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The AMRA Committee and members would like to express the sadness that we all feel at the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Book Club - The Paper Palace

• The book selected for next month’s reading is "The Paper Palace" by Miranda Cowley Heller.  Anyone is welcome to join the group – if you wish to do so please drop us a line at amra.social@yahoo.com.

• It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at "The Paper Palace"—the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.

Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn't forever changed the course of their lives.

As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

Abingdon Food Bank

Also, we ask that you remember the Abingdon Food Bank, to which you have generously contributed this year. Please look on the Food Bank website for suggestions as to what is needed.


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.


Tom Hardy