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River Bank Litter Pick

Litter Pick
There was a good turn out on Saturday morning with adults, children, and dogs joining together for a litter pick in the sunshine organised by the AbiBinit! Litter Picking Initiative.
Litter Pick
Colin Galloway has been keeping Abingdon litter-free longer than most and got a Mayor’s award in 2014. He is onto his third trolley which helps carry heavier litter back to the collection point.
Litter Pick
However back at Reynold’s Way where there was a litter pick last month, the litter is building again against the wall of the Reynolds Supermarket.

3 Comments October 22, 2019

Abingdon downstream

Abingdon downstream
After plummeting the few feet at Abingdon Weir the water looks like it is boiling,
Abingdon downstream
There has been a lot of rain over the last week.
Abingdon downstream
Below Abingdon Lock the river looks much calmer.
Abingdon downstream
The River Thames is running fast. It widens
Abingdon downstream
and narrows through the bridge at Abingdon and then flows away towards Culham and more distant places like Reading and London.

There will be a litter pick from Abingdon Lock on Saturday from 10 am but due to the fast flow the canoe club will not be out.

1 Comment October 17, 2019

Last of the Summer

Last of the Summer
Daphne has been enjoying the last of the summer in Abingdon-on-Thames. While watching from the Wilsham Road river bank she saw a visiting narrow boat,
Last of the Summer
a hire boat,
Last of the Summer
a rower,
Last of the Summer
and a paddle boat.
Last of the Summer
On the far bank, she saw caravans and campers on the cricket pitch,
Last of the Summer
and a balloon taking off at first light from the meadow.
Last of the Summer
I should be back to resume coverage of Abingdon events from tomorrow or Wednesday. I did see Princess Anne today. Crowds were gathering near the Save The Children shop in Ulverston, Cumbria. Princess Anne arrived a few minutes later. She has visited Abingdon twice during the lifetime of the Abingdon Blog.
Last of the Summer

Leave a Comment September 9, 2019

Reflections

Early on Sunday Morning the water of the River Thames was still and there were clear reflections
Reflections
The Old Gaol that operated as a prison from 1844 to 1868 has spent most of its existence being used for other purposes. It is now housing.
Reflections
A view of boats an both banks of the River Thames from Abingdon Bridge looking towards St Helen’s Church.
Reflections
St Helen’s Church with the grounds of the Malthouse in the foreground.
Reflections
A Salter Steamer moored overnight at the Abingdon Bridge Marine.
Reflections
The Magic Dragon moored nearby.

6 Comments September 3, 2019

Bank Holiday Monday

Sunshine
There were all kinds of boats on the River Thames in Abingdon this Bank Holiday Monday: some small, some big, some new,
Sunshine
some old. Chaffinch, seen here passing through Abingdon Lock, was built in 1929.

In my round up of events from Abingdon in August 1919 I did not mention that Mr A Baldwin, the Abingdon Lock keeper, received a silver cup from the Thames Conservancy for the prettiest flower garden and lock of the year .
Sunshine
Here is the flower garden this year – 2019. The house itself was built in 1928 according to the Thames Lock heritage board so Mr Baldwin lived elsewhere.
Sunshine
And here is a grainy B&W picture of Mr Baldwin with his winning garden from the Oxford Journal Pictorial (all Rights Reserved). Imagine vibrant colours!

1 Comment August 26, 2019

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