Archives – December, 2015
Press on Changes in 2015 for a bigger pdf version.
Green is a shop that was vacant at the start of the year which is now occupied.
Yellow means a change of business or name.
Red is a vacant shop premises that was occupied at the start of the year.
Change in 2007 ( 6 green, 5 yellow, 10 red ) – Net Loss 4
Change in 2008 ( 10 green, 8 yellow, 13 red ) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2009 ( 9 green, 6 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Gain 3
Change in 2010 ( 9 green, 6 yellow, 5 red ) – Net Gain 3
Change in 2011 ( 2 green, 8 yellow, 5 red ) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2012 ( 6 green, 1 yellow, 7 red ) – Net Loss 1
Change in 2013 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Change in 2014 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Change in 2015 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Clockwork Dragon (fantasy)
Oriental Food Mart
Polski Skleb Zubr (deli)
White Horse Exotics (pets)
Abingdon Shoe Shop
Co-op Bury Street
Hallmark (cards and Thornton’s chocolate)
Mary Brooks (fashion)
Scruffs (children’s shoes) – opened in 2005, and have had a closing down sale this week. But they could be back if sold as going concern.
Sparkle and Dream (children’s costumes and party)
Upper Reaches (hotel)
Move to new premises:
Valentina (ladies fashion)
Change to similar business in same premises:
Buns in The Basement to Mousehole (cafe)
Philosophy to Idle Wild (hairdresser)
Temporarily Closed in 2015. Likely to re-open in 2016:
Smarts (fish and chips) – major refurbishment
Cottage Imperial (Chinese Restaurant) – if new proprietors found
Opened and Closed in 2015:
(let me know any mistakes in this annual roundup)
December 30, 2015
In 1951 Phyllis Dawson Clark wrote a poem about the River Ock that flows throgh the Vale of White Horse to Abingdon. Here is the first stanza:
Down from the chalky range of Berkshire hills
Stamped with the cave-man’s god, a lean white horse;
Through rustling cornfields, by a dozen mills
Whose wheels are long since rusty, and across
A thistle wast where winter storms have laid
To rest the hollow trunks, where brittle rot
Harbours the comfrey seedlings that have strayed;
Where centuries of blue forget-me-not
Have sighed away their days unseen, alone,
And sprays of blushing dog-rose bend to kiss
Their own reflection in a pool that’s known
A thousand summers just as sweet as this, –
By the wild rhubarb leaves and giant dock,
Under the willow arches flows the winding Ock.
The Mill Stream was the first blog entry I did about Abingdon ten years ago today. I intended writing a blog about Abingdon in 2006 for one year, and called it Abingdon 2006, but then in 2007 I carried on with The Abingdon Blog. So now it is ten years old.
December 26, 2015
The window of the Sue Ryder shop changes every week. This week they have a nativity scene cleverly made from materials they had on hand.
There was a mixture of sunshine and showers on Christmas Eve. This Rainbow was seen over Waitrose.
The bells of St Nicolas Church were ringing in the afternoon; and at St Helen’s Church, oranges and candles had been prepared for the very popular Christingle Service.
As the sun went down over Ock Street, the sun lit up the clouds with an orange glow.
The Abingdon pubs were very busy as people made Merry.
Also open late were the churches, and St Nicolas among others had a Midnight service. A crib has been there during advent, and was lit up again on Christmas Eve.
And there was the unusual sight of a Christmas Full Moon for those going home early on Christmas Day morning.
December 24, 2015
The Ox Pub, on the Oxford Road in Abingdon, became a Tesco Express about four years ago.
Since that time another convenience store, called the Best One, has managed to continue trading two doors away. But in the last few days the Best One has changed to a Bargain Booze.
December 23, 2015