Week 21 : 21st-27th May 1967

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Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 21st May 1967 – In anticipation of war, Egypt called up its entire military reserve into service, while Palestinian commandos in the Gaza Strip announced that they were ready to attack Israel.
  • 22nd May 1967 – A fire at L’Innovation, the largest department store in Brussels, killed 322 people. The blaze started with simultaneous explosions at the third-floor restaurant and the children’s clothing section on the second floor, and was fed by exploding bottles of butane gas and cardboard displays throughout the 5-story building during its “American Week” sale. Belgian police found “anti-American pamphlets demanding a ‘clean out’ of the store” scattered in the street, however, suspicions of arson would never be verified.
  • 24th May 1967 – U.S. President Johnson convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the impending war in the Middle East, and whether Israel had atomic weapons. The memorandum of “Discussion of Middle East Crisis” was only partially declassified in 1983, with more in 1992  but three sections remain secret, including all the details of, “a brief discussion of possible presence of unconventional weapons”. Response to the President’s question “What do we do?” is still redacted, as well as his response to General Wheeler’s statement that, “we would have to decide whether we were going to send in forces and confront Nasser directly.”
  • 25th May 1967 – Celtic F.C., defending Scottish League champions, came from behind to become the first football club from northern Europe to win the European Cup, defeating Inter Milan, 2-1, in the final at Lisbon.
  • 26th May 1967 – The 12-team United Soccer Association played its very first game, with foreign teams competing under different names in American and Canadian cities. Play opened at Washington, D.C. as the Cleveland Stokers (Stoke City F.C. of England) visited the Washington Whips (Aberdeen F.C. of Scotland). Maurice Setters of the Stokers scored the first USA goal, and Cleveland defeated Washington, 2-1 before a crowd of 9,403.
  • 27th May 1967 – In a referendum in Australia, voters overwhelmingly (90.77%) approved the removal of two provisions in the Australian Constitution that allowed discrimination against the indigenous Aborigines. “Ever since,” an author would note later, “the 1967 referendum has popularly been memorialized as the moment when Aboriginal people gained equal rights with other Australians, even won the right to vote. In fact, the referendum did not achieve those outcomes.”
  • 27th May 1967 – The folk rock band Fairport Convention played their first gig, with a concert at St. Michael’s Hall in Golders Green, North London.
  • 27th May 1967 – Born: Paul Gascoigne, English footballer, in Dunston, Tyne and Wear
  • But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 21st May 1967
Beautiful day and a very impressive ceremony at Jonkerboss. Then an excellent lunch at Erica. Jacques took us out for a drive – about 80 miles up to the German border and then sightseeing in Nijmegen. Home 5:30pm.

Peggy(on the right in the hat) at Jonkerboss.

Ceremony at Jonkerboss. 21st May 1967

(Thank you to Eileen for the photos from Auntie Joan’s collection)

Monday 22nd May 1967
A poor day! To start with our coach was over an hour late. Then it rained all day. The long trip to Amsterdam hardly seemed worthwhile – a trip on the canals – in rain! Lunch, then home – 1¾hrs late! The evening social was very good.

Tuesday 23rd May 1967
Shopped in Nijmegen. To Erica for a very good lunch. Back to Jacques house and the shops!! We are loaded! Packed eventually and bade a tearful farewell to the de Rooijs at 8pm. Train left at 8:40pm, Hook about 10:30pm. Calmer crossing but we couldn’t sleep. Pouring at Harwich on arrival.

Wednesday 24th May 1967
Arrived Harwich about 7am. Left at 8:10am. Home 11:15am. Rang Cyril from Harwich. He wasn’t able to meet me so I came home to an empty house. After unpacking I had a couple of hours on the bed. Children gave me a hearty welcome. It’s good to be home, but I’m so tired!!

Thursday 25th May 1967
Back to work today. What a load of work there is!! I’ve been at it all day and this evening too. Very showery weather. I managed to cut the lawns before another downfall this evening.

Friday 26th May 1967
Another busy day at the office – trying to catch up and get straight. Cyril was home today – he has put in four boxes of plants and is suffering with his back. Have written to Jacques and Lie. Cyril and I went shopping at lunch time – shops crowded. Joan rang.

Saturday 27th May 1967
We went to London Airport at 8:45am to meet Ron F – plane delayed and we weren’t home until 12 noon. Have pottered since then. A quick trip to Surbiton to buy underlay for the landing carpet. Phyl home – she and Julian looking very well and very brown. Nasty wet day.

Week 20 : 14th-20th May 1967

Diary Shelf

Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 14th May 1967 – On the pretext of responding to a threatened Israeli invasion of Syria, the UAR (United Arab Republic – an alliance between Egypt and Syria) sent two divisions of troops across the Suez Canal and into the Sinai peninsula.
  • 15th May 1967 – The day after the celebration of the 19th anniversary of the formation of the State of Israel, Israeli Defense Forces paraded through Jerusalem, in defiance of the 1949 Armistice Agreements.
  • 16th May 1967 – Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn took a stand against censorship by mailing, 250 copies of a letter to members of the Union of Soviet Writers and to editors of literary newspapers and magazines. Listing eight instances where he had been silenced by the government, he complained that his work had been “smothered, gagged, and slandered”. In order to avoid the risk of anyone other than himself being blamed for the letters, he addressed each of the envelopes in his own writing.
  • 17th May 1967 – Queen Elizabeth II announced that her 18-year-old son, Prince Charles, would be invested as Prince of Wales in the summer of 1969.
  • 18th May 1967 – The US state of Tennessee repealed its law that made the teaching of evolution a criminal offense. On May 16, the state senate had voted, 19-13, in favor of a bill that permitted school teachers to discuss Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in classrooms. The states of Arkansas and Mississippi would be the last to prohibit teaching evolution as the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down the laws as unconstitutional on November 12, 1968.
  • 18th May 1967 – ‘Silence is Golden’ by The Tremeloes replaced Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ as UK No. 1.
  • 19th May 1967 – The 3,400 man UN Emergency Force departed from its observation posts along the 117-mile-longEgyptian/Israeli frontier in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, 12,000 troops of the Palestine liberation army took positions inside the Gaza Strip, and the first of more than 80,000 Egyptian troops and more than 800 tanks began crossing into the Sinai.

 

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

Sunday 14th May 1967
It’s poured with rain all day long! – haven’t felt much like work! Baked all afternoon. Philip in flood of tears tonight because I’m going away!

Monday 15th May 1967
Driving lesson went a bit better this evening – shan’t be having another until May 30th. Philip still seems a bit apprehensive about my going away. We all went out in the Anglia for 20 minutes.

Tuesday 16th May 1967
Cycle test.
Have worked hard today at the office – trying to get everything cleared up. I think all our pupils passed the cycling test, but I have a feeling it was a bit of a farce! Joan rang – she’s all set for Friday!

Wednesday 17th May 1967
Worked all day as Cyril wasn’t home to lunch – didn’t seem to get very far though! Came home and did some washing but then down came the rain and it’s poured all evening.

Thursday 18th May 1967
Hairdresser 4:15pm
Joan arriving.
Managed to get away from the office at 12:30! Turned out to be a lovely afternoon so I’ve done all the washing and ironing, cleaned the floors, had a hair do – bath and now waiting for Joan!

Friday 19th May 1967
To Holland
Left at 10:20am; boat 12 noon; off boat 6:45pm.
Joan and I left on the 7:58am train – leaving tearful children. I rang Cyril from Liverpool Street, he said they had gone to school quite happily. It was a two hour trip to Harwich and no coffee en route!

What a ghastly crossing – big waves – cups and glasses flying. I began to feel sick, but fortunately we were chatting with two fellows (!) about wartime and what have you and it passed the time. We didn’t arrive at Nijmegen until 9:30pm. Long day – it was 10:30 before we got to Lie’s house. It was very nice seeing them all again – we had much to talk about.

Saturday 20th May 1967
Went to Jonkerboss (war graves cemetery) and laid a wreath. Shopped in the afternoon and a meal at Erica (restaurant) in the evening.

 

Week 15 : 9th April – 15th April 1967

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

  • 9th April 1967 – The Boeing 737 made its first flight. Test pilots Brien Wygle and Lew Wallick Jr. flew the plane, following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, over the Pacific Northwest for two and a half hours then landed at the nearby Paine Field.
  • 10th April 1967 – Academy Awards went to A Man for All Seasons for Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinneman), and Best Actor (Paul Scofield). Elizabeth Taylor won the Best Actress award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • 10th April 1967 – Oral arguments began in the landmark Supreme Court of the United States case Loving v. Virginia, challenging the Commonwealth of Virginia’s statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications.
  • 11th April 1967 – Oil from the sunken American supertanker Torrey Canyon washed ashore on the beaches of France for the first time, along a 30-mile stretch of the Brittany coast.
  • 13th April 1967 – Gary L. Scott, a science teacher at the high school in Jacksboro, Tennessee, lost his job for violating a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.
  • 13th April 1967 – Somethin’ Stupid by Frank & Nancy Sinatra replaced Englebert Humperdinck’s Release Me as UK No. 1 single.
  • 15th April 1967 – Scotland defeated England 3-2 at Wembley Stadium, with goals from Law, Lennox and McCalligog, in the British Championships. The defeat marked England’s first loss since they won the World Cup, and ended a 19-game unbeaten streak.
  • But here’s what Peggy and the family are doing:

Sunday 9th April 1967
Joan rang this morning to say Pa had arrived home safely and that she had been there to meet him. I went to 11am Service – have done office work ever since. Gill to Michele’s party.

Monday 10th April 1967
Driving Lesson
Had my lesson – driving not up to standard so said Mr Green. Took Gill to Dr Little. He’s given her an anti-biotic and given me some pills to get my BP down and to slim me!!

Tuesday 11th April 1967
Term begins
Had a horrible driving lesson with the MOT examiner in the back. For some reason I was very nervous. Feel like cancelling my test. Am starting my yellow pills tomorrow – my white ones today. Not feeling really A1.

Wednesday 12th April 1967
Thank goodness my lesson was better today and I quite enjoyed it. The children came home by themselves and were quite unconcerned that I wasn’t here to greet them.

Thursday 13th April 1967
Cyril Cardiff
My passport came today.
Worked all day, through lunch till 4:15pm. The children came up from school and picked me up. Since coming home I’ve done some washing and dusted the dining room, kitchen, hall and toilet!! Phyl has been in. It’s 11:30pm now and am I tired! Cyril and Joan rang.

Friday 14th April 1967
Worked through lunch hour again today. But at least I have been clearing up some of my work. Cyril surprised us by being at school for 3:30pm Have done some washing.

Saturday 15th April 1967
I felt like going out to lunch but didn’t know where! So we didn’t. We went and shopped in Esher, Cyril made me a cup of coffee when we got in as a consolation prize!! Have washed both cars this afternoon while the others were pottering about in the garden. Playing Canasta tonight.

 

 

 

Week 14 : 2nd April – 8th April 1967

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

  • 3rd April 1967 – The island kingdom of Tonga adopted a decimal system of currency, in advance of its full independence from the United Kingdom, replacing the Tongan pound, whose value had been tied to the Australian pound (and, for its final year, worth two Australian dollars).
  • 3rd April 1967 – Born: Andy Parsons, English comedian and writer, in Weymouth, Dorset.
  • 4th April 1967 – By a vote estimated to be 139 to 11 in favor, the parliament of Spain amended the nation’s criminal code to provide for terms of up to six years in prison for journalists who were convicted of repeatedly criticizing the government, and up to six months for publishing any news deemed to be, “false reports or information” Journalists could also be incarcerated if they showed a lack of, “due respect for institutions and persons when criticizing political administrative action”.
  • 5th April 1967 – Police in West Berlin arrested 11 students, on accusations they planned to assassinate U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during his April visit. The group, dedicated to humorous protests, would be released 34 hours later, after Humphrey’s departure and after a search of their apartments showed that their attack on the Humphrey motorcade would consist of wheat flour, soluble paint, pies and the Vice President’s favourite pudding.
  • 7th April 1967 – Israeli jet fighters shot down seven Syrian MiG-21s. Earlier in the day, Syrian troops fired from the Golan Heights at a tractor being driven by a farmer from the kibbutz of Gadot, and then began firing mortar shells in and around the community. At 1:30 in the afternoon, Israel’s Mirage fighters began bombing and strafing the Golan Heights, and at 1:45, the Syrian Air Force scrambled its MiG-21s, which were all shot down in the battle.
  • 8th April 1967 – Puppet on a String by Sandie Shaw (music and lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter) won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom. The song didn’t reach No. 1 in the UK till the 27th April.

But here’s what Peggy and the family are doing:

Sunday 2nd April 1967
Wet and miserable day. Still it will do the garden good. Shampoo and baths all round this afternoon! Didn’t go out anywhere – Gillian in bed all day – coughing well.

Monday 3rd April 1967
Managed to do the washing before going to work. Pa has been gardening this afternoon. Gillian up this afternoon, but she hasn’t shaken off the cough yet. Joan rang. Worked at home this evening.

Tuesday 4th April 1967
Went to the Induction Service and it was well worth turning out at 7pm for. Got a seat in church. The Bishop is a charming man. The Mothers Union did an excellent job providing refreshments. Home at 10pm.

Wednesday 5th April 1967
Museum trip.
A lovely day – and our trip was a great success. We left sharp at 10:30 – a brand new coach – and we were picked up at 3:30pm Home at 4:30pm. Father thoroughly enjoyed it. Worked all evening.

Thursday 6th April 1967
It was a good thing I worked  at home last night because my goodness it’s piling up. I don’t know when I’m going to see the light I’m sure. Very cold and miserable day.

Friday 7th April 1967
Driving lesson.
Did quite well on my driving lesson. Very hard work at the office and I’ve had to leave a pile of work. My head has been aching a great deal. Ted rang this evening and said he will meet Pa tomorrow.

Saturday 8th April 1967
We went to the village before nine so I was then able to do a load of washing. We left Gill with the Wellmans when we took Dad as she was going to Teri’s party. We saw Pa off on the 3:50pm. Had Philip’s hair cut then home – to pick up my office work, have tea and pick Gill up. I was all set to start on my mountain of work when Mary and Leonard came in!

 

 

 

Week 10 : 5th March – 11th March 1967

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

  • March 6th – The United Kingdom’s first natural gas from drilling operations in the North Sea was pumped ashore from the West Sole operation 70 miles off Easington, Yorkshire.
  • March 7th – CBS aired the first television news documentary in U.S. history to report on gay and lesbian issues. Hosted by Mike Wallace, and viewed by 40 million people, ‘The Homosexuals’ reflected the bias of the American Psychological Association, labeling homosexuality a, “mental illness” but also showed gays and lesbians as individuals whose civil rights were deprived.
  • March 7th – A former official of Cuba’s Ministry of Industry testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the Soviet Union had resumed placement of intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba.
  • March 9th – A TWA DC-9 jet flying from Pittsburgh to Dayton, Ohio collided in mid-air with a small Beechcraft Baron executive plane over Concord Township, five miles from Urbana, Ohio. All 25 people on the DC-9 were killed, along with the Beechcrafts sole occupant. The accident would lead the Federal Aviation Administration to place speed restrictions on aircraft flying below 10,000 feet and would contribute to its decision to create terminal control areas (TCAs).
  • March 9th – Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, defected to the United States via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, which then flew her to Rome and helped her find refuge in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • March 10th – The world’s largest jetliner, the Soviet Union’s Ilyushin Il-62, with seats for up to 200 passengers, inaugurated regular service with an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Khabarovsk.
  • March 11th – The first list of endangered species was issued by Stewart Udall, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior with a total of 78 animals in the U.S. that were threatened with extinction. The list contained 14 mammals, 36 birds, three reptiles, three amphibians, and 22 fishes.

And this is what the family were up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 5th March 1967
Mothering Sunday
Children presented me with a pot plant and nylons.
A lovely day – we didn’t get up as early as we had intended! So the morning went by very quickly. I went to Weybridge with the Turners – Di drove over the test course for my benefit! We went to church this afternoon. Cyril mowed the lawn.

Monday 6th March 1967
Beautiful Spring-like day – Pity to have to go to work! I have a great deal to do though and the money will be very useful this month (two trips to Worcestershire planned!). Keep thinking about my test!!

Tuesday 7th March 1967
Driving lesson
Had my 1½ hour at Weybridge. Time is drawing nearer. I wish I didn’t feel so nervous! PTA meeting tonight not terribly inspiring. I took Philip to Doctor Little this morning because of his ITCHY SPOTS. He’s given him a bottle of the red stuff he had as a baby. It seems to be making him a bit tearful.

Wednesday 8th March 1967
Worked all day and all evening until my eyes and head ached. Cyril very tired and he went to bed early. Philip has gone into cotton sheets – see if that will stop his ‘itches’.

Thursday 9th March 1967
Cyril’s birthday
Have been studying the Highway Code. Philip wasn’t so ‘itchy’ this morning and seems to be in good form. Cyril was pleased with the small gifts we gave him. He set off for Cardiff by road about 8:30 – rang tonight. Said he was there by 12:30. Played badminton for an hour.

Friday 10th March 1967
Driving lesson
Without any exaggeration, today was the worst ever driving lesson. I was just like a first time out-er!! Let’s hope I’ve had my attack of test NERVES!!! It’s been a ghastly day altogether – Cyril home at 5:30. Had finished the washing!!!

Saturday 11th March 1967
Cyril went up to Mays and put up the shelves for me when we had finished the shopping. I’ve worked this afternoon and shall find the shelves very useful. Played Canasta this evening. Children very pleased – I took them up to ‘Golliwog’ this morning. Gillian bought a magnetic mouse and Phil bought some wax crayons.

 

 

 

Week 7 : 12th-18th Feburary 1967

 

Diary Shelf

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

  • February 12th – In Chichester, West Sussex, police raided ‘Redlands’, the home of the Rolling Stones Keith Richards in the early hours of the morning following a tip-off about a party from the News of the World. No arrests were made at the time, but Richards, Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser would subsequently be convicted of possession of drugs.
  • February 13th – The Beatles released the songs ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ on the same 45 rpm record as a double A-sided single in the United States, with a release in the UK four days later. Both were about locations in Liverpool.
  • February 14th – The United States resumed bombing of North Vietnam.
  • February 16th –  Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My World’ replaced the Monkees at No 1 in the UK.
  • February 17th – ‘Fine Structure of RNA Codewords Recognized by Bacterial, Amphibian, and Mammalian Transfer RNA’, authored by Marshall Nirenberg, Richard E Marshland and C Thomas Caskey, was published in the weekly magazine, Science, revealing the discovery that the genetic code is universal in all biological systems.
  • February 17th – New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison announced at a press conference that he believed that the assassination of John F. Kennedy had been a conspiracy, and that his office had been working on the seeking an indictment over, “the possible role of some individuals in New Orleans”.
  • February 18th – Died: J. Robert Oppenheimer, 62, American atomic physicist, died of throat cancer.

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

Sunday 12th February 1967
We went to see Doris this afternoon – found her quite cheerful – saw Eileen there as well.

Monday 13th February 1967
Very busy at the office and had quite a cleaning session at home this evening – floors, brass etc. and some baking. Very pleased with the cooker. Joan rang. Phyl and Mary came in until 11:25.

Tuesday 14th February 1967
Gill and Phil had Jean and Nicky to tea. Philip gave me my only Valentine! Just going to get ready for Young Wives. Took an iced Victoria sandwich to the office. Very well received.

Wednesday 15th February 1967
School day off.
Went to have a hair cut and had a shampoo & set as well! Very posh. Feeling very elegant. Joan rang. She’s booked us in the hotel for 18th.

Thursday 16th February 1967
D. Lesson
Had 1½ hour driving lesson today. Out in the traffic –  Weybridge via Esher. Bit gruelling. Picked the children up at 3:30 and went on to badminton until 5pm. Cyril gone to Cardiff by road. I’m going to try and write some letters now.

Friday 17th February 1967
School breaks up for half term.
What a day at the office!! I wouldn’t like every day to be so hectic. Cyril arrived home earlier than we expected having had a good journey. Mary brought in a whole salmon which we are going to share (11/6d each)(57½p if I remember correctly!)

Saturday 18th February 1967
Have to go to the office and open the mail.
Beautiful morning. I spent two hours at the office then we went on to Esher. Had our lovely Salmon lunch, then Cyril gave the car a wash and we went out onto Chobham Common, but it was terribly cold. We went on the the Greens and had a cuppa. Home in time for Gill to watch The Monkees!!! Joan rang.

Week 3 : 15th -21st January 1967

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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.