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History of the SPAJERS in Bampton

  • BCA - 2022.3834
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  • March 2022

Don Rouse, probably the longest serving committee member of the SPAJERS (Society for The Preservation of Ancient Junketing) wrote this history of the society in March 2022.

Janet Rouse

The Double Easter Sepulchre at St.Mary's Bampton

  • BCA - 2022.3871
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  • 2020

Article written by Dr Ernest Parkin describing the Double Easter Sepulchre in the church, which is "special" because it is double. Dated from 15th Century.

Janet Westman

Donkey Derby 2023

  • BCA - 2023.4130
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  • 2023

Article by Miranda Norris, entitled "Bampton's annual Donkey Derby is a runaway success"
Children race donkeys around a field as a much-loved village tradition on bank holiday Monday.
The donkey derby in Bampton is run by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing (SPAJERS), which was formed in 1953 and also runs the village's famous shirt race. Children aged eight and above and weighing under eight stone are allowed to ride the donkeys with a donkey welfare officer in attendance.There are eight races, with six donkeys in each. Each race is sponsored by a local business, and the donkeys are sponsored by villagers.
All proceeds from the event go to events and trips for Bampton's senior citizens.
Visitors to Sandford's Field also tried their hand at games such as crockery smashing and Splat the Rat, while children not keen on donkey racing enjoyed pinning the tail on one.

Janet Westman

Article in Witney Gazette about 20 mph speed limit 2023

  • BCA - 2023.4178
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  • 2023

Article from Witney Gazette written by Miranda Norris senior reporter, about the opponents of the 20 mph scheme to be introduced in villages throughout England in 2022, and stating that the Bampton Parish Council supported the proposal and it would go ahead. Refers to a flawed Survey Monkey where 155 objections came from the same IP address.
Bill Cotton, Corporate Director Environment and Place, wrote: “The parish council support the proposals as does the local elected county council member. Given this support it is considered that this outweighs the objections given.”
Bampton resident Alan Oliver said: "It's not so much that the county council has discounted the consultation, they seem to have done that everywhere. But, basically, if Bampton Parish Council asked for 20mph they would get it."

Janet Westman

A Lifetime of Farming by Don Rouse

  • BCA - 2023.4184
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  • 2011

Article written by Don Rouse about his life as a Farmer at Backhouse Farm in Weald. Starting in 1943, when he went with his dad Reg Rouse on the tractor and his memories of the land Army Girls and German Prisoners.

Janet Westman

Morris 1939

  • BCA - 2023.4266
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  • 1939

Janet Westman