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The Abingdon Michaelmas and Runaway Fairs will not take place this year. The difficult decision to cancel was taken by Abingdon Town Council after much deliberation at a Council meeting last night (9th September 2020).

Working closely with the organisers, Bob Wilson Funfairs Ltd, in consultation with the Showmen’s Guild; and taking advice from other regulatory bodies, concerns remain about the impact the fair could have on the town, given the anticipated size of the crowd and the risk that poses to public health.

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Cllr Jeanette Halliday passed away on Friday 17th April 2020.  Jeanette had been poorly since just after Christmas but her passing has come as a great shock to all her friends and colleagues here at the Council and  in the wider community of Abingdon.

We have today received advice from The Vale of White Horse District Council, and the relevant sections of the advice are published below:

Vale of White Horse District Council update - COVID-19 guidance for town and parish councils

We’ve been asked by a few of our town and parish councils for some guidance on COVID-19, so thought it might be helpful to share what we’ve been doing ourselves.

We’re in regular contact with partner organisations and monitoring and following the latest government and medical advice.

This is a reminder that the Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Cllr Charlie Birks, will be holding his Civic Service at 3pm on Sunday 20th October in the Abbey Cinema at the Guildhall.

The service will be led by Pat Winslow, celebrant Humanists UK. 

This service will be a secular ceremony which will be fully inclusive for all and seek to be an enjoyable celebration of many of the diverse aspects of Abingdon.

All are very welcome to attend. 

The Annual Mayor Making ceremony and Annual Council meeting will take place in the Abbey Hall, the Guildhall on Monday 13th May 2019 at 7pm (doors open - 6.30pm, arrive early to secure a seat).

All are invited and very wecome to this important event.  This marks the start of the four year term of the Council elected on 2nd May and the investiture of the Mayor of Abingdon, a post which has been filled by the town since 1556.

After the meeting there will be an opportunity to meet the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and Councillors.

The 1960s extension to Abingdon’s Guildhall – known as the Abbey Hall – is being brought back to life with a launch date this December.  The building will be transformed with state-of-the-art projection and surround sound equipment, cinema seating and a finely-stocked bar. Named ‘The Abbey Cinema’, the new venue will be kicking off a run of new releases just in time for Christmas, including Mary Poppins Returns, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Robin Hood and Wreck it Ralph, alongside festive favourites such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch & Nativity Rocks!.

Wristands for Saturday evening's Music in the Park event are now sold out, so there will be none available on the gate.

However if you have pre-ordered wristbands but have yet to collect them, these are available at the Town Council control tent during Fun in the Park (open until 3.30pm) or at the Abbey Car Park gate when the gates open for Music in the Park .  Gates will open between 4.30 and 5pm.  You should bring with you your online order number.

There are reports of flash flooding as a result of storms this evening.  For the latest advice from the Environment Agency click here.

For help during a flood please click here for advice.























Both Fun and Music in the Park take place in the Abbey Grounds and for everyone’s safety Abbey Close will be closed to traffic all day. The Abbey Close car park (immediately adjacent to the Abbey Grounds) will also be closed.

Fun in the Park

This event starts at 10.30am and ends at 3.30 pm.

Wild west Bouncy Castle

Climbing Wall

Go Karts

Arts and Crafts

Music and Dance

A variety of local community stalls

Food and drink refreshments


Music in the Park

Abingdon-on-Thames Council is working with Oxfordshire County Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council on proposals to create a community hub in the Abbey Hall which would accommodate multiple public services such as the library, information centre, joint reception and other council services.  This work is ongoing but will still take some time to come to fruition, the likely timing for building works to commence being the summer of 2020. 


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