The Abingdon Blog

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

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Yeah Baby!

On the Market Place at 12 there was the start of the Yeah Baby Free music festival -

raising money for the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

Face paints for all.

Deputy Mayor Duncan Brown was there with body guard.

The music started with 'Who Next' - a 'Who' tribute band...

and I'm a Boy.

Friday, 3 July 2009

The Second Coming

I was asked to mention that the Spindle Tree which appeared to have been totally destroyed by a plaque of caterpillars has made a complete recovery.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Sovereign Vale

These are the Offices of the Vale Housing Association in the Vineyard. They manage the social housing that used to belong to the Vale of White Horse District Council.

Over recent days I have noticed that vehicles and offices have begun showing the Sovereign Vale sign.

In 2008 members of the Vale Housing Association voted to join the Sovereign Housing Group, and become part of a larger group with more influence and economies of scale.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

UFO Sightings round Abingdon

At about 12:15 my daughter ran into the house after a bit of lunchtime sun bathing. She said she had just seen something strange. It was like a disc shaped shadow moving across the clouds but when the disc got to blue sky she could see nothing until it passed the next cloud.

Her theory was that she had just witnessed an invisible UFO that cast a shadow.

The photo above is my attempt to recreate the phenomenon, so don't take it as proof. But...

there have been a lot of UFO sightings around Abingdon over recent weeks and years... A google search found 86,500. So she is not alone.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The Local

In December 2005 the Thresher Group acquired 200 liquidated Unwins stores including two in Abingdon. They were rebranded as 'The Local'.

Now the Thresher Group are facing uncertain times. Some stores are being shut. The Local in the Vineyard has a closing down sale. The Local in Ock Street will remain.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Abingdon Town Centre Chaplaincy

Many cities and town centres are supported by one or more Chaplains.

They offer a safe, independent, listening ear as they walk about the town and visit the people in the shops and nearby businesses.

Tonight the Abingdon Town Centre Chaplaincy was launched at St Nics - on the Market Place.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Masked Ball

Yesterday I passed by Abingd0n Scho0l as they prepared for the 2009 Leavers Celebration - a Venetian style Masked Ball.

Today, the masked party goers were all gone...

as were the cars. A £120 release fee for this one must have added to the expenses of the day.

Mama Mia - Armed Forces Day

Above the Abingdon County Hall a flag has been flying to celebrate Armed Forces Day

- today 27 June. Following from this, Dalton Barracks are holding an Armed Forces family fun day on Saturday 4th July.

The Mama Mia Market has been in town over the weekend -

first time there has been an Italian Market in Abingdon.