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Danish bicycle cut quite a dash

Oxford Mail:

5:51pm Monday 25th August 2014

HELEN Chapman turned plenty of heads as she rode around Wallingford on this unusual bike.

Cartoon that marked the rise of Headington United

Oxford Mail:

5:49pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN ALAN Course cartoon summed up a football club’s hopes when it turned professional.

Scouts rustle up some sizzling carnival food

Oxford Mail:

5:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

THESE Scouts made sure people didn’t go hungry at Blackbird Leys Carnival.

The changing face of: Bicester

Oxford Mail:

5:36pm Monday 25th August 2014

Pupils at Glory Farm School spent a term learning about Africa in 1981, then put their models and other work they had done on display so that other schools in the town could benefit.

They had blanket celebrations well covered

Oxford Mail:

5:46pm Monday 25th August 2014

IT WAS a celebration to mark 300 years of blanket making in Oxfordshire.

Memory Lane Mailbag: Named, another of the ladies in the Cheney School staff picture

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOU published a picture of the dinner ladies at Cheney School, Oxford, in October 1967 (Memory Lane, July 21). I can name the fourth person in the front row.

Memory Lane Mailbag: The women's football team was called The Eagles

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

IN REPLY to the letters about the Woolworth Ladies’ football team (Memory Lane, July 7), we changed our name to Oxford Eagles because some of the girls who played for us did not work at Woolworths.

Memory Lane Mailbag: An own goal can happen to anyone

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

A READER asked if anyone had pictures of the former Army huts at the Slade camp at Headington, which were used to house families after the Second World War (Memory Lane, July 5, 2010 ).

Grocers said no to school tuck shops

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

OXFORD grocers opposed the opening of school tuck shops.

There was a poor turnout for vicar’s do

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

A CLERGYMAN knew the children who attended his Sunday School, but hardly any of their parents.

‘You do it like this... hit and don’t miss!’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

PUPILS were given tuition to become better badminton players.

All crescent and correct

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

FORMER residents of an Oxford street gathered to relive memories of their childhoods 60 years ago.

Nurses got to dance – but not in front of Matron!

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

NURSE Dawn Griffis remembers the day she was reprimanded by matron for dancing in the ward.

Halcyon summer days taking a cool dip at Dame’s Delight

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

BARBARA Bunyan was one of many who enjoyed a cool dip at Dame’s Delight in the summer after a hard day’s work.

THE CHANGING FACE OF DIDCOT

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

MUMS and babies gathered for a baptismal party in 1971. The 50 babies baptised at two churches, St Peter’s and St Frideswide’s, in the previous 12 months were invited and 17 attended. The vicar, the Rev Peter Edwards, is pictured right holding Karen Churchman.

That baby has a lot of bottle

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

HE nannies may have looked the right age, but the ‘babies’ looked a little older than usual. Motorists and passersby looked on in astonishment as a motley crew of nursemaids and babes in prams tore down Barns Road, Cowley.

Townswomen create a drama

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

BICESTER Townswomen’s Guide staged a performance of a play intriguingly called The Living Hell at an Oxford drama festival in 1962.

Inspiring a sense of adventure for generations

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE Air Training Corps at Kidlington has been giving teenagers a sense of adventure for more than 70 years.

Trains, plain-clothes men and royal visitors

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE Abingdon-Radley branch railway line served passengers as well as freight, but occasionally, it was also used as a siding for the Royal Train.

The changing face of: Banbury

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

Mayor Don Fraser and his wife Margaret were guests at the Country and Western Club’s hoe-down in 1973 and quickly got into the spirit of the evening. Mrs Fraser looks set to shoot her husband as club member Arthur Role looks on.

Bob-a-job opportunities

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

BOB-A JOB Week was an opportunity for Scouts and Cubs to help themselves and others. They would offer to do anything from babysitting to chopping wood or taking a dog for a walk.

A look back at summer 1914: War inevitable but county life carries on regardless

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE people of Oxfordshire were determined not to let the threat of war in 1914 disrupt their normal way of life. There was a full cricket programme, with teams competing for the Telegraph and Airey Cups, while Oxford City took on the mayor, Alderman the Rev W Sherwood, and the Corporation at bowls.

A look back at summer 1914: All kinds of products were still on sale

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

IT WAS business as usual for Oxford shops as war approached. The summer sales were coming to an end and shop managers were keen to extract those last few coppers from housewives’ purses to fill their tills.

A look back at summer 1914:

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHAT was life like as war approached in 1914? By all accounts, people were determined to carry on as usual.

The teacher did all that he could

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE compensation culture is not new – it was alive and well 70+ years ago.

Pageant of magnificent flying machines

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

THERE were thrills aplenty when Captain Charles Barnard brought his ‘Air Circus’ to Oxford.

the changing face of: Finstock

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A donkey derby provided lots of laughs at the village fete in 1988.

It was the finest season since 1908

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

THESE smartly-dressed boys were on the way to make their mark in the football world. They were members of the successful Oxford Boys’ under-15 team, who fought their way to the final of the English Schools’ Trophy competition in 1966.

Memory Lane Mailbag:A close call

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

YOU pointed out that “hardly a week seemed to pass without a dispute” at the Cowley car factories in your article about the engineers’ one-day strike (Memory Lane, June 23).

Memory Lane Mailbag: An own goal can happen to anyone

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE Wheatley School team, that won the Bradbury Cup (Memory Lane, June 30) – I believe it was the Bob Gray Cup – played Bayswater Secondary School, Barton.

Memory Lane Mailbag:Team shows it's ha'penny-wise

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

THIS is a picture of the jubilant shove-ha’penny team from the Bakers Arms in Jericho, Oxford, who, 25 years ago, won a crop of awards.

Keeping the boss happy

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

YOUNG Co-op workers met the boss at a dinner to celebrate their success in the organisation’s staff training scheme.

‘Fine site’ for an airport

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

PORT Meadow was once suggested as the site for a civilian airport for Oxford.

Nibblers were berry honest

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

MOST people eat a strawberry or two – perhaps even more – when they go to pick-your-own farms.

Teen singer charmed all those who she met

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE headmaster wasn’t the only one bowled over by Helen Shapiro – the chairman and secretary of the parent-teacher association were impressed too.

The changing face of Adderbury

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

Oxford Mail:

Running out of steam

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

TODAY it is busy and provides some of the most punctual train services in the country. But when this picture was taken in 1967, the railway line from London through Princes Risborough and Bicester to Banbury was under threat.

Just skidding about

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

THOSE were the days when fans flocked to Oxford Stadium to enjoy a night of speedway.

The changing face of Oxford

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

Dawn Coppock, 14, left, and Paula Matthews, 12, proved they were experts in the old-fashioned art of bed making. The two St John Ambulance cadets from the Northway group won a silver cup and shield in a bed-making and nursing competition in 1979. Oxford Mail:

Hot shots beat Scots to trophy

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

THESE men were on target to win a top prize.

Ducking and diving in

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

IT WAS an event which attracted hundreds of spectators – and many complaints. The annual duck racing at Grove, near Wantage, a tradition going back more than 200 years, created great excitement in the village.

Lads were proud to be a Life Boy

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

THERE were smiles all round as these boys and their leaders posed for the cameraman. With shoes shining, socks pulled up, hats correctly positioned and uniforms neatly arranged, they looked a very polished outfit.

Did you spot Dorchester?

Oxford Mail: Did you spot Dorchester?

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

READERS were quick to recognise that the picture of the lorry in a picturesque street (Memory Lane, June 16) was taken at Dorchester-on-Thames.

240 years’ worth of hard work

Oxford Mail: 240 years’ worth of hard work

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

EIGHT long-serving members of the shop workers’ union, USDAW, received their 30-year awards in 1986.

Hue and cry over boys’ uniforms

Oxford Mail: suits you: Getting smart for school, but according to Oxford councillors, smartness was in decline

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

CAPS were once an essential part of the uniform at some schools. But many boys hated them and were often criticised for the way they wore them.

Drawing of lots for Stockham plots

Oxford Mail: Drawing of lots for Stockham plots

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

KEEN gardeners drew lots for their plots when new allotments became available.

Now there’s nothing like a Dame’s Delight

Oxford Mail: Not so great dame: The flooded, vandalised and rundown Dame’s Delight in 1970

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

WHO remembers swimming or sunbathing at Dame’s Delight?

The changing face of: Faringdon

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Faringdon

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

Members of Faringdon Rural Council embarked on a tour of their district in 1960 to make sure everything was in order. They inspected housing estates, sewage plants and other council works.

Winning numbers

Oxford Mail: Out for the count: Members of the Rendezvous Club collate the General Election results at St James Hall, Cowley, Oxford, in 1964

5:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

ELECTION night fever was in the air. After more than a decade in opposition, Labour were confident that when all the votes were in, Harold Wilson would be installed as Prime Minister.

A look back at nursing in Oxfordshire's hospitals

Oxford Mail: A nurses reunion at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, in 1981, left to right: Joy Miller, Pat Aston, Anne Harold (tutor), Di Smith, Mary Comley, Paddie McDonnell, Ann Brown, Molly Hadley, Julie Bailey, Pru Oswin, Rita Reed, Gaby Nadau, Claire Ryder, Alma C

5:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THE student nurse who put all the patients’ false teeth in a bowl to clean them wasn’t the only one to cause mayhem in Oxfordshire hospitals.






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