Archives – June, 2019

Abingdon Food Festival

Abingdon Food Festival
On the other bank of the River Thames, at Rye Farm Meadow, on Saturday, big crowds were attracted to the Abingdon Food Festival.
Abingdon Food Festival
It featured a lot of caterers with flavours from all round the world.
Abingdon Food Festival
The Greek Souvlaki stall looked the most popular. I did not ask why people were queuing there when most stalls had much smaller queues.
Abingdon Food Festival
The cookery displays also looked popular.
Abingdon Food Festival
The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper. These Rotary members are from Oxford Rotary but told me that Abingdon Vesper are high flying stars in the world of Rotary for the big events they organise and the amount they raise for charity. In 2019 the Food Festival profit goes to good causes, 50% to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Abingdon Food Festival
Music was provided by bands at a central stage. This is the Ock Street Band, a group of Abingdon based musicians named after an ancient Abingdon road.
Abingdon Food Festival
Like any rotary event there were also a lot of community stalls. The Stonehill Community Gardens in Abingdon have land off Oday Hill where people can learn about gardening. It is open every Wednesday, 10 am – 4 pm.They say Drop-in or stay all day​. Volunteer and get involved … be closer to nature, learn and share skills and make friends.
Abingdon Food Festival
I had a go with a Virtual Reality headset that gave an idea what it is like with dementia at the Bellevie care stall. They are a commercial group looking to expand in the Abingdon area. They aim to create care teams that give personalised care for the elderly.

2 Comments June 23, 2019

First Abingdon Pride Day

First Abingdon Pride Day
The first Abingdon Pride Day was officially opened by the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Cheryl Briggs, and the MP of Abingdon, Layla Moran.
First Abingdon Pride Day
The event had been put together by Abingdon Town Council in just 4 weeks, with the help of Dawn, who organises events like the Abingdon Chilli Festival. The day came together very well. The very colourful Ashnah were one of the first acts performing.
First Abingdon Pride Day
The Cancer Research stall, and shop had a reminder that cancer does not discriminate. We are all in it together.
First Abingdon Pride Day
The Conservative Party were having fun with their leadership content. Who do you fancy? (for PM) Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson.
First Abingdon Pride Day
On the main stage large crowds gathered to watch the acts.
First Abingdon Pride Day
Some of them were very colourful and larger than life.
First Abingdon Pride Day
At the Fire Station in Abingdon there was also a completely separate open day. Carswell School Fete was also happening a street away. It was also the Abingdon Food Festival which drew huge crowds (more of that tomorrow or the next day). The recruiting fire engine had the rainbow flag for diversity and non discrimination.
First Abingdon Pride Day
Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLO) were on the Market Place. LAGLOs work to encourage the reporting of transphobic, bi-phobic and homophobic incidents.First Abingdon Pride Day
The first Abingdon Pride Day was fun. But behind it is a history of discrimination and bullying.
First Abingdon Pride Day
In the evening there was an open microphone night with some poetry at Pablo’s Lounge. This was the first Abingdon Pride Day. It was also the first Open Mic. night for poetry I had been to in Abingdon.

30 Comments June 22, 2019

Make Music Day in Abingdon

Make Music Day in Abingdon
It was Make Music Day in Abingdon, and around the globe.
Make Music Day in Abingdon
There were places to play music and listen to music all around Abingdon Town Centre.
Make Music Day in Abingdon
On the Market Place a lot of us gathered and joined arms and sang Hey Jude.
Make Music Day in Abingdon
Ashnah brought us exotic music and dancing.
Make Music Day in Abingdon
There were events on the Market Place, workshops in the Guildhall and at the Library, and then as the sun went down, there was music at the Crown and Thistle, Brewery Tap, R & R, and Pablo’s Lounge. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — were there in Abingdon Town Centre, helping to bring us together with music, and it was all free.

1 Comment June 22, 2019

Abingdon 100 years ago – June 1919

Abingdon 100 years ago
June 7th
The employees at both the Milton and Didcot Military Depots were given a half-holiday on Tuesday in honour of the King’s birthday.

The Abingdon Cricket Club were defeated at home on Saturday last in match against Trinity College, Oxford.

For the fourth week in succession there were no cases to be heard at the Abingdon Borough Police Court at this week’s sitting.

The Abingdon Town Band held a garden dance on Thursday evening in the grounds of Alderman J. T. Morland, Bath Street, kindly lent for the occasion. Their was a large attendance.

Mrs Smith, of 48, Vineyard, Abingdon, has just received the Military Medal awarded to her late son, Corporal F. G. Smith, Berks, killed in action. His brother, also of the Berks, gained the M.M. last year.

On Thursday last week recognition services were held at the Abingdon Congregational Church, in connection with the new pastor, the Rev C. H. Gill, formerly of Long Sutton, Lancashire. A good company sat down to tea in the Schoolroom, which included the Vicar of Abingdon, who welcomed Mr Gill to Abingdon, saying that unity amongst the various churches did not necessarily imply uniformity.
Abingdon 100 years ago
14th June
It is stated in a new Army Order that attention has been drawn to the fact some officers and soldiers are wearing ribbons of foreign commemorative war medals for service in the war. The Allied and Associated Power have agreed to institute an Inter-Allied War Medal, to be designated the Victorv Medal, and as this medal will obviate the interchange of Allied commemorative medals, the order says the wearing of Allied ribbons is prohibited by the Military authorities.

The Abingdon Cricket Club played a match at their home ground on with Pembroke College, Oxford, winning by a good margin. On Monday a match was also played against University College, Oxford, which was seen by a large number spectators. The visitors won easily.

There was a large number of visitors to Abingdon on Whit-Monday by river steamboats and Oxford buses, the latter being very crowded.

There were no cases at either the Abingdon County Bench or Borough Police Court again this week.

Lady Norman, of Stratton House, opened her grounds to the townspeople on Thursday evening last, when there was dancing to the music of the Abingdon Band.

In the Birthday Honours list was the name of Miss Nora Cullen, daughter of Mr E. Cullen, Stert Street, Abingdon, amongst the V.A D. Nurses, who was awarded the Royal Red Cross (second class). Miss Cullen worked for four years during the war, and spent three years in Camiers, Northern France.

The Abingdon Provident Society, of 75 years’ existence, held its annual meeting in the Borough Buildings, Wednesday evening last week , Mr Wake presiding. The report stated that about 100 members had served in the War, and nine young members of the Society had made the great sacrifice. A cash bonus of £300 had been distributed, and those serving in the Army been relieved of payment of subscriptions.

Abingdon 100 years ago
21st June

A fire broke out in a wooden structure at the Abingdon Pavlova Leather Works, Spring Road, Abingdon, on Thursday evening last. The structure was used by a contractor for his workmen and stores, and was about 50 feet long. The Abingdon Fire Brigade was soon on the spot and prevented the flames reaching the factory buildings, which cover a large area. The wooden buildings and the whole of the contents, were destroyed.

The Abingdon Belgian Relief Fund has now been wound up by the Committee, and it is stated that nearly £1,000 was subscribed by the public, and there is a balance over expenditure of £35 11s 4d., which the Committee have devoted to a distressed Belgian family.

Private Arthur Bronson, aged 38, of West St. Helens. Abingdon, who served through the War with the Berks Territorials, was taken ill on Thursday last and died at the Radcliffe Infirmary on the same day from appendicitis. He was demobilised last February. A number of his comrades attended the funeral in Abingdon Cemetery

The Abingdon Girls’ Club held a gipsy fair and dance on Saturday afternoon last in the grounds of Waste Court, the residence of Mr Clarke.

Lieut. Alan Cobham R.F.A. took several passengers for trips last week from the Manor Farm, Shippon, Abingdon. On Thursday the weather was too rough and intended flights were abandoned, but several went up on Friday, and on Saturday the number desiring trips were so many that Sunday was also utilised. There were no mishaps.

Abingdon 100 years ago
28th June

The Meritorious Service Medal has been awarded to Sapper W. Walters, 3rd Signals, of 68, Spring Road, Abingdon.

The North Berks Women’s Suffrage Society Branch, at a meeting at Aston Tirrold Manor, was wound up. The balance in hand. £5 15s, was voted to the National Union of Equal Citizenship.

An Abingdon woman, Mrs Turner, was knocked down by a cyclist last week, in Abingdon, and sustained a fractured wrist. The cyclist, Walter Busby, of Blackfriar’s Road, Oxford, was rendered unconscious and had to be taken to the Cottage Hospital, where, fortunately, his injuries did not necessitate his detention for more than few hours.

Abingdon June Fair was held on Friday last week. A few stalls, roundabouts, &c., were erected in the Market Place, but the evening was wet and interfered with the attendance.

At the Borough Bench on Tuesday, Walter Chivers, of 68, Spring Road, Abingdon, was fined 5s for riding a bicycle without lights, at Abingdon, and the same amount was imposed upon Douglas Game, of 18, Park Road, Abingdon, for a like offence. There were no other cases.

Thankyou for the extracts to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette – All Rights Reserved. Picture of Congregational Church from an old postcard. Picture of the back of Victory Medal from Ebay. Picture of Lieut. Alan Cobham from https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/online-exhibitions/sir-alan-cobham-a-pioneering-aviator/ticket-to-ride.aspx . National Union of Equal Citizenship picture is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license).

2 Comments June 21, 2019

Hello Abingdon

Hello Abingdon
The latest edition of Hello Abingdon, Trinity Learning’s community newsletter project, has hit the streets and this blog. The June 2019 newsletter has been put together by six Year 5 pupils from Carswell Community School and has a front page picture showing Summer in Abingdon!.
Hello Abingdon
The magazine includes an article on Abingdon’s Traditional Morris Men, whose Mayor Making happened on 15th June.
Hello Abingdon
The children had a great time meeting Roger and Harry from the Morris, and tried the dances.

There followed a survey on the Abbey Grounds Play Area and Swimming Pool which gets a ‘brilliant’ rating. There is also a piece about the wildlife in that area, including the butterflies in the bee garden, ducks and geese. The children thanked Adrian from Abingdon Naturalists Society for helping their research.

The  children’s feedback after doing the magazine was:
+  it was fun learning new things
+  it helped me talk to people
+  we learnt new IT skills
+  it was good to use our skills on something useful.

To find out more about Trinity Learning’s work with schools visit their website: www.trinitylearning.org.uk

The magazine can be downloaded and read at https://trinityabingdon.org.uk/documents/trinitylearningnewsjune2019.pdf

1 Comment June 19, 2019

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