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.

1 Comment May 21, 2018

Baking and Brass, Bowling and Bands

Before the Royal Wedding yesterday, the Market Place in Abingdon had the Abbey Brass Band playing.
They were supported by members from Abbey Brass who had baked cakes. This was a repeat of last years successful ‘Bakes and Brass‘ to raise money for the Abbey Brass. Their band hut, next to the outdoor pool, like the outdoor pool needs a rebuild, and so they are starting to put plans together for that, and to raise money for what could be a large project.
Also on the Market Place were Abingdon Bowling Club with a tombola.
There were also members and staff from Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council selling arm-bands for Music in the Parks. The bands will be Sidekickz, Undercovers, Oxfordshire Youth Big Band, Abingdon Town Band + fireworks.

Congratulations to Councillor Alice Badcock (on the right) who is not only on the town council but also as a VWHDC councillor has joined the ruling cabinet. Matthew Barber recently stood down after seven years as VWHDC leader. Roger Cox has taken over as leader, and has brought in Alice as Head of Community Services.

4 Comments May 20, 2018

Royal Wedding in Abingdon

Royal Wedding
In Abingdon this morning the first thing that struck me was that there was a long queue outside Acreedo Tattoos.
Royal Wedding
It was the day of the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan. Was that the reason?
Royal Wedding
Most of the Royal Family could be seen at the Punchbowl with Harry and Meghan at the centre.
Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding was taking place inside.
Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding could also be viewed in The Old Anchor Inn and other pubs in the town centre.
Royal Wedding
Shops in town did not have a TV, but that did not stop them joining in. Oxfam had sparkling elderflower drinks to toast the Royal Wedding.

Leave a Comment May 19, 2018

Museums at Night – Abingdon

Museums at Night - Abingdon
Abingdon County Hall Museum took part in the national event Museums at Night. The Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, was there talking to the guests, and musicians.

Musician included the Cherry Tree Ensemble, playing in the former court sessions hall, where trials were held for 200 years. Now the hall holds the main standing exhibition of Abingdon’s unique history, as well as an area for temporary displays.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
The Oxford Waites also performed. Some of their music dates back to the 17th century, when the County Hall was built.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
Between their songs, one of their number regaled the audience with old tales of Abingdon, including the escapades of the Moorish Dancers, and how people were scandalised by them when they dressed in women’s clothes. Over the centuries the Moorish Dancers have become Morris Dancers. He also told of how tigers, baboons and other exotic animals were once sold on Abingdon Market Place, as recounted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
Ian Miles performed on the roof with the keyboard.
Museums at Night - Abingdon
He played Moonlight Serenade as we looked out over the sun’s long afterglow, and the pool of incandescent light in front of Sami’s Kebab Trailer.

Leave a Comment May 18, 2018

The Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding
For those not invited to St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, who would still like to celebrate The Royal Wedding, as part of a community event, there will be a screening of the wedding at Preston Road Community Centre, followed by a party.
Royal Wedding
The Charity Shops in Abingdon also have window displays in honour of the royal wedding. Helen & Douglas House have white dresses and union flags.
Royal Wedding
Oxfam has a wedding dress and bunting.

Sue Ryder has a bride and groom.

6 Comments May 17, 2018

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