Week 9 :27th February – 5th March 1966

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This week in the world in 1966:-

  • 28th February – Harold Wilson calls a General Election to take place on 31st March.
  • 1st March – Soviet space probe Venera 3 crashed on Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet’s surface.
  • 1st March – Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Callaghan, announces plans for decimalisation of the £ Sterling to be effective by February 1971.
  • 4th March – In an interview for the London Evening Standard, John Lennon claims that The Beatles were “more famous than Jesus now“.
  • 4th March – A Canadian Pacific Airways DC8 crash landed at Tokyo International airport whilst attempting to land, killing all but 8 of the 72 on board.
  • 5th March – The very next day, a Boeing 707 belonging to BOAC broke up in mid air 20 minutes after leaving the very same airport, crashing onto Mount Fuji, killing all 124 on board.

Nancy Sinatra was still at Number 1 with ‘These Boots are made for Walking’.

Back in Oxshott, here’s what matters to Peggy:-

Sunday 27th February 1966
Rang Joan – 3 mins.
Philip seems much better and has been down this afternoon. Cyril has been working on the lid of the coal bunker – he seems tired and miserable tonight. I’m tired out too.

Monday 28th February 1966
Tim & Nell
Didn’t go to work. Philip stayed in bed until eleven. Tim rang from Wantage that they had had a slight breakdown – they arrived about twenty past two – Nell seems a very nice girl. Just leaving them to go to Keep Fit.

Tuesday 1st March 1966
Back to work & back to school!
Tim and Nell quite happy on their own. I didn’t go to Y.W. Instead, at 9pm Tim took Nell and I to The Cricketers at Downside where we had a good meal. Cyril had a heavy cold so went to bed.

Wednesday 2nd March 1966
David Cotham – Tim’s friend – at Sandhurst, came over about 5:15 and we have had a very nice dinner party with all the trimmings. Stacks of washing up afterwards.

Thursday 3rd March 1966
Cyril at Cardiff.
I’ve worked all morning, two hours this afternoon and an hour this evening. Raking it in!!! Tim and Nell have been to London – they look worn out now – home about 9pm. Philip has been very sick this evening.

Friday 4th March 1966
Phil O.K. this morning.
Worked until 11:30 – don’t suppose K.W.M. (Mr Murray – the boss) was very pleased when he got back from London and found a folder full of cheques for him to sign and no me to deal with them!! Tim and Nell went back at 2:45. Cyril home at 1:10pm – cold not too bad. Washed this afternoon.

Saturday 5th March 1966
Lovely day. I did another load of washing (7 sheets in 2 days!) while Cyril went to Esher. Then we all went to Surbiton – bought Cyril’s birthday present – an expensive cardigan – he also bought a pair of black shoes. Philip not looking at all well – he was very white when we were in Surbiton. Cyril has had a busy afternoon – potting the gloxinias, begonias and fuchsias. No Canasta tonight – or next week.
Rang B.H. (I can only think B.H. stands for Bexleyheath – where Doris lived) Doris has been in bed all week.


Week 8 : 20th-26th February 1966

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Around the world in 1966:-

20th February – Born – Cindy Crawford, American model and actress


Veterok and Ugoljok

22nd February – Soviet Union launch two dogs, Veterok and Ugoljok, into space aboard the satellite Kosmos 110. They spend 22 days in orbit before returning safely to earth on March 16th.
22nd February – British PM, Harold Wilson announced the withdrawal of UK troops from the Aden Protectorate by 1968, in accordance with the Defence White Paper which stated “we do not think it appropriate that we should maintain defence facilities there” following their Independence.
22nd February – Australian Grand Prix was won by Graham Hill.

And, here’s what’s happening in Peggy’s world:-

Sunday 20th February 1966
We were going to have an easy day, but I decided we should turn Philip’s bedroom carpet. We had to dismantle the bed and all first! Turned out a fine afternoon so we did a bit of gardening. Cyril did some potting this morning.

Monday 21st February 1966
School week off.
Went for a long, long walk with the children this afternoon – they cycled! I’ve developed a nasty sore throat and cold so didn’t go to Keep Fit. Had some work from the office anyway.

Tuesday 22nd February 1966
Have worked 5½ hours today and feel as though I have. My cold is worse. We took the children to Tolworth this afternoon – after 3:30. Phil had a haircut.
Very sad news tonight that Mr Findlay collapsed and died in Steels Lane this morning – I have been down with Mrs Findlay.

Wednesday 23rd February 1966
Cold still hanging heavily on. Cyril was off this morning, so I worked. Was going to take the children out this afternoon but it was too cold. Ivy came up for a cuppa.

Thursday 24th February 1966
Cyril to Cardiff.
YW Committee meeting 8:30pm
Oh dear – it’s Sunday now! What have I been doing? We had a very good badminton afternoon. Phyl sat in while I went to Westcourt House for meeting. Not very enlightening. Philip not at all well.

Friday 25th February 1966
Philip in bed with throat and high temperature. Gillian and he stopped in bed while I went to Mays (work) for a couple of hours. I had a baking session during the afternoon in readiness for Tim. Went to Pricerite this evening with Mary and David.

Saturday 26th February 1966
Cyril did the shopping and ordered two sprays for Mr Findlay’s funeral on Monday. Have done my washing and this afternoon I went to the office and put in 2¾ hours- so have brought my hours up a bit for Monday’s payday.
Mary and Leonard came in for Canasta – it finished up with them arguing rather noisily between themselves. The men won two games.

Week 7 : 13th-19th February 1966

Family in Doris' Garden '64

Peggy, Cyril, Gill and Phil in Doris and Will’s back garden.

This week in 1966:-

  • February 14th – ‘C-Day’ Australia begins decimalisation of its currency with the introduction of the Australian dollar and the gradual phasing out of the Australian £ over the next two years.
  • February 15th – 17 people were killed in an accident in a tunnel near Locarno, Switzerland, when a drilling crew pierced a pocket of poisonous gas. Two of the dead were firemen from the rescue team.
  • February 17th – Died – Hans Hofmann, 85, German-born, American abstract painter.
  • February 18th – Born – Philip DeFreitas – England cricketer.

Nancy Sinatra takes over the number 1 slot with ‘These Boots are Made for Walkin’ on February 17th.

February 18th sees the release of the film ‘The Silencers’ starring Dean Martin, and
February 19th Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in ‘The Chase’.

But, here’s what fills Peggy’s week:-

Sunday 13th February 1966
Cold and trying to snow – Gillian much better again! What a funny thing this throat virus is – coming and going. We haven’t been out at all today – I’ve written to Dad and to Barrie and am just going to start one to our Mur!

Monday 14th February 1966
Left Gillian in bed this morning – she seems almost fit again and was quite unconcerned at being left on her own. Letter from Joan saying she and Fred won’t be able to make our cheese and wine party on Cyril’s birthday.

Tuesday 15th February 1966
School – day off
It was nice not having to rush about! We three went to Esher and had a big double stamp ‘do’! Cyril brought us home.
A lazy afternoon – in fact I dropped off on the sofa!

Wednesday 16th February 1966
Bitterly cold day. Gillian has gone back to school but not to Brownies. Went back to work this afternoon in an effort to get straight.

Thursday 17th February 1966
Not a very exciting day – worked this morning – had half a mind to go to Esher this morning to buy a badminton dress, but didn’t. Worked until twelve – Eileen L picked me up and we played badminton until half past four. Very nice too.

Friday 18th February 1966
Worked again this afternoon – trying to catch up so that there won’t be too much piling up next week. Wet, miserable afternoon. I went to Esher on the 12 o’clock bus and Cyril brought me home.

Saturday 19th February 1966
Cyril working.
Lovely washing morning – so I did it and dried it. Cyril finished at lunchtime – I took the children to the village on their bikes before lunch. We all went to Surbiton at 2pm – I went on to Kingston and bought myself some badminton gear!!! – short white skirt and top, feel a bit conspicuous in it!
Played Canasta and let the men win two games.

Week 6 : 6th-12th February 1966

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This week in 1966:-

  • February 6th marks the birth of singer Rick Astley – Happy Birthday Rick!
  • February 10th – 50th birthday celebrations for Paul Hollywood. Should be quite a cake!

Also on February 10th the book, Valley of the Dolls by author Jacqueline Susann was published and heads for the top of the bestseller list.

Peggy would have been avidly following the cricket in Australia when the final and deciding Test Match of the ’65-’66 Ashes series opened in Melbourne on February 11th. On the same day, the Soviet Union launched the research satellite Kosmos 108.

At the 18th Directors Guild of America Awards on February 12th, The Sound of Music was named Best Film.

The Overlanders were still at Number 1 with ‘Michelle’.

But, here’s what matters to Peggy:-

Sunday 6th February 1966
Gillian full of beans and eating well – we let her come down at three to watch the figure skating. We’ve had an easy-ish sort of day. Haven’t done very much.

Monday 7th February 1966
Gillian really quite fit but have kept her at home today. She didn’t seem worried at being left on her own while I did my two hours at the office (I worried!). Keep Fit was very hard work tonight after two weeks away from it!

Tuesday 8th February 1966
Gill back at school and I worked until twelve. Very stiff this morning. I had a go at window cleaning, but found it very hard work. Have colour-glo-ed my hair this afternoon.

Wednesday 9th February 1966
Barrie rang from Paris.
Miserable wet day – and turning colder. Have left Gill at Brownies and have been helping Phil dismantle his Meccano. Cyril had a puncture on the way back at lunchtime.

Thursday 10th February 1966
I found work very tiring this morning – couldn’t get my figures right! I left at eleven and went to Leatherhead, where I bought some white plimsolls for badminton. I thoroughly enjoyed the session. Wonder if I’ll be stiff tomorrow? Phil’s gone to bed with a bad headache.

Friday 11th February 1966
Turned very cold today. I’ve worked most of the day to make up for my time off yesterday. Philip was quite fit this morning – Gillian looked poorly again at 3:30 – but recovered. Cyril home about quarter to six.

Saturday 12th February 1966
Gillian in bed again with a very sore and inflamed throat. Maybe we let her go back to school too soon after last weekend. Have had another busy Saturday. Cyril took the washing to Claygate again so that’s all dry and ironed. Did some Scotch Eggs this afternoon for the children’s tea and our supper.