The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Blue Blue Winter Light

Blue seems to be the 2007 colour for winter lights

near the Black Swan in Bath Street.

round a tree outside Old Abbey House.

Stert Street

a shooting star on Abingdon Bridge.

and over the Old Abbey Buildings - a blue blue moon.

Friday, 21 December 2007

Thirty Five Concrete Lorries

There has been a steady stream of concrete lorries to the Co-op site today - thirty five are expected in total.

There has also been a steady stream of concrete, poured into a framework, to create the first floor and the structure below.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Oxfordshire 2007 - Winter Lights

This was one of the final events of Oxfordshire 2007 (celebrating Oxfordshire's 1000th birthday). The large moveable puppets were created by students at Abingdon and Witney college.

TV cameras were there.

The puppets enacted the history of Abingdon. This puppet threatened everybody with his wonky arm. He came to Abingdon to do raping and pillaging and pull down the Abbey.

The story was all told from the viewpoint of some space age teenagers from the year 3007

and ended with wizzy sparks, and balloons.

After the performance, because there is no storage at the college, the puppets will be destroyed. So if anybody has a room or a spare garage and would like to save one of the poor puppets, better contact the college ASAP. A lot of work went into creating them.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Northern Lights

Here are a few more pictures of the winter lights in Abingdon (towards the northern end of town)...

Robert Stanley opticians.

Abingdon and Witney College - art department.

Abingdon United Football Club.

St Edmunds Church

Campion Road.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Southern Lights

Here are a few pictures of the winter lights in Abingdon (starting at the southern end of town)...

Abingdon Bridge at sundown.

St Helen's Church and Wharf.

The floodlights at Abingdon Town football club reflected on the Thames.

A window in East St Helens Street.

A garden in Saxton Road - it boasts more such displays than any other road in Abingdon.

However, there were fewer lights than usual in other areas of South Abingdon. There are still a lot of people not back into their flood damaged houses yet and, perhaps as a sign, there was only one Christmas light - a swinging bell - on one normally-festive road.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Father Christmas Visits

Father Christmas has already been round South Abingdon last week. He will start sleigh-riding round North Abingdon tonight at 6 pm from Boulter Drive, and tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 pm from Hanson Road. His helpers have buckets so you can donate money for the work of the Abingdon Lions.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Fire at the Net

Yesterday morning, there were three fire engines at the Net youth centre. Young people in judo kits had been brought outside the building.

It was a kitchen fire and smoke stains can be seen round the near vent. The door has been forced in.

Thanks for the picture from some on-the-spot correspondents.