Item BCA - 2018.1540 - Whitsuntide Garlands through the C20th in Bampton

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BCA - 2018.1540

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Whitsuntide Garlands through the C20th in Bampton

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  • twentieth century (Creation)

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pdf of 22 photographs and notes

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Flower Garlands have been made and taken around the village for at least the whole of the C20th and probably much longer than that. This is a selection of photographs starting with one very early in the twentieth century with the landlord of the Talbot putting pennies into the collecting box the children are carrying.

BA5452 - Flower garland being held by Evalyn Hornsby nee Brown and a younger sister Jenny with vicar Kelway in the middle. Don Rouse said "The Rev’d Kelway was the best ever for the ‘new style’ of Churching in Bampton. He was a brilliant player of the Harmonica. His daughter Pat wrote and promoted Sunday School plays in the church. He formed a youth group called the Guild of St Mary’s that during the Summer he would join us in going on Picnics and visiting other churches, like Farringdon, Buckland on our bicycles. With talks and film shows in the church in the winter months. A wonderful man with interests of the youth of Bampton uppermost in his heart. His wife Gwen played a big part in the Mother’s Union movement in Bampton. So that too much pressure is not put upon our new vicar (Canon Janice Collier) I should point out that it was just Bampton and LEW that the Rev’d Kelway was in charge of."

BA6381 - Children with flower garlands waiting to be judged outside the Town Hall.

BA59F5 - Flower garlands made for judging at Whitsuntide, probably in the 1890s.

BACC65 - Children with their garlands, Whit Monday, in the Market Square, waiting for the judges to come along. Notice the poster for a Carnival on the wall of the Town Hall.

Untitl52 - Rachel and Sharon Foreshew as children 1962 with their flower garland. It is the custom to go around the village showing your garland and hoping people will put money in your collecting tin and then going on to the Market Square for the judging of all the garlands that have been made.

a1 - Outside the Talbot. Taken in the early part of the 20th century. Freda Bradley said: "Seeing the straw Bonnets reminded me of when we used to go with the Garlands in the 1930s. We had the same straw Bonnets. Children always had new clothes for Whitsuntide."

a78 - Children with garlands, Matthew and Alexander Morgan. Winners 2003.

B0078 - Garlands presentation by Countess Munster, Kate Wylie and Reg Pratley outside the WI Hall.

b0129 – Garlands on Whit Monday 1965.

a239 - Garlands being judged by Ada Tanner in the Market Square by the Town Hall.

a1012 – Mary garlands May 28th 2007.

a1014 - May garlands 28th May 2007 with entrants outside the Town Hall ready for judging on a cold and damp morning.

img608 - Newspaper article May 22nd 1964. Esther Green and Susan Taylor win first prize in the Flower Garland competition on Whit Monday.

img224 - An article from the July 2012 issue of The Beam. An account of the Flower Garlands by Ruth Wheeler.

img021 - Approximately 20 flower garlands for judging in 1964. The children are all lined up down the length of the Market Square by the Town Hall.

img023 - These are 'old folks' memories of the Flower Garlands and the Mummers. Their recollections of the Mummers are not correct through. The Mummers characters are:- Father Christmas who is basically the narrator in both acts; St George the Knight / Royal Apprussia King played by the same person; Turkish Knight / Soldier Bold played by the same person; Doctor; Robin Hood / Jack Finny played by the same person.

img333 - In 1965 the WI created a scrapbook of life in Bampton at that time. The scrapbook was compiled by members of Bampton's Women’s Institute as their entry for the competition instigated by the National Federation to mark the golden jubilee of the movement. This page shows pictures and text all about the garlands made for Whitsuntide Monday originally and now on spring bank holiday Monday. The colour pictures were taken on June 7th 1965.

img335 - In 1965 the WI created a scrapbook of life in Bampton at that time. The scrapbook was compiled by members of Bampton's Women’s Institute as their entry for the competition instigated by the National Federation to mark the golden jubilee of the movement. A picture of the garlands made for Whitsuntide Monday originally and now on spring bank holiday Monday. The colour pictures were taken on June 7th 1965.

img336 – From WI Scrapbook. A picture of s garland made for Whitsuntide Monday originally and now on spring bank holiday Monday. The colour pictures were taken on June 7th 1965.

2015.2.24 - Three judges of the flower garlands, left to right Mrs Hampton (back to camera), Ada Tanner and Hilda Pickard. In the background to the left of the Market Square Garage can be seen one gable end wall of what used to be The Lamb Inn which was finally completely removed in 1960 to build the show room for the garage.

2015.5.3 img849 - Sisters Sharon and Rachael Foreshew got first place in the Flower Garland competition in 1960. They each received a box of Dairy Box chocolates for winning.

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