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Thanks to Kim for this notification …
Gas Main Replacement
The Herald had a public notice in this week, and has details, about gas main replacement work in Bath Street between Stratton Way and Faringdon Road.
Gas Main Replacement
The 2 way control lights, sometimes operating, in Bath Street will be replaced by a road closure. Parking will be suspended. Diversions will be in operation. It could lead to delays.
Gas Main Replacement
Gas main replacement continues round the Albert Park; currently the top of Conduit Road is closed for three weeks.
Gas Main Replacement
There has been a lot of rain recently, but lunchtime today was warm and sunny. However temperatures are likely to fall this weekend. The newspapers are talking about a ‘mini beast from the East‘ at the weekend. This follows the ‘big beast from the east‘ at the end of February.

1 Comment March 16, 2018

Annual Parish Meeting 2017-18

Last night’s “Annual Parish Meeting” was a quiet affair compared to the recent Special Meetings. This is the event where the Chairs of the various Town Council Committees report to the public on their work over the last 12 months and is the only occasion when the public can put questions – and get answers – without having to give advance notice.
Annual Parish Meeting
We had reports about the Council’s work on Amenities and Recreation, Community Services and Grants, the Guildhall, Museum, Planning and Finance. These reports will be made available on the Town Council website.
Annual Parish Meeting
There was a question about whether Bun-throwing was an appropriate means of commemorating the end of WW1; we were told that the decision had been taken and it was unlikely to be re-considered. We were also reminded that bun-throwing had been used in the 1990s to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day (picture above possibly just before VE Day bun throw).

One of the audience commented that stopping publication of the Town Crier magazine meant that people without the internet had little information about Civic Events.
Annual Parish Meeting
On the Abbey Hall we were told that discussions, feasibility studies etc for the proposed Community Hub, which “might” include the Library would take about two years so discussions were now under way about the approach from the Regal Cinema to use the space for that 2-year period. A formal proposal was expected in time for discussion by the Council at the end of March. The only other option likely to be considered would be to re-open the space for hire alongside the historic rooms, as in the past. A questioner reminded the Council that they had committed to full public consultation on the long-term plan and asked for reassurances that this would be included in the process. These were given.

Work is now under way on the alterations to the historic Guildhall and the date for re-opening is now likely to be early September. There was a lot of interest in using the rooms for conferences which could provide a useful income stream. Plans for the staircase were under review following comments from Historic England and others about the proposal to replace it. There were no questions on this report – possibly because those most interested are waiting to hear what happens at the Guildhall Committee when all of this will be debated.

We were reminded that following the “Abingdon for All” consultation last autumn, public meetings have been set up to discuss the topics which generated most interest: there was one on traffic and transport earlier this month, the one on Planning and Housing is pending and there is one on retail in April. People were encouraged to come along to these.
Annual Parish Meeting
Not part of the formal reports, but we were told the good news that “Carousel”, the group setting up a replacement for the South Abingdon Childrens Centre, is now making good headway and it should open soon, providing a range of activities and services for families with young children.

And finally, regular readers of this blog will be delighted to hear that we were told that “last year, as always, the flowers were amazing”. I am sure we would all agree.

8 Comments March 15, 2018

The Abingdon and District Musical Society 2nd March Concert

2nd Concert
The Abingdon and District Musical Society have two concerts this March. One was on the 10th March, but I have at least got something out before the second concert.

Choral Concert on Saturday 24th March
PURCELL arr. BRITTEN: Chaconne in G Minor
BRITTEN: “Gloriana” – Choral Dances<
PURCELL: "Dido and Aeneas" (Concert Performance)
2nd Concert
The conductor will be Alexander Walker and the leader of the orchestra will be Kate Bailey. Thanks to them for this picture of their choir and orchestra performing at The Yolande Paterson Hall. (© Abingdon & District Musical Society. All Rights Reserved.)

Leave a Comment March 14, 2018

We are yesterday’s men!

yesterdays men
I recently typed up the minutes for Preston Road Community Centre Association after the February 2018 meeting. While at the centre I was interested to find a folder of papers from the early 1970s with TRA on the front. That was the Thames-side Residents Association. There is a draft letter detailing their activities in 1972. Some bits are crossed out and may not have made it to the final version sent to residents.

They held 14 committee meetings, and had meetings with councils and lots of other organisations, and produced six newsletters for people in the area.

Socially there was a darts match, a car treasure hunt, 2 socials, and a meeting to discuss education in the area.

The area was under-represented on local councils and they made a strong protest to the Home Office.

They produced a report showing the overcrowding at local primary schools.

They approached the GPO to ask for more phone boxes and post boxes in the area.

They asked councils for more play equipment in the area.

They also acted as a pressure group concerning the future Marina development, and further gravel extraction.
yesterdays men
They arranged interesting visits for members. The letter above concerned a proposed visit to the sewage works in South Abingdon.

Looking to the future, the letter says that they could plan a Children’s party but need to know what people really want. The letter ends, and this part is crossed out, ‘We badly need an infusion of new committee members. We are yesterday’s men!’

4 Comments March 13, 2018

Quality Street in The Unicorn Theatre

Quality Street
This week The Studio Theatre Club will be performing J M Barrie’s Quality Street in The Unicorn Theatre, part of Abingdon’s Abbey Buildings. For more information see the Studio Theatre Club whats next

The play is set at the time when all Europe was troubled by the Napoleonic Wars, and takes place in a rather prim and proper town. J.M. Barrie’s comedy is about love and its loss, and was written before Barrie’s more famous work Peter Pan.

Quality Street
The play was a hit and inspired the naming of a certain box of chocolates. (Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. All Rights Reserved. Found in Derby Daily Telegraph – Friday 22 May 1936 on

1 Comment March 12, 2018

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