My Abingdon

Abingdon ward Councillors have focused attention on supporting small improvements to the local area that would achieve high impact. With this in mind, they contributed towards a review of Abingdon’s Conservation Area Policy via the Edwardes Square and Scarsdale Abingdon Association by funding an architectural historian to assist in the review. Councillors also funded a volunteer-maintained weather station in Pembroke Square and match funded the enhancement of gardens surrounding Chatsworth Court Garden by the Earl’s Court Road. Councillors also committed to supporting young people via coordinating the promotion activities for young people, both in the ward and in the borough and the sponsorship of a dance class for young adults with disabilities. For a full breakdown of Abingdon’s ward spend in 2013, visit the ward spending archive

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Blue Plaque

With the help of City Living, Local Life, a Blue Plaque, to commemorate the residency of Lady Clementine Churchill,  was unveiled in September. Clementine Hozier (as she was known at the time) lived on Abingdon Villas from 1903 until her marriage to Winston Churchill in 1908.

Photo by Justin ThomasThe Mayor, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds said: “Lady Clementine Churchill did a huge amount during both world wars, not to mention having to deal with the pressure Sir Winston was under as Prime Minster in such a dark hour. She also worked hard as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in later life. I am delighted we are able to recognise her and mark her early life in the Royal Borough.”

Photo by Justin ThomasJoining the Mayor for the unveiling was Sir Winston and Lady Churchill’s grandson, The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP; the three local ward Councillors, Victoria Borwick, Joanna Gardner and James Husband. Also in attendance were local resident group ESSA and David Charlesworth and Charles Mickleworth, the local residents who researched and proposed the idea to the ward Councillors.  The Mayor continued: “In this project, it is possible to see how local people can take a lead in bringing positive changes to the areas where they live”.

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If you live in Abingdon ward, and have a great idea or project which will improve where you live, why not submit your idea today? If you’re ready to apply, you can do so by filling out a form online, or sending an application in the post.


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