For two months now, work has been progressing on the £1.3m rebuild of the Abbey Meadows Open Air Pool and changing area.
Currently the surrounds are looking very muddy, but the end result will be a pool that should last us for another sixty years (the current pool was dug in the 1950s). The revamped pool will have a beach area, a safer surface, and be heated more efficiently (the pool was first heated in the 1970s).
Trinity is supporting a charity called Toilet Twinning. By donating £60 a time they help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. There are already 13 toilets round the world Twinned with Trinity.
Some members of the church have put a notice in the church magazine “Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. I will not be sending cards but contributing to Toilet Twinning.”
To find out more about how to twin your toilet visit www.toilettwinning.org.
Not many boats are coming through Abingdon Lock at this time of year. Somebody has given Pooh Bear a new companion to keep him warm, but he looks a little overawed.
There are now a lot of bird boxes and bird feeders at the woody area behind the lock. Frank has been keeping the birds supplied with food, and is showing here one of the devices that keep out the squirrels but allow birds to feed.
Back along the road near the Kingfisher Barn Holiday Cottages there were sheep grazing in view of Abingdon’s County Hall. The sheep will need their thick coats in the days to come.