Photographs taken at the Thank You Party for the Vesey Room Sitters. A group of volunteers that sit regularly in the newly refurbished Vesey Room at the Old Grammar School and look after the gift shop, Following the popularity of Downton Abbey, Bampton now has coach parties of tourists. The new Chairperson Jennifer Dixon-Clegg in pale pink coat, also present Jill Wright, Janet Westman Andrew Lawrence,. Bernadette Clifton Pauline Harris, Sharone Attar, Jenny Chaundy, Nick Newland,
A second Downton Abbey film is being made and once again Saint Mary's church, Churchgate House, the Old Grammar School and the area around the church in Bampton will be used for some of the location shooting.
Robin Shuckburgh has been chairman of Bampton Community Archive for about 8 years (as at 2017) and over-seen the raising of £250,000 to repair the roof of the Old Grammar School in Church View and make the upstairs a usable space again. We are extremely fortunate in Bampton to have people with skills and energy which they are prepared to give freely for the benefit of the whole community.
n November 2015 eight products, including Patrick Strainge's Bampton Royal sausages were nominated for the Q Guild Smithfield Awards. Only 200 butchers in England can hold a Q guild aware at any one time so it really is a feather in the cap of our local butchers shop. The Bampton Royal sausages were also a firm favourite with many members of the cast of Downton Abbey which was partly filmed in Bampton.
Prize winning bangers made by a village butchers have taken on a whole new level of fame after being endorsed by Downton Abbey stars. The Bampton Royal pork sausages, produced on site at Patrick Strainge Butchers, were feasted on by the cast