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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. 

Severe weather can affect you in several ways and in the event of bad snow or ice it is important to know where to get help if you need it.

Please see the useful link below from The Vale of White Horse District Council for further advice on issues such as Waste collections, School Closures, Flooding and loss of utilities.

There are some out of hour’s telephone numbers if you need assistance or are worried about a relative or neighbour.

And also some information about how to join the Priority Services Register for vulnerable residents.

This year’s Remembrance Day commemorations will take place on Sunday 12th November 2017 -

10.00 am: Remembrance Day Service at St Helen's Church led by Rev Mary Williamson.

10.50am:  Remembrance Day Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. The civic party and detachments of the army and  local organisations will parade to the War Memorial. The service at the War Memorial will be led by Rev Mary Williamson and music will be provided by Abingdon Town Band. If you plan to attend you are advised to turn up early as more and more people attend the commemorations each year.

Swan Upping plays an important role in the conservation of the mute swan and involves The Queen’s Swan Warden collecting data, assessing the health of young cygnets and examining them for any injuries. Cygnets are extremely vulnerable at this early stage in their development and Swan Upping affords an opportunity to help both adults and cygnets that might otherwise go untreated.


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