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The Saturday before Christmas and a Harpist at Eileen

The Saturday before Christmas has come, and gone, and it was a rainy day.

Large puddles formed in a number of places on the town’s roads.

Unlike previous Saturdays, I did not see any fairs or markets. So it was a pleasure to look in at Eileen on bath Street, where Pervin, International Harpist, was playing Festive music for the customers. I gather she plays every year at Eileen in Sumertown, then Eileen in Abingdon, as a seasonal special.

There was also champagne and chocolates.

Leave a Comment December 21, 2013

Traditional Performances from the Abingdon Mummers and CiA Carol Singers

The Abingdon Mummers were giving their Traditional Performance round the pubs of Abingdon on Thursday night.

Church in Abingdon Carol Singers, collecting for ‘Christian Aid’, were on the Market Place the next morning for the Farmer Market.

The Farmer’s Market is, as you might expect, predominantly food,

and an alternative to supermarkets for those who can get to the town centre on Fridays.

2 Comments December 21, 2013

Abingdon County Hall flag flying at half mast …

The Abingdon Town Flag above the County Hall is flying at half mast out of respect for Keith Hasnip, the Mayor of Abingdon for the year 2004-5. He passed away yesterday, at the age of 84
Keith lived in Abingdon for nearly sixty years, and was a teacher at Abingdon School for 40 years, and Head of Modern Languages. The languages came in very useful during twinning visits. He also served as a Governor at Carswell School.

(Thanks to the Town Crier for the picture above.)

Keith had a great interest in history, and with Audrey, his wife, organised Heritage Open Day, and made it the event it is today. He was also Chairman of the Museum Committee, and in 2004 organised a successful fundraising campaign to buy the Anglo-Saxon ring seen above which was found in Abingdon.

All our sympathy to Audrey and family.

2 Comments December 20, 2013

Town Council Meeting Postponed

I intended going to a Town Council meeting for this evening’s blog report, but it has been postponed. So this is a very short report.

Town Council staff will soon move from Old Abbey House to the building above the Registry Office in Roysse Court – its back view is still covered in scaffold. Those upstairs offices have been ‘To Let’ for some years, while owned by the Vale of White Horse District Council, and are being brought back into use by the Town Council, as recent planning applications show.

On 5th November there was a planning application to remove lath and plaster to allow treatment of common furniture beetle, and death watch beetle in the timbers.

On 10th December another application was put in to remove and replace the existing chimney.

5 Comments December 18, 2013

Hazardous Area Response Team at Abingdon weir

Members of the local Fire Brigade and Ambulance service were training with the Hazardous Area Response Team at Abingdon weir yesterday. Thanks to Russ for sending the picture. The Hazardous Area Response Team are a specialist team of Ambulance staff who have been trained to provide life-saving medical care in hostile environments.

Leave a Comment December 17, 2013

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