Archives – April, 2014

Final Edition of The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter

The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter
The farewell edition of the Tithe Farm and Ladygrove newsletter has appeared, after over 40 years of keeping residents informed of local interest stories and events. The earliest known edition was from July 1971, about the time the houses were built.

For many years Lilian Barry produced a 2 sided newsletter, often handwritten, usually including one of her poems. Steve Annells took the newsletter over in the 1990s and increased the number of pages, and campaigned for the interests of South Abingdon, particularly on the subject of the Drayton Road Traffic, and Flood risks, and his real passion – Better Bus Services. For the last decade Eleanor Dangerfield has edited a very informative newsletter.
The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter
The newsletter has always encouraged people to get involved in local fetes and trips and litter picks organised by the Residents Association, and nagged people who don’t pick up their dog pooh.
The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter
The newsletter also had a regular gardening column by Martin Gulliver, and a quiz.
The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter
Then there were the adverts which helped pay for the print run and got locals in touch with local businesses.
The Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Newsletter
Finally, on the back, were Town Events, Councillor Surgeries and contact numbers, and the Residents Association meetings.

Looking back through the archives the editor says “In January 1975 there is a report of the A.G.M. to which ’sadly only two dozen members came.’

Nowadays we are lucky to get seven.”

5 Comments April 30, 2014

The Clock House available to Rent

Old Gaol Progress
The three storey Clock House was until recently used by Lloyds Private Banking Ltd. Notices say that they have moved into offices at the back, and so the building is available to Rent.
Old Gaol Progress
Clock House is a A Grade II* listed building with a striking entrance hall and staircase, and was built by The Tomkins family during the eighteenth century. More details can be found about Clock House on the Abingdon Portal.

6 Comments April 29, 2014

Old Gaol April 2014

Old Gaol Progress
The Old Gaol redevelopment is moving on and the former Police Station is now looking very smart.
Old Gaol Progress
Scaffolding has now moved to what was once the Tourist Information Centre / Music Centre. The pictured buildings will become apartments – with some community space for The Abingdon Bridge in the former Police Station, and a restaurant / cafe quarter downstairs in the The Old Gaol, and what was Tourist Information.

11 Comments April 28, 2014

Come and Sing Messiah

Come and Sing Messiah
Yesterday, at St Helen’s Church, there was a fund raising event for the Abingdon Passion Play production in 2016.
Come and Sing Messiah
Singers were asked to take part in Handel’s Messiah, the first and great English oratorio. In the morning they had vocal warm-up, workshops and rehearsals led by the musical director Ian Miles.

In the afternoon rehearsal they were joined by Soloists and orchestra, and then there was an evening performance. The audience was not as large as such a performance merited. Lynn tweeted me “Messiah incredible where were the towns folk?

7 Comments April 27, 2014

Rosie’s Fun Day

On the Market Pace in Abingdon throughout today there was a fun day to raise funds to get Rosie, a local girl, a disability bicycle.

It was a big event that took up all of the Market Place, and it was well attended. Those taking part included:
Rosies Fun Day
A frog man riding a bicycle for sponsorship.
Rosies Fun Day
Peppa the Pig.
Rosies Fun Day
A bubble man
Rosies Fun Day
Abingdon School of Dance
Rosies Fun Day
There were even some horses giving lots of rides, and stalls with games and people with buckets collecting money.
Rosies Fun Day
A lot of the time it was lovely and sunny, which was good after the thunder and lightening and heavy rain we had yesterday.

6 Comments April 26, 2014

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