The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 15 March 2008

French Market

There has been a French Market yesterday and today. (The yellow sign behind advertises the British Master Motorcross which has been buzzing all day).

There was also more of a buzz about Abingdon town centre this morning.

Abingdon Air and Country Show were advertising their upcoming show on 4th May.

Abingdon Operatic Society were promoting The Wizard of Oz from 31st March - 5th April.

And Specsavers had a Kids go Free promotion

Strattons AKA 'Stickies'

The DJ

the bar

the sign

and the Dancing.

If you are young and come from Abingdon its a good night out. If you old or come from anywhere else you may not think so.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Marrakech Exhibition

Students from Abingdon and Witney College (on the Foundation Art Course) recently went on an art trip to Marrakech.

They sent postcards back to the college every day, and at the exhibition was a wall of postcards - made from litter and cast-offs found in Marrakech -

and that was the beginning of the exhibition...

Thursday, 13 March 2008


The orange circle on the white square is a new symbol, and indicates that a Lock is currently unmanned.

Unmanned locks, like this one at Abingdon. will become a more frequent phenomena during the off season, as the Environment Agency (EA) concentrates its manpower on the main boating season in an effort to save costs.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Early Morning River View

A lone fisherman seated at the river edge of the Margaret Brown Garden in South Abingdon. Downstream is Didcot Power Station.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

First new shop of Spring

After so many shop closures this year it will be good to see something new open up.

This isn't exactly a new shop, but Property Weekly have set up shop in West St Helens Street. Thats one less empty shopfront.

And Spring is stirring beneath the Thai Orchid... in what was Eben Lark... and beneath the Waterline.

So what will be the first new shop of spring?

Monday, 10 March 2008

Graffiti and Gershwin

Ock Street Baptist Church is colourful enough as it is. They have to paint the classical facade like that because its a Listed building.

But now they have gone to excess, and added paintings from a graffiti workshop. It reads: 'LIV ING LIfE


Last night they had a Gerschwin Jazz / Gospel concert.

I hear it was a brilliant concert and I missed it.

Only 5 days to go until Roger McGough, and Julie Felix, and Swingtime, and Postcards to France are on at the Abingdon Arts Festival. We have bought tickets for one of these next Saturday. It was a difficult choice, and by so doing I'm going to miss another three good events.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Homage to the 'Homage to the Square'

My wife tells me that Joseph Albers is a well know artist in certain circles. Some silk screen prints of his are showing at John Mason School currently - during the Abingdon Arts Festival.

The first piece is called 'Repitition against Blue' and the second 'Homage to the Square.'

The reflections on the photo was too distracting and so I have tried to recreate the 'Homage to the Square' using Microsoft Paint. I'm calling this work "Homage to the 'Homage to the Square' "