In the Guildhall today there was the biannual Abingdon Clubs and Societies Day.
The Town Crier, Penny Clover, announced there were 57 clubs and societies taking part. One person who happened along said, “This is amazing. I didn’t know it was on.”
Somebody else said “We have so many clubs and societies because we don’t have a cinema.”
At their 14th March meeting, HLF rejected The Guildhall phase two redevelopment which included the 100 seat cinema .
The ABCD Film Society have just finished their current annual programme. They meet every Thursday at the Resource Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive. Members vote and post comments about the films they watch, and this year ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was a favorite.
The Abingdon Army Cadets were there recruiting young people looking for action, excitement and adventure,
as were the Path Finders Canoe Club . Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club exists to provide kayaking and canoeing opportunities for young people from 11 to 18 years.
Abingdon Xtra were there interviewing stall holders including the Abingdon Wine Circle who meet at Preston Road Community Centre. The wine circle gives members the chance to try wines which may be too expensive, or they are not sure about, in a very social setting.
Abingdon Bowling Club, who celebrated their centenary last year, have open days, for new people to try bowling, on Friday May 16th from 5:00pm, and Saturday May 17th from 10:00am.
Part 2 tomorrow.
This is the first time that I have been down to the Marina Park for quite some time.
I see on the Marina web site that “Abingdon Marina is the only off river marina with floating pontoons upstream of Reading” and that “we are only 4 days hard cruising from the tidal reaches of the Thames.”
There is a tree down in the park, and the paths are a little slippy. But after much of the winter under water it is now walkable without wellies.
It is one of the locations I usually get pictures of the Head of the River Rowing, which this year is on April 6th. There are 4 divisions with a maximum of 90 boats in each …
Division 1 – 09.30
Division 2 – 11.45
Division 3 – 14.00
Division 4 – 16.15
Many of the potholes along the access road / footpath to St Helen’s Mill have been decorated with green paint – an indication that they are about to be resurfaced.
Signs have also sprung up along Preston Road saying that it will closed for 4 days approx in mid April for resurfacing. I gather that the works won’t be during the rush hour, but during the day.
These repairs may have been already planned, or it could be that Abingdon is benefitting from some of the £4.7m (reported in this morning’s Abingdon Herald) that Oxfordshire County Council have received, unexpectedly from central government, to repair potholes.
I have this old Valentine Post Card showing a cannon in Albert Park facing Trinity Church – a line of site that is nowadays obscured by bushes and trees. I think somebody said the cannon got melted down during WWII along with a lot of railings round the church.
Looking across the Abingdon School playing field, a magnolia partly hides the church and Trinity House, next door, which now has a new two storey extension and is being sympathetically refurbished.
According to D.B.Tranter’s History of Trinity, John Creemer Clarke ( a founding member of Trinity, clothing manufacturer, and MP) bought Trinity House on a nine-hundred year lease in 1873 for use as a church manse, and when he died it was given in trust to the Church and served as manse until the 1970s.
From that time it has been a private home, unlike a lot of the large houses round Albert Park which are too big for modern families.