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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Autumn 2018

Just a quick round-up of what is happening in Abbotts Barton this autumn!

Worthy Road Crossing Campaign
The very energetic Lucy McLoughlin from Stoke Road has got her teeth into the Worthy Road crossing campaign.  This is something we’ve been trying to get for many years now.  If you think a crossing on the Worthy Road is a good idea then please sign the petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/worthy  At the time of writing it’s approaching 1000 signatures!  Other ways you could help would be to distribute leaflets or put a poster in your window.  These are advertising the petition and also a pop-up crossing publicity event. Do get in touch with Lucy on lucy@liveeventartist.co.uk if you can help with distribution. The flyer and poster are attached if you’d like to see an example or print one off for your window. 
There’s also a short video about the campaign featuring some Abbotts Barton faces that might be familiar!
Halloween in Abbotts Barton
The other approaching event is Halloween.  It's great to see lots of young families out and about wearing fabulous costumes. If you’d like a visit from them then just put a pumpkin or similar decorations outside your house and have a few 'treats' handy (e.g. some sweets/stickers).  On the other hand, if you’d prefer a quiet night, then just don’t put anything out.  We also have a fair number of elderly residents, who may prefer not to answer the door after dark, so if you’re trick or treating do stick to the decorated houses.

Do you know who your local councillors are??
Abbotts Barton is in St Bartholomews Ward and we have three local councillors:
Dominic Hiscock (Lib Dem) - dhiscock@winchester.gov.uk or dominic.hiscock@hants.gov.uk 
Kathleen Becker (Lib Dem) - kbecker@winchester.gov.uk 
Rosemary Burns (Cons) - rburns@winchester.gov.uk 

Do get in touch with them with your views on the Worthy Road crossing, or indeed any other local issue or concern.  You can also drop in to one of the Lib Dem weekly surgeries at the Liberal Democrat office at the Hyde Business Centre in Hyde Street every Saturday Morning from 10 to 12. There is always at least one city councillor there to talk to any city resident.

Foraging fun!
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that it’s sweet chestnut time again!  The tree at the bottom of Dyson Drive is doing well and there’s plenty more trees on the main park.  You can pierce the chestnuts and put a bowl of them in the microwave for a few minutes or they can also be roasted or steamed.

Best wishes
Lynne and Jane
Abbotts Barton Community Group

P.S. if you live in Abbotts Barton and aren’t on the Abbotts Barton Community Forum do search for us on Facebook and ask to join.  It has about 250 members and discussions range from requests for recommendations to items for freecycling to local issues.

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