Archives – January, 2017

Saint Michael and All Angels Sesquicentennial Mass

Many Thanks to Colin, the Abingdon Taxi Driver, for this report. The pictures, by John Enticott, were taken in August 2008 after the church had been re-ordered.
Saint Michael
One hundred and fifty years to the day that the church in Albert Park, Abingdon was consecrated by the Bishop of Oxford and dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels, a Dedication Festival Mass was celebrated last Wednesday evening. It was part of a series of special events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial, running from Michaelmas 2016 to Michaelmas 2017.

Wednesday night’s service was preceded by a lively organ fanfare and an Introit, Locus Iste by Anton Bruckner, sung by the combined and robed choirs of Saint Nicolas and of Saint Michael’s churches, who sang throughout the Mass. Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester presided and preached. Father Paul Smith, the Vicar, had even penned the lyrics to one of the hymns.
Saint Michael
Previous vicars, a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and other special guests attended the packed service. During the offertory hymn, a collection was taken for two charities supported by Saint Michael’s. The Abingdon Bridge works with vulnerable young people agreed 13-24 in the Abingdon area. Tariro – Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe, is a UK based charity, supporting young people in various cities in Zimbabwe.

Saint Michael’s is within what is referred to in the commemorative book published to mark the occasion, as the ‘high church’ tradition of the Church of England. This manifests itself amongst other things by the use of bells and incense to mark significant points of the service, although as the book says, it is “within certain limits”.
Saint Michael
Originally built for those who had settled in Abingdon to work in the then expanding brewing and tanning industries, Saint Michael’s today contains “a vibrant community of faithful people.” Father Paul Smith said in the introduction to the service that “we give thanks for all that is past and look to the future with hope and faith.”

6 Comments January 31, 2017

Revisiting Harry’s walk to Drayton

A lot has changed in the last year or two on one of Harry’s old dog walks. (I once did a blog called harrydogblog.com featuring Harry.)
New Houses
Walking along the ridge of the dog walking field, next to Masefield Recreation Ground, the new houses of Morland Gardens can be seen down below.
New Houses
Another development can also be seen over the fields. The new houses of Walnut Meadow are now visible as the distance between Abingdon and Drayton shrinks.
New Houses
The first houses of Walnut Meadow, already with people in, stand alongside the bridleway that leads from Mill Road in Abingdon to Drayton.
New Houses
There are also houses starting to grow next to the farm track that forms a circular walk back to Abingdon.

Looking at the Walnut Meadow development plans I see there is a large space for future sports pitches and a pavilion. Drayton are getting something of community value from their development.

9 Comments January 30, 2017

January 2017 Slideshow


A selection of pictures of Abingdon taken in January 2017.

4 Comments January 29, 2017

St Michael’s Evening of Victorian Entertainment

Thanks to Captain Chaos for the first picture …
Victorian Entertainment
A most excellent entertainment consisting of music and readings and drama was given in St Michael’s church this evening – 28th January.
Victorian Entertainment
The Reverend Paul Smith began by playing the part of Reverend Nathaniel Dodson, who caused St Michael’s Church to be built 150 years ago.
Victorian Entertainment
The entertainment was arranged by Hilary Clare and Glynne Butt (seen here on Pianoforte accompanying Peter Willis, a well known vocalist).

The church was crowded by a highly respectable audience.
Victorian Entertainment
The entertainment included a new selection of songs from the comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan called The Mikado. The song ‘Three Little Maids’ was loudly and rapturously applauded.
Victorian Entertainment
The evening ended with a rousing rendition of Rule Britannia.
Victorian Entertainment
Buns were thrown into the audience as we remembered Queen Victoria’s Diamond jubilee.

In the short space of an evening we relived Victoria’s reign, and its impact on Abingdon life.

It was part of the celebration of St Michael’s 150th anniversary – and was most ably executed.

1 Comment January 28, 2017

Lombard Street has been closed for a week

Lombard Street
Lombard Street, a small road in the town centre, has been closed to vehicles for the last week as repairs to water pipes are carried out. The work should be finished by Tuesday 31st Jan.

Traffic has been denied this short cut between East and West St Helen Street during the closure. Even the recycling lorry has not picked up the green bags.
Lombard Street
In 2006 the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) moved from the Courtyard, off Lombard Street, and for a while the Courtyard was used by smaller businesses until becoming fully residential.

Macnab Clarke, the defence lawyers, also moved from Lombard Street after merging with another firm in 2015. They are now part of Cartwright King in St Aldates, Oxford, near the Police Station and courts. They are still available on call if needed at the Abingdon police station.
Lombard Street
A few businesses remain in Lombard Street including Greenius, Kingwood, and Syndicut who share one property, and AAH Photography is on the corner of West St Helen Street.

1 Comment January 28, 2017

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