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Open Day at Downland Dance with Free Ballet Class

Thankyou to Adrian for this ..
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Have you or your little ones ever wanted to be a Ballet Dancer? Downland Dance are giving you the opportunity to try out a ballet class for FREE during their Open Day on Saturday 2nd November. You can sign up to events taking place during half term in Didcot or Abingdon. Sign up for classes for girls and boys aged 3 to 6 or for the Adult Beginners class (Didcot only).

For more details and to register visit www.downland-dance.co.uk/open-days or email info@downland-dance.co.uk
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The Abingdon dance studio is above Seeney’s Pet Shop next to Coxeter House.

2 Comments October 3, 2019

Mr Hemmings Day of Dance

Day of Dance
The annual Day of Dance today in Abingdon was hosted by Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers. Their invited guests were Armaleggan and Ashnah.
Day of Dance
Armalleggan are a rowdy stick bashing Border Morris side who practise in Cumnor.
Day of Dance
Ashnah are tribal style belly dancers, and come from Abingdon.
Day of Dance
The day is organised by Mr Les Badcock – a life long Abingdonian.
Day of Dance
The day had a family feel with quite a few children of members following the event. There were occasions when everybody could join in the dance and the children loved that.
Day of Dance
The Day started at Annie’s Tea Room and ended at the Royal British Legion car park. They also danced at the Broad Face, the Market Place twice, the Black Swan and Brewery Tap.
Day of Dance
The Mr Hemmings dancers have been encouraging ladies to join in for two or three years, and this year there was also one or two younger dancers.

The day of dance used to be on the Saturday nearest the birthday of the original Mr Tom Hemmings in early May. The move to early July happened in 2017.

13 Comments July 6, 2019

Mayor of Ock Street Preview

Mayoroploy
Last Saturday, I was walking along Hich Street when I saw Jennifer & Colin Wiggins, now residents of Port Washington, Long Island, NY. They used to live in Abingdon, and often come back, and Colin took these pictures of the Mayor of Ock Street around 1957.
Mayoroploy
This is a close up.
Mayoroploy
In 1957 there were not so many cars going along Ock Street.
Mayoroploy
This coming Saturday, the Election of the Mayor of Ock Street takes place and in Fat Face there is a fine display to let people know ahead of time.
Mayoroploy
Approximate timings taken from the Abingdon Traditional Morris Danding website look like this …

10:00 Polling Station at Brewery Tap opens, procession into town
10:15 Black Swan
10:45 Bury Street Precinct
11:30 Abbey Gateway
12:00 – 13:00 Market Place
14:00 The Broad Face
14:30 Long Alley Almshouses
15:00 Brewery Cottages, Coopers Lane
16:00 Close of Polling Station at Brewery Tap
16:15 Election of Mayor of Ock Street, followed by chairing and dancing (Brewery Tap) … Jennifer and Colin will also be there for their first chance to see the Mayor of Ock Street in a very long time.
17:15 Procession along Ock Street
17:30 White Horse
18:15 Mayott House
19:15 – 19:45 Market Place
Mayoroploy
Last year in the Fat Face window there was Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers lego. This year they have added Mayoropoloy.

Leave a Comment June 12, 2019

Happy New Year – 2019 – with a walk and a dance

Happy New Year
On New Years Day 2019 people met on Abingdon Market Place to walk the Boundaries of Abingdon, granted by Queen Mary as part of the 1556 Abingdon Charter of Incorporation.
Happy New Year
The walk included talks by Councillor Helen Pighills at various stopping places. She would read the description of the boundary from the charter, try to make sense of it in terms of 2019 landmarks, and then give some interesting historical background.
Happy New Year
The Town Crier accompanied the walk and gave a cry at each stopping place.
Happy New Year
The day was mild and the ground dry and so many more people made it all the way round (compared to the very wet walk last year).
Happy New Year
At lunchtime Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers were performing
Happy New Year
and dancing outside The Punchbowl and round the town centre.

Here is the Town Crier wishing people a Happy New Year during the Boundary Walk…
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1 Comment January 1, 2019

Mr Hemmings Day of Dance

Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance took place on Saturday, and attracted ten different teams, and so was one of the biggest ever – even bigger than the World Cup quarter finals. Les Badcock, the leader of the Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers, does a lot of the organising, and helped put together this big event.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
It took place on the same day as the Yeah Baby charity music festival, so there was a lot happening in town. and it was hot, hot, hot and the dancers were glad to find a bit of shade at the Abbey Gateway.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
The troop in green are The Oyster Girls, a clog dancing side all the way from the Isle of Wight. They crossed the sea to be here. Many thanks to them.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
Dancers also found a cool shady area under the old County Hall. Pictured here are Masons Apron, a group originally from the Masons Arms in Headington, who have migrated to Long Hanborough over time.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers was formed in 1978, with local men who had previously danced with the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers.

In the last two years the Mr Hemmings group has opened up to women.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
Another group on the day were the Garston Gallopers from East Garston in the valley of the race horse – a sport followed by Royalty.
Mr Hemmings Day of Dance
Other groups included Bampton, Lepton Morris, Three Horse Shoes Morris, Ashnah American Tribal Style Belly Dancing, Mabel Gubbins: Rapper sword dancers and Stroud Morris. Stroud Morris are pictured above in the green and red jester tights – the green is for the hills, and the red for the famous red Stroud cloth.

P.S I have just requested my internet host to add a SSL certificate onto this site in moving with the times. The internet host will have to migrate it to a different server to make that work. If there are any problems in the migration the blog will move temporarily to twitter @abingdonblog.

5 Comments July 8, 2018

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