A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1880 1889.
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BENEFIT SOCIETY FESTIVAL15 June 1889
The Cowley United Benefit Society held their anniversary on Tuesday. In the morning the members assembled at their Club Room, at the Carpenter's Arms, Middle Cowley, and after luncheon proceeded to the village Church, headed by the Headington Brass Band, under the able leadership of Mr. George Terry... In the evening, according to the usual custom, the band paraded the streets, calling at residences of patrons of the society... Nothing occurred to mar the festivities of the day, and the band gave general satisfaction.
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL - 15 June 1889
Temperance Band5 January 1889
On Boxing Day the members, after parading village and visiting the principal residents, returned to the British Workman, kindly lent for the occasion by Miss Nichol, when about forty members and friends sat down to tea, provided the manager (Mr. Robertson). During the evening songs and recitations were given.
OXFORD TIMES - 5 January 1889
Forester's Fete at Iffley26 June 1888
... In the spacious grounds, at the rear of the "Tree" there were swing boats, roundabouts, shooting galleries, etc., and during the afternoon the Headington Brass Band paraded the village.
OXFORD TIMES - 30 June 1888
HEADINGTON JUBILEE CELEBRATION27 August 1887
... The working men of Headington and Barton celebrated the Jubilee of her Majesty on Monday last, the primary object being a treat to the women and children of the neighbourhood. During the morning the Headington Brass Band, who kindly gave their services, marched round the villages playing lively tunes...
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, 27 August 1887
Odd Fellows’ Anniversary4 June 1887
HEADINGTON. Odd Fellows’ Anniversary.—The Royal Havelock Lodge of Odd Fellows held their annual dinner at the Britannia Inn on Whit-Tuesday. The members assembled in the morning, and headed by the Headington Brass Band marched in procession to the village church, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Vicar (Rev. E. F. Tyndale). At 1.30 about 70 sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Host Wild, the chair being taken by the Vicar. An adjournment was afterwaids made to the grounds, where sports and dancing brought to a close a most successful anniversary.
OXFORD TIMES, 4 JUNE 1887
1887 MYSTERY11 February 1887
The history of the band states that AJ Taylor Alfred Taylor, a Headington Carpenter forms the Headington Brass Band with his three sons John, Fred and Dan and eight other men, including Tom Tolley, Walter Gallaway, Paddy Burke and Tom Maisey. Victor Sugden in An Oxford Diary gives an exact date of 11 February 1887 but provides no source.
GREAT HASELEY : ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW1 August 1885
... During the afternoon the proceedings were greatly enlivened by the Headington Brass Band, who played a selection of music in capital style...
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, 1 August 1885
FETE IN AID OF THE RADCLIFFE INFIRMARY27 June 1885
...The Oxford City Police Band and the Headington Junior Brass Band were engaged and played for dancing...
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, 27 June 1885
INDEPENDENT MUTUAL BRETHREN SOCIETY11 August 1883
A branch lodge (786) of this flourishing Society held their first anniversary on Monday last. In the morning the members met at their club room, the Original Swan, at Temple Cowley (Brother Cooper's), and marched to the old parish church, headed by the Headington Brass Band (under the leadership of Mr. George Terry), with banners, flags &c., the members wearing full regalia, where the vicar, the Rev. George Moore, preached an impressive sermon to an attentive congregation.
JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, 11 August 1883
Odd Fellowship - Beckley26 July 1883
...After a few more toasts of a complimentary character had been given, the company dispersed to enjoy themselves, there being no lack of amusements provided. The Headington old brass band, under the direction of Mr. David Taylor, played a good selection of music throughout the day, and gave every satisfaction to the committee appointed to carry out the arrange ments, and to the company generally, which became numerous as the evening advanced.
OXFORD TIMES, 4 August 1883
HEADINGTON JUVENILE BRASS BAND2 October 1880
This band held their annual supper on Saturday evening at the "Prince of Wales," Charles Street, Iffley-road. The members marched from Headington, through Cowley, to the above inn, where a capital spread awaited them A few friends in the musical line were included in the company at the table. The cloth being removed, some capital songs were sung, and a pleasant evening spent.
OXFORD TIMES - 02 October 1880
HEADINGTON JUVENILE BRASS BAND3 July 1880
The annual excursion of the Headington juvenile brass band will take place on July 22nd Nuneham has been fixed upon and those who intend to go will be taken by water by the Nelson House boat, under the supervision of the band-master.
OXFORD TIMES - 3 July 1880