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Full List of Clubs & Societies

A list of Clubs & Societies in Abingdon-on-Thames is given below.

Please click on any one to find further details. Most of them are also on Facebook.

If your club or society is not listed below and you think it ought to be please contact the Town Council at to give us the information. Updates can be sent in by a named committee member. Any individual in town is welcome to add an event ttaking place this year or next year to the main town Events diary.

Abingdon Arts Society formerly ADFAS Decorative and Fine Arts Society  

Part of the national network NADFAS which has meetings and good quality speakers talking on arts subjects in many towns, monthly in Abingdon and Wantage. Abingdon Arts Society talks are mainly third Wddnesdays at Trinity Church Hall OX14 1DB.

Abingdon Adventurers

This network of enthusiasts has some popular electronic games running alongside new ones.

Air and Country Show

May each year. Oxfordshire Air Ambulance is a major beneficiary of the Show which is run by volunteers in the Abingdon community.   

Air Cadets

Abingdon Air Cadets                                   

ATC Building, Whitecross, Wootton, Abingdon, OX13 6BU

Alzheimers Club now Autumn 2018 superceded by Memory Club
which meets Mondays and Thursdays

Abingdon Alzheimers Club  abingdon&           

Kennington Memory Club
also activities at the Abingdon Well Being Centre and through Age UK Abingdon   

Amnesty International.

Abingdon Amnesty International Group     

King's Head and Bell, East St Helen Street, OX14 5EA

Anglo-German Club

Abingdon Anglo-German Club 

German network website

Abbey Chapel, Chequer Walk, Abingdon, OX14 3JB Monthly talks in English with social events


Abingdon Artists 
Club meetings and public exhibitions in Spring and Autumn   

Ashnah American Tribal Style® Bellydance

Ashnah - Autumn  Dance for Wildlife

Conservative Club, 59 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG

Astronomical Society

Abingdon Astronomical Society      

Chris Holt 01865 725094   viewing nights for non members as well       

Methodist Church Hall, Dorchester Crescent, OX14 2AQ

Athletics Club, Radley not operating this season

Tilsley Park, Dunmore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU

Athletics & Running Club, Abingdon Amblers

Club Secretary

Tilsley Park, Dunmore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU

There is a Park Run each Saturday at Abbey Meadows

Abingdon Amblers co ordinates Abingdon Marathon third weekend in October

ATOM Society

Scientific society meeting regularly for talks and lectures in Abingdon - involved in but not the contact for the ATOM festival

James White:

Bear Club 

The oldest dining society in the country - The Abingdon Bear Club

Contact Treasurer Marcus Smith on


White Horse beaders meet once a month for this creative craft



Vale Bee keepers are on a regional data base and have local meetings. Contact the Information Centre if you would like a message passed to a bee expert. Whether honey bees or other swarms, arrangements can be made to move bees in a hazardous location so that they can continue working as pollenators.

Bowling Club

Abingdon Bowling Club       

Alan Cruttenden 01235 521069

The Green Albert Park, Park Crescent, Abingdon, OX14 1DF                 

Brass Bands: 

Abingdon Town Band        

Steve Rich 01235 535178    

Brass Bands:

Abbey Brass

Breakaleg Productions Drama Group   

Mike Davies through Oxfordshire Drama Network. This drama group will be re-invented during 2019 to include its members, Old Gaol Theatre members and new enthusiasts will be welcome.    

The Abingdon Bridge                          

27 Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HN

Cadet Force

Army Cadet Force (Abingdon Detachment)                          

Crabtree House, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3GD

Camera Club

Abingdon & District Camera Club  

Steve Oakes 01235 200793                

Methodist Church Hall, Dorchester Crescent, OX14 2AQ Annual open photography competition

Canoe Clubs

Kingfisher Canoe Club                        

Pathfinders Canoe Club

Meetings at Wilsham Road, Abingdon, OX14 5LD

Car Club

MG Car Club (Abingdon Works Centre)    Open during the week to visitors and enthusiasts with interesting diplays.                  

Kimber House, 12 Cemetery Road, Abingdon, OX14 1AS

Carbon Cutters

Abingdon Carbon Cutters   

Sally Reynolds/Cliff Marshall           

Telephone: 01235 533278     

Ceroc Dance Classes currently seeking a new venue in town

Ceroc Oxford       


Chamber of Commerce      

Email for Markets and Craft Fairs:                                         

Church in Abingdon/ATCC          

Margaret Langsford   

Concert Band

Abingdon Concert Band

Please email 


Cricket Club

Abingdon Vale Cricket Club                           

Hales & Hays Meadow, Culham Road, OX14 3HP

Disability Access Group

Vale Disability Access Group           

Mike Moon

Drama Club

Abingdon Drama Club         

Mike Ward  

6 Marcham Road, OX14 1AA

Drayton Road Allotments

Drayton Road Allotment Association                          

Evening WI

See below under Women's Institute

Fairtrade Group

Abingdon Fairtrade Group is operated by Abingdon Chamber of Commerce and enthusiasts

Please contact

OXFAM on Stert Street is one location with Fairtrade and fairly traded produce

Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society Vale of the White Horse Branch         

Mrs S. A. Matthews   

Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, OX14 1XP

Film Society

Abingdon College & District Film Society        

Geoff Bailey

Abingdon Resource & Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, OX14 3GD

Fitzharrys WI

see below under Women's Institute

Flower Club

Abingdon Flower Club         

Melissa Fletcher: email to           

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS

Football Club (Abingdon Town)

Abingdon Town FC has league matches with a first and second team based at Abingdon Bridge.
Youth teams are supported and social events. In 2018 a new field is available for matches and training.
A regular car boot sale is held at their ground.

Football Club (Abingdon United)

Abingdon United Football and Social Club                       

Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1PL Music at the Northcourt and Comedy at the Northcourt on Fridays

Football Club (St Edmund's)

St Edmund's Football Club

Geoff Young 

Freewheeling Cycling Club

Freewheeling                     Festival of cycling in Spring          

"Friends of" Groups

Friends of Abingdon details are given directly below. All other "friends" groups in alphabetical order based on the word that they are "friends of" so Friends of the Museum are under M and Friends of Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool are under O and Friends of Radley Lakes are under R.

Friends of Abingdon

The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society  which has a role as Civic Society and also supports the Abbey buildings and its Curator.

Hester Hand       

18, Thames Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HZ            

GO Active

VWHDC GO Active co-ordinator  Lots of sports and fitness on the District leisure pages special activities including half term for under 19s, women's sports and fitness, over 50s activities.

Clubs at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Tilsley Park Athletics Centre, town and village sports pitches and halls    

Anna Clarke    

Green Gym

Abingdon Green Gym  is active on Saturdays      

Eleanor Dangerfield 07931 363465

Harmony InSpires

Ladies A Capella Chorus rehearsing in Appleton

Contact Claire Cookson

Healthy Abingdon

Working together to improve health and wellbeing in town


History Club

Radley History Club 

Christine Wootton

History Society                                                  

AAAHS (Abingdon and Area Archaeological and Historical Society) runs a section of this website and holds interesting meetings

Roger Thomas 

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX14 1NS

Hockey Club

Abingdon Hockey Club      also hockey at other town locations for women and for men                 

Abingdon Horticultural Society (AHS) 
Established 1885
Membership:  Ian Shepherd    01235203873
Secretary:  Angela Hughes     01235529316 
Meetings: Northcourt Centre

Abingdon branch of HOST

Hosting international students for visits with a host family


Local contact: Margaret Hancox


Abbey Meadows Lacemakers 


Preston Road Community Centre, Midget Close, OX14 5NR

Lawn Tennis Club

Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club          

James Eastwood

Southern Town Park, Lambrick Way, OX14 5TJ

Long Furlong Community Centre   

Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, OX14 1XP

Lions International

Abingdon Lions Club

Conservative Club, 59 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AG

Marie Curie Fundraiser Group (Didcot and Abingdon)

Contact Brenda Feeney: 

Model Railway Club

Abingdon Model Railway Club 

and March Abrail - Abingdon Model Railway Show  

Ivan Cadge 

More in Common  

Abingdon More In Common Group 


Morris Dancers

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers       

Tony Legge

Morris Dancers

Mr Hemmings Traditional Morris Dancers                           

Museum Friends

Abingdon Museum Friends

Sue Stevens

Talks and events advertised on the events calendar on this website

Further information about the Museum Friends can be found here

Most events held at St Helens Church Centre, West St Helen Street, OX14 5BS

Abingdon Music Centre

Community choirs and orchestras, guitar, ukulele, recorder and other instrumental groups. Music for all ages and pre school groups for relaxing sessions with parents. Swingtime and varied styles, also classical and all ages use the music centre. Popular town organisation with regular concerts, some in St Helen's Church.
Formerly at Guildhall the base is now Larkmead School with outreach at other venues which include Checker Walk. for a full listing with days of the week

Music Society

Abingdon & District Music Society
Abingdon Symphony Orchestra Mondays Abingdon Symphony Chorus meets Thursdays and joint concerts

Linda Staniford

National Trust

Abingdon & District National Trust  Association   

Ruth Weinberg

Trinity Church during closure of Guildhall, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JD

Naturalists Society

Abingdon Naturalists Society            

Abingdon School, Park Road, OX14 1DE

Netball Club

Abingdon Centre Netball Club and netball at the leisure centre

North Abingdon WI

see below under Women's Institute

Old Gaol Theatre

Old Gaol Theatre Company is not operating this season and some members will amalgamate with Breakaleg Theatre to form a new company in 2019           

OCVA Community Ambassador

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Association

Dave Butterworth - Abingdon Community Ambassador, getting more people involved in being a volunteer for a town organisation

Outdoor Pool: Friends of Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool (FOAMOP)   
heated pool open May to September       

Elizabeth Edgecombe      

Peace Group

Abingdon Peace Group       

Sally Reynolds                       

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS

Peachcroft WI

see below under Women's Institute

Plus Group

Abingdon Plus Group          

Kath Good     

The Brewery Tap 40-42 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5BZ


Radley Lakes: Friends of Radley Lakes

Contact Marjorie White:

Residents Plan

South Abingdon Residents Plan    

Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Abingdon     

please see other Rotary Club under "Vesper"   and a new Abingdon Thames Rotary is now being established    

Rowing Club

Abingdon Rowing Club                                    

Wilsham Road, Abingdon, OX14 5LD

Rugby/Football Club

Abingdon Rugby Football Club                   

01235 553810              

Southern Town Park, Lambrick Way, OX14 5TJ

Sailing Club

Abbey Sailing Club   

Mick Jones  

Abbey Sailing Club, Wilsham Road OX14 5LD

Scottish Country Dancing Club

Abingdon Scottish Country Dance Club    

Hilary Adams,      

Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon, OX141NS

Scout Assocation

Abingdon District Scout Association   

Sea Cadets

Abingdon Sea Cadets                                      

Crabtree Place, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3GD

Silver Group

Abingdon Silver Group        

Grant Audley-Miller            

John Mason School, Wootton Road, Abingdon, OX14 1JB

Slimming World Groups

Abingdon Cricket Club, Culham Road, OX14 3HP Tuesdays 7.30pm

Come and join us or contact Amy on 07739 179872 for more information

Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, OX14 1XP 
Every Thursday at 9:30am, 3:30pm, 5:00pm & 7:00pm 
Come and join us or contact Michelle on 07776 300 276 for more information


Soroptimist International    

Pauline Burren

Speakers Club

Abingdon Speakers Club     

Penny Clover   

The King's Head & Bell, 10 East St Helens St, OX14 5EA

Squash Club

Abingdon Squash Club        

Graham Wellstead        

Abingdon Squash & Racketball Club, Northcourt Road, OX14 1NN

St Ethelwold’s

St Ethelwold’s Fellowship                        

30 East St Helen Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5EB Gardens open most days

St John Ambulance

Meet at 200 Caldecott Road, Abingdon-on-Thames                   

St John Ambulance 40 High Street, Kidlington OX5 2DN

Contact Lauren Crawley, Unit Manager, Abingdon Vale Combined Division

07855 290253

Stroke Society

Abingdon Stroke Club

Swimming Club

Abingdon Vale Swimming Club      

Charlie Seaward      

Swimming Club

Radley Swimming Club       

Richard Stovel   

Town Twinning Society

Abingdon & District Twin Towns Society links with twin towns Argentan (Normandy, France) Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) Schongau (Bavaria Germany) St Niklaas (Belgium) which are civic town links. Colmar (Alsace, France) has a link with our region. There are social connections with other countries including Thames New Zealand and Abingdon Virginia in the USA.         

Mr J. Smith              

U3A Abingdon         

Janet High University of the Third Age talks, walks, outings          

Preston Road Community Centre, Midget Close, OX14 5NR                                                       

Vesper Rotary Club

Abingdon Vesper Rotary Club        

all community correspondence via       

Four Pillars Hotel, Marcham Road, Abingdon, OX14 1TZ


Abingdon Wargames Club

Ross Bowrage: Contact via 
Meet on Fridays 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm at The Neave Room, Abingdon Conservative Club, 59 Ock Street, Abingdon, OX14 5AG

Women’s Institute

There are 4 Abingdon WIs, all affiliated to the Oxfordshire Federation of WIs.

Abingdon Evening WI (formed June 2009) meeting at Royal British Legion, Spring Road, Abingdon: 3rd Wednesdays 8pm      

Contact Justinia Wood  07977 001423 or        


Abingdon Fitzharrys WI (formed March 1966) meeting at Northcourt Centre, Abingdon: 2nd Tuesdays 7.30pm 

Contact Vivian Lowe, President 01235 532200 or

North Abingdon WI (formed November 2003) meeting at Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon: 1st Wednesdays 2 pm


01235 253859

Peachcroft WI (formed April 1986) meeting at Northcourt Centre: 3rd Thursdays 10 am



Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal Trust           

Martin Buckland                  

Ox & Bucks Woodcarving Association  

Mr B. L. Eastoe

Abingdon Young Farmers            

Abingdon Youth Football Club                    

Southern Town Park, Lambrick Way, OX14 5TJ

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