Thankyou to St Helen and St Katharine for replying to my request about an event I sadly missed.
On Saturday evening, Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge was the Guest of Honour at St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, took to the stage for an evening of poetry and conversation as part of the parish of Abingdon-on- Thames’ series of events, ‘The Hope Within Us’.
‘Rise Heart’, the theme of the evening and a phrase taken from the poem ‘Easter’, George Herbert’s poetic meditations on the resurrection of Christ, was an opportunity to hear Dr Williams’ own poetic voice, literally and figuratively as he, together with Rebecca Dougall, Head of St Helen and St Katharine school and The Revd Dr Charles Miller, Team Rector of Abingdon, discussed how poetry is a powerful creative channel for exploring belief.
Dr Williams also introduced the relatively unknown work (here in England) of Saunders Lewis, one of Wales’ leading literary and political icons, a nationalist hero and one of the founders of Plaid Cymru.
Where Stroll In once was, a new coffee and snack place looks nearly ready to open on Abingdon Market Place. I can see the day coming when there will be more coffee shops than hairdressers in Abingdon Town Centre.
The lights in the ex Co-op supermarket were on this evening. The Co-op closed in July last year, and back then there was speculation that Wilkinson or Iceland would soon move in, but that did not happen. Then some people thought it would be refurbished and Poundland would move across. I have not heard the latest rumours.
These adult swans, seen on the Mill Stream in Abingdon, have eight new cygnets. Last years juveniles did stay during the winter, but as time went on the adult male could be seen chasing them away, getting increasingly aggressive if they did not take the hint.
This week has seen the first Abingdon Jazz Festival organised by Friends of Abingdon, and Music at the Unicorn.
Abingdon’s own Big Band, SwingTime, a 20-piece Big Band, performed on Friday evening at the Unicorn Theatre. A lot of the acts were at the Unicorn Theatre.
There were also jazz acts out and about round Abingdon, including the Claire Jones Quintet at The Crown & Thistle …
The Fleur Stevenson Trio under the museum,
Funk Bake at the Brewery Tap,
and, featuring the Garden Kitchen Menu, at the Nags Head were the Mim Gray, Tim Dawes and Tim Lapthorn Ensemble.