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Reducing flooding in Abingdon – December 2018 Newsletter

Yesterday (on our return from doing The Not Abingdon Blog), I received the latest newsletter from the Environment Agency (EA) about reducing flooding in Abingdon. Here is a summary …
Reducing flooding in Abingdon
The newsletter brings disappointing news concerning the proposed flood storage area for the River Ock west of the A34. This would have held back flood water whenever there is a large deluge that threatens properties. The cost of the project has gone up to around £9.7m., since embankments cannot be built on existing land but need excavated foundations. So far £4m has been pledged by the partnership of local councils and national government. Plans will not be developed further, and the newsletter says ‘Our partnership do not feel there is a realistic prospect of securing this amount of funding in the short term… The scheme will be kept under review.
Reducing flooding in Abingdon
The EA are continuing to investigate natural flood management to hold back water from flooding Abingdon and have employed a project manager to consult with land owners upstream on the River Ock. This would involve measures such as small wood dams,  and planting hedges and woodland to slow river flow.
Reducing flooding in Abingdon
The EA have also been looking at temporary flood barriers, with pumps, to reduce the impact of flooding for specific areas in Abingdon such as Tower Close, Meadowside, Hermitage Road, Healey Close, Potenger Way and Chaunterell Way.

The latest newsletter is not yet on the EA website at but probably will be soon.

(Pictures of flooding from this blog in July 2007.)

4 Comments December 20, 2018

Abingdon – 100 years ago

Thanks to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette for the following news from Abingdon 100 years ago in December 1918. ( © Successor rightsholder unknown. All Rights Reserved.)
Abingdon - 100 years ago
Week 1

Brigadier-General Wigan was elected unopposed for Abingdon MP.

  • He was against the return of colonies to Germany
  • He demanded our enemies pay the cost of the war
  • He sought punishment of those guilty of gross violations of international law

At home he wanted:

  • our first claim on national resources to be soldiers and sailors who had given up their lives for the country
  • improvements in housing and health generally

Around 180 Chinese workers employed at the R.A.F stores at Milton left the depot to return home. They were sailors who got trapped here during the war.

Roy Gilbert from Shippon returned from being a prisoner of war where he underwent severe hardship being employed as a coal miner on very meagre fare. Other prisoners of war were also reported as coming home.
Abingdon - 100 years ago
Week 2

The Bishop of Oxford (Dr. Gore) held a confirmation service at St. Helen’s Church, Abingdon, when 96 candidates presented themselves; 60 females and 36 males, including six from the R.A.F., at Milton Depot. The Bishop also preached in the evening to a crowded congregation.

Lieut. C. L. Coxeter, of Abingdon, was promoted to a Captaincy in the Tanks Corps. He joined the Army as a private in August, 1914.

‘Our Day’ celebrations, raising money for Red Cross funds, in Abingdon took place on the Saturday. In addition to the sale of flags, there was a procession, with the R.A.F. Band from Milton Depot. A dance was held in the Corn Exchange in the evening from 7 till 11, which was well patronised.

Abingdon - 100 years ago
Week 3

At the Abingdon Borough Bench on Tuesday, a labourer, of no fixed abode, named Maurice Stapleford, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in the Vineyard, Abingdon, on the Saturday, and was fined 7s 6d.

At the Abingdon Christmas Cattle Market on the Monday there were 44 beasts, 15 of which went to Reading. There were also 74 sheep and 20 fat pigs. There was a rather small supply of poultry.

Our Day collections in Abingdon and District realised up to £324 and donations were still coming in.

Miss A. Randall, Abbey House, Abingdon, had done good work as Hon. Secretary to the Belgian and Prisoner of War Funds in Abingdon, which had closed. The Belgian Fund, which started in February, 1915, and continued till November, 1917, reached a total of £485. The Prisoner of War. Fund, started in September, 1916; and continued till November 1918, received £408. Of this sum £361 was expended in parcels sent to 18 men of the Royal Berks, through the Prisoners of War Committee in London.
Abingdon - 100 years ago
Week 4

During the Christmas season the Tesdale House Red Cross Hospital closed and the patients dispersed to their respective homes, having been granted 12 days’ leave in order to spend Christmas with their relatives. The Hospital had been open for nearly four years, the number of patients passing through the Hospital being 1,021. The staff and patients return to the Hospital on December 31st.

The Abingdon Post of Comrades of the War took over the old British School premises, Ock Street, for their headquarters and club. Brigadier- General J. T. Wigan, M.P., consented to be the first President of the club. It was intended to establish a Labour Bureau as well as writing and reading rooms. (Picture of Captain J T Wigan from his wedding in 1911.)

Thanks to the for this information and the picture of MP J T Wigan as a younger man.

Leave a Comment December 19, 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.

2 Comments December 10, 2018

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.

Leave a Comment December 10, 2018

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.

Leave a Comment December 8, 2018

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