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- Litter Picking Event
Litter does become much more of a problem during hot weather spells so please consider joining us to make our area a cleaner place to live. 🙏
- Christmas Clean-up
Come and join us for a festive clean up around Abbey Park Sunday 11th December Meeting at the play park.
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Each New book the Abbey Park Book Club read will be reviewed below and more details provided. Scroll through the books and see what you may like to read The next meeting of A bbey Park Book Club will be on Monday 5th June at 7pm in the Willow Tree. The book we are reading for that meeting is Memento Mori by Muriel Spark. New members are always welcome. Memento Mori Dame Lettie Colston is the first of her circle to receive insinuating anonymous phone calls. Neither she, nor her friends, wish to be reminded of their mortality, and their geriatric feathers are thoroughly ruffled. As the caller's activities become more widespread, old secrets are dusted off, exposing post and present duplicities, self-deception and blackmail. Nobody is above suspicion. Witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews This is Going to Hurt Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Last Letter Home On holiday in Italy, Briony Wood becomes fascinated by the wartime story of a ruined villa hidden amongst the hills of Naples. Not only is it the very place where her grandfather was stationed as a soldier in 1943, but she also discovers that it harbours the secret of a love long lost. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Their Finest Hour (and a half) Abbey Park Book Club met on Monday evening in the Willow Tree to discuss our latest read, Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans. We began as a group just over 3 years ago by reading Old Baggage by the same author. We loved it so decided to try another of her books this time. Did we enjoy this book? Read on… In 1940, every draft of every film script had to be approved by the Ministry of Information. Cast and crew were waiting to be called up at any moment, travel was restricted and filming was interrupted by regular bombing raids. And so it is that we find a disparate group of characters whose paths would never have crossed in peacetime: Ambrose Hilliard, a washed up old ham from the golden era of silent movies; Catrin Cole, formerly an advertising copywriter drafted in to 'write women' for the Ministry of Information; Edith Beadmore, a wardrobe assistant at Madame Tussauds; and Arthur Frith, peacetime catering manager turned wartime Special Military Advisor. This distinct group find themselves thrown together in the wilds of Norfolk to 'do their bit' on the latest propaganda film - a heart-warming tale of derring do, of two sisters who set out in a leaking old wooden boat to rescue the brave men trapped at Dunkirk. All completely fabricated, of course, but what does that matter when the nation's morale is at stake? Newly crowned actor, script-writer, costumier and military attaché must swallow their mutual distaste, ill-will and mistrust and unite for the common good, for King and country, and - in one case - for better or worse... The next meeting of Abbey Park Book Club will be on Monday 13th March at 7pm in the Willow Tree. The book we are reading for that meeting is Last Letter Home by Rachel Hore. New members always welcome. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting hooligan, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it. Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women become the stuff of local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl and life begins to look less simple… First published in 1958, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews The Camomile Lawn The Camomile Lawn begins with a family holiday in Cornwall during the last summer of peace before the Second World War and charts the family’s lives during the war years. When the family reunites for a funeral almost 50 years later they realise how much the war acted as a catalyst for their emotional liberation. The book's title refers to the fragrant camomile lawn of their aunt's cliff top home in Cornwall, the scent of which is remembered fondly by all. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews The Stranger Diaries Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature. To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary: "Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me." Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time? Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Person's Unknown A brutal murder. A detective with no one left to trust. A city banker bleeds to death yards from a Cambridgeshire police headquarters. DI Manon Bradshaw's World is turned upside down when the victim turns out to be closer to her than she could have guessed. When even her trusted colleagues turn their backs on her, its time to contemplate the unthinkable, are those she holds dear capable of murder. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews A Thousand Splendid Suns A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, following the huge success of his bestselling 2003 debut The Kite Runner. Mariam, an illegitimate teenager from Herat, is forced to marry a shoemaker, Rasheed from Kabul after a family tragedy Almost twenty years later, she forms a close friendship with Laila, a local teenager, and becomes something of a mother figure to her. When the Taliban take over, life is turned upside down, and the women live in fear and must fight for their survival. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Then She was Gone She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews The Midnight Library The Midnight Library is about Nora, a 35 year old who is regretful about her life and feels alienated and unneeded in this world. In the depths of her wallowing, she comes across the Midnight Library. In it, each book she picks up represents a portal into another version of what her life could have been. As she opens these books she is transported into different versions of her life -- relationships she could have had, careers she could have pursued etc. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews Reservoir 13 But the Owens siblings are desperate to uncover who they really are. Each heads down a life-altering course, filled with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, and magic and love. Despite the warning handed down through the family for centuries – Know that for our family, love is a curse – they will all strive to break the rules and find true love. Click here to read Abbey Park Local Reviews
- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting hooligan, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it. Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women become the stuff of local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl and life begins to look less simple… First published in 1958, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated. Author Author Imprint Harper Collins Publishers ISBN Publishing date RRP (paperback) Pages ISBN-10 : 0007205023 & ISBN-13 : 978-0007205028 First published in 1958 £5.72 240 Liz: A fascinating insight into what it was to be a young working class man in post war 1950’s Britain. Arthur Seaton spends his weeks working in a local bike factory and his weekends drinking, fighting and sleeping with married women. Set in Nottingham written using the local dialect and describing working class lifestyles and attitudes to politics and the threat of war this novel is a documentary of the times. Not a comfortable or easy read but challenging and compelling . 8/10 Jenny: I really enjoyed being immersed in Arthur's riotous, fast moving world. I found his character entertaining yet repugnant and wondering what would become of him kept me reading late into the night. 8/10 Theona: Tried hard to read this book but had to admit defeat as I just couldn't get into it. 0/10. Tracey: Loved this book, it gives an insight into a lost world, where almost every street had a pub, shop and gawker!! 9/10
- Abbey Park | Abbey Park Community Association | West Bridgford
Log In Click of the logo to go to Abbey Park Local Facebook Group Why not head over to see our Litter Picking Facebook Group Abbey Dogs Facebook Group (Private) Advertise here Our Aim: Our aim is to bridge any gaps and empower everyone within our community and to build a better place to live for a brighter, safer future for ourselves and our children. Please take a moment to scroll through our many pages for information on our Committee Meetings, Gardening & Beauty Tips, Events, Calendar, Children's Pages, Abbey Park History, Recipies, Challenges & Links to various external agencies. For any queries or comments, please contact us at our dedicated email address: email@example.com Contact us Our lovely new notice board Our beautiful park Artwork by Simon Middlecote Abbey Park Community Association We are lucky to have some very talent people here on Abbey Park and Simon Middlecote is just one of them. Here, in this soft pastel drawing, he portrays the three Maple Trees next to Mountsorrel Drive as seen in October 2022
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- Recycling Plastic Milk Bottle TopsIn General Discussions·13 February 2021Does anybody know of any local schemes for plastic milk bottle tops? I was looking around a couple of years ago and found GHS Charity Scheme, it looks like they are still running, but, unfortunately, no longer able to accept nominations for new charities. The current charities they can support are: Help For Hero’s London Air Ambulance RSPCA Ability Dogs 4 Young People Alicia Panel Fund Alzheimer’s Research Springboards Projects Hurstwood Park League of Friends French Bulldog Saviours Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Downright Perfect Cancer Research Hants and IOW Air Ambulance Harbour Cancer Support Hearing Dogs For Deaf Children Pathfinder Guide Dog Programme Gift Of Sight It looks like quite a few of those are local to the Portsmouth area, where GHS are based, but there are also some national charities. If there is nothing at the moment, is there any interest in setting up a collection in the Abbey Park area? Cheers Gary0482
- Recycling Plastic Milk Bottle TopsIn General Discussions14 February 2021This is correct as I emailed her to check first.1
- Recycling Plastic Milk Bottle TopsIn General Discussions14 February 2021KATHERINE’S - 7 ABBEY CIRCUS, WEST BRIDGFORD, NG2 5LY Cheese packaging so long as it's the flexible sort - clean, dry and, preferably, flat please. Also accepts crisp packets and plastic bottle tops. Items go to Terracycle. Contact - Katherine Rooke at firstname.lastname@example.org