The Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends is a local charity that raises money for all the departments in the hospital. This money helps to buy equipment and provide other services that make the hospital a better place for both patients and staff.
They are looking to increase their membership; the annual subscription is only £5. The AGM is a place to start. There is also information at http://achlof.weebly.com/.
Unlike other hospital league of friends groups, ACHLOF does not manage a café. Instead, the organisation relies solely on the dedication of its fundraisers, along with generous donations from the community, to generate funds.
Five memorial stones were laid 150 years ago to mark the foundation of Trinity Church, Abingdon, and today there was a special service to celebrate.
Pictures of some of the previous ministers, and laymen, were displayed at the back of the church.
Rev. Ian Griffiths, the current Minister, led the service.
Rev. Richard Bittleston, the previous minister, played the organ.
Rev. Colin Thompson, another previous minister, wrote one of the hymns used during the service.
Ministers generally only stay for five or ten years at Trinity. Rev. Ian will have been at Trinity for ten years and will move on to pastures new next year. It was announced that he will be succeeded by Rev. Georgina, who will be the next minister at Trinity and All Saints in Abingdon.
Ernie, a car park attendant at Coxeter House, has been raising money for Children in Need by dressing up in fancy dress throughout November. As of last night, he had collected an impressive £1,570. This morning he had a frosty start. A lot of November has been wet. Ernie’s fundraising efforts will continue until Thursday.
The Local Excellence Market marked the beginning of a series of Saturday events at Abingdon’s Market Place. Next week, the Market Place will host the Christmas Extravaganza, followed by the Christmas Craft Market.
Free parking will be available in the Vale of White Horse District Council operated car parks on the Saturdays of December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Cllr Mark Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, did say, ‘Whilst ideally, we’d urge everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible – we recognise that being a largely rural district some people will need to use their cars to drive into town. If you can car share with others, that would also really help reduce congestion and local air pollution.’
‘I am Felicity’s hat …’
At the Abbey Buildings today, an exhibition showed clothes with stories attached, written by their owners, often in the voice of the clothes. The exhibition also highlighted the fashion industry’s environmental impact and encouraged sustainable fashion practices.
This exhibition now moves to the Council Chamber in the Guildhall, Abingdon, where you can catch it from 11am to 3pm until December 2nd.
There was also a workshop on saving the planet and some exciting baking. Participants pulled apart and shared the ‘Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth’ multi-cupcake.