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Advent 2 – Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza
Day 2 of Advent…
Christmas Extravaganza
The Christmas Extravaganza was on all day. The event got into full swing at midday when the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band led the parade.Christmas Extravaganza
People came out of their shops to watch. This is Sue Ryder.
Christmas Extravaganza
Following the pipe band were: The cast of Aladdin, Strawberry Fayre Majorettes, Kingfisher School, Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council
Christmas Extravaganza
Next came the ever changing Town Crier, and last but not least … Father Christmas in his sleigh.
Christmas Extravaganza
All the way along Bath Street was a large street market with craft and charity stalls including the one for Helen & Douglas House.
Christmas Extravaganza
There were also lots of things happening on the Market Place. Father Christmas was there throughout the day.
Christmas Extravaganza
There were also performers on the Market Place and in St Nic’s Church.

As the time for switching on the lights came near Back 2 Back performed at 16:00. If you heard their last song then go to their facebook page  and like them, and say what was their last song. They are going to draw a name from a hat and perform for free at the winner’s next party.
Christmas Extravaganza
Following on from the success of S Club 3 last year, this year we saw The Honeyz.
Christmas Extravaganza
The weather was a bit against us this year. Not the snow which was fake, but the rain.
Christmas Extravaganza
The evening culminated in the turning on of the lights,
Christmas Extravaganza
and the brilliant fireworks (by Illusion Fireworks). This picture is taken from a 5 minute video you can view on youtube.

The event was organised by Abingdon on Thames Chamber of Commerce, in particular Paul Townsend; and sponsored by Abingdon & Witney College, Mays Properties, Wenn Townsend, Smeg, and The Crown and Thistle.

3 Comments December 3, 2017

Advent 1 – Abingdon Beer Festival

Abingdon Beer Festival
The Advent Candle was lit
Abingdon Beer Festival
and the 2nd Abingdon Beer Festival began at the Abbey Buildings. The Friends of Abingdon have joined forces with Abingdon’s Loose Cannon Brewery to organise this event. Local beers and ciders were available. Local bands were playing and there was food on sale outside.

It also runs on Saturday 2nd December from 6pm to 11pm, so somewhere to try after the Christmas Extravaganza Fireworks. Entry is free and tickets costing £7 buy 2 pints or 4 halfpints.

Leave a Comment December 1, 2017

St Helen’s Christmas Market and Trinity Christmas Fair (and a Robin)

I enjoyed going to Jumble Sales as a youngster in the village where I lived from the age of 10, and still have some of the prize finds from back then.

On Saturday, St Helen’s Church and Trinity Church both had their Christmas sales – events not unlike those jumble sales.
Church Christmas Fairs
At St Helen’s Church there were stalls in the south aisle – with a long table of books down the centre; a jewellery stall under St Helen’s Window; new painting by local artists either side; and refreshments along most of the south wall.
Church Christmas Fairs
Bric-a-brac and crafts were on sale opposite the refreshments, and then a raffle and children’s toys.
Church Christmas Fairs
At Trinity, the Christmas Fair was in the Conduit Centre – the church hall that once served as as school room, but now is more of a Community Hall. There was a rectangle of tables at the centre with people selling cakes, pickles and jams, jewellery, bric-a-brac, and raffle tickets.
Church Christmas Fairs
Other stalls were round the outside, including a Traidcraft stall, books and toys and crafts; and fund raising games run by uniformed organisations.

As at St Helen’s Church, there was an area for people to sit with refreshments and enjoy each others company.
Church Christmas Fairs
I did get some good finds, but best of all, coming out of St Helen’s Church, I got a nice picture of a Robin on the churchyard wall.

1 Comment November 26, 2017

Local Excellence Market this Saturday – with two more big Saturday events on Abingdon Market Place to follow

Local Excellence Market
On the Market Place this morning the sun was out and people could enjoy the Local Excellence Market. Added Ingredients had a stall where you could sample and buy their products.
Local Excellence Market
The Market Place will be busy now for three Saturdays in a row. This Saturday was Local Excellence, Next Saturday is the Christmas Extravaganza, and the following Saturday is the Craft Market.
Local Excellence Market
That means that some of the stalls, including Vallis Green Woodworking, will be there three Saturdays in a a row. I first photographed Simon, from Vallis Green, about 8 years ago at a very wet event where he was one of the few stall holders to brave the weather.

1 Comment November 25, 2017

From Shadow Light

From Shadow Light
This evening at St Helen’s Church there was a choral concert by Vox Coelestis. They are no ordinary choir. Formed in 2005 as a collection of musical friends they sang first on a one off basis to raise funds for the organ appeal at Holy Trinity, Coventry. Since then they have come together to perform 14 concerts and raised over £16,000 for a range of charities. And this evening they performed their 15th concert to raise funds for the Abingdon Bridge.

Singers are drawn from cathedral and chamber choirs across the UK. They were very very good. I loved the pieces where they sang from different places in the church. In one piece the sopranos were situated round the church singing a plain chant, and the rest of the choir gathered to sing from the front.
From Shadow Light
The Abingdon Bridge often has to help young people going through difficult times, and the music was by composers who had had their own sufferings. From Shadow Light – out of times of great mental anguish, distress and illness, beautiful choral music had been created.

2 Comments November 19, 2017

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