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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

Kingfisher Canoe Club progress

Kingfisher Canoe Club
As many of you will have read in the Abingdon Herald, the Kingfisher Canoe Club has been granted permission to put up a canoe storage hut on the land near Abingdon Lock – owned by the Environment Agency (it is the grassy area surrounded by trees indicated).

The Canoe Club had to leave their previous base on land owned by the army at Wilsham Road. The army will be demolishing and rebuilding their buildings on the site. Then a year or so ago the Vale of White Horse District Council backed out of a plan to allow the storage hut on meadow land near the lock.
Kingfisher Canoe Club
So this plan is the last chance for the canoe club to carry on. They have a strong record of helping local residents get active on the river for over 40 years. They also do a lot to inspire and train young people.

There is still paperwork needs doing by the Vale to ensure the lease with the EA goes through. So that could still potentially hold up the project.

In the meantime , the canoe club are looking for grants and company sponsorship to help them with funding. They are a registered charity and are run entirely by volunteers with members. Please contact David Surman via davidsurman@hotmail.com or www.kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk.

18 Comments August 23, 2019

Prosecco in the Park and Goose fence

Tales by the Riverside
The second annual Prosecco in the Park event at Rye Farm Meadow was postponed last week because of the threat of storms.
Tales by the Riverside
The postponed event is on this weekend and the organisers were making final preparations this afternoon. Prosecco in the Park involves watching films and listening to DJ music and enjoying drinks from the cocktail / Prosecco bars.
Tales by the Riverside
Across the river a fence has now been installed to keep geese away from the Abbey Meadows water feature / picnic area.
Tales by the Riverside
No attempt has been made to clear away all the goose droppings yet, and the fence is not completely successful.
Tales by the Riverside
Nearby the Open Air swimming pool is doing very well, as is the play park, and the Abbey Gardens.

11 Comments July 26, 2019

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