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Clair Dryden invested as May Queen

  • BCA - 2021.2613
  • Item
  • 1974

Clare Dryden was invested as May Queen. Bob Harris, probably best known for presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test but at this point he was a presenter on Radio Oxford, put the sash on Clare. The ceremony took place in the WI Hall, Market Square. It is now the Village Hall.

Nik Stanbridge

Kite sculpture at Bampton Arts Centre Aug 8-22 1976

  • BCA - 2021.2606
  • Item
  • 1976

Kite sculpture at Bampton Arts Centre Aug 8-22 1976 by Professor Kyle Hanton.
The Bampton Arts Centre in later years was re-named West ox Arts and it is housed in the upper floor of Bampton's Town Hall.

Nik Stanbridge

WI pantomime cow

  • BCA - 2021.2620
  • Item
  • 1969

The WI put on the pantomime Jack and The Bean Stalk in the WI Hall in 1969
Inside the cow were Betty Collett and Valerie Adams played the cow
Jack & Jill were played by Penny Daniels and Angela Collett.

Nik Stanbridge

The Dancing English booklet by the EFDSS

  • BCA - 2021.2624
  • Item
  • 1971

This booklet was produce by the EFDSS pre 1971 because prices are in old money and the UK went decimal February 15th 1971. It is called The Dancing English.

Folk, dance and song.

Nik Stanbridge

Bampton celebrates the Diamond Jubilee 2012

  • BCA - 2021.2535
  • Item
  • 2012

Bampton celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II over 4 days at the beginning of June 2012. These are a few of the reports of some of the events which took place.

Bampton Community Archive

Fred Able

  • BCA - 2021.2541
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  • First half twentieth century

When Lloyd Hughes Owens created a series of albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s there were people alive who could remember seeing Fred Able in Bampton with his little cart, two donkeys and his dog.

Bampton Community Archive

A pair of entrants in the 1983 Shirt Race

  • BCA - 2021.2546
  • Item
  • 1983

Keith Mitchell and Rhona Peacock in fancy dress for the shirt race in 1983. Their pram was made into a coffin on wheels.

Bampton Community Archive

Shirt Race in 1983

  • BCA - 2021.2547
  • Item
  • 1983

Although the caption talks about a 'Street Fayer' the picture is actually of Jim Smith and Martin Barber in fancy dress for the Shirt Race organised annually by the SPAJERS ie the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing. The society organises fun things to raise money for the senior citizens of Bampton and Lew.

Bampton Community Archive

Upstairs of the Grammar School to be brought back into use

  • BCA - 2021.2531
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  • November 2020

The staircase to the top floor of the Grammar School was removed in the 1960s when people stood a greater chance of getting to the ground floor by falling through the rotten floor than coming back down the stairs. The Bampton Community Archive members have worked incredibly hard to raise funds on the back of the tourism boost from visitors flocking to Bampton to see the this building which was used as the Cottage Hospital in ITV's Downton Abbey. The grant from WODC means the work to bring the whole building into good heart can begin.

Bampton Community Archive

Easter Bonnet competition 1983

  • BCA - 2020.2439
  • Item
  • 1983

A newspaper cutting about the Easter Bonnet competition held in Bampton in the forecourt of the Jubilee Inn. The judges were Jean Judge from Radio Oxford and Don Bradbury of the Horse Shoe. Debra Bradbury won first prize. The Pumpkin Club organised the competition. Ruth Wheeler won the adult section.

Bampton Community Archive

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