Cricket Friendship


Ian met this fine Dutch chap at the cricket in Amsterdam when Nederlands played England earlier this month.

Ian was amazed to see Abingdon on his shirt!

His team, The Ajax Sportsman Combinatie, usually known as ASC, is a Dutch football and cricket club, … Ajax was established on 1st June 1892, and played its first match in 1895.

They have apparently been playing friendlies against Abingdon for sixty-three years.

If anybody knows more, then please comment. Ian thinks SC Ajax will be playing Abingdon at the end of July.

If anybody asks, ‘Wat is cricket?’, here is a video to explain …

Abingdon 100 years ago – June 1922

3rd June 1922

Last week, the local Saturday Cricket included an exciting and close match between Trinity College Triflers, Oxford, and Abingdon Town. Abingdon made 181, of which score Bradfield made 71 and Reade 66, and the College made 180, the last bat of the College team being bowled by the last ball of the match.

At the Abingdon Cattle Market on Monday, there was a short supply of beef, but there were 75 calves, the price for fat calves reaching £9 12s 6d. Fat lambs, of which a good number was penned, realised up to 12s, and sheep £6 10s. There was an adequate supply of fat and store pigs, and recent prices were maintained.

During the severe thunderstorm at Abingdon on Thursday last week, it was found that at Messrs Drew’s Saw Mills, the electric light switch plate had been fused, and the screw which fastened the plate to the switch was melted.

An interesting presentation took place at the Abingdon Police Station last week when Supt. W. Foster of Abingdon presented an easy chair and smoking requisites to two retiring members of the Force, viz. Inspector F. Webb of Wallingford and P.C. Goodman, the latter is retiring through ill health.

The Abingdon Town Council has reduced the general district rate by 8d in the £, viz., from 8s 6d to 7s 10d. The previous year the rate was reduced 6d in the £.

The Abingdon Pavlova Football Club were entertained at an excellent dinner by the Pavlova firm to mark the close of the most successful season. Mr Edgington, the indefatigable secretary, was presented with a clock, as a mark of esteem for his services to the club.

10th June 1922

The annual report of the Abingdon Free Library Committee has been issued for the first time since the war, and states that several improvements in the provision of literature and facilities to the public have been made. The lending portion of the library has had a significant addition in the number of ticket holders.

Whitsuntide was observed in the Abingdon Churches by early celebrations of the Holy Communion and festal services. The edifices, especially the altars, were appropriately adorned with vases of flowers. etc. The parochial clergy conducted the services.

The Guardians and the Mayor received a delegation of the Abingdon unemployed last week. Work has been found for a few and there are prospects of more relief work being organised almost immediately. The Labour Exchange returns last week were 169 men registered unemployed and 60 on short time. Only three women reported being unemployed, but 120 were on short time.

The newly formed Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club met Wantage on Thursday last week when the visitors won by 113 games to 63.

The Girls Club May Fair held at Abingdon, on the grounds of Alderman J. T. Morland, resulted in £72 being taken for admission, and the sale articles, etc.

The Freedom of the Borough of Abingdon was conferred on Thursday evening last week in the Council Chamber on Alderman John Thornhill Morland, J P., the oldest member of the Town Council of Abingdon, in recognition of prominent civic work in the Borough. The ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Abingdon (Councillor C. Rippon), and there was a large gathering, both civic and lay people desirous of associating themselves with the historic event. Amongst those present was the Earl of Abingdon (who proposed the toast of the health of Alderman Morland). The bells of St. Nioolas Church were rung on the occasion.

17th June 1922

At Tuesday’s Borough Police Court, the magistrates were Messr J. G. T. West, and J. Ricketts. The only business was an application for an extended license for the “Nags Head” Inn, The Bridge, on the occasion of the Fire Brigade demonstration.

In the recent Trinity College of Music examination, held at Oxford, John D. Godfrey, son of Councillor Godfrey and a pupil of Dr Dodds of Oxford, passed in organ playing.

The preacher at the weekly united Free Church service last week, held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, was the Rev. Evan Newell of Longworth.

The annual meeting of the Abingdon Hospital Aid Scheme organisation was held on Thursday evening last week in the Roysse Boom, Abingdon. Mr C, C. Johnson presiding. In the twelve months the scheme had been in operation in the town the amount collected was £1,020. The Rev. G. B.Cronshaw, the Radcliffe Infirmary Treasurer, gave an interesting address on what the Infirmary had been able to achieve through the help given by the scheme.

The Abingdon Provident Society’s 78th annual meeting was held in the Roysse Room, Abingdon, on Wednesday evening last, Mr J. B. Wake presiding. In his annual report, the secretary (Mr G. Staniland) stated that the sick pay for the past year was £90 less than the contributions. The receipts from all sources, including dividends on war loans, consols, etc., realised over £563. Only one death had been lodged during the year. The total membership was nearly 350, and invested funds amounted to over £9,090. The quinquennial valuation for distribution of the surplus was now being obtained.

The Abingdon Baptist Sunday School Anniversary was held last Sunday, and the services were well attended. The special preacher on the occasion was Lieut-CoL J. Walkey, O.B.E., M.C.

24th June 1922

By the kindness of the Mayoress of Abingdon (Mrs Rippon) over 60 mothers belonging to the Babies’ Welfare League were entertained to tea on Thursday in last week at ” Springfields,” Abingdon. The mothers brought their babies and young children and a pleasant time was spent.

A very successful fete was held on Thursday afternoon in last week in the grounds of Stratton House, Abingdon, the residence of Lady Norman, in aid of the building fund of the new Church Hall completion. There were numerous attractions, competitions, concerts, etc., the success of the undertaking being financial help to the fund of over £l00. The Mayoress of Abingdon opened the fete, which ceremony the Vicar presided.

At St Helen’s Church, Abingdon, on Thursday afternoon in last week, the marriage of Mr William Jamas Prior, son of and Mrs J. E, Prior, of Harwell, and Miss Elsie Theodora Hooke, third daughter of Mr and Mrs W. H. Hooke, Park Crescent and Market Place, Abingdon, took place. The Vicar officiated, and the service was choral. The honeymoon is being spent at Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

Mark Lambourne, retired farmer of Cumnor, was summoned by the R.S.P.C.A for cruelty to a dog by shooting at it on May 27th. It appears that the dog belonging to Percy James Frewin, of Cumnor, was continually at the defendant’s house and broke through the window one night. On the Saturday, after sending it away several times, he shot at it. The owner of the dog said it was injured by the shots. Defendant had complained to him about the dog being on his premises and had threatened to shoot it. The Bench dismissed the case.

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Yesterday the rainbow flag. Today the Abingdon flag.


Yesterday the rainbow flag was flying over the County Hall in Abingdon, and today the Abingdon town flag is flying.

The town flag is in honour of Jeanette Halliday, whose thanksgiving service was held this afternoon at St Nicolas Church. Jeanette died on 17th April 2020, at the start of the first Covid lockdown. Back then, only 10 people were allowed at the South Oxfordshire Crematorium to accompany Jim Halliday, her husband. So this more public memorial was long overdue.

The rainbow flag could also be a tribute to Jeanette, one of Abingdon’s most colourful ex-Mayors.

The music at Jeanette’s thanksgiving service was sublime. It began with the Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, followed by a solo sung by Jeanette’s granddaughter, then some Elgar on piano, and ended with Blue Eyes Boy by Van Morrison. The Town Clerk, Nigel Warner, gave a eulogy of Jeanette as a public servant who took up and fought cases for local people. Jim Halliday spoke about a person who loved life and travelling.

The town flag flies for ex-Mayors but not for ex-town clerks.

The town clerk before Nigel Warner was Brian Tonkin. His funeral will be this Tuesday. Brian Tonkin’s name is still to be found on many officially named notices. Brian was the town clerk when Jeanette was Mayor (1998-9). He was also the chairman of the Abingdon Town Football Club.

(Thank you to the Abingdon Herald/ Oxford Mail for the picture. This ex-press picture is available from eBay.)

Road Closure – plastic and bark chip diversions in place


Abingdon Cub Reporter Newcomer has discovered a new road closure. The road runs from Abingdon Bridge to Abingdon Lock. The road was cracked and potted, and the edges were uneven and caused ankle inversions and so maintenance was needed.

As a diversion there is a plastic track through a wheat field, for vehicles,

and a track with bark chipping, for pedestrians.