Monthly Archives: January 2011

Green Gym – Ock Valley Walk

Members of the Green Gym split into three groups. Some did litter picking.
Green Gym
Another group improved the path. Some dug up the surface, and others poured on the wood chip and tamped it down.
Green Gym
The third group cleared the ground to plant trees. There were about 35 small saplings: oak, beech, silver birch, and cherry.
Green Gym
The saplings were then dug in next to a cane and surrounded by a protective guard . A red spot on the cane means this one is a cherry. All were plotted on a map to monitor how they do.

Local Excellence Market – Jan 2011

Local Excellence Market
The second Choose Abingdon Local Excellence market took place today with 15 stalls. It is run much like a Farmers Market, so produce needs to be local. This new Saturday Market will be quarterly.
Local Excellence Market
There tend to be quite a few free samples at these markets, like bits of cheese, and sips of beer. This group of cyclists are trying out an Oxfordshire brew.
Local Excellence Market
This family farm from near Wallingford make sausages from their own pigs and were selling them cooked in buns.

Winding up Action4Abingdon

Action 4 Abingdon
The final post appeared on the action4abingdon forum 3 days ago saying “… As you know we created the forum as a vehicle to lobby for improvements to the then newly implemented Abits scheme. This, along with our 250 business signature petition and the Independent Traffic Report resulted in no less than 12 significant changes to the layout.

The forum soon became a good platform for all things Abingdon and has had some lively debates on various subjects, however, nothing lasts forever and so I think it’s time to wind the thing up…”

Needless to say there are still challenges facing Abingdon. But the forum showed that many people cared passionately for the town from various political, and non-political persuasions.

County Hall project – public meeting Jan 2011

County Hall development
Leadbitter – based in the Abingdon Science Park – won the building contract and will start putting up scaffolding next week. Their brief is “The restoration of the existing listed building, the construction of a new lift from street level to basement, upgrading exhibition spaces…”

They target completion in 8 months time. Key Dates taken from the first of their regular newsletters are:
17th January – Official Start Date
23rd February – First Community Open Morning – between 11am and 1 am where they will chat and answer questions. This is a regular event on the last Wednesday in the month.
29th April – Royal Wedding and Abingdon Bun Throwing Ceremony.
County Hall development
Apart from finding out about building progress, Equal Studio, in charge of the museum side of things, presented their conceptual ideas about how the museum itself would look and were asking for feedback.
County Hall development
They will be able to fit in more display space on three levels for Abingdon history and stories about Abingdon people. The existing display cases will be reused on the top floor, while new multi purpose display cases will be put in the sessions hall …