Category Archives: pandemic

‘Pingdemic’ forces preacher to self isolate


At Trinity Church, in Abingdon, we are following the latest government pandemic guidance. Unlike the nightclubs seen in national newspapers we are not at the leading edge and are cautiously moving forward. For the first time people did not need to book in advance. There were more seats available but people could still socially distance. Masks were worn and the songs were still played from videos – not sung.

The preacher was pinged by the NHS Covid-19 app to say she needed to self isolate, and handed on her sermon and notes to another preacher. He began by saying “You may have heard of the ‘Pingdemic’…”

NOTE: Pingdemic is a play on words from ‘pandemic’ and being ‘pinged’ (notified by the NHS app that you have been in contact with somebody who has Covid-19 and that you should self isolate).

The service went smoothly. The sermon and notes must have been very clear.

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.