Craft Market

Craft Market
The quarterly Craft Market was on the Market Place in Abingdon yesterday. Blue Sky Eco Cafe  are a  small group of volunteers who run a once-a-month community café at Long Furlong Community Centre. They serve vegetarian and vegan recipes using unusual pulses, beans, grains and interesting spices.
Craft Market
The Friends of Radley Lakes had a stall. It is over ten years since they saved Thrupp Lake from being filled with ash from Didcot Power Station. They now support the Earth Trust who manage the site.
Craft Market
There were lots of Craft Stalls including, for the first time, Mike Baston Wire Art. I believe he will also be appearing at the Willow Shake Shop.
Craft Market
The Abingdon Chamber of Commerce run the Market. They have just produced a new map of the shops and businesses in the town centre + Ock Street. It is based on the 2010 shopping map.

The first print run is just 5000 as such maps can quickly get out of date.

Leave a Comment July 28, 2019

Abingdon Drama Walk

Abingdon Drama Walk
Members of the Abingdon Drama Club set off on their annual walk along the Thames Path from Abingdon to Oxford this morning.
Abingdon Drama Walk
The nine mile walk had breaks at Radley, Sandford Lock, and the Isis pub.
Abingdon Drama Walk
It was a chance to reminisce about some of the great productions.

Abingdon Drama Club was formed 75 years ago and their first production was London Wall at the Corn Exchange. Thankyou to the drama club for the pictures.
Abingdon Drama Walk
Tickets were 1/- each.
Abingdon Drama Walk
When the Unicorn Theatre was created in 1953, Abingdon Drama Club was asked to stage the first production and chose The Two Angry Women of Abingdon by Henry Porter.
Abingdon Drama Walk
Their most recent production in 2019 was ‘Allo ‘Allo!  which was, by all accounts, “Tres Bien!!!”
Abingdon Drama Walk
And the next production is Amadeus by Peter Shaffer.

The drama club performed Equus in 2013 also by Peter Shaffer. A review said “…absolutely outstanding and probably the best performance of any play by an amateur group that we have ever seen. The quality of acting by all the cast was exceptional and certainly every bit as good as one would expect from a professional company.”

Leave a Comment July 27, 2019

Prosecco in the Park and Goose fence

Tales by the Riverside
The second annual Prosecco in the Park event at Rye Farm Meadow was postponed last week because of the threat of storms.
Tales by the Riverside
The postponed event is on this weekend and the organisers were making final preparations this afternoon. Prosecco in the Park involves watching films and listening to DJ music and enjoying drinks from the cocktail / Prosecco bars.
Tales by the Riverside
Across the river a fence has now been installed to keep geese away from the Abbey Meadows water feature / picnic area.
Tales by the Riverside
No attempt has been made to clear away all the goose droppings yet, and the fence is not completely successful.
Tales by the Riverside
Nearby the Open Air swimming pool is doing very well, as is the play park, and the Abbey Gardens.

11 Comments July 26, 2019

Fairacres Closure Progress

Fairacres
The first closure at the Fairacres retail park happened two or three weeks back. AHF closed in preparation for the creation of more modern sales units.
Fairacres
Vineys will close in four days time on Sunday.
Fairacres
The Homebase closing down sale started over three months ago. Reductions are currently 30% off everything, and up to 70% off some things. The garden centre is now nearly empty
Fairacres
There is 60% off tinsel, baubels, inflatable Father Christmas’ and other things for Christmas.
Fairacres
Homebase and Topps Tiles will both close in August. Topps Tiles are moving to Unit 2 Colwell Drive.

1 Comment July 25, 2019

Going up a year

Going up a year
This is what it looked like in Abingdon yesterday at the bottom of Bath Street. It was hot.
Going up a year
And this is how it looked today in the Abbey Gardens. Slightly cooler but still lots of orange.

I thought the schools had ended yesterday for the summer holidays but then heard lots of children chattering as they went in line to St Helen’s Church for an end of term visit.

Good luck to all the school children who are going up from their year 6 primary school class to their year 7 secondary school class. Six weeks to go.
Going up a year
When you get to be adult there is no such thing as going up a year.

3 Comments July 24, 2019

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