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New Defibrillator at Abingdon Royal British Legion

Abingdon 100 years ago
An automated external defibrillator (AED) has been installed at the Royal British Legion club in Spring Lane, Abingdon. It is the latest to be funded and provided by the Abingdon Lions Club.

Members of the Lions and the Royal British Legion were there for the official handover. Mr Stuart Jackson, of the legion, gave a short speech of thanks.
Abingdon 100 years ago
A member of the Lions then gave a demonstration of how to routinely check the device.

The AED can give an electric shock when somebody’s heart has stopped after a cardiac arrest. In case of emergency members of the public should dial 999 or 122 and get the code to access the AED. The AED will give further spoken and visual instructions.

The St John’s Ambulance have the youtube video above in case you ever need to use an AED.

2 Comments October 19, 2019

Next week is Dementia Action Week in Abingdon – 20 – 26 May 2019

Dementia Action Week
The programme of events was being displayed on the library community information board. Events are co-ordinated by Dementia Friendly Abingdon – a group, linked to Healthy Abingdon, which aims to make the town more supportive of people with dementia and their carers.

Monday 20 May
Information Day in the Roysse Room, Guildhall 10.00am – 4.00pm
A one stop shop for advice, support and information on activities available to those living in and around Abingdon with dementia and mild cognitive impairment and their carers. Those represented will include the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Oxfordshire, Kennington Memory Club, Young Dementia UK, Fiddle Fingers Quilts, Carers Oxfordshire and care homes.

Tuesday 21 May
Dementia Friends Information Sessions, 35 Ock Street (by Baptist Church), 10.30am and 12noon. A fun, interactive one-hour session to learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia – and then turn that understanding into action; from telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia. Register to attend at – find our Abingdon sessions and sign up. Or email

Dementia Action Week
Wednesday 22 May
Dementia Friendly Film Showing, Abbey Cinema, doors open 10.00am for 11.00am showing of The Wizard of Oz. For details see This will be first of many dementia-friendly screenings which the cinema hope to arrange monthly. The Abbey Cinema follows the Alzheimer Society’s guidelines for dementia-friendly screenings, which encourages the thoughtful choice of film, staff training, clear signage, careful attention to lighting and sound levels and most importantly, listening to people with dementia.

Thursday 23 May
10.30am Dementia friendly walk around Abbey Park. Meet in the Market Square
Dementia Action Week
2.00pm Abingdon Library
Human Story Theatre perform Connie’s Colander. Running time 50min, followed by a 20 min post show Q&A with a dementia specialist.

Friday 24 May
Awareness Day in the Market Place, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Information stands, Music, Singing for the Brain at 11.30am and again at 12.30pm. If it’s wet they will be in St Nicolas Church!

Leave a Comment May 14, 2019

UK Active in Abingdon

UK Active have awards for sports centres and people who make a healthier and more physically active nation. For UK Active awards 2019 an Abingdon sports centre and person are in the running for their awards.
UK Active
The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre is a finalist for two categories: Inclusion & Disability Award, and Southern UK Regional Club / Centre.
UK Active
Viv Boorman (pictured here); is a finalist for Physical Activity Champion.

Viv began Abingdon Health Walks in 2003 after retiring from teaching. She recruited other people to help lead walks, beginning small with no funding. She started walks at The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre with people mostly between 60 and 80 years old. What started with a small group has grown and grown.

You can read more on the UK Active awards 2019 site, and Vote for Viv.

1 Comment April 24, 2019

Turning Purple against Polio at Albert Park

Turning Purple
In Albert Park in Abingdon hundreds of purple crocuses are growing.
Turning Purple
They were planted in 2017 as part of the campaign undertaken by Rotary International to eradicate Polio in the world. The purple represents the purple ink mark put on children’s fingers after vaccination. This campaign has been sustained since 1985 by Rotary International and partners. In that time polio cases are down 99.9%.

Polio is a virus which affects children under five and causes paralysis and death. When I was young, back in the long and distant past, knowing people affected by the disease was quite common. Polio vaccinations were introduced in the mid-1950s and the disease was eradicated in the UK in the 1980s.

Leave a Comment February 27, 2019

Dementia Action Week

Oxfordshire Artweeks
Heathy Abingdon is in the Community Free Space, Bury Street, Abingdon from 21st to 26th May for Dementia Action Week.  Lisa Thompson was there on behalf of the Alzheimer’s society.
Oxfordshire Artweeks

During the week, various groups are present to talk to the public: the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Oxfordshire, Carers Oxfordshire, Daybreak, Stowford and Abingdon Court care homes, Soha Housing and Fiddle Fingers Quilts. Details are on the web site

Healthy Abingdon was set up a year ago to bring together groups and individuals to find ways to improve health and wellbeing in the town. There are over 200 community groups in the town that contribute towards peoples health and wellbeing in various ways from physical exercise to keeping the mind active or just having fun.  Dave Butterworth, the Chair of Healthy Abingdon says, ‘It is all about helping people keep well, recover faster from illnesses and cope better with long-term problems. These are all activities that the voluntary sector does well and could do even better in partnership with the NHS and social care services.’

One of the projects that Healthy Abingdon has just started is to make Abingdon more Dementia Friendly which involves, amongst other things, signing up more Dementia Friends and helping those who deal with the public to be more understanding of the needs of those with dementia.

Leave a Comment May 23, 2018

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