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THE 1970s  Page last updated 04/10/2016

The document on the right is from the Scout Association and is a list of the warranted leaders from 1968 to 1975, which we think dates from 1975.

Click picture to see more badgesMark Watson found his old Scout Uniform in the loft. Although most of the badges had been removed for his camp blanket, a few were still in place and are shown on the left. If you still have your uniform or camp blanket, we'd love to see it.

 

 

1970

In 1970, the Scout Association showed The West Evenlode Scout Group had 1 Scout Troop and 1 Cub Pack.

Click to see more picturesAs well as being one of the Eynsham Carnival parent bodies, the Scout group organised another fundraising event for the first time in 1970 to raise money to improve the scout hall. The Eynsham Horse Show and Gymkhana was held on Mr Hoskins field on 30th May 1970 from 10am till 8pm. Mrs Harmer-Dawson from Trinity Plant Hire in Bell Lane Cassington donated a cup which was engraved with "Eynsham Gymkhana - West Evenlode Challenge Cup" which would be presented to the winner of the 'Open Jumping' class each year and was won by a 24 year old bay gelding Rubalong owned by Mr Tom Carter and ridden by 14 year old Sarah Povey of Wantage. Over 200 horses and ponies competed in events with over 700 entries into competitions. The accounts show a profit of £162. 13s 11d with additional attractions including a raffle, bowling, bottle stall, Pick a Stick, Roll a Penny and Spin the Wheel. Money was also raised though selling programmes, entrance fees and Ice Cream and Saddlery concessions. You can read the accounts sheet in the slideshow on the right.

The local papers gave a full list of results and some pictures which are shown in the slideshow on the right. They include Jackie Simmonds on Muffin, 14 year old Susan Bayliss from Freeland with her horse Roman Emperor who won The Best Family Pony Class, Jane Hicks riding High Noon, Gerald Kelly on Prydie being judged by Mr A J Harwood with Miss I Warber holding the lead, and the Officials (l-r) John Nash - West Evenlode Scout Group GSL, Ron Lee - Group Chairman, Mrs Dolly Evans - Show Secretary and Mike Lawrence - Secretary of the Parents Association who supplied the trophies. The papers also reported that at one point an announcement was made on the PA System warning the public that suspected live shells had been found on the field. Some children had brought them in from a nearby disused ammunition dump (probably the one near Boltons Pit off the Stanton Harcourt Road) but after investigation they were deemed to be harmless as the MOD had previously cleared all live shells from the dump. The event was hailed as a great success with entrants coming from all over the county and surrounding areas.

1970 Boss's Night Report

Held at the Red Lion Hotel on Friday April 3rd. Catering by Allens of Oxford at 15/6 per head menu as 1969. Mr B Seeney was chairman and he started proceedings with a silence in memory of boss Perkins. The meal was excellent. The queen was toasted followed by Mr C Ainsley who toasted absent friends. Remembering especially M Bill Harris, GSM for many years and Ernie Howard who died the previous year.  Mr Reg Barber followed with a few well chosen jokes etc and the evening was off to a good start.

This year’s entertainer, a Mr Chadwick of Bicester, introduced by Mr Barber, as well as coming for the price of a meal was a pleasant change. He sang and played the guitar. The songs being ones he had written himself many of a rural flavour. Once again the Drum and Fife Band was much in evidence and seems to become more popular each year, although flutes were scarcer. Our regular pianist was again in good fettle and towards the close a few of the old songs (coverdales) sounded well over the mic, Mr Ernie Floyd being the main soloist. Although the official bar extension was until 12 p.m. the room was not closed until 1 o’clock.

44 attended as below. The main fault was only lack of seating for the meal.  Collection on the Drum this year was £10.

T Green

E Douglas

Pianist

W A Robbins

E Floyde

W Bailey

D Edwards

J Douglas

M Perkins

A Edgar

E Harwood

A Pimm

R Howard

K Seeney

F James

G Batts

R Betterton

H Douglas

R lee

D Douglas

J Nash

J Nash Snr

R Evans

R James

D Parker

D Good

J Green

D Baxter C

Parsons C

B Seeney

R Harling

B Evans

W Harris

V Good

W T Robbins

T Pimm

W Perkins

R Barber

C Pimm

P Woolley

C Ainsley 

P Chadwick (ent)

J Evans

J Simmonds

 

 

 

 

1970 Balance Sheet

 Charge per head 18/-

42 Members paid 18/-

£37-16-0

Collection (include extra subs)

£10-0-0

 

£47-16-6

Expenses 

Allens Catering 44 @ 15/6

£34-2-0

Hire of Piano

£1-0-0

Tips for Waiters

£1-0-0

Printing

£1-0-0

Postage

12-6

Red Lion

£4-0-4

 

£41-14-10

 

Profit on Night

£6-1-2

Balance from 1969

£1-5-0

Balance in Hand

£7-6-2

1971

Click to see more documentsIn 1971, the Scout Association shows West Evenlode had 1 Scout Troop and 2 Cub Packs. H Parsons was a Scout Leader from 01/03/1971. J M Miller was issued with an Assistant Cub Scout Leader Warrant on 18/05/1971.

The West Evenlode Scout Group again organised the Eynsham Horse Show and Gymkhana on Saturday 29th May 1971 from 10am until 7.30pm in a field off the Stanton Harcourt Road by kind permission of Mr J Cook. Admission was 10p for adults and 5p for children and 30p for ringside seats. As well as the show and jumping, attractions included refreshments, a bar, sideshows and stalls such as a Treasure Hunt, Pickastick, Spin the Wheel, a bottle stall, raffle, and Name the Doll. The weather was bad on the day but they managed to make a small profit of £60.58.5p. Click on the poster on the left to read the official programme and see the accounts sheet.

1971 Boss's Night Report

Held at the British legion Club room on Friday evening April 2nd. The catering was by Allens Catering Service and the bar run by the Red Lion Hotel, Eynsham. Charge by Allens was 95p per head. Mr Simmonds took the chair and proceedings opened with a tribute to Boss Perkins. The meal was soup, chicken, fruit salad, cheese and coffee. Excellent and well served. Mr Simmonds commented on the remarkable achievement of this dinner and toasted the Queen. Mr Ron James toasted absent friends and Mr Reg Barber thanked the committee and told a few well chosen jokes.

The entertainer hired this year was a professional called Mr Wilke here. He was very good but would not start until all female servers had left. The Drum and Fife was again in good voice and the Blunt brothers surprised with an excellent trio. The evening closed officially at around 12 but at 1 a.m. the bar was still serving. The singing was again very good as the evening drew to a close, with Mr Harry Douglas and Ernie Floyde, well to the fore. With the larger hall this year everyone was much more contented and this year was as good as any.

48 attended as below but still some very late comers.

Messrs

E Harwood

J Simmonds

B Evans

D Carter (C)

G Blunt

J Evans

Rob Evans

W Bailey

W T Robbins (Snr) (C)

J Nash (Snr) (C)

J Blunt

R Barber

R James

John Douglas

G Batts

W Allsworth

P Blunt

B Seeney

H Douglas

W Brown

R Whitlock

M Howard

M Laurence (C)

R Betterton

C Ainsley

T Green

A Edgar

R Green

W Parsons (C)

J Evans (Jack)

R Harling

J Nash (Jnr)

R lee

R Hanks

M Perkins

W Perkins

D Parker

D Good

J Green (Snr)

G Nash

E Floyde

T Pimm

A Pimm

E Douglas

K Seeney

D Douglas

H Harwick

Pianist (free)

         

P Faulkner (paid but did not attend)

1971 Balance Sheet

Charge per head = 90p

Credit 

48 paid 90p

£43.20

Collection

£10.00

27 Members paid extra 10p

£2.70

 

£55.90

 Expenses

Allens Catering 48 @ 95p

£45.60

(Beer on table 48½ b) Red Lion

£3.36

Hire of Hall

£3.00

Printing

£1.00

Postage

£0.51

Entertainer

£10.00

 

£63.47

 

£55.90

Loss on Night

£7.57

Balance from 1970

£7.32

Loss in Hand

26p

1972

In 1972, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop and 2 Cub Packs. H M Armstrong was an Assistant Cub Scout Leader from 05/05/1972.

1972 Frylands Wood PegMark Watson remembers going to Frylands Wood Scout Camp near Croyden where we were introduced to the Service Crews 'Patagonian Goat Dance Society' at their camp fire. He found this tent peg in his loft when looking for something else. He also remembers going on a 5 mile hike for a badge with a small group for an over night camp. This involved going on a circular walk around local area camping at another part of the wood, only they took a wrong turn and ended up doing about 15 miles with lots of worried people searching for them. The Troop was presented with a wooden trophy made out of a silver birch tree trunk which was branded with the camps logo. This stood proudly in the trophy cabinet of the old prefab hut for many years and was nearly thrown out when it was cleared ready for demolition, but it was saved by Trevor Winstone.

1972 Boss's Night Report

Click picture for slideshowHeld at the British Legion Club Room on Friday evening April 7th at 8 p.m. Catering by Allens Catering Service Wheatley and bar by Red Lion Hotel Eynsham.  The menu: minestrone soup, roast turkey etc, trifle and fruit cocktail followed by cheese and coffee. Mr J Blunt took the chair and opened the evening with a tribute to Boss Perkins. The meal was excellent and Mr Blunt’s speech was very good. He reminisced on his days as a boy and was ably assisted by his two brothers in a new, old style cross talk act. Mr John Douglas toasted absent friends and Mr Reg Barber thanked the committee with a good selection of jokes and reports.

The slideshow on the right shows Harry Russell's photos from the evening. Thanks go to Derek Parker for passing them on to us and naming all the people he could in the pictures. There are a few unknowns so if you can add more detail, please email us.

Some new faces were welcomed this year mainly Mr H Russell, Mr M Douglas the first of the younger element and Mr C Putt who we haven’t seem for many years. Two entertainers were invited this year Mr B Magness of 102 Kestrel Crescent Blackbird Leys who gave two half hour joke sessions as Wurzel a country yokel. He gave his services free and was a great success. Mr J Blunt organised this at the last minute and he was very pleased. The second entertainer was a pianist and joke teller, Mr P Smith, arranged by Mr Lee, who really didn’t start until very late and was very good. The Blunt brothers gave their rendering of John Brown and made quite a good trio.

The Drum and Fife Band was a poor effort this year. Many of the top flautists were absent but still not too bad. The Drums were still much in evidence. A mic and amplifier was loaned by Mr V Good and this is very popular for a singsong. Mr H Douglas and Ernie Floyde being the main performances but some surprising additional soloist like Mr Abe Edgar and Cliff Pimm came to the fore this year. Mr Bill Allsworth organised the penny on the Drum and £17 was collected. Even Mr J Harris of the Red Lion donated £1. The evening lasted until around 1 a.m. and was one of the best for a number of years. The members paid earlier and there were very few last minute rushes. The additional costs didn’t seem to worry very many.

Members present were Messrs: 46 in all

B Seeney

*J Evans

E Douglas

J Nash

M Howard

P Blunt

G Batts

R Betterton

R Harling

R Lee

J Douglas

H Hardwick

W Perkins

D Edwards

K Seeney

M Perkins

T Green

H Russell

J Simmonds

E Floyde

D Good

B Magness -  entertainment

R Barber

T Pimm

C Putt

D Parker

M Douglas

P Smith - free dinner

G Nash

R Evans

B Evans

G Blunt

W Allsworth

W Harris

C Pimm H Douglas

W Bailey

J Blunt

K Green

W Brown A Pimm  
*J Nash (Snr) *W Robbins (Snr)

*A Edgar

*D Carpenter

*H Parsons

 

* Committee (Scouts) or old helpers.

1972 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £1.15

Credit 

46 paid £1.15

£50.60

Collection including donations

£17.00

 

£67.60

 Expenses

Allens Catering 46 @ £1.05

£48.30

Red Lion 48 small bottles @ £0.08

£3.84

Hire of Legion Hall 4 hr @ £0.75

£3.00

Taxis for B Magness

£2.00

Remuneration for Waitresses

£1.00

Postage and Stationery

£1.02

 

£59.16

 

Profit on Night

£8.44

Loss from 1971

£0.26

Balance in Hand

£8.18

1973

Click picture to see more pagesIn 1973, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop and 2 Cub Packs. A G Henderson was an Assistant Cub Scout Leader from 05/03/1973. Mrs B Smith was issued with an Assistant Cub Scout Leader Warrant on 26/04/1973. L M Hugill was Scout Leader from 26/04/1973 till 20/11/1973 when he became Assistant Group Scout Leader until 04/06/1975. Len Gardiner was appointed Cub Scout Leader on 15/10/1975 having been an Assistant Cub Scout Leader since 02/04/1973. M G More was issued with a Venture Scout Leader permit on 15/10/1973.

The troop went back to Frylands Wood for a second year in 1973 where Mark Watson recalled that they all got their scout belts branded with a hot iron at the Providore stores. The momento the troop was given by the Service Crew this time was a wooden Walking Stick, again with branded logos and an inscription from the Patagonian Goat Dance Society! Fortunately Trevor Winstone noticed this in a pile of stuff during the old hall clear out and kept it along with the 1972 Frylands Wood trophy. Photos coming soon.

You may remember this manual for the Scout Standard Award first published in 1973. Click on the cover picture to have a look at the first few pages so you can see the contents and get a feel for the style. © Steve Scholes for The Scout Association.

Click picture for slideshowEver since the the begging of Eynsham Carnival, the Scout Group have always been involved. From helping to organise the event and selling tickets and programmes before the day, to taking part in the decorated vehicles parade and providing manpower on the day. In the slide show on the left you can see the parade as it passes along Newland Street by the White Hart. The slides were lent to us by Geoff Watson and include pictures of Bill Allsworth, the official starter upper, a marching band, the Carnival Queen in her horse drawn carriage, the Bartholomew School Gymnasts, a float from The Swan, the Eynsham Ladies Club, some ladies in grass skirts, a tribute to Bobby Charlton, Princess Anne's Wedding, Playgroup, a Japanese themed float, and a couple of photos of the Carnival at the playing fields. Many thanks to Geoff for the loan of his slides from 1973 to 1978, the others are shown below.

1973 Boss's Night Report

Held in Scout Hut on Friday evening March 30th @ 8 p.m. Catering by Allens Catering service Wheatley and bar by Red Lion Hotel Eynsham. The menu was roast turkey, trifle, fruit cocktail, cheese and biscuits and coffee. Mr R Barber took the chair at short notice after the late withdrawal of Mr Putt owing to business commitments. The evening was opened with a short silence for Boss Perkins. The meal was as usual very good and Mr Barber gave his usual selection of jokes. Mr H Hardwick toasted absent friends and remembered the recent death of Mr A Horwood. The only new face was Mr D Wixey.

Mr P Smith was the only entertainer this year and with his electric organ was a very pleasant change. The Blunt brothers once again gave their rendering of Little Johnny Brown and are as popular as ever. The Drum and Fife Band was back to normal strength with most of the main flutes back this year. Mr Allsworth organised the penny on the Drum with a record collection of £18.50. In all a very good evening which closed with the Scout Good Night at 12 o’clock.

The slideshow on the right shows pictures of the evening taken by Harry Russell. Note the building work going on at the back of the old pre-fab scout hall when an extra 2 sections were added to make the hall bigger and a store room was added across the far end of the hall with floor to ceiling shelves. You could see where the hall was extended in later colour photos of the hall because the red floor tiles were slightly darker than the original ones.

The following members were present: 47 in all

R Betterton

R James

J Nash

E Floyde    

A Howard

 J Douglas

F J Douglas

A Pimm

D Douglas

E Douglas

K Green

 R Evans

M Howard

G Batts

B J Evans

H Hardwick

W Harris

C Ainsley 

A Pimm

W Bailey

D Wixey

D Good

R G Lee

 W Perkins

K Seeney

H Russell

P Blunt

D Parker

J Evans*

J Nash*

B Seeney

F James

J Blunt

R Barber

W T Robbins*

C Sherwood*

H Douglas

J Simmonds

G Blunt

T Green

A Edgar*

L Hugill*

R Harling

R P Hanks

W Allsworth

W Brown

P Smith [entertainer, free dinner]

* Committee (Scouters) or helpers.

1973 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £1.10

Credit 

46 @ £1.10

£50.60

Collection on Night

£18.50

Donations

(P Faulkner £1, J Green £1, W Robbins £0.40

£2.40

 

£71.50

Expenses 

Allens Catering 47 @ £1.05

£49.35

Red Lion 48 small bott @ £0.08

£3.84

Remuneration for Waitresses

£1.00

Postage and Stationery

£0.92

Wreath for A Harwood

£4.50

 

£59.61

 

Profit on Night

£11.89

Profit carried forward from 1972

£8.18

Balance in Hand

£20.07

1974

In 1974, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop and 2 Cub Packs. Mrs Rose Green, G H Lambourne and Keith Franklin were issued with their Assistant Cub Scout Leader permits on 07/11/1974.

Click picture for slideshowThe slideshow on the right shows more of Geoff Watsons pictures of Eynsham Carnival. Taken in Newlands Street, they show the crowd and some shirt race contestants outside the White Hart, a marching band, The Carnival Queen and Attendants, some fancy dress entrants and the Eynsham Bible cart, some stone age boys, The Primary School May Queen and Attendants, a Hospital Themed float, Royal Ascot, Banger Racing, and the Bartholomew Schools Gymnasts.

1974 Boss's Night Report

Held in Scout Hut on Friday evening March 22nd at 8 p.m. Catering by G Allen (Abbey Catering Services Abingdon) and bar by Red Lion Hotel Eynsham. Menu: minestrone soup, beef, trifle, fruit cocktail, cheese and biscuits and coffee. 1 small beer provided per head. Mr C Putt took the chair and proved a very popular choice. He opened proceedings with a short silence in memory of Boss Perkins. 

Mr Putt was followed by an excellent meal, and his speech was very good in recalling Boss’s days as a special constable, among other things. Absent friends this year was toasted by Mr bob Evans and followed by Mr George Batts who toasted the committee and kept the gathering in rather high spirits with a good selection of jokes. An entertainer was booked this year and he gave two half hour sessions of jokes and songs etc. He was very good but had rather a rough time with some of the old boys. His name was Steve Leather booked through “Group Services”.

The Drum and Fife Band was back to good form with most of the flutes on parade this year. Some new faces were in evidence and some back after a long delay, i.e. F Stratford, R Parsloe, I Bond. Mr Allsworth organised the Drum which collected £11.23. A very good evening which closed @ 12 p.m. You can see some pictures of the event in the 1974 slideshow on the right.

Members present: Messrs 52 in all

R Evans

P Woolley

R Parsloe

R Harling

G Batts

Jim Evans*

I Bond

C Pimm

H Douglas

J Nash

Jack Douglas

E Price*

F Stratford

R Hanks (Reg)

M Douglas

B Evans

W Bailey

Jim Nash*

W Perkins

J Douglas

K Hawtin

D Wixey

K Green

H Parsons*

C Ainsley

K Seeney

E Douglas

D Parker

M Howard

L Gardiner*

H Hardwick

A Pimm

D Douglas

T Green

W Brown

L Hugill*

F James

J Blunt

R Betterton

D Good

H Russell

W Robbins*

B Seeney

P Blunt

E Floyde

W Allsworth

W Harris

 

R Barber

G Blunt

C Putt

R Lee

R James

 

 * Committee Group Scouters and Helpers

(J Fowler and J Green paid but did not attend.)

1974 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £1.25

Credit 

54 @ £1.25

£67.50

Collection on Night

£11.23

Donations (no change given on night)

£1.10

 

£79.83

 Expenses

Abbey Catering 52 @ £1.20

£62.40

Bill from Red Lion (48 @ 8½p

£4.08

Entertainer (G Given, S Heather)

£15.00

Post and Stationery

£1.11

Remuneration for Waitresses

£1.00

Donation to Scouts (2 year hire of hall)

£5.00

 

£88.59

 

Profit carried fwd from 1973

£20.07

Loss from Night

£8.76

Balance in Hand

£11.31

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1975

Click picture to see more pagesIn 1975, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop, 2 Cub Packs and 1 Venture Scout Unit. Len Gardiner is appointed Group Scout Leader 27/01/1975. P Reed had a leaders permit issued as Assistant Cub Scout Leader on 27/01/1975. David Carpenter, or 'Chip' as he is known, became Cub Scout Leader on 05/02/1975.  Mr R C M Fletcher and L M Hugill were appointed Assistant Scout Leaders on 04/06/1975. Keith Franklin and G H Lambourne became Cub Scout Leaders on 12/11/1975.

You may remember this manual for the Advanced Scout Standard Award first published in 1975. Click on the cover picture to have a look at the first few pages so you can see the contents and get a feel for the style. © Steve Scholes for The Scout Association.

Click the picture to see moreIn the slide show on the right, you can see Geoff Watsons pictures of the 1975 Eynsham Carnival parade. They include a marching band, The Carnival Queen, Donkey Joe, a Pearly King and Queen, The Cubs 'Milk' Float, fancy dress entrants, Humpty Dumpty, a huge oil rig, some shirt race competitors, and a Mary Poppins float on the playing fields arena.

1975 Boss.s Night Report

Held in Scout Headquarters on Friday 11th April at 8.00 p.m. Catering G Allen, Abbey Catering Abingdon, and bar by Red Lion Eynsham. Menu, soup, chicken, fruit cocktail, trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee. Officers this year. Chairman Mr G Batts. Absent friends Mr D Good (at short notice). Mr Barber thanked the committee and Mr P Smith told jokes and replaced the entertainer. Mr Batts opened with a short silence for Boss and after the meal his speech was full of reminiscences of old Scout camp etc coupled with a few jokes. Very well done. The meal was up to its usual standard with liberal quantities of everything. This year no late comers.

Mr Good toasted absent friends and between Mr Barber and Mr P Smith it is now apparent an entertainer would be a waste of money. The Drum and Fife still manages to produce a few tunes and is still in good voice. The collection this year amounted to £10. A very good evening once again which finished at approx 12.30.

Members present as follows: 46 total

B Seeney

K Seeney

W R Parsloe

J Green

R Harling

C Pimm

T Green

G Batts

D L Lee

W Bailey

H Douglas

E Douglas

K Hawtin

H Russell

H Hardwick

R James

F James

R Lee

J Nash

B Evans

D Parker

W Brown

W Allsworth

A Pimm

W H Perkins

D Wixey

R Barber

D Douglas

K Green

E Floyde

J Simmonds

J Blunt

P Blunt R Evans D Good

*P Smith (ent)

*M Moore

*L Hugill

*L Gardiner

*H Lambourne

*A Edgar  

*W T Robbins

*K Franklin

*J Evans

*E Price

*A Henderson  

* Group Committee, Scouters and Helpers

1975 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £1.50

Credit 

45 @ 1.50

£67.50

Collection on Night

£10.00

Donation F Harris bar

£1.00

 

£78.50

 Expenses

Abbey Catering 46 @ 1.35 + 8% VAT

£67.07

Red Lion 4 doz @ 10p

£4.80

Printing, Postage and Stationery

£2.17

Remuneration for Waitresses

£2.00

 

£76.04

 

Profit on Night

£2.46

c/f from 1974

£11.31

Balance on Hand

£13.77

Mr D Good cremated Friday 22nd August 1975

Balance c/f

£13.77

Wreath D Good

£10.68

Balance in Hand

£3.09

1976

Click the picture to see moreIn 1976, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop and 3 Cub Packs.

The Scout Association allowed females to join Venture Scouts.

You can see some more of Geoff Watsons slides of the 1976 Eynsham Carnival parade on the right including, a large ship, The Playgroup, Village Sports, a big Dougal, Robin Hood, The Fancy Dress entrants and The Carnival Queen.

1976 Boss's Night Report

Held in Scout Headquarters on Friday April 2nd at 8.00 p.m. Catering by Abbey (G Allen) Catering Service Abingdon, and bar by Red Lion Hotel Eynsham.  Menu: thick vegetable soup, roast beef and Yorkshire, fruit cocktail and trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee. Mr G Blunt took the chair this year and started with grace. The silence for Boss was held after the meal followed by the Queen toast. Mr Blunt was well supported by his two brothers and although it is difficult to remember what he said everyone agreed he made a good chairman. Mr B Seeney toasted absent friends and his job was made more difficult with remembering Mr D Good, one of our keenest members and a great friend of all, who had recently died.

The committee was thanked by Mr R Barber who has now become the resident comedian and between him and Mr G Batts who is now a committee member and answered, the proceedings went with a swing. The Drum and Fife is still very much in evidence and this year was exceptionally strong. No entertainer turned up this year but he was not missed. The collection organised by W Allsworth amounted to £16.50 a grant effort. The evening finished around 1.00 a.m. although a few members finished with coffee at George Batts house until around 2.30 a.m. A very good year.

Members present: 46 in all.

D Wixey

D Malin

K Green

J Simmonds

F J Douglas

R Herbert*

R James

D Dawson*

T Pimm (A)

R Barber

G Blunt

H Lambourne*

A Pimm

A Edgar*

H Hardwick

R Harling

J Blunt

H Parsons*

E Douglas

J Green

W Perkins

J Nash (Snr)*

P Blunt

J Evans*

R Evans (Rob)

H Douglas

W T Robbins*

F James

W Brown

P Green*

D Parker

T Green

L Gardiner*

R Betterton

W Allsworth

W Harris

G Batts

H Russell

W Bailey

R P Hanks

R Evans (Roy)

E Floyde

R Lee

K Seeney

B Seeney B Evans    

* Scouters and Helpers and Group Committee

1976 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £1.70

Credit

46 @ £1.70

£78.20

Collection on night

£16.50

Donation F Harris bar

£1.76

Donations (i.e. no change)

£0.60

 

£97.06

Expenses 

Abbey Catering 46 @ £1.40 + VAT

£69.55

Red Lion 4 doz small bottles

£5.76

Postage and Stationery

£3.04

 

£78.35

 

Profit on night

£18.71

c/f from 1975

£3.09

Balance in hand

£21.80

1977

Click the picture to see moreIn 1977, the Scout Association shows 1 Scout Troop and 3 Cub Packs.

On the right are some pictures of the 1977 Eynsham Carnival Parade taken by Geoff Watson. There's a jubilee theme to some of them and include The Carnival Queen, Fancy Dress entrants, a large rocket, The Queens Garden Party by the Playgroup, the Bartholomew School Gymnasts, 2 men rowing in a bathtub(!), The Queens Coronation, a Mississippi Steamer, some belly dancing girls and a marching band in the arena on the playing field.

1977 Boss's Night Report

Held at the British Legion Hall on Friday March 25th at 8 p.m. Catering by Abbey Catering, Milton, Abingdon and bar by the Red Lion Eynsham. Menu: spring vegetable soup, roast beef with trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee. 

Mr R Worling took the chair and proceedings commenced with the silence for Boss Perkins. Mr Worling spoke after the meal and reminisced on part scouting days. He was followed by Mr Allsworth who toasted absent friends, remembering W Robbins who had recently died. Although Bill was not an old Scout he had been Group Secretary for a long time. Mr Allsworth also commented on shortage of numbers, only 39, and was sorry to see no Douglases here this year.

Apologies were received from the Blunt Brothers, Jack Douglas, Reg Hanks and Ted Adnams a committee member. Mr Pete Sucett? thanked the committee. An excuse to help the proceedings lively with a few well chosen jokes and Mr G Batts answered for the committee and between the two of them the guests were well entertained. The actual meal as usual was excellent no complaints at all.

The evening was a good success and between Pete Smith on an electric organ and the drum and fife band there was never a dull moment. Mr Allsworth once more organised the collection on the drum which this year raised £9.09. The good night was played around 12.00 although the bar extension was until 1.00 and this extended till about 2 o’clock with coffee for some at the ?? house until around 3.30. A very good year.

Members Present 39

R Evans (Rob)

B Seeney

D Wixey

W Allsworth

K Green

R Talbot*

G Nash

W Harris

B Evans

P Woolley

 D Malin*

J Evans*

J Simmonds

W Bailey

A Pimm

C Ainsley

K Franklin*

D Taylor*

H Hardwick

H Russell

F James

A Pimm

 R Herbert*

P Smith (ent)

W Perkins

E Floyde

D Parker

G Batts

A Edgar*

W King*

R Harling

R Betterton

T Green

R Lee

L Gardiner R Evans (Roy)

W Brown

R James

K Seeney      

* Scouters, committee and helpers

1977 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £2.00

Credit 

38 @ £2 (ent free)   

            £76.00

Collection

            £9.09

Donations (R Barber Bar)

            £3.00

 

£88.09

Expenses 

   

Abbey Catering

£74.71

Red Lion 3 doz beer

            £4.00

Hire Legion Hall

£6.00

Postage and Stationery

£3.40

 

£88.11

   

Loss on night

£0.02

Carried forward from 1976

£21.80

Balance in hand

£21.78

Wreath Mrs Perkins cremated 16 June 1977

£7.00

 

£14.78

1978

Click on the picture to see moreIn 1978, the Scout Association shows 2 Scout Troops and 3 Cub Packs.

In the slideshow on the right you can see the final batch of pictures that Geoff Watson lent us of the 1978 Eynsham Carnival. Taken in Newlands Street they show some pirates, Calendar Girls, a float promoting fitness, some cannibals, and a cottage! If you have any more details about them or can put names to the people and organisations they were from, please email us.

1978 Boss's Night Report

Held at the Scout Hut Back Lane, with catering by the Abbey Catering Services Milton Trading Estate and bar by the Red Lion Eynsham, on March 31st at 8 p.m. The menu this year was roast chicken preceded by vegetable soup and followed by trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee.

Mr J Douglas took the chair and proceedings commenced with a silence to Boss Perkins. The meal was excellent once again and plenty for all. Mr Douglas toasted the Queen and followed with his speech. He commented on the excellent meal, ??? and produced old scout documents going back to 1918. This caused quite a lot of fun and some of the written work that had been produced in the old Swift patrol magazine was read out.

Mr J Green (present) featured in the original accounts for 1919. Mr Douglas received a good ovation. He was followed by Mr E Floyde who read out apologies and toasted absent friends. He specially remembered Mrs Perkins (Boss’s wife) who had died during the previous year. Mr Pete Smith who is now our resident entertainer thanked the committee but he also commented that with the books produced by Mr Douglas 1978 must be the 60th anniversary of the Troop. Mr G Batts answered for the committee and once again produced some well chosen jokes.

The drum and fife band was once gain in very good voice although as time goes on the tunes become a little muddled and the flutes harder to play. Mr Pete smith played the organ and a good singsong was enjoyed by all. The good night was played about twelve but with an extension to one o’clock many members carried the singsong on to the early hours. The collection this year was £15.50. Mr Douglas presented the old documents to Mr Parker to be retained with the Scout documents for future reference. The evening was a grand success with 42 present and many staying on this year to the end.

42 members are follows

J Douglas (Jack)

R Lee

R Herbert*

F Stratford

B Evans

B Seeney

R Harling

D Parker

L Gardiner*

W Brown

W Allsworth

J Blunt

J Simmonds

R Betterton

R Talbot*

J Douglas (John)

E Floyde

G Blunt

W Perkins

J Green

N Peterson

D Douglas

G Batts

P Blunt

R Evans (Rob)

F James

J R Williams*

R Evans (Roy)

T Green

D Wixey

R Hands (Reg)

K Seeney

K Franklin*

A Pimm

W Bailey

A Edgar (old helper)

C Ainsley

K Green

P Smith (entertainer)

C Pimm

A Pimm (Tony) R James

 * Current Scouters

1978 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £2.50

Credit 

41 @ £2.50

£102.50

Collection

£15.50

Donation Red Lion

£2.50

 

£120.50

Expenses 

Abbey Catering

£98.02

Red Lion 4 doz beer

£7.00

Remuneration Waitresses

£2.00

Postage and Stationer

£2.92

 

£109.94

 

Profit on Night

£10.56

c/f from 1977

£14.78

Balance in Hand

£25.34

Wreath

£6.50

Balance

£18.84

R Green buried 9 June 78.

1979

In 1979, the Scout Association shows 2 Scout Troops and 3 Cub Packs.

1979 Boss's Night Report

Held in the British Legion Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham on March 30th at 8 p.m. Catering by The Abbey Catering and bar by The Red Lion Eynsham as previous years. Menu this year, roast turkey with all the trimmings, vegetable soup, trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee.

Mr Jack Green aged 77 took the chair this year the 21st dinner. As usual the evening commenced with a short silence in memory of Boss Perkins followed by grace. The meal was excellent. Everyone comments on the ability of the caterers to produce such a hot meal with the facilities available. Mr Green toasted the Queen. He speech reminisced on old days, old members and Boss in particular. Mr N (Colonel) Bailey toasted absent friends remembering in particular Mr R (??) Green who died suddenly the previous year and Mr N Russell who although had never attended a reunion dinner was an old scout and featured in many old photographs and memories.

Mr C Ainsby (at very short notice) thanked the committee and the reply for the committee was given by Mr George Batts who is now our resident comedian. Each received a very good ovation. The dinner was concluded by a presentation to the porter of a plaque commemorating Boss’s Night 21st year. The evening’s entertainment consisted of: the Drum and Fife Band which this year was really great. All the good players were there this year and many complimentary remarks were heard. Mr K Green and an associate sang and played old folk and country songs (accordion, ??? and mouth organ). This was received very well indeed and made a very pleasant interlude. With a little persuasion Mr Green will be a resident singer for future occasions.

Many old photographs appeared this year as a result of the Oxford Mail’s article on Boss’s night. Mr N Perkins and Mr R Lee organised t his which was published on Monday March 26th. Mr O Chapman (Antony Wood) wrote the piece from information gathered at a meeting at the Red Lion hotel between W Perkins, R Lee, G Batts, T Green, J Green and D Parker. It was a superbly written piece and although one or two questioned the accuracy (picture published was 1937 coronation not 1935 Silver Jubilee) everyone was very proud to feel we had received some notoriety at last.

Mr N Perkins sold copies of the paper for 10p each the money going on the Drum, which this year realised £25.50. What a wonderful collection the maximum yet. Mr J Wells current Group Chairman was present (introduced by Mr G Batts at the table) and he was enthralled by the general attendance and atmosphere. Two young Scouters also attended for the first time, M Watson and P Berry. It is hoped more can be encouraged. This year was voted the best so far but it seems each year improves on the last. The good night was played around 12 o’clock and although the extension was granted until 12.30 it was the early hours before everyone went home. (As a result of the article Mr Boxcell-Preston, 5 South Parade furniture dealer, sent old photos to M Parker, found when clearing the effects of N Russell.)

47 sat at table this year. Members present:

H Hardwick

Robert Evans

R J Douglas

J Green (Snr)

T Green

F James

K Green

E Douglas

J Simmonds

W Perkins

B Evans

W Allsworth

A Pimm

R Betterton

R P Hanks

J Blunt

H Douglas

F Stratford

P Blunt

G Blunt

O Parker

R Harling

J Evans*

D Douglas

R James

G Batts

J Douglas

W Harris

Roy Evans

K Seeney

B Seeney

C Ainsley

E Floyde

R Howard

A Pimm

R Lee

W Brown

D Lee D Wixey W Bailey    

J Wells (Chairman) R Saunders (Entertainer), L Gardiner, R Herbert, M Watson, P Berry (Leaders), F Harris (Red Lion dined for first time), * Old helper.

1979 Balance Sheet

Charge per head £3

Credit 

46 @ £3 (enter and F Harris Free)

£138.00

Donation E Harwood

£1.00

Collection on Night

£25.50

 

£164.50

 Expenses

Hire of Legion Hall

£10.00

Red Lion 48 Beer

£7.60

Envelopes and Postage

£2.91

Remuneration Waitresses

£3.00

Abbey Catering 48 @

£137.37

Presentation Plaque

£6.79

 

£167.67

 

Loss on Night

£3.17

c/f from 1978

£18.84

Balance in Hand

£15.67

Mr H S Fowler (Jack) died 9th May 79 (one of 1st old Scouts to suggest a reunion.) donation of £8.00 to Cancer Research.

 

£15.67

Donation 21-5-79

£3.00

Balance in Hand

£7.67

L Gardiner GSL died 11-12-79

Wreath

£4.88

Balance in Hand

£2.79

 

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