Monthly Archives: October 2010

Professor Dr Włodzimierz Koskowski

On Friday 20 May 2011 on the anniversary of his death, the Polish Community and medical research, will remember the life and achievements of Professor Dr Włodzimierz Koskowski, a previously unrecognised Polish medical researcher.

Professor Dr Koskowski left Poland in 1939. He  came to Britain and served as President of the Polish Red Cross in London and as professor in the Polish Medical School at Edinburgh University. Professor Dr Koskowski then accepted the chair of pharmacology at the University of Alexandria and worked there until his retirement in 1963. He then went into general practice at Swindon. He died in 1965 and is buried in Radnor Street graveyard.

On Friday 20 May there will be events to remember his life and the contribution he made to science, Poland, the UK and Swindon in particular.

  • Requiem Mass, Polish Catholic Centre, Swindon
  • Wreath laying, Radnor Street Cemetery
  • Reception, including an Oration on the significance of Prof Dr Koskowski’s work, by Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford at the Polish Catholic Centre, Swindon

If you can help in any way please get in touch. We are hoping to make this not just a Swindon event, but one that reaches out to the world of medical science, the Polish diaspora and the Swindon community.

Peter Green


Safeguards for residents secured over College site

Swindon Planning Committee asked the developers of the College site to monitor and if necessary take action to prevent Prospect Hill and Prospect Place being turned into the new main route from the Town Centre to Old Town.

BBC News

College site gate – urgent

If you want to see late night access from the redeveloped college site stopped by the installation of a gate, please get to the Council’s Planning Committee meeting this Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, starting at 6pm.

Planning Committee Agenda

Planning Committee meeting 12 October

Dear fellow residents,

On Tuesday the planning committee will accept – or throw out – the development which is set to replace the crumbling former Swindon College site at Regent Circus.

Included in the plans are:
– A 9 screen cinema
– A Morrisons
– Bars and restaurants (meant to be ‘high end’ ones)
– Offices in the redbrick former College building

The architects watchdog has savaged the scheme for being architecturally not great.

My job is to represent you.  So I am asking as many people as possible their views in advance of the planning committee.

Could you tell me which option you prefer?

Option 1 – It’s not a perfect scheme, but develop it now anyway.

Option 2 – Reject.  Hold out for a better scheme.  This may take 3-5 year or longer.

If you could let me know your views I would be grateful.

Kind regards,
Dave Wood
Councillor for Eastcott ward
PS – A number of residents are organising to lobby on behalf of the Gate Campaign to stop a night time access route through the site.  If you’d like to find out more let me know and I will pass your details on.