Monthly Archives: November 2018

Mayor of Abingdon’s Quiz

Mayor of Abingdon's Quiz
This evening, the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, hosted a quiz, in the Roysse Room, to raise funds for the over 70’s Christmas Party.
Mayor of Abingdon's Quiz
The Mayor’s Christmas Party is free for people over 70 who live in Abingdon. Tickets have been available since the 16th November 2018. There could be some left.
Mayor of Abingdon's Quiz
The Roysse Room itself was looking very smart after the recent refurbishment, with the new doors, and the new landscaping and lights outside.

Christmas Extravaganza with fringe events on Saturday

Free Parking and Extravaganza
The Christmas Extravaganza will be in Abingdon town centre on Saturday December 1st and can be seen advertised around town.
Free Parking and Extravaganza
There will be Free Parking in civic car parks.
Free Parking and Extravaganza
Father Christmas will park his sleigh on the Market Place after the parade.

The running order for the extravaganza and fringe events …

Market Place
11:00 Strawberry Fayre Majorettes
12:00 Parade
12:30 Oxford Caledonian Pipe and Drum band
13:00 Long Furlong School
13:30 Stagecoach
14:00 Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers
14:30 Abingdon Community Choir
15:00 Rock Choir
15:30 Abingdon and Witney College
16:00 Abingdon Dance School
16:30 One, Three, One
17:00 The Undercovers
17:45 Presentations
18:00 Lights on Followed by Fireworks

Bath Street
09:00 – 16:00 Christmas Street market
10:00 – 12:30 Abingdon Concert Band
12:30 Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers
13:00 Abingdon Dance Studio
13:30 Rock Choir
14:00 Long Furlong School
14:30 Stagecoach
15:00 Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers

Community Free Space, Bury Street
09:00 – 16:00 Christmas Crafts and Activities
13:00 Punch and Judy
14:00 Punch and Judy
15:00 Punch and Judy

St Nicolas Church 
10:00 – 6:00pm
Sale in St Nicolas Church
Food and drink is available
Mini concerts through the day
Cartoon films for young children from 4:00 pm with mulled wine for parents

Kempster Room, Abingdon County Hall Museum basement
10am-12.30pm, and 1-3pm
Christmas Crafts (by donation)
Free Parking and Extravaganza
St Ethelwold’s House
10:00 – 16:00 – Oxfam Christmas Store
Free Parking and Extravaganza
35 Ock Street 
10:00 – 14:00 – Mini Christmas Fayre

Old dispensary / library reading room to become restaurant / bar

Former Dispensary
There has been a planning application P18/V2127/LB since August to turn 23 High Street into a new bar / restaurant. The premises was used for many years by Smiths the Chemist. The rear area was also used as a reading room by Abingdon Library.

Work is underway in renovating the basement and ground floor. The planning application says there has been flooding in the basement which will be tanked so that it can be used for storage and a restaurant area. The dispensary area will become the kitchen, and a modern flat roofed area to the rear will become an enclosed smoking area.
Former Dispensary
The lantern, above the former Abingdon Library reading room, at the back is an interesting feature.

The plans say no major changes will be done to the front view from the High Street apart from installing stronger glass.

Smiths left the premises in April 2016 and were renamed as Avicenna Pharmacy, and took over the premises of a former pub in Stert Street, Abingdon. Abingdon Library left the back of the premises in the 1976, and moved to the Charter, Abingdon.