The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Charter Centre Changes

In the Charter Day Centre for the elderly, Father Christmas was there this morning for the Charity Fayre. Its likely to be their last Christmas Fayre at the centre.

The Charter Day Centre for elderly people is preparing to move. They need more space, and are swapping places with the learning disability centre who need less space.

A display at the Christmas Fayre shows their new premises at the Abbey Centre with stage 1 and stage 2 designs.

Stage 1) Both groups will use the same building.
Stage 2) Both move to newly adapted buildings.

One worry for elderly people is that the Abbey Centre is away from the shops and the doctors. A shuttle service will ferry people between Abbey Centre and town centre.

Friday, 21 November 2008

New Market Today

There is a new market on the Market Place today. Traditionally Market Day is Monday in Abingdon. But this Market is on a Friday.

The Farmers Market will be held from now on, on the third Friday of Every Month. There are a few more stalls than when they were at Old Station Yard on Monday.

A lot of working people would have preferred a Saturday, but Friday is a day when it is probably easier to get enough stall holders to make it workable,

and at the same people, shopping for the weekend, can make it worthwhile.

Half a Ring Road

This view is from Larkmead Bridge, looking back along Copenhagen Drive towards the Abingdon Business Park. The bridge was build when the north Abingdon peripheral road was completed.

Abingdon still needs a South Peripheral road. Abingdon has half a ring road.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

New Park Equipment

New piece of play equipment at Caldecott Recreation Ground.

And a complete refit at Ladygrove Meadow, off Chaunterell Drive, including a similar new climbing frame, and three other items.

That old thing like a clothes drier is gone, replaced by a Springy Bobbly (no idea what the catalogue calls it but thats the name came to mind).

(The opening has been put back for this area though as the matting was put down by the contractor when the ground was wet and may have to wait until the spring to do properly.)

And on the subject of new park equipment there is an addition at the Albert Park - no mistaking what that is.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Champion Fund Raiser

Andrew, on the left, is a young fund raiser who stages the annual Play2Give football tournament . He is ably assisted by Maxine in the center.

Andrew was treated for a brain tumour and since then has become a champion fund raiser for the Oxford Children's Hospital. Each year he and friends also select a second good cause, and this year it was the Abingdon Town Amateur Boxing Club Gym Fund.

After the presentation to the hospital, Alison, on the right, another champion fund raiser, was there to receive the money on behalf of the boxing club.

One event missed on Saturday was a remarkable queue on Stert Street. The Mostly Books Blog has the details.

Monday, 17 November 2008

New Cycle Racks

New cycle racks were installed last week at three bus stops on the Oxford Road in Abingdon.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Post Office Branch Move

Notices have appeared in the windows of Abingdon Central Post Office to say they will be moving to Saint Helens House.

I asked at the counter and was told that is the name of the new Co-op building. (The move has been rumoured for some time.)