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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.

Stars were destined for success

Oxford Mail: An early Summertown Stars six-a-side team – Rob Rosser, front right, scored the Stars’ first goal

5:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

IT WAS a proud night for the Rosser family as 500 young footballers attended their end-of-season awards evening.

The changing face of: Blewbury

Oxford Mail: Music with Mums session

5:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

Main picture: Children gained an early appreciation of rhythm and rhyme at ‘Music with Mums’ sessions at the village hall in 1983. Mums were invited to join in as the youngsters sang the Grand Old Duke of York, accompanied by the clatter of saucepan lids and the rattle of plastic bottles with dried peas inside. Oxford Mail: Above, a fancy dress walk in  1985 produced a number of wacky entries, including John Hatch and daughter Rebecca as poacher and his catch. Oxford Mail:

A nice day for strike action

Oxford Mail: About 300 protesters march across Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, after the Industrial Relations Court had imposed penalties on the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers in 1973

5:00pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THESE were the days when industrial strife was common in the motor industry.

Coming to play

Oxford Mail: Coming to play

5:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

THERE was plenty to do at this playgroup at Blackbird Leys, Oxford, as these children discovered in 1965.

Spot the footie stars

Oxford Mail: Spot the footie stars

5:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

CAN anyone name these footballers?

Hi-yo Silver hurrah!

Oxford Mail: Members of the City of Oxford Silver Band, who won trophies and medals at the Swindon Music Festival in 1981

5:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE City of Oxford Silver Band is celebrating a small but significant milestone in its history this year.

The changing face of: Finmere

Oxford Mail: The changing face of : Finmere

5:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

Pupils at the new village school learned the basics of life, including how to serve in a shop and how to be a shopper.

Down on the hospital farm

Oxford Mail: Mucking about: Patients, nurses and Scouts admire the model farm presented to Robert Jones ward at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre at Headington, Oxford, in 1970

5:00pm Monday 16th June 2014

IT’S not much fun being in hospital, particularly when you are a child.

Funeral of seven who died near end of war

Oxford Mail: Row of graves at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery Pas de Calais in 1944

4:44pm Monday 16th June 2014

A FUNERAL procession slowly makes its way through a cemetery, followed by prayers at the graveside.

‘Babies’ step out to help charity

Oxford Mail: ‘Babies’ step out to help charity

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

THESE youngsters, all from Abingdon, set out in fancy dress on a trek to raise money for the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre at Headington in 1986.

Pop star Helen Shapiro pops into fete

Oxford Mail: Pop star’s in their eyes: Singer  Helen Shapiro is escorted into the grounds of Bayswater Secondary School at Headington in 1962 for the school fete

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

POP star Helen Shapiro gained an unexpected fan when she was invited to a school fete in Oxford.

Old school tweeting

Oxford Mail: Old school tweeting

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

PAUL Stockford always had a companion when he played the piano.

The changing face of: Deddington

Oxford Mail: The changing face of: Deddington

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

Pupils at Windmill School built two pedal cars with guidance from technology master Douglas Ward in 1970. A team of six in a blue and white ‘wonder-car’ and a reserve team of nine drivers planned to take the cars to Coventry for a tournament and raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Sale of the century at iconic city store

Oxford Mail: shopper’s paradise: Cape’s store in St Ebbe’s, Oxford

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

MARGARET Dexter has fond memories of shopping at Cape’s, the popular Oxford store which served generations of families.

All quiet on the home front

Oxford Mail: don’t panic: Members of the Home Guard, pictured at Cowley Barracks, protected the county during the Second World War

5:00pm Monday 9th June 2014

THESE were the men – and a dog – who protected part of Oxford during the Second World War.

Post-haste with no stamp

Oxford Mail: Lilian and Joseph Chamberlain at their 1990 church wedding – 60 years late

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

A look back at a wartime romance

Aunt Sally win was a real family affair

Oxford Mail: The team was, back row, left to right: Pete Andrews, Dave Simms, Steve Simms, Alec Smart; front row: Belly Chahal, Gilbert Simms, Malc Couling, John Couling.

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

NO WONDER these Aunt Sally players were in happy mood.

Can you help school’s 150th anniversary?

Oxford Mail: Three of the school’s May Queens – Judith Grant, the 1983 Queen, front, Lucy Perrin, left, who ruled in 1931, and Hilda Stokes, who took the crown in 1920

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

DR HARRY Carpenter was kept busy attending numerous school and church centenaries during his 15 years as Bishop of Oxford.

The changing face of: Yarnton

Oxford Mail: The Grapes' darts players

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Parents staged a 24-hour darts marathon at The Grapes pub in 1990 and raised more than £1,000 towards a new building for the village playgroup. A fundraising committee had set a £20,000 target to replace a dilapidated building behind William Fletcher School. Oxford Mail: It was time to re-tune the six bells at St Bartholomew’s Church in 1987. Bell expert Frank White and churchwarden John Appleton are pictured 60ft up in the bell tower. Oxford Mail: A fierce storm brought down trees in the grounds of William Fletcher Primary School in 1990, so pupils got to work and planted 20 hornbeam, mountain ash and cherry trees to replace them. Each tree carried the name of the child who planted it.  

In sights of rifle club

Oxford Mail: Members of the Pressed Steel Rifle Club with their crop of trophies – and, above, getting ready to aim

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

THESE men, proudly posing behind an array of trophies, had clearly had a successful year.

PC saved life of drunk dad

Oxford Mail: British Transport Police

5:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

A DRUNK father of seven had a lucky escape when he fell asleep across a railway line.

'Squalor' of boys school slammed

Oxford Mail: Oxford High School for boys pictured early last century

5:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

PUPILS and staff were performing well, despite working in buildings of “squalor and disrepair”.

Girls put on a top show - with side order of chips too!

Oxford Mail: .

5:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

A PLAY entitled Eggs, Chips and Dreams was performed by pupils at The Cherwell School in North Oxford in 1992.

Commuter gets loco lift

Oxford Mail: The ‘Bunk’ train to Abingdon at Radley in 1901.

5:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

SOLICITOR Martin Connor Price found an unusual way to reach a railway station – he hitched a ride on a freight train.






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