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Abingdon in Washington

Thanks to Tony for this report …
Abingdon in Washington
Happy memories of Abingdon were exchanged at the British Embassy in Washington DC last month. It happened at a dinner with Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch for volunteers of the American and Canadian Red Cross. The volunteers, all professional and academic health experts who freely advise the Red Cross, meet twice a year to contribute their expertise to the scientific evidence base for Red Cross programmes and products. To support the collaborative relationship, Emily Oliver of the British Red Cross team, arranged for the delegates to dine at the British Embassy.

Emily, who grew up in Abingdon and attended the School of St Helen and St Katharine, persuaded the Ambassador to host the dinner, and also discovered, to her astonishment, that the Ambassador was educated at Abingdon School.

Sir Kim Darroch was delighted when Emily presented him with an Abingdon School Old Boys tie, and immediately put it on for the dinner and to pose for photographs. Emily commented afterwards: ‘Abingdon School can be proud of the Ambassador who spoke fondly of his time there and also demonstrated strong regard for the humanitarian purposes of the Red Cross Movement.’

1 Comment February 7, 2018

Beech Court

The Roysse Room was the site of Abingdon School (then ‘Roysse’s School’) from 1563. Since moving to a much larger site, in Victorian times, near the Albert Park, the school continues to be developed. A new sports complex opened in 2008. A new Science block was added in 2015.
Beech Court
Hoardings have been showing pictures of the new Sixth Form, Library and Art Department that will be opening in 2018.
Beech Court
During development the emerging building has been encased in scaffolding – decorated by yellow and red safety walkways.
Beech Court
The scaffolding has now started to come down to reveal the new building – visible from Bath Street and the walled walkway between Bath Street and the Albert Park .

The new building will not only increase the space for the library and sixth form, it will free up space elsewhere for other departments, and students.

47 Comments February 5, 2018

Local school bags help from stores

Thanks to Rosemary for this …
Trinity Learning
Caldecott School is asking local shoppers to support their project to provide a new sensory garden for their pupils. They’re hoping to convert an old courtyard in the centre of the school into an attractive and welcoming outdoor space that can be used as a quiet seating area for children at break and lunchtimes, a calm area for mentoring, as well as an outdoor classroom, with opportunities for science, art and literacy.

The children are very much at the centre of the project. The school council organised a survey to find out the type of seating, planters and water features that the children would like and they’ll be able to contribute their own artwork in the form of a huge mosaic. Now local stores have stepped in to help.

Caldecott’s garden project was one of the good causes in Waitrose’s Community Matters project in April and will be one of Tesco’s Bags of Help causes throughout May and June. They’re hoping that Tesco’s customers in Abingdon and Wantage will give them enough votes to ensure they will be able to create the garden.

1 Comment May 12, 2017

Event Artist at Thameside Primary School

Thameside Primary
At Thameside School, off Preston Road, in Abingdon can be seen lots of colourful artwork, usually that of the students. Last time I was there, in my role as Governor, I did like the new pictures in the Head’s office. They are done by an artist friend of one of the teachers. He is an event artist and does birthday parties, weddings, concerts, ceremonies…. and on this occasion he came to Thameside to do some art, for free, of a school event.

His website and Facebook pages are at the following links: and

Leave a Comment February 5, 2017

A Soldier’s Tale

It doesn’t seem long since we were remembering the centenary of the start of WWI.

There was a moving ceremony with a reading of the names from the Abingdon (Borough) Roll of Service August 1914 – June 1919, and a candle-lit ceremony round the War Memorial.
W Carter
At Abingdon Library there is an board telling of an on-going project telling A Soldier’s Tale through THE FIRST WORLD WAR, TOLD THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AS IF IT WERE TODAY. The aim of the project is to capture the imagination of 13-18 year olds using a medium they know, understand and use.

Walter Carter, the soldier in the tale, is currently in a mental hospital undergoing treatment for shell shock.
W Carter
Above are pictured a group of Carters from Abingdon who died during WWI. They each had their story, which was not fiction, and cost them their lives.

12 Comments January 12, 2017

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