A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1880 1889.
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Wednesday 5 May 1880
The Loyal Havelock Lodge will hold their anniversary on Whit Monday. The members will meet at the Britannia Inn, New Headington, at half past nine, and, after partaking of lunch, will proceed to the village church, headed by the splendid banner of the district, and the Headington brass band, returning to the Britannia for dinner, and afterwards parading the village. The remainder of the day will be spent in dancing, and various amusements.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday, 5 May 1880
CLUB FESTIVAL AT CHESTERTON
Monday 24 May 1880
... The morning was not bright, and fears were entertained that the dull weather would interfere with the principal holiday of the Chestertonians. ... The members met at the Reading-room, and, headed by the Headington Brass Band, proceeded to the parish church for public worship.
Bicester Herald - Friday 28 May 1880
HEADINGTON JUVENILE BRASS BAND
Saturday 3 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 bandmaster.
OXFORD TIMES - 3 July 1880 and Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 7 July 1880
HEADINGTON JUVENILE BRASS BAND
Saturday 25 September 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 - 2 October 1880
ODD FELLOWS' BALL
Wednesday 13 April 1881
The members and friends of the Loyal Havelock Lodge M. U., will hold a ball on Easter Monday, at their Lodge-room, "Britannia Inn," Headington. Brother Taylor's band is engaged for the occasion.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 13 April 1881
Wednesday 22 February 1882
The Headington Quarry Branch of the Washerwomen's Association held their annual tea and entertainment on the 22nd ult., in a large room kindly lent by Mr. S. Goodgame, jun., when upwards of 60 sat down to an excellent tea, provided by Mrs. Sarah Morris, laundress. The Headington Juvenile Band, under the direction of Mr. G. Terry, was engaged for the occasion. After tea, dancing commenced to the strains of the band, and songs were sung at intervals by Messers T. Adams, Birt, and other members of the band. Several friends from the village also kept the harmony alive, and a pleasant evening was spent.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 8 March 1882
Friday 7 July 1882
The two Benefit Societies of this town will celebrate their anniversaries on Friday next, July 7th. The new Friendly Society, whose lodge room is at the Crown Hotel, have engaged the Headington Brass Band...
Oxford Journal - Saturday 1 July 1882
Headington Flower and Poultry Show
Monday 7 August 1882
... The village uniform brass band will play from one till seven...
Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Saturday 5 August 1882
COWLEY. WORKING MEN’S CLUB ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday 15 May 1883
The anniversary of this club was celebrated on Tuesday, the weather being fine for the occasion. At ten o'clock the members assembled at the Club House, and headed by the Headington brass band, marched in procession the Rose Hill Chapel, where a sermon was preached...
Oxford Times - Saturday 19 May 1883
Odd Fellowship - Beckley
Thursday 26 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
INDEPENDENT MUTUAL BRETHREN SOCIETY
Monday 6 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
The first anniversary of lodge 786 was celebrated on Monday. when the members assembled at the club-house "The Original Swan," Cowley, and marched in procession to the village church, headed by the Headington Brass Band in uniform. An appropriate sermon was preached (the Rev. G. Moore), and subsequently the members and their friends dined together in a barn opposite the club-house, kindly lent by Mr. J. White, the interior oo the building being rendered bright and attractive by the aid evergreens, and a number of flags and banners tastefully arranged. - Oxford Times, Saturday 11 August 1883
Note: The Oxford Journal (11 August) reports the Headington Brass Band at two different events on the same day (Monday 6 Aug 1883); the club meeting in Cowley and the Horticultural Show in Headington, it could be the same band did both or there were two bands of similar names operating at the same time. The 6th August was a bank holiday, so it is likely the correct date. It is not known if George Terry's Headington Brass Band was directly related to the Headington Brass Band seemingly led at that time by David Taylor.
HEADINGTON HORTICULTURAL AND POULTY SHOW
Monday 6 August 1883
On Monday last the Headington Horticultural, Poultry, and Cottage Garden Association held its annual exhibition in the grounds of the Manor House, Old Headington, by permission of Miss Watson-Taylor, and as the weather was on the whole, fine, a large attendance resulted.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 11 August 1883
HEADINGTON. HORTICULTURAL, POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, RABBIT, CAT AND DOG SHOW.
Monday 4 August 1884
The Headington Senior Uniform Brass Band were present, and discoursed popular music from one till eight o'clock.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 13 August 1884
COWLEY. INDEPENDENT MUTUAL BRETHREN BENEFIT SOCIETY.
Monday 4 August 1884
On Monday week, the Cowley Lodge—No. 786 of the Order—held its second anniversary. The members assembled at the club-room, where they lunched, and, headed by the Headington Junior Brass Band. subsequently marched to the parish church.... A move was then made for the field, placed at the disposal of the members and their friends by Mr. Greenaway, where various amusements were provided ; and dancing to the strains of the band was afterwards indulged in, there being many present. So far as we have heard, all passed off satisfactorily.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 13 August 1884
Fete at Nuneham Park
Monday 25 August 1884
A fete to raise funds for the Radcliffe Infirmary.
The Headington Senior and Junior Brass Bands gave their services.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 6 September 1884
A fete took place on Monday week, in Nuneham Park, on behalf of the Radcliffe Infirmary, when, notwithstanding the rain, which fell heavily dunng the earlier part of the day, over five thousand persons were present from Oxford, Abingdon, and the surrounding districts....Tea was provided in marquees, erected on the ground by Mr. Taylor, of the Isis Tavern, Iffley, and were crowded during the whole of the evening, as were the cottages. Subsequently, dancing was indulged in, to the strains of the City Police Bard, under the conductorship of Mr. N. Nutt; the 2nd Oxon Rifle Volunteer Band, leader, Mr. E. Lüdecke ; the Headington senior uniform brass band, conductor, D. Taylor ; all of whom gave their services free.
Oxfordshire Weekly News - Wednesday 3 September 1884
COWLEY UNITED BENEFIT SOCIETY.
Tuesday 26 May 1885
The anniversary of this flourishing Society, established in 1831, was celebrated with much success on Tuesday, and after the continuous rain the previous day the members were fortunate in having fine weather for the gathering. ... The members assembled at the club bouse, "The Carpenters’ Arms,” Middle Cowley, half-past ten, and went in procession, headed by Headington brass band, to church, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Vicar, the Kev. G. Moore, from Galatians vi. 5. Subsequently the annual dinner was held at the ’’Carpenter’s Arms," ... The toast was drank with much enthusiasm, the band playing “For he’s Jolly good fellow,” in which the company heartily Joined.
Oxford Times - Saturday 30 May 1885
FETE IN AID OF THE RADCLIFFE INFIRMARY
Saturday 27 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
GREAT HASELEY : ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW
Wednesday 29 July 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
COWLEY INDEPENDENT MUTUAL BRETHREN FRIENDLY SOCIETY
Saturday 8 August 1885
The Cowley Branch of this Order celebrated their third anniversary on Monday last. The members assembled at their Club-room, whence they marched in procession to the Parish Church, headed by the Headington Senior Brass Band, where an appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. G. Moore, Vicar. After the service the members, headed by the Band, proceeded to Little more, and then returned to Cowley to dinner, which was held in a large barn opposite the Club-room, kindly lent by Mr. White. About thirty-five sat down to dinner, the chair being taken by the Vicar.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 8 August 1885
HORTICULTURAL AND LIVE STOCK SHOW.
Monday 2 August 1886
By permission of Miss Watson-Taylor, the sixth annual show of the Headington Society was held in the grounds of the Manor House on Monday last... The musical portion of the day's proceedings was supplied by the Headington Brass Band.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 7 August 1886
Friday 11 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.
Odd Fellows’ Anniversary
Saturday 4 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
COWLEY JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Wednesday 20 July 1887
The celebration of the Queen's Jubilee was held in a field in this village on Wednesday, the proceedings commencing with a dinner at two o'clock in a large marquee... During the dinner and in the afternoon the Headington Brass Band played selections.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 23 July 1887
HEADINGTON JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Saturday 27 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
Forester's Fete at Iffley
Tuesday 26 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
Saturday 5 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
BENEFIT SOCIETY FESTIVAL
Saturday 15 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
Hearts of Oak
Wednesday 3 July 1889
FORESTERS' DINNER AND FETE AT IFFLEY.
The annual dinner and fête of Court "Hearts of Oak". No. 5,183 Lodge the Foresters Benefit Society, was held at the Tree Tavern, Iffley, on Wednesday. The proceedings commenced as early as half-past nine o'clock, when the members of the order met opposite Magdalen Road, Iffley Road, formed a procession, and marched to the Court room at Iffley. The Headington brass band marched at the head of the procession.
Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Saturday 6 July 1889
FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' HOSPITAL SUNDAY.
Sunday 14 July 1889
The various Friendly Societies and Benefit Clubs of Oxford and the neighbourhood have arranged to meet for a grand united service in the Cathedral, on Sunday afternoon next, at 3 p.m. ... COWLEY ROAD: Headington Brass Band and the East Oxford Corps of Drums and Fifes.
Oxford Journal - Saturday 6 July 1889
STANTON ST. JOHN HOSPITAL SUNDAY
Sunday 24 July 1892
Sunday last was observed as Hospital Sunday, the first that has been held in the immediate neighbourhood. The weather ws all that could be desired, and a large number of people from the surrounding villages were present ... The bands and the members of the various clubs, met at the school at two o'clock, from whence they marched to Church in the following order : -Stanton Bramss Band, Stanton Friendly Society, Headington Brass Band, Forest Hill Friendly Society. Beckley Brass Band, Beckley Odd Fellows, Horton Brass Band, Stanton St. John Foresters, Headington Drum and Fife Band, Stanton St. John Juvenile Branch of Foresters. The church was crowded with a very attentive congregation. ... After the the bands and members paraded the village.
Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Saturday 30 July 1892
COWLEY, IFFLEY, LITTLEMORE, AND SANDFORD HOSPITAL SUNDAY
Sunday 14 August 1892
The above-named parishes held a service, organised processions, and made other arra egements, on Sunday last on behalf of the local medical charities.... The Stanton St. John Brass Band preceded the Iffley Foresters, who met at their court-room at the Tree Hotel, whilst the Headington Brass Band met the Cowley procession at Exeter Hall...
Oxford Journal - Saturday 20 August 1892