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Sunpat
26-12-2007, 4:48 PM
The 'Digging Up Your Roots' Radio Scotland programme will have an item on the 1924 tragedy which will be broadcast on the morning of January 27th.
The programme can be listened to via the BBC website so I'm hoping that anyone with an interest in Charlbury's Beating of the Bounds tragedy will be able to listen in.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me find out more about the deaths of my great aunt, Evelyn Clara Pickett, and the two young boys, James William BISHOP, aged 13, and Cyril Stanley SMITH, aged 9, who died on that same day.
A gentleman from Charlbury Museum was interviewed for the programme, for background on the Charlbury Beating of the Bounds, and I chatted to the programme researchers about my great aunt and my search for information on the tragedy.
I don't know how much of the recording will be used and, as I don't even like hearing my voice on my answering machine, I'm sure I'll be cringing during the broadcast but I hope my mention of helpful forum members will be included!
Sunpat

Sunpat
25-01-2008, 7:32 PM
The researcher for 'Digging Up Your Roots' has been in touch - the broadcast date has been changed to 10th February as the item will better fit that programme.
The time remains at 11:05am.
Sunpat

kate1
10-02-2008, 1:10 PM
The researcher for 'Digging Up Your Roots' has been in touch - the broadcast date has been changed to 10th February as the item will better fit that programme.
The time remains at 11:05am.
Sunpat

Hi Sunpat,
I have just heard the broadcast on Radio Scotland,today on listen again. although apparently it was broadcast on February 3rd. I thought that it was a really interesting report and both you and Ron Prew sounded very good.
The grave of the children are just over the wall behind our house. So of course i was interested to listen to the broadcast. I suppose you know that there was a television report a couple of years ago,that was broadcast on the local television, I can't remember if it was on Central news or its predecessor. or even what year. One of the young lad's who rescued or attempted to rescue some of the victims was being interviewed along with Mrs Jackson, i think that she is still alive. He was a Boy scout at the time and Mrs Jackson was a very young girl who was there at the time of the tragedy. Anyway i thought that you might be interested in that. perhaphs you might be able to get hold of the TV interview.... Regards Kate1

Geoffers
10-02-2008, 1:12 PM
Welcome to the British Genealogy forums Kate - gosh, someone else in Charlbury!!

janiegirl
10-02-2008, 1:38 PM
Hi Kate

Welcome from me too

I've listened to the programme on listen again too as I was out this morning.

Sunpat is my mum. She tells me that she has heard about the television programme you talk about but has not watched it. It was broadcast in 1999 (the 75th anniversary of the drowning). Mum tells me that she would like see the programme.

She has a copy of the Charlbury Chronicle article about the event that was also printed in 1999.

I visited the grave about 10 years ago when I was visiting friends in the area.

Janiegirl

kate1
10-02-2008, 1:38 PM
Thanks Geoffers. I must say that i think your posts are really interesting.
I might even see you about with your dogs. Anyway thank you for your welcome. Kate1

Geoffers
10-02-2008, 1:45 PM
I might even see you about with your dogs. Anyway thank you for your welcome. Kate1

1 Border Collie and 2 Beardies, you'll sometimes see them parked outside the Co-op, the Good Food shop or walking around the town.

Ladkyis
10-02-2008, 3:03 PM
If you can find out which TV company made the programme you should ring them - or the company that has inherited the library and ask to speak to the librarian. Then ask if they can find it and how much would it cost for them to send you a copy. I did this with an interview that my dad did with TWW and even though the TV company is different they still have the archive and they found the piece and sent it to me free of charge. My children had no memory of their grandad when he was that age (it was done when My oldest was only one year old) so it was wonderful to watch their faces as they looked at him in him prime and not the grumpy pain-ridden old man he was before he died.

Sunpat
10-02-2008, 3:47 PM
Thank you for the suggestion, Ladykis. I'll give Central TV a call since I know the programme was broadcast on Monday June 28th 1999.
In that year articles in several issues of the Charlbury Chronicle and by Rob Stepney (a local resident) in the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail about the events of the 29th May 1924 led on to the televised meeting between Ewart Taylor, the boy scout, and Patricia Stockman, nee Olive Postle, who he had been able to rescue from the River Evenlode. Ewart was later awarded the Scout VC and the medal of the Humane Society for his bravery.
Patricia moved from Charlbury as a young girl and they did not meet again until June 1999.
No wonder that the Chronicle records "Champagne corks popped" when Ewart, now 91 years old, and Patricia met once again and she was able to thank him for 75 years of life.
Sunpat

Geoffers
10-02-2008, 4:38 PM
Sunpat is my mum. She tells me that she has heard about the television programme you talk about but has not watched it. It was broadcast in 1999 (the 75th anniversary of the drowning). Mum tells me that she would like see the programme.

I have a vague recollection of it being a short item on the local news.


Charlbury Chronicle and by Rob Stepney (a local resident) in the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail about the events of the 29th May 1924

Have you seen these items and/or been able to get copies?

Wanda
10-02-2008, 10:22 PM
Have you seen the newspaper copy on google?

Your gt. aunt looks so pretty.

Wanda

Jan1954
10-02-2008, 10:29 PM
Have you seen the newspaper copy on google?



Which may be found here:

www.charlbury.info/cgi-bin/dgallery.cgi?gallery=old_pictures_-_events

Click on the item to enlarge.

Sunpat
11-02-2008, 12:05 PM
Thank you, everyone, for your comments and advice.
Rob Stepney sent me his articles and Lynette Murphy (Charlbury Chronicle) sent all the issues published during 1999 which contained articles relating to the tragedy along with a special edition, exclusively about the Beating of the Bounds tragedy, their generosity meant a great deal and the information was extremely helpful.
The link jan posted to the 'charlbury.info photo gallery shows exactly what I found there that sparked my interest in finding out as more about the events:D
Sunpat

Roses
20-03-2008, 2:33 PM
Hi Sunpat,

I remember as a young girl a Mr Pickett (can't remember his christian name) used to work in the Charlbury co-op. Would he be a member of your family?

I have just joined and have found this site very interesting.

All the best

Roses

Sunpat
23-03-2008, 3:04 PM
Hi Roses

I've heard about the Mr Pickett at the Charlbury Co-op but am unsure of a close link to 'my' Picketts.

I do know that there was another Pickett family (in Chipping Norton) with children of similar ages to my mother and her siblings (one daughter even had the same first name as my aunt) so perhaps he was one of that Pickett family?
Several members of that Pickett family were very musical and there are many photographs (from the 1930/40/50s) of them in Chipping Norton local history publications.

I will try to find out if there is a connection and let you know.:)

Sunpat

Roses
23-03-2008, 4:51 PM
Hi Sunpat,

Just to let you know Mr Pickett was a lovely chap a real gentlemen, always raised his hat when he met you.

Roses

Roses
23-03-2008, 4:54 PM
Hi Kate1,

If you walk in the Charlbury Cemetary, how far up do you have to go to locate the graves of the children who died in the 'Beating of the Bounds'. I walk through the cemetary at least once a week, and would be interested to know there whereabouts. I notice in your previous post they are beside the wall.

Thanks

Roses

kate1
26-03-2008, 11:39 PM
Hi Roses,
Sorry i haven't got back to you any sooner, if your coming from the main entrance of the grave yard, opposite the dairy, walk all the way up the path,
until you get to the first house which will be on the right hand side, you will see the 2 tall trees, in our garden is a summer house and a small shed, just parallel with the 2nd tree and before the seat, is a row of graves, on the right hand side. It's the 3rd grave in, it has small pot on the grave, the grave next to it 4th one in, is covered in Ivy. You can't miss it really. I hope you find it ok. I am off work this week, so might see you over the wall.
Kate

Geoffers
26-03-2008, 11:54 PM
In case it helps to find it - the grave nearest the path in the same row is for HARWOOD, the next one in from the path is for HARRIS.

Roses
30-03-2008, 4:14 PM
Thanks everyone, found it this morning.

Sunpat
20-10-2008, 5:31 PM
Hi everyone
I was recently able to visit Charlbury Museum with my mother and brother where we met Ron Prew, the curator, who has been enormously helpful with my research on the Beating of the Bounds.
Along with my mother's sister, my cousin and other close family members we were very happy to be able to spend some time at the museum especially as my great uncle Herbert PICKETT who was only 5 when his sister, Evelyn Clara, drowned in the River Evenlode was able to join us, with my great aunt and their granddaughter.
The museum is packed with items to stir the memory of folk, like me, who have lived in Charlbury, even for a short while (until I was 5), and it provided a wonderful opportunity for our family, usually spread across the UK, to re-unite, reminisce and think about the Beating of the Bounds in 1924.
Thank you again to everyone who has generously helped with information and suggestions.
Sunpat

Clarelane
27-08-2015, 2:33 PM
Hi, I have just found this thread- I know I come very late to the discussion. My grandmother's name was Ellen Pickett before her marriage. Her family lived in Charlbury when she was young. When I was a child she told me that one of her sisters had died tragically by drowning. She also mentioned a younger brother named Herbert. I met two of her sisters but I believe it was a large family so there must be many I have no knowledge of. I am very interested to see the newspaper coverage of the tragedy. Thank you for the interesting posts.

JackieC
05-09-2015, 7:26 AM
Thanks for starting this thread - there are no relatives of mine involved, but I used to live at Finstock, a couple of miles from Charlbury. I'd never heard of this tragedy before.