The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Town Centre - End 2007

This is the state of the town centre at the end of 2007 (press on image for a bigger version and if it that looks grainy press again the (+) magnifying glass).

Red is a vacant shop premises that was occupied at the end of 2006.
Yellow means change of ownership.
Green is a shop that was vacant at the end of 2006 which is now occupied.

High Street and the Bury Street shopping precinct have not had a good year. Other areas have done better.

Four shops have moved within the town: Frend & Co the jeweller, moved to West St Helen Street for a lower rent. The Chinese Medical and skin centre also moved for a lower rent. Chancellors the Estate Agent moved to be nearer the other Estate Agents. Going Places moved in with Thomas Cook after their parent companies merged.

Patesserie Pascal is a new addition. Other new shops include Limoncello, the restaurant, Poldeli, the Polish deli, and Kelso, a leather and craft shop.

Friday, 28 December 2007

After Christmas

A stage has been set up in the corner of the museum, and for a few days only there is a performance of 'The Night After Christmas' (27-30 Dec 1.30PM to 3:30PM and 2-5 Jan 11.00AM to 1.00PM). Its free.

Father Christmas relates his experience travelling around the world, and how different countries treat him.

The show can be seen by all those who can climb the stairs. The lift to the County Hall is still planned. If there is lottery funding available it will be a scaled down version. English Heritage would not agree to the full lift, and Private Eye didn't want it either.

(The Abingdon Herald has the full story about the museum lift compromise. I see above that Gordon Rogers, the Abingdon local reporter, is retiring. The editor writes "Gordon has been a great district reporter. He has immersed himself in the patch he covers, and our readers, are going to miss him greatly.")

Thursday, 27 December 2007

The Old Bell

This is what the pub looked like on an old postcard at the beginning of the 1900s - before it was given the crest and columns. Back then it was Old.

Its been boarded up for a couple of months now awaiting further refurbishment. I shouldn't think the building work will be quite so radical this time round.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

The Unwanted Collection

On the fields near the river in Abingdon, a local collector of unwanted objects lives. He sleeps in a hammock surrounded by his haul.

Christmas must be a bumper time for him as it is for most of us...

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Happy Christmas

We may not get a white Christmas this year in the UK but

snow does look good round the Almshouses...

and up West St Helens Street...

and in front of the County Hall...

and on St Helens Wharf.

Happy Christmas.

(snow scenes from February 2007)

Monday, 24 December 2007

Almost Christmas

A cold start for the annual Christmas fishing competition.

These children at St Helen's Church helped make Christingles for services at St Helens and Preston Road Community Centre. The girl is going round the font counting how many there are.

At Andrews, the Estate Agents, houses have been replaced with coloured Christmas Trees.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Abingdon Town Band

Here they can be seen carrolling at Woolworths on the Extravaganza Evening with Steve Rich, the musical director, conducting.

And here they are carrolling outside Waitrose this weekend. To find out more visit Abingdon Town Band.