From 10.30am to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday the Abbey Buildings will be open with some entertainment and children’s activities.
Also, thanks to the Friends of Abingdon, there will be a number of organised walks around Abingdon. There is a new one in the afternoon visiting the places in Abingon most associated with St Edmund of Abingdon. He was born, “probably in West St Helen Street”, and there was a chapel dedicated to his memory somewhere nearby.
There is a church-like building, half way up West St Helen Street, depicted on the Medieval Monks Map in the museum. So this could have been what that chapel looked like.
I missed the Museum at Night so was very glad to get this report from Matt. He says …
We had a great turnout and some amazing music.
Typically it rained almost the whole evening, but the bands improvised splendidly by heading to the attic galleries which turned out to be highly atmospheric.
For the moments that the sun came out the crowds gathered up to enjoy what was a stunning contrast of darkened sky and brilliant yellows of the evening setting sun.
All election campaigning has been suspended as a mark of respect for the victims of the Manchester attack.
The new enlarged play area at the Abbey Meadows is almost complete. Over the last three or four months children have been watching it take shape.
The Vale of White Horse District Council said when work began that the £320,000 play area would open early summer (weather dependent) and would feature a Grand Abbey climbing area and an ‘Abingdon Lock’ river scene.
Some features from the past have survived. The trusty rocking horse was getting a coat of red paint over the weekend.
The well and some of the walls from the Crazy Golf have also survived in the new design.
There is lots of new equipment, for a wider age range than before. The tennis courts are now a kick about area.
The only thing I can see missing is the children.