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Homebase – Now Open


The Homebase store opened this morning at the Fairacres Retail Park and will be open seven days a week – Monday – Saturday (9 am – 8 pm) and Sunday (10 am – 4 pm).

They had: kitchen units, bathrooms, furniture, storage units and flexible wardrobes, gardening and outdoor, painting and decorating, tools, flooring, lighting, and probably much more if you look (they had sewing kits and cotton at the end of one aisle).

The Fairacres Retail Park was demolished and rebuilt in two phases. The old Homebase was demolished during phase 2. It has been a nice surprise that Homebase has returned, and a pleasure to look round the smart new Homebase this evening. There were people on hand, including the store manager, to answer questions.

Coffee at Cosener’s House


Cosener’s House is a conference centre owned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in Abingdon. The STFC is a government and industry-funded organisation which runs some important scientific research facilities.

The STFC does not have exclusive use of Cosener’s House. The facilities are open for weddings, conferences, rooms, and meals. After going to the Becca Caldecott exhibition the other day I bought a coffee and looked around the grounds. There were a few other people at tables. On leaving, a larger party had started to gather.

Over the last two years, work has been done where the Cosenor’s House gardens look out on the River Thames. There is now a wharf and a stronger river wall.

The Victorian grotto has also been strengthened this year and is a safe place to enjoy the view.

Homebase to open in September


Homebase will be opening its store in the Fairacres retail park later in September. Some of the staff, made redundant when the old store was closed for demolition in 2019, could well return.

The store takes the last three units at the Fairacres phase 2 redevelopment. Fairacres is full. The new garden center was an addition to the original development and is completed and being filled with stock.

The transformation of Suffolk Way in Abingdon


The open day and market at Loose Cannon brewery was a chance to look around the brewery and to see some well-known Abingdon market stalls inside a brewery.

Busby’s Bees took a swarm of bees, honey, and beeswax into the brewery.

Martin, of Devine Times Photography, had a selection of photographic prints and calendars.

Abingdon Gin and another dozen stalls were also there.

Suffolk Way, off the Drayton Road, once comprised eight anonymous industrial/warehouse units made of brick and metal cladding. Now the units have opened up to the world and lots of local people visit.

There is also the Kathleen Turner charity shop

and the Oxford Wood Recycling with ideas for wood and recycled wood for sale.

The carpenters of Oxford Wood Recycling have recently transformed Broad Street in Oxford into an area of raised beds with wildflowers, and grass with lots of wood seating – a good place to relax during a trip to Oxford.