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Ride and Stride

Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
Ride and Stride was happening all around, and beyond, Abingdon today. It was a chance to visit and go inside some unique historic churches – including eleven in Abingdon. It was also a chance to see the beautiful countryside around Abingdon and some lovely village churches; and get exercise while raising money for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
All Saints Methodist Church, in Abingdon, may not look very historic.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
but they have reason to thank the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust for a grant towards their recent refurbishment. So they had a notice thanking striders.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
In Dry Sandford you will find St Helen’s Church in the parish of St Helen Without. They need to raise money to repair their roof. After a lightening strike in 1961 the roof was incorrectly repaired and they now need £500,000 to repair it properly – a huge amount for them. You can read more at http://www.sthelensdrysandford.org. I expect they will be asking the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust to help.

Leave a Comment September 14, 2019

Save the Children at 100

Save the Children
Save the Children has had 100 years of fund raising, caring and campaigning for underprivileged children and the Abingdon volunteers were in the town centre yesterday.
Save the Children
Yesterday morning, in Abingdon, volunteers moved their stall underneath the County Hall as it was raining. They had a tombola and were selling plants and cakes and had second hand goods. Their quiz is also on sale for £2.

In 2019, among many other causes, Save the Children are helping children return to school following the damage of Typhoon Tembin in the Philippines.
Save the Children
Back in 1919, Europe was still being blockaded and that meant children were starving and there were not enough medical supplies. The founders campaigned to make people aware of the blockade. They then set up a fund to get supplies to the children.

You can find more about Save the Children’s history here. (Thankyou to the British Newspaper Archives for the advert from the Bucks Examiner of  30th May 1919).

Leave a Comment June 9, 2019

Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid Week 2019
Christian Aid Week is from 12th – 18th May, and this morning on Abingdon Market Place there was a Christian Aid stall.
Christian Aid Week 2019
They were selling plants, bric-a-brac and books, and had a petition. I believe Christian Aid is one of the last charities to continue – the once common – door to door charity collections. It is a brave thing to do and is for a good cause.
Christian Aid Week 2019
This year’s appeal is to save the life of mums. Christian Aid are looking to build better health centres in Sierra Leone, where mums can deliver their babies safely. The petition asked our Chancellor to push the IMF to drop Sierra Leone’s debt. The country lacks funds for proper health clinics, health training and enough ambulances. This makes it the most dangerous place in the world to become a mum.

2 Comments May 11, 2019

How to heal a broken heart this Valentine’s Day

broken heart
Every February 14th the Abingdon British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop fills its window with red hearts. Each for a small donation.
broken heart
A lot of them are love notes but some of them are about beating heart disease. BHF are looking to mend broken hearts this Valentine’s Day through research such as stem cell heart ‘patches’.

There are also things to stop you heart getting broken in the first place such as not smoking, keeping to a healthy weight, and keep your blood pressure down.

Leave a Comment February 14, 2019

Oxfams in Abingdon’s 50th – reunion

Oxfams in Abingdon's 50th
Oxfam opened their first Abingdon shop in the High Street in 1969. They have been in their current Stert Street shop for over thirty years, after moving from over the road. They would be glad to hear from anybody who has volunteered at any of the three shops to arrange a reunion.

Leave a Comment February 12, 2019

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