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Beth Fleming

This photograph from Easter 2007 shows members of Abingdon Baptist Church about to give out Easter eggs.

We got news yesterday from Revd David Fleming (on facebook) that Beth Fleming ( in the centre of the picture), died in intensive care with complications following Covid-19.

Many of you will remember that she became the Chairmum of the VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) in 2010-11. Married to David, she had four children, and was trained as a geochemist. She had run all sorts of breakfast clubs, and scout troops, and toddler and baby clubs over the years – some at school, some at Abingdon Baptist Church where David was the Minister. This was all good training for getting involved in Abingdon local politics and becoming the chairmum of the district council. She could lip read and understood people well. She was a strong person and a great support to David as a Church Minister.

After leaving Abingdon David and Beth have been at Limbury Baptist Church in Luton for several years.

This is a very sad time for David and family. Our thoughts are with them. Beth believed in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.

6 Comments June 4, 2020

Jeanette Halliday

Jeanette Halliday
Very sad news of the death of Jeanette Halliday on April 17th 2020, after being ill since Christmas.

Jeanette was the Mayor of Abingdon from 1998-9, and continued to serve on Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council until she died. She has been on the Town Council for about twenty years in total, and was the Chair of the planning committee on the current council. Her husband Jim is another long serving and dedicated councillor.

Jeanette was very good at talking to people and taking up their concerns and getting things done. She was independently minded and full of humour.

Many people will remember her as a driving instructor in Abingdon back in the 1980-90s. More recently she ran a holistic therapy clinic.

We will have to wait until the Pandemic restrictions are lifted for a Thanksgiving Service for everybody who knew her. Current rules allow a small private service. Our thoughts are with Jim and her family.

There is a fuller obituary on the Town Council web site at

1 Comment April 22, 2020

Craft Market – one minute silence

Craft Market minute silence
The Craft Market was in town today.
Craft Market minute silence
The Town Crier announced a one minute silence for one person who was not there. A poster was left where Tim would have usually been.
Craft Market minute silence
We also learned that Sam Prince died on Thursday. The picture shows him at the Make Music Abingdon event in June.

He was the Abingdon music impresario who staged many music events on Abingdon Market Place, and nearby.

Leave a Comment September 28, 2019

Thames Valley Police Flag is flying at half mast

Openings and Closings on the High Street
Above the County Hall, in Abingdon, the Thames Valley Police Flag is flying at half mast.

PC Harper, based at Abingdon Police Station, and part of a rapid response operation, was killed last Thursday, attending a suspected burglary between Reading and Newbury.

4 Comments August 21, 2019

Pastor Ed Evans

Pastor Ed Evans
At Trinity Church on Sunday we were all shocked to hear that Pastor Ed Evans is no longer with us, following a heart attack.

There was a time of silence in the service on Sunday Morning. It was probably the same in all the churches. Ed was well known as he chaired the Church in Abingdon.

At Trinity, Revd. Ian Griffiths prayed for Ed’s young family, and the Community Church – that Ed has led for many years, and everybody who has been close to Ed. He has been leading and helping so many community groups. His loss will be felt by many. I knew him as a Governor at Thameside School, where he also took assemblies, organised the wonderful prayer spaces that came to school, and helped with after school clubs.

Revd Ian said that Ed believed that there was more than this life. There is also life with God. God has prepared a place for Ed, and we sang the King of Love my Shepherd is which took me back to the memory of Diana Skellington and my first ever blog post – from January 2003.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy Cross before to guide me.

4 Comments July 22, 2019

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