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Heyford and Aston Friendly Society18 May 1859
On the 18th inst., the Heyford and Aston Friendly Society, attended divine service at Upper Heyford church, where the Rev. Thomas Browne preached an eloquent amplification of St. Peter’s precept, “love the brotherhood." The village choir was suffering from an attack of the sulks, and would not sing. Both before and after the service the Headington brass band, one of the best in the county, performed in their usual effective style. The dinner took place at the Red Lion, Steeple Aston. This society is the largest in Oxfordshire, having 156 benefit members, and a capital of £758.
Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Saturday 28 May 1859
Rural Fete at Headington4 September 1852
Rural fete at HeadingtonThe amusements commenced soon after two o'clock by dancing to the music of the Headington Brass Band, who gave their valuable services on the occasion, and added greatly to the enjoyment of the fete.
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, 4 September 1852
Islip Friendly Societies25 May 1850
Islip Friendly SocietiesOn Monday last the members of the Swan benefit society, and those of the Union fellowship society, held at the Fox and Grapes, met at their respective inns, and afterwards proceeded to church ... At the Fox and grapes the dinner was served in very excellent manner by the worthy secretary... The pleasures of the day were greatly increased by the Headington Brass Band. The conviviality was kept up until a late hour, and it may be truly said that a more pleasant and agreeable day was never spent.
OXFORD CHRONICLE AND BERKS AND BUCKS GAZETTE, 25 May 1850