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.

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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.

Big Lunch 2014
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Thursday 13 February 2014

New Roundup

Hello, just a quick heads-up this week as I won't be able to write anything next week during half-term.

Everybody is very worried about the level of flooding going on and some of our community are directly affected by arrangements that St Bede's school had to make and also by the temporary closure of the Leisure Centre. The military has helped with putting sandbags and barriers into place. Some fields north of Winchester, in Easton, have been flooded last night to alleviate the pressure on Winchester (ITV news report). Let's hope this is enough to stop the flooding of Winchester city centre, especially as some more bad weather is expected. According to one article I found the high water levels could last for a long time. WinAcc has posted an article about how the flooding relates to climate change.

If you are interested to see more news reports and articles about the local flooding, please head over to our public Facebook group page. I'm collating information there as I find it over the day.

Please be aware that the flooded areas pose several health risks to everybody and also pets!

If you are heading out by car, it's a good idea to check on Hantsweb whether the roads you are going to use are actually open.

Locally please keep in mind that Worthy Road will be closed for two hours on Sunday 23 February for the 10km run.

I haven't really heard much about the decision taken at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday regarding the Leisure Centre plans. Has anybody been there and knows more?

Have you had an NHS letter about your confidential information held at your GP? I would advise to read up on what the NHS actually wants to do with your data (use Google to find more info if you like), and to make an informed decision whether you want to opt out or not (possible until March). Medconfidential.org is a site helping with opting out.

Here is another consultation, this time from the government on libraries.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have posted their February monthly Round Robin.

And that's really it this week! Stay dry and safe!

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