Nov 132014

One of our members, Pam Reay, has written:

“I have been involved with a group of Wheatley people researching all of the men who died and served in Wheatley. We have produced a book which runs to 144 pages and is copiously ilustrated.  We would be pleased to present OFHS with two complementary copies.

Wheatley Press releaseI attach a flyer which gives details of the book launch which takes Wheatley book-launch-posterplace on Friday 14th, Nov at 7.30pm where books will be on sale at £4.99, also an exhibition which will take place on Sat.15th, Nov. 10am -5pm. Both in the Merry Bells High St. Wheatley.”

Nov 192013

On Monday 24 January 2011, Dave Annal spoke to an Exeter Hall meeting on the subject: Death and taxes: an introduction to the Death Duty records.

I have recently noted that it is possible to download a podcast of Dave speaking on this topic from TNA website at

The talk goes under a slighly different title thereon: Death and taxes: understanding the death duty registers

TNA then go on to say:
“For over 100 years, from 1796 to 1903, the Inland Revenue maintained a series of registers recording the payments of death duties. These registers are now held by The National Archives and represent one of family history’s best kept secrets. This talk looks at the surviving records in detail and explains how they can be used to uncover some fascinating facts about the lives and times of our 19th century ancestors”.

Those who could not attend our meeting on which Dave spoke on this topic, or who simply want a refresher, might want to download this free resource.

Nov 162013


At 8.10am tomorrow (Sunday) morning, the BBC Radio 4 programme “Sunday Worship” is sub-titled “A Vision of Heaven”, and will see CS Lewis’s biographer Alister McGrath marking the 50th anniversary of the author’s death.

The programme will be broadcast from Headington Quarry Church.


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