Category Archives: charity

From Pink Rainbows to Poochy Bags: Abingdon Window Displays


Hodsons were the first window to put up a Splash of pink display that I noticed. Abingdon based charity Against Breast Cancer will have a fun day on the Market Place on Saturday 20th of July and part of that is a best dressed window display.

Two days ahead of the event there are several displays. Willow’s Shake Shop includes a pink rainbow.

The Finishing Touch have pink handbags and umbrellas.

Masons in Stert Street have pink balls of wool filling large ice cream cones.

Masons in Bath Street had a fluffy pink dress made of tulle. The Dog’s Spot had a pink bag of Noochy Poochy and a pelican.

They all used Against Breast Cancer banners or balloons. Other shops will probably turn pink overnight.

Supporting Sobell House: The OxTrail Charity Art Event


The OxTrail can be followed this summer in Oxfordshire. Large and miniature ox sculptures, painted by artists, schools, and community groups, are scattered around the county. See oxtrail2024

Abingdon Library has two miniature oxen.

Abi, a talented Year 8 student from Our Lady’s Abingdon School, designed an ox in her school house colours, featuring the Oxford skyline.

Radley College was inspired by the Matthew Arnold’s poem that included the phrase, “That Sweet City with her dreaming spires”.

The OxTrail is a fundraiser for Sobell House Hospice, which provides end-of-life care and support to patients and their families.

Abingdon Poppy Appeal Honours Long-Serving Collectors


Alan Fisher, Sue Hargreaves, and Bob Strachan were awarded long service badges this week for their outstanding commitment to the Poppy Appeal.

Each of the trio has dedicated 15 years to the cause and has collectively raised thousands of pounds for the Poppy Appeal.

Alan Fisher, single-handedly covering Abingdon’s house-to-house collections, walks 10 miles over the two-week collection period. He collected £94.21 in his first year and £1,000 this year.

Sue Hargreaves goes above and beyond collection duties. She meticulously cleans all the poppy tins, distributes them throughout Abingdon, collects them after the campaign, and counts the donations.

An 84-year-old veteran, Bob Strachan is a familiar sight in Abingdon’s town centre with his collection tin. Last year alone, Bob raised a remarkable £1,800, and he has set an ambitious target of £2,000 for this year.

Bob Griffiths also received recognition for his invaluable contribution. Bob is responsible for organizing the wreaths for Abingdon.

‘These collectors never fail to amaze me with their dedication,’ said Clare Oldfield, Abingdon Poppy Appeal organiser. ‘Their commitment is truly humbling and inspiring. I would also like to acknowledge the incredible generosity of Abingdon residents, whose contributions over the past eight years have totalled more than a third of a million pounds.’

Interested in becoming a poppy collector? Contact Abingdon Poppy Appeal at abingdon.poppy@gmail.com to learn more and join this dedicated team.

Abingdon Spring Show


The Abingdon Horticultural Society’s Spring Show was a vibrant display of local gardening expertise. Mayor Councillor Gwyneth Lewis presented awards to the winners, having been warmly welcomed by Society Chairman David Bingley.

Charlton Park Garden Centre, the show’s sponsor, provide support. This Wantage-based garden centre also offers a regular stall at Abingdon Market every Monday.

The competition included various categories of spring blooms and houseplants. This year’s tulips were particularly impressive. There were also handicraft and cookery competitions.

Founded in 1885, the Abingdon Horticultural Society has a long history of nurturing local gardeners. Learn more about the society and its upcoming events at https://www.abingdon-hort-soc.org.uk/.

Abingdon town centre was brightened today by people collecting for the Marie Curie charity, who provide support at the end of life, whether at home or in hospices.