Archives – August, 2013

A Little of What’s On

Abbey Sax
Abbey Sax, a small part of the Abingdon Concert Band, were on the Market Place this morning. The Abingdon Concert Band are welcoming Neil Brownless as their new musical director from September 2013. I was told by one member that Neil is young, very talented, and they are really excited about working with him.

This evening there will be more classical music at St Nicolas’ Church where the “Baroque Trio Sonata” are playing.

This weekend there is a Beer Festival at the Kings Head and Bell with 30 ales and 10 ciders. The Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers will be partaking and performing tomorrow afternoon. And if that is not your cup of tea, there is Tea in the Garden of St Ethelwolds from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Dalton Barracks Play
Looking ahead I see that on Wednesday 28th August there is the Dalton Barracks Play and Activity Day from 11:00am till 3:00pm.

Leave a Comment August 24, 2013

Let’s All Work Together

Abingdon Edition
Nowadays not quite so many free newspapers are delivered door to door and more racks are provided around town to allow people to pick up their own free newspaper.

The Oxfordshire Guardian was launched in 2011 as our area’s free newspaper, taking over from The South Oxfordshire Courier which closed in 2008.
Abingdon Edition
Until recently there was The Oxfordshire Guardian – South Oxfordshire Edition. But about eight weeks ago appeared an Abingdon Edition, a Didcot and a Wantage edition. There is also a South Oxfordshire and the Vale edition for the villages.

This week’s lead story in the Abingdon edition is “Let’s All Work Together” which pictures three of Abingdon’s Movers and Shakers asking how do we attract more visitors to the town.

4 Comments August 22, 2013

Keep Calm and Drink Tea

Keep Calm Drink Tea
One difference in the County Hall Museum since re-opening is that the roof is open more often, and gets far more visitors. You can even order afternoon tea from Basement Buns (Tuesday – Saturday 11-3.)
Keep Calm Drink Tea
The views are the same as before – mostly.
Keep Calm Drink Tea
There is scaffolding round the Crown and Thistle, and the roof is off their barn.
Keep Calm Drink Tea
Stroll-In is being worked on.
Keep Calm Drink Tea
The Old Gaol never did fit into the Abingdon skyline. Now even less so.
Keep Calm Drink Tea
Come to think of it. The County Hall hasn’t got a gabled roof either.

Nevermind… Tea has arrived. (Thanks to Throwing Buns for the final picture.)

12 Comments August 21, 2013

Abingdon Horse Show has been and gone

Abingdon Horse Show
The annual Abingdon Horse Show took place on Sunday, organised by the Berkshire Downs Riding Club, in Rye Farm Meadows by the River Thames. The club tooking over running this event in 2006 and their website says “The Club is renowned for being friendly and sympathetic!! We really are not tomorrow’s John Whittakers or Mary Thompsons and do not claim to be. What we can offer is a good grounding for you and your horse.”
Abingdon Horse Show
The sun came out at times and the ice cream van was there along with a number of stalls, such as saddlers, more usually associated with horses….
Abingdon Horse Show
2121 Squadron ATC Abingdon were there as usual to help set the fences and reset them when they got knocked down.
Abingdon Horse Show
It is not an event that gets a lot of publicity locally. But there are tell tale signs to alert locals that something is happening: horse manure on town roads being one.

Leave a Comment August 20, 2013

No Legal Challenge … but no building yet

A few weeks ago a group of residents took a petition to the Vale of White Horse District Council asking that the council appeal against the decision of the planning inspector to allow 159 homes to be built in a field alongside South Abingdon.

Legal advice has been taken and the 2 legal experts judge that The Planning Inspector’s decision could not be challenged on legal ground. He allowed the scheme to go ahead because the Vale of White Horse District Council did not have a five year housing plan in place as required by the the NPPF – National Planning Policy Framework, voted in by the coalition government as a way to quickly free up land for house building.
159 Houses
The Planning Inspector had also considered the main objection, traffic, and made sure that traffic mitigation measures go ahead before any development.
159 Houses
So now it is all down to whether the traffic mitigation measures (those extra pedestrian lights) suggested by the developers are allowed by Oxfordshire County Council. That is not a foregone conclusion given that it has to go through public consultation. So expect a story about that in the not too distant future.

6 Comments August 19, 2013

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