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Preview of Atom!

The Abingdon Science Festival is only a week away. There is a display in the Community Shop Window
There is also a blackboard outside Mostly Books.
The event is called ATOM! and there are various events:

Converscience on Thursday 20th March at St Helen and St Katherine School. Robin Ince – commedian and host of R4s infinite monkey cage will host a light hearted science discussion.

Schools Science Fair in the Guildhall on 21st am.

A science “Hiring Fair” at the Guildhall on 21st in the evening.

Talk by Jim Al Khali from Radio 4 on quantum biology the evening of 21st in the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School.

Visualise : Magic and illusion family science show in Guildhall 22nd (several performances).

Science Market and science buskers all day in Market Square on 22nd.
It could be the first and only science festival in the world to have its own beer with Loose Cannon brewing ATOM!

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6 Comments March 13, 2014

Retro Fair Returns to Guildhall

Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fair was back at the Guildhall yesterday.

There was a lady doing retro hair styling. There was also lots of retro clothes for the ladies, fewer for the men – most that had stood the test of time.

Old schoolroom posters were on sale. The attraction of retro fairs is that we can see and buy objects that remind us of younger days, whether that be the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s.

The retro fair will be back twice more in 2014.

14 Comments February 23, 2014

Second Evening of the Fair

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
The Narrows opened during the second day of the Fair and looked to be doing a roaring trade.

However some things never change in Abingdon. There was Bell Ringing Practice on Tuesday evening at St Nics. At times they were edging it against the pumping volume of the Fairground.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Down West St Helen Street there was Pudding Night at Rosie’s Tea Room. On the menu was: poached pear with chocolate sauce, treacle tart with clotted cream, Eve’s pudding with custard – they were not tempted by candy floss or toffee apples just up the road.

And after a poor start to the season, and what seems to have been a radical change of players to cut costs, Abingdon United got their first league win, a half mile from the fair.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Thanks to Rob for sending some pictures of the Fair which has had two good days this year, and has drawn big crowds.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
There were no live gold fish prizes to be won this year, but plenty of cuddly toys.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Easily the most popular creature in 2013 were Minions.

5 Comments October 9, 2013

The Abingdon Fair Mile

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Last night we kicked off the Fair with the Annual Fair Service. Rev’d Richard Bittleston, from Trinity, gave the message, which was “Enjoy the Fair!”
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Lots of people have taken that sentiment to heart whether they heard him or not.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
The Mayor said at the start of the service “It is probably Abingdon’s biggest event.”

The logistics is organised by Fair people who do this sort of thing all year round, although not always in quite such a tight space.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Some of the rides have just come from Nottingham Goose Fair which only ended yesterday, so their spaces need to be kept ready.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Abingdon Town Council are the main local organisers. We get a letter every year telling us of road changes and that the fire service could take longer to reach us in case of emergency so to check the smoke alarms.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
The Fair all looked very successful as I walked the Abingdon Fair Mile along Ock Street and back again.

4 Comments October 7, 2013

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair – An Old Tradition

Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
It is tradition for Abingdon people to walk the mile long street Fair, during the Sunday set up.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
As usual, the Farr family stationed their Toffee Apples and Candy Floss stall near the top of West St Helen Street.
Abingdon Michaelmas Fair
Mr Farr, aged 94, has only recently stopped working, but he still likes to come along to Abingdon Michaelmas Fair with his family. He first came to Abingdon with the Fair 94 years ago, when he slept as a baby, where his Father ran a throwing stall on the Market Place. He has been here with the Fair every year since – apart from the war years.

10 Comments October 6, 2013

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