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Silver and Pink

Silver and Pink
The Abingdon Silver Group have an open evening on Wednesday 27th September at John Mason School.
Silver and Pink
There will be a splash of Pink on the Market Place on Saturday 7th October.

Leave a Comment September 20, 2017

Dragon Boat Racing 2017

Dragon Boat Racing 2017
Dragon Boat Racing was held today, Sunday 3rd September.
Dragon Boat Racing 2017
12 teams took part in this annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper and held alongside the River Thames in Abingdon.

It is a big event for raising money for charity.
Dragon Boat Racing 2017
The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirit of the competing teams but did mean crowds were down on most years.
Dragon Boat Racing 2017
The event also featured a fun fair, music, BBQ, beer tent, and community stalls. The Mayor, Councillor Janet Morter, went round talking to all the stall holders, and is pictured here with the See Saw charity who provide support for young people in Oxfordshire suffering bereavement.
Dragon Boat Racing 2017
Next to SeeSaw was Christs Hospital Abingdon a very local charity who run the Abingdon Almshouses. They currently have three vacancies at their almshouses and welcome applicants who are in need. They also provide educational support for Abingdon state schools, and help provide essential items to people referred to them by organisations like surgeries and the Citizens Advice.
Dragon Boat Racing 2017
And on the other side of SeeSaw was Councillor Monica Lovatt running the SSAFA stall, as she often does at such events. SSAFA  help provide support for military families and veterans in need.

Leave a Comment September 3, 2017

Into August

Into August, the month when a lot of people go away and there is not so much happening in Abingdon. To dispel that impression three different people have sent me things happening in August.
Into August
Wednesday, August 2 – MANCUNIA – Music At The Unicorn, Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.

Tim O’Connor, a singer-songwriter based in France; Andy Dinan, twice All-Ireland Fiddle Champion; and Maartin Allcock, internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has played with the likes of Fairport Convention, Robert Plant, Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull, have joined forces to form MANCUNIA.
Into August
Also on 2nd August from 4pm – 8pm there is an open garden at Stonehill Community Garden. They are currently working on half an acre, producing fruit, vegetables, eggs from their hens and honey from their bees and want groups or individuals to get involved. See

Weekly volunteer days every Wednesday 10am – 4pm, everyone welcome.
Into August
Then ten days later on August 12th is the annual Rugby 7s competition at Abingdon RUFC. Starts 11am.

1 Comment July 31, 2017

Oxfordshire Play Association – Play and Activity Day

Thanks to Ray for this report …
Made in Abingdon
Hundreds of people attended this event that offered a wide range of the activities all free to the public. Things started off a little damp for setting up but the weather improved making it great afternoon.
Made in Abingdon
The pictures are from the Abingdon Vineyard stand that offered the Smoothie Bike, Sumo Wrestling, Splat the Rat and other similar sideshow games. We managed to get the local PCSO’s on the Smoothie Bike but not into the Sumo suits! Many of the kids from the Youth Club that the church has run for nearly 10 years helped to set up and enjoyed the day. Another attraction was the motor cycle group who let the kids sit the bikes and have the odd rev of the engines.

This was the third successful year for the event on South Abingdon that really doesn’t see too much activity compared with the rest of the town. The event is organised and run by the Oxfordshire Play Association who do a fantastic job in Play work training and providing events like this.

7 Comments July 16, 2017

Two upcoming events – Antique Fair and an Opera

Two upcoming events
Bath Street, Abingdon town centre – Saturday 8 July: 10:00 – 15:00
This weekend you will find:
Vintage stalls
Artisan craft stalls
Activities for kids
Live music
Sizzling street food
Vintage and classic cars in the Marketplace

For more information visit
Two upcoming events
John Mason School has taken on a whole new venture this year – a production of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera, Dido and Aeneas. The dedicated cast of 20 students has been working hard since the spring to bring you Purcell’s wonderful story of Dido.

It tells the tale of the Queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan prince, Aeneas. When Aeneas and his crew become shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the Queen fall in love. The path of true love does not run smoothly as some witches plot Dido’s destruction.

The beautiful music will be performed by JMS musicians, and performances will be in the Amey Theatre at Abingdon school on 12th and 13th July.

Tickets are £4 / £3 and are available from Students Services at John Mason School or by calling 01235 524664.

1 Comment July 5, 2017

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