The Abingdon Association

A visitor looking at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

The Abingdon & District Association draws its membership from the area between Oxford and the Berkshire Downs. Our programme aims to add value and fun to supporting the National Trust.

A programme of summer coach trips and holidays allow members to enjoy some of the National Trust places further away with most visits taking place in the summer months. But we also visit historic towns such as Bath and Brighton out of season.

Our talks programme, which takes place through the winter, enables us to keep in touch with one another and entertains us while the National Trust’s places are closed.

The success of our programmes enables us to fund and support a number of National Trust places and wider appeals. Amongst them are, Priory CottagesGreat Coxwell Barn, Greys Court, Basildon Park and Chastleton House.

What's On

Talks for 2017-18: These take place in Trinity Church Hall, Conduit Road, Abingdon OX14 at 2.30pm,with refreshments available from 2pm.The talks are free to members with a donation of £3 requested from non-members.The opportunity to join the Association is always available on the door, making the talks free and the possibility of joining the outings as well.For more information about these talks,please contact Ruth on 01235 524119 or email

Tuesday 26 September 2017 – ‘The Reluctant Exiles: Polish Resettlement Camps in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds 1946 -1970’ by Dr Hubert Zawadzki. 

The Second World War and its immediate aftermath brought thousands of Polish servicemen and civilians to Britain. Of the numerous Polish resettlement camps across Britain in 1946-70 fourteen were situated in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The talk will explain why such camps were established and will set their story in the wider context of international politics. Hubert himself lived in various Polish resettlement camps in Britain until the age of eleven, the last one near Chipping Camden. His talk, illustrated with many photographs, will give an insight into what life was like in the camps

Tuesday 24 October 2017 – 'The Impact of the Civil War on Wallingford' by Judy Dewey

Wallingford was a royalist stronghold throughout the main period of the Civil War from 1642-46, acting as a southern bulwark to the king's court at Oxford. It was also the last stand for the royalists,enduring a final siege of 12 weeks in 1646 when almost all other places had surrendered.The talk will consider Wallingford's role in the war, but will also look at the more personal aspects of life at the time for the inhabitants and the repercussions that followed.

Tuesday 21 November 2017 – 'From story seller to story teller': Mark and Nicki Thornton 

After more than a decade of running Abingdon’s independent bookshop, Mostly Books, Mark and Nicki Thornton have more than their fair share of stories to tell. Now Nicki’s children’s novel ‘The Firefly Cage’ will debut in 2018 taking her right back to the beginning of the publishing journey where stories are born. In this revealing and insightful look at the publishing trade, discover just what it takes to get a book onto the shelves and the challenges of making your living writing and selling books.

Visits: Closing dates for visit applications are always two weeks prior to the visit date. For more details about visits, please contact Mrs Helen Bush on 01235 534561, email

Wednesday June 14 2017 – Day visit to Bristol. We will alight from the coach close to the waterfront with its wide choice of eating options (or bring a packed lunch). Close by there are many attractions to visit. The usual Open Top Bus can take you on a tour of the city or you can take a boat trip round the harbour. Bristol Cathedral, the Aquarium, a Science Centre, the Arnolfini Arts Centre & Gallery, M Shed Museum of Bristol, St Nicholas Markets and shops are all close by with Brunel's Great Britain and John Wesley's Chapel a short walk for the more energetic. You can explore at your leisure and do whatever takes your fancy. Cost £20.00 pp. Depart: Wallingford Corn Exchange 8.30 am, Abingdon Rye Farm 8.50, Abingdon Stratton Way 9.00

Tuesday 18 July 2017 - Rockingham. Details will appear in the Summer Newsletter

Thursday 10 August - Royal Thames Windsor with a river trip. Details will appear in the Summer Newsletter.

Friday 15 September – Dyrham Park. Details will appear in the Summer Newsletter

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Priory Cottages, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Priory Cottages, Abingdon, Oxfordshire