The Christmas Extravaganza road signs are there for the parade at 11:45am on Saturday, 29th November 2014.
Once the parade is over there will be entertainment in the Market Place and Bath Street, and traffic can flow normally. Entertainment will include a mix of Bands, Choirs, Dancers, Street Entertainers, and Punch and Judy. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5:30pm followed by Fireworks.
To coincide with the Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza Day there will be free parking all day in all Abingdon’s car parks.
There are also other events that coincide with the Christmas Extravaganza Day:
- Fair Trade Christmas at St Ethelwolds House 10 am to 6 pm
- Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fair at The Guildhall 10 am to 4 pm
- St Helen’s Church Christmas Market 10 am to 12.30 pm
- Our Lady’s Abingdon Christmas Fayre 10 am to 1 pm
Four cygnets, in their grey and white feathering, are still with mum and dad on the River Thames in Abingdon. They will probably stay together until mum and dad start thinking about next year’s brood.
On Nags Head Island the hire boats of the Abingdon Boat Centre – normally to be found stood up on oil drums during the off season – are nowhere to be seen.
The Abingdon Boat Centre say on their web site “Please note that our boat hire season has ended earlier than normal this year as we are planning to renew our efforts to have the site redeveloped.
Our vision for the site based on our own original scheme for redevelopment includes a new chandlery, workshop, improved boating facilities and a restaurant at first floor level.”
Just across the river, work on the last phase of the Old Gaol is well underway, and the new structure for one of the new ground floor restaurants is outlined by steel girders.
This evening at Trinity Church there was a look back at Trinity Learning – a project with the aim of finding ways in which the church can use its time, talents and space to enhance the quality of life those working in local schools – both students and staff.
One of the more visible results of this has been the ‘Hello Abingdon’ community magazines produced by children from local schools for the last 5 years. The Oxford Health NHS trust magazine ‘Insight’ recently featured some of the reporters from Thameside School who came to report on Abingdon Community Hospital.
Trinity Learning recognises the pressure schools are under and seeks to provide a place of calm and reflection for students and teachers with projects such as Experience Easter and Prayer Spaces.
They also give work experience to students, help boost students’ confidence in planning and producing assemblies, help with the R.E curriculum, and have produced a lot of resources that can be used in and beyond Abingdon.
To find out more visit Trinity Learning.