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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 society for further infomation. Most clubs and societies have a presence on social media.

Civic Society

The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society aims to make Abingdon a great place to live, work or visit, to foster civic pride and promote the civic life, heritage and environment of the town. The Society also works to encourage high standards of historic conservation, planning and development, worthy of the town’s civic tradition and character. Activities include managing the Community FreeSpace, AbBinit to keep the town and Thames litter and plastic free and organising events such as Heritage Weekend and Bank Holiday Walks.



Town Societies
Is your club or society new, or is it not listed below?  Call in at Information or 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 which is available for the community.

Volunteer opportunities in Abingdon-on-Thames

'The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers' and Abingdon has hundreds of people who nurture our civic life. This can be very rewarding when you find some way to use your skills and give to a town society. See  but look for inspiration in town clubs first. There is a county-wide directory on the County website and useful courses and information on 

Abingdon Abbey 

Abbey Buildings Trust manages the Abbey Buildings.

Abingdon & District National Trust  Association  

Website -

Meetings held at Trinity Church hall. 

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.


Contact: James Wigmore 

Email Address: 

Abibike campaigns for impovement of cycling services and facilities for good health, environment, carbon cutting, safety.

Abingdon Adventurers

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

Abingdon Atoms Korfball Club

Korfball is a mixed gender sport played by teams made up of four men and four women and combines some of the skills of netball and basketball.  We’re a friendly club always looking for new players whatever your experience or ability.  Training takes place on Thursdays with games on Sundays during the league season.

Abingdon Speakers Club (Affiliated with Toastmasters International)

Alex Wall-Clarke

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


Local support groups for adult and young addiction are on County information or call at Citizens Advice 0845 769 7555 

Overeaters Anonymous 0700 078 4985

Quit Smoking 0800 002200 A stop smoking advice service is on Abingdon Market Place each Wednesday (check at public holiday times)

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 superceded by Memory Club
which meets Mondays and Thursdays

Abingdon Alzheimers Club  abingdon&     runs Singing for the Brain at Peachcroft OX14 2RT second and last Wednesday afternoons

Healthy Abingdon has information on memory events for people of any age. Abingdon Well Being Centre, Age UK Abingdon 

Amnesty International

Abingdon Amnesty International Group     

meetings 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 Thursday 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 Sunday in October

ATOM Society

Scientific society meeting regularly for talks and lectures in Abingdon - involved in but not the contact for the ATOM festival of science each March in town

James White:

Badminton Clubs refer to the sports pages for five clubs, also Get Oxfordshire Active has sessions

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. No bee colony should be harmed as a pest.

Bell ringers

The Society of Bellringers in Abingdon welcomes new ringers and visits from other tower teams. See the Church in Abingdon information as well


See Sports Club section the club's main meeting and training place is Preston Road Community Centre

Bowling Club

Abingdon Bowling Club       

Alan Cruttenden 01235 521069

The Green Albert Park, Park Crescent, Abingdon, OX14 1DF   Free training sessions in May              

Brass Bands

Abingdon Town Band        

Steve Rich 01235 535178    

Abbey Brass

Concert Band includes woodwind information below. Brass groups through Abingdon Music Centre

Breakaleg Productions Drama Group   

Mike Davies through Oxfordshire Drama Network. This drama group has ceased members of Old Gaol Theatre and new enthusiasts will be welcome in a new group  

The Abingdon Bridge                          

Support for young people at TAB includes activities and counselling 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 Junior options available

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  and Plastic Free Abingdon community action

Sally Reynolds/Cliff Marshall           

Telephone: 01235 533278     

Ceroc Dance Classes Abingdon Tuesdays

Ceroc Oxford       

Chamber of Commerce      

Email for Markets and Craft Fairs:                                         

Church in Abingdon/ATCC          

Margaret Langsford    

Civic Society 
To book the Freespace in Bury Street



Concert Band

Abingdon Concert Band

Please email 

Council for the Protection of Rural England 

CPRE Local Contact: 831463

Cricket Club

Abingdon Vale Cricket Club                           

Hales & Hays Meadow, Culham Road, OX14 3HP

Disability Access Group

Vale Disability Access Group through District Council Access team          

Mike Moon

Discussion Group: 'Big Questions'

We are a small, friendly, informal group who meet on Boulter Drive usually on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:45 - 3:15 pm. We discuss any 'big question' that people want to discuss! To give a flavour, here's just a few examples of questions we have had: 'How can we feed the world?'; 'how can we explain miracles?'; 'do we need to worry about the decline of species?'; 'did Jesus exist?'; 'what ethics should be programmed into driverless cars? .....

Email to find out more

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 with support of Town Council who were early achivers of Fair Trade Town status

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  Thursday night films, always the best of classic and alternative films October to April

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

Membership is available for the town's commercial cinema

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. From 2018 improvements are being made and 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 and the Unicorn Theatre Friends of Abingdon are in the process of sub dividing into a civic society for the town and a separate Trust to curate and conserve to Abbey buildings.

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

Grace Notes Women's Chorus

Meeting on the first and third Thursdays of the month. 7.30pm-9pm

The Abbey Sutton Courtenay, The Green, Sutton Courtenay, OX14 4AF

Grace Notes Women's Chorus is a non-auditioning choir so it attracts people who might not identify themselves as traditional choral singers. We don't do pop or songs from the shows either but we do enjoy an eclectic repertoire of songs in acapella harmony including folk songs, gospel , lullabies ,and beautiful unusual songs from aural traditions around the world as well as importantly , work by living writers creating new work for Natural Voice choirs. There is no need to read music as all songs are taught by ear by an experienced and clear teacher who likes to create a good sound as well being friendly and fun.We do several short concerts based around Calendar festivals and I run public singing workshops for the wider community there too. 

Contact Emily at

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

We are a small, vibrant and friendly club with bags of spirit! We welcome all ages and levels of player and train every Tuesday evening at Tilsley Park.

Visit our website at

or contact us directly at 


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


Isis Chamber Orchestra

Talented musicians who play classical and modern chamber orchestra repertoire to a very high standard. Availabe to book for functions or charity fund raising for a contribution towards music hire.



Machine and Hand Knitting Club 
Contact: 522321 call at Masons shops on Bath Street or Stert Street for more wool and fabric groups


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

Abrail - annual model railway exhibition in March

Peter Hunt


Dramatic societies in town are being enhanced by a new offer in 2020. Moonhawk is an initiative to produce high quality plays which make use of talented local people particularly those who are aiming to go to drama college or specialise in drama and arts at university. More on social media.

More in Common  

Abingdon More In Common Group 


Morris Dancers

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers

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           

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     

Contact: David Pope


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


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   

Look at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre and our District sports information

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             


Triathlon Club   

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 Hadland Road Community Centre, Hadland Road, Abingdon OX14 3YH: 3rd Wednesdays 8pm      

Contact Anne Scott  07730 004492 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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