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OXRAIL 2019 exhibition

OXRAIL exhibition
The OXRAIL (model railway) exhibition was at Abingdon & Witney College today. There were 39 railway layouts; a number of trade stalls selling modelling kit; and a vintage bus giving rides outside. It was organised by the Oxford District Model Railway Club.
OXRAIL exhibition
There was a chance to see Ealing Road, featured on the Channel 5 TV Series The Great Model Railway Challenge.
OXRAIL exhibition
The Snake Bend Railroad was the largest model and was to be found upstairs in the college’s Art Workshop. Different modellers follow standards about how the modules join up and then create a model depending on who can bring their modules.
OXRAIL exhibition
There were also a number of small layouts that appeared to travel in suit cases.
OXRAIL exhibition
The models were enjoyed by children
OXRAIL exhibition
and adults alike. People could drive the trains on some of the layouts.
OXRAIL exhibition
A lot of painstaking effort goes into each model and I was surprised to find out how many people I know have their own model railway at home. They have gained skills in planning, engineering, woodworking, electrical circuitry and miniature painting.
OXRAIL exhibition
Even though Abingdon has no railway station, there are conservatories, attics and spare rooms across Abingdon filled with tiny trees, scale buildings and model railways.

1 Comment October 13, 2019

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition (during Mental Health Awareness Week)

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13th-19th May. It was also the Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition at the Mind Centre at Abingdon Charter.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
As well as the art round the walls, there were people playing guitars, refreshments and a raffle. There was also a table for drawing or painting for anybody who wanted to have a go.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
The Mind art group meets on Thursdays. One person, who recently joined, told me that the last time they did any art was almost fifty years ago at school. Art helps them clear their mind and relax. Sketching for three hours makes time fly by. The group are of mixed abilities and very welcoming.

Leave a Comment May 18, 2019

Old Rubbish (archaelogy) and New Rubbish (green bin, black bin, and food waste)

Rubbish!
At the County Hall Museum in Abingdon there is an exhibition running from April 6th to 30th June called Rubbish!.
Rubbish!
Part of the exhibition asks what discarded items from the past tells us about past societies.
Rubbish!
The exhibition also looks at how we deal with our new rubbish. There is a video about the process used by the incinerator at Ardley which produces energy from non-recycled (black-bin) rubbish for about 53,000 homes, and how the residue of ash and metal can be re-used.

An information board explains how our recyclable (green-bin) rubbish is separated and recycled. Another board explains how our food waste is used to produce methane and that generates power, and how the residue is used as fertiliser.

There are a lot of information boards, and so I will need to revisit to read it all.

Leave a Comment May 7, 2019

Chinese Brush Painting in the Community Free Space

Chinese Brush Painting
For Chinese New Year (Tuesday, 5 February) a lovely window display was put up in the Community Free Space by the Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group, many of whom live in Abingdon. The display is still there a week later.
Chinese Brush Painting
Anybody interested in one of the oldest and most beautiful of artistic traditions in the world can join the group.

The Ashmolean museum in Oxford has a dedicated gallery for Chinese paintings with changing exhibitions. It currently has a centennial exhibition for the Hong Kong artist Lui Shou-Kwan. Then the Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group will have an exhibition at Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Chinese Brush Painting
The Chinese display is likely to be the last in the Community FreeSpace’s present premises. FreeSpace has been in its present location for over 5 years, but because a commercial tenant has been found for that unit, it will shortly be moving, probably to the empty unit next to the British Heart Foundation shop. The space is provided rent free by the Shopping Centre landlords and is managed by the Friends of Abingdon to provide a “free space” for community groups and not-for-profit organisations to demonstrate and promote their activities. If all goes to plan there will be another spectacular window display in the new premises at the end of February.

Leave a Comment February 11, 2019

Abingdon Artists Exhibition – Autumn 2018

Abingdon Artists Exhibition
Abingdon Artists had an exhibition last week in the barn next to the Barns Cafe at Christchurch. There were pictures on a variety of themes and locations. The Abingdon Herald has a feature in this week’s paper: Eclectic exhibition as Abingdon artists given free rein.

Here are the pictures where I could identify Abingdon landmarks …
Abingdon Artists Exhibition
County Hall – by John Rawling
Abingdon Artists Exhibition
Abingdon Bridge – by Mike Brain
Abingdon Artists Exhibition
Old Gaol and Bridge Street roofs – By Caroline Harben
Abingdon Artists Exhibition
St Helen’s Wharf and Abingdon Bridge – by Barbara Payne

To find out more about Abingdon Artists visit www.abingdonartists.org.uk.

1 Comment October 28, 2018

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