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Abingdon-on-Thames is a vibrant market town with a population of over 33,000. Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council is a parish council under the Local Government Act 1972 and is the successor authority in terms of parish functions to the Abingdon Borough Council. The Town Council is responsible to the residents of Abingdon-on-Thames for a wide range of services. In this section of the Abingdon-on-Thames website we outline these services, as well as information about council meetings, committees, councillors, budget spending and the civic calendar.
The Council’s Vision is “to develop an inclusive community so that Abingdon is the place where everyone wants to live and where the wellbeing of residents is prioritised. In developing this community, the town will be one which is environmentally sustainable, vibrant, resilient and safe.” This is core to delivering and developing our services. The Council has adopted four key strategic objectives in order to acheive this Vision:
1 To respond effectively and speedily to the climate emergency.
2 To develop a resilient, sustainable town which will provide a home for residents now and in the future.
3 To manage the Council’s assets efficiently and effectively to meet for the needs of the community now and in the future.
4 To work with community partners to support those who are vulnerable and in need and to create opportunities to increase social inclusivity.
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The Mayor hosts an annual fishing match at the August Bank Holiday, arrangements and whether there is a juniors competition depend on the height of the Thames.
Pictured is a presentation to Tom Hobbs who won the Mayor’s Cup with perch and roach catches in a past year. It was an excellent match with a good turn out of 40 top local anglers. First was Tom Hobbs with 2 lbs 9 ozs of perch and roach which was about 70 fish.
The River Thames is in good health. People in possession of a rod licence are able to bring in an existing permit to be stamped from 8th June. Purchase a permit for one day or for the season 16th June to 14th March. Please enquire about availability to firstname.lastname@example.org No permits are issued during the closed coarse fishing season. 15th March to 15th June each year no angling allowed.
Abingdon-on-Thames publishes its Town Guide with information about the services, shops and major activities going on in the town. A copy has been delivered to every household and there are also copies available at the Visitor and Community Information Centre.
Click here to download a PDF of the Town Guide. Abingdon-on-Thames Visitor and Community Information Centre is currently located on the Ground Floor of the Roysse Court Offices, Bridge Street, OX14 3HU. Staffed 09:30 am until 3.00 pm Monday to Saturday. Printed town centre maps are available here or by email email@example.com
Please note since the town guide was produced there has been an election and a change of Councillors, for an up-to-date list of Councillors please see here.
The annual Fun in the Park drew thousands of people into the Abbey Grounds for an afternoon of fun. The young and old had a chance to have a go at the variety of activities and games which were freely available. The stage performances included dancers, choirs, cheerleaders and singers.
The event was once again captured by Abingdon based family photographer, Harriet. You can view the photos at www.harrietphotography.com just click on ‘client login’ at the top of the page and use your email to create your account (email addresses are for your access to the images only, and will not be used by anyone else).
The hottest day of the year so far but the crowds were certainly treated to energising performances by Abingdon’s young people on the Market Place today. The Youth Music Festival, organised by Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council, showcased diverse talent amongst Abingdon’s young musicians and singers. Groups and individuals from the Vale and Abingdon Music Centres, Abingdon’s secondary and primary schools – folk, rock, jazz, and musical ensembles – provided three hours of inspiring entertainment while the crowds basked in the sunshine.
Guildhall was the civic heart of Abingdon-on-Thames in the 18th and 19th centuries. Part of the front of the building dates from 1400 and the Roysse Room was a school at the time of Mary Tudor, established in 1556. Restored to its former status since transferring back to the Town Council in 2010, the glorious baroque rooms have been in use for receptions and public events.
The team which runs the Abbey Cinema in the 1960s extension to The Guildhall and the Unicorn in the Abbey Buildings manages the Guildhall facility on behalf of the Town Council. The venue is available fr bookings from corporate events to weddings and christenings. As a historic building, there are more than fifteen varying floor levels so access has been improved and a lift has been installed.
The Guildhall restoration included refurbishing the kitchen to professional standards and there are now two resident chefs to cater for everything from bespoke wedding receptions to food during films. There are exciting plans for pop up supper clubs, cooking demonstrations and film themed food events as well as numerous events organised by Abingdon’s thriving clubs and societies.
To find out more information or to send a booking enquiry please click here to access the dedicated website for The Guildhall.
There was a great turnout yesterday evening for the Music in the Park event run by Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council. All three thousand tickets were sold, and the lovely weather saw a full house gather with their picnics in the Abbey Grounds.
The audience ranged from 8 months to 80, and fuelled by the twin delights of candy floss and Loose Cannon’s finest ales, they sang along and danced enthusiastically to the various acts including Blues Brothers and Michael Buble tribute acts and local bands the Prisoners of Katriona and Elkie.
The evening was rounded off by the Abingdon Band, accompanied by three choirs, reprising the Last Night of the Proms and the grand finale was the fantastic firework display lighting up the sky above Abbey Meadow.
Music in the Park tickets are now sold out so there should be a great atmosphere tonight at the Abbey Grounds. HAVE A GREAT EVENING!
The people of Abingdon-on-Thames took advantage of the sunny weather, and turned out in force to the town’s annual family day. Held in the Abbey Grounds, on the site of Abingdon’s historic abbey, several thousand people enjoyed the mixture of stalls, entertainment and children’s activities laid on by the Town Council.As always, the many thriving clubs and societies in the town were well represented with stalls ranging from the swimming club, to the green gym, to the town twinning society, to name a few. Our military community stationed at Dalton Barracks were also well represented and the junior assault course they were hosting was particularly popular. LATEST NEWS: tickets for tonight’s Music in the Park sold out
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council is once again hosting a great day for all the family which will consist of day and evening activities, shows, entertainment and fireworks – starting at 11am with Fun in the Park. The council has been working in partnership with the Oxfordshire Play Association to make this annual event bigger and better.
There will be a wide variety of FREE activities for all the family – such as Go-Karts, Climbing Wall, Try-a-Sport, Play Bus, Skate Park, Circus Skills; Mobile Children’s Centre, Nature Play, Ziggy’s Soft Play Area and loads more. Entertainment will consist of music and a dance festival which will take place on the large dome covered stage. A dedicated Youth Area has also been set aside which includes a Youth Bus, Skate Park, Mural/Graffiti Wall and other youth related activities.
FREE ADMISSION! FREE ENTERTAINMENT! FREE ACTIVITIES!
Abingdon-on-Thames’ abundance of clubs and societies will also be present to offer games, raffles and sales to promote and raise funds for their organisations; along with locally handmade products from our trade stalls.
The outdoor heated pool will be open all day and FREE for all the family to use.
The Guildhall will be opening its doors for everyone to view and enjoy its fabulous historic rooms – they will be offering FREE entertainment and activities and a chance for you to browse and buy at the Fun Day Country Market.
Fun in the Park is about the whole family, giving them an opportunity to spend quality and affordable time together – put the date in your diary now so you don’t miss out on one of Abingdon’s biggest family events ever! Fun in the Park will finish at 3pm in readiness for
Music in the Park where the gates will re-open at 5.30pm. The Town Council are hosting this event and has a great programme of family entertainment; starting at 6.15pm which will consist of:
6.15pm – 7pm – Green Onions – the UK Blues Bros Tribute Band
7.05pm – 7.35pm – Back by popular demand – Albie J Smith as Michael Buble’/Bruno Mars tribute act.
7.40pm – 8.25pm – Local band Prisoners of Katrina, doing rock covers and originals.
8.30pm – 9pm – Elkie – female solo artist from London singing popular songs from the last four decades.
9.05pm – 10pm – Abingdon Town Band, Solo Opera Singer Angela Lawrence and Abingdon Ladies’ Community Choir.
Abingdon Town Band will finish the evening’s entertainment with a rousing rendition of the Proms joined by local opera soloist Angela Lawrence and Abingdon Ladies’ Community Choir.
The Family Day will finish with a grand finale firework display by local lad Karl Shead from Spyrotechnics.
As you can see there is a wide range of musical entertainment to make sure that all ages enjoy the evening. Food and drink are also available at the many food outlets on site (including an outside bar). There are also children’s roundabouts and toddler Inflatables’ (charges will apply for the evening’s rides and activities). We want to give as many people as we can the opportunity to join us, so we are offering Music in the Park at an extremely competitive price of £5 for an adult and £2 for a child aged between 5-17 years old (under 5’s free).
Wristbands are available from Abingdon Town Council offices, Old Abbey House, Abbey Close OX14 3JD Mon-Fri 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. We will also be selling wristbands on the Market Place on Saturday 25 May from 10am – 1pm. Due to the sell-out at last year’s Jubilee events, and to avoid disappointment, the public are advised to purchase wristbands as soon as possible.
Both events are being sponsored by Yates Lettings, Abingdon-on-Thames. 01235 524099