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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Open Farm Sunday 11 June

Open Farm Sunday is an event held all over the country annually, It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.
I thought it was something that only happened on the Archers until Gill Swanton invited the Friends and  Museum staff to the event, encouraging us to spread the word about the bid for the new building, aided by the model.
Gill was right, it was a wonderful event, with lots of interesting stalls, activities, food. We met lots of people who hadn't realised we were putting in an HLF bid for a new museum and art gallery in November.
We were in a the main barn, and described by the Marlborough News as follows: 'They got too a glimpse of the (possible) future with a model of the striking design for the proposed Swindon Museum and Art Gallery...supporters of the scheme were gathering further support to help their bid for funding.'
You can see Sue Pycroft, of Vox Publicity, and Rod Hebden, Director of the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust
 Another general photo of people looking at the model and talking about it.
 Outside the barn, there were long queues at the food stalls, I particularly enjoyed my hog roast bap.
 People also took their dogs
 The model is going out to many events this summer, including these:

Dorcan Summer Fete Sat 11am to 4pm
Volunteer(s) needed
Swindon Business Expo, STEAM – Thurs 9.30am to 5pm
Volunteer(s) needed
Wroughton Carnival – Sat 1pm to 6pm
Volunteer(s) needed
Wrde Up Festival, Highworth Sat 2pm to 6pm
Volunteer(s) needed
Old Town Festival – Sun midday to 6pm?
Volunteer(s) needed
15 or 16/7/2017

Steam, Cider and Sausages festival – Sunday, 10am to 5pm Swindon and Cricklade Railway,Blunsdon
Volunteer(s) needed
Pinehurst  Fun Day
Volunteer(s) needed
Stratton Festival, Grange Leisure, Stratton. Saturday 12 to 6pm
Volunteer(s) needed
Swindon and Wilts PRIDE festival, Town Gardens, Swindon. Sat – 12 to 6pm?
Volunteer(s) needed
12 or 13/8/2017
Swindon and Cricklade Railway Steam and Vintage weekend – time to be confirmed- Sat & Sun
Volunteer(s) needed
Wanborough Summer Show and Carnival, Wanborough – 12 to 5pm?
Volunteer(s) needed
Swindon Half Marathon – finish at Wharf Green - afternoon
Volunteer(s) needed
Prospect Hospice Garden fete
Volunteer(s) needed
Culture and Cream teas – Richard Jefferies Museum
Volunteer(s) needed
Date to be confirmed
Volunteer(s) needed

Obviously some have taken place, but if you feel you would like to help in spreading the word about the plans for the new museum and art gallery, please email Sue Pycroft at

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