Monthly Archives: July 2012

N-E-W-S from a Fire Fighters Lift and Weather Report

N-E-W-S and Weather
North over Carswell School.
N-E-W-S and Weather
East along Ock Street.
N-E-W-S and Weather
West along Ock Street.
N-E-W-S and Weather
South across the Ock Valley Walk. Thanks to the Fire Fighters for the chance to take these four views over Abingdon on Saturday…

N-E-W-S and Weather
Today I saw young cricketers at Abingdon Vale Cricket Club being taught spin bowling under a blue sky, while parts of the outfield still lay under water. There has been a third day of sunshine, but the ground is still waterlogged.

Abingdon’s Tour de France

Market Place Events
As well as the Fire Station Book Sale there were plenty more books on the Market Place on the St Nics Church stall, alongside plants, cakes, and a White Elephant’s Stall. On a day like this they had no need of Gazebos.
Market Place Events
There was also a cake stall run by the Vineyard Church Youth Club, and the Abingdon Concert Band were entertaining all comers.
Market Place Events
2012 is turning out to be a memorable year not just in Abingdon …
Market Place Events
Bradley Wiggins has just won the Tour de France. I could find no real Abingdon connection with this momentous event apart from an article about Abingdon’s Tour de France in May 2010. (Abingdon is the house name of the pre-school at St Edmund’s School in Canterbury, and as part of their French week they did a Tour de France round the classroom on trikes. “Going through the mountains was very tricky” said Ethan “As you had to slow down!”)

Big Book Sale and Fire Station Open Day

Big Book Sale
People had donated thousands and thousands of books to the Fire Station Book Sale. Money raised goes to the Fire Fighters Charity.
Big Book Sale
The Fire Station needed a new sign, and could be the first public body to get an Abingdon-on-Thames sign. It was unveiled by the Mayor during today’s Open Day.

Alongside the Mayor are the Fire Station Manager, and the County Council Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities which includes the Fire Service.
Big Book Sale
There were lots of other things going on for children of all ages, most involving fire station equipment.
Big Book Sale
There was even a chance for people to go up in the lift used to rescue people from high buildings, tackle high up fires, and get aerial views of incident scenes.
Big Book Sale
We are into the School Holidays and there are predictions that the jet stream is moving north and could take the wet and windy weather with it. Let us hope there is a golden Olympic summer ahead.

(More pictures from the lift in a day or so.)

Java Development in Central Abingdon

Java Development in Central Abingdon
Water has been flowing at the bottom end of Stert Street for a couple of days now – not caused by rain but a leak. Beyond it I see that Coffee Republic has changed to become Java & Co.

Java Development in Central Abingdon
I Googled “Java Abingdon” to find more details but only came up with Java Developer Job opportunities in Abingdon.

The Java programming language runs so many computer applications nowadays, but took its name from a slang term for coffee.

Coffee will still be served at Java & Co.

Missing Facebook Dog Found

Facebook Dog Found
I got an email from Karen a day ago asking whether I had been following the story of the missing dog that Abingdon facebook users were trying to track down …

There followed some extracts

…..Just to let everyone know the dog on the loose since Wednesday is still at large !!! It was being taken from rescue, as company for another family dog, but escaped when getting out of the car ! It’s black & white and fairly long haired and seems to have sussed out Boxhill Park and the surrounding area as it has been sighted sleeping in various gardens and under the shelter and knows it’s way around all of the local roads/gardens/woods…

…..There was a lady trying to catch it when I went to pick the boys up from school this afternoon. From what I heard, she only got it today and it doesn’t have a name yet and hasn’t got to know her yet…..

I was about to do a blog on the missing dog but then got a picture and message to show all was OK …

The dog was captured last night and taken to a vet who returned her, they have now called her cookie as she was a tough cookie to catch.

Plans for Stroll In to divide into two shop units and five apartments

Stroll In Changes
There is currently a planning application to split what was “Stroll In” in two. “Stroll In” closed in Februray 2011 and has been empty since.

The architect planning the changes argues that before about the 1970s, when some major structural alterations were made to remove walls and replace them with beams and pillars, there were two shops on this site – one with a frontage on Stert Street, one on the Market Place.
Stroll In Changes
“Stroll In” did always seem an odd shape and that could explain it.

The upstairs space will also be divided into five apartments. Although there is no on street parking, more cycle storage will be provided, and tenants may be able to apply to join the Vale of White Horse Residents Parking Scheme using the Cattle Market and Abbey Meadow Car Parks.