Looking out the back window this morning there was light snow on walls, and roofs.
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have sad that ‘Due to the current restrictions in place and the guidelines regarding social distancing we will not be carrying out the Christmas tree recycling event on the Market Place this year.‘
I have seen a few discarded trees. Some looking tatty. Others still look lush and green.
The Vale of White Horse District Council says ‘While our garden waste service – which normally collects real Christmas trees from customers for recycling – is currently suspended, all residents can still drop off real Christmas trees.’ They list some locations but I have not checked whether this is still going ahead given the lockdown. Somebody might know.
The District Council also has a list of support they can give businesses and residents during the lockdown.
The South and Vale Community Hub team will put people in contact with with community groups and volunteers that can provide support. The council also have some practical support available for eligible people facing financial hardship or homelessness. Financial support for business affected by the restrictions continues to become available from the government and is administered locally by the district councils.
Meanwhile the roll out of the vaccines is progressing. I will be taking my mum, who is in her eighties – the second top priority group, to get her first jab tomorrow. She has just been notified. People are being warned that it is free and anybody trying to charge you is likely to be a scam.
Anyone whose green wheelie bin day should have been emptied on Friday 25th will have to wait until Tuesday 29th because Friday 25th is Christmas Day. I found that out on the White Horse DC website.
The web site also has a news release from 22nd December, titled Cabinet decision on Old Abbey House accepted by watchdog. The decision on the future of Old Abbey House was made on 4th December and will not be announced until the new year. The Council’s Scrutiny Committee found on 15th December the process to be fair, and no information was unduly kept from the public and they asked for complete transparency in communicating the decision where possible.
The council also have New Covid-19 grants available now for pubs.
We are asked to Protect friends and family this Christmas and help stop the spread of Covid-19 and so there will be no great Christmas getaway this year.
A lot of people have already finished work for Christmas, but key workers in the health service and care homes work throughout.
The mid winter so far has been bleak because of the national news but not frosty. There were snowdrops outside Old Abbey House today.
There was a lot of rain today, and somebody said to me that it was lovely weather for ducks. Curious as to whether it really was so lovely I went to ask a couple. I did not get a reply – not a single quack. I have no Christmas quackers to report this year.
At 8 am the Abingdon Monday Market was ready for customers. The morning started cloudy with light rain. There was not much chance of seeing the sun rise on the Winter Solstice.
This morning we learned that a lot of countries had blocked entry to UK people and lorries after the news that a more contagious strain of Covid-19 has taken hold here. There were suggestions that if the blockade continued then fresh produce from the continent would be in short supply.
There was a large queue outside Waitrose most of the morning.
At 4 pm the sky was overcast and there was not any chance of seeing the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the South West. The only star visible was on the Christmas Tree.
Gifts and Gallery has 50% off. They have been in Abingdon since 1985 and, sadly, will be closing on Christmas Eve.