Abingdon 100 years ago – May 1920

Saturday 01 May 1920
Abingdon 100 years ago
At the Abingdon Borough Police Court on Tuesday, Edwin Fisher, cabman, Fyfield, was summoned for cruelty to a horse, but did not appear. Mr Finch, R.S.P.C.A., said that on the 17th April he found the horse, which was very old. in the High Street in a very bad state. He had called the defendant’s attention to sores on its back the week previous. The Bench ordered the horse to be destroyed, and adjourned the case sine die defendant to pay 10s towards costs.

The annual spring stock sale at Abingdon took place on Wednesday last week in the Tower Brewery Meadow, Ock Street. The entries exceeded 400 and were mostly from farmers in the district. Messrs Adkin. Belcher and Bowen, the auctioneers, sold most of the stock at good prices.

Saturday 08 May 1920
Abingdon 100 years ago
At the County Bench on Monday, James Sutton, labourer, of no fixed abode, was charged with breaking into the residence of William Hosier, Ock Mill, Abingdon, on April 29th. Prisoner had been previously convicted and the Bench sent the case to the Reading Assizes.

The Abingdon War Memorial Committee have decided that the site for the Memorial shall be the Square, the same place as the temporary cross is erected. The final vote for the Memorial design is to be left to the relations of the 205 men of the town who had lost their lives in the war, but are to be given three designs to choose from, viz a cross, a cenotaph, and a bronze figure of a Berks infantryman.

On Thursday in last week the members of the Abingdon Y.M. Social Club returned from war services were entertained to a dinner by C Pryce founder of the Club, which took place at the Assembly Rooms, Station Road. During the evening the presentation of a wallet of Treasury notes was presented to Mr A. J. Young who recently resigned the office of hon. sec and treasurer after 25 years service. Young’s, response, mentioned the fact that during the past 25 years he had not missed a single meeting of the Club which he estimated at nearly 300 meetings. He thanked the company for giving him such a happy ending to a pleasant chapter of his life.

Saturday 15 May 1920
Abingdon 100 years ago
At the Abingdon May Fair on Thursday in last week the Abingdon Market Place was occupied by roundabouts, stalls, etc , and there was a large attendance during the evening. The fair was originally a horse fair held in Lombard Street, but which has been defunct for many years.

The last of the winter series of lectures given in Abingdon under the auspices of the Berks Agricultural Society was delivered on Wednesday by Dr. B. Marett, Dean of Exeter College, Oxford, on prehistoric periods.

The Abingdon Cricket Club commenced their season on Saturday last with a match on the home ground against Oriel College, Oxford, the former winning by 54 runs.

Borough Court, Tuesday. John Pullinger, Radley, was fined 5s for not sending his child to school regularly.
Saturday 22 May 1920
Abingdon 100 years ago
On Monday most of the builders workmen, masons, bricklayers, painters etc-, came out on strike for the Oxford wages of 2s per hour, the present pay being per hour 1s 6 1/2d.

The Abingdon Division of the Berks Constabulary had a field day on Monday last amongst the motor drivers. All cars and motor cycles were held up for production of licenses, particulars of which were taken down. The episode interested many of the Abingdonians, especially the juveniles.

The Abingdon ‘lvy’ Lodge of Oddfellows have placed in their Lodge room an oak tablet in honour of 184 members of the Lodge, who served in the Forces during the war; 33 of whom made the supreme sacrifice. The tablet was designed by G. Dixon, Abingdon, and the names are in gilt letters, the unveiling the Memorial took place last week when the Vicar of Abingdon said the dedicatory prayers, and the hymn O God, our help in ages past was sung. There was a large company present including the Mayor.

The Abingdon Branch of the Comrades, at a meeting last week passed the following resolution to be sent to the Government ‘That this Branch, being gravely concerned at the news which reaches them from many parts of Ireland, of the conditions under which ex-Service men are living, the persecution which they are suffering, and the danger to their wives and families, calls upon the Government to take immediate steps to give protection to these men, who went without any compulsion whatever to fight side by side with their brothers of Great Britain overseas.
Saturday 29 May 1920
Abingdon 100 years ago
The Whitsuntide services at the Churches of St. Helen’s, St. Michael’s and St. Nicholas’. Abingdon, were attended on Sunday by large congregations, and the Churches were nicely decorated.

Thank you for the extracts to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette on the British Newspaper Archive.

1 Comment May 17, 2020

AbiMeds hits 1000!

Thankyou to Hester for this update …
AbiMeds hits 1000
Yesterday – a month after we started – the AbiMeds team delivered their 1000th package of medications. We are also delighted to announce that Tesco Pharmacy have agreed to join the scheme, so we are now covering all the Abingdon pharmacies.

Many people don’t realise that this service is available to anyone, not just those shielding or self-isolating: the aim is to reduce the risk, not just to those queuing, but also to pharmacy staff. So 1000 less people queuing will have made a real difference.

Feedback from people using the service has been excellent, they are amazed by the speed and delighted by the professional but friendly manner of our volunteers. We hope that they will spread the word so that we can help even more people in the next month.
AbiMeds hits 1000
The number to ring to book a delivery is 01865 818351 (open Monday-Saturday 09.00-16.00). For more information see https://abimeds.org/

4 Comments May 16, 2020

Evening Walk – Abingdon Bridge and Prize Sudoku

Evening Walk
Abingdon nightlife is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there were a lot of people out walking this evening on the banks of the River Thames in Abingdon.
Evening Walk
We crossed Abingdon Bridge.
Evening Walk
Then walked along, seeing St Helen’s Church silhouetted with the sun setting behind.
Evening Walk
Somebody has hung up masks from a tree, and they caught the last sun of the day.
Evening Walk
We then walked back towards Abingdon Lock. There were lots of geese and insects about in Rye Farm Meadow.
Evening Walk
The Environment Agency said on May 7th ‘Government restrictions due to Coronavirus 2020: these restrictions aim to stop all non-essential travel and minimise contact to slow the spread of the virus. A transit van is blocking navigation in the Iffley reach. Osney Lock has a mechanical failure. Sandford and Abingdon Locks have been damaged through misuse. Marsh Lock currently has a tree blocking vessel passage. Sunbury Lock has a sunken boat in the main channel above the lock cut.’

The water in Abingdon Lock is looking stagnant through not being used.
Evening Walk
There is a long narrow pathway over the weir and people walk both ways, and so advice is given on observing social distancing rules. Evening Walk
Back in Abingdon there is a shop in Lombard Street that is between lessees, and the windows have been covered with newspapers from April 1st and before.
Evening Walk
It includes Prize Sudoku and people panic buying toilet paper.

These days the supermarket shelves are full of toilet paper. When I went shopping last week, for a house I support, the things on the list that I could not find were self raising flour, and soda crystals. It varies. The previous time it was eggs and frozen fruit.

6 Comments May 15, 2020

Abingdon Probus Club gift to Abingdon Community Hospital

Abingdon Probus Club
The members of the Abingdon Probus Club gave a cheque for £500 for Abingdon Community Hospital. They wanted to thank the hospital and League of Friends for all their hard work  in these difficult times. They would like the money to be spent on staff welfare and for Abingdon Emergency Multidisciplinary Units (EMU).

This presentation was carried out using social distancing as required.

Probus is a national organization which through it’s member clubs seeks to bring together like minded people who have worked in professions and/or in business.

Before the lockdown they met on the second Wednesday of the month for lunch in a local hotel, often with a guest speaker.

It addition during the year there are a number of social events, the theatre, Christmas lunch, ladies summer lunch and a host of other organized visits.

If anyone is interested in joining them, though currently on the national lockdown, please contact their President, Marcus Smith, on 01235 201174 or by email m.smith90@ntlworld.com

1 Comment May 14, 2020

Walk round the park with head in clouds

Walk round park head in clouds
On today’s exercise walk, we set off through the Brewery Development in Abingdon where there is a sculpture called Barrel – seen here darkened against the clouds.
Walk round park head in clouds
We walked up Conduit Road – where the Plane trees are growing back after being pruned last year.
Walk round park head in clouds
The pavements have been decorated like a school playground in one place.
Walk round park head in clouds
In Albert Park there are many trees.
Walk round park head in clouds
Prince Albert stands above them all.
Walk round park head in clouds
He must have noticed a difference in recent weeks. There has been blue sky and clouds but no jet trails.
Walk round park head in clouds
There have also been fewer cars and no school students. People are not going to church. There are no weddings.
Walk round park head in clouds
No bells. Everything has slowed down. The economy has gone into recession.

Today was the day when the government started to ease the lockdown rules to restart the economy. People are using the phrase ‘the New Normal‘ and wondering what the New Normal will be. New Normal was a term that referred to the financial conditions following the 2008 banking crisis.

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