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St Nicolas Church: Spying over Europe and the CiA

Mike and Barbara Randles
Flight Lieutenant Mike Randles was in the RAF during WWII and took part in reconnaissance flights over Germany, France, Italy and Norway. Over Norway he took pictures, while balancing in precarious positions in the hold of a plane, to try to identify where Germany was manufacturing heavy water – used in nuclear fission and of use in building an atomic bomb.
Mike and Barbara Randles
In a service last Sunday at St Nicolas Church, Abingdon, a window was dedicated to Mike and Barbara Randles. The Organ then played the 633 squadron theme.
CiA
Outside St Nics, a notice was being put up to advertise the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This week starts with a Church in Abingdon (CiA) joint service on Sunday 19th January 2020, 3 pm, at Christ Church, Northcourt Road, led by Revd Paul Smith with refreshments and an exhibition of CiA task groups after the service.
CiA
Then midday prayers Monday 20th – Friday 24th January, at 12 noon led by various people at St Nicolas Church.

Finally there is the CiA Inter-church quiz on Friday 24 January 2020, 7.30 pm, at St Michael’s Church, Park Road.

4 Comments January 17, 2020

Some upcoming events in Abingdon

Whats On
There have already been individuals out litter picking at places such as Lodge Hill, and next Saturday will be the first Abingdon group litter pick of 2020.
Whats On
Share a poem is tomorrow (8th January). The Topic (voluntary) is New Year & New Beginnings. Pauline Sykes has been leading this group for many many years.
Whats On
Abingdon Drama Club present Snow White from Jan 10th to Jan 18th at the Unicorn Theatre. Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society are performing Cinderella from Jan 24th to Feb 1st at Kennington Village Centre.
Whats On
The Berkshire Family History Society ask ‘Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy?’
Whats On
The Abingdon Carbon Cutters talk about Low Carbon Travel. And Abingdon Library have a Language Cafe where you can either ‘improve your spoken English with friendly people’ or ‘Have a conversation in another language.’
Whats On
Roger Thomas will be looking at some of the discoveries made in recent years as part of the archaeological surveys that happen before new housing is built.

2 Comments January 7, 2020

Abingdon Mummers

Abingdon Mummers
The Abingdon Mummers were performing their traditional Christmas Mummers play this evening around drinking places in Abingdon including:

  • Punch Bowl, 
  • Broad Face, 
  • Kings Head & Bell, 
  • Old Anchor, 
  • Tipsy Mercer, 
  • and the Conservative Club.

Abingdon Mummers
After the Conservative Club the players headed for the last performance of the evening at the Brewery Tap.
Abingdon Mummers
The play tells the battle between King George and the Bold Slasher. First King George is killed and has to be revived by the doctor.
Abingdon Mummers
(That is after Bailey the dog tried her best.)
Abingdon Mummers
Then the Bold Slasher is killed. On this occasion the intervention of the doctor fails, and Mrs Finney is called in to revive Bold Slasher.

The play is all about light and dark, life and death,
Abingdon Mummers
Father Christmas comes in to lead the singing of We wish you a Merry Christmas.

A collection tin was then handed round for BeFreeYC (befreeyc.org.uk) which helps young carers in Oxfordshire.

2 Comments December 20, 2019

End of Term Feasts and Festivities

End of Term Feasts and Festivities
There was a festive end of term for the Abingdon Silver Club at Abingdon College. They enjoyed cakes and savoury treats after a final rush to finish off various silver items including spoons, earrings, pendants and silver Christmas tree toys.
End of Term Feasts and Festivities
The Abingdon schools broke up today for the Christmas holiday. The holidays run from 20th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 – during which there will be feasts and festivities. (The silver dog is in the Abingdon Museum)

That reminds me The Abingdon Mummers are performing their Christmas play round the town centre and Ock Street. I shall dash out to see if I can find them ….

Leave a Comment December 19, 2019

Large crowds come to Abingdon for 2019 Christmas Extravaganza

2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band led the parade at today’s Christmas Extravaganza in Abingdon.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Organised and funded by Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce, with volunteers, the day  was sunny, and brought in large crowds to Abingdon.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Father Christmas was accompanied by the Abingdon Lions. They will also accompany him round the estates of Abingdon from the 4th to 17th December.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Maleficent has been showing at The Abbey Cinema in Abingdon. She had escaped from the cinema screen and was there in the parade. The Abbey Cinema also had a stall on the Market Place featuring another Disney Film – Frozen 2.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council were there in full regalia, led by the Mace Bearer.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Bath Street was closed to traffic during the Extravaganza. Along Bath Street were fair ground rides for children, stalls selling food, crafts,
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
and lots of Community Groups, including Abingdon Rotary,
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
and Friends of Radley Lakes.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
At the end of Bath Street were some donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers elected Layla Moran to be Maid of the Mill. Layla was the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and is hoping to be re-elected . The Morris Dancers danced round Layla for a couple of minutes then lifted her in the air.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
At St Ethelwold’s House Oxfam had their own Santa’s Sleigh with reindeer. St Ethelwold’s had Oxfam stalls, coffee and cakes, and music.

Members of the Abingdon Community Orchestra were crammed into the office performing carols. Last year they were forced to squeeze in there because of the rain. This year they did it from tradition. (Play the video and see if you can identify the carol.)
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Abingdon Baptist Church were holding their own Christmas Fair, and had benefited from removing the pews and replacing them with easy-to-move seats.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
St Nicolas Church still has half their pews with a flexi space at the back. They had tombola, raffle, and were selling lots of things. At the front were performances by the Abingdon Community Choir among others.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
On the Market Place there were many more stalls and a Santa’s Grotto. Martin was there as official photographer. He is seen here with Joanna Page, Welsh actress and comedian, best known for her role as Stacey in Gavin & Stacey. I am looking forward to the Christmas Special reunion. Martin will have lots of photos on Facebook of the Extravaganza.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The Market Place also had a stage where groups performed during the day. This group sounded good.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
Large crowds were there at six when Joanne Page turned on the Christmas Lights. This was followed by some super splendid fireworks.
2019 Christmas Extravaganza
The crowds then made their way home under the Christmas Lights.

7 Comments November 30, 2019

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