The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 18 April 2009

South Abingdon Arts Project - first visit

I visited the South Abingdon Children's centre today.

They have just unveiled a new noticeboard on Caldecott Road advertising their many activities

Inside Dionne Barber was touching up the paintings before this afternoon's final session of the Easter arts project.

The Arts Project will continue with more workshops on-site near the Reynolds Way shops, mural painting, in the Summer half term.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Don't Dump The Pump

There was a public meeting at the Guildhall to look at the latest plans for the County Hall.

The plans were brought to us by two guys who are taking the project to the next level and will be submitting a planning application mid May: the Project Manager and Architect from Ridge Property and Construction.

You would have thought the controversial issue would have been the new lift seen here on the left of the bottom picture of the building, and just visible through the right arch on the top picture.

Or maybe the biggest issue should have been the maintenance of the building which needs a lot of TLC to allow it continue over the next 50 years.

The County Hall was built over 300 years ago. There has generally been a large project of work done on it every 50 years or so. The last time was 1956 by the Ministry of Works. The presentation began with a list of maintenance issues that need addressing. Water is getting in to the basement and through the roof. The heating, insulation, and ventilation are inadequate.

Next all the details about improving this as a museum building were presented: improvements to basement, sessions hall, and attic, with the lift for accessibilty.

But the controversial issue TONIGHT turned out to be the pump tucked away in the basement. This pump used to pump fresh water round the town. It will be moved and displayed elsewhere in the cellar.

Somebody argued it is unique and should in no circumstances be moved elsewhere for the sake of a lift. You can see it in its proposed new position in this picture.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Top April Blooms

Somebody did tell me that they enjoyed the flowers on Stratton Way

and the tulip mix below the County Hall. So here they are, if you have not seen them.

There is a more calming display near Saint Helen's Church

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

This is a Low Crime Area

This new notice next to the District Council Offices says ' This is a low crime area.'

"Help us keep it that way."

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Lesson

While walking in Sutton Courtney a while back, I noticed this familiar Mother and Child sculpture, surrounded by trees. It is where Franta Belsky, the Czech born sculptor, used to have his studio.

Entitled The Lesson, the sculpture is permanently on display in Abingdon near the library, and bears the inscription 'In memory of Margaret Belsky' . She was a well known newspaper cartoonist in the 1960s, and the wife of the sculptor. The Lesson was one of her favourite works.

It was presented to Abingdon by Franta Belsky, in 1989, the year of his wife's death, and is the second bronze casting.

The first was unveiled in 1959 in Bethnal Green, London. I presume the verdigris one in Sutton Courtney is a prototype.

(Thanks to the Information Centre for an Abingdon Herald article on 21 Sept 1989 called "Sculptor's memory in Bronze")

Monday, 13 April 2009

Easter Monday

It did at least warm up by this afternoon,

and there were more boats going through Abingdon Lock...

more people about doing their own thing ...

out in the open.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy easter

This lamb in the window of Masons, in Bath Street, has not quite found its legs yet.

Here is a little display of eggs in front of Conduit House in the Albert Park.

Happy Easter.