The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Londis - Abingdon opening

Another new shop has opened in Abingdon in the last week. It is Londis Abingdon. It's where Cargo used to be on the High Street. The poster in the window says: DVD rental - coming soon.

The strange thing is I've seen no fliers or adverts through the door about any of these new shops.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Local Roots

Not far from Patisserie Pascal a new shop at the top of East St Helen Street, called Local Roots, has just opened. All products come from a 30 mile radius of the shop. Chris and Sukey, the owners, say "We very much believe in promoting an ecological approach to retail, with much of our produce sourced from organic farms and smallholdings, and an emphasis on fair trade and minimal environmental impact."

Remade Path

The footpath along Caldecott Road, near where the canal once ran, is getting remade. The work started during the school holidays. Caldecott School is nearby.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Marcham Road Jet Lane

Queues stretch back to the Drayton Road.

Workmen are connecting sewers under the Marcham Road, and will be for another few days. But no sign of the proposed Marcham Road Jet Lane (aka dualling) yet.

In March 2008, an article in the Oxford Mail said that Oxfordshire County Council had a large drop in road funding from central government "County Hall confirmed that major schemes outside Oxford would also be indefinitely postponed, including the dualling of Marcham Road."

However, central government said "We do not recognise the claims Oxfordshire County Council is making in terms of reduction in funding."

Reading between the lines, the Jet Lane could still go ahead. The traffic hold ups caused by these minor sewer works are a sign of more prolonged hold ups to come.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Earth Movements

There appears to be a lot of earth movement going on at the new housing development on the Drayton Road. This picture was taken a week ago.

On Sunday morning it looked like this.

but all that snow soon thawed away leaving the final lay of the land to be worked upon.

The developers of the site may have had delicate negotiations with the Environment Agency before proceeding with the earth movements. They will need to ramp up the new houses above the risk of flooding.

Behind are bungalows flooded last July. The elderly people will move back in by about May at the latest estimate.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Children's events at the Bookstore

At the Bookstore last Saturday, Meg Harper was signing books. Here she is with her two most recent children's books: Fur and Piper.

Also at the Bookstore you can meet Horrid Henry. Henry's best subject at school is lunchtime, but its the start of the spring school holidays and there will be stories, face masks, badges, and general mayhem at the Bookstore from 11 A.M today.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Thai Orchid Supermarket Opening

The Thai Orchid Oriental Supermarket has opened on the corner West St Helen Street

and High Street. It opened on a day that started snowy and ended sunny.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Unexpected Snow

It was forecast, but I didn't believe them.

I heard one mum saying "No, its not Christmas"

Its just snow. Fun for children and dogs,

and very pretty.