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Trinity Learning – tenth anniversary

Thankyou to TrinityLearning for this piece …
Trinity Learning
Over 70 past and present supporters of TrinityLearning, including the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks, gathered together at Trinity Church on Thursday 26th September to mark 10 years of supporting well-being in Abingdon schools.
Trinity Learning
Rosemary Perrow, the retiring Education Development Officer, was presented with gifts and cards by Reverend Ian Griffiths, who explained how TrinityLearning has developed from small beginnings as a church project into the growing charity it is today. Revd Griffiths reflected on Rosemary’s many years of service to Abingdon schools and the ongoing impact of the TrinityLearning’s work in the lives of Abingdon’s young people.
Trinity Learning
The current Education Development Officer, Nicola Williams, spoke briefly about current projects including TrinityLearning’s new Thinking Books Mentoring Scheme which is just rolling out in the area’s primary schools.

Leave a Comment October 4, 2019

Abingdon Community Fridge launch

There were two events this evening at the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, off Audlett Drive.
Abingdon Community Fridge Launch
There was the official launch of the Abingdon Community Fridge. The fridge takes unsold fresh food from local businesses, including Tesco, Waitrose, and The Co-op on Northcourt Road. The Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor  Charlie Birks, cut the ribbon.Abingdon Community Fridge Launch
The Mayor was afterwards pictured with some of the organisers. There were also volunteers and people from businesses. The scheme helps prevent food waste and, at the same time, can help people having a hard time to get good food.
Abingdon Community Fridge Launch
The other event was a showing of the film Plastic Ocean put on by the ABCD Film Society and the Carbon Cutters.

The ABCD Film Society has a weekly programme of films.

Leave a Comment September 26, 2019

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 –

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

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