A notice on the door of Abbey House says that District Council staff (from the Vale and South Oxfordshire) have moved to new offices at Milton Park today.
Since the previous offices in Crowmarsh Gifford were destroyed by fire six months ago, some staff have been at Abbey House, some at Sandford-on-Thames, and some working from home.
So from now on staff will be under one roof.
The new home could be temporary. No decision has been made on whether Crowmarsh Gifford will be rebuilt. But if the two district councils are to merge, in the long run, then Milton Park does look more central that Crowmarsh Gifford.
A book, celebrating 150 years of The Albert Park was launched today by The Albert Park Residents’ Association.
The Albert Monument was unveiled on 22nd June 1865, 150 years ago, in ‘the good old town of Abingdon’ – as described by the Oxford Times of the day.
The park on which it stands is owned by the ancient charity Christ’s Hospital of Abingdon, who established and still maintain the park.
Rev’d Paul Smith, the vicar of St Michael’s and All Angels Church, next to the park, welcomed people into the church for the launch of the book, and for a celebration of those 150 years.
Meanwhile, a short distance away there was a road closure, from 9am-10pm, for another celebration – the annual Exbourne Road Street Party.
There were lots of activities, and entertainments, visitors, and food. During the time I was there, after 4pm, the residents were being entertained by Ashnah Tribal Bellydancers,
and Mr Hemmings Traditional Morris Dancers
I left before the Naffle draw at 6pm. “The only rule for the free draw is you have to take the prize home.”