Two planning applications have been submitted for The Guildhall, Abingdon. The plans can be found on the Vale of White Horses planning portal: one is for listed building consent, the other is for full planning permission. A decision will be made mid May.
Various plans have been put forward since the Guildhall ownership transferred from the Vale of White Horse District Council to Abingdon Town Council six years ago. It is intended to make the 1960s Abbey hall more accessible – with multiple usage including a cinema. This final proposal includes the remodeling of the lower level space with the creation of a new glazed public entrance with a new cafe, and a patio area in front.
The plan will also remove the front and the rear concrete ramps.
Anybody entering or leaving Abingdon from the Vineyard will have seen a banner outside Our Lady and St Edmund Church, for the Year of Mercy.
Yesterday a man was adding new flowers to the floral arch over the door. He told me that the church had been selected as a place of pilgrimage for the year of Mercy.
Pope Francis opened a similar door at the Vatican at the start of the Holy Year in December 2015. And said a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims.
Accordingly, the Bishop or Portsmouth opened a Door of Mercy at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth. A Door of Mercy was also opened at Our Lady & St Edmund of Abingdon Church. Throughout the year, the faithful are encouraged to go on pilgrimage to either or both churches.
One of Abingdon’s guitar shops – Fine Guitars – is to close. They sell fine guitars, ukuleles, accessories, and music for all instruments.
That still leaves one guitar shop in Abingdon: Remade Guitars, at Coxeter House, not only sell guitars, but also repair, customise, and modify guitars.
Everything looks set for the opening of the Wildwood Kitchen on Bury Street. Over the coming weekend there will be a ‘soft opening’ with a limited number of customers to ensure everything is working properly.
Then on Monday they will be opening properly.
When the Kings Head and Bell had a revamp last year, the bell shaped sign – with a picture of King Charles I – could not be rehung, as the hanger was broken. There were some complaints when it was replaced with a sign with just writing.
A picture of King Charles I has been re-instated, but without the bell.