worthwhile taking them to your vet for routine ‘wellness’ examinations more frequently than you would a younger pet. It is easy to write-off changes in older pets as ‘just old age’. However, subtle changes can often be symptomatic of a disease that can be treated, for example inactivity may be associated with chronic pain or arthritis, bad breath and reduced appetite can be indicative of dental disease, increased thirst may be related to kidney disease, periods of confusion or disorientation can be indicative of cognitive decline, early morning stiffness may be due to arthritis, and increased appetite (specifically in cats) can be indicative of hyperthyroidism.

kidney disease; hyper-thyroidism; heart disease; liver disease; chronic pain and arthritis; cognitive decline; dental disease; cancer.

Many cats and dogs present on an annual basis for their vaccination booster, and they will always receive a general health check at the same time. However, this may still be too infrequent to allow early detection of problemsbringing your ‘senior’ cat or dog along to their vet for a routine ‘wellness’ examination every six months is preferable. These more frequent visits are warranted because: •

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By detecting diseases earlier, they are often easier to manage, and this will minimise the impact on your pet’s quality-of-life. Earlier detection usually has the benefit of being less costly, and more successful, than treatment of a crisis that could have been averted. Sometimes a patient will only need a routine clinical examination at these ‘wellness’ checks. Others may benefit from urine or blood screening (for example, to check kidney function) or other tests such as blood pressure measurement. Each patient varies, depending on species and breed, but in general patients are considered as ‘senior’ from around 7-9 years of age. The specific requirements can be discussed with your vet and tailored to your pet. If you’re interested in regular health checks for you ‘senior’ pet, contact your vet, who will be more than happy to discuss the options with you. 24 HR EMERGENCY SERVICE TELEPHONE: (01793) 522483 www.drovevets.co.uk



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Roll Up for Hetty Feather at the Wyvern Theatre After a sell-out critically acclaimed West End run in 2014, Sally Cookson’s Olivier Award nominated production of Hetty Feather comes to the Wyvern stage this September for one big, thrilling adventure that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike. ROLL UP and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital. TREMBLE as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly. THRILL as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus. GASP as she endures a night locked in the attic. QUAKE as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and...

huge heart, Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story and the perfect treat for the whole family. Jacqueline Wilson has said of the production, “I am so thrilled that Hetty Feather has become a stage play! I’ve written exactly one hundred books but Hetty Feather is my number one favourite character and I’m delighted that she will be back on stage again. The team behind the production have done a magnificent job bringing the book to life and I’m so pleased that the forthcoming tour will allow even more people to see this wonderful show.” Many real children experienced childhoods similar to

Hetty’s, growing up in the Foundling Hospital. Thomas Coram started this ‘Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Children’ in 1739. This was the first special children’s charity it the UK, and over two and a half centuries it has rescued more that 27,000 babies. It continues today simply as Coram, helping children who are alone or at risk, marginalized in school or without a real home. You can find out more about Coram by visiting www.coram.org.uk or see for yourself what it was like for children like Hetty by visiting the Foundling Museum in London and at www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

CHEER as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own! From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage by award winning script writer Emma Reeves (cBBc’s The Story of Tracy Beaker) and the Olivier Award Nominated director Sally Cookson, whose many five star productions include Peter Pan, We’re Going on a Bearhunt and Stick Man. With an original musical score by Benji Bower, brilliant circus skills and a


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Councillor Updates Park South We’ve reported a number of streetlights that have not working and seen them repaired. Please let us know if there are any with problems in your street. Litter too appears to have increased in some areas, we’ve been reporting & cleaning up where there’s been particular problems. We will be working with members of the Parks & East Walcot community forum and organising clean up days, with litter picking equipment from the councils community team. PARTY IN THE PARKS This is now confirmed and will be held on Saturday September 12th. Drop into Restore next to St Johns Church for more information, to get involved or to book a stall. Keep the day free! Councillor Fay Howard Email fayhoward@live.co.uk Tel 07952350656 Twitter @cllrfay Penhill & Upper Stratton - Petition to Reinstate number 20 Bus A huge thank you from your ward Councillors for all those that have signed the petition, we have raised nearly 2,500 signatures, this now gives your Councillors the opportunity to debate and ask for this vital bus route to be re-instated with subsidy to maintain the service. By the time you will have read this we will have asked the Conservative administration to reconsider their decision not to support the bus, and hopefully they will listen to the strong feelings of the need for this service. Windbrook Meadow Junction The junction of Windbrook Meadow and Ermin street has been a dangerous junction for years with inconsiderate people parking on the corner, with no regard to others. Following a public meeting with resident we have a solution to help prevent this; the work will hopefully commence during the summer holidays and take 10 days approx to complete. Thank you to all who came to the public meeting over this issue. Councillors- Joe Tray, Teresa Page and Paul Baker Old Town & East Wichel I am very pleased that Cabinet agreed to use £50,000 of s106 money for arts and culture for the Old Town Christmas lights. This is always a popular event put on by the Old Town Business Association. The current lights which have lasted a long time, will now be replaced and also even more of Old Town including Victoria Road can be covered by the Christmas lights. I welcome the news that the convenience store in East Wichel has been granted a premises licence. Many of the residents in East Wichel cannot wait for the new shop to open. They are keen to be able to walk to a local shop to buy milk or bread. It is a much awaited shop that will benefit the community. It was good to attend the Fraud and Scams Awareness event at Barclays Old Town on 2 July. The focus was on warnings about scams, rogue traders and promoting Buy with confidence. If you believe you or someone you know has been a victim of a scam or a rogue trader, contact Swindon Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. More information at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/sam15 Councillor Nadine Watts – 07595 071381 – nadine.watts@live.co.uk Cllr Brian Mattock and Cllr Claire Ellis Old Town Ward News Update • Brian has worked with residents and the Old Town Business Association to secure money to provide Christmas lights going from Regent Circus up and around Old Town. • The revamped play area in Hesketh Crescent is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2015. It is great to see that the recently completed play area in Angel Ridge is now very popular and well used by residents. • Claire and Brian have petitioned the Cabinet Member to investigate with officers whether additional street parking can be identified in East Wichel before a decision is made to introduce a residential parking scheme. • The refurbishment and redevelopment of the Corn Exchange will be a step closer when a development agreement is signed off on behalf of the property owner and Swindon Borough Council. • The replacement of the bridge in the Old Town Gardens is now in the design phase and will be installed in the coming months. • Old town has had a spate of graffiti recently and we are reporting them as we find them. If you see any then please contact us and we will act accordingly. Best wishes, Cllr Brian Mattock & Cllr Claire Ellis - brian.mattock@ntlworld.com - claireellis@hotmail.co.uk PAGE 16

Mp Update An update from Justin Tomlinson I was on hand at Central Library this month where I spent a Saturday morning encouraging youngsters to sign up to this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. As both a councillor and now MP, I have long been a supporter and user of our local libraries. I have also been a key advocate for the reading challenge campaign which is run every year by the Reading Agency.

One of the most important skills that every child must master is the ability to read and write. I believe we are doing children a disservice if we do not set high aspirations for every child to leave school fully equipped with the ability to read. This is why eliminating illiteracy is central to this Government’s plan for education. Elsewhere, I enjoyed a visit to Haydonleigh Primary School where years 5/6 got to pass their own school parliamentary bill as they learnt about how the democratic process works. The pupils also shared with me their targets for world leaders in regards to the campaign for Global Education, something that I have campaigned for in Parliament. Finally, the summer recess is here. But not too much rest in store as I will be kept busy with visits to local organisations and knocking on doors to speak to local residents! MPs Office, 1 Milton Road, Swindon SN1 5JE 01793 533393 justin.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk www.justintomlinson.com

An update from Robert Buckland As your local MP, I’m often contacted by my constituents about Human Rights. I have long had a personal interest in this subject, both as a lawyer and as Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission. My work as a criminal law barrister, prosecuting and defending for nearly twenty years before my election, lay at the heart of my work.

The new site is designed to make it easier for my constituents to contact me and find information about upcoming advice surgeries. It’ll also include regular local news, as well as things that I’m involved in outside of the constituency in Parliament. They’ll also be information about the role of MP’s and Government Ministers, which I hope young people and politics newcomers will find useful.

An emerging issue of interest is the rights of children. I believe that all children must enjoy all the rights and protections of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) without discrimination, as specified under Article 2 of the Convention. This country is a world leader with regards to protecting the rights of our children, but we must continue working to ensure that their voice is heard. I was delighted to welcome the winners of The Wiltshire Global Education Centre’s (WGEC) Global Spotlight Competition from Westlea Primary School to Westminster last Wednesday. The Year 5 and 6 students delivered a fantastic presentation on children’s rights and followed up with some excellent questions on both local and national issues. I am sure that they’ll make Swindon even more proud in the years to come. I recently moved into a new constituency branch office on Wood Street, and soon I’ll be launching a brand new website! ANYTHING SWINDON

Please do not hesitate to contact my Swindon team on 01793 533393, or email me at robert. buckland.mp@parliament.uk if you would like to attend one of my regular advice surgeries, and keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on the new site soon!


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Town Centre Update

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The inSwindon BID Company (which represents the town centre businesses) have teamed up with Swindon Borough Council to invest in an exciting project to tidy up Bridge Street. Four empty units have now been given a new lease of life with the goal of making the experience of shopping in the Town Centre a more pleasant one, whilst encouraging businesses to look at the area for future investment. A local Wiltshire business named Smart City Dressing were commissioned to work on the empty shops, pubs and restaurants to change their appearance for the better. The project has been funded equally from a grant provided by the anti-social behaviour team at Swindon Borough Council and the Mary Portas high street fund. The window dressing has helped to give the vision of a new eclectic range of businesses on the street including ‘The Broadwalk’; a once popular bar which has now been given a new look and appears to be an appealing eatery getting ready to open its doors. Another of the businesses ‘Vinyl Tap’ was once a Chinese restaurant and now has the fresh new look of a vinyl record store come coffee shop. This unit is across from the ‘Virtual Deli’ which was, until a few years ago, a furniture shop and now takes the form of an attractive looking town centre delicatessen. The former Ellington’s unit (known to many as ‘The Bedroom’) on the corner of Bridge Street and Fleet Street, has also been completely transformed and is now building on Swindon’s historic railway heritage - reflecting the importance of the ‘Swindon 175’ celebrations next year. The previously popular night spot is now set out as an art gallery boasting photography from Swindon’s vast history with the Railway; with all imagery provided by the Steam Museum.





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Di Powell, inSwindon BID Manager said: “We are really pleased to have been working so closely with the local authority to make this impressive change to an area which we feel has a fantastic future ahead of it. We aim to continue with tidying up empty units in the town centre and will be working hard with our partners to encourage new business into those units, bringing back a once thriving area to be enjoyed by all visitors to the Town” Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for Economy, Regeneration and Skills, said: “This idea tackles two related problems at once, firstly by helping to tidy up a retail area which has declined, and secondly by showing businesses what it could look like again. This has attracted new investment in the towns and cities where it has been tried and brought vacant units back into profitable use. It’s a very simple idea and it works.” The project has also received support from businesses next to the units including Wilkinson manager James Gray: “It’s a fantastic improvement to the street which has not only helped to brighten the place up but also created a better trading environment for the businesses in the town”.


Andrew Charlton, manager of Cash Generator said: “The change to the units have helped to considerably increase footfall over the last week. Customers love the look and the street looks more enticing to visit”. Swindon Town Centre’s most recent unit occupancy vacancies show an improvement of 0.7% against the previous quarter. Current level of vacant units is 9.46% compared to the national average of 10.2%.



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Town Centre Update

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary: Celebrations in Swindon’s Town Centre

To commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, the town centre are supporting Swindon Heritage’s week of events: ‘Swindon Remembers’, in association with Paul R Gentleman Associates and Green Rook. Saturday 12th September Get ready to go back in time to the 1940’s in Swindon’s town centre, with the sounds of a live swing band, vintage vehicles and more.


The day will also bring an incredible opportunity to see full size models of the iconic Spitfire and Hurricane, with both aeroplanes to be displayed in the town centre. So come along and

be part of this special week in Swindon to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, for more information go to: http://www. swindontowncentre.co.uk/

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The Brunel

The Brunel FREE Street Fest 28th – 30th August Festival fever is coming to The Brunel this August. We’ve scoured the land for some of the best festival street entertainment, plus world renowned 3D pavement artist Julian Beever will be here from 25th August, creating a bespoke piece of 3D art (www.julianbeever.net). Our street entertainment consists of the funny, the weird and the downright fantastic. The Last Resort is a mixture of installation and animation inhabited by a caricaturist, fortune teller, beach shop, tattoo parlor, photographer and monkey and an elusive chip shop, all topped off with a ridiculous 30 minute static Freak Show, run twice daily.

Pop in and see how he’s getting along or come by with your camera from 29th and be a pART of his art! Creation Station will also be here showing your little ones how to decorate a picture

So for FREE, fun, entertainment come to The Brunel Shopping centre between 28th and 30th August for guaranteed family enjoyment. Street Fest runs daily from 11am to 3.30pm.

frame, make a noodle doodle picture or painting their own jig saw. And Bang On will be giving percussion lessons. All workshops are free. And Dan and Danny have been working with dance schools in Swindon to put on their own shows. Performances daily between 12 and 2pm.

Then there’s BIG MOB a majestic slinkie walkabout act. We have a graffiti wall you can help complete and music to listen to. The program changes over the three days so be sure to check out our website for the times of each act www. thebrunel.co.uk Julian Beever will start his installation on Tuesday 25th August and complete it on 29th August.

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A new fashion destination for the town centre. H&M committing to Swindon as well as the recent Regents Circus development shows that it is a town with huge growth potential.” 17-year-old Megan Stapleton was first in the queue and had been waiting outside of the store from 8.30am ready for the 11.00am launch. Finally, the ribbon was cut and customers were not disappointed as they walked through the doors - the increased size of the new store means that H&M can offer collections for women, men, teenagers and children, with wider aisles and much more varied selections.

Crowds gathered outside the new H&M store in Swindon town centre on the 2nd of July to eagerly await the much anticipated store opening. The store has relocated from its old location in Regent Street to a new 20,000sqft store in the Parade, creating around 15 new jobs in the town in a mix of full and part time positions, in addition to staff relocating from the old store. Speaking before the opening, Carlos Duarte, Country Manager H&M UK & IE said: “We are excited to be relocating our store in Swindon and bringing more fashion and quality products to our customers in a sustainable way.” “It’s exciting to continue to expand nationwide, throughout the UK, reaching both new and existing customers”.

She said: “I have always loved H&M and today is my birthday, so I am determined to be first in the new store. I can’t wait to get in there! I am planning on buying an outfit for my birthday celebration.” “I love H&M because it targets all ages, shapes and styles - I am here with my Mum today and there is guaranteed to be lots of clothes she will love too.” Just before the scheduled 11am opening, H&M staff performed an impressive dance display outside the store entertaining the waiting crowd.

David Rodger, Standard Life Investments, said “We’re delighted to welcome H&M to The Parade in a deal that will create more jobs for Swindon as well as a new fashion destination for the town centre. ANYTHING SWINDON

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Karate Feature

20 years of teaching July marked a significant milestone in Andi Kidd’s karate career as been teaching in Swindon for 20 years. The club opened as the ‘Swindon Shotokan Karatedo Club’ in July 1995 at the Walcot Dome Community Centre. Local need for an inexpensive club brought Andi to the recently reopened centre where the club quickly established itself as a friendly and progressive organisation. The club stayed at the Walcot Dome until the centre went through a brief shutdown in 2010 and the club moved to its home now, St Joseph’s Catholic College. There have been many people walk through the doors of the karate club including many families, some trained for a while and some have gone on to achieve their black belt and more.

them again and see how they are doing. It is funny when a teenager comes up to you, looks down on you and says ‘hello’, when the last time you saw them they were half your size!” The club focuses on practical karate for self-protection rather than a sport based system. Andi believes that karate clubs need to be up front about their practice.

The club sees no signs of slowing down with Andi just releasing his first book, ‘From Shotokan to the Street’ and he continues to teach young and old alike. Andi says “I can’t believe it has been 20 years, the time seems to have flown. I have met some great people along the way and it has been an honour to teach them. I am looking forward to the next 20!”

“So many karate clubs claim to do everything, but training for competition and self-protection take two different approaches.

If you are interested

Sure there are crossovers but you need to decide what you focus on. When starting a new club be sure to ask what they are training for and see if it makes sense for your goals!”

at andi@genjitsu.

in learning karate for self-protection then please contact Andi co.uk or visit the website for more details www.genjitsu.co.uk

To celebrate the anniversary Andi held a tea and cake party for anyone who had trained with the club, along with their families, at any point in its history. Andi says “We have had a lot of people come through the club and it was nice to touch base with some of



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Wedding Feature

The Chinese and Their Love Of Fish. The Chinese and their love of fish has existed for many years, so much so that legend has it that they introduced the Koi Carp to the Japanese some 500 years B.C. The koi symbolises many things to the Chinese including good fortune, success, prosperity, longevity, courage , ambition and perseverance and not least its association with feng shui. Although there is a huge emergence of Japanese cuisine coming to our shores which is now revered and talked about amongst chefs and restaurants alike let us not forget that the Chinese have introduced to us some exceptional and exciting seafood dishes. In this article I hope to inspire you to create and cook some great tasting Chinese food.

To start with why not try a simple steamed sea bass with garlic, and spring onions. Bass fillets or a whole fish will work equally well in a Chinese steamer. If you dont have one try placing the fish on a covered plate over a pan of boiling water. Sprinkle the bass with plenty of finely sliced ginger and spring onion and steam for about 10 minutes (depending on the size of the fish.) Then in a separate pan heat a little groundnut oil until sizzling take off the heat, add a little sugar, soy sauce and hint of tomato sauce and pour straight onto the cooked bass. Served with Jasmine rice and simple stir fried vegetables this recipe makes for a simple, healthy and quick meal. As an alternative try

using mussels or scallops instead of bass. Last year we had a delivery of fresh cooked whelks ~ I sliced these into thin pieces and stir fried them in a wok with pak choi, sliced ginger, spring onion and garlic. I used groundnut oil, a splash of oyster and soy sauce and a little ground white pepper. Again a simple dish but very effective. My favourite Chinese dish is salt and pepper szechuan prawns. Lightly dust the raw prawns in cornflour and stir fry in a little peanut oil until they turn pink, then add a tiny amount of oyster sauce and stir fry with coarsely ground szechuan pepper. Finally sprinkle some sea salt and garnish with fresh coriander. Perfect as a starter. Squid is also a perfect alternative for prawns in this dish, maybe with a little chilli added – your choice. Finally how about stir fried noodles with mange tout and topped with fresh crab and chilli. First boil the noodles, this can be done in advance as long as the noodles are kept in cold water once cooked. Then stir fry some long sliced spring onion and mange tout in a little vegetable or sunflower oil, add some finely chopped garlic, ginger and chilli, then add a splash of oyster sauce and soy sauce and stir fry for about a minute. Then add the drained noodles and stir in to the sauce and season with salt and white pepper. Finally serve the noodles into a bowl and top with fresh crab meat and sliced chilli. A drizzle of sweet chilli sauce would work well at this point. Garnish with fresh coriander and a wedge of lemon or lime. These recipes are so good that I now wear a kimono, talk perfect Cantonese and can easily converse in any Chinese restaurant! Have Fun!

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Whats On?

The Bear Hunt at Roves Farm W: rovesfarm.co.uk - E: info@rovesfarm.co.uk - T: 01793 763939 Daily - from Friday 14 August 2015 to Friday 21 August 2015 - From 10.00am to 5.00pm Hairspray at Wyvern Theatre Thu 20 - Sun 23 August W: swindontheatres.co.uk - T: 01793 524481 From 7.30pm Price: £12.00 / £14.00 Brilliant Bats at Lydiard House and Park Saturday 22 August 2015 Witness bats in their natural habitat in this night time walk. T: 01793 466664 - From 8.00pm to 10.30pm - Price: £5/£4 Chuckles Comedy Club at MECA Swindon Thursday 27 August 2015 T: 01793 251111 - From 7.00pm Price: from £6.60 Women’s Aid 40th Anniversary Family Fun Day Saturday 29 Aug 2015 Woman’s Aid is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a Family Fun day and picnic where games, music and good food are available to all so bring your family, friends, dogs and don’t forget the kids! Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom at Wyvern Theatre Daily from Saturday 5 Sep 2015 to Sunday 6 September 2015 “Somewhere, hidden amongst the thorny brambles is a little kingdom where everyone is very very small…” From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Colin Fry - The 6ixth Sense Tour at Wyvern Theatre Wednesday 9 Sep 2015 Colin’s TV series “6ixth Sense” has now been broadcast worldwide for 14 years making his public performances an International demand. End of the Track ‘Sounds of the Sixties’ A performance in aid of Threshold Housing Link, Supporting Swindon’s Charity for the Homeless. Lawn Community Centre Swindon SN3 1JL 12th September 2015 Doors Open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm Tea, Coffee and Biscuits during Interval. To buy tickets call Wendy on 01793 422852. To have your event listed for FREE please email us your event details and we will do our best to list it, space is limited... information to be received no later than the 15th of the month to info@anythingswindon.co.uk ANYTHING SWINDON


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Art Club Starting again on 3rd September Every Thursday 1-3pm £2 per session - all materials provided including refreshments Newcomers of all abilities welcome Contact Don Elliott (Freeman) 17–19 Devizes Road Old Town 01793 886223 don.elliot@hotmail.co.uk www.swec.org.uk


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Stratton Juniors Interview

SJFC goes from strength to strength! Founded in 1992 by a couple of dedicated parents, Stratton Juniors Football Club (SJFC) has grown from just one team and a hand full of players to nine age groups from U5s to U15s, with almost 200 children in the local community playing structured grass roots football.

In 2010 the club achieved the FA Charter ‘standard’ status, which is awarded to football clubs who provide a high quality football experience. FA Charter Standard clubs are proven to be well run, sustainable, and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount. The aspirations of the SJFC committee does not stop there, with plans to take the club to the next level by achieving the prestigious FA Charter Standard ‘Development’ status.

However, all is not plain sailing… In a recent article in the BBC, FA Chairman Greg Dyke highlighted the plight that many grass roots football clubs face stating: “There’s a degree of crisis in what’s happening in grassroots football. Facilities are being lost and local authorities have come to us and said ‘what can we do about it?”. SJFC are feeling the effects of this hard. Two years ago the club was informed that the pitches it has used for so many years were being sold for housing development. Whilst some provision was made for new facilities it did not meet the aspirations of the long-term development of the club. Instead, the committee has been working in partnership with Stratton Parish Council to secure an exclusive longterm lease on local facilities. This agreement is one major foundation for securing the long-term future of the club.

the emphasis of coaching is about development and enjoyment. The development primarily focuses on the technical side of the game, which is delivered in a structured but fun way. Working with parents, the club ensures that match days are a pressure free environment and emphasis is on development and not winning, but by playing with a smile and focusing on technical ability the results naturally come good.

Testament to this approach is the number of boys that year after year are selected by various football league academies, who we hope we have helped develop.

Despite the ‘off-field’ challenges, on-field SJFC goes from strength to strength. Committed to playing the game in the “right” way, SJFC only exists through the dedication of volunteer coaches and committee members and to help the club meet its aspiration of charter development status, funding is critical. If you would like to be part of the continued success of SJFC by sponsoring a team or the club we’d be delighted to hear from you. Contact Paul Jack fistral102@aol.com


SCOB Update

“Josh has arrived with a wealth of knowledge and skill” If you have ever thought about playing rugby, getting back into playing rugby or joining a club unlike any others; a club that currently punches well above its weight, but still has the ambition to go further then SCOB RFC is for you…. As August beckons, another pre-season is underway at Ridgeway Leisure Centre for Swindon College Old Boys RFC. They are preparing for their assault on Southern Counties North… a league which proved too strong on their last attempt (2013/14), but is looking less daunting this year thanks to the work currently in progress.

slowly, being imparted on the Old Boys. Off the pitch progress is being made too – with the announcement of several new high profile sponsors joining the ranks of SCOB RFC including Pebley Beach, Smiles Centre, Hillier Funeral Services and soon to be Circle Cider the financial backing of the club has never looked so good.

Find us on Twitter, Facebook or visit www. scobrfc.org to get more information….

This investment is providing the best facilities, equipment and expertise for the club which is going from strength to strength. With the coaching team of Martin Lloyd and Mark Lead already strong it was only accentuated by the arrival of Josh ‘Troll’ Law as the new strength and conditioning coach. Having spent some time with the Bath RFC Academy last season Josh has arrived with a wealth of knowledge and skill which is,

Behind the scenes Kate Cady and her team at Back2Fitness continue to repair the damage from a bruising 2014/15 season, widely regarded as the most successful in club history, to ensure that the return of Ross Saville, Kalum House, and Michael Bizley amongst others is in time for the season to start.

Alternatively turn up to Ridgeway Leisure Centre, Wroughton at 18:45 on any Tuesday or Thursday and see what you make of it.

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Dance Feature


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Kentwood Choir Update

Kentwood The choir with a difference deciding to concentrate full time on her own Kentwood School of Music which now provides tuition in voice production, composition, pianoforte, the theory of music and stage technique.

This Month I spoke with Swindon’s very own Sheila Harrod founder of Kentwood “The choir with a difference” Sheila’s musical career began as a child in the Salvation Army in which her father, George Snook, was Divisional Bandmaster for the South and West of England. By the age of fifteen, Sheila had passed all her examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in both singing and pianoforte and went on to gain her Diploma as a Licentiate of Trinity College, London specialising in Class Music Teaching. Sheila spent several years teaching music in a local comprehensive school before

local charities. Her interests outside the world of music include travelling, swimming, cooking, dining out and the theatre.

She is the Founder and Musical Director of the Kentwood Choir, the Kentwood Junior Choir, the Kentwood Company and the Kentwood Children’s Chorus. Sheila is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and also of Equity, having acted as Chorus Mistress and Voice Coach with numerous musical shows as well as her own appearances on stage and in cabaret. She has recently begun to give her own Voice Workshops to choirs around the country, specialising in the singing of lighter music and the presentation and visual staging of performances. Sheila had the honour to be awarded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) in the 1993 new Year’s Honours List for her services to music and to



Don’t miss your annual start to the Christmas festivities, Kentwood “The choir with a difference” bring you a wonderful show full of seasonal surprises and Christmas cheer. Featuring the wonderful Aldbourne Band, our guest Phil Steventon (vibraphone) and the Open Door Choir celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

Christmas Cracker 22nd November 2015 - Wyvern Theatre 01793 524481 Tickets on sale now.

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Advice for small businesses

I’m setting up a second business. Should I run it through my existing limited company? The answer is yes if: Customers are similar; it’s simply an experiment; there are no VAT implications; time is minimal (bookkeeping, insurance etc.); there are no unfair outcomes for shareholders. The answer could be no if:Your current Company is VAT registered and sells to VAT registered businesses. (If your new business sells to consumers, you may want to avoid charging them VAT). The businesses have different investors/participators; one business offers customers credit and gets credit from suppliers (risky if they fail); if one is asset rich – its assets could be at risk by activities of the other business. You really should seek advice! Peter Bromiley ACA @AMSAccountancy AMS Accountancy Ltd. Swindon SN5 7XF 01793 818400 www.ams-accountancy.co.uk

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Health & Fitness



HAYDON WICK LEISURE CENTRE We are investing over £230,000 to build a Better Gym in your local community. With access to our state-of-the-art gym and a great range of group exercise classes for less than £1.00 per day, what could be better? Join now and save £5.00 per month, plus enjoy no joining fee. But hurry, offer only available to the first 250 members who sign up before 14th August 2015.

For more information visit www.better.org.uk/haydon or call 01793 721526

Offer valid until Friday 14th August 2105. Limited to the first 250 customers. Discounted membership fee guaranteed until 31st December 2015. First Direct Debit payment will be collected on the 1st September 2015. Full terms and conditions available from a member of staff at point of purchase. Better is a registered trademark and trading name of GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited), a charitable social enterprise and registered society under the Co-operative & Community Benefit & Societies Act 2014 registration no. 27793R. Registered office: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX. Inland Revenue Charity no: XR43398

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Health & Fitness

Better Swimming facilities in Swindon Swimming is a life skill that everyone should have. With summer fast approaching and holidays on the horizon what better time to learn and gain confidence. Whether you are a complete beginner or someone that just needs to regain skills lost over time, our swim school can help. We provide group lessons for children aged 4 and over as well as parent and toddler sessions and adult lessons. All of our lessons/sessions are instructed by A.S.A (Amateur Swimming Association) qualified staff and are undertaken in a controlled environment.

Our Swim Schools are available at: • Dorcan Recreation Complex – St Paul’s Drive, Covingham, Swindon 01793 423134 • Health Hydro – Milton Road, Swindon 01793 616323 • Link Centre – Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon 01793 877323 • Oasis Leisure Centre – North Star Avenue, Swindon 01793 507110 Each Centre provides a slightly different programme throughout the week – for more information visit our website below or or contact the individual Centre listed above.

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Visit Us Come and see why Ofsted Graded us as Good in 2013 Tours can be set up at any time for students wishing to transfer from Primary or another Secondary Call 01793 487286 www.churchfields.org

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The room is spacious with conference style seating for up to 20 people with tea and coffee facilities; there is no charge for the use of the room but bookings will need to be made if you or a group you represent would like the space. With toilet facilities and internet access through four computer screens situated in the room I am sure we will be taking bookings immediately. Our community room is available free of charge for relevant community activities that focus on areas such as health, education, housing and employment, crime and disorder.

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August & September Day Trips rips Tue Aug 18 Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Southsea Cotswold Wildlife Park Moreton-In-Marsh (Market Day) & Bourton-On-The-Water Peppa Pig World (Paultons Park) Wed Aug 19 Buckingham Palace And Time In Windsor Weymouth Carnival Fish & Chip River Cruise And Tewkesbury (Market Day) Thu Aug 20 Lyme Regis & Bridport Thorpe Park The View From The Shard & Borough Market Borough Market Fri Aug 21 Bournemouth Poole Legoland Windsor & Eton Sat Aug 22 Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Southsea London (Kensington Or Park Lane) Westfield London Shopping Centre


Sun Aug 23 Shrek’s Adventure – London! Plus Free Time London (Kensington Or Park Lane) Longleat (Inc. Safari & All Other Attractions) Mon Aug 24 Weymouth Houses Of Parliament (Audio Tour) & Free Time Tue Aug 25 Buckingham Palace And Time In Windsor Cotswold Wildlife Park Moreton-In-Marsh (Market Day) & Bourton-On-The-Water Weston Super Mare Wed Aug 26 Highgrove Garden Tour With Lunch And Scenic Drive Bournemouth Poole Bristol Zoo Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre, Bristol Thu Aug 27 Highclere Castle: "The Real Downton Abbey" Horse Drawn Boat Ride On Kennet & Avon Canal (Inc. Food) & Newbury Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making Of Harry Potter Brighton Fri Aug 28 Swanage London Eye & Thames Cruise Sat Aug 29 Bournemouth Poole London (Kensington Or Park Lane) London Zoo Sun Aug 30 Weston Super Mare London (Kensington Or Park Lane) Greenwich (Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory Etc.) Mon Aug 31 Buckingham Palace And Time In Windsor Weymouth & Dorchester

Tue Sep 1 Senior Special - Mystery Seaside Day Trip Wed Sep 2 Horse Drawn Boat Ride on Kennet & Avon Canal (Inc. food) & Newbury Chichester & Bognor Regis Bognor Regis Thu Sep 3 Bournemouth Poole


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Exmouth & Sidmouth

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Weymouth London (Kensington or Park Lane) Tower of London

Sun Sep 6 Buckingham Palace and Time in Windsor Brighton London (Kensington or Park Lane) Camden Market & Lock Mon Sep 7 Bletchley Park: Codebreakers and Woburn Abbey (Inc. Lunch) Tue Sep 8 Abergavenny (Market Day) & Brecon Beacons Thu Sep 10 Portsmouth (Gunwharf Quay, Spinnaker Tower, Historic Dockyard) Southsea Sat Sep 12 Leeds Castle Food Festival Sun Sep 13 95th Anniversary Mystery Seaside Sat Sep 19 Buckingham Palace and Time in Windsor Sun Sep 20 Cruise across the Bristol Channel and West Somerset Railway Crafting at Ally Pally (Formerly Stamp & Scrapbook Show) RAF Hendon (Free Admission) Tue Sep 22 Salisbury (Market Day) Wilton Shopping Village & Salisbury (Market Day) Wed Sep 23 Waddesdon Manor Sat Sep 26 Bournemouth Poole Sun Sep 27 Malvern Autumn Show Weston Super Mare Mon Sep 28 Music Hall Lunch, Bristol Wed Sep 30 Senior Special - Dawlish & Teignmouth

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