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Nearby: Abingdon-on-Thames

'Founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region ... The Society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance ...  The Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region.' The Lambrick Lecture is an Annual Lecture for the Society held in memory of Gabrielle Lambrick.

'The Society organises a varied programme of meetings and observing evenings throughout most of the year and tries to cater for all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to experienced astronomers. Our closeness to both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire’s “Space Centre”) and to the University of Oxford ensures a steady stream of high-quality lectures.'

'We have a published programme of events featuring a range of activities to give variety and interest to members, whatever stage or level of skill they are at. These include evenings when members or guest speakers show and talk about their pictures ...'

'The Abingdon Museum Friends ... work with Abingdon County Hall Museum as a focal point for Abingdon’s residents and interested parties. Abingdon County Hall, completed in 1682, dominates the centre of this ancient town, once the county town of Berkshire. Its principal creator, Christopher Kempster, was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons ... The Abingdon Museum Friends raise funds mainly through membership subscriptions, as well as historical talks, quizzes, and events.'

'The objective of the Abingdon Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1885, is to promote the advancement of horticulture generally, and especially among amateur gardeners, by means of talks, demonstrations, shows and otherwise.'

'Sett up in 1967 by wildlife lovers, to give an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us, promote conservation, and - just as important - to get out and see it in the company of experts and friends. Butterflies, bats, fowl, flora, fungi: all on the agenda ... We welcome new members, and non-members are welcome at our events.'

'For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.'

'Since 1993, the Global Retreat Centre at Nuneham House (administered by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UK) has welcomed thousands of people from across the world. They come to restore balance and focus to their life through solitude, silence and the study of spiritual values ... Our events range from residential retreats to talks and courses, for grass roots workers in the community to dialogues for leading thinkers on international and environmental issues. All aim to provide insights and experiences into the basics of meditation and the application of values. Whatever your reason for visiting, you will find a warm welcome, a calming and unpretentious atmosphere, and sensitive and experienced speakers.'

'The Longworth & District History Society has been researching the history of this area since 1995 ... The Society has progressed from strength to strength with exceptional talks attracting many people, some travelling in from well outside our villages ... Summer visits are increasingly popular and it is not uncommon for visits to local farms or village walks linked to country houses to attract up to 70 people.'

'The Marcham Society was founded in 1994 to encourage community interest in the history, natural history and environment of the village and the local area. We arrange eight evening meetings each year with talks by guest speakers or members. There are monthly walks and group visits to local places of interest. Projects include local history, building recording, coppicing and surveys of the churchyard, hedgerows, birds, and butterflies.'

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Founded 1997: 'Its purpose is to study the history of Radley and the surrounding area by any suitable means that members desire'.  Meetings 'are held on the second Monday evening of the month (apart from August) when speakers are invited to give talks on a range of local and historical topics. A visit or tour of a local building/place of interest is often arranged during the spring or summer'.

Aims: '* To promote an interest in local history among residents of Sutton Courtenay and the surrounding district by holding regular meetings and inviting guest speakers; * To undertake research on the history of the village and its neighbourhood; * To encourage and support research into family history'.

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