… with all the normal things that happen in Abingdon during September and some things that are not quite so normal!
The Local Excellence Market was on in Abingdon this morning. The Town Crier was there to announce what else was happening in town – possibly the flower festival at St Michael’s Church, and the Dunmore Pre-School 50th anniversary. I was too high up to hear.
The trees are turning a deeper shade of amber as September draws to a close.
I saw the first adverts for the Christmas Extravaganza. After S Club 3 last year, The Honeyz will be performing this year. For the first time, brochures will go to every house in Abingdon.
Enjoying the views from the County Hall roof was a lady from Australia. After three days at the Crown and Thistle recovering from the flight over, she will be going to Wales and then Scotland. She stopped here because Abingdon is England’s oldest continually inhabited town and she like it here, and the people.
She had bought a T towel of a fox from Claire Cross’s stall and was raving about Claire’s pictures.
When I passed by a few minute later Claire said that she still had a couple of fox T towels but no more donkeys – apart from the display copy.
The Rt Rev’d Rowan Williams was at St Michael and All Angels, Abingdon-on-Thames, this evening for the big 7.30 pm service to bless the restored three bells.
After a long period of disuse, White’s of Appleton have just finished the work to get them back working.
Three young ringers from St Helen’s were invited to ring them for a short period in front of the congregation …
By the wonders of the internet you can hear them too.
Work on Abingdon’s outdoor pool has started, and weather permitting, the pool will re-open for the 2018 summer season.
The paddling pool and main pool will be combined, and easy access to the pool provided by creating a ‘beach’ area.
The changing areas will also have a major revamp, and accessibility improved. A rubber surface will be laid around the pool to protect feet. Lights and heating will use energy-efficient equipment to reduce maintenance and operating costs.
Thanks to the VWHDC (Vale of White Horse District Council) for saving the pool for the next generation and beyond. Also thanks to the Friends of the outdoor pool for their campaign to keep the pool.