In the news this week in 1966:-
- 18th April – The Sound of Music (coincidentally Peggy’s favourite film) earned five Oscars out of ten nominations, including the award for Best Picture, at the 38th Academy Awards.
- 19th April – Ian Brady and Myra Hindley went on trial at Chester Crown Court for the murder of three children who had disappeared between November 1963 and October 1965.
- 21st April – The opening of Parliament was televised for the first time.
- 22nd April – Gurkha Lance-Corporal Rambahadur Limbu of the 10th Gurkha Rifles was awarded the Victoria Cross for heroism at Sarawak on 21st November 1965. The first time the medal had been awarded for 12 years.
But this is what is going on in Oxshott:-
Sunday 17th April 1966
Still very cold. Children slept later than usual after their very late night! Joan rang tonight. Have been going to write to Pa but haven’t.
Monday 18th April 1966
Filthy day. Didn’t attempt the washing – I’ve shampooed my hair this afternoon. The children have been very good all day. Had the clockwork train down – we’ve made stations etc with Betta Bilda (early, poor man’s Lego!). Worked for four hours today.
Tuesday 19th April 1966
Another very filthy day. I did venture out with the children this morning – up to the village on their bikes – I did a spell in the office and have also worked at home for 1¼hrs this evening. I shall be glad to get back to my daytime stint!
Wednesday 20th April 1966
No improvement in the weather and it’s still very cold – frost warning tonight – so in with the geraniums. I worked from 5:15 until 8:00pm tonight and worked this afternoon. Children have been very good.
Thursday 21st April 1966
Cyril day off.
Beautiful day. Took Gill to Dr Little. He says it’s her adenoids giving her this cough and catarrh. Have a big bottle of Gantrisen for her and Phil and more cough mixture. We had a nice morning in Tolworth then went to the second hand book sale in the village. Gill found some good books. I’ve played Badminton this afternoon and worked for 1½ hours tonight.
Friday 22nd April 1966
Cyril day off.
Went to the office until 11am – Cyril picked me up and we all went to Esher – Mary as well. Raining hard. We did most of the weekend shopping. After lunch we went into Surbiton for my pressure cooker with Green Shield stamps! Had tea and cakes out. Took Gill’s mirror to be re-silvered.
Saturday 23rd April 1966
Cyril finished off the shopping this morning while I washed. I had an urgent call from the office and had to go up for ¾hr this afternoon to settle an account. Cyril was quite narked about it and we have been on a ‘non-talking’ basis since!!! I took the children on the heath when I’d finished at Mays.