Christmas is just around the corner

There was a big effort today to get everything ready in time. The Christmas Tree and Giant Candles were put up in the Market Place.
The last of the larger decorations were also hooked up above the High Street.

The Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza, organised by Abingdon Chamber of Commerce, will be on December 2nd. That weekend also sees the Abingdon Beer Festival at the Abbey Buildings on December 1st and 2nd.

This weekend, on Saturday 25th November, Trinity Church has a Christmas Fair, and St Helen’s Church has a Christmas Market.

Leave a Comment November 23, 2017

Abingdon Shop Moves Overnight

Abingdon Shop Move
This evening, a well known Abingdon shop has been moving fridges, shelves, and food and drink from the old location on West St Helen’s Street to Stert Street, where the men’s clothes shop recently closed. It looks very smart and they will be reopening on Thursday 23rd for business as usual.

The Co-op in West St Helen Street has also had the shop fitters in overnight, removing a lot of their old shelves and putting in a lot of new chiller units. Again it has gone on overnight and they will be reopening on Thursday.

Leave a Comment November 22, 2017

Cycle ride to Radley College

Radley College
We went for a cycle ride and walk near Radley College on Sunday. We left the bikes near the Lodge Hill garage, then walked through the avenue of trees and then down towards the Radley College golf course. Most people we saw had dogs with them. This chap had a lot more than most.
Radley College
Looking down towards Didcot Power Station there were also a lot of geese at Peachcroft Farm.
Radley College
Our destination was the Womping Oak. It could have made an appearance in the Harry Potter books if Harry had gone to Radley College.
Radley College
We walked back up through the avenues of trees,
Radley College
down Lodge Hill
Radley College
passing the sign for quality Turkeys and Geese. Then back to Abingdon and a beautiful sunset looking down the Vineyard.

6 Comments November 21, 2017

Oxfordshire Artweeks – shorter November and December version

Canoe Club
Oxfordshire Artweeks is an artists’ organisation that promotes the work of Oxfordshire artists with a county-wide May Festival. Throughout November and December some of the artists hold shorter exhibitions and there was one at St Ethelwolds House over the weekend.
Canoe Club
The work of The Abbey Group, four artists living in Abingdon, was on display in the Garden Room.

Leave a Comment November 20, 2017

The Abingdon Canoe Club

Canoe Club
I read in the Abingdon Herald a couple of weeks ago …

‘The Kingfisher Canoe Club – and its youth division Pathfinders – packed up and left its home of 25 years in Abingdon on Saturday, more than 18 months after being served an eviction notice.

The club had identified a ‘perfect’ new site in the northern corner of Rye Farm Meadow but its attempt to move there has collapsed…’

Currently their equipment is stored miles from the river. I took a course with the Kingfisher Canoe Club a few years ago and think it would be a tragedy if others cannot learn to canoe safely on our local rivers in the same way. The club has been there for over 40 years.

The canoe club have looked at a lot of options before deciding on Rye Farm Meadow which is Vale of the White Horse District Council land. Up to the last minute the Vale were working with them and then there was a legal problem at the last minute.

Hopefully district councillors can help resolve this matter before we loose one of our most valuable local clubs. Councillor Details are at this link (Abingdon wards are at the top)

7 Comments November 19, 2017

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