Hope Within Us – Tour of St Helen’s Church

‘The Hope Within Us’ events took place last week – organised by the churches of the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames.
St Helens Church
On Saturday there were two tours of St Helen’s Church.
St Helens Church
Many Abingdon people, from generation to generation, have made their first visit to the church on being baptised at the font.
St Helens Church
The present building began as a one aisle church, with tower, in the early thirteenth century. Four more aisles were then added to the south – the fifth and final aisle in 1539. The central aisle was subsequently made higher in Victorian times to let in more light.
St Helens Church
The west door though the central aisle is used for other important life events. It is through this door that couples enter to be married, and from this door people are carried on their final goodbye.
St Helens Church
Over that door St Helen is seen carrying a model of the St Helen’s Church in one hand, and a cross in the other. The Fraternity of the Holy Cross was based at St Helen’s church until being dissolved by royal decree in 1547.

1 Comment May 23, 2016

ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL

ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
This week has seen the first Abingdon Jazz Festival organised by Friends of Abingdon, and Music at the Unicorn.
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
Abingdon’s own Big Band, SwingTime, a 20-piece Big Band, performed on Friday evening at the Unicorn Theatre. A lot of the acts were at the Unicorn Theatre.
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
There were also jazz acts out and about round Abingdon, including the Claire Jones Quintet at The Crown & Thistle …
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
The Fleur Stevenson Trio under the museum,
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
Funk Bake at the Brewery Tap,
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
and, featuring the Garden Kitchen Menu, at the Nags Head were the Mim Gray, Tim Dawes and Tim Lapthorn Ensemble.

1 Comment May 22, 2016

Democracy on the Market Place

Democracy
This picture shows a traditional scene, where four of Abingdon’s five candidates for the 1945 parliamentary election are seen holding simultaneous meetings on the Market Square (from a Picture Post currently on sale in Ebay).
Democracy
Opposing sides in the 2016 Referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU had opposing tables on the Market Place this morning.
Democracy
The Vote Leave campaigners one side …
Democracy
the Vote Remain on the other. It is good to see the normal political groupings forgotten during this single-issue campaign. Behind the Remain table are local Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood, and members of other parties and independents

52 Comments May 21, 2016

2nd Abingdon Sea Scouts – Fund Raising Walk

Sea Scouts
John Gledhill, the Leader of the 2nd Abingdon Sea Scouts, will be attempting to walk the entire length of the Ridgeway National Trail on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (20th, 21st and 22nd May) – a distance of 86 miles to raise funds for his scout troop. The JustGiving page is at: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/2ab-ridgeway-challenge

The 2nd Abingdon Sea Scouts are a Royal Navy recognised troop of 10 – 14 year olds. Leaders aim to provide the young people with opportunities and challenges that many wouldn’t get elsewhere. The money raised, as well as money raised by scouts themselves over the summer, will enable them to visit, and take part in scouting activities, with a scout troop in Italy.

(photo taken at Clubs and Societies Day)

1 Comment May 19, 2016

Artweeks – For Your Walls, and Identity

Artweeks
There are a number of Abingdon venues open for Oxfordshire Artweeks this week. St Ethelwolds has art from Berlin in an exhibition called ‘For your walls’.
Artweeks
Downstairs the work of Walter Lindner (1936-2007) is being exhibited -
Artweeks
finishing 6pm this Sunday (22nd). Simon, who runs the exhibition, is a fan and wants to make Walter’s work better known.
Artweeks
Upstairs in the Sanctuary are some other Berlin print makers including one by a ‘German Banksy’.
Artweeks
Meanwhile this coming Saturday at  Mind, in the Charter, from 10am – 1pm there is a second chance to see their exhibition on Identify, and even create artwork yourself.
Artweeks
Using sculpture, painting/drawing, photography and the written word, the exhibition looks at who we are, what we know about ourselves, how we acquire our identities and what happens when we lose a positive or coherent sense of self.

7 Comments May 17, 2016

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