BAMPTON Wednesday meeting (DEFUNCT 1074)
Formed in 1965-66, succeeded by BURFORD in 1974
Bampton group played a major part in the early history of SMIG, not least because of its founder Bill of Bampton.
Bill started the group in 1965-66 after he had been knocked down and badly injured by a lorry in Piccadilly Circus (he was sober!), after which he was unable to travel to other meetings. The Bampton meeting was held in his home Folly House on a Wednesday and was a truly unique experience. It was held in a beautifully furnished room, with antiques and paintings of hunting scenes (none of which were nicked!). At 8.50 pm there would be a knock on the door to signify we had 10 minutes to finish, after which the butler served coffee and hot sausage rolls. In winter there was a huge log fire which undoubtedly had a soporific effect on any newcomer who was still imbibing.
Bill was also a founder of the Oxford Monday group and chief instigator of the Burford group. Barry W, who has researched this item, remembers two if not three of his early mini conventions were held in a marquee in the gardens of Bill’s house.
Barry W. (February 1999)
EYNSHAM Big Book meeting (DEFUNCT 2016)
EYNSHAM Big Book meeting
Started September 2012, closed September 2016
This Big Book meeting was started after a number of AA members who lived in Eynsham Village area were sharing lifts to other meetings decided it would make sense to have a meeting in the village where we all lived in. It was well attended from the start and was a very friendly open meeting in a lovely room at the Church of St Peter’s with views over Wytham Woods.
It was also attended by late long standing AA members Michael and Mary who moved to the Eynsham area to be close to family in the last years of their lives. Both used the meeting throughout their illness and spoke about their gratitude for having a meeting close to their home as in the last days travelling was hard for them. Not long after they passed, the meeting closed due to a change in rent and low numbers attending the group. As one of the co-founders of the group I would like to dedicate this archive to both Mary and Michael.
Oliver, May 2017