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Mechanics' Institution Trust e-Newsletter October 2022
Upcoming Events
Saturday 29th October 
Car Boot and Table Top Sale
Only 1 table left...

We are once again hosting our popular Table Top and Car Boot Sale.

If you are interested in participating, and would like to book a table or vehicle,
please contact Bob at: or 01793 481366.
Wednesday 9th November 7:30pm-8:30pm
Swindon Heritage: A series of talks by Dr. Michael Smith
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Wednesday 16th November  2pm - 5pm
Free Workshop with Bingo
Mondays 10am - 12pm
Coffee Mornings
Saturday 26th November  11am - 3pm
Railway Village Winter Fayre
Join us at our Christmas Winter Fayre to kick off the festive season.

Santa has confirmed his attendance, and will be waiting by the fire in the Bakers Cafe "SNUG" for anyone who may wish to meet him. (Exact timings TBC).

In the Central Community Centre we are hosting a hand-picked selection of crafts and charity stalls that will offer a variety of items - perfect for Christmas presents.

There are only a few spaces left for craft vendors...

If you are interested in participating, please complete our attendee enquiry form
Would you like to help plan and organise community events?

Would you like to get involved in setting up, serving refreshments, stewarding, ticketing or packing away? 

We need your help!

Complete our Volunteer Enquiry Form for flexible - no obligation volunteer oportunities with our dedicated events team. 
A full events calendar, event details and tickets can be found by clicking the links below. 
Mechanics' Institution Trust Facebook events page
Mechanics' Institution Trust All events page
Railway Village Museum
Stay up to date with the Railway Village Museum...
Museum opening times and info
Volunteer Groups
Mechanics' Maintenance Team

Flexible Volunteering

Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm at the Central Community Centre

The Mechanics' Maintenance team meet weekly to carry out maintenance activities around the Central Community Centre and Swindon Railway Village.

We carry out activities such as gardening, litter picking and painting.

There is no commitment to joining this group project, so why not come along and give it a try? 

In recent weeks, the Mechanics' Maintenance Team have been working at our community allotment in collaboration with CARIG (Central Area Resident Improvement Group) and Swindon Borough Council's Live Well team

This gardening project is a great way to stay active, socialise with others, learn new skills and support the local community. For the next few weeks we will be working on this project. 

If you would like to get involved, please c
ontact Dan (07955373172) or feel free to use our Volunteer Enquiry Form.

Heritage and Culture Club

Flexible Volunteering

We host regular volunteer drop-in sessions where you can take part in a group project that explores local history, heritage and culture. 

We carry out activities such as archiving, research and oral histories.

There is no commitment to joining this group project, so why not come along and give it a try? 

In recent weeks, we have been working on cataloguing our primary sources such as books. 

This project is a great way to socialise with others, learn new skills and make local heritage more accessible. 

We are particularly looking for those interested in carrying forward an oral histories project which may be featured on local radio!

For more information, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Dan (07955373172) or feel free to use our Volunteer Enquiry Form.


Swindon Heritage
Heritage Action Zone
Proposal to reroute outbound (westbound) bus services from Emlyn Square, Swindon Railway Village

Have your say!

You can learn more about the Heritage Action Zone by dropping by the Bakers Cafe for a chat each Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. There is also free coffee and cake!

Complete the Online Survey here
Our Houses Through Time
Launch Event: 8th October 2022
- What a fantastic day this was!

Thank you to all who were a part of this very successful event. 


Who lived in a House like this?

Swindon's Famous Railway Village


Since the early 1840s these houses have been family homes...


Wouldn’t it be great to discover more..?
Who lived there?

Do YOU have stories to share with US?
Do WE have info on YOUR family home?

The Swindon Branch of Wiltshire Family History Society are collaborating with the Mechanics Institute Trust and Central Area Resident Improvement Group on this exciting project. 

If you are interested in this project, or would like to know when the next event is taking place, please contact us at
Richard Jefferies Museum

Halloween at the Richard Jefferies Museum

It's back - the Richard Jefferies Museum's unique Halloween event will be held on Saturday 29th October from 3pm-5pm.

Come dressed up for (only mildly) spooky crafts and autumnal fun!

Make an All Hallow's Eve headdress, join in our trick or treating around the grounds, toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate around the fire.

  • Our Halloween activities are suitable for primary school-aged children.;
  • Please park at Coate Water;
  • The Mulberry Tearoom will be open, serving cakes and hot drinks.
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Swindon Community Lottery

Win a £1,000 Bike Voucher!

Now that summer is over, many of us are looking for ways to keep fit through autumn. Well, we've got the perfect thing for you - on Saturday 29th October one lucky supporter will win an amazing £1,000 Bike Voucher!

Maybe you’re looking to save some fuel on the commute? Or perhaps just keeping an eye out for that perfect Christmas present? Whatever your reasons, this WHEELIE is a fantastic prize!

Buy Tickets

We rely on members and volunteers to carry out the work that we do.

If you would like to become a member, from only £1 per year + donation,
complete our Membership Form here. 

Members will receive a vote on resolutions at our AGM, along with many other benefits such as member only event invitations and discounts.

Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills, and support your local community?

If you are interested in flexible volunteering opportunities, you may wish to complete our Volunteer Enquiry Form here.

Did you know you can hire some of our unique facilities? 

Are you looking for a space to hold your event, party or group meeting?

If you are interested in booking the Central Community Centre or Bakers Community Cafe, click here.
Contact Us

If you have any questions, or wish to participate in our resident needs survey, please contact us:

Dan Fishlock
Community Engagement Officer

For Bookings: 

You can view our booking info here.
Rebecca Bellamy
Bookings Manager
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