Opening Friday

Just one day to go… Vodafone Abingdon are to open on Friday 3rd October 2014. The Mayor and Town Crier will be there.

Up until now the nearest Vodafone shops were to be found in the City of Oxford, in the unspoilt Market Town of Witney, the ever expanding town of Bicester, and Newbury, where Vodafone have their HQ.

1 Comment October 1, 2014

Blur of Movement

The October 1st theme for the City Daily Photo is movement. You can see other bloggers’ posts here.
I took a couple of pictures from in front of St Nicolas Church. The first shows the blur of a moving cyclist with the County Hall behind.

The second, taken a couple of hours later, shows the blur of a moving car with the County Hall behind.

Nikolaus Pevsner said of the building: “Of the free-standing town halls of England with open ground floors this is the grandest“.

8 Comments September 30, 2014

St Edmunds Community Day

Thanks to Theresa for a report and pictures of St Edmunds Community Day …

There were over 30 adults (parents, grandparents, staff and parishioners) and 40 children in school on Saturday at St Edmunds School, Abingdon, to complete projects in the school grounds such as:

* Cleaning and planting pots with flowers and bulbs
St Edmunds Community Day
* Building a ball run and water wall for Foundation Stage
* Cutting back and cleaning the school pond area
St Edmunds Community Day
* Constructing vegetable patches and a bug house
* Sweeping and tidying the outside play areas
St Edmunds Community Day
* Painting stepping stones for the end of the field
* Digging up and replanting the borders at the front and the back of school
St Edmunds Community Day
* Painting a mural in Foundation Stage

Theresa said “It was a fantastic day and lots of fun! We recycled a lot of material donated by parents which would otherwise have gone to landfill. We are planning on holding another Community Day next year.”

Leave a Comment September 29, 2014

2014 Splash of Pink Day in Abingdon

2014 Splash of Pink Day
Yesterday saw the 2014 Splash of Pink Day in Abingdon Town Centre – put on by Against Breast Cancer Charity who have offices in the Abingdon Science Park.
2014 Splash of Pink Day
Against Breast Cancer fund research to prevent secondary spread, increase survival and ultimately discover a vaccine to prevent Breast Cancer.
2014 Splash of Pink Day
As well as bringing The Abingdon Community Choir to the Market Place, wearing a number of shades of pink,
2014 Splash of Pink Day
a dozen or so shops decorated their windows in pink with pink balloons.
2014 Splash of Pink Day
The first Splash in Pink day in Abingdon was in 2009, and it has become part of the annual calendar.

Leave a Comment September 28, 2014

Ock Street Fire Station 50th anniversary

Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 11:00 the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Angela Lawrence, together with the Oxfordshire Chief Fire Officer, Dave Etheridge, opened the day’s events. The Mayor then unveiled a plaque celebrating 50 years of The Abingdon Fire Station on Ock Street.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 12:00 there were Group photos. There were many present, former, and possibly future colleagues of the Fire Service in the pictures.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 13:00 there was Bun throwing from the top of the fire station tower.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
The people of Abingdon love a bun throw. Some buns had the number 50 inscribed.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 14:00 there was Morris Dancing.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
And at 15:00 the event was closed with a release of balloons. The winning balloon wins a holiday.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
Throughout the day there was the chance to take part in Fire Service activities, from climbing the ladder, as demonstrated in the picture by one of the firemen, to directing a fire hose, to going up in the hydraulic lift, and going in the fire engines.

There were also stalls, some very good cakes, and an exhibition about the Abingdon Fire Service from early years through to the present.

7 Comments September 27, 2014

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