Archives – August, 2012

Potential Development Site for 170 dwellings east of Drayton Road, Abingdon

170 dwellings
Thanks to Hester for spotting this one in the Public Notices section of yesterday’s Abingdon herald. A company from near Bristol are looking to get planning permission for 170 dwellings off the Drayton Road near Virginia Way in South Abingdon. More detail of the exact location will be given at the public exhibition. If anyone knows more please leave a comment.

31 Comments August 30, 2012

The Horror above Level 7

A climb up to the top of the Charter Multi-Storey Car-Park by the side stairs this evening. If you do watch the video and are of a nervous disposition you might want to stop at Level 7.

3 Comments August 29, 2012

Dairy Barns to Christ Church

Dairy Barns to Christ Church
Back in the 1950s a group of Christians wanted to create a church in the expanding housing developments of North Abingdon. They took over a dilapidated tithe barn in Northcourt, that had been part of a dairy, and restored it sympathetically for use as a church building. It is now the building for a growing church – Christ Church in Northcourt.

People from Christ Church in Northcourt then went on to set up a second church in Long Furlong, a little further north, where Abingdon housing had expanded in the 1980s.
Dairy Barns to Christ Church
In the last couple of years Christ Church has taken over the remainder of the dairy barns and this year are restoring the largest barn for use as a coffee shop and community space.

2 Comments August 28, 2012

Annual Bank Holiday Fishing Competition

Bank Holiday Fishing Competition
On Saturday there was the Mayor’s junior fishing competition, and today, on August Bank Holiday Monday, there was the senior competition. The Mayor of Abingdon presents the prizes at both.
Bank Holiday Fishing Competition
The day was overcast with occasional showers. Fishermen were to be seen from near Abingdon Lock to opposite the sailing club on Wilsham Road.
Bank Holiday Fishing Competition
The person with the heaviest catch wins so even little tiddlers get kept. All fish are released after weighing.

1 Comment August 27, 2012

New Supermarket Trolley Retention System at Tesco

Trolley Scheme not 100% effective
At the Tesco Extra superstore just off the A34 in Abingdon a new system has been introduced to try to prevent supermarket trolleys being nicked. This is a long standing problem as many a trolley has ended up either in the River Ock or the River Thames.
Trolley Scheme not 100% effective
The new system means that customers put a £1 deposit into the trolley which is returned when the trolley is returned. The system appeared to be fairly new as a lot of customers were having to hunt around and ask other people if they had the £1 change.
Trolley Scheme not 100% effective
A Tesco trolley was seen this morning near the West St Helens Street Carpark minus the £1 deposit. But then no system involving supermarket trolleys can ever be totally foolproof.

11 Comments August 26, 2012

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