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This is how it felt to be on Abingdon Market Place today

Abingdon Market Place
There was plenty going on today on Abingdon Market Place today. There were stalls (quite a few of them with chilli).
Abingdon Market Place
Some were serving hot food (Indian and Wood fired pizza). There were not as many BBQ stalls as hoped for, but then the main caterer dropped out at the last moment.Abingdon Market Place
Hedges, the Abingdon Butcher (normally to be found along Queen Street) had a selection of meats for the home BBQ.
Abingdon Market Place
There were fun stalls and rides.
Abingdon Market Place
There was also a bar, and music including Tom Hingley and the Kar-pets. Tom was born in Abingdon, and left to find fortune in Manchester where he became the lead singer of the 90’s group the Inspiral Carpets.
Abingdon Market Place
The event was organised by Yummy Events who also organise the Abingdon Chilli Festival.

The young lady who organised it was upset that her BBQ caterer could not make it, and about letting some people down, but there was sunshine and excellent music. It was another good day on Abingdon Market Place thanks to her.

1 Comment May 25, 2019

Monk of Abingdon’s roundabout – May 2019 happenings

Monk of Abingdon's roundabout
On the Monk of Abingdon’s roundabout there is an advert for the Oxfordshire BBQ Festival on Abingdon Market Place – Sat 25th May – organised by Dawn who does the Oxfordshire Chilli Festival.
Monk of Abingdon's roundabout
Congratulations to the Hilton Garden Inn that fully opened on 14th May.
Monk of Abingdon's roundabout
Nearby at the Fairacres retail park, Homebase, Topps Tiles, AHF and Vineys are due to be replaced with five new units. Homebase are closing in August.
Monk of Abingdon's roundabout
There are also savings on ex display furniture at AHF Abingdon who are closing in July.

3 Comments May 24, 2019

Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week
There is a lot on this week in Abingdon for Dementia Action Week. The full list is http://www.healthyabingdon.org.uk/dementia-action-week.htm. I went into the Roysse Room on Monday where there were a number of interesting stalls. Omni have a motion activated projector which allows people to interact with lots of different images and games. It can be used in care and educational settings.Dementia Action Week
The Alzheimer’s Society had a stall telling of their support and research.
Dementia Action Week
Today I attended a very interesting Dementia Awareness session at 35 Ock Street. We learned more about what it is like to live with dementia and looked at ways to turn that understanding into action, recognising there is more to a person than the dementia. See Dementia Friends to find out more.

3 Comments May 21, 2019

Whats on this weekend + three ducks and some May Blossom

Whats on
Artweeks continues in the Abingdon area until Saturday. There will be all the venues that have been open for a week, and on Saturday, for one day only, The Mind Art Group in Abingdon in the Charter.
Whats on
The exhibition in St Nicolas Church has been put on by The Abbey Group and they were open late this Thursday evening for people who work.

Another event I often visit and write about on the blog is Museums at Night which is on Friday, 17th May, 7:00pm-9:00pm. At Abingdon County Hall Museum there will be music by The Oxford Waits and others.
Whats on
Ruby’s Vintage Fair will be back in the Guildhall in the centre of town on Saturday 18th May 10am – 4pm after an absence of four years. The Vintage Fair has been at Millet’s Farm and Our Lady’s Abingdon but not at the Guildhall, the original Abingdon venue.
Whats on
At the Vintage Fair you might be able to get the once very popular set of three ducks for the wall. I saw three ducks flying over the Guildhall today and it brought back that memory.
Whats on
Today was a lovely day: blue sky, hawthorn in blossom, and lots of buttercups in the meadows.

1 Comment May 16, 2019

Abingdon Mayor Making 2019

Abingdon Mayor Making
Councillor Margaret Crick  handed over the chain of office this evening to Councillor Charlie Birks, who became the new Mayor of Abingdon.  The previous deputy Mayor David Pope, who Margaret described as a tower of strength, failed to get re-elected when all the Conservatives lost their seats. So with 11 new councillors, the new town council had a dilemma who should be the next mayor. Charlie has lived in Abingdon since 1974 and seems very personable. So good luck to him.
Abingdon Mayor Making
The new Deputy Mayor is Abingdon’s first Green Party Councillor Cheryl Briggs.

The outgoing Mayor had a lot of praise for the Conservative Councillors who lost their seats. She thanked Mike Badcock for many years of work for the town, and his support for her in her year as Mayor. Another special mention was for Dennis Garrett after all the long hours he put in on the Guldhall project. All of them got mentioned by name.

Councillor Margaret Crick gave outgoing Mayors awards to:
* Penny Clover  for her contribution to life in the town including work on Abingdon Carousel and the Guild of Town Criers
* Helen Flynn for her work with the AbiBinit! initiative
* Sue Hammersley for many years of volunteer work including the opening of the Blue Sky Eco Cafe.

Margaret also gave cheques to her two charities: Abingdon Carousel, and Be Free Young Carers
Abingdon Mayor Making
Councillor Charlie Birks said the new Mayor’s charity is The Abingdon Bridge which supports young people in the town. Revd Charles Miller would be Mayor’s Chaplain. The civic service will be announced. He also announced that Fun and Music in the Park would be on Saturday 1st June, and there would be Abingdon-on-Thames pride celebrations on Saturday 22nd June.

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers danced before the ceremony. Revd Paul Smith, the outgoing Mayor’s Chaplain, said the opening and closing prayers. Abingdon Town Band played music, including the National Anthem. Councillors then left the stage and people shook hands with the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor and were invited for a drink in the Roysse Room.

8 Comments May 13, 2019

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