Wiltshire Life Award for Local Residents' Associations
In 2011, Longmeadow TARA were shortlisted in the Wiltshire Life Awards Community Group Section along with Wiltshire Ambulance and Swift Medics. The Chairman, James McDonald, with his wife Helen, and Secretary, Janet Gould travelled to Marlborough in March for an interesting evening meeting other nominees in various classes.
Longmeadow TARA came runners-up - a great achievement for this hardworking local group.
They run coffee mornings, youth drop-in sessions, computer classes and much more at Longfield Community Centre. The area now boasts football teams and a Carnival Club, both of which are run by members of this TARA.
Trowbridge has a number of Tenants' and Residents' Associations (TARAs) and Residents' Associations throughout the town. These voluntary groups meet to discuss issues of concern within their neighbourhoods and take part in social/fundraising events.
Longmeadow TARA meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm at Longfield Community Centre, Weavers Drive, Trowbridge.
There is a great range of activities coming up at the Community Centre! For details, click on Activities. Please contact James McDonald (Chairman) on 01225 765831 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
College Estate Residents' Association meets at Wiltshire College, College Road, Trowbridge. For details, please contact Derek Adams (Chairman) at email@example.com.
Studley Green TARA meets the last Monday of each month at the Resource Centre, Manor Road, Studley Green, Trowbridge at 7pm. Please contact Betty Wragg (Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seymour TARA meets the first Monday of each month at The Cabin, Seymour Road, Trowbridge at 7pm. Please contact Barbara Hakes at email@example.com.
Newtown Residents' Association (NARA) meets at Wesley Road Club the third Wednesday of each month. For details, please contact Sharon Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paxcroft Mead Forum meets at Paxcroft Centre, Hackett Place, Trowbridge. For full details, please contact Jonathon Hawkes (Chairman) at email@example.com.
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Trowbridge Carnival & Soapbox Derby 2011
Trowbridge once again came alive with the Carnival Spirit on Saturday 23rd October 2011. The weather was perfect (if slightly chilly!) so everyone was able to warm up as the large floats went by with all the light bulbs blazing!
For the procession, we were fortunate to have 4 marching bands: The Dolphin Marching Band from Poole, OiSambistas (bringing a little bit of Rio de Janeiro to the streets of Trowbridge!), the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band and the local Wiltshire Youth Marching Band: the procession wound through the town with floats, dance troupes, individual masqueraders and bands, all delighting the crowds. Many thanks must go to all the volunteers who turned out to ensure the success of the Carnival, in particular the stewards and bucket collectors.
Trowbridge Carnival 2012
Saturday 20th October saw the big night for this year, when the procession began its course from Canal Road at 7.00pm, finishing at Cradle Bridge and, this year, there were even more local entries. Musical entertainment along the route was provided by the Wiltshire Youth Marching Band, Brazilian samba specialists OiSambistas (from Devizes!) and, this year, renowned Swiss carnival band The Harlekinos. Later in the evening, the traditional Carnival Presentation & Disco was held at the Wesley Road Club. Preparations for 2013's Carnival proceedings will get underway early in the New Year - click here for details of the Committee's AGM.
The Sunday Club
THE SUNDAY CLUB
November 4th saw the doors of the Civic Centre open again to The Sunday Club – a social club for older, more vulnerable members of Trowbridge and surrounding district. This Club had originally started at the old Civic Hall so the members were very keen to take a look at the new facilities and declared it a great success at the end of the afternoon – bright, warm and welcoming.
The members meet monthly for an afternoon of entertainment, raffles, bingo, talks, exercises and buffet refreshments. It is a safe place to gather and chat, meet old friends and make new ones. There are outings arranged to the beach and other places of interest.
Costs are £2.50 for Trowbridge Residents, £3.50 for non-Trowbridge Residents and £4.50 for those Trowbridge Residents with Blue Badges requiring transport to the Civic Centre.
The Sunday Club has certainly been keeping busy over recent weeks! Early November saw the club’s return to the Civic Centre for our regular get-togethers, and later in the month almost 40 members enjoyed a day out at Whitehall Garden Centre near Lacock. There was plenty of time to catch up on some Christmas shopping, a fantastic lunch was enjoyed and everyone was made to feel very welcome by the Centre’s friendly staff. The return journey to Trowbridge was a bit of a 'mystery tour', made all the more interesting by the recently flooded countryside.
On December 2nd, many club members and friends enjoyed a splendid Christmas party at the Civic Centre. Over 70 people enjoyed a traditional lunch, followed by a raffle and a bit of a seasonal knees-up!
The first club meeting of 2013 was held on January 13th at the Civic Centre: for a full list of our dates in 2013, click here. In the meantime, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Sunday Club members!
Armed Forces Event
Armed Forces Event
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July saw the 2012 Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans' Celebrations, held once again in Trowbridge Park.
This always popular event is recognised as being one of the foremost events of the national annual Armed Forces Weekend. The many attractions included parades, static displays of military vehicles and by living history groups, and this year's highlights were flyovers by both a vintage Spitfire and the famous Red Arrows aerobatic team, as the weekend was sponsored by the Royal Air Force. On Sunday, the Red Arrows parachute display team of the Parachute Regiment literally dropped in!
Next year's event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June. For full details nearer the time, please contact Maryrose Mantle on 01225 765072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Trowbridge Community Sensory Garden
The Friends are looking for new members and/or volunteers to help with garden maintenance, supervision, education and fundraising. As well as being open to the public Monday to Friday, the garden, located behind the Town Hall, can also offer local schools and groups work experience and fun, and educational events.
To obtain information on the project contact us for a leaflet (please mark your enquiry 'Sensory Garden leaflet request') or call in to the Trowbridge Information Centre, Civic Centre, St. Stephen's Place, Trowbridge BA14 8AH.
Wiltshire Council have published the 4th edition of the Arts Directory which provides information on local organisations involved in the arts. To find out more click on the link above.
Trowbridge Guild of Community Service
Trowbridge Guild of Community Service is an organisation providing transport for various community groups requiring assistance with shopping, or for lunches or excursions.They also hold a database of community groups and organisations within the Trowbridge area, which may be of use to newcomers to the area itself. For further details, please contact 01225 752328.
Computer Lessons For All
BBC First Click - Uncertain about computers? Want to email your friends/grandchildren but don't know how? Want to surf the net?
BBC First Click courses are held at Studley Resource Centre, Manor Road, Trowbridge - please contact Betty Wragg for further information or click here.
BBC First Click is also available at Longfield Community Centre, Weavers Drive, Trowbridge - please contact James McDonald on 01225 765831.
These courses are free and are manned by friendly volunteers.
Did you know that the internet could save you money? For details, click here.
Summer outings for 2013 will take place on Sundays 12th May and 8th September: as soon as we have details you'll be able to find out all about these on this website . . .
The Sunday Club Christmas Luncheon
The Sunday Club Christmas Luncheon for 2013 will take place at the Civic Centre on Sunday 8th December.
Trowbridge Church Christmas Services
As always, for a full list of What's On throughout the year, go to the Calendar of Events on our Home page.
Looking to stay active and meet new friends over the coming autumn and winter months? Then click on Fitness.
The Great Trowbridge Pancake Race 2013
Crowds turned out in Fore Street on Shrove Tuesday to take part in the traditional Pancake Race.
There were 24 children running, an increase on previous years’ numbers due to it being half term. They were cheered along the route and all ended the race with smiles.
The Ladies and Gents Races proved popular again this year with the Relay teams finishing the morning in fine form.
The winners are as follows:
1st Felix 2nd Maddy 3rd Niall
1st Kirsty Gilbert 2nd Jessie Wyatt 3rd Rhiannon Taylor
1st Adam Maud 2nd James Hunter 3rd James Elms
1st Trowbridge Police 2nd Hungry Horse 3rd Wiltshire Times
TROWBRIDGE MAY DAY FAYRE
Trowbridge Lions supported by Trowbridge Town Council are again working together to ensure a successful May Day Fayre, on Saturday 4th May from 10am until 4pm.
Activities will be taking place in Fore Street on the day along with many stalls from local groups and traders - a chance for you to browse, to buy presents or to just treat yourself.
Irish Dancers, Morris Dancers and other entertainers will be performing in Fore Street at this traditional Fayre, so come along and join us – hopefully with sunshine included as well!