Welcome


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.

Big Lunch 2014
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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Friday, 20 November 2015

News Roundup - November 2015

Hello everybody, it has been a while since our last News Roundup in July! I hope this one finds you all healthy!

The community group have been given some free fruit trees and bushes which we are hoping to use to create a small community orchard.  If you would be interested in being involved we are looking to form an ‘orchard working party’ of people who would enjoy helping with planting, pruning, watering and keeping an eye on the project. This could be on an occasional or regular basis.  The fruit will be available for everyone to pick. If you are interested please email orchard@abbottsbarton.org.uk.

Fundraising


As you know events and activities often require that we spend some money to prepare them. We have had a few grants but they were all for specific activities, so there never is enough money for the little things, like buying chocolates for Easter, craft materials to prepare events, ink for printing posters etc. It would be great to have some people help with this (anybody?). For now we have signed up with a site called Easyfundraising, it helps gathering funds via your online shopping activities (for example on Amazon, eBay, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco, John Lewis, many more available). Please register with them and sign up for the group as your 'good cause' and we will receive small amounts every time you shop online via Easyfundraising. This would really help us out! You can find our page here:
Abbotts Barton Community Group on Easyfundraising

Winchester City Council


You might have seen in the latest Councillor's Surgery write-up that the planning application for the 13 affordable dwellings to be built along Hillier Way is now available on the Winchester City Council website. You can find all of the details by searching for case number 15/02321/FUL on:
http://planningapps.winchester.gov.uk/online-applications/Comments can be made until 24 November. The decision is due on 20 January 2016. 

Also open for comments is the Local Plan Part 2 (until 21 December 2015).

An exhibition of the proposed new St. Clements surgery will be on display at the Guildhall on 20 November 1.30 - 4.30pm and on 21 November  10am -12pm.

Community Safety


There was a lot of publicity lately about burglaries and phone scams aimed at people in Winchester. Please make sure you and your neighbours are aware of how these activities are working so that you don't become another victim! A big thank you to Elaine Barrett who is regularly publishing Neighbourhood Watch News via our Community Safety page - please take a look there to keep up-to-date!

A volunteer is still being sought for a co-ordinator role for a new Neighbourhood Watch group on the north eastern side of Worthy Road (see existing local groups and info). If you should be interested in helping, please contact us or Dominic Hiscock (contact details on the Council website).

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Finally some personal news - this will be my last post for the Abbotts Barton Community Group. I very much enjoyed my activities here and I will still be around, just not as a committee member of the group.

All the best,
Sylke

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