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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.

Leave a Comment June 25, 2017

20th June – St Edmund’s Fair – A Fair of Custard

Great Get Together
Recently I mentioned a walk that visited some places associated with St Edmund of Abingdon. We learned that St. Edmund’s Chapel and St. Edmund’s Fair perpetuated his memory for some time in Abingdon. St Edmund’s Chapel was near St Edmund’s Lane, and St Edmund’s Fair was on the day when St. Edmund was ‘translated’ to become a saint (9th June). As the calendar was changed to come into line with the rest of Europe in 1750 and 11 days added, then we assumed that St Edmund’s Fair would now be on the 20th June one day before the summer solstice.
Great Get Together
Tuesday 9 June 1668 was the day that Samuel Pepys visited Abingdon, on the way from Oxford, and wrote in his diary “At night come to Abingdon, where had been a fair of custard; and met many people and scholars going home; and there did get some pretty good musick, and sang and danced till supper: 5s.”

We also learned that the school fair at St Edmund School takes place on the Saturday nearest 20th June.

10 Comments June 20, 2017

Great Get Together in Abingdon

Great Get Together
The Great Get Together took place today in memory of the late MP, Jo Cox, who represented the constituency of Batley and Spen in Yorkshire. Many thousands of events have taken place across the country including the one in Abingdon at St Ethelwolds House. People brought food to share.
Great Get Together
On what was a very hot day it was good that there were lots of salads and cool drinks.
Great Get Together
And people sat out on the lawns and terraces sharing the food and meeting new people.
Great Get Together
Entertainment was provided by, among others, the Mayor on penny whistle, her escourt on the piano accordian, and members of the John Mason folk players.

The event was organised by Emma, inspired by Jo Cox to found Better off Together in Abingon; and by Sue of Host Abingdon, and other groups such as the Abingdon Peace Group.
Great Get Together
Both Emma and Sue gave a short speech, as did the Mayor, Cllr Jan Morter. The final speech was given by Layla Moran, the new MP for this area who remembered Jo Cox and her maiden speech in the House of Commons.

Jo Cox said “Batley and Spen is a gathering of typically independent, no-nonsense and proud Yorkshire towns and villages. Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir. While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

29 Comments June 18, 2017

Big Weekend Forecast for Abingdon

Big Weekend
Saturday 17th June is the day when the residents and businesses of Ock Street elect a mock mayor for the next year… The results of the election can be heard some time after 4:15pm outside the Brewery Tap. The new Mayor is then paraded down Ock Street. Throughout the day morris dancing can be seen in and near the town centre, and down Ock Street.

Also on Saturday is the Trinity Church Fair from 10 to 12:30, and the St Edmunds School Fair 12:30 – 15:30.
Big Weekend
And on Sunday the great get together in honour of Jo Cox takes place at St Ethelwold’s House 12:00 to 3:00.

Leave a Comment June 16, 2017

Music in the Park – 2017

Music in the Park
The annual Music in The Park was a sell out. The event is like one big party with many family and friendship groups converging on the Abbey Grounds to party and picnic together, and enjoy the music with everybody else.
Music in the Park
There were bands like Bigtopp, an energentic band, with a new take on ska;
Music in the Park
and the AGC Rock Band – an army band from the Adjutant General’s Corps. Very good and popular they were too.
Music in the Park
The evening clouded over, after a sunny day, and there were a few drops of rain at one point, but that soon passed and didn’t scare anybody.
Music in the Park
The evening concluded with a lot of flag waving, including many Union Jacks, and at least one Rainbow Flag …
Music in the Park
as Abingdon Town Band took to the stage led by the inimitable Steve Rich.
Music in the Park
They started with some modern classics. The song 500 miles went down particularly well with people up front stomping the 500 miles, and photo bombing my camera.
Music in the Park
The evening concluded with You Will Never Walk Alone, and music from the Proms … Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and The National Anthem.
Music in the Park
The evening finished with a reprise of the music and some spectacular fireworks. We went safely home afterwards to hear of another terrorist attack in London and pray for those affected.

4 Comments June 4, 2017

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