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Abingdon Lions Club – Serving the local community

Abingdon Lions Share
This evening at the Northcourt Centre in Abingdon, the Abingdon Lions Club were giving out cheques and prizes to other local community groups. The Abingdon Lions organise Santa’s Sleigh going around Abingdon during December. Other groups help by providing elves. So of the £4,300 raised, the Lion’s share will be used for a new defibrillator in the Abbey Gardens, to go with the toilet block when complete. The rest was shared between other groups for their own projects. They included:
Abingdon Lions Share
Abingdon Sea Cadets,
Abingdon Lions Share
Friends of Abingdon Community Hospital, Lowland Rescue (who find people who are lost), Abingdon Autistic Society, Kennington Memory Club, 2 Guide groups, and Thomas Reade School PTA.
Abingdon Lions Share
The Lions originated over 100 years ago in the US with the mission To Serve, which they largely do by fund raising for projects and helping other community groups at events and with funding. There are 1.7 million members worldwide, and The Abingdon Lions are one of 46,000 local clubs. In recent years the Abingdon Lion’s have provided 11 defibrillators. They also provide the message in a bottle and message in a wallet which holds important personal information in case of emergency.

The Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, was there, and thanked the Lions for all their hard work for the local community. For more information about other projects visit Abingdon Lions Club.

Leave a Comment January 26, 2019

Three more community groups that may be of interest

Shift
The SHIFT group was started in 2009 by parents of children with special needs in the Abingdon area. They have an open morning where those with a child with special needs can go along and find out more.
Shift
Abingdon Quakers invite people to try out their style of silent worship at St Ethelwolds for 5 special meetings on Thursdays.
Shift
Abingdon Flower Club have a display in the Abingdon Free Space to say they are welcoming new members. Visitor entry is free for the 5th February meeting. Doors open at 6:30 for 7:15 at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.

Leave a Comment January 14, 2019

Abingdon Christmas Tree Festival

Abingdon Christmas Tree Festival
The Abingdon Christmas Tree Festival is on from 4th – 8th December in the Community Free Space, Bury Street, 10am – 4pm. You can make your own decoration and help decorate the tree outside.
Abingdon Christmas Tree Festival
Lots of Community groups have already decorated a tree inside.
Abingdon Christmas Tree Festival
You can vote for your favourite tree for £1 per entry. All proceeds to Action for Carers Oxfordshire and Late Spring.

1 Comment December 4, 2018

Wood Carvers in the Community Free Space

Wood Carvers
In the Community Free Space members of the Oxon & Bucks Branch of the British Woodcarvers Association were still hard at work after the other shops around them had closed. The club was formed in May 2005 by a group of enthusiastic amateur carvers together with tutor Brian Eastoe.
Wood Carvers
As in previous years visitors are invited to see the craftsmen at work, see some of their finished works, and vote on the favorite work created in the last year. They will also be in the Community Free Space tomorrow (Saturday 27th October). There is also a Poppy Festival on the Market Place.
Wood Carvers
I then went to the library and on the way up the stairs took a picture of the panel that the wood carvers designed for the 450th anniversary of the Abingdon Charter in 2006.

1 Comment October 26, 2018

Abingdon Marathon 2018

Abingdon Marathon 2018
There was a misty start as the Abingdon Marathon began from Tilsley Park at 9am this morning. A group of three runners took an early lead down Dunmore Road.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There were around 770 participants behind them, including a man going for a men’s double buggy world record.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Every road junction on the way was manned by one or more Marshals to control any traffic until the runners had gone by safely – a huge logistical task that was very well planned and executed.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The runners descended Twelve Acre Drive and turned left along the Radley Road before leaving the main highway down Thrupp Lane and through Radley Lakes.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
By the time they came out again onto the Audlett Drive, about four miles into the Marathon, the runners were getting spread out.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Around the course were places where crowds gathered to cheer on the runners, one such place is the Market Place.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There seemed quite a lot of Abingdon Athletic Club members taking part, and a lot of them had low numbers – presumably from being early entrants.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The course then followed East St Helen Street where runners passed the oldest house in Abingdon, and a five mile marker.

The route then went out through South Abingdon and twice round a circuit through the villages of Drayton, Milton, and Sutton Courtenay. The runners came back to Abingdon along Peep O Day lane, twice, and so spectators gathered at the junction with Lambrick Way.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
After the first circuit two runners had a lead of a couple of minutes over the third place runner.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Down Peep O Day was one of a number of the drink stations. This one was run by Abingdon Netball Club.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Number 1 Sarah, and Number 2 Max, from Abingdon A.C., can be seen here along Peep O Day Lane. Having names on shirts was very useful, and the crowd could get even more behind them shouting “Come on Sarah! Max! You are doing well!
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Some time later, at Tilsley Park, after 26 miles, Number 1134 from Bristol had taken a lead of about fifty meters from his main rival.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
He finished in 2 hours 26 minutes, beating last year’s winning time.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The second runner was also well inside last year’s winning time.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
In third place was an army runner who won the army race. (A number of different sub-races take place within the Abingdon Marathon.)
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The first Abingdon runner to finish was Peter Akrill (Hopefully I have got the right picture).
Abingdon Marathon 2018
The man pushing the double buggy finished inside three hours and so broke the world record by over ten minutes and is waiting official confirmation. Alongside him is the winner of the women’s race. She also finished within three hours.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
There was a lot of encouragement by marshals and the people of Abingdon cheering on the runners. But many runners had their own fan clubs who followed them round and were there at the finish.
Abingdon Marathon 2018
Meanwhile, back in the town centre the sun was beating down and tired runners could be seen running in various states of exhaustion for the next couple of hours.

3 Comments October 21, 2018

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