Archives – November, 2014

Views from the River Bank of Cygnets, Missing Boats, and Steel Girders

Views from the River Bank
Four cygnets, in their grey and white feathering, are still with mum and dad on the River Thames in Abingdon. They will probably stay together until mum and dad start thinking about next year’s brood.
Views from the River Bank
On Nags Head Island the hire boats of the Abingdon Boat Centre – normally to be found stood up on oil drums during the off season – are nowhere to be seen.

The Abingdon Boat Centre say on their web site “Please note that our boat hire season has ended earlier than normal this year as we are planning to renew our efforts to have the site redeveloped.

Our vision for the site based on our own original scheme for redevelopment includes a new chandlery, workshop, improved boating facilities and a restaurant at first floor level.
Views from the River Bank
Just across the river, work on the last phase of the Old Gaol is well underway, and the new structure for one of the new ground floor restaurants is outlined by steel girders.

9 Comments November 26, 2014

Five Years of Trinity Learning

This evening at Trinity Church there was a look back at Trinity Learning – a project with the aim of finding ways in which the church can use its time, talents and space to enhance the quality of life those working in local schools – both students and staff.
Five Years of Trinity Learning
One of the more visible results of this has been the ‘Hello Abingdon’ community magazines produced by children from local schools for the last 5 years. The Oxford Health NHS trust magazine ‘Insight’ recently featured some of the reporters from Thameside School who came to report on Abingdon Community Hospital.

Trinity Learning recognises the pressure schools are under and seeks to provide a place of calm and reflection for students and teachers with projects such as Experience Easter and Prayer Spaces.

They also give work experience to students, help boost students’ confidence in planning and producing assemblies, help with the R.E curriculum, and have produced a lot of resources that can be used in and beyond Abingdon.

To find out more visit Trinity Learning.

Leave a Comment November 25, 2014

Abingdon Abbey Grounds – The 3 Scenarios – progress to date

The Abingdon Area Committee of the VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) meet on Mon 24th Nov 2014 to consider the results of the consultation into the Abbey Grounds.
Abingdon Abbey Grounds
The consultation considered previous studies that had some bearing on the Abbey Grounds, but really involved 30 Abingdon Community groups at a meeting on 4th November, and 60 pupils from Larkmead and Fitzharris Schools at another date. These consultees ranked how Abbey Meadow facilities are valued by the community:
Abingdon Abbey Grounds
The consultees also considered what could be added to improve the area with ideas such as: circular walks with better surfaces, adventure playground, picnic area, outdoor gym, bandstand …

3 scenarios have now been put together to improve the area using £500K set aside for that purpose by the VWHDC. The 3 scenarios will be first discussed at the Abingdon area committee, and then the VWHDC cabinet. Then the three scenarios will be put forward for people to vote upon during Jan – Feb 2015.
Abingdon Abbey Grounds
In one of the scenarios (focus on structured sport and recreation) the open air pool is opened out to the splash area and has a cafe added; in another scenario (focus on tourism and leisure) the open air pool is removed and replaced with a cafe; and in the third scenario (focus on informal use of green space) the pool is not mentioned but there are better walks.

Peter Harbour from Friends of the Outdoor Pool would love to hear from people about what the pool means to you. There is a comments area on the friends website so that would be a good place to write. He would like the pool to continue whatever else is done.
Abingdon Abbey Grounds
Other facilties are even more in danger because of their low usage and lack of investment. They include the tennis courts …
Abingdon Abbey Grounds
crazy golf, and pitch and put, especially as the VWHDC have to pay somebody to operate a second kiosk to keep them going.

22 Comments November 23, 2014

Terry Wogan and Local Excellence Market in Town

Sir Terry Wogan was in town to sign his latest book. Not suprisingly there were lots of people about.
Terry Wogan
As noon approached a long queue formed outside the Bookstore.
Terry Wogan
to get signed copies of the book “A Little bit of common sense”.
local excellence Market
There was a local excellence Market in town today.
local excellence Market
As part of the Local Excellence Market. Abingdon Hydro were out telling people about the Share Offer. Abingdon Hydro is a not for profit company set up by local residents, to generate hydroelectric power from the River Thames by Abingdon Weir.
local excellence Market
Sir Terry Wogan kindly held a copy of the Abingdon Hydro poster I had to hand. The share sale is about a third of the way to the target, having raised £425,000.

2 Comments November 22, 2014

Come rain or shine ’til 2022

Come rain or shine til 2022
On the Abingdon town portal the Abingdon Farmer’s Market is scheduled on the Third Friday of every month 8:30am-1:30pm until 17 Jun 2022 – come rain or shine.

Come rain or shine til 2022
Today was one of the rainy days, but there were lots of stalls nevertheless. The watercress man said the predicted rain was for after 1pm, but it had been splattering down since 8am.
Come rain or shine til 2022
I read in the local newspapers recently that the Farmer’s Market had been nominated for a national award.

4 Comments November 22, 2014

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