A letter signed Thankful

I am thankful to Sandra from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for this letter to the ‘Editor of the Abingdon and Reading Herald’, written by her great great great Uncle Joseph Argyle of Abingdon in the very wet and miry year of 1879 …
New Moorings Policy
Joseph left many journals, and inspired Sandra’s writing, and perhaps also had some influence on Percival Argyle, his grand nephew who was a journalist himself and sent reports to the Herald while he was on the WW1 war scene in France. Percival was killed and his name appears on the monument commemorating Abingdon’s fallen soldiers.

P.S. I would love to read those journals.

Leave a Comment October 18, 2017

New Moorings Policy

New Moorings Policy
The Vale of White Horse District Council are starting to get serious on their new moorings policy introduced earlier in 2017.
New Moorings Policy
The policy tries to ensure that visitors are welcome but don’t overstay their welcome, and to give moorings to residents on an annual basis. The penalty notice picture above was on St Helen’s Wharf.

7 Comments October 17, 2017

Runaway Fair

Runaway Fair
The Abingdon ‘Runaway Fair’ was held today in the Market Place and along the High Street.
Runaway Fair
Remnants of last week’s Michaelmas Fair returned for one day: children’s rides, fun houses, and stalls. The pictures are after the fair was set up – on a warm clear sunny Sunday.
Runaway Fair
Monday was a strange day, warm, with a yellow tinge to the clouds, and the wind growing. The news reported that sand has been blown from the Sahara by storm Ophelia.

1 Comment October 16, 2017

Abingdon Artists at Northcourt Barns

Abingdon Artists
The Abingdon Artists group found a new space for their autumn exhibition at one of the ex-dairy barns that are now part of the thriving church of Christ Church, Northcourt Road, Abingdon.
Abingdon Artists
The exhibition space is next door to the Barns Cafe and has a large window one side, a wide door and windows opposite – which makes a well lit airy exhibition space.
Abingdon Artists
In addition to all the finished works on display, some of the artists – manning the exhibition – have produced sketches that have been hung in a row to dry.
Abingdon Artists
There was also a 2018 Calendar made up of views of Abingdon by Abingdon Artists, that has been selling well – at the cost price of £8.

1 Comment October 15, 2017

Charter Day Centre Users – including Abingdon Country Market – find new homes

Charter User
This first part of this report is thanks to Colin who helps at Phab in Abingdon …

“The Charter Day Centre closed 2 weeks ago and after a send off meal people have been finding new homes. Staff said it was a wonderful place to work – if a bit small. Managers and Support workers have been distributed around the county, some to Wantage, and others to Wallingford, and the service users will now go to the Abbey Centre where there are new managers.

It also brought to an end the Auto Taxi connection… Throughout their school life (Teesdale School /Kingfisher School etc), the taxi company provided transport to outlying areas (Culham/Botley etc). They were with them before becoming Auto Taxi, some 20-25 years ago – as Howse Taxi or Hills Taxi possibly – so long ago people cannot remember. Alternate transport will be used for the Abbey Centre.”
Charter User
The Country Market also had to find a new home, and from today can be found at The Salvation Army. They will be there on the second Saturday of the month from 10am to 12 noon.
Charter User
It is a larger space, and so there is room for more stalls, and more refreshments.

3 Comments October 14, 2017

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