St Michael’s Church was full of colourful stalls for the Autumn Fair. I was suprised on entering how many stalls and people there were, and had to ask “Is it always as big as this?”
There was a raffle with about twenty prizes including a Miele vacuum cleaner. There were charity stalls and games and entertainment and food; also there were craft stalls with people who had paid for a table. Money raised goes towards the church’s operating costs and for HOST Abingdon supporting Syrian refugee families settling in our area.
As people sat over soup and a ploughman’s lunch a man told us a little about the HOST Abingdon project. They want Abingdon to be a place of sanctuary for a few of those who have lost everything – asylum seekers and refugees.
October 22, 2016
The ex Saxton Arms was being boarded up yesterday following a call out for the fire service (reported in The Abingdon Herald). I don’t think the building was badly damaged, but the new owner is securing the building, pending work to bring the building back into use. There was a recent planning application to turn the building into flats.
Another boarded up building in the paper was the ex Upper Reaches Hotel. It will get extra police patrols following reports that people are playing in the grounds, and causing minor damage.
October 22, 2016
The Old Boat Yard is looking overgrown.
The Ferry Boat House has a new sign to say ‘Land Acquired’ by a new owner.
I would miss this boat house with it’s corrugated sides. It is part of the river view here in Abingdon.
PS. Captainkaos2 found this old photo, dated 1882, of the boat house. It was Roysse’s (now Abingdon school) old boat house.
October 20, 2016
This year’s poppy appeal begins on October 29. The poppy production line has been busy at the Abingdon Royal British Legion in preparation.
There will also be enamel badges this year remembering 100 years since the Somme. Of the many names on the Abingdon War Memorial here is just one … ‘Heber John Hosier, DCM., 10, Thames Street, 8th Royal Berks (killed on the Somme, September 3 1916)’
Last year £40,000 was raised for the appeal in Abingdon. The Mayor is one of the collectors this year and will be doing stints in Tesco and the town centre. There will also be veterans and cadets selling poppies.
October 19, 2016