Oxford West & Abingdon Hustings 2019

Oxford West & Abingdon Hustings 2019
There will be a husting for the general election on 2nd December. Questions need to be in by 28th November.

The candidates for the Oxford West & Abingdon constituency in 2019 are:
James Fredrickson – Conservative
Layla Moran – Liberal Democrat
Rosie Sourbut – Labour
Allison Wild – Brexit Party.

It may not be quite as exciting as the hustings in 1865, which I read about in the Reading Mercury in the British Newspaper Archive, but you never know, …

“On Monday last, the nomination of Candidates for the Representation of this County in Parliament, took place Abingdon. The hustings was erected in the Market-place, opposite the Queen’s Hotel. The windows at the County Hall, and every available space on the roof of the building, were crowded with ladies and gentlemen who appeared to take great interest in the proceedings. Special trains, engaged by both the Liberal and Conservative candidates, brought a considerable number of electors from all parts of the county, and although there was an absence of flags and banners, and even bands of music, the Market-place presented a lively and exciting appearance. The Conservatives mustered in great strength at the Crown and Thistle Hotel, and were first to march to the hustings. The Liberal candidates and their friends quickly followed from the Queen’s Hotel, and both parties were received with cheers from their supporters. During the progress of the proceedings, many noisy interruptions occurred, and the Conservative party were certainly not so courteous to the speakers on the Liberal side as their opponents were during the delivery of the Conservative addresses. It was evident that the Conservatives had done their utmost to bring together a large body of men, and it was also evident that some of their party possessed stentorian voices, which were freely and coarsely used to drown the unpleasant and distasteful remarks of gentlemen on ‘the other side.’ …”

10 Comments November 27, 2019

Refill your reusable

one less plastic bottle is used
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have provided a drinking fountain for the public in front of the Guildhall.
one less plastic bottle is used
It has been inset into the external stairway to the Council Chamber, and is part of the recent refurbishment of the Guildhall. The fountain has been delayed because of the need to get planning permission and the right stones to fit the stairway.

I tried drinking directly under the tap and found the water jet quite strong, and probably better suited to filling up water bottles.

It will be added to the refill app (on mobile phones) ‘Find water on the go’.

‘Have you #GotTheBottle?’

‘Every time you refill your reusable, one less plastic bottle is used.’

12 Comments November 26, 2019

Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers honoured

There were three people honoured at the AGM of the Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers – held at 35 Ock Street this evening.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Bill Andrew, has served for over 24 years. In the last 8 months he was the most prolific driver and got 84 drives done. After retiring from the RAF he also used to borrow a white Rolls Royce to chauffeur people to weddings, and took donations for Barnardos rather than payment.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Brian Keaney has also done 24 years. Bill started on 2nd October 1995 and Brian on 4th October 1995.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
Sue Stevens has done over 20 years. Not only do these three people drive but they have also helped in the office.
Abingdon and District Volunteer Drivers
There were other volunteer drivers and office staff at the meeting. The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Cllr Charlie Birks, thanked them all for their many hours of service to the community. Most frequent journeys are to the JR and Marcham Road hospitals.

Malvin Drakley was voted in as the new chairman. He is another ex RAF person and well known as one of the people who run the Country Market. (Malvin did 75 drives in the last 8 months.)

2 Comments November 25, 2019

Kingfisher Christmas Draw

Kingfisher Christmas Draw
Dave is selling tickets for the Kingfisher Christmas Draw to raise money for the new canoe hut at Abingdon Lock. He is selling tickets from davidsurman@hotmail.com or they can be bought easily from Annie`s at Abingdon Bridge ,or from Richard and Frank at Abingdon Lock. They will also be available on the Kingfisher Canoe Club stand at The Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday November 30th.
Kingfisher Christmas Draw
Dave says We are now working hard to raise the remainder of the funds needed for the structure to ensure the sustainability of the 45 + year tradition of community canoeing in Abingdon. £5 for a book of 5 tickets . Oodles of good prizes,donated by well wishers.
Kingfisher Christmas Draw
We are really grateful to Christ`s Hospital Abingdon who showed their support for what we are trying to do in the form of a significant  grant. Huge thanks to all in the community who have and continue to support us.

The pictures are a couple of those taken in June during the Canoe Club Blastathon at Abingdon Weir.

Leave a Comment November 24, 2019

Trinity Christmas Fair, St Helen’s Christmas Market, and The Local Excellence Market

Trinity Christmas Fair
Trinity Church had a Christmas Fair this morning. This is the raffle.
Trinity Christmas Fair
St Helen’s Church had a Christmas Market this morning. This is the jewellery stall and art under the St Helen’s window.
Trinity Christmas Fair
There was also a Local Excellence Market on Abingdon Market Place. Janes Kitchen was selling meat and vegetarian pies, pasties, and cakes and puddings. I was told it will be her last time at the Local Excellence Market.
Trinity Christmas Fair
Chillies2u had chillies and chilli sauces.
Trinity Christmas Fair
The Abingdon Gin company have set up a craft distillery in Bath Street, Abingdon.
Trinity Christmas Fair
They sell mostly through their website but were giving samples and selling at the Local Excellence Market. Abingdon Gin can also be tried at The Tipsy Mercer and Brewery Tap in Abingdon.

Leave a Comment November 23, 2019

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