What you will find on this page:
  • expanded versions of stories that appear in DN
  • photographs that accompany stories in DN
  • newsworthy items that need publicity between printed issues of DN
  • links to new material on Deddington OnLine, in particular the History section

The page will be revised every month. Please contact the ExtraTime editor, Mary Robinson, if you have material to add.

What's New in DOL History

Georgetoday.hands.bandwAs I Remember

This remarkable autobiography by George Harris is now available to read online. It tells of growing up in the parish in the first half of the 20th century and, in doing so, manages to name almost every resident of Clifton at the time and quite a few in Deddington. An index of surnames for over 300 people is provided, along with instructions as to how to search for them.


Joseph Wilkins (1820–91)

Joseph was an agricultural labourer who lived in The Stile with a wife, nine children and his mother-in-law. He had a talent for drawing and became well known in the surrounding area as a sign writer and artist. His Bird's Eye Views of the villages became particularly well known.

ruthRedRuth Johnson's Writings

Ruth Johnson has been a stalwart of Deddington News for more years than we can remember and even now, in her 90s, serenely masters our sometimes temperamental printing machine to produce the 1000+ copies of the 16-page magazine ten times a year. 

She has always had a slightly outsider’s view, coming partly from her childhood in Switzerland and partly from actually living, until recently, in Duns Tew. But she has drawn from Deddington ‘all that is good, educational, inspirational, life supportable and “befriendable” in that great village’. 

This collection of her warm, funny and inclusive writings assembles material first printed in DN between 1999 and 2010 – with an addition in 2016 to celebrate our 40th birthday. Many of them are ‘Gleanings’ from the 14 volumes of the Parish and Deanery Magazines, 1879–1930, which were discovered in a disused safe in the church in 1998. Having dried them of damp and wiped off mildew it became obvious that they were bound and preserved by the Revd. Maurice Frost, Vicar of Deddington 1924–62. The volumes, which throw a kind light on Deddington Parish folk, are now housed in the Oxfordshire Diocese and Parish Records, St Luke’s Church, Temple Rd, Cowley, OX4 2EN.     

Deddington Festival 2017

DeddiFest_Logo2017As well as old favourites such as Deddy Jazz, Deddy Rocks, A Walk on the Wild Side, the Art Exhibition, Writing Competition and Poetry Please, there are some exciting new events. Young people will take over the church from 1-3.30pm on Saturday 10 June for the first ever Children's Festival – an array of fun-filled events for families.

Children’s poet John Foster, well known for his performances as a dancing dinosaur and rapping granny, will be performing and younger festival goers are invited to take part in dance workshops run by Deddington Youth Dance Company and photography sessions with the Adderbury, Deddington and District Photographic Society. They can try their hand at jewellery making and paint a pot or two to take home.

There will be a children’s café, balloon modelling, face-painting and lots of opportunity to perfect and display – or perhaps even discover – artistic and musical skills. There’s also an opportunity to sell old toys and buy new ones at the children’s ‘suitcase sale’.

The first ever Deddy Car Fest is from 11am–4pm on Sunday 11 June. In a celebration of cars old and new, and run in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Market Place will be filled with classic, contemporary and supercars. There’s a small fee to ride in them. And the Writing Competition Awards, with local judges John Landaw, Jo Eames and David Hingley, are in the Church 2.30–4.30pm.

In yet another first, the Festival is also delighted to welcome the immensely talented male a capella ensemble, All the King's Men, from King's College London. In  recent years they’ve toured the US, produced critically acclaimed albums, won multiple awards and wowed crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe. And now they are bringing their breathtaking vocal prowess, slick choreography and unique showmanship to the Church for a concert at 7pm on Sunday 11 June.

And there’s also a chance to sing with them. All the King’s Men will be running a singing masterclass in the Church from 5 to 6.30pm on Sunday, with participants invited to perform with the group.

More information on all the events can be found here. See also Facebook and @Deddyfest on Twitter.

Independent Custody Visitors in Banbury

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in Banbury. Volunteers from the local community check on the welfare and treatment of those being held in police custody. ICVs make unannounced visits to police stations to observe the conditions in which people are being held and, importantly, talk with willing detainees.
Volunteers typically make one custody visit a month ensuring that detainees have been offered food and drink, they are warm enough, cells are in a reasonable condition, that religious and cultural needs have been considered, have been informed of their rights and know the reason why they are in custody.  Any problems are brought to the attention of custody staff and the OPCC.

Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will complete an induction programme before beginning the role. ICVs must be 18 or over and should be independent of the police. Serving police officers or members of police or OPCC staff are not eligible to apply. An application form is available here