The Abingdon Baptist Scout’s Jumble Sale began with a queue at the door at 9am, and by the time I got there at 10:30 a lot of the best things had gone.
There were still some interesting books – such as an old edition of the The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore by Ernest Thompson Seton written in 1912 and full of illustrations.
The church’s redevelopment project is still being planned but they are not allowed to expand by removing or moving some of their existing walls. The classical facade, that most of us see, was added decades after the original building, which has red and blue brick on a rubble base – whose craftsmanship is of historical interest.
In the cafe at 35 Ock Street, adjoining the church, there is an exhibition of photographs by retired professional photographer Derek Banister.
At 35 Ock Street, there is also an outpost of the St Andrews Christian bookshop – based in St Clements, Oxford and run by the son of the Revd Michael Hambleton – a previous minister at the Baptist church. If you want to pay by card they connect you over the phone to the main shop and take your card details.