Building Work

July 18, 2013

Building Progress
For years there was just a pile of earth between the motorcycle centre and care home on Marcham Road, but very high flats have replaced the pile of earth.
Building Progress
New retirement flats next to John Mason school are also nearing completion.
Building Progress
At Abingdon College the new training workshop for motor mechanics should be ready for the new college term.
Building Progress
Very difficult to see what is happening behind the stone wall of Our Ladies Abingdon, but a new design and technology centre should also be ready for the new school term.

In Abingdon, “Schools out for summer!”

The Blog will have a short summer break. Back in two weeks.

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  • 1. rolf  |  July 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    New shop in the abbey shopping centre – bakery – where the newsagents once was, fitting it out now.

    Also, that shop in the corner of the square that was once called “Stroll In” is also being fitted out, but no idea what it may be, if anything?

  • 2. Rob  |  July 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    As this blog is on summer break I thought I’d say how bloody amazing The Broad Face is. Just finished a review of it for a local magazine, the food was fantastic! Had quite possibly the best Carbonara I’ve ever had.

  • 3. colin  |  July 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The building work at Stroll In appears to be connected to the white building next door. Always been boarded up windows in it.. I remember a plan to open them up as small studios a few years ago. Nice to see, hopefully back in use soon.

  • 4. chris  |  July 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The building next door was always part of Stroll In, it was the back bit where the toys and kitchen stuff was.

  • 5. Hester  |  July 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    … and what about the former “Gold Shop”? It was nicely freshened up when they moved out, but no sign of activity since..

  • 6. colin  |  July 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

    chris all this time I didn’t realise until now……that was the rear of that building!!!!!. makes sense really…


    The rooms above The Gold Shop, were used by the adult care unit, (as a backup to the Charter building). The lease was so expensive they couldn’t afford to renew.

    They are now waiting to hear about The Charter Phase II, and when they will be moved out of that building. (Demolished for Supermarket).

  • 7. rolf  |  July 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Costa are taking over the old Jessops

  • 8. Moody man  |  July 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Parsons coffee shop opening in the recently closed newsagents . They have a parsons coffee shop in grove it is very good

  • 9. rolf  |  July 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Moody Man – I had a look in the window and they look more like a bakery?

  • 10. rolf  |  July 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Here is their website…

  • 11. Moody man  |  July 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    @rolf yeah they are a bakery but they also sell sandwiches cakes and coffee pasties . They are like Greggs but more traditional . The one in grove has great staff also they offer loyalty cards

  • 12. rolf  |  July 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    sounds good.

  • 13. Hester  |  July 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Just heard that refurbishment work is under way again at the Crown & Thistle – it appears that commonsense prevailed in the end! They plan to re-open in November.

  • 14. rolf  |  July 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    @Hester – good news and I see the old Police Station is being redeveloped for a young persons centre.

  • 15. Rachel - the other one  |  July 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Look at all this joy and happiness about Abingdon today! Such a refreshing change.

    You can go away with a smile on your face backstreeter :) Enjoy your holiday

  • 16. Hester  |  July 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    @rolf – sorry to dampen the outbreak of joy but unless plans have changed, only a small part of the Old Police Station (including the cells lol!) is being made available for the Abingdon Bridge – most of the building will be flats. Those of us who were involved with the Old gaol campaign a few years ago put in a bid for the whole building to be made available for community use – including maybe arts/crafts studios/workshops upstairs – but to no avail…

    But otherwise I agree with Rachel – happiness abounds – and another charty music event in town on Saturday – hope the weather stays fine.

    Backstreeter – we do miss you – we want pictures of all these great things!

  • 17. shop owner  |  July 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    go to town enjoy the sun and try to shop only independent just for one day you will be surprised . There are great cafes , Jewellery shops, sweet shops,clothes shops etc .keep local money local .

  • 18. colin  |  July 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Read an article about The Abingdon Bridge using part of the Old Police Station, including the cells. Ironic because they help a lot of ex-offenders who have just come out of prison.
    or held in Police custody. Its smaller than their previous site, but are hoping it will be more permanent this time.

  • 19. Newcomer  |  July 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Before now I’ve flagged up here that it’s Tesco’s plan to turn its large stores into ‘retail malls’ and, in Abingdon’s case, this would mean that Tesco’s car park would become the town’s new market place.

    See this:

    Something like this happens in Abingdon and the town centre will be just about banjaxed.

    The various councils ’serving’ Abingdon seem oblivious to this along with the company’s bus service centred on the Marcham Road store.

    Planning does not seem the Councils’ forte … they’ve just about pushed me past the point of despair.

  • 20. Rolf  |  July 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Interesting article about Abingdon’s empty shops in today’s Herald….

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  • 22. Balders  |  August 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I’m getting Abingdon Blog update withdrawal symptoms, is there a support group available?

  • 23. Hester  |  August 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Me too – I think Backstreeter should be asked to book his leave in advance in future (statutory amount only – 28 days including bank holidays). More seriously perhaps one or two volunteers could take it over next time he has a long break?

    Anyway, I think he is due back any day now……….

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