A useful and informative notice in the Albert Park

Trees
Ben found the notice on a tree in the park. He said “It’s a useful and informative notice, but it would be a lot more useful if you could actually read it without having to stand under the tree … Hand included for scale.”
Trees
I am glad they are keeping the tree as it is one of my favourite Abingdon trees
Trees
I am less keen on the tree that is growing through the roof of nearby Conduit House.
Trees
Nature is no respecter of historical monuments.

Leave a Comment April 27, 2017

Age UK moving to Abingdon Science Park

Age UK
Age UK are moving their Oxfordshire HQ from St Edmund’s House. The owners have permission to change the building from offices to dwellings.
Age UK
St Edmund’s House will become six flats with four parking places. The parking area still has a sign from the days of John Spratley & Partners, the architects.
Age UK
Age Uk are moving to Abingdon Science Park down Barton Lane.
Age UK
I will miss the annual Age UK jumble sale, and walking past their window and browsing what they had on offer: internet classes; spreading the cost of funerals; advise about care and support; and the generation games activity programme.

7 Comments April 26, 2017

Not ready for the new £1 coin

New Pound Coin
Thanks to the Royal Mint for the new £1 coin. With the old £1 coin there was often the worry it could be a fake.

In Abingdon it was a couple of weeks, after the introduction, until we got any of the new coins.
New Pound Coin
Not all the machines are ready in time. The leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council was seen in front of one of the parking machines saying that it would not take the new coin yet.
New Pound Coin
Tesco took the decision to unlock all their trolleys until they could be adapted to the new coin. I did see one trolley in the River Ock. There must have been more.
New Pound Coin
Now a notice says “… due to trolleys being abandoned around the town and in the river, they will now be locked back up to protect the local area and environment. The trolleys accept old style £1 coins or trolley tokens …”

6 Comments April 25, 2017

Raising a glass to Abingdon’s best rooftop views

rooftop views
At Abingdon’s County Hall Museum there are a series of new banners to tell visitors about the attractions.
rooftop views
You can even arrange for afternoon tea on the rooftop terrace and raise a toast to Abingdon’s best rooftop views.
rooftop views
The view across the rooftops and the River Thames towards the farmlands of South Oxfordshire.
rooftop views
The view over St Nicolas Church and The Guildhall to the trees where Abingdon Abbey once stood.
rooftop views
The view over the Market Place, with its four quadrants and four trees.
rooftop views
The view down East St Helen Street to St Helen’s Church.

4 Comments April 24, 2017

The Very Tired Swan

Thankyou to Gill-Paul or Gill and Paul for these pictures that tell the story of how a very tired swan was headed from the market place to the Thames.
Swan
Swan
Swan

Leave a Comment April 23, 2017

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