As work starts on the first houses between Coate Water and Great Western Hospital, Swindon Civic Voices is organising two events to celebrate the landscape before it disappears under development.
Friday 4 April, 7.15pm, Swindon Central Library
Talk by Maria Wheatley about the Coate Stone Circle, what it meant to our ancestors and why it was constructed in Swindon. Tickets £1.50 library members or £2.50. Call 463219 to book
Saturday 5 April, 10am to 4.30pm, Lambourne Room, Holiday Inn, Marlborough Road
Celebrating the many pleasures of Coate as enjoyed by Swindonians for over 150 years at their ‘Favourite Place’!
Talks and videos focused on Coate, the life and land of poet Richard Jefferies who celebrated the area in the mid-19th Century, and the history of the country park, Coate Water and the canal it supplied.
There will be displays of post cards, photographs, maps and stories told by local people.
Short Talks on:
10.15 ‘The Evolution of Jefferies’ Farm
11.15 ‘Why a Reservoir at Coate?’
12.30 Lunch Break (refreshments available in Holiday Inn Café)
1.45 Video: ‘Jefferies Land’
2.45 ‘Rangers at Coate Country Park’
3.30 ‘SAVE Coate! Campaign: Looking Back Over 40 Years’
4.30 ‘Thank You All’ & Close
The event is free to enter but, in the absence of any funding, donations are needed to cover costs.
Open House at Richard Jefferies’ Cottage from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Call 01793 520592 for details or Facebook: Swindon Civic Voice