1900 1909

A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1900 1909.

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Nobby Challis

13 September 1909

Birth of Cyril Edward (Nobby) Challis in Cambridgeshire.

Monty Bowen Joins the Band


About 1908 Montague (Monty) William Bowen from the Oxford Salvation Army Band joins the band. He becomes bandmaster in 1912.

"The Bandmaster when I joined the Band 1918 was Mr Monty Bowen who had two sons in the Band. He also played solo cornet which appeared to be the general practice in those days, even in top class Bands."
James Alder Memoir (1983)


March 1907

Headington Temperance held their annual general meeting on Wednesday last at Cowley. After some discussion it was resolved to alter the name of the band, and it will now be known as the Headington and Cowley Temperance Band. Mr. G. Douglas was re-elected bandmaster, Mr. A. Douglas secretary, and Mr. West treasurer, and the band are looking forward to a very busy season's work.


Camp Meeting

20 August 1905

The Headington Temperance Band play at the annual camp meeting organised by the Abingdon Primitive Methodist Church, in a meadow in Park Road

Headington Temperance at the annual camp meeting of the Abingdon Primitive Methodists and had a very successful time.


July 1905

Headington Temperance were over at Horspath for the Weslyan Chapel Sunday School anniversay on Monday. Paraded this charming and secluded village, playing some very fine marches; also for the tea fight and after for the cricket match. The people are asking for another visit, Mr. Douglas, for you pleased them very much.



October 1904

TEMPERANCE BRASS BAND - The members held their annual meeting in their band room Thursday week. The secretary gave a report of the doings of the past year, also of the finances, which showed a balance in hand of 9s. 7d. The officers elected for the ensuing year were bandmaster, Mr. James Douglas; treasurer, Mr. A. Harris; and Mr. George Brown was unanimously re-elected secretary. The band is looking forward another successful year.

OXFORD TIMES - 15 October 1904


August 1904

Oxford Post office Band has had a very busy month. On lifeboat Saturday they were well to the fromt with their services and helped to get that £100 that was collected. The following bands took part viz., Oxford Hungarian Band, St Clement's Foresters and Holy Trinity combined, Kingston Lisle B.B., Headington Temperance B.B. and Oxford Post office Bands and tbe playing was quite a treat. Well done all.

Hospital Sunday at Oxford the following bands gave their services viz., Bletchley Station (M.A. Boughton), Headington T. Brass Band (G. Douglas), Salvation Army No. 1, Thame Brass Baud (H. Sutton), Oakley Brass Band (G Emery) and all played very well and gave great pleasure to a vast number of people who lined the route from Carfax. Well done gentlemen all for the day was terribly hot and sultry and I admire your pluck for sticking at it so well, about £40 was collected by your efforts. Bravo

Band of Hope Fete

July 1904


Band of Hope Fete

The temperance cause is far from being dead at Fritwell, if the fete held by the Band of Hope on Thursday is any criterion. Lovely weather prevailed, and all spent a glorious time. The Fritwell Band of Hope has upwards of sixty members, with Mr. William Pitts as president, Miss Fuller and Miss Ursula Reeves as vice-presidents, and Mr. J. H. Dew (secretary). The last-named had all the arrangement of the affair on Thursday, and must be congratulated on the success it attained. The fete was held in a field, which was kindly lent by Mrs. F. Dew. where the amusements were as numerous ever. The Headington Temperance Brass Band (conductor. Mr. J. Douglas) was engaged, and gave special selections during the afternoon. A good idea was carried out of giving prizes to the members of the Band Hope for the best collection of wild flowers, which were afterwards used for ornamenting the tea tables. The number of entries was large, and the collections were very choice. They were arranged in the Temperance Hall, and were judged Mrs. E. W. Dew (of Woodstock), who was kind enough to give the prizes. The judge had little difficulty in giving her decisions, the display being an all-round good one. For the girls, Edith Hopcraft was first, Elsie Keen second, and May Carpenter third. In the boys' section the winner proved to be Arthur Hopcraft, with Richard Hopcraft second, and Bertie Golder third. Tea was served four and five o'clock in the Temperance Hall, when anout 120 sat down. At six o'clock a procession was formed, consisting of the Headington Band and the banner of the Fritwell Society, and the village was paraded. At seven o'clock a public meeting was held in the fete field, under the shade of the trees overhanging the field. There was a large attendance. Mr. Reeman (of Woodstock) presided, and he and Mr. James Osborn (of Oxford) gave addresses on temperance work. Later in the evening there was dancing.


Oxford Trades Societies Cycle Parade

August 1903

... At the conclusion of the judging the competitors formed into procession and were joined by about fifteen members of the Fire Brigade, who volunteered their services. Preceded by the Headington Temperance Band in a brake, surrounded by a large concourse of interested sightseers, the procession started from St. Giles' just after seven o'clock...

OXFORD TIMES - 22 August 1903

Cycle Parade

30 August 1902

OXFORD : CYCLE PARADE. - On Monday evening a parade of decorated and illuminated bicycles was held in aid of the Oxford Benefit, Friendly and Trade Societies' Hospital Fund, the place of assembly bing St. Giles'. There was, however, a paucity of entries, but a large number of cyclists attended, and a procession, headed by the Headington Temperance Brass Band, marched through the city, proceeding by way of St. John's-road, Walton-street, Hythe Bridge-street, St. Ebbe's, St. Aldates's, St. Clement's, Cowley-road, High-street, back to St. Giles'. Prizes to the riders of the decorated cycles were presented in the Corn Exchange by Councillor Zacharias. Collectors with boxes gathered contributions from the public.

READING MERCURY - 30 August 1902


4 August 1902

The annual fete in connection with the Oxfordshire Band of Hope and Temperance Union was hold in Blenheim Park Monday, by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, K.G. At 9.45 the proceedings opened with a procession from tha Martyrs' Memorial at Oxford to the railway station, headed by the Langford and Filkins Temperance brass band and Oxford City Temperance drum and fife band. They proceeded to Woodstock by special train at 10.30. A second procession was formed tha foot of Headington Hill and headed by the Headington Temperance brass band, marched to the station and went on special train at 11.25...

OXFORD TIMES - 9 August 1902

William Street School Treat

5 July 1902

It was reported that the Headington United Temperance Band led the children in procession to the railway station for this event, held at Blenheim. A treat for members of the William Street Wesleyan Chapel Sunday School. It is not known what the term 'united' means in this context.

OXFORD TIMES - 5 July 1902

Horspath Wesleyan Sunday School

9 January 1902

At a tea for scholars at the Wesleyan Sunday School, in the Chapel at Horspath "Musical selections were well rendered by members of the Headington Temperance Band".

OXFORD TIMES - 18 January 1902

Wheatley Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition

5 September 1901

The Headington Temperance Band were in attendance for the thirteenth annual competition held in the vicarage grounds.

OXFORD TIMES - 7 September 1901

Wheatley Flower Show

6 September 1900

At the twelfth annual flower show, held in the Vicarage grounds in Wheatley "The Headington Temperance Brass Band played during the afternoon and for dancing in the evening."

OXFORD TIMES - 8 September 1900

Headington Workhouse Performance

18 August 1900

Entertainment to the workhouse inmates-on Thursday the members of the Headington Brass Band gave an afternoon's entertainment to the inmates of the Headington workhouse, which was very much enjoyed by all present. Fortunately the weather was all that could be desired. In a few well chosen words, Mr Aldern thanked the band for their kindness and their thoughtfulness in providing such an entertainment for the old people, and said he hoped they would soon make another visit. An excellent program was done through in a manner which reflected credit on the band.
OXFORD TIMES - 18 August 1900

Cricket victory over Wesleyans!

21 April 1900

NEW HEADINGTON WESLEYANS v. Headington Brass Band, - Played at Headington on Easter Monday, - The Wesleyans opened the season with a beating from the band after a pleasant and interesting games by six wickets. The result was brought about chiefly by the good bowling of the Brothers G. and J. Douglas, and the batting of J. Douglas and Nutt and Louch. For the losers, H. Field bowled and batted in good style. Each side played one man short.

OXFORD JOURNAL - 21 April 1900