The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Saturday, 10 March 2007


"They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
No, no, no, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parkin' lot

These swans float among the flotsom and jetsum of tree parts fallen in the lake.

They swans will need to find another home when the lake is paved with ash.

300+ people came to protest.

and lots and lots of frogs... pa pa pa pa pa
They paved paradise, and put up a parkin' lot

Fair Trade - Broad Face

The Broad Face pub near the bridge has been serving Fair Trade beveridges for many years. Mellie Ferrier, who runs the pub, is the spokesperson of the Abingdon Fair Trade Group, who have helped get Abingdon Fair Trade status.

But really it is due to all the people out there who buy Fair Trade and encourage the shops and businesses to stock Fair Trade.

Fair Trade - The Big Brew

This morning there was a stall, and coffee and tea available for The Big Brew at St Nics Church. The picture is of Chris Caddy who has been out and about over the last two weeks doing Fairtrade assemblies and talks in the Abingdon Schools.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Fair Trade - Guildhall

I went to the Guildhall recently for a meeting about the reservoir. There was tea and coffee and biscuits, and they all had the Fair Trade marque. Here is a display on the Guildhall noticeboard a while back.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Fair Trade - Waitrose

The front page of is devoted to Fairtrade fortnight. They have fairtrade recipes, a podcast discussing the Fair Trade debate, and highlighted products.

The Abingdon shop also gives Fair Trade an important place, with a billboard advertising pink Fairtrade roses from Kenya, and this display as you walk in.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Fair Trade - Tesco

Tesco are into Fair Trade in a big way. They currently have extra clubcard points for buying Fair Trade products. The Tesco corporate website says "Tesco strongly supports Fairtrade which guarantees that developing world farmers are paid a price that covers the cost of production, plus a premium to be spent on community projects such as better healthcare, sanitation, education"

Monday, 5 March 2007

Fair Trade - Traidcraft

Tha Abingdon Traidcraft group have been selling Fair Trade goods from this charity shop in Bath Street for about seven years. But they are no longer there and apologise saying" "We regret that owing to a drop in sales in the last six months, we will cease to sell Traidcraft products from the Bath Street shop from the end of February."
But they are carrying on elsewhere, at 35 Ock Street, and at various functions and fetes, and from most of the churches in Abingdon. Here they are at Trinity, as advertised on the screen

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