Local Excellence Market – Easter Saturday 2013

Local Excellence
The Local Excellence Market, organised by the Choose Abingdon partnership, began in September 2010 as a response to local people wanting a Saturday Market. Each time it has a different mix.
Local Excellence
On this chilly but at times sunny Easter Saturday, some stalls were of the sort you might see on the Friday Farmers Market. Pictured above is the Old Farmhouse Bakery. from Steventon.
Local Excellence
Then there are the craft stalls like Vallis Green Woodworking
Local Excellence
Then there are local organisations. The Abingdon Carbon Cutters had a egg painting stall.
Local Excellence
Neil, who organises the Abingdon Air and Country Show was there with a flight simulator and information about the show on May 5th. The Abingdon Freewheelers were also there. The Spring Cycle Festival is on 21st April.

More pictures of the Market on the blog’s facebook page.

6 thoughts on “Local Excellence Market – Easter Saturday 2013

  1. Tony

    Great market and thanks for the pix.
    Just one pernickity point – Sunday being the first day of the week, followed by Easter Monday, etc, Easter Saturday is NEXT Saturday.

    Today is “Holy Saturday”, the last day of Holy Week.

  2. Cassandra

    Great Market today and so nice to see and be able to buy from all of these local traders. It was encouraging to see the town centre busy again. The markets obviously attract people into the centre and I hope that the regular shops get some spin-off trade.

  3. Shell Suit

    I’ve just been reading about Samuel Pepys’s walk in Abingdon. (Follow Abingdon Walks link on the right above). He writes about the Custard Fair which is the Abingdon (popular) Gooseberry Tart. Does anyone still make these tarts? Maybe one of our excellent local traders could recreate it.

  4. colin

    Evening guys

    the list of aviation and non-aviation attractions at this years
    Abingdon Air & Country Show is now more-or-less complete and is as
    follows(can’t believe it’s only FOUR weeks away…where is the time
    going!!!!) ;-

    Flying Displays:

    DC3 Dakota
    P51 Mustang (Hangar 11’s)
    RV8tors display team (2x RV8)
    Silence Twister solo
    Breitling Wingwalkers x2
    North American T28 Fennec
    Belgian Air Force Sea King helicopter (Search & Rescue demonstration) –
    To be confirmed – (subject to operational commitments)
    Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster
    Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance EC-135 Helicopter Flythru.
    *Possible Royal Air Force Tanker or Transport type flypast – TBC
    Army Air Corp Lynx
    Hurricane Mk1 (Peter Vachers)

    **Some of these types will also be on the ground for static viewing**

    Ground Displays Includes:

    Farms2Ewe (includes an assortment of animals!)
    Tank Rides on the rough terrain course
    Williams Formula One FW35 Showcar (non runner)
    Hawkwalk Falconry (static and demonstration of various English birds)
    Dogs Trust ‘Dogmobile’ (with 2 Dogs to view from the Hampstead Marshal
    rehoming centre )
    Ex Military Vehicles (Military Vehicle Trust)
    Vintage Vehicles incl Morris Minor Owners Club (including hopefully a
    parade around the ring).
    Avon Valley Ferrets
    RAF Tornado Flight Simulator (RAFA Experience)
    Kennesaw Confederates” 1860s re-enactment group
    Abingdon Town Crier Peter Green (ex Vulcan aircrew!)
    Viv O Gara Irish Dancers
    English School of Falconry static display (from Owls to the Bald Eagle!)
    Abbey Brass Band
    Red Arrows Flight Simulator
    Heyford Park Playbus
    Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team (selection of static model boats)
    US / British Army / Homeguard Soldier Re-Enactors
    Spitfire to sit in the cockpit (Spit4hire)
    Skyangels International Rescue attending with a King Air aircraft (or
    similar type) kitted out as a hospital, & / or an Air Ambulance
    helicopter, & support Vehicles & crews
    Vale Islanders Medieval Dancers
    National Sports Association mini air rifle range
    Trade Stalls containing various items to view / purchase

    Static Aircraft Military:

    RAF Merlin TBC (RAF Benson)
    RAF based 612 VGS Vigilant Motorglider(s)
    US Army UH60 Blackhawk (helicopter – still on their calendar!)
    Royal Netherland Air Force & Polish Navy have been re-invited to send
    something for static display (awaiting confirmation during March from
    the Netherlands & Polish Navy are very much to be confirmed at this
    stage still).

    Static Aircraft Civilian:
    60+ general aviation ‘Fly In’ types in attendance, including Chipmunk,
    Bulldog, C172, Auster, SF260 Marchetti, Jungmann, Tiger Moth, J3 Cub,
    RV-6, Victor Airtourer,Beagle Terrier, SNJ-7 Harvard (Naval colours),
    Messerschmitt ME108 Taifun, Bucker Bestmann.

    Kids Amusements include:
    Ghost Train, Crooked Cottage, Mini Wheel, Mirrors, Mini Quad bikes and
    Slide, and a Mobile Inflatable Playground with slide, Landzorbs,
    Carousel & Trampolines.

    On the day Admission: Adult £15, OAP £10, 5-15yr olds £5, Under 5s Free,
    In Advance: Adult £12, OAP £8, 5-15yr olds £4, Under 5s Free.

    Advance tickets being purchased online via our website can be from Mid
    January, or from the Wantage Information Centre, Oxford, Wallingford,
    Didcot and Witney Tourist Information Centres, ‘The Warehouse’ Abingdon
    (on Stratton Way), Abingdon Visitor & Information Centre (near the

    Don’t forget,if you can display a poster and/or flyers please let me


    Publicity & Tickets Co-ordinator
    2013 Abingdon Air & Country Show…5th May 2013



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