Monthly Archives: April 2010

Saint George’s Parade – 2010

The Chinese Dragon a the start of the parade
The parade – comprising many young uniformed groups – started in the Old Cattle Market Car Park.

First to leave was the Chinese Dragon. It took a short cut…
Scottish Bagpipes lead the St George Day Parade
The Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band then led the rest of the parade round and along Abbey Close. Unlike last year it did not go to St Helen’s Church.
Dignataries welcome parade to Abbey Gardens
Instead they saluted the dignitaries at the entrance to the Abbey Gardens. Dignatories included… the Mayor, the Chair AND Vice Chair of the Vale District Council, and some senior scout and guide leaders.
Young Uniformed groups stand in large circle in Abbey Gardens
The uniformed groups then gathered in a large circle, at the spot where the Abbey once stood – for the religious part of the proceedings…
Revd Richard Bittleston blesses a new scout flag
Revd. Richard from Trinity Church blessed a new scout district flag.

I do not know what came next as I had to leave. Perhaps somebody out there knows…

Abingdon United Manager Steps Down

Andy Slater is clapped by his team
Abingdon United Manager, Andy Slater, was clapped off the field by his team after the last game of the season against Yate Town…

Andy Slater was kitted out as number 17 in order to make a brief appearance.
players argue with the referee
I spoke to the Abingdon Herald photographer before the game to get some tips. He said the goals are not always the best thing. It is the aggro and attitude and drama you need to capture. In this first picture I unfortunately just missed the Yate Town player kicking the ball directly at the referee after a contested penalty award.
a diving golakeeper cannot stop the ball
Abingdon United scored their one goal from the penalty spot. Unfortunately Yate Town scored two.
Andy Slater
So even though Andy Slater did not win this one, he has had a successful 7 years in charge during which time the club rose to win promotion from the Hellenic League, and have consolidated their place in the Southern League.

Market Place Events – 2010

 Abbey Brass Band with audience
The Abbey Brass Band were performing in the sunshine as Market Place events started for the third year since the Market Place refurbishment was completed. Abbey Brass Band with Trumpet Soloist Standing and English Flag from Saint Georges Day behind A list of coming Saturday events in on the Town Council Website . Next Saturday is International Dance Day. The Abingdon Air and Country Show Stall on the Market Place Also coming next weekend is one of the biggest event in the Abingdon Calendar – the Abingdon Air & Country Show at the Dalton Barracks airfield. The Show’s Twitter said yesterday ‘Show going ahead despite recent Volcanic disruptions.’ They have a F16 and a C17 coming – if that means anything to you.