Week 13 : 27th March – 2nd April 1966

Gill & Phil School

Gill and Phil at school

Here’s what’s being talked about around the country this week:-

  • March 27th – Don’t panic! Pickles the dog finds the Jules Rimet Trophy in his South London front garden, earning his owner a £10,000 reward.
  • March 31st – The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, won the General Election. Labour gained 48 seats and the Conservatives lost 52, giving the Labour Party a 364:253 majority over the Conservative Party and an overall majority of 49 seats.

Born: Chris Evans, radio presenter on April 1st in Warrington. (Happy Birthday Chris!)
Died: C.S. Forester, novelist  and author of the Hornblower stories, on April 2nd, aged 66.

The Walker Brothers were still at No.1 with ‘The Sun ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’.

But here’s what’s on Peggy’s mind this week:-

Sunday 27th March 1966
All of us to Sedgeberrow today.
Cyril, Di, Gill and Phil set off at 7:45am. David, Leonard, Mary and I at 8:20am.
A terrible day of gale force winds and rain! However, we all arrived at Sedge. just before eleven and have had a lovely day. I went over to see Rob and Mag. We left at 6:45pm. Home 9:30pm. Leonard & Mary stayed on until 8:30pm.

Back: Fred, Mary, David, Leonard, Joan, Peggy, Phil. Front: Tim, Eileen, Cyril, (Gill), Di.

Back: Fred, Mary, David, Leonard, Joan, Peggy, Phil. Front: Tim, Eileen, Cyril, (Gill), Di.  Photo courtesy of Eileen.

Monday 28th March 1966
Not quite so windy thank goodness. Phil and Gill very tired this morning. So are we. Have had such a lot of work that I had to go back this afternoon. Last Keep Fit session tonight.

Tuesday 29th March 1966
Young Wives.
Worked until quarter past one today and have told KWM that I feel there is too much work for the time I can give. Hope he doesn’t fire me!!! Very cold and windy still. I must try and write some letters before YW.

Wednesday 30th March 1966
Cyril brought Mr Lobell home to lunch – fortunately I had enough chicken casserole – made a prawn cocktail and put a bottle of wine in the fridge. Very nice too – and I went back to work this afternoon!

Thursday 31st March 1966
Election Day.
Have to wash Mrs Findlay’s curtains this morning.
Must remember to put an hour’s work on my time sheet for last night and ½hr this morning. I only went to put my books in, but I got caught. Took the children out for coffee and then bike riding on the Heath. A very energetic afternoon playing Badminton. Sat up until midnight watching the Tories losing all the marginal seats!

Friday 1st April 1966
Worked through lunch until 3.30pm – Cyril wasn’t due in from Cardiff until six.

Saturday 2nd April 1966
Gillian to Sarah’s party.
Have had a lovely Saturday. We all went out together to Esher (Bank first!), from there to Claygate – I forget what for! From there to Cobham, where we had our lunch. It was a treat not having to cook it or wash it up! Cooked this evening for our Canasta session – and what a hilarious evening it turned out to be. We drank two bottles of wine and some Creme de Menthe – oh we did laugh!! Went on until nearly one a.m.


Week 12 : 20th -26th March 1966


Diary Shelf

Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 20th March – FIFA’s Jules Rimet World Cup trophy is stolen whilst being exhibited in Central London.
  • 21st March – The Ajax Wrecking and Lumber Corporation begin clearing a site in Lower Manhattan in order to make way for the planned construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.
  • 23rd March – Pope Paul VI receives Michael Ramsey, the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome. The first meeting in 400 years of leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. At this meeting the two leaders exchanged rings and Pope Paul’s ring has been worn by every Archbishop of Canterbury at subsequent meetings of the churches leaders.
  • 26th March – The 120th Grand National at Aintree is won by Anglo with Tim Norman in the saddle.

But, in Peggy’s world, here’s what matters:-

Sunday 20th March 1966
Spoke to Joan this morning. She didn’t sound too bright. I had a lovely Azalea and a bowl of fruit for Mother’s Day. Putting on weight so couldn’t have sweets! We’ve all been to church this afternoon. Fed the front lawn afterwards.

Monday 21st March 1966
Terribly busy at work so had to go back this afternoon – didn’t feel like Keep Fit but made the effort. Managed to finish all the ironing before tea. Watered the back lawn to help the fertilizer! Joan rang and we’ve fixed up for Sunday.

Tuesday 22nd March 1966
Been to Esher this lunch time and have ordered a turkey to take on Sunday. Should have gone back to work but really I’ve had enough for one day!

Wednesday 23rd March 1966
Feeling terribly tired today – didn’t have a very good night last night as I had lots of work problems on my mind. Had to go in again this afternoon. Trying to rain – the lawn badly needs it!

Thursday 24th March 1966
The office was like a madhouse this morning. I was glad to get away at 12 o’clock. Played badminton all afternoon – Cyril picked us up and brought us home. Been baking this evening in readiness for Doris and Co. on Saturday.

Friday 25th March 1966
Worked till twelve – then made my getaway!! Feeling terribly tired this week as I’m not sleeping very well. Joan rang this evening. All okay for Sunday. Have done my washing- some of it!! Cyril ironed most of it – bless him!

Saturday 26th March 1966
Doris and Will, Fred & Sue (?) for tea
Poor Doris is very bad on her feet and seems to be in a great deal of pain. They all seemed to enjoy their day here – arrived about 2:45, left 7:30 – Sue and Fred have a beautiful baby. We all went out early this morning after Cyril had done the main shopping. Going to bed early tonight.

Week 11 : 13th – 19th March 1966


Diary Shelf

Here’s what Peggy might have heard on the news:-

  • 16th March – The first docking of two spacecraft in orbit. Gemini 8, piloted by Neil Armstrong and co-pilot David Scott, docked with the unmanned craft Agena. However, a ‘stuck thruster’ caused the docked vehicles to roll uncontrollably in space and Gemini 8 was forced to separate and return to earth.
  • Also on the 16th March, you’ll be pleased to hear that the two dogs, Veterok and Ugolyok, returned safely to earth following 22 days aloft in the Soviet satellite, Kosmos 110. This remains the longest space flight by dogs, and was not surpassed by humans until 1971.

18th March – BORN: Peter Jones, British entrepreneur and one of the original Dragons from the Dragons’ Den.

The number one record of the day was ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ by the Walker Brothers.


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

Sunday 13th March 1966
Very tired this morning and have had an easy day – Ron Fuzzey came over and collected the table leaf to mend it. We have been out with him and his family this afternoon – to Friday Street. Oh I am tired tonight!!

Monday 14th March 1966
Joan rang while I was at Keep Fit this evening to say that Ted is being married on the 26th! He could have told me.
Didn’t feel very energetic at Keep Fit, had been round to Knipp Hill during the afternoon

Tuesday 15th March 1966
Young Wives.
Rang Rob.
Joan’s letter arrived with the news of the wedding. She is very concerned about Pa and I’ve started worrying too. Am thinking of writing to Jim tonight to see if he can’t go and see the old boy from time to time.

Wednesday 16th March 1966
Very good YW last night and it went on very late. Cyril was in bed and asleep when I got in about quarter to eleven. Joan rang again last night. Have written to her today.

Thursday 17th March 1966
Cyril in Cardiff.
I was hoping Joan would ring but she didn’t. Phyl came in during the evening. I’m still feeling down in the dumps. Trouble is it’s making me eat!!

Friday 18th March 1966
Nice morning for our walk to school! I’ve mowed the lawns – back and front this afternoon. Spent over an hour down with Mrs Findlay. Brought back a pile of washing to do for her and she gave me Percy’s electric razor for Cyril.

Saturday 19th March 1966
We all went to Esher – had a coffee out and then home to the washing and lunch! I managed to do all my chores and then have a few hours in the garden. Have fed the back lawn. Rang Joan but she was out.
Played Canasta – Mary and I won two games.

Week 10 : 6th-12th March 1966

Diary Shelf

The world this week in 1966:-

  • March 6th – Alan Davies (actor & comedian) is born in Loughton, Essex.
  • March 8th – an IRA bomb destroys ‘Nelson’s Column’ in Dublin.
  • March 9th – George Cornell is shot dead by Ronnie Kray at The Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel, marking ‘the beginning of the end for the Krays’. Ronnie, and his twin brother, Reggie were both arrested for murder in 1968 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • March 10th – The Frost Report debuts on BBC1
  • March 11th – Chi-Chi, London Zoo’s giant panda flies to Moscow for a date with Russia’s giant panda, An-An, at Moscow Zoo.

Nancy Sinatra is still at number one with ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’.

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

Sunday 6th March 1966
Beautiful day. Gillian and I went to Family Service at 10am. Came back and washed the car before lunch. Afterwards we all went out into the garden – at least Cyril was in the garage painting. I mowed the back lawn.

Monday 7th March 1966
Beautiful day again. Very busy at the office. I should have gone back this afternoon – but didn’t! Went along to Penny Nairne’s. After school I put in an hour or so in the garden. And went to Keep Fit.

Tuesday 8th March 1966
Another lovely day. Unfortunately I had to go back to work this afternoon so had no time for gardening. Been working for two hours this evening too! Earning plenty before the new tax year!

Wednesday 9th March 1966
Cyril’s birthday.
Cyril has had twelve cards today! And a half day. We have both been gardening this afternoon and Cyril has finished the frame of the bunker. Worked until 12 – there’s still a lot piling up.

Thursday 10th March 1966
Cyril to Cardiff.
Coo – I’ve worked hard this evening – only just finished -11:15pm. I’ve washed, ironed, polished floors and brass, made cakes, cleaned shoes and I’m about whacked. Had a very hectic badminton session too – only nine of us turned up so we had plenty of games.

Friday 11th March 1966
Cyril was home about 1:00pm. I went back with him to Esher – banked (for cash) and shopped and came home on the 3:20 bus. Busy evening preparing for tomorrow.

Saturday 12th March 1966
Cheese and wine party.
Letter from Dad that he is better and back at work. We all went to the village and to Leatherhead, then it was on with the work. We were all ready by 8:00pm. Actually, I was in the bath when Molly and Ted arrived. Party didn’t seem to go as well as last year – missed Joan and Fred. Dick and Phyllis couldn’t come. There were 16 guests I think. Broke up about 12:15 am – we were in bed by two.