Archives – October, 2016

Ten years on – was liquid amber the right choice?

Liquid Amber
The liquid amber trees add autumn colour to The Square and war memorial.
Liquid Amber
More liquid amber trees can be seen on the Market Place – although they were partly hidden by the Monday Market today.
Liquid Amber
When it came to refurbishing the Market Place ten years ago the choice was between liquid amber and the London plane. The planes by St Helens’ Wharf are only just beginning to turn yellow and golden.

27 Comments October 31, 2016

Putting the Clock Forward Eleven Hours at St Helen’s Church, Abingdon

Clock Forward
Here is the St Helen’s Clock at 2 minutes before 8 this morning.
Clock Forward
Here is the clock again at 2 minutes before 9 – after the hands had been moved forward eleven hours.

Putting the clock back an hour at St Helen’s Church involves moving the hands forward eleven hours. Here is the movie…

9 Comments October 30, 2016

Local Excellence Market

Local Excellence Market
The Local Excellence Market was on Abingdon Market Place this morning.
Local Excellence Market
Among all the stalls, selling local produce and crafts, there was one stall selling tickets for next weeks Firework Display at Long Furlong.Local Excellence Market
There were also a lot of people with running shoes drinking coffee after taking part in the Abingdon Parkrun.
Local Excellence Market
I was reminded that there are just 2 days left to enter the S Club Competition. The lucky competition winner will be joining S Club to switch on the Christmas lights at the Extravaganza on 26 November 2016. Competition details here.

1 Comment October 29, 2016

Bury Street Revival

Revival
There have been some changes in Bury Street in the last week. Peacocks are hiring staff now for an Abingdon Store.
Revival
It is where the Somerfield / Co-op used to be. The shop will sell value womens fashion, menswear and childrens clothing. This means children’s clothes will be on sale in the town centre for the first time in a few years.
Revival
Over the road, Lloyds Pharmacy are turning into Jhoots Pharmacy and are also hiring staff.
Revival
Bury Street is filling up, and doing better than at any time in the last ten years. One kiosk, and two empty shops remain to be let – and one of those is The Community Freespace – which may not bring in money to the landlord, but does bring goodwill.

5 Comments October 28, 2016

EEEHHH! and YIIEEEE!

Fear
There is a Hallowe’en Haunt trail you can follow round the town centre with the chance of a prize of £100 to spend at town centre shops. The event is run by The Town Centre BID.

Walking round Abingdon this evening I was made to feel the fear by one or two of the shop window displays.
Fear
EEEHHH!
Fear
YIIEEEE!

8 Comments October 27, 2016

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