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Announcing St. Michael’s Dog Cafe and The Melstock Choir

St. Michael’s Dog Cafe, which operates every Sunday morning from 11-12 in Park Road, caters for dog walkers and their pooches in Albert Park. The home-baked dog treats (using a recipe from the Battersea dogs’ home!) are free; tea, coffee, and cakes are sold to owners.

It was launched at the end of April and got off to a good start,

A costume presentation of music, song and spoken word, with early and modern instruments, will take place at The Unicorn Theatre on 15th May. The Shepherd’s Calendar follows the festivities of the rural year from winter through spring and summer to harvest-time, with the words of Thomas Hardy, John Clare and the Dorset poet William Barnes introducing songs and instrumental music.

New Fold Out Children’s Book by Author and Illustrator from Abingdon

Abbey Fishponds
Rob Jones is an author and illustrator from Abingdon. His new book is called Where’s Brian’s Bottom? It is a board book about a sausage dog who is so long he can’t find his bottom! The reader then goes through the house asking different pets if they’ve seen it. The fun thing about this book is that it actually folds out to over 2 metres long, so you can see through the whole house once you’ve finished it.

It’s published by Pavilion Children’s Books and is available from all booksellers, including Mostly Books who have been very supportive of Rob’s previous books. See

ATOM Festival of Science and Technology Cancelled

ATOM Festival of Science and Technology Cancelled
In response to the unfolding situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Atom Festival Committee were increasingly concerned about the risks of going ahead with many of the ATOM Festival Programme events. After careful and considered discussions with organisers, volunteers and key partners, and in light of the ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, they have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the ATOM Festival Programme for 2020.

Some events may be postponed to a later date, and some of the school events will be proceeding. But the key message is that:

1. All public events taking place as part of ATOM 2020 have been cancelled.

2. The organising committee felt a clear and unambiguous decision to cancel was the right thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of the large number of people who make ATOM happen. At least one speaker has been directly affected by coronavirus, and some organisations have withdrawn (sometimes because they are on the front line of the public health emergency).

3. Scientific advice states that the UK has now entered the ‘delay’ phase of what is now a global pandemic, and that means the committee had a responsibility to show leadership in slowing the spread where events are not essential.

You can read the full text of the statement made by the ATOM organising committee here:

Announcing Annual Parish Meeting

Shop window repaired and bollards added
The annual parish meeting will be held in the Guildhall on Tuesday 10th March at 7pm.

There is a public meeting in the Roysse Room at which chairs of committees of the Council report back on their activities for the past year. Anyone who lives in Abingdon can ask questions.

The new Council will also launch their proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Abingdon.

Then at the end anybody living in Abingdon can speak and ask more general questions.

Some community groups have a table in the Old Magistrates Court, before and after the meeting, so that people can come and talk to them about what they do.