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Hailing rail days of old

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

WHEN the Oxford Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway opened in 1853, Chipping Norton found itself a few tantalising miles from the steel road to Victorian prosperity, writes William Crossley.

Showing a nose for a good story

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

WITH a nose and outfit like these, young Jo Butler can be playing only one part – Pinocchio.

Life in the very slow lane

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

AMID all the recent anniversaries, one has been overlooked – the day the last tram ran in Oxford.

MAILBAG: Pop star Billy met with art winners

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

I READ your interesting articles on Helen Shapiro in Memory Lane recently and thought your readers might be interested in another pop star of the 1960s.

The changing face of Witney

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The annual Witney Feast has been drawing the crowds for years, as these pictures from our archives show. Two-year-old Sherrie Nunn, above, gets close to a Womble of Wimbledon Common, watched by her mother, Gladys, in 1974.

Mailbag September 8

Oxford Mail:

11:52am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Getting a good view at St Giles Fair

The changing face of: Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Dunmore Primary School returned to Victorian times with a cast of 320 pupils starring in an old-time music hall in 1988. Among them were Catherine King, left, James Hathaway and Alison Sharp. Parents made costumes for their children and joined in the fun by wearing Victorian outfits – one father dressed as Queen Victoria.

A look back at St Giles Fair

Oxford Mail:

11:39am Wednesday 10th September 2014

ST Giles Fair in Oxford has catered for people of all ages for centuries. These are just some of the thousands of photographs taken at the annual festival.

Kidlington soldier was among first to die

Oxford Mail:

11:21am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THOMAS Neighbour was one of the first Commonwealth soldiers to be killed in the First World War.

From strict roots to dance fun

Oxford Mail:

11:17am Wednesday 10th September 2014

NO-ONE was left out when this school staged a variety show. All 207 pupils at SS Philip and James School in North Oxford took part in a stage spectacular which included no fewer than three productions.

‘We were never bored’

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

School summer holidays in the 1930s

Did the former marine know drowned men?

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

READER Matthew Smaldon has shed light on the mystery of a group of British servicemen who drowned in the Second World War.

Top trumps

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

YOU’RE never too young to start blowing your own trumpet – or trombone.

The changing face of: Chipping Norton

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Members of the Tuesday Club were wary of new technology, so there was a little hesitancy when a public address system arrived in 1974. The Ladies’ Circle had presented it to the Cotshill Pavilion, where the club met. Circle chairman Sandie Buckley is holding the mic.

End of the line for MG

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

WE’RE not sure if this was an occasion for celebration or not. The last MG car body was leaving the Pressed Steel Fisher factory at Cowley.

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.






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