Week 5 : 29th January – 4th February 1967


An earlier photo of (l-r) Joan, Peggy and Muriel

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

  • January 29th – The demarcation of the boundary between Jordan and Saudi Arabia was completed after a Japanese surveying company, hired by both nations, finished the placement of border markers in accordance with the treaty of August 9, 1965.
  • January 30th – The final section of the North Cornwall Railway, between Bodmin and Wadebridge, was closed as a result of the Beeching cuts.
  • January 31st – The United Nations opened the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees for signature. For purposes of UN aid, the new treaty (which would enter into effect on October 4) defined a refugee as, “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
  • February 1st – The federal minimum wage in the United States increased from $1.25 an hour to $1.40 an hour for 30,000,000 workers. An additional 8,000,000 workers in retail work, hotels, restaurants, construction, laundries and hospitals were guaranteed at least $1.00 an hour, to increase to $1.60 by 1971, and 400,000 farm workers were covered by minimum wage for the first time as a new law took effect.
  • February 1st – Pink Floyd signed their first professional recording contract, with EMI.
  • February 3rd – British record producer Joe Meek, best known for composing the 1962 popular instrumental “Telstar”, murdered his landlady, Violet Shenton when she visited to collect the rent at his North London studio. Meek then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He was 35, Shenton was 52.
  • February 4th – NASA launched the unmanned satellite Lunar Orbiter 3 from Florida on a mission to photograph the exact sites where manned space missions would be able to land.
  • February 5th- The Monkees’, ‘I’m a Believer’ remained at No.1 in the UK charts. Spotify users, can click here.

And here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 29th January 1967
Today has been very similar to yesterday – except that it was Cyril’s turn to have a nap on the sofa! Children only got up for ‘Thunderbirds‘ at 4:15pm. Was hoping that Joan would ring but she hasn’t.

Monday 30th January 1967
Had a good night’s sleep!
Children stayed in bed until 5pm today. They seem much better and should be fit for school this week. Joan rang. She and I are thinking of going on a Dutch Pilgrimage in May!! Stayed at the office until 11am and have put in several hours at home. Should have a fair sized pay packet this month!

Tuesday 31st January 1967
Went to the office until eleven – well- it is payday!! The children were all right – I got them up and dressed as soon as I came in. Been baking steak and kidney pies for tomorrow’s lunch. Going to Young Wives presently to a cooking demonstration.

Wednesday 1st February 1967
Children went back to school today – both sniffing well and tending to be irritable tonight. Had a very good salary cheque today! Miserable sort of day – trying to rain.

Thursday 2nd February 1967
Cyril to Cardiff.
I’m up late tonight – nearly midnight and I’ve yet to clean the shoes and clear up. Have put in 9½ hours work today and feel it too!! Cyril rang- Doris rang and Joan rang. Have had my form to fill in from B Leighton (no idea – but it’s something to do with the Dutch trip).

Friday 3rd February 1967
Driving lesson didn’t go too badly. Came back here. Cyril got in soon after me – about 3:15 – just in time to have a cuppa before going to meet the children. Have sent Joan and my applications off for Holland! We went to Esher – shopping, straight from school.

Saturday 4th February 1967
G & P Dental – Cobham 9:30am
Philip had a filling – Gillian didn’t need anything. She bought a record afterwards – The Monkees!! (Oh dear, the shame).  I did quite a bit of housework during the afternoon.  Washing line broke – aided by our neighbour! Oh I was mad!! Played Canasta.


Week 4 : 22nd-28th January 1967


Happy Birthday Peggy! 21st January

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

  • January 22nd – Soviet dissident leader Vladimir Bukovsky organized a protest demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square, with marchers carrying banners decrying the suppression of free speech. Bukovsky  was arrested along with fellow dissidents Vadim Delaunay. They would use the resulting trial as an opportunity to challenge whether the Soviet government could reconcile its acts against the guarantees of the Soviet constitution, which promised freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
  • January 23rd – Milton Keynes, a planned city in England’s Buckinghamshire County, was formally designated as one of the “new towns” to be created under the 1965 revision to the New Towns Act 1946.
  • January 23rd – In Munich, the trial began of former SS-General Wilhelm Harster, who stood accused of the murder of 82,856 Jews (including Anne Frank) during his tenure as chief of German security police during the Nazi German occupation of the Netherlands.
  • January 23rd – NASA announced that the Apollo 1, first of the American space shots to have three astronauts, would be launched on February 21, with Virgil Grissom commanding, and Edward White and Roger Chaffee as the other two crew members.
  • January 25th – Representatives of Israel and Syria met on the Syrian side of the border along with observers from the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, for their first discussions of a settlement in the demilitarized zones between their two nations, in order to allow “farming and grazing by both sides without harassment”.
  • January 26th – The House of Commons voted 306 to 220 to nationalize the British steel industry for the second time in United Kingdom history. The first nationalization had been approved by the Labour government in 1950, then denationalized in 1952 during the second administration of Winston Churchill.
  • January 28th – Apollo 1 was destroyed by fire at Cape Kennedy, killing all three of the American astronauts on board. The three men were inside the capsule of the Saturn rocket, engaged in a simulation of the planned launch, and were wearing their pressurized space suits while in a pure oxygen atmosphere. A spark from a short-circuited wire ignited a flash fire and the pure oxygen and flammable material allowing the flames to burn quickly. Within 17 seconds pressure from the expansion of gases had ruptured the command module.

But here’s what’s occupying Peggy’s universe:-

Sunday 22nd January 1967
Cyril has been busy in the garden today, pruning the roses! I was all set to get my feet up and nod off after washing up, but decided to go and wash the car. Then of course it started to rain!!

Monday 23rd January 1967
Went back to work and brought some home so have put in a long day. Cyril not well again – seems to have yet another cold.

Tuesday 24th January 1967
Had a bad night last night – Cyril very restless and Phil started coughing. Worked through today until 3:30 as Cyril was in town. He’s not home yet (5:45) so he wont be too bright, coming home in rush hour!

Wednesday 25th January 1967
Worked all day again today. Have put in over the hundred now!! Cyril wasn’t home in time for a cooked lunch so I got more fish and we all had fish and chips for tea.

Thursday 26th January 1967
I seem to have started a heavy cold- but it didn’t stop me having some good games of badminton after I had been to the Road Safety meeting at school.

Friday 27th January 1967
Have a filthy cold – my driving lesson did nothing to boost my morale today. All went wrong. Have stirred myself and done a load of washing this evening. Philip coughing a lot.

Saturday 28th January 1967
Nasty, miserable, wet day. The children have both spent it in bed. Philip coughing a great deal and Gill running a slight temperature. I had an hour on the sofa after lunch and Cyril did most of the ironing for me! We only made a quick trip to the bank in Esher and one to the village this morning. Have put Canasta off tonight.


Week 3 : 15th -21st January 1967

Diary Shelf

Here’s how the world looked in the third week of 1967:

  • January 15th – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson arrived in Rome to begin negotiations for the United Kingdom to gain membership in the European Economic Community, more commonly known at the time as The Common Market.
  • January 15th – The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the second time, but only after acceding to a demand by Sullivan to alter the words of their hit song, “Let’s Spend the Night Together”. After Sullivan reportedly said, “Either the song goes or the Stones go,” Mick Jagger sang the refrain as “Let’s spend some time together.”
  • January 16th – At St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, gynecologist Gordon Bourne led a team of surgeons in London in performing the first fetal exchange transfusion on a human being, replacing the blood of an unborn child who was endangered by Rh factor incompatibilty. Because a safe premature delivery was deemed unfeasible, the Rh positive blood of the fetus was completely removed and replaced with one fifth of a pint of the mother’s Rh negative blood, two months ahead of the March 21 due date.
  • January 17th – U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas introduced the Bilingual Education Act, Senate Bill 428, as an amendment to the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Act, the first American plan to provide education in Spanish as well as English to Mexican-American students in order to make them fully literate in the English language while educating them at the same time in other core curricula. Yarborough declared that the typical Mexican-American child “is wrongly led to believe from his first day of school that there is something wrong with him because of his language. This misbelief soon spreads to the image he has of his culture, of the history of his people, and of his people themselves. This is a subtle and cruel form of discrimination.”
  • January 18th – Jeremy Thorpe became leader of Britain’s Liberal Party, after receiving the votes of six of the 12 Liberal Party MPs in the House of Commons, ahead of Emlyn Hooson and Eric Lubbock, who each had three votes.
  • January 19th – The Monkees’, ‘I’m a Believer’ reached No. 1 in the UK charts, finally displacing Tom Jones’, ‘Green Green Grass of Home’ that had been at the top for seven weeks (the longest period at No. 1 since The Beatles’, ‘From Me To You’ in May 1963).
  • January 21st – In the first encounter between a computer and a master-rated chess player in a tournament, the “Mac Hack” computer program designed by Richard Greenblatt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology program almost defeated another MIT student, Carl Wagner, who was rated at “a little above master” by the United States Chess Federation. Wagner was playing at the monthly chess club tournament at the YMCA building in Boylston, Massachusetts, while the Mac Hack (entered in the tournament as “Robert Q. Computer”) remained at MIT while the moves and responses were relayed by teletype.

And here’s how it was for Peggy, Cyril, Gill and Phil.

Sunday 15th January 1967
Cyril stayed in bed until midday. He’s up and about again now, but I don’t think he’s fit yet. Went down to the Parkers’ after lunch and saw the new baby.

Monday 16th January 1967
Cyril going to Derby – very early.
Cyril made it to Derby and back and doesn’t seem any the worse for his adventure. The children left school early today so we walked round to Penny Nairne’s – couldn’t find any anoraks to fit them. Rang Will.

Tuesday 17th January 1967
I really quite enjoyed my driving lesson today and felt I was driving the car instead of the other way round!! Phil had Nicky round to tea and Gillian had Jill round – so they are quite happy. Cyril going to Dr. L. about his throat.

Wednesday 18th January 1967
Very busy at the office. Went back this afternoon to try and catch up but spent most of the time answering the phone. Gillian went to Brownies. Pantomime on Saturday for the Oxshott Brownies.

Thursday 19th January 1967
Cyril went off to Cardiff – he seemed quite cheerful when he rang tonight. I played badminton then came home, washed, cleaned windows and brass! Have done three hours work on the cheques tonight. Need the money!! Very tired now (11:25pm).

Friday 20th January 1967
Cyril didn’t come home until 3-ish so I worked until two o’clock. Then came home and did some washing before going to meet the children. We went straight to Leatherhead and did a bit of shopping.

Saturday 21st January 1967
(Peggy’s birthday)
Gill to panto with Brownies.
Have had eleven cards – a plant from Gill, four biros from Phil – box liqueurs and box of chocs from Cyril. We went up to the village early and I have at last spent my Christmas money. There was a sale at the Boutique and I bought the coat I’ve looked at several times. It was 20 guineas (a guinea was one pound and one shilling) reduced to 12 guineas – green llama – Windsmoor. While Gill was at the Panto, we went to Surbiton and traded our Green Shield Stamps for a steam iron.

Week 2 : 8th -14th January 1967

Diary Shelf

Here’s how the world looked in the second week of 1967:

  • January 9th – Radio stations across China began broadcasting the “Urgent Notice” that had originated in Shanghai, with the warning that, “All those who have opposed Chairman Mao, Vice-Chairman Lin, and the Communist China Red Guards, and all those who have sabotaged the Cultural Revolution and production, will immediately be arrested by the Public Security Bureau in accordance with the law. All those who violate rules against economism will immediately be punished as saboteurs off the Cultural Revolution.”
  • January 10th – In parliamentary elections in the Bahamas, which was then a British colony, the black candidates for the Progressive Liberal Party increased their share of seats from four to 18, while the white candidates of the United Bahamian Party made no increase from its 18 seats in the 38-seat House of Assembly. British Governor Ralph Grey would break the 18 to 18 deadlock by picking Lynden O. Pindling to head a coalition, bringing an end to the dominance of the white elite in the 85% black colony.
  • January 12th – Following his death from cancer, Professor James Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved with the intent of future resuscitation. Dr. Bedford, a psychology professor at the Glendale College in California, had taken advantage of an offer by the cryonics advocacy organisation, the Life Extension Society, to freeze the first candidate postmortem at no charge, and had moved into a nursing home so that the procedure could be started immediately after his death.
  • January 13th – Members of the New York Police Department saved about 300 sleeping residents of the borough of Queens, running from house to house in the 20 minutes before a natural gas explosion levelled houses and started a fire that eventually destroyed 22 buildings. Only four people were hurt, none seriously.
  • January 14th – The Sound of Music closed out its 2,385th and final performance at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, where it had started on May 18, 1961, while the Broadway production in New York City (which had 1,443 performances) was still in progress.

And here’s how it was for Peggy, Cyril, Gill and Phil.

Sunday 8th January 1967
Bed stuck this morning – I should have liked to have stayed there! Snowing slightly – but quite sunny and very cold. Children went to Sunday School and this afternoon, Philip went to tea with Martin Carter.

Monday 9th January 1967
Some snow and plenty of ice – much to the children’s delight. They have been out playing most of the day. I worked this morning and polished the floors at home this afternoon! Joan rang. Philip had a bad night – possibly the thought of school!

Tuesday 10th January 1967
Term begins.
Back to school today! The thaw seems to have set in – it’s warmer tonight – but wet. Have been in the kitchen – baking – a cake for Dad – David T will take it with him on Saturday – and an apple pie for tomorrow’s lunch.

Wednesday 11th January 1967
Cyril to lunch, also Hugh McGilvray & Bill Garry
Crept away form a terribly busy office at 11:15!! Entertained the menfolk to a very nice lunch (though I say it myself!!). It was 3:10pm when I finished washing up! Seebrite delivered (coal) this afternoon.

Thursday 12th January 1967
Cyril had a day in bed today, so he must have been feeling poorly. I worked till 12:30 – played badminton this afternoon then worked on my books this evening. Cyril has been down since 6pm. Joan rang.

Friday 13th January 1967
Driving Lesson.
Dental 11:45am
Managed to get to the dentist on time by running through the village. Cyril picked me up as he was going through to Cobham for his new glasses. I quite enjoyed my driving lesson after all the time I’ve been away from it. Rang Ena Redgrave – don’t think we’ll be going to their party.

Saturday 14th January 1967
Redgrave’s Bottle Party
We went to the Bank this morning and Cyril went back to bed straight after lunch. We didn’t go to the Redgrave’s party after all. About 8:45 I went into Turners and played ‘Go’. David is in bed too so he didn’t go to Joan’s for the weekend (wonder what happened to Grandad’s cake?). Ron and Gwen Fuzzey called in this afternoon.

Week 1 : 1st-7th January 1967

Diary Shelf

Happy New Year! Here’s how the world kicked-off in 1967:

  • January 1st – Police raided a Los Angeles gay bar, the Black Cat Tavern, and arrested several patrons for kissing as they celebrated New Year. 
  • January 2nd – Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of California.
  • January 3rd – Brazil enacted its first major conservation measure, the Law on Protection of Fauna, declaring that, “animals of any species, at any stage of their development and living out of captivity are the property of the State”.
  • January 3rd – Israel’s Ministry of Defense issued an order to the Israel Defense Forces that they were not to return fire against tank or mortar attacks by Syria from its side of the border, in an effort to prevent violence from escalating into war.
  • January 4th – Donald Campbell attempted to become the first to run a boat at 300 mph (480 km/h) and apparently reached that speed in Bluebird, his jet-powered hydrofoil, on Coniston Water in Cumbria. Campbell had reached 297 mph on his north to south run over one kilometer, and was 150 meters short of completing the south to north return trip at an average speed of “well above 300 mph” when the boat became airborne, flipped, and disintegrated upon hitting the water. The Bluebird and Campbell’s remains would stay at the bottom of Coniston Water for more than 34 years, until its recovery from the lake in March 2001.
  • January 5th – The White House confirmed that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson had rejected an official portrait painted of him by renowned artist Peter Hurd. Hurd said that when he presented the portrait to Johnson at the LBJ Ranch the President had, “gotten angry” and said that the painting was “the ugliest thing I ever saw”.
  • January 6th – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s Government was reshuffled as he fired eight of his 23 cabinet ministers. Harold Lever and Peter Shore both joined the ministerial team in the Department for Economic Affairs; Eirene White and Walter Padley left Foreign Affairs, to be replaced by George Thomson and Fred Mulley; and John Stonehouse was made Minister of State for Aviation. Lord Shackleton and Patrick Gordon Walker became Ministers without Portfolio.
  • January 7th – The Forsyte Saga, a British television series adapted from the series of novels by John Galsworthy, was broadcast for the first time, originally on BBC2 when six million people watched. The reaction to it was so positive that on its repeat showing the next night on BBC1, 18 million people would tune in, and the show would become popular worldwide.
  • January 7th – Born: Nick Clegg, UK politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2015.

And here’s how Peggy and the family start the New Year!

Sunday 1st January 1967
Here we are again at the beginning of another year – and I wonder what will be in store for us! Gillian got up and dressed in her uniform for Church Parade, but there weren’t any other Brownies present so she came home. Di had tea – we had the Turners in again – playing ‘Go’.

Monday 2nd January 1967
Have worked 8 hours for Mays today – up there and down here and feel tired, achey and ready to give up!! I console myself with the thought that the pay cheque will be worth having at month end!! But I want some time off this week. Joan rang.

Tuesday 3rd January 1967
Cyril having his eyes tested this evening. I worked this morning and after I had cleaned up after lunch we went over the heath – into the village and home. Made a change of scenery for the children. Have said I will take them out on Thursday so must have a day off.

Wednesday 4th January 1967
Worked until noon – then brought my books home as I want tomorrow off, so put in 7½ hours all told. Still very cold. Cyril seems to have got his cough back. Took Mrs Findlay’s pills down to her and it was quarter to ten before I got away.

Thursday 5th January 1967
Cyril to Cardiff.
Gill, Phil and I set off at 9am – caught the 9:35 to Waterloo and did the Post Office Tower, Science and National History Museum AND a quick look into Pontings and Derry & Toms. Home at 5:25pm – very tired.
(I have this memory that we couldn’t find the Post Office Tower and that Peggy asked someone where it was. They looked straight up, pointed, and said, “it’s there”! G. I remember that story too, although I’m not sure it isn’t family ‘folklore’. P)

Friday 6th January 1967
Haven’t yet recovered from yesterday’s outing – and wasn’t there some work awaiting me. I hardly had time to glance at today’s post. Very busy up there. Cyril home from Cardiff, at 1:30pm. He went back to the office – home again at 5pm. We went out shopping – Esher.

Saturday 7th January 1967
The children were disappointed to find the snow had gone! Cyril and I had a quick trip to the village. Hides came with the bed quite early – but minus the headboard. We have managed. Afternoon in Kingston for me – tried on lots of coats but didn’t find one I liked enough. Bought Gill a couple of nice blouses and cardigan, gloves for Phil, socks for Cyril and sheets for Gill’s new bed. Played Canasta.