The Upper Reaches

Thanks to John for the pictures. On discovering a video game called the Upper Reaches my imagination got carried away. The Upper Reaches has been boarded up now for well over two years now …
The Upper Reaches
The Upper Reaches has three levels to explore with around 50 boarded up rooms,
The Upper Reaches
There are many high fences to keep you out, overgrown gardens, and a water mill entered through a watery cavern.
The Upper Reaches
Horrible monsters, from giant weeds to killer rats, lurk in the overgrown carpark.
The Upper Reaches
Discover the secrets of  the nearby monastery,  and the Old Gaol where Fat Face glowers menacingly where he was hung.

What of all those donations that pilgrims made to the Abbot over the years? Are they still buried beneath the Abbey Gardens? There could be a sizable horde. Discover the healing potion unknown to modern science made by the last apothecary – or something even more intriguing in the boarded up rooms of The Upper Reaches.

Leave a Comment September 19, 2017

The Cricket and Caravan seasons are Over. Croquet Continues …

Thames Valley Croquet Club
Premature leaf fall caused by the Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner has given an early autumn look in some places like these trees overlooking the Abingdon Vale Cricket Club.
Thames Valley Croquet Club
The cricket season is over. Abingdon Vale beat Tiddington by 7 Wickets in their last match.

The Caravan Club season must also be drawing to a seasonal close.
Thames Valley Croquet Club
Members of Thames Valley Croquet Club lined up for lunch at their Annual Barbecue on Friday 15th September at the Abingdon Vale Cricket Club, and  after a lunch had a few games of golf croquet. But they are not stopping there …

The Croquet Club play throughout the year, on Mondays and Fridays 1.30pm – 4.30pm in the Summer and 11am – 2.30pm in Winter. For more details, please give Mike a ring on 01235203082 or drop in to the Club and make yourself known. Membership fees are modest.

Leave a Comment September 18, 2017

Abingdon Camera Club – two exhibitions

Abingdon Camera Club
The Abingdon Camera Club under 16s, and adult, open competition winners have been on display for the last week in the Abingdon Free Space window. Apology for the reflections.
Abingdon Camera Club
There is also an exhibition by members of the club at 35 Ock Street for the next few weeks.
Abingdon Camera Club
At meeting of the club members each show a couple of pictures and get feedback.

Members range from expert photographers to beginners, and they hope at their meetings, with friendly feedback, that all will find ways to improve how they take and edit pictures. You can find out more at

Leave a Comment September 17, 2017

Abingdon For All and Guildhall Petition

Abingdon For All
At Preston Road Community Centre this afternoon people came along for the second event in “Abingdon For All,” the Community Led Plan for the town, run by the Town Council.

There was a big map on which people could put green, red or yellow numbered stickers showing what they liked, disliked, and hoped for the town. Most of the stickers were clumped round the town centre.
Abingdon For All
People could also fill in more detailed surveys. There are online surveys anybody can fill in – if you did not manage to go to the event.
Abingdon For All
The Town Council were also looking for people to get involved in various ways to drive the project forward.
Abingdon For All
Outside the centre there were also people getting signatures for a petition.

The petition read “THE ABBEY HALL and GUILDHALL

1. We wish the Town Council to renovate the ABBEY HALL, as promised. We want the residue of the Vale grant to be invested to help fund a large town centre space to serve a growing population of 38,000 people. The Hall is needed for civic functions, for Abingdon’s many clubs and societies, and for activities for all ages. It should have disabled access to public rooms. A cinema space would be good.

Do not sell the Abbey Hall for development.

2. We need the Council to maintain and preserve the beautiful and historic GUILDHALL and its 18th century staircase intact for future generations.

The online petition is at

12 Comments September 16, 2017

Vineyard closed to traffic for 5 nights from 25th September 2017

Signs have appeared on the Vineyard in Abingdon warning that the road will be closed for 5 nights from 25th September.

There will be traffic signals from Wednesay 20th to Friday 22 September, 8pm to 6am, for preparatory work – replacing damaged kerbs and manholes.
Then the road will be closed for 5 nights from 25th September for resurfacing and re-painting the road markings.
During the closure bus services will be diverted , and cars will need to find another way round.

4 Comments September 15, 2017

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