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Art, Culture & Heritage

There are a number of societies in Abingdon-on-Thames devoted to learning, discussion and practical experience of the arts and cultural matters, and also groups devoted to studying and interpreting our fascinating past.

If your club or society is not listed below and you think it ought to be please contact the Town Council at to give us the details that should be on there.

Abingdon Abbey

Abbey Buildings Trust  for information on the significant remaining buildings of the medieval abbey

This is separate from the town's Civic Society which has information on town projects and membership at

Abingdon & District National Trust  Association  

Website -

Meetings held at Trinity Church hall. 

Abingdon Arts Society         

formerly ADFAS  and part of the National Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.

Air and County Show one weekend in May

Abingdon Air & Country Show       

07769 689823  

Anglo-German Club.

Abingdon Anglo-German Club        

Mona Bradley through website or town's Info centre

Meetings in English at Abbey Chapel, Chequer Walk, Abingdon, OX14 3JB


Abingdon Artists  have monthly meetings and Spring and Autumn exhibitions.   

Breakaleg Productions Drama Group   

Mike Davies at Orchard House Guest House or please look at the Oxfordshire Drama Network information

Car Club

MG Car Club (Abingdon Works Centre)                        

Kimber House, 12 Cemetery Road, Abingdon, OX14 1AS 01235 555552 visitors welcome please check opening hours or book for a group

Carbon Cutters

Abingdon Carbon Cutters   

Sally Reynolds/Cliff Marshall

Telephone: 01235 533278     

Chamber of Commerce  

For Christmas Extravaganza, Excellence Markets, Fairtrade promotions, Craft Fairs, monthly meetings and other Chamber events please contact                                              

Church in Abingdon/ATCC          

Ecumenical 'umbrella' website gives individual links, also on line town guide book      

Civic Society

Drayton Road Allotments

Drayton Road Allotment Association                          

Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society Vale of the White Horse Branch         

Mrs S. A. Matthews   

Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, OX14 1XP

Film Society

Abingdon College & District Film Societygood choice of  films October until March weekly on Thursday evenings  at Crabtree Place OX14 3GD

Geoff Bailey           

Fitzharrys WI

Abingdon Fitzharrys Women's Institute.

President: Vivan Lowe 01235 532200

Flower Club

Abingdon Flower Club         

Melissa Fletcher: email on               

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS

Friends of Abingdon

Friends of Abingdon the town's civic voice is now two organisations 
See above for Civic Society separate from enquiries about the Abbey. The buildings have set opening hours each season from May to September

Abbey Buildings Trust 18, Thames Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HZ    

Friends of Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool (FOAMOP)           

Elizabeth Edgecombe                    

Green Gym

Abingdon Green Gym          

Eleanor Dangerfield 07931 363465  

History Club

Radley History Club 

Christine Wootton     

History Society                                                    

AAAHS (Abingdon and Area Archaeological and Historical Society)

Roger Thomas 

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX14 1NS

Horticultural Society.

Abingdon Horticultural Society   Autumn and Spring shows, talks, outings 

Angela Hughes email    

Abingdon branch of HOST

Local contact: Margaret Hancox:


Abbey Meadows Lacemakers 


Preston Road Community Centre, Midget Close, OX14 5NR

Long Furlong Community Centre           

Ceri Green

Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, OX14 1XP

Lions International

Abingdon Lions Club

Conservative Club, 59 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AG

More in common

Abingdon More In Common Group


Morris Dancers

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers       

Tony Legge

Aaso Abingdon Mummers who do traditional mummers' plays in the weeks before Christmas

Morris Dancers

Mr Hemmings Traditional Morris Dancers                           

National Morris Dance information gives information on other sides in the region such as Icknield Morris and also offers information on colours, customs and traditions throughout the country.

Museum Friends

Abingdon Museum Friends

Peter Hallowell    

St Helens Church Centre, West St Helen Street, OX14 5BS


National Trust

Abingdon & District National Trust  Association

Ruth Wenberg  

Naturalists Society

Abingdon Naturalists Society              

Abingdon School, Park Road, OX14 1DE

Peace Group

Abingdon Peace Group        

Ms S. Reynolds                        

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS


Plus Group

Abingdon Plus Group          

Kath Good         

The Brewery Tap 40-42 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BZ

Residents Plan

South Abingdon Residents Plan     

includes flood defence plans                

Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Abingdon                                         ...

Scottish County Dancing Club

Abingdon Scottish Country Dance Club    

Hilary Adams,      

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS

Silver Group

Abingdon Silver Group        

Grant Audley-Miller            

John Mason School, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1JB


Soroptimist International    

Pauline Burren

Abingdon Speakers Club

formerly the Ridgeway Speakers Club     

Penny Clover info@abingdon      


The King's Head & Bell, 10 East St Helens St, OX14 5EA

St Ethelwold’s

St Ethelwold’s Fellowship                        

30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5EB gardens open most days for quiet reflection

Town Twinning Society

Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society links with Argentan, Lucca, Schongau, St Nikklas         

Mr J. Smith              

U3A Abingdon         

Janet High          

Preston Road Community Centre, Midget Close, OX14 5NR                                                       

Vesper Rotary Club

Abingdon Vesper Rotary Club       

Four Pillars Hotel, Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1TZ
Events include June Abingdon Food and Drink Festival and September Dragon Boat Day

Women’s Institute (Abingdon)

(Formed June 2009) meeting at Hadland Road Community Centre, Hadland Road, Abingdon OX14 3YH: 3rd Wednesdays 8pm      

Contact Anne Scott  07730 004492 or        


Wilts & Berks Canal Trust           

Martin Buckland                  

Abingdon Young Farmers                          


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