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Abingdon Blog Slideshow September 2017

… with all the normal things that happen in Abingdon during September and some things that are not quite so normal!

Leave a Comment September 30, 2017

Local Excellence Market

Local Excellence Market
The Local Excellence Market was on in Abingdon this morning. The Town Crier was there to announce what else was happening in town – possibly the flower festival at St Michael’s Church, and the Dunmore Pre-School 50th anniversary. I was too high up to hear.
Local Excellence Market
The trees are turning a deeper shade of amber as September draws to a close.
Local Excellence Market
I saw the first adverts for the Christmas Extravaganza. After S Club 3 last year, The Honeyz will be performing this year. For the first time, brochures will go to every house in Abingdon.
Local Excellence Market
Enjoying the views from the County Hall roof was a lady from Australia. After three days at the Crown and Thistle recovering from the flight over, she will be going to Wales and then Scotland. She stopped here because Abingdon is England’s oldest continually inhabited town and she like it here, and the people.
Local Excellence Market
She had bought a T towel of a fox from Claire Cross’s stall and was raving about Claire’s pictures.
Local Excellence Market
When I passed by a few minute later Claire said that she still had a couple of fox T towels but no more donkeys – apart from the display copy.

4 Comments September 30, 2017

Blessing the Bells at St Michael’s

Blessing the Bells
The Rt Rev’d Rowan Williams was at St Michael and All Angels, Abingdon-on-Thames, this evening for the big 7.30 pm service to bless the restored three bells.

After a long period of disuse, White’s of Appleton have just finished the work to get them back working.
Blessing the Bells
Three young ringers from St Helen’s were invited to ring them for a short period in front of the congregation …

By the wonders of the internet you can hear them too.

3 Comments September 29, 2017

Work starts on £1.3 million Abbey Meadow pool refurbishment

pool refurbishment
Work on Abingdon’s outdoor pool has started, and weather permitting, the pool will re-open for the 2018 summer season.

The paddling pool and main pool will be combined, and easy access to the pool provided by creating a ‘beach’ area.
pool refurbishment
The changing areas will also have a major revamp, and accessibility improved. A rubber surface will be laid around the pool to protect feet. Lights and heating will use energy-efficient equipment to reduce maintenance and operating costs.

Thanks to the VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) for saving the pool for the next generation and beyond. Also thanks to the Friends of the outdoor pool for their campaign to keep the pool.

5 Comments September 28, 2017

Bags left in the doorway of charity shop set alight in the early hours

charity shop set alight
From the Brecon and Radnor Express on 22nd September 2017 … “CHARITY shops in Llandrindod Wells are asking people not to leave donations in doorways after bags were set on fire in the early hours.”
charity shop set alight
In Abingdon, three days later, on 25th September 2017 a Charity Shop fire caused a lot of damage. The Abingdon Herald quoted the charity’s coordinator as saying “… it was too early to speculate about the cause, but it is thought the fire might have started outside the front door where a pile of donations had been spotted earlier.”
charity shop set alight
We often see donations left in the porches of our local charity shops, despite the shops having notices asking people not to leave donations out of hours.

5 Comments September 27, 2017

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