Our Newsletter

As of September 2014 our quarterly newsletter, produced to inform the membership about forthcoming talks and events, expanded into a monthly newsletter with articles and items of interest. This is sent to members by e-mail although those members of the Society who do not have ready access to the internet do receive a paper copy.

Previous editions of the newsletter are available here for those visiting our website who may be interested in finding out what we offer to members of the Bicester Local History Society:

Bicester Historian

Issue 29 - January 2017 - Another Great Xmas Tree Festival
Bicester Historian 29
  • Village History - Kirtlington
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Marj's Memories - London Brick Company
  • Roll of Honour
  • Society News
  • Talks Update
  • Drovers' Roads Talk
Issue 28 - December 2016 - A Wartime Christmas
Bicester Historian 28
  • Roll of Honour
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Village History - Islip
  • Marj’s Memories - The Doctor's Surgery in Evans' Yard
  • Talks Update
  • Oxfordshire Historical Atlas Talk
Issue 27 - November 2016 - Bicester's Shopping Boon
Bicester Historian 27
  • Village History - Horton-cum-Studley
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Marj’s Memories - Rigdon Hall
  • Roll of Honour
  • 2017 Calendar
  • Talks Update
  • Mediaeval Women Talk
Issue 26 - October 2016 - A Spooky Tale
Bicester Historian 26
  • Village History - Hethe
  • Marj’s Memories - The Allotments
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Xmas Tree Festival Appeal
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Museum Resources Centre Open House
Issue 25 - September 2016 - Beyond the Priory
Bicester Historian 25
  • Village History - Hardwick
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Marj’s Memories - The Causeway Shops in the Forties
  • Roll of Honour
  • Family History Fair
  • Talks Update
  • The Real Candleford Green Talk
Issue 24 - August 2016 - The Pioneer Square Crows
Bicester Historian 24
  • Village History - Hampton Poyle
  • Buildings of Bicester Quiz
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Roll of Honour
  • Summer Events
  • Marj’s Memories - The Things We Didn't Have
  • Talks Update
  • Lost Villages of Oxfordshire Talk
Issue 23 - July 2016 - Our Darkest Time
Bicester Historian 23
  • Village History - Hampton Gay
  • Roll of Honour
  • Summer Walks & Outings
  • Marj’s Memories - Primrose Cottage
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Buildings of Bicester Quiz
  • Talks Update
  • Backyards of Bicester Walk
Issue 22 - June 2016 - Oxfordshire in 50 Objects
Bicester Historian 22
  • Village History - Godington
  • Marj's Memories - Faces of Bicester Town
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Big Lunch
  • Missionary Pageant at the Garth
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Dressing Up the Past Talk
Issue 21 - May 2016 - Priory Site Still at Risk
Bicester Historian 21
  • Village History - Fritwell
  • Marj's Memories - Cookery Lessons at the Grammar School
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Roll of Honour
  • 30 Years of BLHS Talk
  • Talks Update
Issue 20 - April 2016 - BLHS Anniversary
Bicester Historian 20
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Fringford
  • Marj's Memories - The Radcliffe Infirmary
  • Bygone Bicester 1986
  • Remembering The Old Star
  • Talks Update
  • Votes for Women Talk
Issue 19 - March 2016 - Priory Site Redevelopment
Bicester Historian 19
  • Village History - Finmere
  • Marj’s Memories - The Stables in the Causeway
  • Roll of Honour
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Talks Update
  • Exploring Your Roots Talk
Issue 18 - February 2016 - Town Development
Bicester Historian 18
  • Marj’s Memories - The Depot in the 50s
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Enslow, Fencott & Murcott
  • Talks Update
  • Beer, Sausages & Marmalade Talk
Issue 17 - January 2016 - New Year, New Library
Bicester Historian 17
  • Marj’s Memories - St Edburg's Church
  • Members, We Need You!
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Village History - Cottisford
Issue 16 - December 2015 - A Forest of Fairy Lights
Bicester Historian 16
  • Marj’s Memories - Bell Ringing in St Edburg’s Church
  • Volunteers Wanted
  • Roll of Honour
  • Haunted Bicester (by Esme Timms)
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Village History - Chesterton
  • Talks Update
  • Putting Bicester on the Map Talk
Issue 15 - November 2015 - Health and Safety Culture
Bicester Historian 15
  • Marj’s Memories - World War II
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Dutch War Dead
  • Festive Social Event
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Charlton-on-Otmoor
  • Talks Update
  • Oxfordshire on the Home Front Talk
Issue 14 - October 2015 - All Change at Bicester
Bicester Historian 14
  • Marj’s Memories - The Wireless
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Prisoners of War
  • AGM Report
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Caversfield
  • Talks Update
  • Industrial Archaeology in your Shed, Garage or Attic Talk
Issue 13 - September 2015 - Back to School
Bicester Historian 13
  • Old Priory Dig
  • Village History - Bucknell
  • Roll of Honour
  • Bob Hessian Interview
  • Marj’s Memories - Home Shopping Clubs
  • Talks Update
  • Bygone Bicester
Issue 12 - August 2015 - Summer Fun for Everyone
Bicester Historian 12
  • Marj’s Memories - The Sunday School Song
  • Books of Interest - Bicester Blue Coats School & The People of Bicester
  • Out & About
  • Roll of Honour
  • Bygone Bicester
  • AGM Announcement
  • Autumn Dig Announcement
  • Village History - Bletchingdon
  • Talks Update
  • Tin Helmets and Gas Masks Talk
Issue 11 - July 2015 - Ringing the Changes
Bicester Historian 11
  • Marj’s Memories - When the Circus Came to Town
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Member News
  • Out & About
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Blackthorn
  • AGM Announcement
  • Talks Update
  • Oxford’s Victorian Entertainment Talk
Issue 10 - June 2015 - Residents Don't Want a "Shanty Town"
Bicester Historian 10
  • Marj’s Memories - When Teachers Came Back From The War
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Archive Update - Pankhurst’s Directory for 1917
  • Roll of Honour
  • Village History - Beckley
  • Bicester’s Big Lunch
  • Talks Update
  • Oxford’s Historic Waterways Talk
Issue 9 - May 2015 - First Visit of a Reigning Monarch
Bicester Historian 9
  • Chairman’s Ramblings - Coker Cookery Book
  • Quick Quiz
  • Brunch Scramble
  • VE Day
  • My Memories - Brian Clifton
  • Marj’s Memories - VE Day
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Election Fever
  • Walks and Outings
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Travelling in the Middle Ages Talk
Issue 8 - April 2015 - Big Babies, Beer & Buckled Wheels
Bicester Historian 8
  • Chairman’s Ramblings - Allotments
  • St Albans Trip
  • Archive Update - 1965 Exhibition Leaflet
  • Marj’s Memories - Buckingham’s Lane
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Seven-a-Side Rugby
  • Luftwaffe Crash
  • Village History - Bainton
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • The History of the English Parish Talk
Issue 7 - March 2015 - A New Era for an Old Stalwart
Bicester Historian 7
  • Marj’s Memories - Our Lamp
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Chairman’s Ramblings - Aircraft Postcard
  • Project Updates
  • Interview with Gill King
  • Appeal for Information
  • Wordsearch
  • Village History - Arncott
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Building Materials Talk
Issue 6 - February 2015 - Not Bicester's First "Civic Centre"
Bicester Historian 6
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Marj’s Memories - Molly Jackson’s Sweet Shop
  • Chairman’s Ramblings - RAF Weston-on-the-Green
  • A Rich Heritage from a Poor Town
  • Archive Update - Old Photographs
  • Regal Movie Quiz
  • Village History - Ardley
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Apples! Talk
Issue 5 - January 2015 - January Sales 1965 Style
Bicester Historian 5
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Archive Update - Event Posters
  • Marj’s Memories - The Winter of 1946/7
  • Chairman’s Ramblings - Sirett’s Cycle Shop
  • Shopping in Bicester
  • Christmas Tree Festival
  • Christmas Quiz Answers
  • Village History - Ambrosden
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Bicester Pubs Talk
Issue 4 - December 2014 - Christmas Shopping
Bicester Historian 4
  • Archive Update - Bicester Magazine
  • Marj's Memories - A Typical 1940s Christmas
  • Chairman's Ramblings - Bicester Advertiser & The Bicastrian
  • Christmas in Bicester
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Bicester in the Snow
  • Festive Fare
  • Christmas Quiz
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Princess Mary's Xmas Box
Issue 3 - November 2014 - Medical Care for the Masses
Bicester Historian 3
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Archive Update - School Magazines
  • Marj's Memories - The Gospel Hall Sunday School
  • Chairman's Ramblings - Walter George & the Coker Chest
  • Pat Tucker Interview
  • Christmas Tree Festival
  • Where Are We?
  • Members Questionnaire
  • Roll of Honour
  • Talks Update
  • Lost Railways Talk
Issue 2 - October 2014 - The Railway Comes to Bicester
Bicester Historian 2
  • AGM Report
  • Archive Update - Rugby Union Programmes
  • Brackley & Evenley Walks
  • Roll of Honour
  • Marj's Memories - The Old and the New
  • Where Are We?
  • Book Review - Oxfordshire Through Time
  • Old Priory Dig
  • Mark Lawrence Interview
  • Talks Update
  • Children and War Talk
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Naval Disaster
Issue 1 - September 2014 - Europe at War!
Bicester Historian 1
  • New Format Newsletter
  • Bygone Bicester
  • Archive Update - Certificates
  • Roll of Honour
  • Out and About
  • Marj's Memories - Mr Whetton, The Gardening Teacher
  • Recent Events
  • Where Are We?
  • Sally James Interview
  • New Church, New Times
  • Member News
  • Talks Update
  • Colonial Murder
  • Methodist Bicentenary

BLHS Quarterly

Issue 13 - June 2014 - Gavray Drive Meadows
BLHS Quarterly 13
  • Village & Countryside Walks - Middleton Stoney, Bletchingdon & Brackley
  • Outings
  • Archaeological Dig
  • Help Needed
  • Donated Items
  • Projects
  • Next Meeting
  • Gavray Drive Meadows
Issue 12 - December 2013 - A Christmas Card
BLHS Quarterly 12
  • Bicester Through Time & Bygone Bicester
  • History Exhibition
  • Annual Expedition!
  • Changing Faces of Bicester - Index
  • Christmas Tree Festival - St Edburg?s Church
  • WWI Commemoration
  • Gavray Drive Meadows
  • HELP!
  • Dates of next meetings
Issue 11 - July 2013 - Bicester Through Time' Book
BLHS Quarterly 11
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Can you please help?
  • Local History Walks
  • History & Archaeology Exhibition ? Saturday 28th September 2013
  • ?Bicester Through Time? Book and Oral History DVD
  • Bicester Big Lunch
Issue 10 - April 2013 - Oral History DVD
BLHS Quarterly 10
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Can you please help?
  • Local History Walks - Stratton Audley, Finmere, Tackley & Deddington
  • History & Archaeology Exhibition ? Saturday 28th September 2013
  • Oral History DVD
  • Oxfordshire Museum Resources Centre
Issue 9 - January 2013 - New Meeting Venue
BLHS Quarterly 9
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Our New Meeting Venue
  • Can you help please?
  • Local History Walks
  • Oral History DVD
  • Can you recognise anything about this mystery photograph?
Issue 8 - October 2012 - Old Priory Dig
BLHS Quarterly 8
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Our New Meeting Venue
  • Get ?Down and Dirty!?
  • Can you help please?
  • Local History Walks
  • The end of an era
Issue 7 - July 2012 - Houses of Parliament Visit
BLHS Quarterly 7
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • BLHS Annual General Meeting
  • Local History Walks
  • Where do you want to go on Monday nights?
  • Visit to the Houses of Parliament
  • Get ?Down and Dirty!?
  • ?The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee? Celebrations
  • Community Archaeology Conference
  • The Mystery Picture
Issue 6 - April 2012 - Formation of a Bicester Museum Trust
BLHS Quarterly 6
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • The Formation of a Bicester Museum Trust
  • The Garth
  • History Walks - Lower Heyford, Brill, Chesterton & Islip
  • Community Archaeology Conference
  • Oral History
  • Skeleton and Pottery Washing at Beckley
  • Visit to the Houses of Parliament
  • One off Events
  • Jubilee Celebrations June 2012
  • Volunteer?s Meeting
  • Bicester & World War I
Issue 5 - January 2012 - Pottery Washing at Beckley
BLHS Quarterly 5
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • A Museum/Heritage Centre for Bicester
  • History Walks - Lower Heyford, Brill, Chesterton & Islip
  • Oral History
  • Skeleton and Pottery washing at Beckley
  • Visit to the Houses of Parliament
  • Bicester Ghost & Foul Deeds Walks
  • Increasing Membership
  • A One Off Event - 25th Anniversary
  • A Mystery Picture
Issue 4 - October 2011 - Carnival Spirit
BLHS Quarterly 4
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • BLHS gets into the Carnival Spirit
  • History Walks - Fritwell, Kirtlington, Launton & Steeple Aston
  • Oral History
  • A Museum/Heritage Centre for Bicester
  • Bicester Priory Excavations
  • Bicester Ghost & Foul Deeds Walks
Issue 3 - July 2011 - The Society's 25th Anniversary
BLHS Quarterly 3
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • Anniversary History Exhibition
  • Georgian Fire Pump Restoration
  • AGM
  • Other News
Issue 2 - April 2011 - Anglo-Saxon Origins
BLHS Quarterly 2
  • History & Heritage Exhibition
  • Oral History
  • Ancestral Remains?
  • Other News
  • Help Required
Issue 1 - January 2011 - BLHS 25th Anniversary
BLHS Quarterly 1
  • Forthcoming Meetings
  • History & Heritage Exhibition
  • Oral History
  • Other News