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Newsletter 2 - Spring 2022

Message from the Chair

 

I am very pleased that this latest newsletter contains such a promising and positive calendar for this coming year. The AMRA committee met a few days ago and discussed suggestions for a happier, more relaxed way forward in 2022, with the continued easing of restrictions. However, rest assured that we will continue to be very careful to ensure safety for all the events that we organise.

 

I feel sure that you will be delighted with all that the social committee is organising for us during 2022 so take a look at their outline of events below, and put some dates into your diaries now. We will all look forward to seeing you at some of them so that we can meet up again and enjoy socialising with old and new friends together.            

                                                       Delia Evans

Hawthorn blossom on West Quay (Photo: Tom Hardy)

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Reminder notice of the AMRA AGM and a Special GM

 

Coming up shortly is the AGM which we had to postpone last December. This will be held at 7.00pm on Friday, March 25th at the Abingdon Rugby Club and will follow the usual format, informing you of all that has happened in the previous year. The Agenda for the AGM has already been circulated. If you have any points that you wish to raise, these must be submitted in writing to the committee, c/o delia3@btinternet.com, before March 15th.

 

We will follow the AGM with a brief Special General Meeting (SGM) to ratify the new constitution which has been under discussion for quite a while now. Please read carefully the comparison of the new and previous constitutions, which has also been circulated.  Again, if you have any points that you wish to raise on this, these also should be submitted in writing to delia3@btinternet.com, by March 15th.

Membership reminder

Membership of AMRA costs £12 per person, per year, and this becomes due in April of each year. The annual subscription 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 and is a changed account from last year, so those members with Standing Orders will need to make adjustments to their Order. Please use the payment reference box to show your name and address. For more information please contact our Membership Secretary, Tom Hardy, on Tomrw.Hardy@btinternet.com. Alternatively, please feel free to write a cheque payable to AMRA, and to deliver it to Tom Hardy at 4 South Quay. Please include the following details with your cheque:

Name, email address, address and phone number.

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Book Club Update - Meeting on Tuesday, April 5

After a successful first meeting of the book club, the second book chosen is A History of Loneliness, by John Boyne. The next meeting is on Tuesday 5th April. If you interested in attending please let us know on amra.social@yahoo.com

Well-being Walks on Mondays at 10:30

 

Do you want to be more active? Has lockdown affected your well-being, or are you looking to be more mobile and socialise with people? Join Well-being Walks who offer free walks in Abingdon on Mondays at 10:30. Meet at the Abbey Gardens Bottom Gate (end of Abbey Close). No need to book: just turn up!

 

Option 1. Slow pace 30 minute walk doing laps around Abbey Gardens with opportunities to stop on benches.

 

Option 2. Gentle pace 1 hour walk around Abbey Meadows.

 

Option 3. Gentle pace 45 minute slightly longer walk around Abbey Meadows.

 

All walks follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. For more information, please email:

active.communities@southandvale.gov.uk

Future Events in the pipeline:

  • Loose Cannon: Quiz Night at our local Brewery 

  • Theatre Evening: Coming soon: Waitress or Footloose 

  • Charity Coffee Morning on September or October - more info to follow. Charities chosen to be supported this year are:

    • The Abingdon Bridge The Abingdon Bridge is championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people aged 13-25 across the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire.

    • Cancer Research Cancer Research UK is the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. 

    • Maggie’s Oxford Maggie’s offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer and their families. You'll find their centres alongside NHS hospitals and they can also support you online.

    • Support Ukraine UK The people of Ukraine have been plunged into war as Russia invades their country. 

    • Sobell House Sobell House offers specialist palliative care to those facing life threatening illness, death or bereavement. In memory of Brenda. 

AMRA’s website

 

Please do make use of the AMRA website: AMRAUK.org. You can Google search for it using ‘AMRA Abingdon’ and it should come straight up.

 

We have news of future activities including our new book club and the summer Jubilee Party. We are also adding to our Helpful Information Section including, for boat owners, a great offer to AMRA Members of discounts from the boatyard at Abingdon. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with Kate: katelaw16@yahoo.com