The Abingdon Branch line, as it looked in 1948, was on display on Saturday at the 39th Annual Abingdon Model Railway Exhibition. The branch line has been constructed over the last 10 years with the help of hundreds of photographs (many viewable at www.abingdonbranch.co.uk).
Near The Abingdon Branch line was the Radley History Club, with their book “Radley People and the Railway”, together with railway memorabilia.
Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society were also there with pictures of Abingdon Station.
The show was a mixture of railway layouts, modelling traders, and societies. There were 50 stalls in all. The cup for the best layout was presented, by Cllr Mike Badcock, Chairman of the Vale, to St. Ruth, which is based on Penzance station.
The St. Ruth model depicts a typical day in September 1965, with a beach in the foreground, and houses rising behind.
March 2, 2015
F Knight & Sons, on Ock Street, have been taken over by Sydenhams, a large family run business with outlets in Wessex – where Sydenhams proudly sponsor the Wessex Football League.
According to their old website, Fred Knight originally opened as a small electrician’s shop on Marcham Road around 1960, and quickly grew as sons joined the family business. The shop eventually moved to larger premises, before moving to the current location on Ock Street in 2000, where Ballards used to be.
In the last couple of years Knights have expanded, taking over all the buildings in the yard – that stretch to the River Ock – for the display and storage of timber and other building supplies.
Previously TVE Plant and Tool Hire, and Plastics Direct shared the yard.
March 1, 2015
Pam St Clement was signing copies of her autobiography ‘The End of an Earring’ at The Abingdon Bookstore on Friday 27th February.
Pam chatted and joked with a gathering of East Enders fans and readers of good autobiographies. She had time for everybody, and also at one point, by request, went briefly “in to character”. Pam is best known, to most of us, for being Pat Butcher in East Enders from 1986 until 2012.
Many Thanks for the pictures to The Abingdon Bookstore. You can see more pictures on Their Twitter Feed.
March 1, 2015
The cover of the Big Issue reminded us it is Fairtrade Fortnight - promoting products sourced in a way that’s better for the farmers, growers and workers involved.
At St Helens Church there were Fairtrade products on sale, as well as a Big Brew.
Oxfam have 20% off Fairtrade products during Fairtrade fortnight from 23rd February to 8th March.
Oxfam also had a stall at St Ethelwolds where people could have afternoon tea, and take part in a baking demo with mostly Fairtrade ingredients.
Abingdon is a Fairtrade town.
February 28, 2015
Larkmead School recently had an inspection by Ofsted, and the news is that their rating is “Good” in all areas. Under the new Ofsted framework, this is the first time that Larkmead has achieved “Good”.
Ofsted were particularly impressed that the school’s leadership, with strong support from Governors, had improved the quality of teaching so that ‘it is consistently at least good and some of it is now outstanding across subjects and all year groups.’
Mr Chris Harris, The Head Teacher, said “We know that Larkmead can, and should, be rated “Outstanding” and we will work hard to reach our goal.”
Thanks to Iain and Marilyn for letting me know.
February 27, 2015
You can either pick up a leaflet from places like the Guildhall, Abbey House, and some shops, or go to tinyurl.com/AbbeyMeadow and fill in an online survey. The scenarios will also be on display in the Bury Street Community Shop between March 23 and 28, for people wanting to ask questions and find out more, and are at the Abbey Meadows.
The Vale of White Horse District Council have around £500K to spend on improving the area and have presented 3 options for the future of the park:
A) A Place to Swim and Play – ensures the long term future of the open Air Pool and then asks people to rate what other facilities they would like. See the survey for details.
B) A Place to Relax and Unwind – replaces the pool with a cafe, and then asks people to rate what other facilities they would like.
C) A flexible outdoor space – improves the public toilets, and then asks people to rate what other facilities they would like. No pool here either.
The consultation runs to 7 April 2015, and the result will be known after the elections in the Summer. The Abbey Meadows are already the most visited park in the Vale of White Horse District.
I first wrote a blog post called hot hot hot day about the Abbey Meadows in 2006. It was intended to be in the style of Dr Seuss.
February 26, 2015