Archives – September, 2017

Harvest Service at Trinity

Harvest Service
At Trinity Church, in Abingdon, on Sunday the Harvest Service was taken by Deacon Selina. There were displays of flowers on every window sill, and in the Welcome Area, which made the church even more beautiful than usual.
Harvest Service
The alter was also well decorated, and before the first hymn people brought up their bags of groceries, specially chosen to be of use to Asylum Welcome in Oxford. The first hymn was “We Plough the Fields and Scatter.”

Selina preached on refugees, and how we should receive them. Selina had once had to escape from her family home in Africa where she was born. She said Jesus had been a refugee. Afterwards she said “Deeply deeply moved to see young and young at heart, bring so many gifts for our sisters and brothers at Asylum Welcome in Oxford.

Leave a Comment September 26, 2017

Lace Day

Lace Day
At Preston Road Community Centre on Saturday there was the fifth annual Lace Day, organised by the Abbey Meadow Lace Makers who meet at the centre.
Lace Day
As well as the lace making, there was a plentiful supply of cakes and tea and coffee, a raffle and tombola. There were also bobbins, pins and hooks, thread, and patterns for sale from a couple of specialist suppliers.
Lace Day
The lace makers meet normally on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm. Expert advice was on hand.

Leave a Comment September 25, 2017

Dorothy Richardson Exhibition

Dorothy Richardson
Over the last week there has been an exhibition at the Abingdon County Hall Musuem about one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century – Dorothy Richardson, who was born in Abingdon.
Dorothy Richardson
She lived for the first 8 years of her life in Abingdon and the exhibition tells us about her grandfather – a successful local trader, and her father who aspired to escape trade and become a gentleman of leisure.
Dorothy Richardson
She lived for the first 8 years of her life at number 18 Park Crescent in Abingdon.

A few years ago I believe there was a discussion at the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques scheme about who next to honour in Abingdon. In contention was Arthur Preston, a local historian and civic dignitary of local importance, and Dorothy Richardson, the creator of a new style of female novel, labeled ’stream of consciousness’. They both lived at the same house, and the blue plaque went to Arthur Preston.
Dorothy Richardson
Dorothy Richardson is held in great honour and people came on pilgrimage throughout the week of the exhibition from far flung places.

This was also a chance for some of us who live in  the town of her birth to become acquainted with her works for the first time.
Dorothy Richardson
She wrote a series of thirteen novels – together called Pilgrimage – following the life of Miriam. The first is called ‘Pointed Roofs’. You can find out more at http://dorothyrichardson.org/ which includes a review of the exhibition at the Dorothy Richardson Blog.

1 Comment September 24, 2017

Midget reopening weekend

Midget Pub
The Midget Pub down Preston Road, in Abingdon, has reopened after being closed for two weeks for a refurbishment. The MG theme is very clear in the reopening. MGs from the MG Car Club were there as part of the relaunch.
Midget Pub
The new pub sign shows a large MG logo and a MG Midget.
Midget Pub
Windows and pictures all have the MG and MG logos.
Midget Pub
For the reopening there is a bouncy castle, face paints, kids Karaoke on Sunday, and a band playing. It was a lovely sunny day and it went very well.

2 Comments September 23, 2017

Bridleway to Sunningwell

Bridleway to Sunningwell
For somebody visiting this blog in a few years time, here is what the Bridleway to Sunningwell looked like on this mild September day in 2017. This land has been designated for housing in the Vale of White Horse local plan up to 2031.

News for the day… 1. PM Theresa May has said there should be a transition period of “about” two years after Brexit, during which trade should continue on current terms. 2. US President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un have both called each other mad in various ways: deranged and dotard and madman are some of the words used. 3. Uber will loose its license to operate taxis in London. 4. THE END OF THE WORLD as we know it could be VERY soon as conspiracy theorists claim a mysterious dark planet will collide with Earth on 23rd September 2017.
Bridleway to Sunningwell
Looking to the right of the bridleway is a field stretching all the way to the Oxford Road. One or two houses are visible in Alexander Close, and cars speed at 40 MPH round the Abingdon outer road making it difficult to cross to the bridleway.
Bridleway to Sunningwell
To the left is a field that stretches to Tilsley Park, across which are some transmission lines.
Bridleway to Sunningwell
The A34 dual carriageway is on the far side of the field, divided off by a small fence and some bushes. It is all very open.

I don’t know the name of either field.

1 Comment September 22, 2017

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