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History of Punch and Judy

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Phil Collins gives a fun talk on the history of Britain’s most famous hand puppets. Phil, aka Professor Collywobbles, takes you through the journey from Mr Punch’s humble beginnings in Italy to his arrival in England over 350 years ago. Punch & Judy shows became commonplace in many large seaside resorts throughout the land. The […]

The House – Highworth and Swindon Poor Law Union

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Presented by Paul Wilkins, the talk will explore how this institution came about and what life as an 'inmate' of the Union Workhouse was really like. It will also reveal its greatest legacy and how this continues to benefit many today Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

A Narrow Boat Odyssey

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Richard and Sue Pracy tell their story of the realisation of a retirement dream and of a journey through England’s beautiful inland waterways. Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

Our Boys-A Family’s War

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Paul Gentleman, Caroline Black will tell the incredible and true story of three men who took to the skies to defend Britain and take the fight to Germany. From the greatest air battle to take place, the Battle of Britain, to one of the most incredible stories to come out of the war, to the […]

‘Lost’ Swindon Rediscovered

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

A Rodbourne Community History Group Talk by Graham Carter and Noel Ponting. Life in the town between the wars [ revealed by rarely seen 'Lost' photographs and the rediscovered writings of the Swindon 'wordsmith', George E Hobbs. Admission: Members £1, Guests: £2 Free Refreshments available. Gordon Shaw - Secretary Rodbourne Community History Group 01793 616558

Our Boys: Family War

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Paul Gentleman, Caroline Black and Noel Beauchamp will tell the incredible and true story of three men who took to the skies to defend Britain and take the fight to Germany. From the greatest air battle to take place, the Battle of Britain, to one of the most incredible stories to come out of the […]

RCHG AGM 2022

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

This will be our first AGM meeting since 2020. As there are a substantial number of items to discuss it has been decided that there will be no speaker giving a talk. The meeting will be for members only. If members of the public wish to take out membership prior to this meeting they can […]

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE WILLIAM SIMS

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Martin Robins will tell us about the fascinating life of George Sims, a Swindon man who started life working in the Railway Works but later went on to do missionary work in Rhodesia for which he was awarded an MBE. He is now commemorated in Swindon with a plaque outside his birthplace in Rodbourne. I […]

Frank Ernest Quinton

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

John Stooke will talk about talented Swindon Watercolour artist, Frank Ernest Quinton… Frank passed away in 2019 at 97 years old and left behind a wealth of beautiful paintings that record changing Swindon and of special interest to us is the commission he was awarded to record the end of locomotive manufacturing in Swindon and […]

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Swindon Through the Decades

Even Swindon Community Centre Jennings Street, Swindon, Wiltshire

Mike Benson will present a film titled Swindon through the Decades. It gives an insight into the changes in the town since the early 1950s. You will recognise many buildings old and new. when regent Street was open to traffic. The redevelopement of the railway village. The building of Penhill, Park South and West Swindon […]

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