Trustee Savings Bank to close in Abingdon

Trustee Savings Bank to close in Abingdon
The TSB has announced that it will be closing 82 branches in 2020,
Trustee Savings Bank to close in Abingdon
and the TSB at 1 Stert Street will close in April 2020.

A spokesman said this was ‘in response to changing customer behaviour’.

This is not the first time a Trustee Savings Bank has closed in Abingdon. Trustee Savings Banks began as places for smaller savers. A local Savings Bank (with trustees) was started in Abingdon in 1820 and closed in 1892. It too was in Stert Street. An article in the Reading Mercury of 1902 reported that many local Trustee Savings Banks had closed and their deposits been transferred to the Post Office Savings Bank, including the one in Abingdon.

The current Abingdon Trustee Saving Bank opened at 1 Stert Street in the 1940s. Trustee Savings Banks amalgamated between 1970 and 1985 to form one Trustee Savings Bank that got renamed TSB. The TSB went on to merge with Lloyds and so for some years Abingdon had two Lloyds TSBs.

After the 2008 banking collapse, and government rescue, the TSB was forcibly separated from Lloyds. It did not get the best of separations, and now the TSB is closing branches.

1 Comment December 8, 2019

Christmas Craft Market in Abingdon

Christmas Craft Market
The Christmas Craft Market was on the Market Place in Abingdon today.
Christmas Craft Market
Some of the Park Run runners meet at Java & Co after their 5 km run.
Christmas Craft Market
The Town Crier is seen here in front of a local honey stall and Beyond Bubbles. There must have been about sixteen stalls on the Market. It is organised by Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce who seem to do far more than the BID (Business Improvement District) ever did. The Chamber represents the shops.
Christmas Craft Market
Looking round the shops, finishing touch is a Christmas Wonderland, full of decorations and gifts.

Abingdon Sports have festive footballs and rugby balls alongside some warm looking gloves.

It will soon be time for the blog’s annual round up of gains and losses in Abingdon Town Centre.

Leave a Comment December 7, 2019

Abingdon Beer Festival

Abingdon Beer Festival
The Abingdon Beer Festival attracted a lot of people, including the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers, to the Abbey Building this Friday evening.
Abingdon Beer Festival
There was a large selection of local beers to be drunk.
Abingdon Beer Festival
For tickets costing £7.50 people could try 2 pints or 4 half pints.
Abingdon Beer Festival
Throughout the evening there was music on the stage. Then at around 8pm Paul Mayhew Archer did a stand up comedy routine.
Abingdon Beer Festival
There followed Rock and Roll on the main stage. The Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers played for people in the 900 year old crypt.

16 Comments December 6, 2019

Nativity Scene in St Nicolas Church porch

Nativity Scene for Christmas
The Nativity Scene in the porch of St Nicolas Church, Abingdon, is back again this year.
Nativity Scene for Christmas
The scene shows the birth of Jesus as told in St Luke’s Gospel where an angel told shepherds of the birth of a baby, who would be a Saviour. The shepherds visited Jesus and found him lying in a manger – a cattle feeding trough. This account is combined with the account from St Matthew’s Gospel which tells of wise men who follow a star to the place where Jesus lives.

Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 at Greccio, central Italy. His scene combined the two accounts and added an Ox and Ass. Such scenes then became very popular, and are still very popular to this day, particularly around Christmas.

St Nicolas is another character who is celebrated at Christmas, although he is better known as Santa Claus.

11 Comments December 5, 2019

Shop Local this Christmas

Shop Local this Christmas
Thursday 5 pm to 8 pm  is a late shopping night on Stert Street and some other independent shops.

Then Saturday is Small Business Saturday – with civic car parks free. There is also a Christmas Craft Market all day Saturday.

Free parking also happens on 14th and 21st December – to encourage us to do some Christmas Shopping in the Town Centre.
Shop Local this Christmas
Abingdon Beer Festival returns to the Abbey Buildings on Friday and Saturday.
Shop Local this Christmas
Also on Saturday 7th December Abingdon Town Band have their Christmas Concert.
Shop Local this Christmas
Then on Sunday, Fourhorsemen events told me ‘We’ll have many stalls selling many different items and a kitchen offering a variety of different foods.‘  Looking at their facebook page they try to attract stalls selling antiques, collectibles, and crafts.

With Christmas on its way, one could easily forget there is a general election. The result will be announced on Friday 13th.

7 Comments December 4, 2019

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