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Barton Fields in September

Barton Fields - September
The footpath along the lower part of Barton Fields is very close to the River Thames and next to an overflow channel.
Barton Fields - September
Reeds and sedges grow where there are pools and boggy areas in the lower part.Barton Fields - September
Along the upper edge of the meadow runs a cycle way. Trees hide the buildings the other side, above the flood plain.
Barton Fields - September
A couple of weeks ago the grass was cut in the grassy flower meadow on the upper part.
Barton Fields - September
It got piled into several heaps. Green grass is already growing back.
Barton Fields - September
But we have reached the tipping point of the year at Barton Fields. Flowers have turned to seeds.
Barton Fields - September
Woody nightshade berries can be seen, dangerously red, at the lower end.
Barton Fields - September
Hawthorn berries at the upper part are a less striking shade.
Barton Fields - September
Teasel grows in both the upper and lower parts of the meadow. Spiders find their spikey heads an excellent place to spin webs.

Autumn is Here – but not a normal autumn

Seeing St Helen’s Wharf this evening, made me realise autumn is here. Today’s date – September 21st – is on or near the autumn equinox.
Green leaves have turned to browns and gold on some trees opposite St Helen’s Wharf.
Autumn events like the Michaelmas Fair and Craft Fair will not be happening this year – like so many events in Spring and Summer that were cancelled. The rate of transmission of Covid-19 is on the increase again in the second wave. This will not be a normal autumn.

We had a few days away as an alternative to the holiday abroad that was cancelled. See the Not Abingdon Blog.

Heritage Open Days 2020: What’s happening in Abingdon

Heritage Open Days 2020
Heritage Open Days in Abingdon will run from 19th to 20th September.

Heritage Open Days 2020
This year a lot of self guided walks have been provided. On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th there will be a welcome desk in the Market Place where you can pick up printed copies. You will also get copies from

Heritage Open Days 2020
There will be 10+ films about Abingdon. The films will be shown at the Roysse Room on Saturday 19th. They will also be on general release round the world wide web from 19th September from

Heritage Open Days 2020
There will be Hidden Nature – a set of Facebook Live Events from Abingdon Museum.

In East St Helen Street some houses will have their histories in their windows, and The Little Basement Museum is open to the public (for more information click here).

Abingdon 100 years ago – September 1920

Abingdon 100 years ago
4th September
Dear Editor, I should feel obliged if, through the medium of your paper you could make an Appeal to employers residing in the Abingdon Parliamentary Constituency of Berkshire on behalf of the disabled ex-service men. The number of employers on the King’s Roll in the constituency is four, and the number of disabled ex-service men employed is sixty-eight. The number of disabled ex-service men unemployed is sixteen, and the number of employers not on the Roll of Honour, who might reasonably be expected to give undertakings is thirty-nine, of whom twenty-five employ approximately twenty-five workpeople or over. I am personally writing to them, and enclose you copy of my letter. I feel sure that every employer will wish to do all that is in his power to help those crippled whilst fighting for their King and Country. Yours faithfully, J. T. WIGAN. M.P. for the Abingdon Division of Berkshire.

The Abingdon Pavlova Factory held their second annual sports event in the grounds on the Marcham Road on Saturday last in fine weather, when there was a large attendance. The Abingdon Town Band was present and there were various amusements.

The Abingdon Gas Company have given notice to consumers that after the next meter reading the price of gas will be increased to 6s 8d per 1,000 cubic feet.

The Abingdon Town Band were granted the use of the garden and lawn of Councillor Claud Rippon at Springfields, Abingdon, when dancing was indulged in and good company was present.

The choir boys of the three Abingdon Churches had their annual outing on Thursday in last week, when a river trip to Wallingford in the steamer Alaska was greatly enjoyed. Tea was partaken of at Benson on the return journey.
Abingdon 100 years ago
11th September
Three London boys, aged 11, 9 and 7 years were found by the Abingdon Police last week, sleeping rough in the basin of the Old Canal. They told the police that a boy gave them a £1 note, and with it the three decided to have a country holiday and took a train to Abingdon. They gave an address in London, their parents were communicated with, and the children sent to their homes.

The Abingdon Salvation Army under the conductorship of Mr F. H. Tombs, paid a week-end visit to Buckingham Salvation Army, on Saturday last. The visit being highly appreciated.

Whilst Miss Bailie, of Caldecott, Abingdon was driving a pony and trap on Park Road last Friday, the horse shied at a passing motor vehicle and ran into the park railings and broke the shafts. Miss Bailie received severe bruising and had to obtain medical aid. The horse ran away but was stopped in Bath Street.

The Abingdon Lawn Tennis Club revived their annual pre-war three days tournament last week at the Abingdon Cricket Ground, Culham Road. Mrs. Challenor was again the hon. secretary. The winners of the open mixed doubles were Mr Fritton and Miss Cannon, who beat Dr and Mrs Stewart. The mixed local doubles was won by Mr J. S. Holt and Miss Robson, the ladies doubles by the Misses B. T. and M. Stephens, and the gentlemen’s doubles by Messrs. Cundell and Dickenson.

18th September
Abingdon 100 years ago
At the Abingdon Borough Police Court on Tuesday, the only case before the Mayor and Messrs H. S. Clarke and J. M. Paul, the sitting magistrates, was that of Rose Moore, single woman, 71, Ock Street, who was fined for riding a bicycle without a light in the Oxford road on Sept. 6th.

Sunday last was observed in Abingdon as Hospital Sunday, and collections were made through most of the streets. The Bands were the Abingdon Town Brass Band and the Headington Drum and Fife Band.

The Abingdon Bowling Club Season was brought to a close on Thursday afternoon last when the finals and semi-finals in several competitions were played off on the Albert Park Bowling Green. The competition included the president’s Challenge Bowl, which was won by Mr J.C. Greenwood, the Vineyard, Abingdon. The prizes were distributed by Mr A. E. Preston, the president of the club.

A Menagerie visited Abingdon on Wednesday, after being at St Giles’ Fair. For sanitary reasons it was not allowed to stand in the Market Place, therefore it was stationed in a field by Abingdon Bridge, and it was well patronised.

The Abingdon Choral Society have commenced their autumn and winter rehearsals, this year in the lecture room of the Abingdon Young Men’s Social Club, Ock Street – Mr F. Reid is the hon. sec.
Abingdon 100 years ago
25th September

Formed in 1918 as a war emergency, the Abingdon Pig Club has now been wound up. During its existence upwards of £600 has been spent in foodstuffs, distributed at cost price to tbe Club members. The accounts showed a deficiency of £9.

A war shrine placed in the Vineyard Street, Abingdon, has had to be taken down for renovation, the names of the fallen having been obliterated, and no record of the names having been kept, the parents and friends of the fallen heroes are being asked to again furnish the names.

The Abingdon Board of Guardians have appointed Miss Garnett, of Abingdon, as Matron’s Assistant at the Abingdon Union, at a salary of £36 per annum, with board, apartments and uniform.

Borough Police Court, Tuesday, before the Mayor (Councillor W B. Langford) William George Turner, Gaol Yard, Abingdon, was summoned for arrears in a bastardy order, and warrant was issued for days.

Thank you for the extracts to the Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette on the British Newspaper Archive, who also provided the adverts. The Oxford Journal Illustrated featured disabled men’s fine work.