Abingdon downstream

Abingdon downstream
After plummeting the few feet at Abingdon Weir the water looks like it is boiling,
Abingdon downstream
There has been a lot of rain over the last week.
Abingdon downstream
Below Abingdon Lock the river looks much calmer.
Abingdon downstream
The River Thames is running fast. It widens
Abingdon downstream
and narrows through the bridge at Abingdon and then flows away towards Culham and more distant places like Reading and London.

There will be a litter pick from Abingdon Lock on Saturday from 10 am but due to the fast flow the canoe club will not be out.

1 Comment October 17, 2019

Abingdon Win Bell Ringing Contest

Bell Ringing Contest
On Saturday 5th October, at Chalfont St Peter Church, the Abingdon ringers won the final of the Diocesan annual striking competition, competing against teams from churches all over Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Ringing the test piece of 240 Grandsire Doubles, they narrowly beat the favourites and holders from High Wycombe.

Official band photo is by Bobbie May with thanks.

3 Comments October 16, 2019

Morris Dancing practises and Runaway Fair

Morris Dancing
This evening Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers met at the Royal British Legion for the start of winter practises. New members are welcome and by starting now there is the good chance to learn the traditional Abingdon steps before the season starts in earnest in April or May of 2020. 8pm every Monday. Women and men are welcome.
Morris Dancing
Earlier in the day the Runaway Fair was running. Pre-school children enjoyed the rides during the day. There followed a lot of rain and so the fair was tidied away earlier than in previous years.
Morris Dancing
It did produce the once in a year experience of buses having to negotiate the tight bend and parked cars and funeral bollards between East and West St Helen Street.

Leave a Comment October 15, 2019

Bells toll out of respect for PC Andrew Harper

PC Andrew Harper
At 11 am this morning a single bell was tolled at St Nicolas Church, and another at St Helen’s Church, Abingdon. This was out of respect for PC Andrew Harper who died from multiple injuries when he was dragged under a van on a road near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15th August. The funeral was today, at 11 am, at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford .
PC Andrew Harper
In the window of the Sue Rider charity shop is a tribute to PC Harper.
PC Andrew Harper
A police car and two policemen were nearby. People were stopping to say a few words to them about PC Harper who was based at Abingdon Police Station and is well remembered in the town.

Leave a Comment October 14, 2019

OXRAIL 2019 exhibition

OXRAIL exhibition
The OXRAIL (model railway) exhibition was at Abingdon & Witney College today. There were 39 railway layouts; a number of trade stalls selling modelling kit; and a vintage bus giving rides outside. It was organised by the Oxford District Model Railway Club.
OXRAIL exhibition
There was a chance to see Ealing Road, featured on the Channel 5 TV Series The Great Model Railway Challenge.
OXRAIL exhibition
The Snake Bend Railroad was the largest model and was to be found upstairs in the college’s Art Workshop. Different modellers follow standards about how the modules join up and then create a model depending on who can bring their modules.
OXRAIL exhibition
There were also a number of small layouts that appeared to travel in suit cases.
OXRAIL exhibition
The models were enjoyed by children
OXRAIL exhibition
and adults alike. People could drive the trains on some of the layouts.
OXRAIL exhibition
A lot of painstaking effort goes into each model and I was surprised to find out how many people I know have their own model railway at home. They have gained skills in planning, engineering, woodworking, electrical circuitry and miniature painting.
OXRAIL exhibition
Even though Abingdon has no railway station, there are conservatories, attics and spare rooms across Abingdon filled with tiny trees, scale buildings and model railways.

1 Comment October 13, 2019

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