This website has been created for the residents of Abbotts Barton and surrounding areas so that you can keep up to-date with what's going on.

Apart from news you can find information about events, campaigns, and how to contact councillors.

Abbotts Barton Community Group is a community association which serves the people of Abbotts Barton and aims to act as a community anchor organisation. The main areas of work for the Group are:
  • ☐ To enable residents to find out how we can make where we live even better and do something about it.
  • ☐ To run events and activities for the benefit of inhabitants of Abbotts Barton.
  • ☐ To strengthen community participation.

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We always welcome people to join us, it's easy and free and there is no obligation to do anything! Please see our Membership page for more info!

If you should be interested in helping out at events, as a street champion, or as a Councillor's Surgery visitor, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Also let us know if you have some ideas for events or skills that could be useful (e.g. face painting at the picnics)! Read more about how you can help on our Get Involved page!

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Saturday 20 July 2013

News roundup

Here we are again, a quick collection of links published via Twitter and Facebook over the last days but only those that are still relevant:

Community and parks

Anything you would like to discuss with our ward councillors? Next Councillor's Surgery is coming up on Thu 1 Aug, 7:30-8:30pm at Hyde Parish Hall.

The Save The Parks in Abbotts Barton Group have been working hard to get heard by Winchester City Council. As their reasons and even the petition with over 500 signatures are still being mostly ignored, they are asking Winchester residents who would like to keep the parkland as it is to write to the Winchester City Councillors. Please take a moment to read the post about what YOU can do on the Save The Parks website and write!

If you are interested in what's happening to the Skate Park at North Walls, here's a Facebook page with all the news when they happen: Sk8 Winchester

General news

Guardian: No freedom to play or explore outside for children.

Almost 1,000 extra primary places will be created in Hampshire.

One thousand visitors? It felt really quiet in Abbotts Barton at that time...: Winchester sporting legends return for charity football fun day

What's on

Medieval artefacts, activities and a man-at-arms will be at the City Museum next Saturday (21 July).

New exhibition in the City Space in the Discovery Centre: Edwardian Summer.

Planning for school holidays with the kids? We have lots to do in Winchester: Summer fun for children

50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4! This looks like a fun thing for children, has anybody tried this yet?

Still looking for children's activities during the holidays? There's always the First Contacts Sports summer programme at the Rugby Club.


Environment Agency: Enjoying the hot weather? Weekly rainfall analysis shows just how dry it's been. Thanks to the exceptionally wet weather at the end of 2012, most reservoirs & groundwater stores are around normal for this time of year. See a graphic that shows the rainfall over the last months.

Naturalists urge British public to help wildlife survive the hot weather

What can you do to help keep our bathing waters clean? Guardian provides a useful top 10 list.

Winchester shopping

Anybody here who is interested in Polish food? There is a new Polish delicatessen in town at 64 St. George's Street and they've got lovely breads and cold meats amongst many, many other things! Opening times can be found on the shop's webpage.

That was rather a lot for eight days! :)

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