Bank Holiday Abingdon Walks

Bank Holiday Walks
The late May Bank Holiday is an opportunity to join some free organised walks round Abingdon.

MORNING WALKS ~ leave the Market Place at 10:30 am
Bank Holiday Walks
The Boundary Walk follows the Town Boundary as it was when the Royal Charter was granted to Abingdon-on-Thames by Queen Mary in 1556. You will be accompanied by a Town Crier. (About 4 miles and 2 hrs).

A member of the Twin Towns Society will tell you about the history of Abingdon, the Great Abbey Church which once dominated the town, and its associated centuries old medieval buildings, today owned and cared for by the Friends of Abingdon. (About 1½ hrs).

Have you noticed vegetables growing in flowerbeds in Abbey Meadow and Abbey Gardens? Or the beautiful pollinator-friendly beds near the play-park? Or the wildflower maze on the Meadow? A child-friendly, accessible stroll round some of the projects run by Abingdon Carbon Cutters. (About 1hr).

Enjoy a tour around the centre of the town to places connected with St Edmund of Abingdon who became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1233. Hear from an enthusiast about Abingdon`s most famous son. (About 1½ hrs)

AFTERNOON WALKS ~ leave the Market Place at 2pm

Join the Abingdon Naturalists on a nature walk to Radley Lakes where you can enjoy tea and cakes organised by the Friends of Radley Lakes and follow the trail round the main lake before returning to the town centre. (About 5 miles)

Do you know how many Rivers and Streams flow in and around the town? Hear from an enthusiast about well-known and lesser-known waterways starting in the town centre then out to the countryside and the Swift Ditch. (About 4½mls, 2½hrs. Shorten to 3 miles, 1½ hours by returning on your own from the lock)

Another opportunity to hear about the history of the town and the Lost Abbey from a member of The Friends of Abingdon (About 1½hrs)

From the 17th to the 20th century the centre of Abingdon became a Hive of Industry. Join the town archivist on a visit to places producing a variety of goods from beer and books to carpets and scientific instruments. (About 1½hrs)

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Leave a Comment May 25, 2018

23 days until the opening

White pool turns Blue
June 16th sees the opening of the new outdoor swimming pool after a complete rebuild. The new pool has been filled with water and the heating system turned on to make sure it is working before the opening. The Abingdon Herald had a headline last week about the pool looking anaemic with just the white tiles showing, but it looks OK now that it is filled with water.
White pool turns Blue
Beyond the blue pool flows the River Thames where two red barges are moored, and beyond them a meadow of buttercups.

3 Comments May 24, 2018

Dementia Action Week

Oxfordshire Artweeks
Heathy Abingdon is in the Community Free Space, Bury Street, Abingdon from 21st to 26th May for Dementia Action Week.  Lisa Thompson was there on behalf of the Alzheimer’s society.
Oxfordshire Artweeks

During the week, various groups are present to talk to the public: the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Oxfordshire, Carers Oxfordshire, Daybreak, Stowford and Abingdon Court care homes, Soha Housing and Fiddle Fingers Quilts. Details are on the web site

Healthy Abingdon was set up a year ago to bring together groups and individuals to find ways to improve health and wellbeing in the town. There are over 200 community groups in the town that contribute towards peoples health and wellbeing in various ways from physical exercise to keeping the mind active or just having fun.  Dave Butterworth, the Chair of Healthy Abingdon says, ‘It is all about helping people keep well, recover faster from illnesses and cope better with long-term problems. These are all activities that the voluntary sector does well and could do even better in partnership with the NHS and social care services.’

One of the projects that Healthy Abingdon has just started is to make Abingdon more Dementia Friendly which involves, amongst other things, signing up more Dementia Friends and helping those who deal with the public to be more understanding of the needs of those with dementia.

Leave a Comment May 23, 2018

Oxfordshire Artweeks comes to Abingdon

Oxfordshire Artweeks
Oxfordshire Artweeks has already happened in Oxford City. We visited the exhibition in the cloisters behind St John the Evangelist Church, on the Iffley Road – a lovely setting with interesting exhibits including some by Caroline Harben of Abingdon. Her paintings included the County Hall in Abingdon,
Oxfordshire Artweeks
and a view from the roof top of the county hall (abstract above,realistic below).
Oxfordshire Artweeks
The exhibitions in Abingdon have now opened. They include the exhibition of many artists at Peachcroft Farm Barn.
Oxfordshire Artweeks
When we were there we could watch art in action There was a potter inside, and a sculptor outside.
Oxfordshire Artweeks
I also visited the Mind exhibition which ran for just one day.
Oxfordshire Artweeks
Artworks included sculptures (head sculptures), collages and art works in acrylics and pastels; and a slide show of artwork in action. Children’s art was happening on the day, as well as music, a tombola, and cakes.

Oxfordshire Artweeks continues in Abingdon until Bank Holiday Monday.

Leave a Comment May 22, 2018

Boat Sunk near Margaret Brown Gardens

Boat Sunk
On Saturday afternoon a boat was sunk near Margaret Brown Gardens. This picture was taken Sunday lunchtime. By Sunday evening the boat was all underwater.

I read on a boating forum “bout a dozen blokes on the booze came past us in a possibly Shetland 19ft ish boat when we were in the Nags Head garden yesterday afternoon. All sitting on the bow/roof steering with their feet. Mate says to me that’s gonna end in tears.

2 Comments May 21, 2018

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