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NEWSLETTER 4, August 2023

AMRA Tropical Summer Party, on Saturday 19th August at 1.00pm at the Abingdon Rugby Club 


It’s time to hunt out those floral prints or get your Hawaiian shirt out of mothballs as the AMRA Tropical Summer Party is nearly upon us!


The afternoon will commence with a complimentary glass of Pimms or a soft drink for the kiddies. A summery buffet will follow and there will be games and activities for the young and young-at-heart. Try your hand at Fling Flop, Archery, Giant Jenga, Fish and Win, Ring Toss, Corn Hole or Croquet. (Weather permitting) 


While away the afternoon with summery music, a glass of your favourite tipple and good company (Good company obviously supplied by yourselves!! - Favourite tipple to be purchased from the Rugby club bar. Please remember your wallets.) There will be cake for all and ice cream cones for the children. 


The party is free for all paid-up AMRA members. Non-members and friends and family are welcome at £7.00 per head. Children are free. There will be a collection at the end of the afternoon for a local charity, the (Abingdon Area) Helping Oxfordshire Homeless. This charity helps homeless people get back on their feet, off the street and back into society.


So, dust off your flip-flops and keep your fingers crossed for fair weather. Please let Laura know as soon as possible if you are attending and if you are inviting any family or friends. Please drop a line to:



Message from the AMRA Chair


Hello everyone. Here we are in August and the sun seems to be shining on us despite the rainiest July for years!


Our social calendar started really well this year with our Big Lunch in the Park to celebrate the king’s coronation. I hope that you enjoyed the cake and bubbles as much as I did. I know that the weather wasn’t exactly brilliant but the company certainly was! We were luckier with the Boatnic at Day’s Lock in July. It was great to be with you all. Eight full boats shared a bright sunny day and you generously contributed £204 to our charity for that occasion, The Abingdon Bridge. So, here we are half way through the year with the summer party on the horizon! Don’t forget to let Laura know if you are coming (including children and guests), so that our social committee can cater adequately.

Finally, I’m surprised that a few of you haven’t joined us yet: an oversight I feel sure! We have a lot more planned for the future and, of course, belonging to AMRA always gives you a say in these proceedings.







Swan Upping


Swans are, of course, no longer eaten, but Swan Upping still takes place once a year on the River Thames.  The Swan Uppers weigh and measure the cygnets and check them for any signs of injury, commonly caused by fishing hooks and lines.


This year only 94 cygnets were found on the five-day search of the Thames. The King's swan marker, David Barber, said the result was "disappointing" but, because of avian flu, to be expected.



So far this year, AMRA has 64 paid-up members from around the Marina area. Last year we had 84, so if you are one of those who have not yet paid, do please pay your £12.00 membership either directly to the Bank or by cheque to me or Keith Harding. Do remember that being a member of AMRA is a great way to feel a sense of belonging and to be part of a supportive community. Also remember that AMRA does more than organise social events: in recent years we have liaised with the Council over the travellers’ camps, arranged for the weed to be cut in the marina, asked for road white line painting and raised money for several local charities.


The annual subscription of £12 can be paid by BACS to AMRA’s account number 63783863, sort code 30-98-97, name: Abingdon Marina Residents Association. Please note that this is a Business Account. Please use the payment reference box to show your name and address.

Advance Notices


We have a couple of advance dates for your diary:


  • The Macmillan Coffee morning will be held, in conjunction with St Helen’s Church on September 29th

  • The AMRA Christmas Party, preceded by a brief AGM, will be held probably on Saturday 15th December, tbc

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