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Mechanics' Theatre roof coming off

As many people know (not least the residents of the Railway Village) the roof is being removed from the theatre due to concerns that it was in danger of collapse and therefore cause damage to the rest of the structure. Swindon Borough Council temporarily took control of the building in July to carry out Urgent Works after failing to receive sufficient reassurances from the owner, Forefront Estates, that it would do the work within a reasonable time and to the required standard. During investigations to commence the urgent works set out in the Urgent Works Report produced last year it was deemed that the roof needed immediate attention and an Emergency Repairs process is now underway on site. These Emergency Works are separate from the Urgent Works which we believe will commence as previously planned once the roof has been dealt with.

The Trust is urging Swindon Borough Council and other stakeholders to use this unfortunate situation as a catalyst and “wake up call” to bring about productive dialogue and partnership with the Trust to create a bright future for Swindon’s most important building.

BBC Points West visited Swindon last week to cover the issue and is available to watch by clicking here.

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres has expressed their concerns and has shown its support for the Mechanics’ Trust’s efforts. The letter can be viewed by clicking here and more information on The Theatres Trust is available here: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/

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Children's Fete a success

The 2010 Children’s Fete has been hailed a success adding another year to this annual Swindon tradition. Thank you to all of those that helped in some way whether a sponsor, volunteer or performer and most importantly thank you to those that attended the Fete and enjoyed the park.

Pictures of the day are available on SwindonWeb, click here to view.

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Children's Fete 2010

We hope that you can join us for the annual Children’s Fete on the 17th July, organised by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust. Thanks to all those that have supported the Trust to hold this popular Swindon event again.

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New-look Trust's challenge to politicians

SwindonWeb were given exclusive access to a recent public presentation by the Trust in response to the Government’s “Big Society” policy.

Speaking at the Swindon Civic Trust event Daniel Rose, Chair of the Trust also introduced the Trust logo and gave an update on the current situation with the Institution.

Read the full article here.

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Trust presenting plans

As part of the Swindon Civic Trust events programme Daniel Rose, Chair of The New Mechanics’ Trust will be the guest speaker on the 10th June, at 7:30pm at the Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square. In what promises to be an informative and upbeat presentation Daniel will focus upon the opportunity that the Mechanics’ Institution gives us, providing an overview of the current situation and the explain the Trust’s proposals.  The session will end on a question and answer session.

The event is free to Swindon Civic Trust members or £4 to non-members including light refreshments. For more information please e-mail via the website: http://www.swindoncivictrust.org.uk/contact-us/ or call: 01793 520592.

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Ministerial Visit

The Trust was pleased to host a visit from Lord Adonis, The Secretary of State for Transport and a railways enthusiast last night.

Lord Adonis heard from Trustee’s and members of the Railway Village community about their views of the Institution and the Trust’s plans for its restoration and long term use. Enthused by the discussion Lord Adonis was then taken on a tour of the Railway Village led by Daniel Rose, Chair of the New Mechanics’ Trust.

Also in attendance were Anne Snelgrove – South Swindon Constituency Parliamentary Candidate; Victor Agarwal – North Swindon Constituency Parliamentary Candidate; and Central Ward Councillor Bob Wright.

Lord Adonis pledged his support and commended the Trust for its success and hard work over the last 15 years.

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SwindonWeb article

Trust Chairman Daniel Rose talks to SwindonWeb…

Back to the Future at the Mechanics’

What next for arguably Swindon’s most important building?
As arguments over the fate of Swindon’s historic Mechanics’ Institute hit the headlines again, we talk to Daniel Rose, chairman of the New Mechanics’ Preservation Trust Limited, about their plans for the building – and dispel some of the myths surrounding it.

Click here for the full article:

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Mechanics' Institutions – the global movement!

“Self Help”, the second Mechanics Institutes Worldwide Conference, was held in the UK city of Bath in September.

The event follows the first Conference, “Buildings, Books and Beyond” held in Melbourne in 2004, and is aimed at the fraternity of Mechanics’ Institutes, Athenaeums, Schools of Arts, Literary and Philosophical Societies and other related organisations.

Hosting the conference this year was the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, located in the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Self Help”, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the seminal work of that title by Samuel Smiles in 1859.

Daniel at Worldwide Conference Daniel Rose, Chair of the Swindon New Mechanics’ Trust pictured here gave a speech to the conference winning a letter of support from the international audience that the Trust’s efforts should be applauded and urging the Council to support the Trust in bringing the building back into community use.

Further information about the conference can be found at: http://www.brlsi.org/mechanics09/

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New Home for Trust

We have a new home

9 East Street, Swindon

Situated in the Railway Village this is the last of Swindon’s co-op buildings. We are very grateful to the owners of this listed building for allowing us to take this project forward.

Call in and see us!

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Mechanics' Institute's future debated

A GOVERNMENT planner heard heated debate over whether plans for the Mechanics’ Institute would allow enough access for Swindon people.

Read the report on the swindon advertiser website. But do scroll down to Brian V Cockbil comments has he has some corrections to the article for you.

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