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In the Abbey Meadows, this afternoon

Abbey Meadows
In the Abbey Meadows, in Abingdon, members of the Carbon Cutters were tidying up and pruning the garden beside the children’s play area. There will be some new colourful planting next year.
Abbey Meadows
Nearby work is still underway on refurbishing the toilets. They will include five self-contained unisex toilets, men’s urinals, and  a wheelchair accessible toilet with a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and hoist. There will also be baby changing facilities.

3 Comments January 11, 2019

Outdoor Pool to open longer (from 2nd August)

Abingdon Drama Club eighth Thames walk
Thanks to VWHDC for the press release, and Elizabeth for the picture…

Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow outdoor pool will be open for longer on weekdays after proving to be a huge hit since its £1.3million refurbishment by Vale of White Horse District Council.

Since it reopened on 16 June, the pool has hosted more than 13,000 swims with many sessions fully booked. The exceptional weather combined with the popularity of the new facilities has prompted the council, following discussions with GLL – which runs the pool on the council’s behalf – to announce it will extend the pool’s opening hours.

From Thursday 2 August the pool will open from 8.30am until 7pm, Monday to Friday – that’s an extra half an hour in the morning and an extra hour in the evening, which the council hopes will give people more time to swim.

Cllr Alice Badcock, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “It’s so fantastic to see how popular this much-loved local pool has become since its rebuild. We’re delighted that we can extend the pool’s opening hours so even more people can enjoy it.”

This weeks Herald has an article ‘Keep outdoor pool open longer for workers plea.

In order to allow GLL to re-populate its online booking system with the new extended times, online booking beyond 2 August will only be available from Monday 30 July. 

3 Comments July 25, 2018

Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool Opening Ceremony

outdoor pool
Today sees the opening of the Abbey Meadow outdoor pool at 1pm for swimmers. The pool and changing areas are looking very smart after the £1.3million refurbishment, and there are lots of balloons.
outdoor pool
The council held an official opening event this morning for invited guests. Abingdon Town Band were playing and refreshments were being served.
outdoor pool
I was told that the council would be putting some pictures on their website for the use of the press. But, for now, here are a couple taken over the fence by a backstreet blogger.

12 Comments June 16, 2018

Work Progressing on the Open Air Pool

Open Air Pool
For two months now, work has been progressing on the £1.3m rebuild of the Abbey Meadows Open Air Pool and changing area.
Open Air Pool
Currently the surrounds are looking very muddy, but the end result will be a pool that should last us for another sixty years (the current pool was dug in the 1950s). The revamped pool will have a beach area, a safer surface, and be heated more efficiently (the pool was first heated in the 1970s).

Leave a Comment November 29, 2017

Abbey Gardens – Flowers, Vegetables and Herbs

Abbey Gardens
In the Abbey Gardens this summer there are not just the formal flower beds carpeted with flowers.
Abbey Gardens
There is also an educational display put on by Edible Abingdon which people are encouraged to try at the right time.
Abbey Gardens
This section has clear labels for Thyme, Ruby Chard, and Red Currant.
Abbey Gardens
A bit further along are Climbing French Beans, Marjoram, Mangetout Peas, and Autumn Raspberry.

Apothecary gardens were grown in the Middle Ages by Benedictine monks who studied plants and their therapeutic uses. So the herbs are very fitting for the Abbey Gardens.

6 Comments July 12, 2017

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