Events:

Next events --

Monday September 4th 2017. Trip to the Houses of Parliament, London. Coach leaves the Sports and Social Club car park at 7.30 am. £22.00 per head. Last few tickets left (August 1st).

Rosemary Wharton for details: rosie@thistledome.net, 01869 347638.

Past events --

Sunday, June 11th 2017 2.30pm, Sports and Social Club.

Bartons' History Group Summer Tea and Talk. Listen to the story of The Water Gypsy - a Thames fishergirl who became a Viscountess, a true Cinderella story, told by Julie Ann Godson. Signed books of the story will be on sale at a discount. 

An afternoon tea of scones, jam and cream will be served. There will be a (very) brief AGM.

Sunday, July 2nd 2016, Middle Barton Primary School.
Bartons' History Group display of School photographs held in the History Group archive.

Sunday, June 5th 2016 Primary School Talk, photo folders and photos (and AGM)
Michael Waine who taught at the village primary school in the late 1960s talked about his teaching memories of the Bartons. Additionally, Michael donated and showed slide photographs which he took while at the School. Chris Edbury chaired the AGM which was accomplished in record time.

Friday November 13th 2015 7:30pm, Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton.

Annual Autumn Talk: Linda Haynes - "The Shipton-on-Cherwell Railway Crash, 1874".

Linda Haynes, Oxfordshire History Centre, will talk about the disastrous rail crash at Shipton-on-Cherwell on Christmas Eve, 1874. 34 people died and 67 people were seriously injured. The crash changed the way that railways were operated in Britain. Proceeds from the event will be used by both the History Group and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. (Visit the crash site the day before with Bartons' Walking Group.)

Sunday May 10th 2015 Pre-School and Primary School Pupils through the decades (and AGM).

School photos were displayed for possible name identification, together with a brief AGM.

Friday, November 14th 2014 7:30pm, Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton.

Annual Autumn Talk: Brian Little of the Banbury Guardian - "From Carriers to Commuters - the Changing Face of Banbury".

Brian Little talked about many aspects of Banbury's history and its dealings with surrounding villages. Particularly absorbing was his description of market day in Banbury with carriers coming from the surrounding villages to deliver and pick up agricultural produce, livestock, household needs and villagers. Market day lunches and the odd pint(s) of beer helped the all-round enjoyment. Brian also covered Banbury's more recent history and his thoughts on its future. 

Friday, December 22nd 7:30pm, Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton.

Annual Autumn Talk: John Woolley - "The Great Train Robbery".

John Woolley gave a spirited and enjoyable talk about the events surrounding the Great Train Robbery which happened 50 years ago in 1963. John was, at the time, police constable for Brill and was the first police officer to arrive at the hideout, Leatherslade Farm in Buckinghamshire.

Sunday, April 14th 2013 2:00pm, Sports and Social Club - Family History talk and AGM.

Friday December 2012 7:30pm Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton

Ken Lusted gave an absorbing description of his duties as a police security officer in the Houses of Parliament.

Sunday, March 4th 2012 2:00pm, Sports and Social Club - Cinemas in N. Oxon and AGM.

Ian Meyrick gave the Group and members an informative talk on cinemas in North Oxfordshire, complete with early video and still photographs. Members contributed their memories on our local cinema on North Street. This was followed by a brief AGM.

Friday, December 2nd 2011 7.30 pm, Alice Marshall Hall, Middle Barton.

Annual Autumn talk:    Will Wyatt CBE - "The Fun Factory - A Life in the BBC".

Will joined the BBC in the mid-1960s at a time that could be described as the birth of television. He gave us an inside view of the Corporation and some of its more colourful characters. With his insight into the development of television over several decades, we had a behind-the-scenes look at the BBC. A very enjoyable evening.

Sunday, September 11th 2011 2:30 pm - Westcote Barton Church and Fox Lane History walk.

Chris Edbury lead another history walk to Westcote Barton Church and parts of Fox Lane.

Saturday May 14th 2011 9:30am onwards. Sports and Social Club, Middle Barton.

The Oxford Local History Association hosted an Oxfordshire garden history day. In the morning, there was a talk by James Bond entitled 'Plats, Parterres, Propects and Planting Schemes: Garden History from Tudor to Victorian Times' and in the afternoon a guided tour of Rousham gardens. The day also included a short OLHA AGM and a short talk by John Madden on 'History in the Bartons'.

Sunday March 13th 2011 2:30 pm - Folder/Photo display and brief Annual General Meeting. Sports and Social Club, Middle Barton.

History Group folders and photographs wereavailable for historical rummaging. Recently donated photos of WW II Land Army workers were on display with other WW II material. The meeting was concluded with the Group's (brief) fourth Annual General Meeting.

Sunday, February 20th 2011 2:00 pm - Steeple Barton Village History  Walk and snowdrops!

Chris Edbury led another group of ~25 people around the site of the medieval settlement of Steeple Barton. In winter, with less vegetation, it became clearer how extensive the settlement was in the 14th century. Notes from the walk can be found here.

Friday November 26th, 2010 7:30 pm. Alice Marshall Hall.

A talk by Josceline Dimbleby on 'Family Secrets' and Kiddington Hall. Approximately 45 people attended the talk and Josceline entertained the meeting with her recollections of childhood visits to Kiddington, and her detective work on the relationship between Edward Burne-Jones and Mary Gaskell of Kiddington Hall. Arthur Goffe helped the meeting along with village tales from long ago.

Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th September, 2010. 150th anniversary of the Methodist Chapel.

An Open weekend was held at the Methodist Chapel on South Street to celebrate this anniversary. History folders and photos were examined and pored over, and an excellent document and photograph display provided background to their celebrations. New photos were added to our archive which may be found here.

Sunday, July 25th 2010 2:30 pm - Steeple Barton Village History  Walk.

Around 24 people enjoyed a guided walk through the centuries and across the fields of Steeple Barton.  Notes from the walk can be found here.

Sunday, January 24th 2010 at 2.30 pm. Presentation and short 2010 Annual General Meeting.

Approximately 35 people attended a web-site presentation, folder rummage and general history gossip followed by a brief AGM. New photographs were provided of the West family and more information volunteered on missing photograph titles. In the AGM, the existing committee was re-elected, nemine contradicente. Denise Roberts also kindly agreed to join the committee and was duly elected. Many thanks to our helpers for the delicious teas and cakes.

Friday, October 16th 2009 at 7:30 pm. Flora Thompson evening in the Alice Marshall Hall.

Forty people enjoyed an illustrated talk by local author Christine Bloxham in the village hall. Christine talked about the life and times of Flora Thompson and her book Lark Rise to Candleford. She also gave us a virtual tour of Flora's village, Juniper Hill, which is not far from Middle Barton, just south-east of Banbury. Her new book, The World of Flora Thompson Revisited was available and made a hit as 2009 Christmas presents. Thank you very much Christine.

A photograph of Christine signing books can be found here.

 Sunday, September 27th 2009 at 2.00 pm - North Street Village History  Walk.

The group had a successful walk led by Chris Edbury from the Alice Marshall hall to The Carpenters Arms. Notes from the walk can be found here.

North Street photographs can be found here and here.