Archives – April, 2017

Abingdon Blog – April 2017 – Slideshow

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Pictures from this months blog including: flood exhibition, circus, art show, Unicorn Theatre, horticultural show, Head of River rowing, Easter events, egg and spoon racing, Abingdon United, County Hall roof views, St Georges Day, giraffe at Lock, local excellence market and lots more.

3 Comments April 30, 2017

New work by ‘River’ Banksy revealed

River Banksy
A new work by ‘River’ Banksy has been discovered at Abingdon Lock. Previous works included a crocodile, pooh bear, and a menagerie of animals on the island. Now the biggest work yet – a giraffe – has been discovered. It takes River Banksy’s work to a whole new level.
River Banksy
That is not all that is new at the lock. A defibrillator machine has also been installed. Hopefully it will never be needed but, if it is, it could save a life.
River Banksy
Otherwise life near the lock continues much as normal. One of the Salter’s steamers came through while I was there – an out of season hire. The season begins on 27th May. The Salter Steamer service between Abingdon and Oxford runs 7 days a week, from 27th May to 10th September 2017 – timetable here.

2 Comments April 29, 2017

Dr. Seuss aka Alexander Abingdon

Alexander Abingdon
Mostly Books have announced the winner of their Dr Seuss bingo competition. The display featuring Dr Seuss was put there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Cat in the Hat – published on 12th March 1957.
Alexander Abingdon
The first ever book by Dr Seuss was published in 1931, and contained schoolboy bloopers, jokes, and humour. It was illustrated by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and written under the pseudonym Alexander Abingdon. It can still be found compiled in the Pocket Book of Boners. The updated word for ‘boner’ is ‘blooper’.

3 Comments April 28, 2017

A useful and informative notice in the Albert Park

Ben found the notice on a tree in the park. He said “It’s a useful and informative notice, but it would be a lot more useful if you could actually read it without having to stand under the tree … Hand included for scale.”
I am glad they are keeping the tree as it is one of my favourite Abingdon trees
I am less keen on the tree that is growing through the roof of nearby Conduit House.
Nature is no respecter of historical monuments.

2 Comments April 27, 2017

Age UK moving to Abingdon Science Park

Age UK
Age UK are moving their Oxfordshire HQ from St Edmund’s House. The owners have permission to change the building from offices to dwellings.
Age UK
St Edmund’s House will become six flats with four parking places. The parking area still has a sign from the days of John Spratley & Partners, the architects.
Age UK
Age Uk are moving to Abingdon Science Park down Barton Lane.
Age UK
I will miss the annual Age UK jumble sale, and walking past their window and browsing what they had on offer: internet classes; spreading the cost of funerals; advise about care and support; and the generation games activity programme.

11 Comments April 26, 2017

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