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Hottest Ever Local Excellence Market

I missed the Local Excellence Market ten days ago. Thankyou to Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce for this report and look ahead …
Local Excellence Market
We had 33 stalls for what was probably the hottest excellence market we’ve ever had. We were joined by a number of regular traders, as well as some new faces. Due to the heat our regular chocolatier and candle maker didn’t join us, but we welcomed Heidi Parker who designs and makes lampshades to order and is based in Abingdon.
Local Excellence Market
Hunnybunnys were here with their buggy wraps, ready for winter.
Local Excellence Market
The Hampshire Gluten Free company were back with a wide range of Gluten Free Products.
Local Excellence Market
Local artist Christine, who is one of our longest standing traders was one of many trying to stay cool throughout the day!

Next is our summer craft market on 27th July, all organised by the Abingdon on Thames Chamber of Commerce.

We are also looking for local bands, groups, singers, or performers of any kind to join us on stage and / or in the Christmas Extravaganza Parade. Anyone interested can get in touch by emailing

6 Comments July 9, 2019

Knowl For Sale

Knowl For Sale
The Knowl, Stert Street, in Abingdon is for sale. It has been been a mental health rehabilitation and recovery residential care home for over 20 years. The care home has moved to another Abingdon location and the historic building is looking for a new occupant.
Knowl For Sale
Thomas Merrifield has it on the market for £800,000 and say this is ‘a unique and rare opportunity to acquire a Grade II star listed former care home with 15 bedrooms, 4 bedroom annexe, numerous receptions and shared communal facilities located in the heart of Abingdon town centre. The Knowl represents a landmark building within Abingdon due to its striking period architecture and substantial appearance.’

The Knowl also features on the town portal – Abingdon People and Places.

5 Comments May 9, 2019

Defending our Waterways

A lovely Bank Holiday Monday here in Abingdon. Our waterways are secure, or are they?.
Defending our waterways
People may sometimes wonder whether noticeboards at Abingdon Lock are put there for amusement or safety.
Defending our waterways
In this case it was amusing but important safety information. The Captain of Le Boat from Benson hit a shoal (sediment bank), and needed help to reverse to get back into the navigation channel.
Defending our waterways
After last weekend’s  WWII re-enactment event a new board has appeared at Abingdon Lock, about the Upper Thames Patrol – Defending the River against the Threat of Invasion.
Defending our waterways
The biggest danger to our waterways is the lack of funding to the environment agency. They do not have enough resources to keep our waterways safe for casual boaters.

5 Comments April 22, 2019

4th South Abingdon Play & Activity Day

South Abingdon Play & Activity Day
The 4th annual Oxford Play Association Play & Activity Day was held in Southern Town Park in Abingdon today. In the foreground is the Vineyard Church stall who have been actively promoting young people’s activities in South Abingdon since helping set up the youth club nearly ten years ago. It is still going strong.
South Abingdon Play & Activity Day
The activity day saw drumming, sumo wrestling, zorbo balls, climbing walls, go-karting and lots more.
South Abingdon Play & Activity Day
Among the dozen or so stalls were Inspiring Minds, a community based learning project in South Abingdon, who create educational courses in Maths, English, computing, and cooking, and will soon be setting up a first aid course.
South Abingdon Play & Activity Day
Oxfordshire Libraries were also there with their summer reading project. There is not just one for the children but also one for adults. More of that anon.

The day was sunny, and well attended, and looked good fun. Thanks must go to everybody who made it happen. Apologies that I forgot to use the publicity they sent me. But I did see it promoted at school and on social media.

Leave a Comment July 21, 2018

Trinity Learning Award

Trinity Learning
TrinityLearning, the outreach project of Trinity Church in Abingdon which works to help quality of life in local schools, was one of four finalists to win the United Reformed Church (URC)’s Community Projects Award 2018. They were awarded with an brass plaque and cheque for £2000 at The URC General Assembly in Nottingham.

2 Comments July 15, 2018

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