The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Monday Closing in France

For a change from toast and marmalade, I had croissants for breakfast...

purchased from Patisserie Pascal. Yesterday was the opening of this very French enterprise. Their closing day will be Monday as is the habit in France.

The owners used to have a similar business in Somertown, Oxford. They have now started again in Abingdon, at the top of East St Helen Street, in what was once Exclusive Hair Design.

Exclusive are not far away in West St Helen Street, next door to what will be the Co-op. (If rumour is correct, work is expected to start in June on the long awaited Co-op.)

On the other side of the Co-op, work has begun on what was Glendales. Frend the jeweller have already moved in. Frend and co Ltd are a well established Abingdon business. They moved from the precinct a week or so back.

The Graphology of Grafitti

A graphologist, or handwriting analyst, could read a great deal from this short message.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Choir Practise at St Helens

The steeple of St Helens viewed from beneath a large silver birch along West St Helens Street.

The same steeple viewed from the back window of the nearest parked car. The car probably belonged to one of the choristers.

The church door was open and listening to the evening hymn, I lifted the camera lens, beyond St Helens Court and the brewery buildings, towards the sky.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

New Mayor Elected

The Abingdon flag has been flying over the county hall for the last couple of days instead of the union jack, possibly due to the Mayor Making this evening.

On the stage of the Abbey Hall, in front of an audience of town's people, Abingdon Town Council unanimously elected the new mayor by 20 votes to 0. The new mayor isn't the chap with the chain, but the lady with the bonnet. This picture was taken when the mayor-to-be was helping the town celebrate the 45oth anniversary of the royal charter.

Her name is Lorraine Oates. She is 60 - although I find that hard to believe. She is married to Tim, who flies helicopters for a living. (That is not Tim by the way.) Lorraine has been on the town council for four years, and has chaired the amenities committee (which looks after play areas, cemetaries, allotments etc).

Lorraine is often on hand to help at events, and as mayor will attend possible two to three hundred in the next year with the help of her deputy.

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Dragon Boat 2007

Each crew has three qualifying races to try and get through to the final. So they embark near the finish.

Paddle up to the start point, and with drum beating, thunder down the river,

back to the finishing line.

The weather could have been better for the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vespers, who stage the event. It was either pouring down

or just drizzling.

But despite that, there were still a lot of people up for it, but maybe not as many as last year.