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Sam Bennett from Ilmington in Warwickshire

  • BCA - 2019.1801
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  • 1950s

Sam Bennett. He moved to Warwickshire but walked to Bampton to fiddle for the Morris at Whitsun. He would arrive at Mr & Mrs Townsend's Castle Farm on Bridge St and announce 'I be 'ere'. To earn his keep, he'd stay on for a few weeks doing farm work for Mr Townsend.

"The war took away many of the young men, and for the first time in recorded history the Whit Monday performances were suspended during 1917 and 1918. However, Wells had recently taught the dances to a group of men at Alvescot, and on the Whit Monday 1919 two of these stepped into the reformed Bampton set. One stayed only that year, but the older, William Flux, had married a daughter of long-time lead dancer Thomas Tanner, and became the organiser of the team.

This brought him into conflict with Wells - Flux wanted them to dance more at Pubs, Wells at the private houses - and this reached crisis point in 1925. The following year Wells refused to play for them, so both Bertie Clark from Alvescot and Sam Bennett from Ilmington were drafted in to provide music.

In 1927, for the first time in recorded history, two teams appeared on the streets: the old side under Tanner and Flux, and a young side recently raised by Wells. They continued in relatively peaceful co-existence for some years, but by the mid 1930s performances by the Tanner side were more sporadic, with only Wells fielding a team most Whit Mondays.

The final appearance by the Tanner team was in 1941, and it was left to Wells to keep it going during the war, and beyond." Keith Chandler

Nik Stanbridge

Thanksgiving For Victory Service 1945

  • BCA - 2017.674
  • Item
  • 1945

This is the Service program for the Thanksgiving Service for Victory held in 1945. As the service sheet was printed in London it was probably a standard service to be held across the UK

Nik Stanbridge

£1m to be spent on Oxfordshire's locks in winter 2016/17

  • BCA - 2017.1104
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  • 2016-2017

The Environment Agency will spend £1.2m repairing the locks on the Thames, five in Oxfordshire plus one in Berkshire, one in Buckinghamshire and one in Surrey through the winter of 2016-2017

Bampton Community Archive

Donkey Derby 2015

  • BCA - 2017.1106
  • Item
  • August 2015

The 46th Donkey Derby took place in 2015. The afternoon's fun is organised by the SPAJERS (Society for The Preservation of Ancient Junketing) to raise funds to treat Bampton's senior citizens and at the same time provide fun for everyone

Bampton Community Archive

Oliver Onesipherous Collett made the Bampton Voiturette in 1901-1902

  • BCA - 2017.1103
  • Item
  • 1901-1902

In September 2008 Graham Newman put together an interesting exhibition about Oliver Onesipherous Collett who was a shop keeper, watch maker and repairer but he also built a car in 2001-2 which he called the Bampton Voiturette.

Bampton Community Archive

Lee Mackie appeals for more foster parents June 1st 2016

  • BCA - 2017.1096
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  • June 1st 2016

Lee Mackie lost her son Jason who was in the Royal Marines while he was serving in Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, Lee has struggled with life since then but in the last three years she has fostered 3 babies

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