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33 Squadron raising £33,000 for charity

33 Squadron
On Abingdon Market Place there were soldiers from Squadron 33 of the 4th Regiment of Royal Logistic Corps, based at Dalton Barracks near Abingdon. They had come along with a heavily armoured vehicle which people could have a look around.
33 Squadron
33 Squadron have been challenged by their commanding officer to raise £33,000 over ten months for two charities: the Anthony Nolan charity that seeks to save the lives of people with blood cancer; and ABF – the Soldiers Charity. They were cycling on static bikes the equivalent of the distance between Abingdon and Inverness, where the Royal Logistic Corps are also based.
33 Squadron
Also on the Market Place were Abinit! litter picking volunteers. Some of the soldiers helped them too, as well as taking part in various other energetic activities.
33 Squadron
The 33 Squadron fund raising will culminate in a cycle ride round all the Royal Logistic Corps bases in the UK.

4 Comments January 12, 2020

Scouts and Guides Christmas card delivery service

Scouts and Guides Christmas card delivery service
There are Abingdon Scouts and Guides Christmas post boxes, where cards should be posted in the locations shown on the poster above.
Scouts and Guides Christmas card delivery service
The price to send a card is 25p and all money raised will go to the Scouts, and Guides.

The service will be on offer from now until noon on Monday, December 16th. The box shown above is at St Nicolas Church.
Scouts and Guides Christmas card delivery service
St Nic’s is open 10-4:30 Mon-Sat for Cards for Good Causes. There are cards from most charities you could think of, as well as advent cards and candles, decorations and wrapping.

Leave a Comment November 28, 2019

Abingdon Damascus Youth Project

Damascus Youth Project
The name Damascus is an acronym for the five Vale villages south of Abingdon that this youth project originally served: Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon. In recent years the project has expanded to cover South Abingdon and some parts of South Oxfordshire.

The purpose of Damascus according to their website http://ycat.org.uk/ is ‘enabling young people to make a positive difference within their own communities.’ Many of the young people Damascus work with had been detached from education and the community or were underachieving for a variety of reasons.

Last night was the Damascus AGM and during the first half achievements were recognised, and certificates were presented to eighteen young people by the High-Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Lady Jay of Ewelme. Also in attendance were parish councillors from the five villages; five police officers including Chief Inspector Matthew Bullivant and PCSO Alison Blood; Matthew Barber the deputy Police Commissioner; three head teachers including Chris Harris from Larkmead; and Vale council officers.

In the second half there was a presentation about the work of the charity during the last year, and a look at their finances. The five villages and Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have given Damascus grants towards their work.
Damascus Youth Project
So how did Damascus engage with young people that had become detached and hung about on street corners? Their first answer was to go where young people were, whether that be street corners, bus-stops, or the shops. The three Damascus youth workers have all come through troubled times and now help others. They are Roxy, James and Jake. They also have a gazebo that they put up at venues where young people could drop in for a chat.
Damascus Youth Project
The youth workers and invited experts also led a lot of workshops on about a dozen topics including substance abuse and money management. They helped develop skills and talents and got young people back into education, employment or training. They provided one-to-one support where needed. They ran sports events. The young people also ran their own community projects including tea parties for the elderly, and a community BBQ.
Damascus Youth Project
Damascus continues to thrive after over twenty years because of the quality and commitment of their youth workers. Trustees believe in facilitating and supporting the career progression of all staff. Staff alumni include Ryan Tappin now a police officer and Gary Hibbins, manager of The Abingdon Bridge. But as a charity they need to raise money, and last year a young lady called Bryony did the 3 peaks challenge, and helped raise about £3.5K. She said ‘People do not realise what a fantastic resource we have in Damascus. It is worth climbing mountains to support.’

Thankyou to them for inviting me to the AGM. Thank you also for the pictures which come from their facebook page, Bryony’s fund raising page, and the twitter account of somebody there. Thanks also to the Drayton Village Newsletter for some of the information here.

3 Comments November 13, 2019

Start of this year’s annual Poppy Appeal in Abingdon

Poppy Appeal
Today marked the start of this year’s annual Poppy Appeal in Abingdon and at 10 am poppy bikers delivered a giant poppy to the Market Place.
Poppy Appeal
It was raining and a piper was playing at 11 am as people emerged from the rugby semi final match which England won.
Poppy Appeal
There was a group of poppy stalls on the Market Place. Clare who organises the Abingdon poppy collection on behalf of the Royal British Legion (RBL) had personally put 16,000 paper poppies and 600 crosses in boxes this year. Scouts were running a cake stall with cakes decorated with poppies and biscuits with scout fleur-de-lis. There was also a stall with craft poppies.
Poppy Appeal
Sea Cadets had a treasure hunt, and trays of poppies to be sold.
Poppy Appeal
The army cadets were selling poppies from trays round town.
Poppy Appeal
The Sue Ryder shop has a display of poppies in the window.

It is two weeks until Remembrance Sunday on 10 November 2019. Poppies will be on sale until then. The funds raised helps the work of the Royal British Legion in supporting service men and women who are still alive and whose lives have been changed by war.

Leave a Comment October 26, 2019

Splash of Pink

Splash of Pink
On Abingdon Market Place there was a Splash of Pink. The day began with a short speech by the Mayor of Abingdon, and a performance by the Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums.
Splash of Pink
The event was organised by againstbreastcancer.org.uk – an Abingdon based charity that funds research into secondary spread, the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.
Splash of Pink
There were lots of stalls including one selling cakes.
Splash of Pink
There were strange characters from other worlds,
Splash of Pink
and musical entertainment. The Undercovers did two popular sets in the afternoon.

If you could not be there and would like to help the work of against breast cancer then visit the website https://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/ . On it you can read and watch the video about the most precious stone.

P.S Apologies. I should not have put this together with Extinction Rebellion as it helped neither cause so I have noted the comments and split these 2 posts

3 Comments October 12, 2019

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