Bridge charity finds new home after Old Gaol deal

The Oxford Times: From left, Sulwen Vaughan, Chris Bryan, Justin Langford, Beverley Wheeler and Jan Jones. Picture: OX67633 Andrew Walmsley Buy this photo From left, Sulwen Vaughan, Chris Bryan, Justin Langford, Beverley Wheeler and Jan Jones. Picture: OX67633 Andrew Walmsley

AN ABINGDON charity which gives sexual health and drugs advice to youngsters has moved into a new home.

Abingdon Bridge moved into the former County Police Station in Bridge Street from its former home a few numbers down the road on Monday.

The building was donated by Cranbourne Homes, which is converting Abingdon’s Old Gaol complex off Bridge Street into luxury apartments and restaurants.

Abingdon Bridge chairman of trustees Chris Bryan said the charity was delighted.

He said: “This will become our centre of operations.

“In future, more of our work will be done in outreach centres around the town.

“We are already using facilities at Christ Church in North Abingdon for counselling and this is working really well.”

The 15-year-old charity’s five part-time staff give advice on drugs, alcohol, sexual health and education to 13- to 25-year-olds in drop-in sessions.

The redevelopment of the Grade II listed landmark Old Gaol site began in 2010, to create 61 homes, restaurants and a private underground car park.

Cranbourne Homes bought the site from Vale of White Horse District Council for £2m in 2007.

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12:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

piper2011 says...

a never ending supply if advice and they youngsters still take drugs and there are still so many babies born to young women on benefits and still many of these infants will never know who there father is, and so the circle goes on. is it really worth hard working peoples money ? well at least it keeps the charity workers in a job
a never ending supply if advice and they youngsters still take drugs and there are still so many babies born to young women on benefits and still many of these infants will never know who there father is, and so the circle goes on. is it really worth hard working peoples money ? well at least it keeps the charity workers in a job piper2011
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3:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Wolf Pack says...

Not more Bloody Restaurants what a waste of a good Chance to get Abingdon back on its feet with a new Shopping complex they build houses & stupid restaurants as Abingdon Hasent got Enough of that Rubbish.
Not more Bloody Restaurants what a waste of a good Chance to get Abingdon back on its feet with a new Shopping complex they build houses & stupid restaurants as Abingdon Hasent got Enough of that Rubbish. Wolf Pack
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1:00pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Abingdon born and bred says...

Cranbourne Homes bought the site from Vale of White Horse District Council for £2m in 2007. Really!!!!
Cranbourne Homes bought the site from Vale of White Horse District Council for £2m in 2007. Really!!!! Abingdon born and bred
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