WI Markets are one hundred years old today

WI Markets are one hundred years old today
WI Markets are one hundred years old today. They are now called Country Markets.
WI Markets are one hundred years old today
On the 14th December, 1919. the first WI Market was set up in Lewes in East Sussex. At first it sold produce grown and made by members of  local Women’s Institute branches, and then went on to allow small holders and ex-service men to participate.
WI Markets are one hundred years old today
At today’s Country Market in Abingdon there were lots of home baked produce including some very good mince pies. There were also jams and chutneys, and crafts.

I was told the first WI Market in Abingdon was 75 years ago. The market was held for a long time in St Nicolas Church hall, a building that used to stand behind St Nicolas Church. It was demolished when Abbey House was built and Abbey Close rerouted. The market then moved to the Roysse Room until 2014. Since then it joined in with the Farmer’s Market, and spent some time in the Charter Centre. It still takes part in Local Excellence Markets.
WI Markets are one hundred years old today
The Country Market now takes place every 2nd Saturday at the Salvation Army Church in Abingdon. There were reminders on tables that Christmas would not be Christmas without the Salvation Army.
WI Markets are one hundred years old today
The Salvation Army came to Abingdon in 1887. I hope to bring more news about the Salvation Army and their new Captain early next year.

1 Comment December 14, 2019

Voting in Abingdon

Voters in Abingdon voted in the UK’s third general election in five years, and the second election in 2019. Key issues were Brexit and the NHS.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
The vast majority of signs round Abingdon were Lib-Dem. The majority of the literature we received was also Lib-Dem.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
There was surprisingly little literature from the Conservatives, and fewer Conservative signs than usual. There were no high profile visits.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
Labour brought us a couple of leaflets.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
There was one leaflet from the Brexit Party.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
It was a wet polling day. The rain got heavier after about 10 am and eased off towards evening.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
Umbrellas were common at the polling stations where there was little parking, including Trinity, and the Guildhall,
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
and St John’s Ambulance station.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
There were fewer umbrellas where parking was easier. The tellers at Preston Road and Long Furlong told me there was a good turnout.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
The road was blocked near the Northcourt Centre Polling Station as new gas mains are being put in.
MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
Candidates for Oxford West & Abingdon were Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats), James Frederickson (Conservatives), Rosie Sourbut (Labour), and Allison Wild (Brexit Party).

The result was:
Layla Moran (Liberal Democrats) 31,340 votes (held seat)
James Frederickson (Conservatives) 22,397 votes
Rosie Sourbut (Labour) 4,258 votes
Allison Wild (Brexit Party) 829 votes.

21 Comments December 13, 2019

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival
In the Community Free Space Shop, this afternoon, different community groups were decorating 20 real Christmas Trees.
Christmas Tree Festival
The Christmas Tree Festival will run from 12th – 21st December, 10-4. You can vote for your favourite tree for £1.00.
Christmas Tree Festival
There will also be craft sessions, and wreath making sessions. This particular tree had decorations made and painted by people with learning disabilities supported by hft.
Christmas Tree Festival
Tracey from Carers Oxfordshire helped co-ordinate the event. She also organises Abingdon Community Events’ Toydrive and has been collecting gifts over the last few weeks. Their big wrap will be on 14th December at Dalton Barrack Community Centre. See facebook @abingdonevents.

3 Comments December 11, 2019

Demolition and Development Today

Demolition and Development Today
The FairAcres Phase 2 demolition continues. A small corner of building is all that remains of the original 1970s retail park.
Demolition and Development Today
Piles of rubble from the demolition are awaiting reuse in the 2020s retail park. The new shops will include a Lidl, and should be around for another 50 years, if things go well, before retail parks become outdated.
Demolition and Development Today
The new retirement development on Ock Street is taking shape, and the rafters have been added. The development will comprise 39 privately owned self-contained apartments for the over 60s.
Demolition and Development Today
The buildings seem to take every inch of space around the perimeter. At the centre will be a green space.

4 Comments December 11, 2019

More Post Office Counters needed

More Post Office Counters
The McColls Newsagent,with its post office in Reynolds Way, closed a month or so back. There are currently no plans for an alternative Post Office in that part of town, and a lot of people are suffering as a result.

Last Saturday I went into the nearest post office, in the Co-op in the town centre, and saw the biggest queue I had ever seen there. It had filled the airport style queueing barriers and extended back almost to the Co-op counter.
More Post Office Counters
The chip shop in Reynolds Way has also closed but I am told that it is closed only for refurbishment.

21 Comments December 9, 2019

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