From Pink Rainbows to Poochy Bags: Abingdon Window Displays


Hodsons were the first window to put up a Splash of pink display that I noticed. Abingdon based charity Against Breast Cancer will have a fun day on the Market Place on Saturday 20th of July and part of that is a best dressed window display.

Two days ahead of the event there are several displays. Willow’s Shake Shop includes a pink rainbow.

The Finishing Touch have pink handbags and umbrellas.

Masons in Stert Street have pink balls of wool filling large ice cream cones.

Masons in Bath Street had a fluffy pink dress made of tulle. The Dog’s Spot had a pink bag of Noochy Poochy and a pelican.

They all used Against Breast Cancer banners or balloons. Other shops will probably turn pink overnight.

New pedestrian lights near Aldi now working. Other pedestrian lights suffer power cut.


The new pedestrian lights, installed near the Aldi store on the Wootton Road a couple of months ago, have been turned on. Pedestrians from the Kings Gate estate now have a safe crossing. The lights may also help traffic turning right out of the Aldi and Kings Gate junctions.

On Sunday, at around noon, pedestrian lights on Ock Street were not working. A burglar alarm siren screamed on Ock Street. More burglar alarms were shrieking through the brewery development. When we got home, the clock on the oven was blinking. There had been a power cut.

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A few days remain until the Lloyds Bank in Ock Street will close.

Lloyds will remove the ATM, night safe, and other bank equipment. The business part of the building at the front will become smaller and may suit a start-up. The rest of the building will become 8 one-bedroom flats. The flat roof extension at the back of the building will be knocked down and rebuilt bigger. The front of the building will stay mostly the same (Grade II Listed).

Football Dreams and Reality


A surge in England flags came in the days between semi-final and final

Sunday’s newspapers had a wrap-around advert with a patriotic twist. A ‘T’ was designed to resemble the England flag. It said, ‘Every Fan Helps’.¬† Tesco Express closed at 7:30pm so more fans could watch the match. The Co-op did the same.

Following England’s Euro Cup final loss, Monday’s headlines were: ‘Next Time, Boys’, ‘Shattered’, and ‘You did us proud’. The dramatic Trump assassination attempt in the US was mostly on the inside pages.

Elsewhere, thoughts turned to the summer holidays.

Caldecott Rec. was busy on Saturday as coaches celebrated last season’s successes by awarding trophies and describing the development of their young players. While no local lads made it into the England team this time, they can dream!