St Helen’s – Open for Visitors and for Prayer

St Helens
St Helen’s Church was open for visitors and for prayer on Saturday afternoon. I don’t think is has been open much during the winter months. I went in to have a look round.
St Helens
I got talking to the two ladies looking after the building. One told me that she lives in the almshouses and on Feb 18th felt everything shudder. She went outside expecting to see smoke or some sign of an explosion. There was nothing. Later she gathered from the news there had been an earthquake in Wales. My wife had a similar experience and she was in Bury Street.
St Helens
She also told me how her daughter came from Alaska. She had kept a £10 note to pay for the bus, but the bus driver would not take it as it was no longer legal tender. He said she could pay with her credit card instead but her card was not contact less.
St Helens
Then a young lady from the queue came and paid for her, the £3.90 to get to Abingdon.  She said she was a Muslim and would not take anything in return. It was her belief that you helped people you see in trouble.

P.S Apologies for only just getting round to approving about half a dozen comments some a few days old.

2 Comments April 16, 2018

Abingdon Horticultural Society – Spring Show

Spring Show
The Abingdon Horticultural Society Spring Show was held at the Northcourt Centre, yesterday. The day was lovely and sunny, and the doors were wide open so that bird song could be heard – giving it a most spring like atmosphere.
Spring Show
The judges had been round earlier in the day awarding prizes in a large number of spring bulb and potted plant categories. There was also a Spring photograph competition; conserves and cakes competitions; and some excellent entries in the children’s competitions.
Spring Show
The first prize painting of Spring was very colourful and lively.
Spring Show
And the winner in the best decorated egg competition showed Mohamed Salah who that afternoon scored his 40th goal in a remarkable debut season for Liverpool.

4 Comments April 15, 2018

Abingdon Market Place Today

Market Place Today
On the Market Place in Abingdon this morning the Citizen’s Advice and NSPCC shared a stall. Here is Lorraine Oates, former Mayor, for the NSPCC; and Hilary Green, former Mayor, for Citizens Advice.
Market Place Today
It was a lovely day. Perhaps the warmest of the year so far. The worse that could happen was that the wind blew the papers about on the stall.
Market Place Today
Lorraine pointed out the flower bed near St Nicolas Church and how good it is looking.

1 Comment April 14, 2018

The Jumping Game

The Jumping Game
Henrietta Knight, a retired racehorse trainer, will be signing her latest book The Jumping Game on Saturday 14th April 2018, at Mostly Books in Abingdon.

Later on in the day the Grand National will be run, and so I have looked at the 40 runners with an Abingdon Prism and chosen …

REGAL ENCORE – 28/1 – With the return of a cinema in Abingdon run by the Regal Evesham. The previous Abingdon cinema having been called Regal, this looks the most Abingdon horse to me.

Also ran …
The Jumping Game
GAS LINE BOY – 33/1 – The road closure in Bath Street while they put in a new Gas Line. Boy is that taking a long time!

VIEUX LION ROUGE – 28/1 – Translation in English is Old Red Lion, an old pub in the village of Drayton, only a mile from Abingdon.

6 Comments April 13, 2018

Bridge Open

Bridge Replaced
Thank you to Elizabeth for this picture of the bridge being replaced at the town end of the Ock Valley Walk. The work happened yesterday. Elizabeth says she is delighted, as will be many other people, that the much loved walk is open again after a long closure.

The previous bridge was vandalised and closed almost six months ago.

7 Comments April 12, 2018

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