Week 35 : 28th August-3rd September 1966

Diary Shelf

Here’s what was going on around the world this week:-

  • August 29th – The Beatles played their final concert, marking the end of a career as international performing artists that lasted just under three years. A crowd of 25,000 turned out at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, paying between $3.80 and $7.00 to see the Fab Four.
  • September 1st – While waiting at a bus terminal, Ralph H. Baer, an inventor with Sanders Associates, wrote a four-page document which laid out the basic principles for creating a video game to be played on a television set.
  • September 1st – United Nations Secretary-General U Thant declared that he would not seek re-election, because of the failure of U.N. efforts to end the Vietnam War. “Today it seems to me, as it has seemed for many months, that the pressure of events is remorselessly leading toward a major war… In my view the tragic error is being repeated of relying on force and military means in a deceptive pursuit of peace.”
  • September 1st – Britannia Airways Flight 105 crashed as it was making the approach to the city of Ljubljana, in Yugoslavia, killing 98 people, nearly all of them British tourists who had departed, the night before, from Luton Airport near London. 
  • September 3rd – The London Midland Region of British Railways closed the former Great Central Railway London Extension to passenger traffic between Aylesbury and Rugby Central.

Here’s what’s occupying Peggy and the family this week:-

Sunday 28th August 1966
Joan rang this morning – all well and all hoping to come next weekend. I’ve been up all day. Cyril has been decorating. I should be writing letters but haven’t the energy.

Monday 29th August 1966
Very showery Bank Holiday – worse in other parts of the country. I have managed to get through that pile of washing and ironing – and have had a shampoo. Di pinned me up. Cyril has been decorating. Thank goodness I managed to cut the lawn before the rain came.

Tuesday 30th August 1966
Worked all morning – Cyril worked too and finished the downstairs loo. He started the bathroom this afternoon and I must say both rooms look very nice. He was very tired and went early to bed. I did some homework.

Wednesday 31st August 1966
Tim to Oxford
Worked 8:30-10:30 then we all went to Esher – bank and shopping. I’ve worked hard all afternoon, polishing floors and furniture. Rang Joan, Tim is to go into hospital next Wednesday for about three weeks. They are all coming for Saturday.

Thursday 1st September 1966
Children didn’t mind so much when it came to going to school! Cyril had meetings all day and didn’t come home lunch time so I worked all day. Joan rang. Tim, Lizzie and Mike are coming tomorrow, the others on Saturday.
Ghastly holiday air crash in Yugoslavia – 92 Britons killed.

Friday 2nd September 1966
Philip’s birthday
Our son is seven today!! No longer a baby. Phil had lots of cards and gifts and is very pleased with life. I had to go back to work – much against my wishes!! Had to get my skates on after school. Tim & co. arrived about 5:20. Baking and preparing all evening.

Saturday 3rd September 1966
Joan & co today.
Up early – Tim off to Lords. Joan & co. arrived at 10:15. Joan and I went to the village – the men went out for a drink and had a second sitting lunch. Joan, Mary and I took the children to the Sports. This evening we’ve looked at the holiday films. Tim very tired when he got in- and very depressed because Worcester lost. Joan, Fred, Dad and Andrew left at quarter to ten. 11pm now, and I’m terribly tired. Waiting for Eileen to come in.




Week 34 : 21st-27th August 1966

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Gill and Phil in Doris and Will’s back garden.

Here’s what was going on around the world (and around the moon) this week:-

  • 220px-First_View_of_Earth_from_Moon_-_reprocessedAugust 21st – The first high-resolution photograph of the far side of the moon was transmitted to Earth from the US Lunar Orbiter space probe. Press referred to this picture, taken from an altitude of 1,000 miles above the moon’s surface as ‘History’s first good photograph of the back side of the moon’.
  • August 24th – The Soviet Union launched the Luna 11 space probe to take its own photographs of the moon. However, after the probe arrived in orbit, debris lodged in its ‘attitude control’ engines and the camera could not be aimed at the moon’s surface and instead transmitted pictures of the blackness of outer space.
  • August 26th – NASA released the first photograph of the earth as seen from the moon. This first ‘self-portrait of the earth was taken from a distance of around 239.000 miles.
  • August 26th – In China, as the Cultural Revolution campaign against foreign influence continued, the Red Guard placed posters in Beijing demanding that all foreigners and persons of ‘bourgeois background’ leave by the end of the day.
  • August 27th – Days before his 65th birthday, British yachtsman Francis Chichester set sail from Plymouth harbour in his ketch Gypsy Moth IV with the aim of becoming the first person to sail, single-handedly, around the world.


Back in Oxshott, here’s what’s keeping Peggy occupied:-

Sunday 21st August 1966
Not such a scorcher today. Had a lie in until half past eight and since then have been tidying up etc., etc. Had a ride out to Cobham – I wanted the name of a shop to see if I can get some covers made for the lounge three piece – before September 3rd!

Monday 22nd August 1966
Stormy looking day but we haven’t had much rain and I’ve been able to dry the washing and iron it – children came to the office with me this morning and I’ve done the rest of my work at home. Joan rang tonight – good news that Eileen had passed all her seven O’Levels.
WE WON THE TEST (England v West Indies at The Oval – England won by an Innings and 34 runs)

Tuesday 23rd August 1966
Went to work early this morning and have done an hour this evening. In between I have given the furniture a good polish – worked really hard. Haven’t seen much of the children! Philip is getting excited about his party!!

Wednesday 24th August 1966
Tim to see specialist 2:30
Tim has to have X-rays – more news after next Wednesday.
I’ve been feeling horrible today – don’t know how I managed the trip to and from the hairdressers. Found I had a temperature of 103° when I got home.

Thursday 25th August 1966
Have had to take to my bed – feeling very poorly. Must be tonsillitis I think. Children very concerned at my being in bed. Cyril home at lunch time for the afternoon. He’s trying to decorate the bathroom and the downstairs loo.

Friday 26th August 1966
Still in ‘me bed’. I made the supreme effort, got up and baked Phil’s birthday cakes this afternoon. I was very glad to get back to bed though!

Saturday 27th August 1966
Philip’s party.
Cyril had a very long shopping list when he and Gillian went off shopping. Philip kept wondering when I was going to get up and ice his cake!! I eventually did it – looked very nice too. The party went off very well – and didn’t the children eat!! Mary and Di came in and helped! To my surprise I stayed up and played Canasta.

Week 33 : 14th-20th August 1966

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

  • August 14th – Lunar Orbiter 1 successfully entered orbit around the moon, becoming the first US spacecraft to orbit a ‘heavenly body’ other than the Earth.
  • BORN: American actress, Halle Berry, in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • August 15th – The first mass-marketed ‘JFK Conspiracy’ book to question the findings of the Warren Commission into the shooting of John F Kennedy, is published. Rush to Judgement by Mark Lane went on to become a best-seller.
  • August 17th – The Pioneer 7 space probe was launched by the US and placed into orbit around the sun at an average distance of 83,000,000 miles. Contact with the probe would continue for 29 years until March 1995.

At Number 1 in the UK singles chart was the double A sided Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.

But here’s what’s happening back in Oxshott:-

Sunday 14th August 1966
Joan rang, as she has every day – no improvement in Tim yet. He is to see the specialist on Wednesday week. It seems a long time to have to wait but there is nothing one can do.

Monday 15th August 1966
Cyril was up early and away to Cambridge so I did the washing before I went to the office. Children came up with me. I brought some work home with me and got through it during the afternoon and evening.

Tuesday 16th August 1966
Cyril took the car to Dorking again. This time the jobs have been done. I only meant to be in the office half an hour, but Mr M. collared me. We went to Cobham with Ruth this afternoon

Wednesday 17th August 1966
Went to work until 10:45 this morning -brought some home with me – then did an hour this evening. Very hot day. The children have had the pool out all afternoon. Collecting another layer of suntan!

Thursday 18th August 1966
Cyril to Cardiff. We to Frimley?
Did an hour in the office today then went to Frimley – gave the old neighbours a surprise! Ruth took us in her mini – very late coming back – by train and taxi! Got in at 9:15pm. Nice chatty day! Very hot again.

Friday 19th August 1966
Such a surprise! As Cyril was sitting down in his shirt sleeves to his lunch at 1:45 – in walked Barrie and family. They are over here looking at schools. It was nice seeing them. I had my shorts on – children were in the pool. They could only stay an hour.

Saturday 20th August 1966
Shopped all morning in Esher and have ordered paper to do the toilet and bathroom. I’ve been to the office this afternoon and consequently am in Cyril’s bad books. I feel very annoyed as I don’t go for my health! Playing Canasta tonight with Leonard and Mary.


Week 32 : 7th-13th August 1966

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Margaret Taylor
1st June 1934-30th July 2016

We would like to dedicate this week’s diary to our dear Auntie Margaret, Peggy’s sister-in-law, who has passed away at the age of 82. Much loved by her husband Rob, daughter Anne, late son Robert and her grandchildren.

Throughout our childhood, Auntie Margaret always provided the warmest of welcomes whenever we visited her and Uncle Rob at their home in Upton-on-Severn. Phil and I, along with all her Taylor nieces and nephews, will miss her lovely smile and infectious laugh greatly. She leaves us all with a wealth of happy childhood memories.


Back in Oxshott after the holiday, here’s what’s happening:

Sunday 7th August 1966
Down to earth today, but the washing and ironing is done! Cyril has worked himself to a standstill but has cleaned all the sand out of the car.
Eileen C. rang – Joan rang.

Monday 8th August 1966
It was HORRIBLE going to work this morning. I worked until twelve and brought a pile home with me. I couldn’t get into the swing of it at work and was in two minds whether to give it up – but KWM (Mr Murray) welcomed me back with almost open arms – and gave me holiday money on top of my cheque!

Tuesday 9th August 1966
Went to the office for 1½hours this morning – children were very good – I left them playing in the garden. They’ve been very good all day. I had to go back to work this evening – trying hard to get up to date. I haven’t done my own accounts yet.

Wednesday 10th August 1966
Very disquieting news from Joan tonight that Tim is having leg trouble again. I do hope this isn’t a recurrence of the trouble of last year. They must all be terribly worried. Am not coping very well with my office work.

Thursday 11th August 1966
Have coped with quite a bit of my office work at home today. This evening, we’ve all been to St. Mary Abbots to see Doris. Found her looking better than I had thought she would. Children very late going to bed.

Friday 12th August 1966
Left the children in bed while I went to the office to do the banking etc. They were very good. I’ve done some office work this afternoon – am gradually getting up to date. Have promised to have a session with Gloria tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday 13th August 1966
We all went to Esher this morning. Didn’t think I had much shopping to do, but I managed to spend a great deal of money. Finished off in the village. Worked this afternoon with Gloria at the office. I hear she is being wed on 17th September.
We played cards with Mary and Leonard.