Children in Need a week ago


In Abingdon one of the stalwart supporters of Children in Need is the Coxeter Carpark man who has a different outfit every year.

The latest croquet on the post box features Pudsey.

It was a week ago that Children in Need was on TV. Its been going for over 40 years, and in that time has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people. Over £40m was raised this year.

P.S. I did not use this pictures last Friday. Better late than never.

Abingdon gets 2nd Premier Inn


Back in 2007 Tesco wanted to expand the store to use the old garden centre. The garden centre was closed 10 years ago in 2011 and has been loosing roof tiles since then.

Two years ago Travelodge proposed putting a hotel on the site. Now, rival chain, Premier Inn have adapted the plans and have got planning permission for a hotel with 85 rooms.

There is already a Premier Inn half a mile away behind the Ock MIll Beefeater restaurant.

Covid booster jabs, Christmas Market and Toy Swap


This is the time of year when people are getting their Covid-19 booster jab. They should have had their 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago and be either: aged 40 or over, care workers, or with a health condition. The official list of allowed people is here. Some lucky people get it done in Abingdon at the charter.

Many travel to the Kassam Stadium where they are currently using the Pfizer vaccine. There is a non booking route, some of the time, but check your 2nd dose was at least 6 months ago. Some people go away disappointed.

This weekend St Helen’s Church have their Christmas Market. It is usually one of the best church sales.

One planet Abingdon have a Toy Swap. So clear out your cupboards and swap your toys and save the planet by cutting down on landfill. The details are at https://oneplanetabingdon.org/etn/toy-and-game-swap/.

What the Abingdon Roundabout Monk has not been thinking today


The monk on the roundabout was looking thoughtful today but I suspect no sights or thoughts pass through that wooden head

He will not have seen that petrol prices are higher than they have ever been, and think they could be higher tomorrow.

He will not have seen the larger visual display units on the bus stops in Abingdon, and think they used to be half that size.

He will not be  thinking about Black Friday on Friday, 26th November, and how it might be a good time to buy a 50 inch ultra HD TV so that he can watch something other than traffic. He  could have caught up on such Monkish Classics on BBC iPlayer as Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks.