Archives – December, 2018

Traditional Market

Traditional Market
Here we are at the traditional Monday Market in Abingdon at about 9 a.m. The traffic is not so bad this morning. It started off cloudy and mild, and the sky is clearing to a sunny morning. The man at the fruit and veg stall is still setting out the bananas.
Traditional Market
Lots of plants on the plants stall are displayed already, together with seasonal holly, and mistletoe and wreaths. The Christmas trees have been reduced.
Traditional Market
There is a traditional butcher from Birmingham, and a baker.
Traditional Market
There is a stall selling hats, and coats and gloves. I got some super stretch, one size, thermal gloves for £2. There are stalls selling bird and pet food, cards and stationary, sweets, toys, baskets, vacuum bags, watch straps and batteries, and lots more.

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Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights
The large candles round the Market Place and  curtain of lights in the museum windows first made an appearance in Abingdon in 2008 so this is their eleventh year of service. After a small hiccup on being switched on they have been working fine.
Christmas Lights
The newer lights across the street started being introduced in 2009.
Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights are provided by Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council, and their contractor, and the tree is provided by the Market Traders. The decorations down Bury Street are provided by the company who looks after Bury Street. I think that is probably Aberdeen Asset Management.

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Abingdon Beer Festival

Abingdon Beer Festival
The Abingdon Beer Festival took over the Abbey Buildings for the second evening running.
Abingdon Beer Festival
The bar was run by Loose Cannon Brewery, and had 18 beers and 4 ciders at the start.

Beers get sponsored by different people or organisations.
Abingdon Beer Festival
There was also live music.

Profits go towards the upkeep and future development plans of the Abbey Buildings.

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Reindeer, Abbey Brass, and Abingdon grown Geese and Turkeys

Abingdon Craft Market
Abingdon Country Market were on this morning in the safety of the Salvation Army hall.
Abingdon Craft Market
Abbey Brass were on the Market Place in Abingdon playing carols, but the Christmas Craft Market was cancelled because the expected strong winds were dangerous for gazebos.
Abingdon Craft Market
Near the Market Place, down the Queen Street alleyway, you can order Peachcroft Farm free range goose and turkey from Hedges the butcher. Hedges were established in 1896, and currently have branches in Abingdon and Oxford (was Covered Market but see comments).  Their vans do a lot of delivering but you can order and buy direct from the door.
Abingdon Craft Market
The Abingdon reared geese and turkeys are advertised widely on Abingdon bus stops. They are to be seen wandering freely at Peachcroft Farm up until the time they disappear in November.

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Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows

Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
There are a pile of willow trees not very far from the River Thames and Abingdon Vale Cricket Club. All have been marked with the same identifier.
Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
A notice says they are Cricket Bat Willows (Salix Alba Caerulean). So these uniform, light coloured, trees with tight grain are ideal for bats. Each tree can take about 20 years to grow, and can provide enough wood for between 25 and 50 bats.
Abingdon Cricket Bat Willows
Cricket bats are graded, but being made of a natural product each is different. Some will fetch a high prices for test players, others will be sold for cricket on the beach . It would be nice to think some of these trees will be used at the nearby Abingdon Vale Cricket Club.

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