In February 2008 this blog reported that Bee and Lark have flown. Two shops had closed in the same week: the Busy Bee (West St Helen Street Newsagent), and the Eben Lark (Furniture and Furnishings – now the Art Lounge of The Lounge Cafe).
The Eben Lark is returning to Abingdon – descending into the Busy Bee’s old shop in West St Helen Street.
The Friends of Abingdon had organised a series of walks for this Bank Holiday Monday. The rain continued to fall thoughout the day, but it did deter the folk of Abingdon.
Martin Smith, leading the Boundary Walk, said that it is the first time he remembered it ever raining on a Boundary Walk.
Eleanor Dangerfield, leading the Ock Valley Walk on behalf of the Green Gym, said that they had been very lucky with the weather for Green Gym events up to now. Rain was a rarity.
Wispy and Hattie are used to walks in all weathers.
On the St Helen’s Walk, local historian Judy White told people about some of the history of the buildings surrounding St Helen’s Church. Part of St Helen’s Mill, behind her, was used as a church school by St Helens from the 1830s before the Bury Street School was built.
There was also an 8 mile waterside walk, and an Old Abbey walk.
Thanks to The Friends of Abingdon, and Pat Bryden in particular, for organising all those walks.
(Thanks to Lesley for the first 3 pictures and Peter for the last 2)
The Town Crier, Mr Peter Green, Officially Opening the Open Air Pool at 10am this morning – in the rain.
The popularity of the pool is very much dependent on weather, and the warmth of the water, and the Friends of Abingdon Outdoor Pool are keen to see the pool well used this year, and a few of them were there to open the season with a splash.
The Friends are running a competition on their website to win a free season ticket.
One factor in encouraging customers to use the pool is its appearance. With that in mind, the Friends of the Open Air Pool arranged for volunteers, under supervision of the district council, to give it a make-over before the opening. The Mayor of Abingdon on Thames has already been featured by local press as taking part. Also worthy of note is that our local MP, Nicola Blackwood, did a stint.
As did Layla Moran, the local Lib-Dem Parliamentary Candidate in 2015. Waitrose provided refreshments.
24th May – 1st September 2014
10am – 6pm Monday to Sunday
Timetable and Prices
Competition to Win Season Ticket and bid for signed front page of Oxfordshire Guardian with volunteers painting pool