The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 10 January 2009

A trail of pine needles

On the Market Place today old Christmas trees are being recycled and turned into woodchip and mulch.

This is one of the larger trees being fed into the shredder.

There was a trail of pine needles through our house, up West Saint Helen Street, along High Street, and to the Market Place. This is our tree, as was,

and this cloud of woodchip and needles is the last I saw of it.

Friday, 9 January 2009

'Oxford City Council' in Abingdon

Here in the heart of Abingdon are signs from Oxford City Council.

The area is just off the Radley Road. The roads nearby are: Daisy Bank, Campion Road, Purslane, and Ramsoms Way. Some of the homes belong to Oxford City Homes and Community Housing.

Being a distant landlord they sometimes need reminding of their responsibilities.

I always take a keen interest in the Oxford Daily Photo, a photo blog with one picture a day. When there is something special in Oxford additional pictures do get posted on an overflow blog. This week there were some of Ice Skating on Port Meadow in Oxford.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Stratton Way - 3 years on

One plan likely to go ahead, early in 2009, is that the road at the top end of Stratton Way will get widened, and the pavement narrowed. Traffic going straight on (like this car and another half dozen behind) will no longer get stuck behind traffic turning right. It may scupper any chance of a shared cycle lane on the pavement though.

Time has moved on for the subway. The pedestrian crossing ,you can see further down, was put in on a temporary basis some years ago and worked so well it stayed. It is nearer where pedestrians want to go, and nearer the repositioned bus stops. There is little chance that it will be removed, even though it does not work so well in the AbITs (2006) traffic system.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Tesco Kids Clothes

The answer to yesterday's question 'Who still sells Children's clothes in Abingdon now Adams and Woolworths have closed?'

Tesco have given over a lot of space to children's clothes, many of them heavily discounted. Tesco also seemed to have cornered the Abingdon market in CDs and DVDs and PC games.

Bottled beers are currently being heavily discounted which obviously makes it more difficult for local pubs and off-licences to compete. But Tesco are more concerned about the likes of Asda, and Morrisons.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Adams Closes

On 31st Dec 2008 Price Waterhouse were appointed as the receivers for Adams kidswear. A week later they have decided that 111 Adams Stores should close immediatly. The Abingdon store was among those to go. 160 elsewhere are to stay open as Price Waterhouse try to sell them as a going concern.

This photocopied sheet is all there is in the window of the Abingdon Adams to say what has happened.

Where can you now buy children's clothes in Abingdon? De Paaw closed last year, Adams have just gone, and Woolworths are into their last day?

Monday, 5 January 2009

A Frosty Day

There was a hard frost last night which stayed most of the day. The nearest the sun got to appearing was soon after dawn, then it clouded over.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Pier - Last 3 days

It can be difficult doing This Abingdon blog when I'm away, but today in Bristol I found an Abingdon connection...

The Pier furniture shop in Bristol has just 3 days left before it is closed by the receiver. The receiver is using the same posters as Woolworths. Maybe they got a cheap job lot.

There was not much left at the Pier. But look at the writing on the boxes and you'll see they have an HQ with an Abingdon address.

We bought a lot of our furniture from the Pier 'Seconds Warehouse' in nearby Milton Park .