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Two Charity Tombolas in Town Today


The Helen & Douglas House charity shop in Abingdon will be 16 years old on Wednesday and the window is full of prizes for a Tombola.

I went inside, bought 6 tickets for £2, and since one of them ended in a 5 or a 0, I came away with a prize. You could do the same.

There was an NSPCC table top sale and another tombola on the Market Place. Too late for that now.

Housing Development Developments

I went down to Dunmore Road to check out on the progress of the housing developments: Abbey Fields and Kings Gate.

There will be no more wheat harvests in Abbey Fields. Instead there are likely to be grass lawns, a variety of flowers, bushes and trees between houses. There could even be a few small ponds.

At Kings Gatey I was interested to see how builders make bow windows using breeze blocks. It is rough inside and a smooth outside.

A lot of the chestnut trees were cut down in front of Kings Gate. The ones that remain have made a lot of conkers.

Abingdon Scout hut bird murals


In the 2nd Abingdon Scout Group hut, there are bird murals painted on the walls by Jim Humphreys, a scout leader for many years. I saw Jim in town today and he mentioned the murals being shown on the internet by the Sunningwell School of Art, where he also paints. He gave me permission to borrow them for the Abingdon Blog.

Jim is a keen ornithologist and has done several birds including a Kingfisher

and an Osprey.

Jim is also one the Abingdon Guild of Town Criers, and part of the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers (normally as a fool) and a performer in the mummers’ plays.