The Autumn 2013 edition of Swindon Heritage has dropped through letterboxes across town as subscribers receive their copies before the magazine goes on general sale from Saturday 31 August.
The number keeps on growing which is music to the ears of editor Graham Carter who said: “The commitment of our subscribers to buying advance copies enables us to plan ahead and ensures the future of the magazine. It’s really important for our not-for-profit social enterprise.”
The team is making plans for a busy year in 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. They are working with schools and hope to produce spin-off publications.
Magazine executive editor Mark Sutton said: “We’ve already delivered presentations and exhibitions to Goddard Park Community Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic College about local men who fought in the war.
“We’re hoping to find the funding to produce a special Great War edition.”
But what can subscribers expect to find in the third edition of Swindon Heritage?
The cover story is the continuing tale of William Blake, a Swindon man whose wartime service saw him at the forefront of a military innovation.
The new edition features Blake’s account of what it was like to be a driving instructor in the Tank Corps at a time when tanks were a brand new invention.
There’s an explanation of the ancestral link between the new-born Prince George of Cambridge with Lydiard House and Park, an article about the 81 farms that used to be dotted across the Swindon landscape and also one man’s very personal link to the Holocaust.
With 84 pages of local history, historian and chief writer Frances Bevan said she is confident the magazine has something for all readers with an interest in Swindon’s past.
“It’s certainly worth thinking about a subscription,” she said.
Find a list of Swindon Heritage stockists and see how to subscribe at www.swindonheritage.com
It will be on sale at on
Saturday 31 August, 10am to 4pm at the Rodbourne Community History Group free exhibition of photographs and artefacts of Rodbourne’s past at Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street.
Film shows at 11am and 1pm.
Book a guided tour of Rodbourne at 10.30am or 2pm by calling 0776 6138229 .