Archives – December, 2019

Advent Windows in South Avenue

The South Avenue Advent Windows are back. More houses than ever have taken part this year. Some numbers are doubled up. If you go to look round you can drop in a donation for the Helen and Douglas House Hospice through some letter boxes. Or view The Helen and Douglas House Christmas Appeal.
Advent Windows in South Avenue
2. Girl with balloons and snowman and tree
Advent Windows in South Avenue
3. Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem
Advent Windows in South Avenue
5. Three Wise Men
Advent Windows in South Avenue
8.Robins, holly, and snow
Advent Windows in South Avenue
9. Flickering fire and Christmas Tree with small animals
Advent Windows in South Avenue
15. Nutcracker Suite
Advent Windows in South Avenue
20. Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem

7 Comments December 21, 2019

Abingdon Mummers

Abingdon Mummers
The Abingdon Mummers were performing their traditional Christmas Mummers play this evening around drinking places in Abingdon including:

  • Punch Bowl, 
  • Broad Face, 
  • Kings Head & Bell, 
  • Old Anchor, 
  • Tipsy Mercer, 
  • and the Conservative Club.

Abingdon Mummers
After the Conservative Club the players headed for the last performance of the evening at the Brewery Tap.
Abingdon Mummers
The play tells the battle between King George and the Bold Slasher. First King George is killed and has to be revived by the doctor.
Abingdon Mummers
(That is after Bailey the dog tried her best.)
Abingdon Mummers
Then the Bold Slasher is killed. On this occasion the intervention of the doctor fails, and Mrs Finney is called in to revive Bold Slasher.

The play is all about light and dark, life and death,
Abingdon Mummers
Father Christmas comes in to lead the singing of We wish you a Merry Christmas.

A collection tin was then handed round for BeFreeYC (befreeyc.org.uk) which helps young carers in Oxfordshire.

2 Comments December 20, 2019

End of Term Feasts and Festivities

End of Term Feasts and Festivities
There was a festive end of term for the Abingdon Silver Club at Abingdon College. They enjoyed cakes and savoury treats after a final rush to finish off various silver items including spoons, earrings, pendants and silver Christmas tree toys.
End of Term Feasts and Festivities
The Abingdon schools broke up today for the Christmas holiday. The holidays run from 20th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020 – during which there will be feasts and festivities. (The silver dog is in the Abingdon Museum)

That reminds me The Abingdon Mummers are performing their Christmas play round the town centre and Ock Street. I shall dash out to see if I can find them ….

Leave a Comment December 19, 2019

River Ock after recent rainfall

River Ock high following recent rainfall
The latest Environment Agency update on the River Ock says “Property flooding is not currently expected. River levels remain high but continue to fall on the River Ock and Letcombe Brook following recent rainfall. Therefore, the risk of flooding is currently reducing. From this evening (18/12/19), through tomorrow 19/12/19, Friday 20/12/19 and the weekend, we are expecting heavy, persistent showers across the area. We therefore expect river levels to rise further over the coming days and into the early part of next week. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are operating weirs to reduce flood risk and are in the area clearing weed/trash screens.”
River Ock high following recent rainfall
Tesco cannot be reached along the Ock Path from Mill Road.
River Ock high following recent rainfall
Nor can Tesco be reached on the path from Chaunterell Way.
River Ock high following recent rainfall
There was an Environment Agency van parked near Tesco monitoring the situation.

There is normally a height difference at this River Ock weir, where the river is divided into two streams, but today there was no waterfall.

4 Comments December 18, 2019

Abingdon 100 years ago – December 1919

Abingdon 100 years ago
Saturday 6th December 1919

A bachelor’s dance was held in the Abingdon Council Chamber on Wednesday evening, when there were nearly 120 present. The Oxford Prize Band supplied the music.

A confirmation was held at St. Helen’s Church, Abingdon, on Sunday afternoon with the new Bishop of Oxford, when the candidates numbered 120, 91 of which were from Abingdon.

A lecture on the Life of Livingstone, with lantern slide illustrations, was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on Wednesday evening in last week.

A steam lorry was being driven back to Milton Depot by William Russell, of Reading, when, in Ock Street, Abingdon, in consequence of the gearing it swerved and collided with a cottage, in the occupation of Mr H. Church, knocking the door down and part of the wall.

An inquest was held at Abingdon Police Station on Thursday last by Mr Bromley Challenor, on the death of Jeffrey Brightman, aged 2 years, the child of an ex soldier, Benjamin Brightman, of 7, Gaol Yard. Abingdon, who died on the previous Tuesday through being scalded. The evidence went to show that the mother placed a small bath of hot water on the floor down stairs, and whilst fetching some cold water the deceased fell into the bath and was severely scalded. The child was taken to the Cottage Hospital, where the injuries were attended to, and was brought back home, where he died the following day.
Abingdon 100 years ago
Saturday 13th December 1919

Abingdon has contributed by collections the sum of £l8 10s 7d to the National Home and Orphanage Fund, as this years effort.

The Abingdon Municipal Charity Trustees are distributing from Robert Mayott’s Charity, six overcoats to elderly men, and eight gowns to elderly women, residents of the Borough.

The Guild of the Abingdon Wesleyan Church held a pleasant social evening on Wednesday last week, when the programme included impromptu speaking efforts and games.

A memorial service for the late Mr J. H. Broxup, late headmaster of the Abingdon Council Schools, was held in the Abingdon Trinity Wesleyan Church on Sunday evening last, when there was a large congregation. including many old boys of the Abingdon British Schools, of which he was formerly headmaster, and also past and present scholars of the Council Schools.

In aid of the Abingdon Sanatorium Comforts Fund a very successful subscription dance was held last week in the Abingdon Council Chamber, when nearly 150 were present. Supper was provided by friends, and a substantial sum was raised.
Abingdon 100 years ago
Saturday 20th December 1919
A League match was played at Abingdon, on Saturday, between Abingdon Town and Abingdon Pavlova Club, Abingdon Town winning by three goals to nil. There were, as usual at these matches, many local spectators, and considerable enthusiasm was shown in the game.

The Abingdon Bowling Club are being provided with two more greens in the centre of the Albert Park, the property of Christ Hospital Governors.

The Abingdon Comrades of the Great War held another successful whist drive at their Club Rooms, Ock Street, on Thursday evening last, when nearly 100 were present Six prizes were given by Mrs Councillor Reynolds, and two rabbits by a local farmer.

The only case at this Borough Court on Tuesday last before the Mayor and Mr J. Paul, was M A. Cox. schoolmistress, Ock Street, fined 4s for chimney on fire.

Among the goods found in possession of Bertha Hambleton, (34). 9, Aston Street, Oxford, and Alice Dunton, (24), 17, Field Road, Reading, arrested and charged at Banbury Petty Sessions last week, were found several articles taken from the shops of Messrs Viney, Bros, drapers, Market place, and Madam Lyalls, costumier, High Street, Abingdon.
Abingdon 100 years ago
Abingdon 100 years ago
Saturday 27th December 1919
On Boxing Bay, in very wet weather, a match was played on the Abingdon ground between Abingdon and the Oxford United Trades for the War Memorial Cup, when the score was Abingdon 5, Oxford 0.

A carol service was held on Sunday evening at the Congregational Church from 8 to 9 o’clock. Miss Luker sang ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ and Mrs Pearson, ‘See, Amid the Winter Snow,’ and the special carol issued by St Dunstan’s, entitled, ‘They gave their sight,’ was rendered by the choir. The collection on behalf of blinded soldiers and sailors amounted to £3 5s.

The Abingdon Pavlova Leather Works employees and friends had a large Christmas party at the works. Spring Road. Abingdon, on Saturday, which took the form of a fancy dress ball. One of the large warehouses was decorated profusely for the occasion, and about 600 were present. Prizes were given for the best costume characters.

Abingdon 100 years ago
Saturday 3rd January 1920

St Helen’s bells rang the Old Year out and the New Year in. A devotional service was held at St. Nicolas’ Church at 10 o’clock, and an hour later there was a watch night service in the Wesleyan Schoolroom for the Free Churches.

Thankyou for the extracts to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette on the British Newspaper Archive. Abingdon adverts came from the North Berks Herald and Save the Children and Great Ormond Street from a national paper. The Happy Year 1920 picture was made using a film still from the 1920 era with snowflakes and title added.

4 Comments December 18, 2019

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