The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 4 October 2008

New Abingdon School Sports Hall

Abingdon School has opened a new £9m sports hall today. This is the view of the development from Bath Street taken a couple of months ago.

The school website has the inside pictures. Martin Keown the ex Arsenal footballer was there to help open it.

Friday, 3 October 2008

The Brits are Here

Here we see Lois Humphreys (Mayor of Abingdon, Virginia) watching as Pat Lonergan ( Mayor of Abingdon, England) logs onto the newly launched free internet with his PDA. Can I thank the Bristol Herald Courier for the pictures. Pat is quoted as telling that newspaper "We too have a Bristol."

46 visitors from Abingdon, England have gone across to celebrate the 230th Anniversary of Abingdon, Virginia. Here they can be seen arriving. Three town councillors, including Pat, are among them. There is also a Freeman.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness

Last Sunday morning there was a mist at 9:30 am at Caldecott Rec and the man painting the lines could not be sure that it would lift for the kick off at 10:30.

Elsewhere fruit and vegetables, tins, jars of marmalade and chutney, and packets of pasta were brought forward to lay round the platform at the front of Trinity Church.

Revd Dr Peter Doll from St Michaels, and Revd Richard Bittleston from Trinity held a joint Harvest Celebration. Like Thanksgiving in America, Harvest is a time to give thanks.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Coming of Age

Last night, there was a new TV Comedy programme set in Abingdon.

The new programme called 'Coming of Age', written by 19 year old Abingdon student Tim Dawson, showed a lot of potential - although rather crude.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Co-op Building - September progress

This is what the Co-op used to look like - complete with Rover 25.

Its replacement is still taking shape. I'm trying to think what car would best fit outside...

Monday, 29 September 2008

Stocks Beer Fest

A group of Mods are seen arriving here at The Stocks Bar (thats at the Crown and Thistle on Bridge Street) - presumably for the Beer Festival, and not just to show off their good looks.

Real Ale from twelve casks was being sold in the back room.

The beers were all fairly local, everything from Burford Best to Wayland Smithy - all £2.50 a pint. No suprise that I went for the Village Idiot.

And for £2 you could get a commemorative "Stocks Beer Festival" glass, with the profits going to charity.

Outside a band were playing, entertaining the crowds, and very good.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Swim For Abingdon

Here are some of the people who took part in the Swim for Abingdon.

Swim For Abingdon was conceived and organised by Penny Clover of Abingdon Charities Together - five small Abingdon charities that work together for fund raising.

Viewed here at the Deep End is one of the teams taking part.

This was his last appearance before the Mayor flies over to Abingdon, Virginia for their 230th Anniversary celebration. On That Abingdon's website is a feature saying the British are coming. They are expecting about 40 people from This Abingdon.