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    Orienteering Treasure Trails - Waterperry Gardens

    Orienteering Treasure Trails - Waterperry Gardens

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    Pirate themed orienteering throughout the summer at Waterperry.

    Life's A Beach

    Life's A Beach

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    Millets Beach is open again this summer - FREE to use and fully undercover this year.

    Millets Maize Maze

    Millets Maize Maze

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    Join our friendly maize Giant on his adventures around our 'Maze Trap' themed Maize Mazes, The 2014 Maze Theme is Food and Farming.

    Little Explorers

    Little Explorers

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    Sensory buggy walk for babies and toddlers around the Earth Trust Centre

    Mindful Way of Living

    Mindful Way of Living

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    Learn how to become more aware, take notice of our experiences & adopt a more mindful way of living.

    CEROC - popular French-inspired dance class

    CEROC - popular French-inspired dance class

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    Ceroc is an abbreviation of the French phrase c'est Rock.

    Jazz Jam at The Nags Head on the Thames

    Jazz Jam at The Nags Head on the Thames

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    Come and join Myles and Matty and friends - just bring your instrument (or just listen!)

    Yoga at the Guildhall

    Yoga at the Guildhall

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    Weekly yoga classes at the Guildhall

    Woodland Adventure

    Woodland Adventure

    30/07/2014

    An expedition for 5-8 yr olds with the Earth Trust

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    Davis Tate

    Laura P said about: Davis Tate

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    I am always very wary about ‘sales’ professionals but I was more than pleasantly surprised by the team at Davis Tate. Friendly, informed staff that were not looking to pressure me into making any big decision, I definitely made the right decision in having them market my house....

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    "I booked Chauffeur Cars Oxford for our managment team meetings. I was impressed with the friendliness of the driver and the excellent condition of the vehicle....

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    Thank you to you and all your team for making our move all happen. As for you offer of help, how about some packing!!

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    Utopia Beauty Salon scoops top business award

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    10 things to do with the children in Abingdon during the 2014 summer holidays

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    An update on the Jobs Fair this Wednesday (30/07/14) at the Guildhall.

    Here’s the final list of exhibitors …

    Abingdon and Witney College (training Apprenticeships and Traineeships)
    ACE Training (Construction skills)
    Army and Reserves
    Brook Street (Agency)
    Carillion (Catering, cleaning etc. jobs)
    Currys PC World (IT and appliance retail)
    Dimensions Care
    EURES (European Vacancies service)
    Marks and Spencer
    Meridian Business Support (Agency)
    National Careers Service
    Oxfordshire County Council Children’s Service
    Premier Inn
    Recruitment Solutions (Agency)
    SOFEA (Work Experience and Traineeships in Logistics / warehousing skills)

    The event will be open to the public from 10:00am – 2:00pm, entry is free.

    So good luck for all those looking for a job.

     

    Thanks to Abingdon Blog for this article.


    29-07-2014 09:23:48

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    AN ABINGDON man cleared of 20 sexual abuse charges has had a series of complaints about his treatment by social services upheld.

    Paul Townsend, 29, was charged with 13 counts of sexual activity with a child, three of sexual assault and four of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in March last year.

    Following a three-week trial in November, it took the jury six-and-a-half hours to find him not guilty of all of them.

    Oxfordshire County Council was required by law to take action to safeguard his then four-year-old daughter, Esme, who was not involved, when the allegations first arose. That involved questioning her about her relationship with her father, sometimes with him present and sometimes not.

    Mr Townsend made 55 complaints to the council regarding his and his daughter’s treatment while the council assessed her safety.

    The county council has now upheld “several” of those complaints and said it is planning to implement recommendations from the process.

    The council last night was unable to tell the Oxford Mail which of the 55 complaints had been upheld. However, Mr Townsend said it had agreed it should not have used the world “victim” to describe the four girls in the case but “alleged victim”. He also said the council admitted it should not have referred to him as an “offender”.

    Mr Townsend said: “We were treated terribly. It felt like I was ‘guilty until proven innocent’.”

    He said the council agreed with his complaint that opinion should not have been used in any report.

    He also claimed the council also admitted positive comments from family members were deliberately left out of a report.

    Council spokesman Marcus Mabberley said: “A small number of the complaints made by Mr Townsend were upheld. The recommendations resulting from this process are now being implemented.”

     

    Thanks to The Abingdon Herald for this article.


    29-07-2014 09:18:43

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    FOOTBALL fans put their best foot forward to help two Abingdon women raise hundreds of pounds during this month’s Race for Life.

    Sarah Mckenzie and Vickie Wyatt ran the 5k event in Oxford’s University Parks on Sunday, July 13.

    The pair had initially hoped to raise just £50 from family and friends, but ended up smashing their target by 750 per cent – with the unexpected help of Tottenham Hotspur fans.

    Mrs Mckenzie’s husband Ian – a Spurs fan – posted a message about their efforts on a fans’ forum and was shocked to be inundated with pledges from complete strangers.

    He said: “I asked online friends at shelfsidespurs.com, a non-profit football forum, if they could donate a pound or two towards their cause.

    “We were flabbergasted when the lads all started sponsoring with £10 and £20 donations.

    “One gave his £55 winnings from a World Cup sweepstake.”

    In just 48 hours, fans had donated more than £300, bringing the total to £370.

    Along with the money came moving messages, with one fan posting: “Ken is my stepfather who was diagnosed with lung cancer caused by asbestos back in January.

    “Unfortunately it is terminal, but what your wife is doing will help thousands of others to get better. You should be extremely proud.”

    Mrs Wyatt, 38, a housekeeper at Premier Inn, said: “I can’t express how grateful I am, they are such wonderful people.

    “I was absolutely speechless.”

    Mrs Wyatt, mum to Adam, 17, and Harriet, 10, added: “Cancer’s affected a few friends of mine.

    “It needs to be tackled and research is very important because so many people are affected by it.”

    Mrs Mckenzie, mum to Lewis, 14, and 10-year-old Bradley, said: “I’ve always wanted to do it and this year I just took the opportunity.

    “A lot of the forum members’ families have lost people from cancer, and they were willing to donate. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

    Mr Mckenzie said: “I’ve been a Spurs fan all my life, because when I was a kid I nearly stepped out in front of a car and a Spurs fan pulled me back and saved my life. I saw the crest on his shirt and just chose them.”

    He added: “I’m absolutely an Oxford United fan as well – our family are nuts about them.”

    Cancer Research UK is urging the women who ran the race to send in their sponsorship money.

    The charity hopes the July 13 runners will have raised a total of £350,000 to fund research into 200 types of cancer.

    • For information on how to return sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit raceforlife.org

     

    Thanks to The Abingdon Herald for this article.


    29-07-2014 09:13:18

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