Category Archives: pandemic

Oxfam re-opened today in Abingdon


During the pandemic the supermarkets have increased their delivery service and click and collect service. Priority delivery slots have been kept for older and vulnerable customers, including this one pictured by Tesco to the almshouses.

Mostly Books were one of the local shops that seemed to adapt quickly to – never experienced before – trading conditions. They offered deliveries and introduced click and collect.

Oxfam re-opened today in Abingdon, a couple of days later than most shops. Let us hope they don’t have to all shut again. Shop safely 🙂

Lockdown restrictions eased in a mid-Spring snow fall


Just before 9 am this morning some barbers were already busy. Queues had formed outside those yet to re-open.

Pubs with gardens, like the Nags Head, were all prepared and have been taking bookings.

Pubs, non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, and nail salons can all re-open from today under the easing of Covid lockdown restrictions.

Snow had been forecast but it was still a surprise to see it mid-April.

Flowers and plants huddled down to keep warm until the snow melted.

The Monday Market had all the stalls back again for the first time this year.

P.S. By noon, the sun was shining and the snow had melted.

Second Re-opening


Notices are appearing in some shop doors to say that they are re-opening on 12th April.

Lots of us have had the vaccine. The second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic is going down.

Some shops in Abingdon town centre have a pile of junk mail waiting for them on the doorstep.

One hairdresser still has the Christmas Tree on display.

Bury Street has had a Spring Clean before next week’s re-opening.

Catering premises that have an outdoor area are also re-opening from 12th April. They expect to re-open indoors in May.

Oxfam is due to re-open, a couple of days later, on 14th April.

Shop safely! Let us hope that there won’t be a third wave.

One Year On


On Tuesday the Mayor, Town Clerk and Town Crier took a minute at 12 noon to remember those whose lives have been affected during the pandemic. Many others in Abingdon stopped at school, work, home, or wherever they were to mark the minute.

In the evening at 8 pm, on Tuesday, some people lit a candle at their window or front door.

The Abingdon Herald’s headline is ‘Long Year, but Light at end of tunnel’.