I was told that a vehicle was set alight on this footbridge, in Southern Town Park, back in January 2012. The bridge is on the route to the Drayton Road Allotments and used by people getting to the allotments or out on walks.
The tape and bollards, put up at the footbridge after the incident, are gone. People have found other ways round for the moment. I can see a track has been trod across sports fields which used to be fenced off and free from dogs. I hear the Vale of White Horse District Council have it scheduled to repair in April 2012. The sports club and people going that way will be very glad when the footbridge finally gets mended, so the sooner the better.
I visited John Mason first to see their art exhibition, but having forgotten to bring a photo id had to be shown through to the O6 Gallery by a member of staff rather than a pupil. The exhibition had been taken down apart from one piece – an old cabinet recovered from a tip – seen here with a sun-projected O6 from the window.
The cabinet was well worth seeing …
It was full of things that would normally be thought of as the lowest of the low: Dyson fluff, tumble drier lint, Dyson powder, floor sweepings – all neatly displayed in thrown away jars and labelled as if they were really important exhibits at the Pitts Rivers in Oxford.
At Larkmead the staff member at the studio remembered my surname from our children. She asked after both of them by name – not bad given they are now 25 and 23.
The exhibition here was of mono-prints by a graduate from Brookes University who had worked with Year 10 – that is the 4th year in old currency.
Very good to see both schools taking part in the Abingdon Arts Festival.
Larkmead also had an Indian Cultural Arts day with workshops including Rangoli, Henna tattoo, tabla drumming, Bollywood dance, yoga & Indian cooking.
John Mason also had a Family Learning day with Visual art, animation, movie making, cooking, sport and a whole lot more.
Then again Larkmead had Candoco Dance hosted by a contemporary company who integrate disabled and able bodied dancers.
And on another occasion Larkmead hosted the Trestle Theatre Company doing a workshop and subsequent theatrical production using masks and characterisation.
Thanks to Steve for this one. He says “My wife Daphne took this last week at Thrupp Lake (Radley Lakes). The local fishermen blame the absence of fish there on the abundance of Cormorants, but having seen this monster I think he’s to blame. It’s a Red Eared terrapin from North America. Apparently they were all the rage a few years ago during The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze. But when people realised how big they got they disposed of them by chucking them in rivers, lakes and ponds. They have a diet of frogs and their spawn, eels, fish, ducklings and eggs.”
MG fans were able to enjoy not just one but two MG Rallys on the Market Place today – and what a glorious day it was. In the morning there were about 50+ MGs who spent the weekend in Abingdon, supporting local hotels and businesses, and visiting Kimber House and other local sites, before driving off to Bletchley Park.
First time I’d seen one of the new MG6s
or any of these Rover Built MG Super Cars.
The second Rally a few hours later brought a dozen or so Y series MGs built in Abingdon from 1947.
They were here to celebrate their 65th anniversary.
2012 will also be the 50th Anniversary of the MGB, and the MG Car Club want to gets lots of ex MG workers together for the MGB50 event.