Thanks to Mike for this event, and Martin Hartley for the pictures …
World-renowned polar explorer Pen Hadow will be visiting Abingdon on Thursday 6th October to give a public lecture at the Amey Theatre. This is the start of a series of adventure and exploration themed public talks in Abingdon with the simple of aim of giving the local community the chance to hear some remarkable people. There are two events lined up at the Amey Theatre this Autumn; the first is Pen’s talk followed by a second talk from Everest mountaineer Stephen Venables at the end of the November.
All the information on Pen’s talk can be seen on the website www.horizonlectures.co.uk/ or facebook page www.facebook.com/horizonlectures
Mike will be on the marketplace next Saturday afternoon (once the Freedom Parade is complete).
September 28, 2016
At North East Abingdon Community Centre this evening there was a second exhibition by the developers CEG who are planning to build 900 homes on fields north of Abingdon.
There were display boards to peruse, and questionnaires to fill in. The board also gave some feedback on what people have been saying at the first exhibition.
People appeared most concerned about good road infrastructure.
This comes at a time when the leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council is looking to put more housing into the local plan. He said yesterday, talking about unmet Oxford City housing need, “The work carried out by the Oxfordshire Growth Board has apportioned 2,200 of this unmet need to the Vale of White Horse district. Today I agreed that figure on behalf of the Vale and the Council will now work to address this as we develop our work on Local Plan Part 2“. So it is quite possible some of those 2,200 houses could be for Abingdon.
September 27, 2016
The Bellinger Abingdon branch – at 111 Ock Street – is closing on 7th October 2016.
I got a letter this morning. It said … “Your vehicle and contact vehicles will be transferred to the Milton Gate site next door to Milton Park… If you can’t make it to Didcot we also have a large site in Grove.”
111 Ock Street is a long established Abingdon motor car sales centre. At one time it also sold petrol.
So what next for this site? Will it continue as Abingdon’s oldest continuous site for motor car dealers?
Gowrings acquired 111 Ock Street sometime between 1926 and 1930 as a depot for Ford motor cars. etc. The site then expanded to Mayott’s Road, acquiring all the properties between. In 1997 Bellingers took over the site and started selling Vauxhalls instead of Fords.
September 26, 2016
Yesterday, at St Helen’s Church Centre, the Abingdon Community Hospital League of Friends held a coffee morning and jumble sale, and raised over £300 to help buy equipment to help patients.
They also have a raffle to be drawn on November 5th at their AGM at the Charter Day Centre 10:30-12:30 .
1st Prize – Miele Vacuum Cleaner
2nd Prize – Quality Electric Keyboard
3rd Prize – Restaurant Meals for two … and many more smaller prizes.
You can also support them by becoming a member at only £5 a year. They will be in the Community Freespace in Bury Street sometime in October.
Next week at the Freespace are the Carbon Cutters with apple pressing.
September 25, 2016
Abingdon turned pink once again today, Saturday 24th September 2016, as Abingdon based Charity ‘Against Breast Cancer’ held their annual Splash of Pink Day.
Mr Hemmings Traditional Morris Dancers were there to entertain as were other local community groups, and the timeless Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
There were lots of volunteers helping. Some were having pies thrown at them for donations.
The Abingdon Fire Brigade were letting children explore the fire engine.
There were lots of cakes, and stalls, as in all the other years when there has been a Splash of Pink.
‘Against Breast Cancer’ fund research, and say on their website ‘The ultimate goal of Against Breast Cancer is to prevent secondary spread, which is the main cause of breast-cancer related deaths.
Our research addresses critical gaps in scientific resources and knowledge to help doctors diagnose and treat breast cancer faster and more effectively, and to understand factors that increase or reduce the risk of secondary spread (read more here).
September 24, 2016