The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Thameside Fair

There was a good turnout for the fair at Thameside School lastnight. Lots of raffle prizes.

The longest queue was for the ponies.

I helped out on the White Elephant stall. Thats where you sell off unwanted gifts - aka white elephants. My co-worker had the gift of the gab and sold much more than me. Money raised goes to help buy things for the school.

Ever at hand, the school caretaker was doing the BBQ.

The Fair had a pirate theme (but the camera batteries ran out just as I tried to take a picture of the headteacher and children dressed as pirates so you'll have to imagine that).

Friday, 6 July 2007

Art Preview

When we arrived the artists and guests were leaving. The wine glasses were being put into boxes. What remained was the art, and a few people near the door.

The poster at the entrance said that the word 'Sublime' had been given to the students as the starting point for their ideas for the show. They are the Abingdon College first year part-time foundation art students...

The exhibition is on for the next couple of weeks in the college reception area.

Here are just a couple of samples...

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Kingfisher Fledgling

Over the last seven weeks I've been doing a beginners Kayak course with the Kingfisher Canoe Club, and yesterday we all earned our one star BCU certificate. It was a bit like getting a swimming certificate at school.

Afterwards we, the new fledglings, had a celebration BBQ with the more experienced Kingfishers. Not insects or minnows!!!

The beginners course was great fun. I only wished I had a waterproof camera. We played water polo near the mill, did white watering at Sutton Pools, and navigated through the low hanging trees down swift ditch.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Harry Pottermania

Only 17 day to go until the final Harry Potter book comes out, and only 7 days until the next film is released. Harry Pottermania is with us again. The screen saver on our computer ticks down the minutes. The Book Store is going to give a special edition of the 'Ghastly Hallows' book for the best outfit at midnight, and Mostly Books have their own event starting around midnight on the 21st.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Two Angry Women of Abingdon

Repainted as part of the underpass mural...

"Two Angry Women of Abingdon" was written by Henry Porter. The play was well received and Porter could have gone on to become a great talent in the Elizabethan theatre. Unfortunately he did not continue to write the likes of...

Sblood, I do not like the humour of these springals; they'll spend all their father's good at gaming. But let them trowl the bowls upon the green. I'll trowl the bowls in the buttery by the leave of God and Master Barnes: an his men be good fellows, so it is; if they be not, let them go snick up.

And if that has whetted your appetite you can
read the full play here!!!

Monday, 2 July 2007

Open Mic night

Open mic night at the Anchor Inn last night. Performers get a chance to do three pieces in a friendly atmosphere. Its not Karaoke, but a chance to show off your songs / musical ability / talent.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Blooming Museum!

The museum is between exhibitions, and for this weekend only the Abingdon Flower Club presented a 2 day event called 'Blooming Museum!'.

Abingdon Flower Club was founded in 1960. They meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the Northcourt Centre at 7.15 p.m, when they have a demonstration, followed by tea or coffee and a chat.

New people are always welcome. Next meeting is the 3rd July.

In case you miss that exhibition - and the pictures don't do it justice - there are always the normal summer blooms around town.