The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Present Wrapping

The Vineyard Church were back as in previous years outside Woolworths offering "Free present wrapping!... Mince pies!..."

I did most of my Christmas shopping in Abingdon this year. We used to go to places like Reading and Milton Keynes for the big shops, but no more. They are too confusing. Its just easier doing it in town.

Nearby the special £2 Bumper Christmas edition of Big Issue was on sale.

Top Secret

Because of the need for secrecy over the Old Gaol, even after the preferred developer has been chosen, suspicions have been raised.

So when, a VW camper was seen parked outside the Old Gaol earlier, a rumour spread that Richard Branson must be involved.

Meanwhile, COG (Community in the Old Gaol) have produced "Wish we were here..." postcards to be found in shops in the town, to be sent to Terry Stock, the Chief Executive at the Vale Council. "Dear Terry, We are much looking forward to the development of the Old Gaol. We really hope you have been listening..."

Whatever happens, the days of chipboard and grafitti are nearly numbered. This is my favourite piece. It could easily pass as a modern stain glass window design.

Friday, 14 December 2007

Soldiers Home from Iraq

The soldiers from the Royal Logistics Corps at Dalton Barracks marched through Abingdon to the Market Place.

Medals were presented to mark the soldiers time in Iraq, and some especially heroic actions were marked with special commendations.

The soldiers then marched down West St Helen's Street to a church service accompanied by the civic party and some Chelsea Pensioners who also belonged to the Royal Logistics.

At St Helens Church candles were lit - one candle was lit for each person mentioned in the Roll of Honour of those killed in action during this tour of duty in Iraq. Of the 23 names, 2 belonged to the Royal Logistics Corps.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Under Offer

Pulpit House is currently under offer.

Its a Grade II listed building and former church, which was converted for commercial use about twenty years ago, and won awards.

The estate agent details say "... any proposal for a change of use and which would potentially add to the vitality of the central commercial area of the town of Abingdon, would be given consideration"

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Over 70s Christmas Party

The Abingdon Over 70's party saw entertainment from St Nicolas primary school.

There were carols from a young brass band.

Entertainment also included a sing-a-long, led by the Wootton Warblers, with songs like 'Old Bull and Bush' and 'Daisy Daisy.' One person in the audience said to another, "Showing our age singing to these."

The party was a chance for some to meet up with old friends. Most of this group were neighbours before the July flood. They expect to return home by about March or April.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007


The walls round the Abbey Gardens are covered with multi coloured polythene.

Every now and again somebody comes to uncover a section and works in the mortar.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Three Famous Abingdonians

The three Abingdon individuals with the largest entries in Wikipedia are...

Kate Garraway GMTV presenter, and star of Strictly Come Dancing.

St Edmund of Abingdon.
And Paul Gustafson

Among other things, Paul is also the author of the Eggbert books...

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Acupuncture Moves

The acupuncture place took down their herbs jars, from the High Street shop, yesterday

and they have moved them to the empty Crystals shop on Lombard Street... So good news for anybody in the middle of an acupuncture course - the acupuncture can go on.