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Fair in the Market Square

  • BCA - 2022.3447
  • Item
  • 2022

A fair was held in the Market Square at the same time as the Horse Fair. The square is filled with stalls which continue on down High Street. The sign 'Robinson Cheap Butcher' can be seen in the square.

Nik Stanbridge

Renovation and building works to the Old Grammar School

  • BCA - 2022.3387
  • Item
  • 2022

After a magnificent fundraising effort, this historic building was completely reroofed in the Summer of 2017.

Now thanks to lots more hard work and generous support from the landlords (Bampton Exhibition Foundation), WODC and all our visitors, sufficient funds have been raised to carry out our long-planned improvements to the interior of the Old Grammar School.

A new staircase will create access to the wonderful upstairs space which hasn’t been accessible since the early 1960’s.

This new space will be used to display information on the history of the village of Bampton and related activities. In addition, we will encourage local groups to utilize the space for community talks, workshops etc.

Upstairs we will also install the latest technology to allow individuals and groups to access and research the substantial Bampton Archive. The space and furniture will be modular and totally flexible to create a fantastic community space and we will encourage the locals to explore, use and get involved.

The space and furniture will be modular and totally flexible to create a fantastic community space and we will encourage locals to explore, use and get involved in it.

Downstairs a new door to access the Vesey Room will be created and the room itself will be sensitively refurbished and fitted out with new storage and display furniture. We will continue to sell our fantastic range of Bampton Archive books and catalogues, an excellent range of local arts, crafts, cards, prints and memorabilia. We would like to introduce an enhanced range of items for sale made or produced locally.

We will also continue to hold our main exhibitions in this room. Normally we present three exhibitions every year all with a local interest. We also host exhibitions with West Ox Arts.

The library area will also be completely refurbished with the new doorway created beyond the staircase. The latest shelving system is planned which will allow flexible use of the library space and create room for extra book stock. There will be a new counter area and the very latest in computer technology for use by the general public.

A new kitchen area will be created along with downstairs toilet facilities for both the library and Vesey Room. A stair lift is also planned to allow access for all to the upstairs space.

In addition we plan to use the space upstairs and the space in the newly designed library to hold all kinds of events.

We are putting together a regular programme of talks, workshops and small events including but not limited to: Workshops to encourage youngsters to sign up for apprenticeships for some of the historical trades – for example Dry Stone Walling, Carpentry and Joinery, Thatching and Classic Car Restoration. Alternative Medicine – Exploring the Village Herbal, Nature and the Natural World, Environment and Sustainability, Cycling & Walking, Health & Fitness, Wellbeing & Mental Health, Book readings and signings with visiting Authors, Recitals, Creative writing, Children’s events, Local History, Arts & Crafts, IT Access for all, Film Shows, and much more

Nik Stanbridge

WI meeting; talk on making pottery

  • BCA - 2022.3473
  • Item
  • 2022
  • Mrs. R. Gerring
  • Mrs. Witt
  • Mrs. Eeles
  • Mrs. Henly
  • Mrs. Woods
  • Miss Angela Gibson
  • Mrs. Mavis Clack
  • Mrs. Bye
  • Miss M. Witt
  • Mrs. Pickard
  • Miss H. Barrett
  • Miss Hobbs
  • Mrs. Humphries

Nik Stanbridge

Bampton Opera Paride ed Elena

  • BCA - 2022.3836
  • Item
  • July 2021

Witney Gazette article by Miranda Norris dated 28th July 2021 about Opera held in the Deanery gardens by Bampton Classical Opera.
Paride de Elena by Gluck translated in to English by Gilly French. Featuring Lucy Anderson, Ella Taylor, Lauren Lodge-Campbell and Lisa Howarth.

Janet Westman

Bampton Donkey Derby 2021

  • BCA - 2022.3841
  • Item
  • 2021

49 photos of The Donkey Derby held in Sandford Field, August bank holiday 2021
Master of ceremonies was Don Rouse and village communities had various stall, the Donkeys are jockeyed by children with parental consent.
Stalls included
Bampton Belles WI Cake stall
Splat the rat
Guess my name
Shopping Village
Face painting
Jo Lewingtons garden pottery
Buckingham Christmas time
Sue Stanbridge Stamps
Needle Felt
Tombola

Janet Westman

Upstairs of the Grammar School to be brought back into use

  • BCA - 2021.2531
  • Item
  • 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

Church View looking to St Mary's

  • BCA - 2020.2333
  • Item
  • first half C20th

This picture is of Church View looking North towards St Mary The Virgin church.No cars, no footpath and little in the way of horse droppings so probably around 1940-1950.

Bampton Community Archive

Flower Garlands in 2019

  • BCA - 2022.3606
  • Series
  • 2019

The last year we had a Flower Garland competition before Covid 19 put a temporary stop to it.
Ariah and Paisley Neatham 2019 (with the red coat and hood) first picture with Dawn Newland and the second one with Ruth Wheeler.
Third picture with the same two children plus Archie Comely and Ella Connors.

Janet Rouse

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