St Ethelwold’s blue borders

Blue Borders
It is very good to be able to walk round the gardens of St Ethelwold’s House in East St Helen Street. The borders are wonderful at the moment.
Blue Borders
I sometimes attend the share a poem group at St Ethelwold’s. Like many of the activities there is usually poster in the front window. The June theme for poems was gardens, and one of the St Ethelwold’s gardeners attended and read some good poems on gardening.
Blue Borders
Susie Howard, who does a lot on the garden, told me back in March or April that they would have blue borders, and it is very evident now.

2 Comments June 10, 2019

Save the Children at 100

Save the Children
Save the Children has had 100 years of fund raising, caring and campaigning for underprivileged children and the Abingdon volunteers were in the town centre yesterday.
Save the Children
Yesterday morning, in Abingdon, volunteers moved their stall underneath the County Hall as it was raining. They had a tombola and were selling plants and cakes and had second hand goods. Their quiz is also on sale for £2.

In 2019, among many other causes, Save the Children are helping children return to school following the damage of Typhoon Tembin in the Philippines.
Save the Children
Back in 1919, Europe was still being blockaded and that meant children were starving and there were not enough medical supplies. The founders campaigned to make people aware of the blockade. They then set up a fund to get supplies to the children.

You can find more about Save the Children’s history here. (Thankyou to the British Newspaper Archives for the advert from the Bucks Examiner of  30th May 1919).

Leave a Comment June 9, 2019

South Abingdon Children’s Centre – Crayon Fence

Crayon Fence
At the South Abingdon Children’s Centre, on Caldecott Chase, the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks, did a bit of DIY to fix the last crayon to the fence.Crayon Fence
He also gave a speech thanking everybody who helped get the centre back up and running. It is now run by the Abingdon Carousel Charity.

It is the end of National Volunteers Week – a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. Charlie thanked all the volunteers who have given time to get the children’s centre working, or who volunteered elsewhere in Abingdon.
Crayon Fence
There is a named crayon for each of the organisations that have helped provide funding or done work to make sure the Children’s Centre opened.

Other news from the Children’s Centre is that a new Saturday Club has started and it runs between 9.30am and 12. They do things like stories, science, cooking, planting and gardening, music, art and crafts. Parents or carers stay with the children, who can be any age – although activities will mostly suit pre-schoolers.

4 Comments June 8, 2019

Unidentified circular structure

Unidentified circular structure
Lyn asks does anyone know what this circular structure is? It was found by the Abingdon Health walkers.  It is situated off the Thames path in a wooded area opposite the St Helens slipway. There are a few steps up to the wall of the building and it’s  been used as a fire pit recently.
Unidentified circular structure
There is a pretty little stone bridge over a ditch nearby that looks about the same age.

I do not have a good answer and so thought I’d direct the question here.

15 Comments June 6, 2019

Summer Choral Concert, Abingdon Country Market, and Marina area Litter Pick – Saturday 8th June

Whats On
The Abingdon and District Musical Society will hold its Summer Choral Concert on Saturday 8th June at 7:30 pm in St Helen’s Church. They will be performing Stabat Mater by Dvorak.
Whats On
The Abingdon Country Market will be at the Salvation Army in West St Helen Street on Saturday 8th June (2nd Saturday in the Month) from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. They have homemade cakes, preserves, bread, eggs, plants and flowers (in season, locally grown). Also Crafts and cards.
Whats On
Then the is a Abingdon Marina area clean up organised by the Rotary. The event is in support of World Oceans Day, ( ) to reduce the amount of plastics getting into the Thames and flowing on to the sea.

Leave a Comment June 5, 2019

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