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Monday Markets in Abingdon

Monday Markets in Abingdon
A Monday Market has been held in Abingdon since at least 1556, when Abingdon Borough came into existence, and probably much longer.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
Earlier this Monday Morning there was a queue all round the fruit and veg stall – with people filling baskets. It is very popular.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
Perry the butcher keeps up a constant chatter, with his microphone, and everybody can hear as he piles meat on the scales and gives the customer bargains for buying in bulk.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
The fish man comes from Grimsby and has been coming for years now. Grimsby voted Conservative last week – for the first time in 74 years. They will be expecting that leaving the EU will help their fisheries.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
The diagonal paths of the Market Place work well. Stalls are on the cobbled quadrants, and people can easily walk between.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
On the plant stall, Holly wreaths and Mistletoe and cut Pine trees are selling well, as are Poinsettia and Cyclamen. Some of the colour may have gone out of the world in winter but at Christmas we decorate our houses with evergreens.

Isla Jane Bakery, from Bicester, bring their baking not just to Abingdon, but to many other markets round about.
Monday Markets in Abingdon
On Monday the town generally benefits from having the Monday Market. It is the day many, who are not working, choose to come to Abingdon

1 Comment December 16, 2019

Trinity Christmas Fair, St Helen’s Christmas Market, and The Local Excellence Market

Trinity Christmas Fair
Trinity Church had a Christmas Fair this morning. This is the raffle.
Trinity Christmas Fair
St Helen’s Church had a Christmas Market this morning. This is the jewellery stall and art under the St Helen’s window.
Trinity Christmas Fair
There was also a Local Excellence Market on Abingdon Market Place. Janes Kitchen was selling meat and vegetarian pies, pasties, and cakes and puddings. I was told it will be her last time at the Local Excellence Market.
Trinity Christmas Fair
Chillies2u had chillies and chilli sauces.
Trinity Christmas Fair
The Abingdon Gin company have set up a craft distillery in Bath Street, Abingdon.
Trinity Christmas Fair
They sell mostly through their website but were giving samples and selling at the Local Excellence Market. Abingdon Gin can also be tried at The Tipsy Mercer and Brewery Tap in Abingdon.

Leave a Comment November 23, 2019

Extinction Musical Chairs on the Market Place

On the Market Place today the sun was shining and the Abingdon Extinction Rebellion group were playing Musical Chairs.
Extinction Musical Chairs
All they needed were some players with animal masks, a table and chairs, some musicians with drums, and a human with a white mask. The players had a meal and started dancing round the table. The human then ate a lot of the food and removed one of the chairs
Extinction Musical Chairs
When the music stopped the players sat down for the next meal, but one of them could find no chair
Extinction Musical Chairs
and lay down as if dead.
Extinction Musical Chairs
The game continued until the end. The human was the last one living but did not live for long.

9 Comments September 14, 2019

Craft Market

Craft Market
The quarterly Craft Market was on the Market Place in Abingdon yesterday. Blue Sky Eco Cafe  are a  small group of volunteers who run a once-a-month community cafĂ© at Long Furlong Community Centre. They serve vegetarian and vegan recipes using unusual pulses, beans, grains and interesting spices.
Craft Market
The Friends of Radley Lakes had a stall. It is over ten years since they saved Thrupp Lake from being filled with ash from Didcot Power Station. They now support the Earth Trust who manage the site.
Craft Market
There were lots of Craft Stalls including, for the first time, Mike Baston Wire Art. I believe he will also be appearing at the Willow Shake Shop.
Craft Market
The Abingdon Chamber of Commerce run the Market. They have just produced a new map of the shops and businesses in the town centre + Ock Street. It is based on the 2010 shopping map.

The first print run is just 5000 as such maps can quickly get out of date.

Leave a Comment July 28, 2019

Local Excellence Market

Local Excellence Market
A sunny Saturday and Abingdon was busy. The town crier had three things to announce in town.
Local Excellence Market
He cried about the Local Excellence Market which he described as excellent.

He cried about the Abingdon Passion Play
Local Excellence Market
He cried about My Fair Lady which the Abingdon Operatic Society are performing from the 9th – 13th April. Visit https://www.abingdonoperatic.co.uk/ to find out more and book tickets. Their productions are always well worth a visit.
Local Excellence Market
I borrowed flowers from Styan Family Produce to give to Eliza Doolittle for the previous picture as Eliza is a Cockney flower girl at the start of the show before taking elocution lessons.

My wife has featured the Local Excellence Market on her blog because I bought her a shampoo bar as part of the no plastic during Lent challenge. Today’s blog post also includes the homemade toothpaste which tastes horrible. See https://unfantasticplastic.home.blog/

1 Comment March 30, 2019

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