From Shaw Taylor to John Otway

This week we look at the months of November/December in our weekly look back to the 1980s through our newspaper and photographic records of that era.

Young guys do a good turn: November 6 edition

Children from the Mandeville estate in Aylesbury collected money for a play area and community centre when they went out with their Guys. The youngsters made nearly 10. Local councillor Jack Briskman praised their selfless efforts saying their gesture was typical of the spirit among the residents.

John Otway returns to his former job at CBS: November 20 edition

John Otway returned to his old employers, record company CBS, which was pressing his latest release, a cover of the Tom Jones hit, Green Green Grass of Home. Otway used to work at the company's former premises in Chamberlain Road, Aylesbury, putting records into their sleeves. But he shot to fame with the help of Wild Willy Barrett and a single called Really Free in the 70s. He popped along to CBS's new plant in Rabans Close, signed autographs and gave out many free copies of his new single, which had gone in to the charts at number 162.

Crossroad's Benny visits Aylesbury bingo hall: November 27 edition

Actor Paul Henry, who played Benny in soap opera Crossroads, made a personal appearance at the Granada Bingo Club in Aylesbury High Street. He talked about his work on the programme and signed autographs.

Fun and games at the Civic Centre: November 27 edition

The Bucks Herald teamed up with Southern Gas to host a night of fun and games at the Civic Centre. The evening was based on the Generation Game programme and was hosted by TV personality Shaw Taylor. Contestants took part in several on-stage challenges including morris dancing and Christmas log icing. The winner, Enid Beck, of Monks Risborough, won a gas cooker worth more than 370.

Nativity Fun at Prebendal Farm Community Centre: December 11 edition

The spirit of Christmas was well and truly alive at Prebendal Farm Community Centre when more than 40 children took part in a nativity play and party. The toddlers, who were three and four years old, all attended the Prebendal Farm Playgroup. About 150 parents crammed in to the centre to watch their show.