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Memory Tree - 1st December - 06th January
This year we have organised a memory tree. Tie a ribbon, some tinsel or add a bauble to remember someone who has passed, a friend you miss, or family who you are unable to see this year.
The tree is situated on the land in-between West Quay, South Quay and Peep-o-Day Lane.
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” - Winston Churchill
Christmas Party and AMRA AGM
(Crivens, waily, waily!)
Dear AMRA Members,
After further discussion, the committee has, with regret, decided that we should cancel the Christmas Party and AGM due to be held on December 10th. There had been some concern about risking Christmas plans with a large indoor meeting just prior to Christmas, and with the Government’s announcement on Saturday evening as well, this was felt to be the responsible decision. The committee will be meeting shortly to discuss a way forward.
AMRA 2022 Calendar
Please don’t forget to buy the unique AMRA 2022 Calendar that has been produced using your photographs from the Monthly Competition. Thanks to Sandra North, Kate Law and Claire Heald for their work on producing the Calendar. They are available at £5 each from any of the three. Please contact them by e-mail to obtain your copies: Kate Law at email@example.com; Claire Heald at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sandra North at email@example.com.
Abingdon Food Bank
Also, Sue Cutler asks that you remember the Abingdon Food Bank, to which you have generously contributed this year. They are hoping to hand out up to 200 Christmas hampers in December. Please look on the Food Bank website for suggestions as to what they will need.
Meanwhile, please keep safe and well.
Yours as ever,
Abingdon Town Council – Neighbourhood Plan
A new Neighbourhood Plan is in development: this will set out planning policies, be referred to when considering planning applications and will set out plans for the use and development of land in our area. It is so important that local people contribute to shaping and influencing Abingdon’s development so that our future town is an even better place to live, work and grow than it is now.
An interim report has already been produced by the town’s Neighbourhood Plan group, and this is now open for review and consultation here. At this stage in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, all ideas shown are draft and will be subject to further deliberation and consultation. So, over to you!
There are eight areas of focus: Access and Movement, Leisure and Sport, Families and Young People, Culture, Healthy Town and Outdoor Recreation, Environment, Heritage and Built Environment, and finally, Business Economy and Town Centre. The interim report gives an overview of each area.
Some of the members of the AMRA Committee have met and responded, but of course your individual views are important too. These are some of the issues we felt were important:
the proposed Water Park at The Marina
traffic, access and movement of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in the town centre
the proposed use of empty retail units
the currently unused Upper Reaches site
You can download a copy of the map here.