Category Archives: community

Abingdon Passion Play Preview evening

An Abingdon Passion Play information meeting took place, with around 70 people attending, at Trinity Conduit Centre last night. The committee members, easily spotted in their red sweatshirts, explained that the play will be performed outdoors in the Abbey Gardens on June 22nd, with two separate shows. They said that it will be free as a big community participation event for the people of Abingdon and the area. It will be the fourth Abingdon Passion Play, part of a tradition of passion plays that started with the play in Oberammergau in 1634.

The director talked about the stage and promenade areas for different parts of the play, plus the different scenes, and musical backing. Actors for roles like Jesus have already been chosen, and others are still open. If you’re interested in acting, you can go to a rehearsal evening, and the director will give you a chance to showcase your skills. There are 12 main parts and 28 backing parts. (Acting rehearsals – Fridays from 9th Feb 7:30 to 9:30 pm at All Saints Church or Mondays from 12th Feb 7 pm to 9 pm at Our Lady and St Edmund Church Parish Centre. Singing Rehearsals – Every 2 weeks on Thursday (next one 22nd Feb) 7:30 – 9:15 pm, at St Nicolas Church).

But acting isn’t the only way to get involved! They need volunteers for everything from helping out with security to sewing costumes. I’m helping in my small way to publicise things but and social media will have much more.

It takes place on the same day as the Mayor of Ock Street ceremony. So that is going to make it a busy day in Abingdon. And you can catch both.

The pictures show the Abingdon Passion Play in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Free Warm Welcoming Safe Places

Warm Welcome Places
The current cost of living crisis, particularly the increase in heating costs, has led to many people struggling to heat their homes. This is often compounded by loneliness and isolation.

That’s why The Church in Abingdon has created five Warm Spaces across Abingdon where anyone can go to heat up, have a warm drink and enjoy a little company. It goes on until the end of March (2023).
Warm Welcome Places
11 am – 4 pm, from 9 January 2023
St Edmund’s Catholic Church, 1 Oxford Road – Parish Centre (01235 847804)
Hot lunch, refreshments, conversation, games

1-4 pm, from 10 January 2023
Peachcroft Christian Centre, Lindsay Drive (01235 530227)
Warm drinks, comfy chairs, quiet workspace

12 -2 pm (The Sanctuary)
Abingdon Salvation Army, 12 West St Helen’s St (01235 523586)
Tea, coffee, Wi-fi, conversation, games

12.30-4.30 pm, from 5 January 2023
Christ Church, Northcourt Road, The Barn (01235 539172)
Hot drinks/soup, conversation

2-4.30 pm
Abingdon Baptist Church, 35 Ock Street (01235 530080)
Tea. Coffee, squash, biscuits, conversation

3957 warm welcome places in the UK are registered at, including Abingdon Library and One Planet Abingdon (under the museum).

Buddy Bench + Lodge Hill Planning Application submitted

In recognition of Anti-Bullying Week, Oxfordshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes has donated a friendship bench to Dunmore Primary School in Abingdon.

Close to the developer’s Abbey Fields and Kings Gate developments, the school has received a bench inscribed with ‘We sit, we chat and ask each other questions. We leave as friends, with all good intentions’, for its pupils to use when they need to talk to someone.

Anti-Bullying Week takes place from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November.

Oxfordshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes have also given developer funding towards upgrading the A34 interchange at Lodge Hill to have south-facing slipways.

The planning application for the Lodge Hill interchange has been submitted and can be viewed and commented upon at

Consultation, Countdown, and Caterpillar

The Abingdon-on-Thames neighborhood plan consultation had a physical presence under the County Hall. People can read the interim report and make comments at before the end of July. This is a chance to choose your community’s future.

The countdown to the move of the Newbury Building Society from West St Helen Street can be seen in the new branch in Bury Street.

A crochet model of the Very Hungry Caterpillar has appeared on the lid of the post box on the Market Square. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is still a popular children’s book over fifty years after first being published. Eric Carle died in May 2021.