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Radley Lakes – June 2022

The new parking area at Radley Lakes has been laid out with racks for 12 bikes and spaces for 9 cars, 3 of those requiring blue badges for drivers with disabilities. The area is protected by lego-style block barriers.

A new map displayed near the new entrance is also available on fold-out leaflets.

When I visited today there were clouds and a brief shower. This view is of the largest lake, Thrupp Lake, where there were swans, geese, moorhens, ducks and ducklings. Swallows flew low over the water – too fast to photograph.

But I did photograph the first Oystercatcher (for the Abingdon Blog) on one of the small islands,

and a Heron perching on a branch with two other herons on the ground (youngsters learning the skills of a Heron).

Walking around one of the smaller lakes, in the restored gravel workings, the algae looked brown and swampy,

but there were lots of exciting wildflowers along the perimeter path.

Aldi A34 View

Good progress is being made on the new Aldi Store off the Wootton Road in Abingdon – seen here with the A34 behind the trees.

Only Aldi contractors are allowed on site, but by the end of the year, Aldi shoppers will buy fruit, nuts, chocolates, milk, wine, and bread at Aldi prices. Tesco and Sainsbury have an Aldi price match on a range of products, which is a good advert for their rival supermarket.

Here is a view from the A34 towards the new North Abingdon houses over the Aldi roof.

Many people’s only view of Abingdon is this fleeting glimpse from the A34 of houses, an industrial unit or two, and now an Aldi in Abingdon.

Abingdon & District Musical Society Concert

Abingdon & District Musical Society will hold its next concert in the main hall at the Manor School, Faringdon Road, Shippon OX13 6LN on Sunday 26th June at 4:30pm (please note the unusual day, time and location).

The conductor will be Alexander Walker, and the orchestra will be led by Kate Bailey.

The programme will consist of:
Elgar – From the Bavarian Highlands
Brahms – Liebeslieder Waltzes
Selected opera choruses
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no 2 ‘Ukrainian.’

Tickets will be £14 at the door (children £1) or £12 in advance. They can be reserved online at the advance sale price by going to or contacting Peter Smith (01235-521392 or 07979-894-095). More information about ADMS is on the Society’s website,