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The changing face of Berinsfield

Oxford Mail: The changing face of Berinsfield

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Pupils at the nursery school were doing a project on buses in 1981, so what better way to learn than to have a ride – on a bus?

All a-board

Oxford Mail: All a-board

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THERE was always plenty to do at this playgroup, which held two sessions a day at Blackbird Leys community centre. The picture was taken in 1965 as boys waited their turn to draw pictures on the blackboard.

Marking milestone with key to future

Oxford Mail: Marking milestone with key to future

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THIS firm was 21 years old and it was time for a celebration.

Back from bay

Oxford Mail: Back from bay

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

PUPILS at Windmill School, Deddington, spent a month on a residential course on the Isle of Wight in 1965.

A date with a mace

Oxford Mail: A date with a mace

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

OXFORD’S civic mace came under close inspection when a party of children from the Park Hospital in Headington visited the Town Hall.

Daredevils jump for joy

Oxford Mail: Daredevils jump for joy

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

CHILDREN show no fear as they clamber on to a high wooden beam – and one is in mid-flight to what is hopefully a soft landing below.

Pet not a willing player

Oxford Mail: Nicholas Fiddler, nine, playing Jesus, sits on Pet during the Palm Sunday service at St Mary’s Church, Chipping Norton, in 1965, accompanied by owner Helen McKnight

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE rider would no doubt need a hard hat or crash helmet and hi-viz jacket to repeat this scene today.

Learning to be graceful as a swan

Oxford Mail: Fred Miller shows some dainty steps in the world of ballet.

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THAT’S the way to do it! Seven-year-old Fred Miller shows some dainty steps in the world of ballet.

the changing face of Ambrosden

Oxford Mail: Sweet-toothed John Jones, 13, and his sister Susan, 15, are pictured sampling their home-made cakes

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A two-week summer playscheme in 1984 ended in style with a street festival. Willow Road was closed for a day of festivities which were enjoyed by many. Sweet-toothed John Jones, 13, and his sister Susan, 15, sampled their home-made cakes.

Great roar filled the ground

Oxford Mail: Crowds pack the White House ground off Abingdon Road for the Oxford Boys trophy game against Luton in 1966

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THESE football fans were cheering on a talented team of schoolboys. It was a rare occasion when the terraces at the White House ground, Oxford City’s former ground off Abingdon Road, was packed with supporters.

Horses for courses at charity derby

Oxford Mail: Some of the animals ran quite fast, while others were uncooperative

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

MICHAEL Cathy appears to be having an uncomfortable ride in Chinnor’s ninth annual donkey derby in 1978.

Generosity helps war effort

Oxford Mail: Buglers from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry herald the latest total for the Warship Week appeal in Oxford after four days – £520,862

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

SPECIAL weeks were declared in the early part of the Second World War to raise money for the war effort.

Treats baked in the traditional way

Oxford Mail: Cadena staff pack hot cross buns at the bakery in Mill Street, Oxford, in 1969 – left to right, Beryl Madden, Barbara Belcher, Vera Morgan, Sheila Belcher and Judy Ryan

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

YOU can buy them all year round now, but they were once a special treat for Good Friday.

Tasty treat at diamond do

Oxford Mail: Tasty treat at diamond do

7:39pm Sunday 13th April 2014

PAST and present workers at Nuffield Press celebrated a milestone in the history of the company in 1985.

The changing face of Alvescot

Oxford Mail: EastEnders’ star Shreela Ghosh with Paul Nixey, five, his sister Ruth, two, and James Clements, eight.

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

EastEnders’ star Shreela Ghosh was a big hit with the crowds who flocked to the grounds of the Old Rectory for the village fete. She is pictured with Paul Nixey, five, his sister Ruth, two, and James Clements, eight. The fete, which included a display by the RAF Robins parachute team, raised £1,000 to be split between the village church, school, hall and youth club.

Good memories of Granny’s Cowley shop

Oxford Mail: Cowley village before the shopping centre was built

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

I MENTIONED in my letter (Memory Lane, March 24) that my mother, Inez Davies, and grandmother Flo Bovingdon ran the Bon Marche shop in Between Towns Road, Cowley.

Dressing up and having a bit of daft fun

Oxford Mail: Vera Newman (left) and Ethel Napper ran a pancake stall at the village fete in Edwardian swimsuits

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

Bloomers!

Sharing boyhood photographs

Oxford Mail: ULL BEAM: Members of the Sunday School at Holy Trinity Parochial Hall in St Ebbe’s, Oxford, in the mid-1950s – Alan Burden is the boy wearing the magnificent tie and big smile. Left, Valerie Wells’s picture of the Coronation party at the Beehive pub

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

VALERIE Wells, of Headington, sent in a picture of the Coronation celebrations at the Beehive pub in Blackfrairs Road, St Ebbe’s, Oxford (Memory Lane, June 3 2013) and said she liked to see photographs and letters about the Friars.

Pinning the names on the darts team

Oxford Mail: Pinning the names on the darts team

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

I CAN name three of the ladies’ darts team at the Old Gate House pub in Botley Road, Oxford (Memory Lane, January 27).

Spotting Jimmy

Oxford Mail: Members of Witney Town FC in the late 1960s: left to right, Martin Prescott, Clive Taylor, Bernie Harris and manager Jim Smith. The boys in front are Dale Taylor (Clive’s son) and Dale Thorn

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

THE unnamed man in the picture alongside your feature on footballer Clive Taylor (Memory Lane, February 3) was the well-known footballer and cricketer Jimmy Smith.

'I met future wife on school Swiss trip'

Oxford Mail: 'I met future wife on school Swiss trip'

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

I ENCLOSE another picture from my box of bits and pieces.

The Great British bakery

Oxford Mail: Kingsley Vallis with his sultana cake, which won him a runners-up place in the area finals of a national baking competition at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, in 1980

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

THE motto of the Vallis bakery family was “new bread for breakfast”.

Long Wittenham

Oxford Mail: Jean Williams, Eona McDougall, Carol Bryan and Lynn  Moylan roll their barrel.

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

Fourteen teams took part in a barrel race through the village streets in 1980. Pictured here are the top women’s team of Jean Williams, Eona McDougall, Carol Bryan and Lynn Moylan, who each won a bottle of Champagne for their efforts.

It’s a wicker world

Oxford Mail: Minty employees at a staff dance in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Inset, the popular Minty Varsity chai

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

A SIMPLE chair put the Oxford-based Minty furniture firm on the road to success. The firm’s founder, Mr N E E Minty, who opened a shop at 45 High Street in 1880, produced a wicker chair called the Varsity in a workshop at the back.

From the bar to the ballroom

Oxford Mail: Women licencees at the ball with P Goodwin, president of the North Berkshire Licensed Victuallers’ Protection Association

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

WOMEN licensees were given a night off from serving behind the bar to attend a ball.

What a card collection

Oxford Mail: Victor Hall with part of his collection of 80,000 cigarette cards

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

VICTOR Hall has amassed a collection of more than 80,000 cigarette cards.

Global heart-warming

Oxford Mail: Children at Shotover Way First School in Oxford in their costumes for World Children’s Day in 1979

5:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

YOU could be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from the United Nations.

Finger taming of the budgies... and our dad

7:22pm Sunday 6th April 2014

MY BROTHER Roger and I were raised in Gaisford Road, Cowley, and lived there with our parents all through our teenage years.

Going underground: ‘Sailors’ navigated sewer by boat

Oxford Mail: GOODBYE WORLD: An intrepid trio head for the unknown in the underground Trill Mill Stream in 1972 – top to bottom, Simon Davis, Bill Orson and Paul Hubbocks head into the ancient sewer, and, below, a victory toast when they emerged at the other end

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

ONE of the great feats of the past was the cross Oxford – underground. Brave souls would get in a small boat in St Ebbe’s, paddle or push their way through the narrow subterranean Trill Mill Stream under St Aldate’s and, if they were lucky, emerge into sunlight in Christ Church Meadow.

Mailbag, March 31, 2014

Oxford Mail: Mailbag, March 31, 2014

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

Headington huts mystery photograph

The changing face of: Tetsworth

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Tetsworth

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

Pupils at the village school entered a national contest to produce a video film about safety in 1987 – and chose safety in their playground as their theme. Laura Woodfield, 10, is pictured filming her friends with assistant Lauren Oliver, also 10, right. While they were filming, other pupils were working on a jingle for the video.

PICTURE SPECIAL: Splashing about, alien fascination and creative learning

Oxford Mail: PICTURE SPECIAL: Splashing about, alien fascination and creative learning

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

Rafty beggars

Flour power: restoration of Wheatley mill

Oxford Mail: we are sailing: The mill in 2009, with its sails attached

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

WHEATLEY windmill is working again after years of neglect, and no-one is more delighted than Mavis Ramsden.

The changing face of: Launton

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Launton

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

Pupils who were leaving the village school in 1994 decided to leave their mark – they designed and made this decorative wall hanging, adding their names on the edge. The children, pictured with Elizabeth Nixon, centre, who helped with the project, are, left to right, Carley Harris, Andrew Cox, Greig Horton, Gemma Phillips, Beth Coker, Alice Phillips and Laura Partlett.

Church packed ’em in

Oxford Mail: Work starts on the new John Bunyan Baptist Church at Cowley in 1963 – left to right, the Rev Sydney Crowe, his wife Ivy, Mr D Tolson, director of T H Kingerlee and Sons, the contractors, Mr A Robinson, building foreman, and Peter Reynolds, architect

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

A CHURCH had a message for young members – don’t all come to Sunday School at once!

Damsels in strange dress

Oxford Mail: All and ‘Sondry’: Pupils at The Cherwell School, Oxford, in medieval mood in 1981

5:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

THESE pupils were clowning around as they stepped back in time to the Middle Ages.

The changing face of: Upper Heyford

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Upper Heyford

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

Pupils at Upper Heyford School staged an ambitious production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in 1982, to great acclaim from their audiences. The star of the show was William Thomas, 12, who played the title role after studying performances of professional actors at Stratford. He is pictured being surprised by Banquo’s ghost (Todd Ayer).

PICTURE SPECIAL: Fun run, hit for six and law enforcement

Oxford Mail: PICTURE SPECIAL: Fun run, hit for six and law enforcement

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

Gotcha!

Mailbag, March 24, 2014

Oxford Mail: congratulations:  A presentation to John Eatwell by Mr L J Ford, head of the planning department at Morris Motors, Cowley, in the mid-1950s. Do you recognise yourself or anyone else in the picture?

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

Presentation at Morris Motors

Toy craze takes off – quite literally

Oxford Mail: Toy craze takes off – quite literally

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

WHO remembers the spacehoppers? They were a favourite toy of many youngsters, though pedestrians were often none too happy as they bounced along the pavements.

The last man hanged in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: murdered: Rose Margaret Meadows, above. Far right, the Oxford Mail report of Butler’s arrest and pictures of the scene, with an X marking the spot where Rose Meadows’s body was found,

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

OLIVER Butler was the last man to be hanged at Oxford Prison. But was he guilty of murder?

South Hinksey celebrated village life with a pageant in 1941

Oxford Mail: South Hinksey pageant: ‘Fiddler’ Brookes with page Tony Allsworth and the mystery Brenda Ward on the steps of South Hinksey village hall at the pageant on Whit Monday 1941.

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

IT MIGHT have been wartime, but villagers were determined not to be downhearted.

The changing face of: Cholsey

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Cholsey

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

PUPILS at the village school organised a craft and coffee afternoon in 1990 and among the stalls was this one, selling a mixture of biscuits, cakes and plants, run by, left to right, Amy Saunders, Katherine Hurd and Vicky Henderson, all aged 11.

Cyclists under boxer’s orders

Oxford Mail: AND THEY’RE OFF: Percy Lewis waves the Union flag to start the Grand Prix cycle race at Cowley in 1967

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

LARGE crowds turned out to watch cyclists battle it out in races around the streets of Cowley.

Spotting the Royal couple

Oxford Mail: Spotting the Royal couple

5:00pm Monday 24th March 2014

CAN you spot the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in this 1970s photograph?

Mailbag: March 17, 2014

Oxford Mail: The Mitre Hotel, Oxford, early last century; the hotel pictured in 1894. Below, Bill Phelps, a doorman and waiter at t

5:38pm Monday 17th March 2014

City hotel with a long history

Rowdy students mar royal event

Oxford Mail: CEREMONY: The Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, opens the new Town Hall in May 1897, watched by a huge crowd in the main hall; the front of the Town Hall that year

5:26pm Monday 17th March 2014

THE official opening of Oxford Town Hall in 1897 was marked by peaceful celebrations inside and violence outside.

PICTURE SPECIAL: IT’S ALL ACTION FOR PUPILS

Oxford Mail: PICTURE SPECIAL: IT’S ALL ACTION FOR PUPILS AND FUN FOR PENSIONERS

5:23pm Monday 17th March 2014

Barrows at the ready...

Snapping up bargains from shop that sold all

Oxford Mail: A table and mannequins go under the hammer at Cape’s sale in 1972

5:13pm Monday 17th March 2014

MANY people were sad when F Cape and Sons, the Oxford drapers, closed their doors, but there was a silver lining for some.

Soft-spoken top cop hard on villains

Oxford Mail: Det Chf Insp Joe Coffey outside St Aldate’s police station in Oxford

5:11pm Monday 17th March 2014

TO HIS family and friends, he was a softly spoken Irishman. To the criminal fraternity, he was the scourge of their lives.






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