In 1974 Son Townsend clocked up 50 years as a Morris Dancer and later Fool in Bampton. He first danced out with the side in 1925. To mark the occasion a clock and silver salver were given to Son. The young dancers left to right behind Son are (I think?) Clive Tanner, Fred Cook, Mat Green and Malcolm Willis. The young children with their flower garlands are L-R Tim Waller, Emma Carruthers, Louise Walker and Martin Landray
In 1973 the New Inn on Bampton's High Street was re-named The Morris Clown. It was a very contentious issue because the jester in the Bampton Morris has never been called a Clown, always a Fool. That piece of history cut no mustard with the Brewery, Courage (Central) which is a pity. Now 48 years on, this perceived poorly renaming is hardly ever mentioned but there are still those who feel the name should be corrected.
This is the December 1998 issue of The Beam. A publication by the Parish Council that is produced 3 times a year and given free to all households in Bampton. Topics and advertisers are :-
The Bampton Beam Volume 13 No.3 August 1998 Pg. No. Summary of Content
1 One article on page one. BAMPTON’S GOT ONE AT LONG LAST – A BUS SERVICE INTO OXFORD. Bus Route 18 – By Jonathan Phillips –District Councillor. Including timetable. 2 Three articles and one advert on page two. BAMPTON VILLAGE HALL – advert. Bampton Village Hall. Don Quixote de la Mancha. FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S BAMPTON. BAMPTON FIRE STATION Still Under Threat! 3 Nine articles on page three all under title ‘BAMPTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS’. Traffic Calming. Police. Allotments. Pavilion. Land between Aston Road and Buckland Road. Millennium. STOP PRESS! Traffic Calming Update. Help required to set up an Indoor Bowls Club. THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL Bampton and Lew 4 Nine adverts on page four. Toby Vines. E. TAYLOR & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS. Market Square Garage, Bampton. THE CROP SHOP – TOO N. WOODLEY BUILDING MAINTENANCE. BAMPTON FAX BUREAU. THE APPLIANCE DOCTOR. Curtain Choice. BEAMTECH 5 One article on page five. NEWS FROM THE BAMPTON MILLENNIUM COMMITTEE – including form entitled ‘BAMPTON MILLENIUM COMMITTEE’. 6 Five articles on page six. THE WITNEY AND BURFORD HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN. AGE CONCERN LIGHTS OF LOVE West Oxfordshire Citizen Advocacy. VOLUNTEER LINK-UP 7 on page seven. MISSING 8 on page eight. MISSING 9 One article on page nine. BAMPTON PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP Taking care of their early years 10 One article on page ten. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 11 One article, one advert and one cartoon on page eleven. W.R.S.V. by Jean Howell, Bampton / Aston Organiser Sharing the Caring with community care – advert. Bampton Bill – cartoon. 12 Four adverts on page twelve. STE-MARK WINDOW CLEANERS & PRESSURE WASHERS PHILIPPA RAYNE – Registered Osteopath. FIONA GEARY – Physiotherapist. LESLEY MELLIN – Reflexologist. Aromatherapist. THE PUMPKIN CLUB CHRISTMAS BINGO ARGOSY BLINDS 13 Three articles on page thirteen. LAVENDER FLATS Written by Mrs Joan Smith THE MUMMERS ARE BACK!! By Don Rouse. This is a story about the life of a Labrador pup called Mandy-Jane. 14 Two articles on page fourteen under the title THE GARDENING PAGE. BAMPTON GARDENING CLUB NEWS. WEED’S AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM By Edie Bindweed 15 Two articles on page fifteen. ARCHITECTURE ROUND BAMPTON Written and drawn by Gilbert Marsh. Garden Gates in Bampton. What’s happening in Market Square. 16 One article on page sixteen. ROYAL AIR FORCE, BRIZE NORTON Do we Care! By Flight Lieutenant Adrian Dant M Inst. Pet. RAF Station Environmental Protection Officer. 17 Two articles and one advert on page seventeen. New Boss for Signals Units Released by Flight Lieutenant Dave Rowe, Community Relations Officer. REMEMBRANCE DAY by Mrs E. Quick, an Ex-service Great Grandmother. OLD PILOTS, BOLD PILOTS by Archie Jackson – advert for book. 18 Eight articles on page eighteen under the title ‘NOTICE BOARD’. BUSH CENTRE. BAMPTON EXHIBITION FOUNDATION. THE PUMPKIN CLUB CHRISTMAS BINGO. BAMPTON BRIDGE CLUB. BAMPTON WELFARE TRUST THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY SOMEWHERE IN BAMPTON SOMETHING LURK’S BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 19 Four articles on page nineteen under the title ‘NOTICE BOARD’. FOXBURY FARM Books Wanted BAMPTON YOUTH CLUB HAWTHORN FARM RIDING FOR THE DISABLED GROUP. THE BURFORD SINGERS 20 Three adverts on page twenty. PITSTOP GREY GABLES GARAGE Electric Vehicles Ltd. 21 Two articles on page twenty one. THE COOKERY PAGE By Gilly French. Party Food. General Ideas. Recipes. THE TAPPERS HIT TOWN by Rachel Piggott 22 One article on page twenty two. OUT OF WORK FARMER –TURNED AGRICULTURE CORRESPONDENT By Dan Rouse 23 One article and one advert on page twenty three. Contd ... OUT OF WORK FARMER –TURNED AGRICULTURE CORRESPONDENT By Dan Rouse 24 Five adverts on page twenty four. New carpets fully fitted. ANDREW BOWMAN MASTER THATCHER. CHENNELLS R. COOPER A. SIMMONDS The Old Fashioned Village Store. 25 One article on page twenty five. LETTERS TO : AUNTIE BEAM 26 Three ads on page twenty six. BAMPTON ENVIRONMENTAL WATCH GROUP by Margaret Bruce-Mitford CARPENTER home improver D&K Building Services 27 Two adverts on page twenty seven. Select Blinds Farmington STONE Company 28 Three adverts on page twenty eight. CARPENTER / HOME IMPROVER SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BAMPTON D & K BUILDING SERVICES 29 One article on page twenty nine. WEST OXFORDSHIRE ARTS ASSOCIATION NEWS AND EVENTS 30 One article on page thirty. Macmillans Cycling Challenge by Jo Lewington 31 Three articles on page thirty one. THE ROBERT VESEY ROOM BAMPTON LIBRARY W.O.A.A. Highlights July, August and October by Margaret Bruce-Mitford 32 One advert on page thirty two. Bampton Youth Club 33 Three articles on page thirty three. Competition Corner August winner 1998 THE BAMPTON BEAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS THE BAMPTON BEAM’S CROSSWORD 34 One advert on page thirty four. Piggott’s School of Dance 35 Three articles on page thirty five. Diary of Forthcoming Events BAMPTON DIRECTORY 1999 THE BAMPTON BEAM – publishing information 36 One advert on page thirty six. BAMPTON SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
The Great Shirt Race takes place on the Saturday before the late May Bank Holiday. The winners in this year were Anthony Collett and partner Richard Buckingham. Neither of them can be sure of the year, they won more than once but it will be 1978, 1979 or 1980.
Jason Seacole of Henry Box School in Witney was integral in England School Boys winning all their matches in the season. England beat West Germany in the final of the eight nations schoolboys' international in Dortmund in May winning 4-2. Earlier in the tournament they beat France 6-1 and Jason scored a hat trick in the match.
Yet again the local plan for housing has been delayed. West Oxfordshire District Council said it is because they've received far more feedback from local than they expected and they need time to go through them all. While we have no plan in place we are open for speculators to put in application for housing developments which really annoys residents
Bampton residents were invited to take part in a survey; around 1,500 questionnaires were completed as part of the project to draw up a community-led plan for the village, to help guide future developments by reflecting residents' views.
Bampton always has a weekend filled with fun and laughter over the late May Bank Holiday. These cuttings talk about the Shirt Race and the Morris Dancing. In one of the cuttings you can also read about
An exhibition of Arts and Crafts in the Town Hall
Cancer Research Bampton branch raising funds
The Community Fete organised by the Royal British Legion in the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday
The Pumpkin Club which held a Tramps' Supper in the Cotswold Hotel on the Saturday night after the Shirt Race
A letter from Vic Legg to Dave Rose accepting the invitation to attend the Bampton Traditional Morris Men's party November 1981 along with Pete Cock. About 1980/1 Trigg Morris were guests on Bampton's day of dance. They will be coming up from Bodmin in Cornwall. Pete and Vic were members of Trigg Morris in Bodmin, Cornwall.