Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool Opening Ceremony

June 16, 2018

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Today sees the opening of the Abbey Meadow outdoor pool at 1pm for swimmers. The pool and changing areas are looking very smart after the £1.3million refurbishment, and there are lots of balloons.
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The council held an official opening event this morning for invited guests. Abingdon Town Band were playing and refreshments were being served.
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I was told that the council would be putting some pictures on their website for the use of the press. But, for now, here are a couple taken over the fence by a backstreet blogger.

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12 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Jenny Smith  |  June 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I have searched in vain online for any details of the Outdoor Pool’s opening hours this year. Can anybody help?

  • 2. Monica lovatt  |  June 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Try Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool for information about opening times.

  • 3. Hester  |  June 16, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I couldn’t find it on the Vale website but Google was my friend and gave me https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/vale-of-white-horse/abbey-meadows-outdoor-pool/timetable

  • 4. Abingdon Mum  |  June 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Enjoyed a lovely swim in the new pool. Nice and warm and hot shower afterwards! Changing rooms much more civilised. Big thumbs up from me!

  • 5. Jenny Smith  |  June 17, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Thank you Hester. What a shame that once again they have arrranged the opening hours and session times such that someone like me, who works 9 – 5.30 Monday – Friday, with a lunch break from 1 – 2, cannot swim at all during the week without taking time off work. Very disappointing.

  • 6. Chris John  |  June 17, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I hope they have upgraded the fences to stop the out of hours swimming by the local wasters. Someone’s going to get hurt out of hours one day either scaling the fence or in the pool. Wallingford Out door pool has razor wire at the top of the fence and seems to not have this problem

  • 7. ppjs  |  June 17, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Why a private opening for a public facility? And why were they not in bathing/swimming kit?

    Just asking ;-)

  • 8. Daniel  |  June 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    ppjs…you are so right. Totally undermines what this ‘means’.

    A great asset to the town. A truly commendable effort to stop the pool becoming houses.

    But ACTUALLY, it was all just a photo opportunity for the “great and the good” of Abingdon.

    As metaphors go, is what’s wrong with the town.

    At least the great unwashed aren’t disallowed from the wonderful flowers. They’re looking good.

  • 9. Badger  |  June 22, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Presumably a private event as too much chance of someone being pushed in or alternatively the ‘no bombing’ signs being ignored and everyone getting a soaking.

    In a similar vein to ‘the flowers’ it’s all for the ‘Greater Good’ we should know and respect that.

  • 10. Houdini  |  June 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Lovely looking pool … though one niggle … disappointed at the frontage. That’s hasn’t been updated at all and the fenced area alongside it houses the bins.

    But … looking good!

  • 11. Daniel  |  June 22, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    And the people there certainly were the greater and the good, Badger!

  • 12. Badger  |  June 23, 2018 at 12:10 am

    https://youtu.be/yUpbOliTHJY

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