At the end of Michaelmas 1963 OUHG printed its own Christmas card – or rather, a birthday card for Jesus: it read on the outside Happy Birthday Jesus! and on the inside 1963 today! The cards (“printed in heaven”) were used internally but some, with envelopes and a pencilled ’1/-’ price, were inveigled into the rack at W H Smith’s in the Corn.
Cards were sent to the press, and Atticus in the Sunday Times reported on 15 December 1963 [transcript of these cuttings here]:
One was also sent to the Pope and – as Atticus in the Sunday Times reported on 15 March – was politely acknowledged:
OUHG followed up with a greetings card for Easter:
Isis noted this on 14 March:
The News of the World was next:
But ex-president Leonard Evans was not satisfied:it was time that the ultra-right if short-lived newspaper The New Daily was brought in (28 March):
Next term, Cherwell (29 April) picked this up:
which led on a week later to this in Cherwell (6 May):
[Michaelmas 1963] [Hilary 1964]
Connaire Kensit was president, Michael Lockwood secretary and Jill Berridge treasurer. Speakers included Reginald Paget MP, A H Halsey and C P Snow.
A College Humanist Society
This was the second term for a college humanist society – the only one so far as we know – and remarkably the Saint Edmund Hall Humanist Society offered an alternative humanist programme of real quality:
[The RC pill ban] [Other press coverage]
[Hilary 1964] [Michaelmas 1964]
Terence Deakin was president, Connaire Kensit secretary, and Norman Stockman treasurer.
Speakers included Antony Flew, Joseph Needam, Marghanita Laski and Eustace Chesser. This was also the term of the evangelical OICCU mission to the University, to which of course OUHG mounted a campaign of opposition. At the other end of the ecclesiastical spectrum, Christopher Hollis wrote at length about the Oxford Humanists in The Tablet – and OUHG Group Organiser Micke Lockwood replied eloquently and devastatingly. And it was the term in which the World Council of Churches and The Times took special note of OUHG.
On 7 February 1964, the Daily Telegraph reported that the OUHG’s success had been noticed at the World Council of Churches in Geneva:
On 21 February 1964 The Times had a fuller report on the growth of OUHG:
Near the end of term Terry Deakin resigned after a Committee vote of no confidence by the Committee on 1 March; Connaire Kensit took over as President for the short remainder of term (contrary to the report in Cherwell (4 March 1964), below, and Mike Lockwood became secretary.
The story was picked up in The Guardian (5 March 1964):
[Opposing the OICCU Mission] [The Tablet] [Other press coverage]
[Michaelmas 1963] [Trinity 1964]
Wendy Kaplan was president – as the London Evening Standard (30 November 1963) noted:
Peter Griffiths was secretary and David Aikman treasurer. Speakers included Raymond Firth. John Freeman, Ronald Fletcher, Robert Graves, Leo Abse MP, H J Eysenck and Margaret Knight. The term saw the creation of the short-lived Hirschfeld Group to study sexual matters, led by Terry Deakin, who had the previous term been in battle with the British Library seeking open shelving for its collection of erotica.
OUHG advertised its programme in Cherwell and received much press coverage for its meetings – see here.
Two posters survive:
At the end of the term OUHG printed its own Christmas card – or rather, birthday card for Jesus: it read on the outside Happy Birthday Jesus! and on the inside 1963 today! The cards were used internally but some, with envelopes and a pencilled ‘1/-‘ price, were inveigled into the rack at W H Smith’s in the Corn. The story of this and the Easter card that followed is told here.
[The abortion report] [Press – other] [Greetings cards] [Oxford vs Manchester]
[Trinity 1963] [Hilary 1964]