Joint Harvest and Parade Service

Joint Harvest and Parade Service
Abingdon Baptist Church (ABC) are on their travels while their church building is being revamped. Most Sundays they meet at Carswell School but on one Sunday a month they join with Trinity. This morning was such a Sunday and coincided with the Harvest service and Parade Service.

Donations to the harvest this year go to Asylum Welcome (for Trinity) and The Abingdon Food Bank (for ABC).
Joint Harvest and Parade Service
There were also some excellent flower displays all round the church done by people from Trinity and ABC.
Joint Harvest and Parade Service
The church and balcony were full because the parade service brought uniformed groups from both churches together with parents.
Joint Harvest and Parade Service
The young people took a lot of the service with readings and prayers and various activities. At one stage they trailed a rope, down the aisle, and up the stairs to the balcony so that everybody was connected either with the rope or with each other. This was to illustrate Jesus saying, ‘I am the vine. You are the branches.’

12 Comments October 14, 2018

Abingdon: 100 Years On

Abingdon 100 Years On
Abingdon is coming together in a Festival of Remembrance marking the centenary of the end of World War 1. The Festival, with music by The Waterloo Band and Bugles of The Rifles, is taking place on Saturday November 3 at St Helen’s Church. It will focus on the role that Abingdon played in the war and look at individual sacrifices made by soldiers from the town.
Abingdon 100 Years On
Thanks to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette for the following news from Abingdon 100 years ago in October 1918. ( © Successor rightsholder unknown. All Rights Reserved.)

5th October

Private A. J. Brett, Hampshire Regiment, son of and Mrs Brett, 41 Ock Street. Abingdon, is reported seriously wounded in both thighs by shrapnel in France.

Mr F. Aldworth. baker, West St. Helens Street, has had six sons serving in the current war. Captain William Aldworth. Essex Regt., awarded the D.S.O. for clearing a village with 17 men, though held by the enemy; Corporal Arthur Aldworth, 21, youngest son, killed in action on September 11th; Sapper Frank Aldworth, 30 killed in action in June; Lieutenant Tom Aldworth, Canadians, wounded; Private George Aldworth, Cameron Highlanders, wounded; and Private Edward Aldworth, R.G.A., still serving with the Colours. All of them were Abingdon Church Schoolboys.

12th October

Mr Charles Hartley and Miss Ethel Gordon Pauli gave an excellent humourous, musical, and dramatic entertainment in the Abingdon Corn Exchange on Thursday evening, when part of the proceeds were given to the Local Red Cross Hospital.

The Abingdon and Wantage motor bus met with a somewhat alarming accident on Wednesday evening of last week. It appears that when at Cold Arbour, on the Abingdon Road, the driver drew the bus to the side of the road to allow a motor cycle to pass, when the steering rod broke and the bus ran up the bank into the hedge, and turned over into a field, which was flooded at the time, and the 25 passengers were considerably frightened, but happily no one was seriously injured.

Private Harry Messenger, 19, of the Hampshire Regt., son of Mr Thomas Messenger, of Spring Road, Abingdon, is reported as having been killed in action on Sept. 4th.

Lance Corporal G. Townsend, of the London Regt., Q.V.8., son of Mr W. Townsend, East St. Helen Street, Abingdon, has been wounded for the second time, this time by a serious wound in the right leg.

ln last month’s published list of M.C.’s awarded appears the name of acting-Captain Tom Lodge, of the Oxford and Bucks LJ. aged 21, youngest son of Mrs Lodge, of Tesdale Terrace, Abingdon, who died of wounds on May 21st last. When his senior officers had been wounded he immediately took command, and by persistence obtained the objective, and on another occasion, on his own initiative, he led a counter attack, capturing a machine gun and killing several of the enemy.

17th October

Private A. C. Carter, 19, Hampshire Regt., son of L. Carter, 44, Vineyard, is reported killed in action on Sept. 13th in France.
Norman Leach,18, son of Mr T. Leach, 53, Ock Street, was a wireless operator on oil transport ship which has been sunk

The Michaelmas Runaway Fair was held on Monday last when a few stalls filled the Market Place. The day was very wet and the attendance very small.

The death of Mr Bromley Challenor, the Abingdon Town Clerk, at the age of 67, occurred after a long and painful illness, at his residence, The Firs, Marcham Road, Abingdon. Two years ago he underwent an operation for appendicitis, and was able afterwards to continue his work, but his health was not fully restored. For some months he had been an invalid, suffering from a painful illness, which he bore with much fortitude. Although a somewhat stern disciplinarian in practice, nevertheless at all times he showed a sympathetic and kindly spirit in his private capacity. He was for over 40 years Town Clerk of Abingdon, and for over 30 years Coroner for Abingdon and a wide district.

26th October

Private Alfred C. Badcock, Royal Fusiliers, only son of Mr and Mrs Charles Badcock, Broad Street, Abingdon, is reported killed in action in France. He was formerly apprenticed at Hughes’ Printing Works, Market Place, and afterwards worked in London, and on joining up he was working at Mrs Hookes, Abingdon, joining the Royal Fusiliers when billeted in Abingdon in 1915. He was very useful member of the Young Men’s Social Club.

Private W. J. Hearne, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment), of Bath Street,’Abingdon, reported missing on October 26th, 1917, at Passchendale, is now presumed to have been killed on that date.
Private A. Wiblin, Royal Berks, son Mrs Wiblin, Court 6, Ock Street, Abingdon, is reported missing since March 21st.
Private G. A. Wiblin, son of Mrs 6. Wiblin, West St. Helen Street, Abingdon, previously reported as missing, is now stated to be prisoner in Germany
Private F. G. Tarry, East Yorks, son of Mrs Tarry, 18, West St. Helen Street, Abingdon, posted missing on May 27th, is now a prisoner of war.
Private G. Sparrow, Royal Berks, son of Mrs Sparrow, 159, Ock Street, Abingdon, has been mentioned in a regimental report for his gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field August 24th, near Boisselle.

(News from https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/)

5 Comments October 13, 2018

Show time at the Finishing Touch …

Show time
Thankyou to Steve for sending these pictures of the new window display at The Finishing Touch with Show time …
Show time
featuring Jack the amazing rabbbit and Pedro the famous cat. Inside the shop in Stert Street, Abingdon, is the start of the Christmas wonderland.

Leave a Comment October 13, 2018

Very Large Pumpkin

Pumpkin
Glenn asks whether I know of a Charity or Association/School that could use a very large pumpkin for a Halloween event. He intended to grow several small ones but a single one took over. It’s 75cm diameter and 2.6m circumference. He has no idea of the weight but he can’t move it on his own.

He will be able to get assistance to load it into his trailer and deliver it providing there is assistance available to unload it. He can also take it away if required.

So let know me know in comments or an email (to backstreet60@gmail.com) your suggested group and event and I will help put you on contact with Glenn. If need be I could help as well.

5 Comments October 11, 2018

Dismantling the Abingdon Michaelmas Fair

Abingdon Fair
By 11.30 pm on Tuesday the dismantling of the fair was well underway. I decided that I would not walk across the Market Place at it was so full of activity, with rides being put away quicker than they were put up.
Abingdon Fair
Great care was taken with the big expensive rides. They were collapsed and folded into shapes that fitted into a lorry. A man put on a harness and went on a lift to the top of the high swing roundabout to collapse the large tower from the top down.

Taking longer than most was the stall that sold only doughnuts. It took time to serve the queue, and afterwards the man was cleaning all his equipment with care.
Abingdon Fair
Today was very warm and sunny for October. On the Market Place the fair was gone, replaced by the van from Smokefreelife Oxfordshire. They provide a 12 week treatment plan, combining behavioural support with nicotine replacement therapy, free of charge if you live in Oxfordshire.

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