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Abingdon Silver

Abingdon Silver
The Abingdon Silver Club recently held their annual summer barbecue. They are a small friendly group who meet every week during term time at John Mason School, in Abingdon, to work in silver, copper and gold.

Creating jewellery and other pieces from sheet and wire is very satisfying and not expensive.
Abingdon Silver
They will be running their usual ‘Introduction to silversmithing’ course in October. Five of the eight places are already taken! Read about it here – https://www.abingdonsilvergroup.org.uk/beginners/

The silver replica of the Vale of White Horse is by John Huddleston and can be seen on the Abingdon Silver Group facebook page/.

Leave a Comment August 11, 2019

Northcourt Centre Open Afternoon

Northcourt Centre
The Northcourt Centre in Abingdon had an open afternoon for community groups who use the centre to show off their activities. Drastic Plastic were doing craft activities, reccyling plastic into art works.
Northcourt Centre
like these elephants with trunks made from milk bottle handles.
Northcourt Centre
Inside you could make cranes from squares of paper on the Abingdon Peace Group stall. You can see how on this youtube video. Back in 2010 featured on this blog 1200+ crane were made at the Community Shop in Abingdon to send to Hiroishima, where they were displayed.
Northcourt Centre
There were lots of other displays and performances by users of the centre, including the Abbey Quilters.

1 Comment July 7, 2019

South Abingdon Children’s Centre – Crayon Fence

Crayon Fence
At the South Abingdon Children’s Centre, on Caldecott Chase, the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks, did a bit of DIY to fix the last crayon to the fence.Crayon Fence
He also gave a speech thanking everybody who helped get the centre back up and running. It is now run by the Abingdon Carousel Charity.

It is the end of National Volunteers Week – a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. Charlie thanked all the volunteers who have given time to get the children’s centre working, or who volunteered elsewhere in Abingdon.
Crayon Fence
There is a named crayon for each of the organisations that have helped provide funding or done work to make sure the Children’s Centre opened.

Other news from the Children’s Centre is that a new Saturday Club has started and it runs between 9.30am and 12. They do things like stories, science, cooking, planting and gardening, music, art and crafts. Parents or carers stay with the children, who can be any age – although activities will mostly suit pre-schoolers.

4 Comments June 8, 2019

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

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