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Into August

Into August, the month when a lot of people go away and there is not so much happening in Abingdon. To dispel that impression three different people have sent me things happening in August.
Into August
Wednesday, August 2 – MANCUNIA – Music At The Unicorn, Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.

Tim O’Connor, a singer-songwriter based in France; Andy Dinan, twice All-Ireland Fiddle Champion; and Maartin Allcock, internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has played with the likes of Fairport Convention, Robert Plant, Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull, have joined forces to form MANCUNIA.
Into August
Also on 2nd August from 4pm – 8pm there is an open garden at Stonehill Community Garden. They are currently working on half an acre, producing fruit, vegetables, eggs from their hens and honey from their bees and want groups or individuals to get involved. See

Weekly volunteer days every Wednesday 10am – 4pm, everyone welcome.
Into August
Then ten days later on August 12th is the annual Rugby 7s competition at Abingdon RUFC. Starts 11am.

1 Comment July 31, 2017

Oxfordshire Play Association – Play and Activity Day

Thanks to Ray for this report …
Made in Abingdon
Hundreds of people attended this event that offered a wide range of the activities all free to the public. Things started off a little damp for setting up but the weather improved making it great afternoon.
Made in Abingdon
The pictures are from the Abingdon Vineyard stand that offered the Smoothie Bike, Sumo Wrestling, Splat the Rat and other similar sideshow games. We managed to get the local PCSO’s on the Smoothie Bike but not into the Sumo suits! Many of the kids from the Youth Club that the church has run for nearly 10 years helped to set up and enjoyed the day. Another attraction was the motor cycle group who let the kids sit the bikes and have the odd rev of the engines.

This was the third successful year for the event on South Abingdon that really doesn’t see too much activity compared with the rest of the town. The event is organised and run by the Oxfordshire Play Association who do a fantastic job in Play work training and providing events like this.

7 Comments July 16, 2017

Two upcoming events – Antique Fair and an Opera

Two upcoming events
Bath Street, Abingdon town centre – Saturday 8 July: 10:00 – 15:00
This weekend you will find:
Vintage stalls
Artisan craft stalls
Activities for kids
Live music
Sizzling street food
Vintage and classic cars in the Marketplace

For more information visit
Two upcoming events
John Mason School has taken on a whole new venture this year – a production of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera, Dido and Aeneas. The dedicated cast of 20 students has been working hard since the spring to bring you Purcell’s wonderful story of Dido.

It tells the tale of the Queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan prince, Aeneas. When Aeneas and his crew become shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the Queen fall in love. The path of true love does not run smoothly as some witches plot Dido’s destruction.

The beautiful music will be performed by JMS musicians, and performances will be in the Amey Theatre at Abingdon school on 12th and 13th July.

Tickets are £4 / £3 and are available from Students Services at John Mason School or by calling 01235 524664.

1 Comment July 5, 2017

Fund Raising and Fun from Last weekend

Fund Raising
On the Market Place on Saturday, there was a sponsored cycle ride with 16 static cycles raising funds for local charity Against Breast Cancer.
Fund Raising
The Friends of Abingdon Community Hospital had had a good morning and were just packing up when I walked by.
Fund Raising
Also on at the weekend was the Carswell School Fete and the Exbourne Road Street Party. They were all sat down for their Sunday lunch when I cycled by.

5 Comments June 27, 2017

The fourth Abingdon Food and Drink Festival

Abingdon Food and Drink Festival
The fourth Abingdon food festival on Saturday the 24th June was the biggest yet. The first two took place at the Miele Experience Centre, and the second two at Rye Farm Meadow, beside Abingdon Bridge
Abingdon Food and Drink Festival
The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper. There was a small entrance fee of £3, and programs and raffle tickets also went towards helping raising funds towards their local and international projects – described at their stall and on their web site. Rotary members volunteer their time and skills towards the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.  In their big tent cookery demonstrations were going on throughout the day.
Abingdon Food and Drink Festival
There were 60 or 70 exhibitors with food and drink on offer, quite a few of them local including from Abingdon: Ask, Dream Doors, Loose Cannon, Majliss, White Horse Leisure, and Wildwood Kitchen. There were lots of free samples to be tried before purchasing on many stalls, but Wildwood were giving away a selection of salads.
Abingdon Food and Drink Festival
At the centre of the festival was an area with picnic tables where a number of groups played music.
Abingdon Food and Drink Festival
There were also a number of good causes with stalls including the Oxford Food Bank – pictured above. They collect fresh food from wholesalers and supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown away and deliver it to around 80 charities, including the Abingdon Food Bank, supplementing the tins and dry food they store at Christchurch on the Northcourt Road.

3 Comments June 25, 2017

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