Archives – April, 2018

7th Abingdon Cycle Festival

7th Abingdon Cycle Festival
After a night when most of us were woken by a thunder storm, the sun was back today for the 7th Abingdon Cycle Festival, where the rides started to set off at 9am, and continued through the morning and early afternoon.
7th Abingdon Cycle Festival
Rides were led by experienced cyclists from The OT Cycling Club (OTCC), Abingdon Freewheeling, and Sustrans (who led family rides down the Sustrans NCN 5 cycleway).
7th Abingdon Cycle Festival
I was there between about 9 and 10, when two different rides left every 15 minutes and so the area in front of the County Hall was packed with cyclists, near the signing in tent.
7th Abingdon Cycle Festival
Bicycling became a popular sport towards the later part of the 19th century, and at 11 there was to be a vintage parade.
7th Abingdon Cycle Festival
The Tony Lewis quartet gave a mellow feel to the start of the day with their jazz.

It was a very successful event.

1 Comment April 22, 2018

On the Market Place today in Abingdon

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The Queen is celebrating her 92nd birthday and the Sue Ryder charity shop window reflected the occasion with flags and memorabilia.
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As BykerRode commented the clock is working again on the front of St Nicolas Church Tower for the first time in many months.
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On the Market Place today there was a market made up of food and drink stalls with a lucky dip and hook a duck.
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The Town Crier did an announcement and afterwards wished her Majesty a happy birthday.
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The High Street will be shut to traffic tomorrow for the Abingdon Cycling Festival. There was not one last year so it is good to see it back.

4 Comments April 21, 2018

Information Centre Moves to Museum Basement

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The Abingdon Information Centre has vacated the Guildhall while work is underway to refurbish the old rooms.
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And can now be found in the County Hall Museum basement. They are in the Kempster Room next to the Mousehole Cafe surrounded by interesting exhibits.

Also in the town centre today…
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Flags are back out around the town centre. There are a mix of  Union Flags, Saint George Flags, and Abingdon flags. The Queen turns 92 on Saturday 21st April. Saint George’s Day is Monday 23rd April.
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The Farmers Market was also on Abingdon Market Place this Friday – on the second day of the April heatwave.

Leave a Comment April 20, 2018

Oh Happy Day

Ock Valley Walk
People and dogs are so happy now that the Ock Valley Walk has re-opened here in Abingdon.
Ock Valley Walk
Blossoms brighten the way.
Ock Valley Walk
The River Ock trickles by on both sides, the higher stream and the lower stream. They cascade together at two different weirs along the route
Ock Valley Walk
Then there is all the wildlife that has got used to humans not being about. This little muntjac looked a bit worried by the sight of me.

2 Comments April 19, 2018

Abingdon Cuts Plastic at the Community Shop this week

Thanks to David for the first two pictures
Plastic Plastic
On Monday the Abingdon Mayor, Jan Morter, opened the Abingdon Cuts Plastic events at the Community Shop. She awarded two 5 star certificates to The Mouse Hole Café in the Abingdon County Hall Museum and to the Barns Café at Christchurch Northcourt Road for their achievements in reducing plastics in their catering.
Plastic Plastic
Abingdon Cuts Plastic displays and lunchtime events are on all this week (16-21st April) at the Community Shop in the Bury Street Precinct 11am to 4.30pm (10am to 4.30pm Fri & Sat). Drop in and learn how to cut your use of plastics!
Plastic Plastic
I visited the exhibition on Tuesday lunchtime and saw the company that allows you to re-fill your own container with detergents; looked at what plastic can be recycled and what can’t; and saw the pile of un-rotting plastic on the floor.

10 Comments April 18, 2018

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