The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Announcing New Sweet Shop

The Town Crier came today to announce the opening of the new sweet shop in Stert Street, where Poldeli used to be.

They sell traditional sweets in jars, and packets, and if they have not got the one you want, they will try to order it. They also have locally made chocolates (from Henley), and today were giving away hot chocolate drinks.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Pews Away 08

Thanks to John for sending this picture of St Michael's, Park Road. It shows the interior recently cleared of old pews before extensive works to modernise. The pews are to be replaced by chairs - as has already happened in many other churches.

Last Sunday as I passed the Conduit Centre, next to Trinity Church, I heard St Michael's congregation and cantor singing their mass - the Conduit Centre is their temporary home.

Each Sunday, there are two churches meeting on opposite sides of the Trinity Church lawn. The two congregations will finally join up together as one for the Harvest Festival. As the not so eminent theologian Father Jack Hackett was taught to say: "Yes!" and "That would be an ecumenical matter!"

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Progress Update

At Long Alley Almshouses the old tiles and batons are being stripped off to leave bare rafters which are then kept dry with plastic sheeting.

At the bottom of West Saint Helen Street the hole has been filled over. Just a darker square of tarmac shows where it once was. That is not to say there are not other problems down there as Victorian storm drains decay beneath our feet, but at least the smell of sewage that has been apparent down that way for a while has been explained and cleared up.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

ANNABELINDA - A Retrospective 1971 - 2008

At the Abingdon County Hall Museum from 6th Sep to 9th Nov is an exhibition of the haute couture of Annabelinda.

Belinda O’Hanlon and Anita Woodhead opened Annabelinda in Oxford in 1971, designing and making clothes, and have carried on and built up a huge archive of designs.

The Annabelinda website says: "35 years on it is their reputation for the lavish time, care and attention paid to the line and finish of each garment that still makes an Annabelinda creation so highly and irresistibly desirable."

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Launch of Town Shopping Map 2nd ed

On display on Saturday for the first time was the second edition of the town shopping map.

The map was also being given away, after its launch, as part of the Odd One Out in the Shop Window Competition on Saturday. Hester is here checking entries. (Pictures from Lesley.)

Monday, 15 September 2008

Fun In the Parks

Another enjoyable Fun in the Parks. Heritage Day and Fun in The Parks got lucky with the weather. Just a few things that caught my attention...

Ceroc Dancing

The Abingdon Baptist Church childrens activity area.

Ed the Magician - who won Abingdon's got Talent -

with an enthralled audience of young children today. After the act he was giving out 'Hire Magician for Birthday Party' leaflets.

A Fijian war dance, done by Fijian Soldiers from Dalton Barracks.

It ended with the kids v parents tug a war.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Boundary Walk

A good few people went on the boundary walk this morning including Tony Legge in top hat. He was unable to get his Town Criers uniform, and so instead dressed as the Doctor / Undertaker from the mummers play. Thanks to Lesley for this picture.