Thorntons may have closed and the shop is looking a ghost of its former self….
but there is still an independent sweet and chocolate shop in Abingdon, on Stert Street, who do have chocolates to fill some of the space in the market left by Thorntons.
Sweet Chocolate are best known for their retro / traditional sweets and more recently American candy bars. Find out more of their recent innovations on their facebook page.
I hope they have a successful run up to Christmas … once they have managed to get over the Halloweenies. We don’t want any more ghost shops.
On Saturday the Abingdon Vineyard Church tried something different at Reynolds Way shops. They erected a tent to invite people to come in for a cup of tea, or a chat.
The Vineyard Church meet at Preston Road Community Centre every Sunday. You can arrive any time between 10:30 and 11 when they are sharing coffee and cakes – or fruit as a healthy option.
It is quite informal. There follows a time of modern worship songs – which seem quite calm and peaceful, and those you don’t know are quite easy to pick up by the 2nd or 3rd rendition. Then somebody shares a message, and finally people can either pray in groups, or just chat and share stories, or watch a video. Or that is what happened today. This was the 5th Sunday in the month and it sounds like the 1st-3rd Sundays are more planned, and the 4th even more informal. They want to make it welcoming to people who are not used to church.
It was an excellent day for the Local Excellence Market. The town crier was out and about letting people know what else was going on: one more day of the craft fair, and Scout fireworks on November 5th behind Long Furlong Community Centre ( Gates Open 6:30pm. Park at Tilsley Park.)
The Carbon Cutters had a clever device to see how hot things are. As you can see Helen, who sent me the picture of the fallow deer recently, is cool where she is insulated but hot where she is not.
Here they are discussing my thermal image. There is also a picture of Harry’s Thermal image on the Harry dog blog.
Lots of good stalls as always. There were cakes from Jane’s Kitchen…
Jill Carver had two suppliers showing their wares. Jill is seen here holding a picture of the Moroccan Argan Tree. The Olive Oil and Argan Oil, in the picture, come from Morocco. The Argan oil is very good but takes a lot of extracting from unyielding nuts and so is not cheap.
There were also a couple of vegetable stalls, an apple stall, meat stall, craft stalls, and local beers, which if the town council have their way we will be able to drink on the Market Place on special occasions (front page story in the Abingdon Herald last week).
This Blog reported 4 years ago that Hathaways had closed, and back in April showed scaffolding going up round the old baccy shop. Hathaways was the shop on the High Street that sold smoking paraphernalia and souvenirs.
Since then the interior, the back and the roof have been rebuilt and the scaffolding removed.
A little bit of Hathaways still lives on in another shop in Abingdon. The walking sticks, and tobacco pipes were taken over by E R Goffs after Hathaways closed.
There are also a range of bubble pipes and colourful baccy tins. As well as its core newsagency business Goffs tries to fill gaps in the Abingdon market in an enterprising way. For example, they are also a Western Union agency for people who need to send money abroad.
Mrs Goff still owns the freehold, and visited recently for the first time in a while, and was shown a display of improvements since the current lease holders took over. It is part of the lease conditions, I believe, that the name Goff stays above the door.