Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council will provide an update of its work at this meeting, which will be on-line for the first time. Last year the annual parish meeting was one of the last events before lockdown. At the meeting the Chairs of the Council’s various Committees present reports to the meeting to detail what the Committee has been doing during the last year. There is also an opportunity to ask questions. For more details, including how to submit questions beforehand, see https://www.abingdon.gov.uk/town-council/annual-parish-meeting.
Fund raising in more difficult in these times. In 2019 the Lions made over £4,000 taking round their Santa Sledge. The Virtual Santa in 2020 made £195.
The Lions donated £170 to The Stonehill Community Garden to help them set up a 7,000-litre water tank to allow them to use rainwater alone for their garden. Some of the lions volunteer with garden, and they have donated items before.
The Lions donated items for the Abingdon Foodbank. The foodbank said in February that demand at the Foodbank is still high and they were looking for: tinned meat to make hot meals (mince, stew, meatballs), instant coffee, and also plain couscous.
The Lions kicked off their Easter fund raiser, knitted Easter Chicks with cream eggs. They have had nearly 200 chicks donated so far, some with cream eggs. Tesco Extra Abingdon has also kindly donated some cream eggs. Covid has meant that they have had to try new ways of selling them, and are currently use facebook to sell them at £2 each.
Other items they donated included:
• £50 for Kennington Playgroup to help them buy a fog cleaning machine.
• £314 for a powerful blender for a family that needs it due to a medical condition.
• A promise the support a family to buy a car safety harness, once covid allows.
Thankyou to Daniel for these pictures of the new Fairacres Phase 2 and Lidl store as viewed from the air.
When the construction of Fairacres Phase 2 began I was considering visiting the revamped Hilton Garden Inn (on the left) to get some pictures from the top floor. I gave up on that idea because of the pandemic. However Daniel’s view is even better with his drone.
This views shows Fairacres in the centre, and Miele to its left, with the 50 acres of Abingdon Business Park behind, and behind that the houses of north Abingdon.
As part of National Careers Week 2021, Abingdon and Witney College‘s careers team is offering out its services to the wider public as well as the College‘s students. They are running a FREE drop-in service during lunchtime (12 – 2pm) and later in the afternoon (4 – 5pm) everyday between 1st – 5th March. See https://www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/national-careers-week-2021 for more information. There are also webinars that can be watched at anytime.
Earlier in February they had a Virtual Open Day for anybody interested in courses at the college. Since the open day was virtual the webinars can still be viewed by visiting https://www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/college-guide/past-events/february-virtual-open-week-2021-start. They use Microsoft Teams.
I walked round the college this morning and took pictures of the trees in blossom.
There did not appear to be a lot of cars or students about. The college is closed for face-to-face learning except to vulnerable students and the young people of key workers, where appropriate. It is open to all students for remote / online learning. The college are reviewing the latest government advice before telling students about any face-to-face reopening.