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Upcoming Super Nit Book Signing

Nitpicking
There will be a book signing of Super Nit Rescue Mission on Sunday June 10th 4pm at the Willow’s Shake on Stert Street. Thanks to Steve for sending the picture.

It is an illustrated book for children (4 – 7 years) written by two Abingdon mums, Julia E K Thomas and Julia King. Julia and Julia set up Juplicate Books in 2018 to showcase their creative writing.

Join Harry and Super Nit on a hair-raising adventure, you’ll be itching to find out more!.

The book is a fun way to make children aware of nits and head lice. You can find more about nits at http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/head-lice.html

Leave a Comment June 7, 2018

Abingdon Lock in November

Abingdon Lock in November
Not many boats are coming through Abingdon Lock at this time of year. Somebody has given Pooh Bear a new companion to keep him warm, but he looks a little overawed.
Abingdon Lock in November
There are now a lot of bird boxes and bird feeders at the woody area behind the lock. Frank has been keeping the birds supplied with food, and is showing here one of the devices that keep out the squirrels but allow birds to feed.
Abingdon Lock in November
Back along the road near the Kingfisher Barn Holiday Cottages there were sheep grazing in view of Abingdon’s County Hall. The sheep will need their thick coats in the days to come.

4 Comments November 27, 2017

Somme 100 marked

Thanks to Colin for this updated report …
Somme Comments
On Friday, 01 July at 0700, the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Alice Badcock, led a small gathering of about fifteen souls, who met at the War Memorial on The Square, for a short act of remembrance in honour of those who fell at the battle of the Somme, which had begun one hundred years earlier, in 1916.

Almost two years after the start of the First World War, among the British infantry regiments fighting at the Somme was the local Royal Berkshire Regiment, in which a large number of men from Abingdon had enlisted. Some of those who fell at the Somme are remembered on the War Memorial including one Ock Street resident, who lost his life aged 22 on the first day of fighting.

Lined up on the west side of the memorial was a British Army Padre and five sergeant-majors from 3 Logistic Support Regiment, based at Dalton Barracks, near Abingdon. On the south side was the civic party comprising the Mayor, the chairman of Vale of White Horse District Council and a few other civic leaders. On the east side, stood two buglers from The Rifles and a few members of the public.

Shortly before 7am there was an Exhortation:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Then followed The Last Post on the bugle, a two minutes silence, and a Reveille.

You can hear an audio recording on The Abingdon Taxi Sound Cloud.

The Mayor laid a wreath in the town colours of yellow and green, and the Padre followed on behalf of the Logistics 3rd Regiment, saluting towards the War Memorial as he stepped back.

The Mayor read the Kohima Epitaph:
‘When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.’

The short ceremony was concluded with a blessing from the Padre –
“God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth, and all people, peace and concord…”

By five minutes past seven, Abingdon once more went about its daily business.

10 Comments July 2, 2016

Leah, the Parkrun Dog, runs her 100th Abingdon Parkrun

Thanks to Mike for this piece …

Every Saturday, all over Britain, thousands of people take part in Parkrun. Abingdon has its own parkrun held at Rye Meadow and each week around 250 people complete the 5k course, run by volunteers and completely free.
Leah the Parkrun Dog
This Saturday, there was a special milestone. Leah ‘the dog’ ran her 100th parkrun (that’s 500 kilometers or 310.6 miles!).
Leah the Parkrun Dog
Leah has now not only completed 100 parkruns to date but she has also managed to finish first a total of 18 times and has a personal best of 17:01. In the early days of parkrun, Leah would often go slightly off course to take a dip in the river but has learnt to focus on the task at hand.
Leah the Parkrun Dog
Abingdon parkrun is a very social affair and Leah is always the centre of attention at the town square where runners enjoy a post run coffee at Java.

Her owner, Les Newell, runs for Oxford City AC.

www.parkrun.co.uk
www.parkrun.org.uk/abingdon

1 Comment August 1, 2015

Preserving the last Giant Abingdon Tortoise

Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
Search ‘Abingdon’ in the Guiness Book of Records and there are now more entries thanks to the longest loom band. Radley College  are also in there with the fastest Treadmill 100 miles team run.

There is also Most endangered animal and Rarest reptile. On further investigation this turns out to be `Lonesome George’ the giant tortoise Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni from the Pinta or Abingdon Island in the Galapagos Islands. George died in 2012 of natural causes.
Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
George can now be viewed at The American Museum of Natural History.
Last Great Abingdon Tortoise
They have done a Good Job ‘Preserving Lonesome George’ for future generations.

3 Comments July 29, 2015

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