The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Fete Accompli

This could well be the final fete at Dunmore Infant School. Dunmore Infants are to merge with Dunmore Junior and become Dunmore Primary School for 3-11 year olds.

Friday, 8 June 2007

New Footbridge

This picture is taken from the new housing development called 'The Riverside Collection' and shows the future position of a footbridge to Abbey Meadow.

This model is pictured on a bill-board near the Barrett Homes marketing suite. The Vale council planning control committee will meet in a couple of week to discuss the real bridge design.

The design will incorporate motifs from the Abingdon Sword.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Abingdon Art from A to B

Neave Mews has a central sculpture. It is called the Abingdon A and is designed by Bews and Gorvin. At night you may only see the inner-A.

Nearby on the brewery development this piece, called Barrel, was created by Walter Jack in 2002.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

The Underpass Mural

The 1970s mural decorating the Stratton Way underpass was looking very tired, and so the artists have returned to repaint the whole thing, and bring it up to date.

Here the artist is giving the finishing touches to the Ock Street horns held by the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers . The ownership of these horns has long been contested by a rival group: the Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

A Load of Cobbles

The cobble-layers are having a good 2007 in Abingdon. Not only is the Market Place getting re-cobbled, but also this corner next to St Helens Church has been given a new clean set of cobbles.

This once neglected spot was overgrown with weeds until a few months ago, now look at it: drizzled with wood shavings.

Monday, 4 June 2007

3 High Street

A-Plan Insurance is a place for people who prefer to deal with their insurance brokers face to face rather than trust, kelco, or on the internet.

The building at 3 High Street was hidden in scaffolding much of last year, but now we can all see that it is a fine-figure-of-a-building.

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Scenic Lake - dumping ground for big business

There were crowds in the Abbey Meadows this weekend enjoying the open air pool and the water jets. There were queues at the ice-cream kiosk, and Waitrose was busy at lunchtime, selling out of those serve yourself salads.

Elsewhere in Abingdon there was a steady flow of cyclists going past Radley Lake. The lake is likely to be drained and used as a dumping ground for ash from Didcot Power Station. A lot of the trees have already been destroyed, and native birds like kingfishers have gone.

But these locals are still putting up a fight (my dog joined them for the picture). They have been trying to stop RWE nPower by proving that the Lake has been used recreationally (that is like a Village Green) for at least twenty years, and they would be glad to hear from more witnesses. The Radley Lake public enquiry begins again on 20th June.

Most people get to the Radley Lakes along this cycle track.