Abingdon Lock is getting to be more than a way of getting from one level of the River Thames to another.
The Whippet Kitchen opened last weekend – serving coffee, tea, home-made cakes, and ice cream. It got its name from the whippet that lives at the lock cottage. The cafe will be open most weekends over the summer, but being a small operation that cannot be guaranteed.
There are now even more sculptures by the artist known locally as ‘River Banksy’. Sculptures just appear overnight and very little is known about the artist.
Abingdon Lock has some new signage – taken from ‘The Idiots Guide To Boating’.
There is also a sign warning of a bee nest at the weir. At first the bees were suspected to be the endangered White Tailed Bee, but on closer inspection they turned out to be just common tree bees (see inset).
The 3rd Abingdon Food Festival was held at Rye Farm Meadow this year.
The event was organised by Abingdon Rotary Vesper. Alan Rickman (pictured here) organised their publicity, and managed to get a lot a people to come along even though the weather was wet at times.
One of the star turns was a shiny lorry full of the latest in kitchen equipment, with some demos. This was organised and sponsored by Dream Doors (the Stert Street Kitchen specialist),
Then there were rows of gazebos where you could buy takeaway food. We enjoyed the freshly cooked samosas, and Pujabi cuisine from Sufi Spice. They let us stand in the back of their gazebo to shelter from the rain.
Other tents were selling food to take home, or concepts such as ‘how to live life on the veg’.
The Abingdon Food Festival is a great way to try new food and get new ideas about food.
The Vale of White Horse District was in favour of remaining, and so the result is painful to a lot of us who felt a part of the wider European Community.
Within the new structures that are to come into being, while things are in spin, it must be a good time to continue working for a fair, just and equal society – one that helps tackle poverty, climate change and the refugee crisis – causes Jo Cox fought for all her life.
Both the Sun and Mirror had different ideas of what might follow a vote to leave the EU. Most of the Tabloids (Sun, Mail, Express, Star) have sided with the Leave side throughout the campaign. Only the Daily Mirror has been on the Remain Side.
Polling Stations were kept fairly busy here in Abingdon, as we put our cross on the voting paper: Leave or Remain in the EU.
Meanwhile, on the eve of the apocalypse, there was the official reopening of the Old Anchor Inn, at St Helen’s Wharf in Abingdon.
There was a warm atmosphere. The bar has been redecorated and looks bright. Bar staff brought round canapes. Good luck to them.