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Fireworks safety in Oxfordshire on 5th November

Abingdon Council News - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:11

As Bonfire Night approaches, Oxfordshire County Council is reminding residents that the safest way to celebrate is to attend a professionally organised public event that is confirmed as COVID-19 safety compliant, following local and national guidance.

However, as it will not be practical for everyone to attend organised public events, particularly this year, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is providing guidance for anyone having their own fireworks display:

Top safety tips for Bonfire Night:

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Citizens Advice needs volunteer advisers

Abingdon Council News - Tue, 10/06/2020 - 13:24

We can all face problems that are too stressful or complicated to sort out alone.

Last year our 150 volunteers advised over 11,000 people. We helped three quarters resolve their debt, benefits, employment and housing problems.

We now need more advisers to help us during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Since March, 90 volunteers and staff have been advising the public from home on our Adviceline service. Recently we partially re-opened our offices, in part to train new advisers.

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Abingdon Council News - Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:08


The Council is seeking to recruit two enthusiastic and committed individuals to join the small team at its Roysse Court Offices.


(SCP 24 – 28, £28,672 - £32,234  pro-rata)

The postholder will be a property management professional  with responsibility for undertaking the management of all Council owned properties including management of the fabric of buildings, ensuring that all maintenance and improvement actions are properly undertaken and managing relationships with tenants.

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Abingdon Council News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 20:44

Earlier this year, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council committed to produce a neighbourhood development plan to guide the development of the town over the next decade or more.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood plans are statutory documents that can positively address a range of issues connected to the built environment, such as heritage, tourism, protection of green spaces, the future of the high street, the need for affordable homes and measures to increase the levels of walking and cycling.

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Job redundancy: check your rights and talk to Citizens Advice

Abingdon Council News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 19:05

One of the most serious outcomes of the current pandemic problem is that thousands of people in the UK are losing their jobs. If you are one of these people, and are made redundant or offered voluntary redundancy, it is important that you thoroughly understand your rights and options.   

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A new light on the Abingdon Ichthyosaur

Abingdon Council News - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 14:49

The specimen was discovered in a local gravel pit at Oday Hill in 1988 and its current display has been possible thanks to the conservation and curatorial staff of the Oxford University Natural History Museum.

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Sad news regarding the cancellation of the 2020 Michaelmas and Runaway Fairs

Abingdon Council News - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:39

The Abingdon Michaelmas and Runaway Fairs will not take place this year. The difficult decision to cancel was taken by Abingdon Town Council after much deliberation at a Council meeting last night (9th September 2020).

Working closely with the organisers, Bob Wilson Funfairs Ltd, in consultation with the Showmen’s Guild; and taking advice from other regulatory bodies, concerns remain about the impact the fair could have on the town, given the anticipated size of the crowd and the risk that poses to public health.

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Abingdon Museum is now OPEN!

Abingdon Council News - Sat, 09/05/2020 - 13:26

We are pleased to announce phase one of reopening to showcase the Sessions Gallery. The Cafe, Roof and Attic Galleries will remain closed until phase two.

Due to the Covid 19 crisis we have adapted our entry rules. Arrive at the main entrance to the Museum under the covered Arcade where a member of staff will be waiting to greet you, or you may call for assistance using the video entry panel outside the front door.

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Nearly £90,000 of funding available for volunteer groups and organisations to help vulnerable residents affected by Covid-19

Abingdon Council News - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 11:39

Released 2 September 2020 

Voluntary and community sector groups in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can apply for a share of nearly £90,000 to help people affected by Covid-19 in the districts. 

South Oxfordshire District Council has £45,373 to distribute and the Vale of White Horse District Council has £43,077 to provide funds for voluntary and community sector projects that are delivering essential services to vulnerable residents in the districts who are struggling to afford food and other essential provisions as a result of COVID-19. 

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Changes to Bus Service

Abingdon Council News - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 13:49

Please see the below bus service changes received from the Oxfordshire County Council that are taking place on 1 September 2020.

Pulhams Coaches route 15 (Abingdon – Southmoor – Witney):

  • Change of operator – will now be operated by Pulhams Coaches
  • All journeys will serve Millets Farm
  • Timetable here

Thames Travel routes 33/X32/X33 (Abingdon – Didcot – Wantage):

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Annual Governance and Accountability Return

Abingdon Council News - Mon, 08/24/2020 - 13:38

The draft Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) and supporting financial statements have been approved by Council and are available for public inspection, together with supporting records, during the period Monday 24th August – Monday 5th October 2020. Any member of the public wishing to do so should email the RFO susan.whipp@abingdon.gov.uk. Further details, and copies of the Return and Statements can be found on the Finance pages of this website.

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Keeping active during lockdown: Were you inspired to keep moving or did lockdown leave you lacking in motivation?

Abingdon Council News - Thu, 08/13/2020 - 15:54

Please see the below from bale of White Horse District Council:

Did Lockdown make you slow down or were you inspired to take up running or join in with classes online? South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils want to hear from residents about how lockdown affected their ability to keep fit. 

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Notice of Postponed Election

Abingdon Council News - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 15:00

1. Further to the recent Notice of Vacancy published for the Town Council, a valid request by ten local government electors to fill this casual vacancy via a by-election has been received by the Returning Officer.

2. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the UK government has passed The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020, which postpones all polls up to 6 May 2021.

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The Bob Frampton Prize 2020 Winners

Abingdon Council News - Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:15
Bob Frampton and Mayor Charlie Birks congratulate Ruth Hunter, Chloe Johnson and Alice Le Tanter Gioanni as this year's winners of the Bob Frampton Prize. They are all equally different and original entries that thoughtfully reflect on the serious issues the prize addresses.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic we are not be able to host a ‘live’ presentation of the awards this year but look forward to next year event and hope that you will make entries for the 2021 Bob Frampton Prize once the new theme is announced.

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Abingdon Museum Reopening from 5th September 2020

Abingdon Council News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:51
We're excited to welcome all of you back to Abingdon Museum from Saturday 5th September 2020!
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Organise fuel bills, suppliers before winter - Citizens Advice tip

Abingdon Council News - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 09:21

See below from Citizens Advice 

Did you know that Citizens Advice has advisers who can help you sign up with a new fuel or electricity company, or switch to a better tariff? 

There’s no charge for our time and you won’t be steered towards one particular supplier because we're impartial, having no links with any of them. We offer one-on-one sessions (by telephone at present) and we'll take a close look at your individual situation.

Now is the time to sort it out before winter closes in with cold autumn gales. 

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Proof of Life – Foreign Pension Checking Service during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Abingdon Council News - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 13:03

Due to the current closure to the public of Abingdon Town Council offices at Roysse Court, the Town Clerk will not currently be able to notarise overseas pension forms until further notice.  We advise those requiring this service to speak with a solicitor.

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Have your say on the future ​plans for Vale of White Horse

Abingdon Council News - Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:22

Please see the below from The Vale of White Horse District Council 

Released 16 July 2020

What do you think the council should focus on next? Working with other organisations to help local businesses get back on their feet after lockdown? Helping people live healthier lives? Tackling the climate emergency? Or all three and more?

Vale of White Horse district councillors have put together a plan for the future of the district and they want you to let them know what you think of it.

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