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Bloxham Village History Club

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The Village History Club was founded in 1982 at the suggestion of Charles Huntriss and Louis Baume, both of happy memory, and Yvonne Huntriss MBE (Charles’ widow and Louis’ sister) who is now resident in Godswell Park. The two men had met as Prisoners of War of the Japanese during the Second World War and all that is mortal of them now rest in adjoining plots in Bloxham Churchyard. The trio had founded the Village Museum in 1981 and in a sense the History Club is its offshoot, but there is now no formal connection between them save that if the Club is wound up under its constitution its at present not insubstantial funds would go to the Museum or, in the unlikely event that that too had ceased to exist, to the Parish Council. More happily, Yvonne is our President. Indeed one of our most fascinating meetings in recent years consisted of Yvonne’s reminiscences of an unusually long and full life. She did not divulge her year of birth, save to say she was born during a Zeppelin raid over London.
When we formed the club thirty years ago we gave it that name instead of the more usual ‘Society’ because we hoped it would have a more convivial rather than learned nature. Many if not most Oxfordshire villages have a local history organisation, but the only other ‘Club’ is at Radley. Perhaps ‘Local History Group’ as at Hook Norton, would have been better but we have never concentrated exclusively on local history. There is a limited number of local fields we can till.
We have eight meetings a year from September to May, omitting December. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30 p.m. in the Jubilee Park Hall. A December meeting would be too close to Christmas. Usually we have outside speakers – some have come more than once – ranging from semi-[professional to keen amateur, but encouragingly some of our members have like Yvonne been persuaded to speak of their own lives. The last two were Dan Roberts, who also produced a short, very readable book portraying a vivid picture of another age, and Rod Wallington, whose recollections of his military career, mainly in Cyprus, also took us far afield in time and space.
For many years we arranged a day trip out by coach, but in common with many similar organisations we have not been able to raise in recent years a coach full of travellers. Our next meeting, on April 18th, will be addressed by Professor George Huxley of Church Enstone, sometime Fellow of All Souls, Oxford and holder of the chair in Greek at Queens’ University, Belfast from 1962 to 1983, when he will give some thoughts on English railways and canals, especially those of the Banbury area, and he will be followed on 16th May by our member John Chaplin on Inn Signs. Needless to say, all are welcome. Brief details of our meetings appear in Broadsheet.

2 Comments

  1. Yvonne moved into Godswell Care Home in Bloxham a few years ago. She’s still there as far as we are aware. Certainly good for her age last time we saw her.

  2. Mike huntriss says:

    Is Yvonne Huntriss fit and well. We have the same surname so must be related in some way.

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