Monthly Archives: October 2013

Splash of Pink

Last night in preparation for the Splash of Pink event on the Market Place, the County Hall was given a splash of pink.

Today there were a lot of pink stalls on the Market Place. Staff from the the Crown and Thistle (re-opening day soon) were there helping raise funds for Against Breast Cancer, the Abingdon based charity.

Buying and selling pink cakes was very popular.

Throughout the day a number of groups performed. Abingdon Music Centre Community Choir were out in force with Helen Eccleston playing keyboard and conducting.

Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers danced with a pink ribbon round their hats, and in one particular dance were joined by a penguin.

Ashnah did some belly dancing.

In the gazebo nearest Costa an attempt was made on the world record of putting on and taking off a bra over a T shirt. I was too shy to take any pictures of, or take part in, that particular event but believe a new world record was set – ten bras in a minute. The video evidence will be sent for verification before the record is officially recognised.

Abingdon Eco Fair

There were 38 different exhibitors at the Eco Fair at the Guildhall. In front of the entrance Abingdon Carbon Cutters were pressing apples. Nearby a couple of plug-in hybrid cars were on show, one a Go Green Taxi. Then up the steps was a colourful display by Grow your Own Veg – a shared allotment on Peachcroft Farm.

Inside the door of the Abbey Hall were the Friends of Radley Lakes who at the recent OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action) award ceremony won the award for the group that had made the biggest positive impact on the local environment for saving two lakes from being turned into huge ash tips.

Green Gym and the Abingdon Naturalists were next to them. Their time will come.

The stage and hall and bar area were all being used. The young band ‘Whats Up Folk?’ played in the bar area as people enjoyed the soup and bread made by the Carbon Cutters.

One of the most colourful stalls was the Nappy fairy with a huge variety of different washable nappies that can be tried out. There was even a stall with bric-a-brac that people were just invited to take – so it did not get wasted. So lots and lots to see and think about.

Autumn in Abingdon

The liquid amber trees on the Market Place are turning red.

Leaves elsewhere are turning yellow, orange, pink and red – and are particularly striking now the sun is back.

Warmer weather has returned after the rain earlier in the week.
Where a dead tree was chopped in St Helens Court there are clumps of toadstalls.
The autumn seems to bring a lot of change and a lots of events.

Not only will there be a splash of pink on Saturday October 26th, and Craft Fair, but there will also be an Eco Fair at the Guildhall as one of the Mayoral Events.