Fröƶen opened their new shop today at the top of West St Helen Street.
They serve frozen yogurt with a large variety of toppings, and were doing well on their first day. (Frozen Yogurt is big business and has taken off in the last couple of years.)
The Kings Head and Bell re-opened today after a refurbishment. The Mayor of Abingdon, Helen Pighills, is seen here with Ian Grundy one of the people in charge at Foundation Inns.
Pubs in Abingdon have seen big changes since Foundation Inns first revitalised The Kings Head and Bell seven years ago.
They are now improving the pub again.
On the Market Place today some of the recently elected town councillors were selling wristbands for Music in the Parks. There are still openings for 300 people to go to the Abingdon music event of the year!
The four councillors are: Samantha Bowring, Alice Badcock, Neil Fawcett, and Mike Badcock.
Also on the Market Place, 2121 (Abingdon) Squadron, Air Cadets, were letting young people know of other openings, including the opportunity to get airbourne and earn their wings.
May 23, 2015
The Bank Holiday walks organised by The Friends of Abingdon with other groups are now into their fourth year. All walks start at the Market Place at 10:30am or 2:00pm. Book in from 10:00 am on the day.
Walks on Offer:
• The 1556 Abingdon Boundary Walk. Approximately 4 miles leaving at 10:30am.
• The Wilts and Berks Canal Heritage Walk. Approximately 3 or 5 miles leaving at 10:30
• The Ock Valley Nature Walk with Abingdon Green Gym. 3½ miles leaving at 2:00pm. Tea and Cakes at the Abbey Buildings.
• The Radley Lakes Walk with the Friends of Radley Lakes. 5 miles leaving at 2:00pm. Tea and Cakes available at the Lakes.
• The Lost Abbey Tour. St Nicolas Church and the Lost Abbey. Leaving at 10:30 am. and 2:00pm. Teas in the Abbey Buildings.
• The St Helen’s Almshouses Tour. Leaving at 10:30 am.
May 22, 2015
Businesses have been closed today because of a power cut affecting properties on the north side of Abingdon High Street from 6am this morning.
Scottish and Southern Power, our local network provider, took over the Market Place at lunch time, and began using sniffing devices to find the fault.
Since then they have dug holes outside Outdoor Traders, and Helen and Douglas House and have been working hard late into the evening to rectify the problem.
May 21, 2015
At the Mostly Books Bookshop in Stert Street Abingdon this evening there was a sell out book event,
Local author Bryan Brown has written a book about John Henry Brookes – the man who developed the art and technology college in Oxford, that became Oxford Polytechnic in 1970, and Brookes University in 1992.
Mark, from Mostly Books, invited Bryan to talk about John Henry Brookes, and sign some books.
Brookes was an artist, as well as enthusiastic educator. During World War I, he became a conscientious objector. His interesting life influenced so many people.
Without Brookes I would not have met my wife. She went to Oxford Polytechnic to study history of art, and we met.
May 20, 2015
At St Nicolas Church a small exhibition has been put on, at the invitation of the Abingdon Peace Group, telling the stories of people, from both sides of the WWI conflict, who resisted the call to arms. There was also a talk this evening at St Nic’s church about these people.
On the way to the talk, I took a picture of a rainbow arching above the church and County Hall.
The first half of the evening got us talking together in groups, trying to discover the reasons why some people, as various as a Jamaican Carpenter, and a Huddersfield member of the British Socialist Party, resisted the call to fight for King and Country.
At the end we were asked to share an experience when we had stood up for something we believed in, when most people were of the opposing view. Listening to two members of the Abingdon Peace Group I realised they had stood up for their beliefs in self defining ways.
In the second half we heard three stories. One was of a Maori Princess, shown in the poster above, who led her people in a campaign of non violent protest against conscription.
To see the posters and read the stories visit St Nicolas Church over the next few days, or visit The World is My Country website.
May 19, 2015