The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Abingdon's Got Talent - Final

Not everybody could win, however good...

The judges had to make the final decision and pick three winners. The judges were:

Julia Howson, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Abingdon
Geraldine Peers, BBC South
Mary Green, ITV Thames Valley
The Mayor of Abingdon
Eileen Bagshawe, Abingdon Drama Club

In the youngest group, they chose this harpest to win. She came back early from a holiday in Holland to compete.

In the middle age range they chose this magician.

And in the upper age range they chose this singer. He can sometimes be heard performing Karaoke at the Plough.

The winners will be invited back to perform at Fun in the Parks, and to turn on the Christmas Lights this year. Paul Mayhew-Archer (co-author of the Vicar of Dibley) was the master of ceremonies.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Bridge Left Open

I'm not sure if there has been an official opening, but the fence that barred the far end has been removed.

It has taken a long time to open the bridge. The date kept getting put back - possibly because building work continues nearby.

The bridge can now be viewed close-up

and from any angle.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

More Balloons

There were more hot-air balloons this evening. They came in low over the river and Abbey Meadows.

The balloons had to burn gas to get up over the trees in the Abbey Meadows

After the fly past they went their way.

It was after all the start of school holidays today.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008


Some hot-air balloons passed overhead this evening.

The balloons crossed a bright yellow field behind Kingfisher Barn.

After they were gone I waited a few minutes for the sunset.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

New Town Entry Sign

The new town entry sign on the side of the Broad Face says ' Abingdon on Thames - A Fairtrade Town Since March 2007'

Monday, 21 July 2008

Moving Centre of Gravity

It looks as thought the Old Ambulance Station development off the Wootton Road is complete, and the Old Crossroads Garage development is underway.

Cranbourne Homes had their offices on Ock Street, but the Twickenham House / Old Gaol development has seen them moving some of their operations towards East St Helen Street -

into Twickenham House.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Celebrating the Return of the Sun

The sun rose soon after 5 AM

Boats moored by St Helen's Wharf were lit up by the early sun light

as was the underside of the bridge.