Ride and Stride

Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
Ride and Stride was happening all around, and beyond, Abingdon today. It was a chance to visit and go inside some unique historic churches – including eleven in Abingdon. It was also a chance to see the beautiful countryside around Abingdon and some lovely village churches; and get exercise while raising money for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
All Saints Methodist Church, in Abingdon, may not look very historic.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
but they have reason to thank the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust for a grant towards their recent refurbishment. So they had a notice thanking striders.
Wild West Hendred to Abingdon
In Dry Sandford you will find St Helen’s Church in the parish of St Helen Without. They need to raise money to repair their roof. After a lightening strike in 1961 the roof was incorrectly repaired and they now need £500,000 to repair it properly – a huge amount for them. You can read more at http://www.sthelensdrysandford.org. I expect they will be asking the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust to help.

Leave a Comment September 14, 2019

Extinction Musical Chairs on the Market Place

On the Market Place today the sun was shining and the Abingdon Extinction Rebellion group were playing Musical Chairs.
Extinction Musical Chairs
All they needed were some players with animal masks, a table and chairs, some musicians with drums, and a human with a white mask. The players had a meal and started dancing round the table. The human then ate a lot of the food and removed one of the chairs
Extinction Musical Chairs
When the music stopped the players sat down for the next meal, but one of them could find no chair
Extinction Musical Chairs
and lay down as if dead.
Extinction Musical Chairs
The game continued until the end. The human was the last one living but did not live for long.

3 Comments September 14, 2019

Downton Abbey at the Abbey Cinema

Downton Abbey
The red carpet was out at the Abbey Cinema in Abingdon for the first showing of the Downton Abbey movie.
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey was a very successful TV series that followed the dramatic events at the Downton Abbey stately home from 1912 to 1925, through six series and Christmas specials. The movie takes up the story in 1927. Like many other stately homes Downton Abbey had been downsizing. Then they are told that King George V and Queen Mary plan to visit and call their ex butler out of retirement to put on a good show to impress the royals.
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey will be on at the Abbey Cinema for the next couple of weeks followed by Mrs Lowry and Son. The full program is at https://theabbey.ac

1 Comment September 13, 2019

Post Office Closing – updated

Post Office Closes
McColl’s Newsagent and Post Office at Gainsborough Green will be closing in early October. A lot of people will be upset by this closure as it leaves South Abingdon without a post office, and the closest alternative is in town.
Post Office Closes
The notice in the window blames staff shortages for having to close at 5pm rather than later.

P.S. Didn’t get my facts right first time round so have updated this post.

7 Comments September 12, 2019

Back in Abingdon

Back in Abingdon
Back in Abingdon after a week away in Cumbria. The flag over the County Hall has returned to the Union Jack after the Police flag was up there for a couple of weeks.
Back in Abingdon
The former Superdrug shop in Bury Street is to be used for a Heritage exhibition – Coming Home, Moving On from 14th to 21st September. There is no longer a Community Shop / Free Space for use by Clubs and Societies.
Back in Abingdon
Some windows have been mended after being boarded up. There had been a spate of broken windows.
Back in Abingdon
There was some work being done on Stratton Way this evening which involved work personnel with Stop and Go lollipop signs trying to control the traffic. It did not look easy. Tail backs in either direction quickly overlapped traffic light controlled junctions.

Were there any stories that I missed while away that would be worth investigating?

5 Comments September 11, 2019

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