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Allen’s snowy Trinity and link to Abingdon Winter 1963

Allen sent in this picture of Trinity for the URC Calendar.

One of the most interesting photographic records of Abingdon in the 1950s and 60s has pictures of the winter of 1963 in Abingdon. They can be seen at Pictures are by Bernard Loach and Martin. The site is dedicated to telephone exchange equipment and early TV transmission equipment and aerials, and Abingdon.

On the left hand menu you can see among the electronics:
* Abingdon, 1950s
* Abingdon Ock Street Michaelmas Fair – Irvins setup
* 1960s Destruction of Abingdon
* Aerial Views of Abingdon taken in the early 1980s
* Abingdon Winter 1963
* Abingdon Lantern Slides
* Abingdon Miscellaneous

Europe Day – 9th May

Thankyou to Brian who sent this picture celebrating Europe Day! It shows the European Flag flying above the County Hall Museum in Abingdon.

Brian says, ‘It has been the flag of the Council of Europe since 1955. The UK is a founding member of the Council and, of course, is still a member.’

‘Much later, in 1985, the same flag was also adopted by the EC.’

Big Day for Lidl

It is a big day for Lidl in Abingdon. Staff were busy on last minute preparations for opening the new Lidl supermarket on the Fairacres Retail Park. The Abingdon Lidl is one new store out of a hundred to be opened in 2021/22. A press release said  ‘£1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022 will drive the opening of 100 additional stores across Great Britain’.

A hoarding was being driven round Abingdon with the words ‘Big on Abingdon … Drum roll please, opens Thurs 29 April …‘.

Also of note are four new electric car charging points at Lidl.

On the Fairacres sign can be seen Homebase and Lidl are opening soon. The Gym, Costa Coffee, and Bathstore will also be opening soon.

The Fairacres Phase 2 re-development is nearly completed. Contractors are busy converting the ground nearest the Marcham Road roundabout into a Homebase garden and outdoor area.

One thing that has not changed is the postbox on Nuffield Way. Everything around it changed during the re-development.