Jane Munro (grand-daughter of Reginald Steeden) has just sent me links to two wonderful recordings. The first is of Frank Ayres, talking in 1957 about badger-hunting in Tingewick Woods, and of his dog being attacked by pigs there (they probably belonged to my late father-in-law!). Frank was apparently born in 1874: I don’t have a record of him in my database, but there is a Frank Ayres who is a probable match who was born and lived in nearby Chackmore.
Jane also sent me a newspaper cutting (see below) from 1949 which her mother had kept: to her astonishment and delight, she tracked down the film here:
BANKING AND THE FARMER
– a wonderful period piece with, after about 9 minutes, a brief view of Buckingham NFU, meeting in the Town Hall there, with her grandfather Reg Steeden standing up to pose a question.
Many, many thanks to Jane, and if anyone comes across any similar gems, would love to hear about them!