Oxfordshire Chilli Festival 2018

Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
On Abingdon Market Place today the fourth Oxfordshire Chilli Festival took centre stage.
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
That attracted a number of stalls selling chillis and chilli sauces. There were also a number of other vans and stalls serving hot food, and …
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
for the first time, in Abingdon, rolled ice cream – a fine anti-dote to chilli.
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
There was some good live music,
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
and, to help you enjoy the music, cider from Somerset.
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
Then towards the end of the festival a very exciting chilli eating contest. Contestants were not allowed to drink, and were supplied with hotter and hotter chillis until the eight contestants
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
were reduced to two. The guy who had been so cool throughout, eating the chillis faster than anybody else, decided to leave, leaving it to the two ladies.
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
Last year’s winner, Shaheena was back against the pain again. Last year she was up against Anthony, who had to drop out in fourth place this year. He had not been too well last week so could not give it his best shot.
Oxfordshire Chilli Festival
But after her rival reached for the cup of milk Shaheena realised she had won again – Wah-hoo.

Leave a Comment August 18, 2018

Steve’s ‘Exotic’ Garden open

Steves Exotic Gardens
This is for anybody interested in visiting an open garden on Saturday in Abingdon.
Steves Exotic Gardens
Steve has opened his garden since 2014, raising over £2000 for Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Oxford and Blue Cross in Lewknor.
Steves Exotic Gardens
Steve is a previous Abingdon-on-Thames in Bloom competition winner, and also featured on a BBC2 Gardeners’ World programme last Autumn.
Steves Exotic Gardens

1 Comment August 17, 2018

Eye Spy Litter Bins

Eye Spy Litter Bins
There is a page on the Friends of Abingdon web site for the AbiBinit! Litter Picking Initiative. They will help organise group litter picks, and have one on Saturday 25th August. The meeting point is at Reynolds Way at 10am.
Eye Spy Litter Bins
Here in the town centre you are normally never further than thirty paces from the nearest litter bin. But there are still some people who do not find them, particularly when it comes to coffee containers and styrofoam food containers.
Eye Spy Litter Bins
Not all litter bins have the word LITTER on them. Some of them have a picture of a person dropping litter into a bin.
Eye Spy Litter Bins
Others have no LITTER word or picture. (Extra points for spying one of these.)

10 Comments August 16, 2018

Abingdon is noted for its Almshouses, and has been since 1446

Christ’s Hospital is the charity that runs these almshouses and has done for over 450 years. One of Christ’s Hospital’s aims is to provide almshouses to townsfolk who are of good character, over 50 years of age and in need.
Almshouses
The Master and Governors of the charity meet every month in Christ’s Hospital Hall, in the Long Alley Almshouses (build 1446), to discuss the almshouses, and the other three principal aims of the charity.

In recent meetings the maintenance and costings for work on some of the almshouses was discussed. Work is underway this summer…
Almshouses
Brick Alley (brick work)
Almshouses
St John’s(roof)
Almshouses
Twitty’s(paintwork)

The Governors will open Christ’s Hospital Hall during Heritage weekend (8th September) this year. (2018 will be a fairly quiet year Heritage weekend other-wise. More soon.)

Leave a Comment August 15, 2018

Costly Out of Hours Donations

Out of Hours Donations
The VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) sent out this picture from May 2018 of two mattresses left outside the Sue Ryder charity shop. It was part of a press release warning against leaving donations out of hours at charity shops.

The usual course of action would be to arrange for the mattresses to be taken to a registered waste and recycling centre so they could be disposed of legally.

Initially the person who left the mattresses outside the shop was given a £240 fixed penalty notice with the option to pay in installments. That was not paid, and was followed by a court summons and the total bill with fines and costs went up to £1300.

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at VWHDC said: “If you wish to donate items to charity you must check first that they are happy to accept them.  If you simply dump goods next to a shop then you are fly-tipping and could face a fine or prosecution.”
Out of Hours Donations
Even more costly was a donation to Acacia UK in Abingdon that was set alight. The shop is still boarded up eleven months later.

There is a planning application (dated 1st August 2018) for the shop to ‘Strip out of modern materials following a fire to inspect historic materials and form/agree repair plan.’

3 Comments August 14, 2018

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