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Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers honoured

There were three people honoured at the AGM of the Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers – held at 35 Ock Street this evening.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Bill Andrew, has served for over 24 years. In the last 8 months he was the most prolific driver and got 84 drives done. After retiring from the RAF he also used to borrow a white Rolls Royce to chauffeur people to weddings, and took donations for Barnardos rather than payment.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Brian Keaney has also done 24 years. Bill started on 2nd October 1995 and Brian on 4th October 1995.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Sue Stevens has done over 20 years. Not only do these three people drive but they have also helped in the office.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
There were other volunteer drivers and office staff at the meeting. The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Cllr Charlie Birks, thanked them all for their many hours of service to the community. Most frequent journeys are to the JR and Marcham Road hospitals.

Malvin Drakley was voted in as the new chairman. He is another ex RAF person and well known as one of the people who run the Country Market. (Malvin did 75 drives in the last 8 months.)

2 Comments November 25, 2019

Kingfisher Christmas Draw

Kingfisher Christmas Draw
Dave is selling tickets for the Kingfisher Christmas Draw to raise money for the new canoe hut at Abingdon Lock. He is selling tickets from or they can be bought easily from Annie`s at Abingdon Bridge ,or from Richard and Frank at Abingdon Lock. They will also be available on the Kingfisher Canoe Club stand at The Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday November 30th.
Kingfisher Christmas Draw
Dave says We are now working hard to raise the remainder of the funds needed for the structure to ensure the sustainability of the 45 + year tradition of community canoeing in Abingdon. £5 for a book of 5 tickets . Oodles of good prizes,donated by well wishers.
Kingfisher Christmas Draw
We are really grateful to Christ`s Hospital Abingdon who showed their support for what we are trying to do in the form of a significant  grant. Huge thanks to all in the community who have and continue to support us.

The pictures are a couple of those taken in June during the Canoe Club Blastathon at Abingdon Weir.

Leave a Comment November 24, 2019

Hft on the Market Place in Abingdon

Craft Fair Arrives
On the Market Place in Abingdon this morning Hft had a stall. They were handing out leaflets and talking to people who might be interested in becoming an Hft support worker – supporting people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.

Hft have quite a few houses supporting people in Abingdon, Milton Heights, Harwell, Didcot and further afield. Each house is the home to 2-3 people. Care work involves supporting people to make their own choices and be as independent as possible. There is more information at

Leave a Comment November 10, 2019

All Saints Diamond Jubilee

All Saints Diamond Jubilee
All Saints Church in Abingdon have been celebrating their Diamond Jubilee this weekend.
All Saints Diamond Jubilee
All Saints was opened in October 1959, and Lady Cockcroft from the Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment was there at the opening. Sir John Cockcroft was a renowned physicist who helped set up Harwell.

Abingdon was expanding northwards in the 1940s with the development of the Fitzharry’s and Manor Estates and then Rush Common Estate in the 1950s. Housing was needed for the workers at Harwell – scientists and technicians.

Members from Trinity Church Abingdon, in an act of faith, bought a plot of land for a new church at the centre of the new housing. Generous contributions ensured it opened free of debt. Members from Trinity left to set up the new church.
All Saints Diamond Jubilee
The anniversary celebrations took place over All Saints Day on Friday 1st November 2019 and continued with services, exhibitions and activities over the weekend. A lot of former members came back to visit.
All Saints Diamond Jubilee
The last service was a Songs of Praise that began with the hymn ‘For all the saints’. There was also a hymn specially written by two church member for the celebration called ‘Lead us On‘. The chorus went:

We cannot see where all our paths may lead
We cannot know where each of us will go
We thank you for the grace
that brought us to this place
and we trust in your love to lead us on.
All Saints Diamond Jubilee
All Saints Church continues to act as centre of community in 2019. Lots of other community groups use the church buildings.
All Saints Diamond Jubilee
A display of diamonds at the front, and a large display on the side wall had been created by the groups that use that place.

1 Comment November 4, 2019

Ongoing support from Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends

Abingdon Community Hospital
The Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends were in Bury Street this and last Saturday. Their fund raising helps purchase additional items needed by the hospital. They have an Annual General Meeting at St Helen’s Church Centre on Saturday 16th November (10-12) when their raffle will be drawn. They always like to welcome new members.
Abingdon Community Hospital
Abingdon Community Hospital, on Marcham Road, provides rehabilitation and palliative care for people who no longer require the services of an acute hospital. On site there is a Minor Injuries Unit, the Oxfordshire Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, and an X Ray Department. The hospital is part of the Oxford Health NHS Trust.
Abingdon Community Hospital
The hospital began its existence in 1900 as the Abingdon Isolation Hospital and was built by the Abingdon Joint Hospital Board at a cost of £5000 on the Marcham Road. It served both Abingdon Rural and Abingdon Borough districts. It started off as a hospital with 16 beds for infectious diseases such as scarlet fever, typhoid, diphtheria, and cerebro-spinal fever. Small-pox cases were sent to a specialist hospital in Reading. (Thankyou to the Reading Mercury – Saturday 22 July 1899 – for the details)

The hospital became a more general hospital as hygiene, vaccination and treatment improved, and the need for isolation hospitals declined. General and maternity services moved to the Marcham Road site when the Warren Hospital, on Radley Road, was closed from the 1950s.

The League of Friends has supported the hospital through good times and bad.

1 Comment November 2, 2019

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