Archives – May, 2016

An Audience with an Archbishop

Thankyou to St Helen and St Katharine for replying to my request about an event I sadly missed.
Dr Rowan Williams
On Saturday evening, Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge was the Guest of Honour at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, took to the stage for an evening of poetry and conversation as part of the parish of Abingdon-on- Thames’ series of events, ‘The Hope Within Us’.

‘Rise Heart’, the theme of the evening and a phrase taken from the poem ‘Easter’, George Herbert’s poetic meditations on the resurrection of Christ, was an opportunity to hear Dr Williams’ own poetic voice, literally and figuratively as he, together with Rebecca Dougall, Head of St Helen and St Katharine school and The Revd Dr Charles Miller, Team Rector of Abingdon, discussed how poetry is a powerful creative channel for exploring belief.

Dr Williams also introduced the relatively unknown work (here in England) of Saunders Lewis, one of Wales’ leading literary and political icons, a nationalist hero and one of the founders of Plaid Cymru.

Leave a Comment May 26, 2016

More Coffee Shops than Hairdressers

More Coffee Shops
Where Stroll In once was, a new coffee and snack place looks nearly ready to open on Abingdon Market Place. I can see the day coming when there will be more coffee shops than hairdressers in Abingdon Town Centre.
More Coffee Shops
The lights in the ex Co-op supermarket were on this evening. The Co-op closed in July last year, and back then there was speculation that Wilkinson or Iceland would soon move in, but that did not happen. Then some people thought it would be refurbished and Poundland would move across. I have not heard the latest rumours.

20 Comments May 25, 2016

Swans and their eight cygnets

St Helens Church
These adult swans, seen on the Mill Stream in Abingdon, have eight new cygnets. Last years juveniles did stay during the winter, but as time went on the adult male could be seen chasing them away, getting increasingly aggressive if they did not take the hint.

5 Comments May 24, 2016

Hope Within Us – Tour of St Helen’s Church

‘The Hope Within Us’ events took place last week – organised by the churches of the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames.
St Helens Church
On Saturday there were two tours of St Helen’s Church.
St Helens Church
Many Abingdon people, from generation to generation, have made their first visit to the church on being baptised at the font.
St Helens Church
The present building began as a one aisle church, with tower, in the early thirteenth century. Four more aisles were then added to the south – the fifth and final aisle in 1539. The central aisle was subsequently made higher in Victorian times to let in more light.
St Helens Church
The west door though the central aisle is used for other important life events. It is through this door that couples enter to be married, and from this door people are carried on their final goodbye.
St Helens Church
Over that door St Helen is seen carrying a model of the St Helen’s Church in one hand, and a cross in the other. The Fraternity of the Holy Cross was based at St Helen’s church until being dissolved by royal decree in 1547.

4 Comments May 23, 2016

ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL

ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
This week has seen the first Abingdon Jazz Festival organised by Friends of Abingdon, and Music at the Unicorn.
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
Abingdon’s own Big Band, SwingTime, a 20-piece Big Band, performed on Friday evening at the Unicorn Theatre. A lot of the acts were at the Unicorn Theatre.
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
There were also jazz acts out and about round Abingdon, including the Claire Jones Quintet at The Crown & Thistle …
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
The Fleur Stevenson Trio under the museum,
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
Funk Bake at the Brewery Tap,
ABIN GDON JAZZ FEST IVAL
and, featuring the Garden Kitchen Menu, at the Nags Head were the Mim Gray, Tim Dawes and Tim Lapthorn Ensemble.

2 Comments May 22, 2016

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