Category Archives: club and society

Peace Tree and Abingdon Camera Club

Camera Club
The Radio 4 PM program today had a piece about 170 trees at Hiroshima that survived the atom bomb blast 75 years ago today.  Seedlings from those trees have been planted around the world to show there is hope – whatever.

There is a tree in the Abbey Grounds planted by the Abingdon Peace Group ‘in Memory of All Victims of War.’
Building
I met some members of Abingdon Camera club, gathering in the Cattle Market car park. They have been meeting virtually and their first physical meeting was to be in the Abbey Grounds. For Peter, who sometimes sends me pictures, this was his first outing since the start of the lockdown. If he sends me any pictures I will add them to this post.

The clouds were high in the sky, and the air was getting warmer after some cool cloudy days. Tomorrow is predicted to be hot.
Churchyard Cat
Sally sent me this picture of the peace vigil at the war memorial that morning. Peter sent pictures but we have a problem that they got bounced so I will try to find why.

Abbey Meadow Lacemakers 25th Anniversary

Abbey Meadow Lacemakers
On Saturday 21st September Abbey Meadow Lacemakers (AML) held their annual Lacemakers day. Over 60 lacemakers from around Oxfordshire met together to make lace and celebrate their 25th anniversary.

In these days of mass production, there are still practitioners of skilled crafts and people who want to learn them.
Abbey Meadow Lacemakers
The founder members, Gaby Lloyd and Elsie Wood cut the anniversary cake.

Abbey Meadow Lacemakers practice all needlecrafts as well as lacemaking and are always happy to see new members. They meet monthly on every 3rd Tuesday at Preston Road Community Centre. Details of their meetings and contact details can be found at www.abbeymeadowlacemakers.co.uk .

Abingdon Drama Walk

Abingdon Drama Walk
Members of the Abingdon Drama Club set off on their annual walk along the Thames Path from Abingdon to Oxford this morning.
Abingdon Drama Walk
The nine mile walk had breaks at Radley, Sandford Lock, and the Isis pub.
Abingdon Drama Walk
It was a chance to reminisce about some of the great productions.

Abingdon Drama Club was formed 75 years ago and their first production was London Wall at the Corn Exchange. Thankyou to the drama club for the pictures.
Abingdon Drama Walk
Tickets were 1/- each.
Abingdon Drama Walk
When the Unicorn Theatre was created in 1953, Abingdon Drama Club was asked to stage the first production and chose The Two Angry Women of Abingdon by Henry Porter.
Abingdon Drama Walk
Their most recent production in 2019 was ‘Allo ‘Allo!  which was, by all accounts, “Tres Bien!!!”
Abingdon Drama Walk
And the next production is Amadeus by Peter Shaffer.

The drama club performed Equus in 2013 also by Peter Shaffer. A review said “…absolutely outstanding and probably the best performance of any play by an amateur group that we have ever seen. The quality of acting by all the cast was exceptional and certainly every bit as good as one would expect from a professional company.”

Kingfisher Canoe Club Try a Boat

Try a Boat
Here are a few pictures from Dave showing the Kingfisher Canoe Club Youth Section at TryaBoat night where there was a great turn out
Try a Boat
For reasons well known in the local community, the last 2 years have been extremely difficult for the club. Their “home” has been restricted to the two temporary box trailers at the lock.
Try a Boat
Dave says thanks to all the general public who have supported them through these difficult times. There Is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Ramblers

Rambling about Rambling
The Ramblers left Abingdon Market Place yesterday morning for Radley. They did not take the bus or car but followed public footpaths through fields high with grass
Rambling about Rambling
and wild flowers. Rambling at this time of year is not easy for hay fever sufferers.
Rambling about Rambling
The ramblers enjoyed views of Radley Lakes and the River Thames along the way and must have arrived safely and returned without mishap in Abingdon because one of their members sent me these pictures.

I saw them drinking coffee at one of the many coffee places on Abingdon Market Place before their departure.