The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Look! No Pavements

2¾ miles from Abingdon town centre is the centre of the village of Marcham. Off one side of the main road you will find a sheep farm...

and a dairy farm...

and there is an old dove-cote squeezed in next to an electricity sub-station.

But, like Abingdon, Marcham suffers from traffic problems. Along the main street called 'Packhorse Lane' the road twists, and there are no pavements.

There has been a long campaign to build a bypass round Marcham, but there is no funding currently and so the campaign drags on. In fact, things might get worse for Marcham with the proposed reservoir. Thames Water are proposing building a service road from near Marcham to the reservoir (should the reservoir be given the go-ahead). That could then draw in more traffic.

Rose-tinted spectacles

Recently, one of the town council candidates wrote in an election bulletin that "Abingdon is a vibrant, bustling town." A letter to the Abingdon Herald said the candidate "must wear rose-tinted spectacles".

The candidate replied "As the laboratory manager for an independent local optician, I pride myself on my ability to tint quality prescription lenses. I don't wear rose-tinted sunglasses: for spring, I like light brown." He went on to say " Abingdon is no ghost town. It's alive and it has a healthy heart." Now somebody has left a comment " Healthy Heart maybe but all the arteries are blocked."

Anyway, now for an experiment, can I ask you to look at the picture above of a tree in St Helens Court, first without spectacles.

Now look at it with rose-tinted spectacles, and you will see a deep fissure up the side. The bark and trunk has split and the tree is dieing on this near side. I would argue that rose-tinted spectacles should not be so maligned.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

The White Arrows

We do enjoy our white arrows here in Abingdon.

Monday, 7 May 2007

Centre Stage

Some shops fronts just want to get noticed. They want to be centre stage

or upstage the competition.

Others have a more subtle way about them,

and still got noticed.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

The Abingdon Invitation Cribbage Cup.

During a lunchtime visit to the Vine Inn in Cumnor, my attention was taken by a large silver trophy that had pride of place on the mantle of what was once a large fireplace. The trophy is the Abingdon Invitation Cribbage Cup.

Cribbage is a pub game that ranks up there in popularity with darts and Aunt Sally. You will hear players saying things like '15 two and fours a pair' as they move pegs round a board.

There is a league of pubs and clubs from Abingdon and surrounding villages that compete for this trophy. Previous winners (before the Vine) include The Prince of Wales at Shippon, and the Saxton Arms in Abingdon.