The Burger will have to wait

After seeing the McDonalds Queue in Abingdon at 3pm I decided the burger will have to wait. This is a day or so after MCDonalds opened after the Coronavirus Lockdown.

Music playing in car is Bluebird by Bob Wallis & Storeyville Jazzmen from 1960. All rights reserved to them. More Music from them on youtube here:

5 Comments June 6, 2020

Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited

Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
The footpath starts off near Allparts on the Ashville Trading Estate. The red line on the map, taken from, shows that a lot of its length is through houses.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
After the electricity substation on Byron Close, the footpath heads between the back garden fences of Byron Close and Ely Close.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
It then opens up a little as the path skirts fields. I have seen it overgrown on some occasions but this year it looks well cut back and walkable in all but one place.

I was sent an email at the start of the lockdown saying that the path had been blocked by a fence. I walked the path for the first time this evening. It is a little dangerous to clamber over one obstacle.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
There used to be a dogleg route round the foundation of a WWII shelter. The path has been blocked at this point before and opened up again at the insistence of Oxfordshire County Council. The email is asking for pressure to be put on Oxfordshire County Council so that it is opened again.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
The footpath appears to follow closely the towpath of the old Wilts and Berks Canal and passes another WWII Pillbox.
Abingdon Footpath 1 Revisited
At the far end is Mill Road.

6 Comments June 5, 2020

Beth Fleming

This photograph from Easter 2007 shows members of Abingdon Baptist Church about to give out Easter eggs.

We got news yesterday from Revd David Fleming (on facebook) that Beth Fleming ( in the centre of the picture), died in intensive care with complications following Covid-19.

Many of you will remember that she became the Chairmum of the VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) in 2010-11. Married to David, she had four children, and was trained as a geochemist. She had run all sorts of breakfast clubs, and scout troops, and toddler and baby clubs over the years – some at school, some at Abingdon Baptist Church where David was the Minister. This was all good training for getting involved in Abingdon local politics and becoming the chairmum of the district council. She could lip read and understood people well. She was a strong person and a great support to David as a Church Minister.

After leaving Abingdon David and Beth have been at Limbury Baptist Church in Luton for several years.

This is a very sad time for David and family. Our thoughts are with them.

6 Comments June 4, 2020

Volunteers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

1st to 7th June is Volunteers Week. As well as applauding the NHS and Key workers, we can applaud the volunteers who have made such a difference during the current pandemic. They have included people put on furlough who wanted to help others.

Volunteers working for Abingdon Coronavirus Community Response have answered 2,700 requests for help over the past 11 weeks – and as the lockdown eases they say “we’re still here to help“.

More than 400 people signed up for the scheme providing neighbour-to-neighbour help, running errands amounting to the equivalent of some 336 days of volunteering.

Sarah Anthony, who set up the group, said: “My mind is blown. I can’t believe what’s been achieved together.

If you know anyone in Abingdon who needs help contact:

Here is one example from the many…
Teacher Sophie is one of the volunteers working for the response team. She says….
“I mostly get shopping for a couple on the street. I do a big shop once a week which I used to do by going into the shop. Now we’ve got click and collect sorted so that’s really straight-forward and I’ll also top on a Sunday with whatever they need and get a paper. I’ll do prescriptions when necessary and there’s been a few other errands for other people as well. It’s been really good being part of the network of volunteers because it feels very well organised. We get information passed down to us and if I can’t manage some things so… once I couldn’t manage a request and I passed that on to another willing volunteer, so it very much feels like nobody is on their own with this. It’s been really rewarding getting to know my couple and other neighbours on the street. They are really lovely and they are extremely grateful which they don’t really need to be. My parents are in Devon and I can’t help them or be of use to them at the moment which is quite difficult as I imagine it has been for lots of people across the country so I feel glad to be of use. They’ve given me a few plants and some gardening advice as well. I think it’s a relationship that will probably last beyond the coronavirus.

Chris, who she helps, said….
“I live with my partner in Abingdon. We are both in our late 60s. Last year he had a heart attack. He also has asthma. Although not shielding we felt very vulnerable going out and decided we would self-isolate. Not having any family nearby, we turned to the ACR team for help after receiving one of their postcards through the door. We were put in touch with Sophie who turned out to live just a few doors away from us and who we had never met. Sophie for the past 11 weeks has unconditionally helped us with weekly shopping and picking up prescriptions. On Sunday mornings, she also gets ours and our elderly next door neighbours Sunday papers along with the essential weekend top up shopping as needed. All this with a constant smile and willingness to help in any way that we can. We’ve been so grateful. We can’t thank Sophie enough for keeping us safe. All my adult life I have volunteered in various fields and have been a social worker for 32 years so it’s very difficult for me to feel the need to ask for help.”

3 Comments June 3, 2020

Albert Park – City Daily Photo Theme ‘parks’

Pentecost Sunday
There are five entrances into the Albert Park in Abingdon. The entrance at the bottom – held open by a metal arm, gives a view to the Albert Memorial at the top of the park.
Pentecost Sunday
Albert Park is landscaped with trees and bushes – no flower beds. There is a pathway inside the perimeter and grass lawns at the centre, including the super perfect lawn of the bowls club.
Pentecost Sunday
There were people seated in small groups on the grass. The lockdown is easing and life is speeding up in Abingdon. Let us hope it does not go back to the complete Helter Skelter of before.
Pentecost Sunday
Year 1 and 6 went back to school yesterday or today, with smaller cohort groups and different entrances and separate playtimes to try to keep social distancing. (picture shows marking at Entrance 2 at Carswell School near Albert Park).

There were still a lot of children about in the park.
Pentecost Sunday
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria had nine children, five girls and four boys. For those who have been home schooling you can read Prince Albert’s Parenting Tips at

Albert devised the children’s demanding curriculum, and closely monitored the day-to-day running of the schoolroom with the governors and governesses. 

See more parks round the world at City Daily Photo bloggers.

4 Comments June 2, 2020

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