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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Thursday 3 October 2013

News roundup

Hello October! I can't believe you are here already! Please keep the temperatures as they are! :)

First of all, tonight is Councillor's Surgery, as always from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Hyde Parish Hall.

And now let's just go back a little to the last week of September to see what news and updates we had:

Leisure Centre
There was plenty of activity around the Council's plans for the Leisure Centre with the consultation meeting having taken place on 26 September:
26 September: Anger growing over leisure centre plans at River Park in Winchester
26 September: Save The Rec and Save The Parks / the Council's plan for the Leisure Centre
27 September: Rethink over River Park Leisure Centre urged at angry meeting
The Save The Rec site also has been updated with more comments! HC also ran an article about Edward Agombar who set up the site.

Winchester City Council activities

Winchester Bonfire
This year the bonfire will be on Saturday 2 November and for the first time ever it will be ticketed. If you buy your tickets beforehand they'll be £3 and on the night they'll be £5. More information in this Hampshire Chronicle article: Tickets for Winchester fireworks go on sale for first time ever.

Over the last months I've been noticing a word I never knew before: "pop-up shop". There is one operating right now in the Brooks shopping centre (on the top floor) called "Kathmandu and diddly do" that sells all kinds of colourful things from around the world. Today I also read that there is a Hudson pop-up within the Hambledon at the Square (selling shoes). And soon there will be another pop-up shop/cafĂ© opening in the Brooks centre (bottom floor): a Pitfield store, selling trendy homewares. As the name "pop-up" implies, they will be gone again after a short time, so make the most of them if you are interested in this kind of stuff.

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