The flag pole has been taken down from the County Hall roof and will soon be replaced by a taller flag pole.
Flags are flown every day of the year from that pole and some of them take a battering as they are blown against the stone finials that surround the tower. Mostly it is the Union Flag that is flown, but there are also the Abingdon Flag, St George’s Flag, Armed Forces Flag, and Commonwealth Flag. I remember the days when the EU Flag got flown on Europe Day once a year.
There is also a campaign to get a Rainbow Flag flown during Oxford Pride on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
It began life as the Family Centre and was run by the NCH (National Children’s Home). There was quite a controversy when PACT took over running the centre back in 2006.
As well as being a centre for young families, it was also a place with meeting rooms for community groups in South Abingdon.
The Family Centre became the Children’s Centre.
Lots of family and child support has been happening there over the last decade. I often went there to report events like the apple days organised by the Abingdon Carbon Cutters.
There will be an event on Saturday 18th March between 1 & 3 pm to Celebrate the work of the South Abingdon Children’s Centre which is in danger of closing. People are very sad that this brilliant local facility is being cut off in it’s prime. This will be a chance to look back at all it has achieved.
Other groups are still trying to work out a future for the much needed centre.