The Ox Pub, on the Oxford Road in Abingdon, became a Tesco Express about four years ago.
Since that time another convenience store, called the Best One, has managed to continue trading two doors away. But in the last few days the Best One has changed to a Bargain Booze.
There was a battle between good and evil, and life and death, tonight in Abingdon as The Abingdon Mummers took their Mummer’s Play round some of the pubs near the town centre.
In the first battle scene St George is killed by Bold Slasher, But a Magical Doctor has a potion that brings St George back to life.
In the next battle St George kills Bold Slasher, and this time the magic of the doctor is not enough.
Only the magic, of Mrs. Finney’s flashing umbrella, applied to various parts of Bold Slasher’s anatomy, brings him back to life.
This play ends with a song and a chorus of We wish you a Merry Christmas.
A collection was then taken for the charity of the night…“The Abingdon Breakaway Club, which helps people who don’t get out enough to get out a bit more.”
The pathway connecting the Ladygrove Estate, in South Abingdon, with Tesco has long been an issue. It gets very muddy, and at times is flooded by the River Ock.
A few years ago the Tithe Farm and Ladygrove Residents Association tried to see if Tesco would help fund improvements to the path. Nothing came of that suggestion, and I see on the TFLRA blog that they have not had much luck with the Vale of White Horse Distrct Council earlier this month … “Last time we said that the Vale Property team were inspecting the state of the footpath from Ladygrove to Tesco’s. Afterwards, they said that they thought it wasn’t in too bad a state and that a few dips and ruts were to be expected.“
Late last week Abingdon Vineyard Church (who meet at Preston Road) completed 36 Christmas hampers destined for some of the less fortunate families in the Abingdon area. Each year as part of their Storehouse Project the church works with Social Services in identifying families that might benefit from a little extra at Christmas. The hampers comprise some basic food items as well as the extra Christmas goodies that many take for granted at this time of year. The final touch is a present for each of the children in the families that is chosen based on whether boy or girl and the age of the child.
The Christmas sacks were delivered to Social Services for their onward journey to the families. The Storehouse Project operates throughout the year supplying basic household items, bedding etc. to families referred by Social Services who often have nothing but a place to sleep.