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Son Townsend 50 years a Morris fool; children with garlands

  • BCA - 2021.2610
  • Item
  • 1974

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

Nik Stanbridge

May Bank Holiday festivities in Bampton

  • BCA - 2021.2609
  • Item
  • 1974

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

  1. An exhibition of Arts and Crafts in the Town Hall
  2. Cancer Research Bampton branch raising funds
  3. The Community Fete organised by the Royal British Legion in the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday
  4. The Pumpkin Club which held a Tramps' Supper in the Cotswold Hotel on the Saturday night after the Shirt Race

Nik Stanbridge

Classic cars owned by Doug Read. Models 1924 to 1953

  • BCA - 2021.2568
  • Item
  • 1924 1953

Doug Read OBE (he gained the OBE for services to ploughing) was a huge fan of classic cars and owned several over the years. These are four of them and show

  1. Trojan Tourer 1924 model owned by Doug Read. Douglas Read driving, passengers David Hunt, Bill Bullock and Geoff Hunt
  2. Photograph of a Riley Monaco in 1933
  3. Photograph of MG Model J.2. 1932 in 1948.
  4. Photograph of MG Model T.A. 1937 driven by his wife Sally (nee Raymond) in 1953 (Sally was buried in Nov 2020)

Bampton Community Archive

Tea ticket for Horticultural Society

  • BCA - 2020.2447
  • Item
  • mid twentieth century

This ticket for a tea was found in a pile of bits and pieces when clearing out a garage. Teas were sold to raise funds for the Bampton Horticultural Society. The cost was 6 pence in old money - 6d - so pre decimalisation of February 1971.

Bampton Community Archive

A history of cricket in Bampton

  • BCA - 2019.2155
  • Item
  • January 2019

Bampton has had a long history of playing cricket and Anna Pitt put on a wonderful, well researched exhibition on the subject in January/February 2019. The catalogue of the exhibition is still on sale. This is a double spread newspaper article about it that was in the Witney Gazette January 23rd 2019.

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Football team late 1950s

  • BCA - 2019.195
  • Item
  • 1950s

This picture was taken in the late 1950s or very early 1960s. The names of the people are all printed on the photograph and include
Tony Allam
John Marston
Vernon Cannons
Ted Harding
Geoff Wilson
Jim Sweetingham
Jim Barton
George Dafter
Chris Timms
Fred Mildenhall
Pete Allam
Harry Green
Cyril Smith
Micky Brooks, George Dafter’s nephew

Bampton Community Archive

Bush Club have tea in Ramsden

  • BCA - 2020.2452
  • Item
  • Item 1999

Horace Holifield of Safe Ride in Ramsden was a wonderfully generous man. He created an outer building with a kitchen and invited many groups to have tea or lunch there and he had a very good electric organ inside and would entertain people

Bampton Community Archive

Tea ticket for Horticultural Society

  • BCA - 2020.2447
  • Item
  • mid twentieth century

This ticket for a tea was found in a pile of bits and pieces when clearing out a garage. Teas were sold to raise funds for the Bampton Horticultural Society. The cost was 6 pence in old money - 6d - so pre decimalisation of February 1971.

Bampton Community Archive

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