Abingdon Cinema and Theatre – not reopened yet

Cinema and Theatre
During the lockdown, the Abbey Cinema have been encouraging people to become members and get special deals as well as ensuring a steady cash flow and the survival of the cinema. Their first event will be the Formula 1 race from Silverstone, and is a members only event.
Cinema and Theatre
The Unicorn Theater has no What’s On yet. They have a holding webpage saying ‘New Site Coming Soon’.
Cinema and Theatre
The Studio Theatre Club announced they have started a read through of Love’s Labour’s Lost, to be performed at the Unicorn Theatre in November, if all’s well that ends well.

The Amey Theatre booking office still only has cancelled events at the moment.

Some leisure and fitness centres have reopened this week in Abingdon. I can see people back on the gym machines at Results and the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre have: gym, swimming (not splash pool), fitness classes, indoor and outdoor tennis only. The open air pool will not open this season.

Regarding churches, I hear that St Edmunds and Our Lady have a booking system for Masses and up to 30 people can attend. I have not heard about any other church meeting physically yet. The congregation size will be limited to 30 in most churches, and so streaming or service sheets will continue for those who cannot attend.

A walk round the EX land

Ex
Landfilling at the Sutton Wick site was completed in 2005. Commercial waste lorries used to drive round and up the incline, full of rubbish, and come back empty. Signs round the site have the letters EX – explosive atmosphere.
Ex
The area was approximately 120,000 m2 and the methane and carbon dioxide flow, produced by bacteria decomposing the waste, was initially expected to be 300 m3 per hour.

Planning permission was granted in 2005 for an electricity generating plant. The only worry at the time was whether it would be noisy. There is a sighing sound every few minutes like letting off steam.

Trees were planted as part of the landscaping, and the land was left to wildlife. I saw a lot of ragwort and teasel when visiting this evening, and rabbits chasing each other
Ex
The footpath round the site starts at Peep-o-Day Lane and goes to Drayton. Most of the land is out of bounds, behind barbed-wire topped fences.
Ex
There is also a lake with some wildfowl but without public access.
Ex
Electricity transmission lines from Didcot Power Station pass overhead. The skyline no longer has the large cooling towers of Didcot ‘A’ Power Station. They have been demolished since the last time I wrote about this nature reserve.

Thankyou to all the wonderful dog walkers who dispose of dog poo correctly

Dog Bins
Tony sent me this picture from somewhere in Abingdon.
Dog Bins
I took a picture of this replacement dog bin. It is on Mill Road in Abingdon. The red bin has replaced the original green bin.

I also took a picture of a dog bag hanging on a fence post, but then thought nobody wants to see that. Instead let me thank all the wonderful dog walkers who dispose of dog poo correctly. Gone are the bad old days.

Abingdon Town Centre is mostly open for business

The majority of businesses in Abingdon Town Centre have reopened since the lockdown.

Three Greene King pubs remain closed. Hearsay, on facebook, has it that new tenants will be managing them.
Pubs not opened yet
The blinds are down at the Black Swan. A full skip at the back shows there is work going on inside.
Pubs not opened yet
The blinds are down at the Punchbowl, although I saw lights inside
Pubs not opened yet
At the Broad Face there is not even the ghost of a hanged man in the dark inside.

A few shops remain closed. They include the large clothing shop, Peacocks, and the travel agents, Tui. Two charity shops, Oxfam and Sue Ryder, remain closed. Their risk assessments may well say that their elderly volunteers are still too vulnerable.

The Lounge Cafe has a notice saying they will reopen at the end of July.

Face Coverings required in shops from today

Face Covering
New Government rules requiring customers to wear face coverings in shops came into effect today – 24th July. Mostly Books, and some other shops had reminders in their windows. The gov.uk webpage has the full details.

From about 30% of people wearing face coverings in shops yesterday in Abingdon it looked like everybody had one today, and many people were not taking them off between shops, or were leaving them dangling round their necks.
Face Covering
If you cough (or breath out) and have Covid-19 and are asymptomatic, the face covering protects others.

The covering should also provide some protection from Coronavirus in the air, but anybody wearing it round their neck can contaminate the inside of the covering.