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Autumn term

A well stocked pencil case
Autumn term begins on 3rd September for a lot of Oxfordshire’s schools. Prices in Abingdon have useful stationary.
A well stocked pencil case
Parents can consult with each other and internet sites, like mums.net, about how to prepare for the first week at school. Mumsnet.com have a lot of tips about starting school.

Leave a Comment September 2, 2019

Abingdon NCS group A activities this week

Thankyou to the Abingdon NCS group A for this.
Abingdon NCS group A
We are a group of young people who for our NCS programme are holding several events this week. On Monday we will be doing a sponsored dog walk, on Tuesday a collection for Abingdon Emergency Food bank on the market place from 10:00-15:00 and on Wednesday a family fun day at Fitzharrys school from 10:30-14:30. The food bank collection will only be for food donations so we would appreciate if people brought long life food donations.
Abingdon NCS group A
Their Abingdon NCS group A has an instagram page with pictures of activities https://www.instagram.com/abingdona_program4/

(NCS is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 15–17 year olds)

Leave a Comment August 19, 2019

Didcot Power Station Cooling Tower Demolition and power cuts

Cooling Tower Demolition
The fields between Sutton Courtney and Didcot Power Station attracted crowds to view the demolition of the final three cooling towers.
Cooling Tower Demolition
People had gathered from before 6 am as the expected explosion and demolition was to be between 6 am – 8 am. Then just before 7 am there was a siren, and one chap sent up a drone to get an aerial view.
Cooling Tower Demolition
At 7 am there was an explosion and the towers began to fall to the ground.
Cooling Tower Demolition
It only took a few seconds
Cooling Tower Demolition
for all three to collapse.
Cooling Tower Demolition
There was a cheer from the crowds when they were all down.
Cooling Tower Demolition
People started to head off as the clouds of dust cleared.
Cooling Tower Demolition
I heard screams and saw a yellow flash in the field behind us. Through a hedge I could see what looked like bright lights chasing people. There were rumours of a transmission explosion.

At about 7 am, there were power cuts back in Abingdon for a short while.

18 Comments August 18, 2019

Chilli Festival, Didcot Power Station and Springfield Drive Open Garden.

Chilli Festival
The Oxfordshire Chilli Festival was happening on Abingdon Market Place today.
Chilli Festival
It was also the last day that the last 3 Didcot Power Station cooling towers were visible from the County Hall roof. They are scheduled for demolition tomorrow morning between 6-8am.
Chilli Festival
This is how they looked today from the Sustrans cycle path between Sutton Courtney and Didcot.
Chilli Festival
There was also an open garden at the exotic garden at 53 Springfield Drive, and they had lots of visitors.
Chilli Festival
and lots of plants to admire for visitors, and cakes to eat. Donations and proceeds go to Maggie’s Cancer Centre and Blue Cross.
Chilli Festival
Back at the Chilli Festival there were chilli plants for sale,
Chilli Festival
chillies, and many different chilli sauces and foods cooked with chilli.
Chilli Festival
Bands played throughout the day followed by the chilli eating competition.
Chilli Festival
After all other competitors had been eliminated the last two competitors could not be separated and so they were given a pint cup full of chillies to see who could eat them the fastest.
Chilli Festival
The winner, by a half pint, was last year’s returning champion, the Queen of Chilli, Shahina.

Proceeds go to Mind – the Mental Health Charity.

5 Comments August 17, 2019

Exotic Garden, Chillies, and Autumn Show

Whats On
Steve’s ‘Exotic’ garden will be open on Saturday. On top of Steve’s previous achievements, his garden was featured in the July edition of the RHS members magazine, ‘The Garden’.
Whats On
There will also be the Oxfordshire chilli Festival on the Market Place on the same day with chillies, chilli sauces, and chilli foods; live music from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm; followed by an adult chilli eating competition.
Whats On
Then just three weeks after is the Abingdon Horticultural Society Autumn Show.

1 Comment August 13, 2019

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