Archives – July, 2014

There are 3 Cooling Towers This Morning

The 3 southern cooling towers of Didcot ‘A’ Power Station got blown down at 5am this morning. The other 3 will get taken down more slowly. Here are views during and after the demolition. The same views were shown on yesterday’s blog before the event.
six cooling towers
six cooling towers
six cooling towers
1. From a field just outside Drayton
six cooling towers
2. From the Entrance to the old Didcot ‘A’ Power Station.
six cooling towers
3. From Milton Road, Didcot
six cooling towers
4. From the new nature area on the reclaimed landfill near Peep-o-day Lane.
six cooling towers
5. From Margaret Brown Gardens.

6 Comments July 27, 2014

There were six cooling towers this morning

The 3 southern cooling towers of Didcot ‘A’ Power Station will get blown down between 3-5am tomorrow morning. I’ll try to show these views again tomorrow mornings, or as close as, to show the difference.

six cooling towers
1. From a field just outside Drayton
six cooling towers
2. From the Entrance to the old Didcot ‘A’ Power Station.
six cooling towers
3. From Milton Road, Didcot
six cooling towers
4. From the new nature area on the reclaimed landfill near Peep-o-day Lane.
six cooling towers
5. From Margaret Brown Gardens.

1 Comment July 26, 2014

Nasio Trust on The Market Place

Nasio Trust on The Market Place
On the Market Place today Oxfordshire Young People were fund raising at the Abingdon Nasio Music fun day. The Nasio Trust is a UK-based Charity supporting projects working with orphaned and destitute children in Kenya. Nasio have been holding events on the Market Place for a few years now.
Nasio Trust on The Market Place
I remember buying my first orange Nasio brick to help fund one of the Nasio Day Care Centres in about 2008, and got another brick today. The 2014 bricks are bigger and more squashy.

The Nasio charity began when an elderly lady called Irene found an abandoned baby and cared for it. The works has grown from there, and the trust run two day care centres, and also offer young people from Oxfordshire the chance to get involved with activities and fundraising, culminating in volunteering for one of the projects in Kenya.
Nasio Trust on The Market Place
The Land Rover on the Market Place is due to be shipped to Mombasa in October , and will be used to help transport sick children to the nearest hospital and help their work in other ways.

2 Comments July 26, 2014

Masons at 75

Masons at 75
Masons are celebrating 75 years as a family run business in Abingdon this year. The family bought the shop at 39 Stert Street in 1939 and initially sold children’s clothes, hosiery, and knitting wool.
Masons at 75
That was joined by the shops at 20 Bath Street
Masons at 75
and 22 Bath Street in about 1961.
Masons at 75
The above adverts from the Abingdon Directory in 1960 and 1973 show that they have always been a shop you will enjoy visiting.
Masons at 75
Masons now specialise in knitting wool and upholstery at 39 Stert Street, Fabrics and Haberdashery at 20 Bath Street, and crafts at 22 Bath Street. They also have a fourth shop window on the world wide web.

16 Comments July 23, 2014

Summer Reading – keeps the mind sharp

Summer Reading
Private Peaceful is the Abingdon Community Read this summer as promoted by Our Ladies Abingdon. They are hoping that people will read and leave comments abut the book.
Summer Reading
Abingdon Library has a Summer Reading Challenge, with postcards you can fill in:

  • Tell us about a book you’ve read…
  • Which three books would you recommend?
  • What is your personal reading challenge this year?

Mostly Books and The Abingdon Bookstore are promoting both these events, and Mostly Books has its own summer reading special.

The Head Teacher of the school where I am a Governor signed off the end of term newsletter, after goodbyes to Year 6’s, with “Have a great summer and please ensure that your children read daily, it keeps the mind sharp!”

4 Comments July 22, 2014

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