I was pleased with the picture (first in the gallery) of our daughters dancing in the square for the Silver Jubilee in 1977. Don was chairman of the Eynsham Silver Jubilee Committee and in case you are wondering I took this from an upstairs bedroom window at the Red Lion.
Do you remember old Jim Evans? I heard him playing his drums and spoons outside his front door up the street. I gathered an audience and the result was a picture in the paper. Iris of Stanton Harcourt saw it, promptly fell in love with him and they married soon after.
My next picture is of Charles Caine, chairman of the restoration committee and Peter Ridley, the vicar, who sportingly lay down for me next to the gargoyles carved in their likeness during the restoration of St Leonard's Church in the 1980s. Charles said he hoped his didn’t suffer from vertigo like him!
Here are some of my efforts to protect our village from housing. The Six Spot Burnet moth breeds on the threatened old railway line. The cows are grazing peacefully on the garden village site, soon to be covered with 2,000 houses. It is so good to have taken these pictures on my walks with just a little iPhone in my pocket. When you think I started off with a case containing two heavy cameras, lenses, flashgun, light meter and canisters of film no wonder I now suffer from back-ache. It has meant a lot to me to be a founder member of the Eynsham Society so the next picture is of old friends planting up the Queen Mother’s Clump in the Fishponds.
Life bringing up the girls in the seventies was very constricting. I carried on taking press photographs at the weekend when Don was able to look after them, although he was also busy designing and planting our lovely garden and running the local Liberal campaign. The founding of the Eynsham Society in 1972 gave me an 'out'. I went on to be Secretary and then Chairman, dealing with planning problems, planting trees and organising walks and talks. I then became a Parish Councillor and managed to get the old railway line designated a public footpath and, after a long struggle and years of meetings, the improvement of the Village Square. For many years I updated the annual Oxford Mail Leisure Guide. It was an over the phone job and a bit of a slog but useful money.