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Newsletter 7 - August 2021

Summer party


I feel sure that everyone who came to our annual summer garden party last Saturday thoroughly enjoyed themselves, judging by the kind thank you comments which we have received from many of you. Sixty one people plus children enjoyed the sunshine whilst we sipped our Pimms listening to the brilliant guitarist who played for us throughout the afternoon We enjoyed a varied and scrumptious lunch prepared for us by Laura and her social team who certainly deserve our congratulations and grateful thanks!

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Photo: Delia Evans

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Photos: Mike Evans

After lunch, we enjoyed chatting together after all this “lock-down time", while watching the more energetic amongst us trying their hand at the variety of games organised for us by Pete Argent (thank you, Pete). I’m told that the “wellie wanging” was the most popular and it was indeed won by a very overgrown child! Final thanks must go to the Rugby Club for letting us use their excellent facilities and particularly to Liz and Helen who spent the whole day helping and advising us before remaining at the bar to serve drinks.
Delia Evans

AMRA Boatnic
Saturday 18th September
“There is nothing absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame
With this in mind, attending the AMRA Boatnic is a must. This year it will be held at Abingdon Lock on Saturday 18th September at 12:30. There will mooring for 6 boats at the lock with more spaces on the riverbank. It costs £10:00 for boat
mooring at the lock.
Make a picnic, grab your boater, cast off or hitch a ride with a neighbour. Please let Angie know if you are attending, taking your boat, have extra room for a few neighbours or would like a place on one of the AMRA fleet and she will be happy to help. Angie’s contact details are: 07734034131 or goodmanangela46@gmail.com
Members and guests are also welcome to make their own way to the lock via car or on foot, if preferred.
There will be collection for The Abingdon
Bridge charity. (The Abingdon Bridge is an Abingdon charity that provides career guidance , training and emotional support for young people aged 13 - 25.)

The Food Bank collections

The Food Bank collections organised by Sue Cutler are suspended for the time being. However, there is still need, so if you can, please drop off any food bank contributions you can make at one of the other collections points. The supermarkets have collection points after checkout, St Helen’s Church has a collection basket on the way in and contributions can always be delivered directly to the Food Banks themselves in Preston Road or Northcourt Road.

Monthly Calendar Photo Competition

The September competition is now open so please send your entries to katelaw16@yahoo.com . The theme for September is ‘Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness’, an opportunity to send in your photos of glorious golden leaves, berries etc. October's theme will be 'Abingdon in Autumn'. Photos should be taken in the Abingdon area and must be landscape format. Those taken on mobile phones will be fine as long as you submit an original or full copy via email. So take your mobile or camera with you on your next walk and you may be our next winner!

August Photo Competition winners

The winners in August are:
 

First Place - Kate Law, 'Three Men in a Boat (minus the dog)'

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Each of the monthly competition winners will be used in the new AMRA calendar for 2022 , which will be available for purchase in December so why not start thinking about who you’d like to give it to,
perhaps as a Christmas gift
Finally, if you have any nice photos

taken in November or December 2020 then please send them to Kate.
Good luck,
Sandra North,
Claire Heald
and
Kate Law

Second Place - Sandra North, 'Colourful Kayaks'

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Third Place - Nicola Macpherson, 'Maybe Next Year'

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