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Art exhibition and Christingle and Ceiling Repairs

Margaret sent me this …
Art exhibition
This weekend, the Abbey Group of artists (Claire Cross, Margaret Horton, Marion Owen and Dougie Simpson) together with ceramicist Charlie Leech are delighted to say that their Christmas Artweeks exhibition is going ahead. It had to be postponed from November but we are now raring to go.

It is at St. Ethelwold’s House in East St. Helen Street, Abingdon, from 10.00 to 5.00pm on Sat. 12th and Sun. 13th December. There will be new, original paintings, prints and cards for sale together with Charlie’s ceramics, Margaret’s jewellery and Claire’s gifts.

To make it covid secure, there will be a one way system through the building and limited numbers. Please wear masks, use the sanitiser provided and give contact details. Card payment preferred. 20% of sales will go to St. Ethelwold’s House.

With another hat Margaret says …
St Helens
As we are not able to run our usual, well supported Christingle service this year, St. Helen’s church is promoting a “make your own Christingle and join in online” service. From 16th to the 23rd Dec we shall be handing out Christingle bags from the west door of the church, where you will also be able to look at the Christmas crib scene. The bags will contain everything needed to make your own Christingle at home – except for the orange. Then, on Christmas eve, there will be a chance either to join in a live, zoom service of about 20 mins or to watch a recorded service online from 4.30pm. Details about this can be found by emailing for the zoom service or going to and following instructions for the recorded service.

We are also setting up a trail of sheep and angels around the outside of the church to lead you to the christingles.

The money raised at Christingle services always goes to the Children’s Society so we are hoping that people will still give generously even if they are celebrating at home and not in church
St Helens
By this time of year St Helen’s Church would normally be busy every evening with different groups celebrating Christmas. The 2020 pandemic has changed that.

There is also the need to do some repairs of the historic church. St. Helen’s is half full of scaffolding at the moment. Following plaster falls from the ceilings of both the nave and the north aisle there have been builders in since mid October doing repairs and checking other ceiling panels. Margaret says … St Helen’s are grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund for providing a grant of £20,000 to go towards the cost of repairs.

Armistice Day Tribute and Christmas Light switch on – happen unannounced

Armistice Day
The Pandemic did not stop people gathering round the war memorial to remember Armistice Day. At eleven o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, people stood and traffic came to a stop for the two-minute silence at Abingdon War Memorial.
Armistice Day
The giant poppies have been switched on for the last few days near the war memorial.
Armistice Day
The lights in Bury Street have also been on.
Armistice Day
This afternoon, and evening, the rest of the Christmas lights came on unannounced in Abingdon Town Centre.
Armistice Day
In normal times, hundreds of people would have gathered around the Market Place, after a day of entertainment, to watch as a celebrity switched on the lights.

Many local businesses cannot get the full benefit until the 2nd December, when they can fully re-open.

Doorstep Remembrance

Remembrance events have been scaled back because of the covid 19 epidemic. The Town Council is urging members of the public to observe the two-minute silence at 11.00 am on Sunday 8th November on their doorsteps.

Organisations have been laying  wreaths, and individuals crosses, ahead of Remembrance Day. This is the 75th year since the end of World War II.
There are displays in some shop windows, such as this one in the Co-operative Funeral Service on Abingdon, High Street.

In Town Today – Market Place, Hedgehogs, and Country Market

Leaves are turning red on the Market Place. Lots of people were out in the open, drinking coffee.
Hedgehogs were this weeks cause for the XR Abingdon group. The group will be promoting a number of causes in coming weeks and months. Several small changes in people’s behaviour add up to a big change.

They were giving away bags of hedgehog food and information about how to help hedgehogs. To avoid the danger of roads, hedgehogs need to move between back gardens. They suggested opening holes under fences – big enough for hedgehogs to squeeze through.
Abingdon Country Market have moved their market to the yard outside the Salvation Army – rather than inside. They had a one way system, and track and trace. 

I was not the only photographer taking pictures. Somebody thought the other chap was doing the Abingdon Blog. He has actually been taking pictures of Abingdon much longer than me. They are very good. One day we may see more.