At St James’ Church on Wednesday afternoon there was solemnised the marriage of Miss Cynthia M Savory, elder daughter of Mr A H Savory of the Merry Gardens, Burley, Hampshire (formerly of Aldington Manor) with Mr Charles Selwyn Martin of The Holt, Winchcombe, eldest son of the Rev C Martin, rector of Dartington, Devonshire, and rural dean. The wedding took place at Badsey in order that Miss Savory, who is well known in the vicinity and deservedly popular with all classes of the community, might be married in her old parish, and amongst her many old friends in the neighbourhood. Our readers will remember that the family have only recently left Aldington Manor. Much interest was taken in the wedding by the inhabitants of Badsey and the district, who were present in large numbers to witness the ceremony. The pathway from the church gates to the entrance porch was carpeted, as was also the aisle, and the church had been tastefully decorated for the occasion. As was to be expected, there was a large congregation, the church being crowded, and many people were unable to obtain admission. The ceremony was performed by the Rev C Martin (father of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev John Martin, curate of the Parish Church, Ilfracombe (brother of the bridegroom) and the Rev W H Price, vicar of Badsey with Aldington and Wickhamford. There were six bridesmaids - viz, Miss Joyce Savory (sister of the bride), Miss Margaret Savory, Miss Mary Scott and Miss Molly Savory (cousins of the bride) and the Misses Nellie and Mollie Martin (sisters of the bridegroom). The best man was Mr Arthur Martin, brother of the bridegroom, and the bride was given away by her father, Mr A H Savory. The church was prettily decorated with white flowers and evergreens. The bride was attired in white Oriental satin, tucked and trimmed with chiffon and lace ruches and frills. Her tuile veil covered a coronet of natural orange blossoms, and was fastened with antique silver filigree brooches; she wore no other ornaments. Her bouquet consisted of lilies of the valley, white orchids and other choice flowers. The bridesmaids’ costumes consisted of white cloth trimmed with white silk and brown fur, and they wore white felt hats to match. The four elder bridesmaids carried white muffs with sprays of yellow flowers, which, with crescent and star pearl brooches, were the gifts of the bridegroom. The two younger bridesmaids carried bouquets of yellow narcissus and wore curb chain bracelets, also the bridegroom’s gifts. The Rev C O Bartleet of Willersey presided at the organ, and the hymn “O perfect love” was sung.
After the ceremony a reception was held at Seward House, kindly lent by Mr & Mrs Julius Sladden, about 120 relations and friends accepting invitations. Among those present were the following: The Rev Charles & Mrs Martin, the Rev John Martin, the Misses Martin (4), Mr Arthur Martin, Mr Keble Martin, Mr R Martin, the Rev R & Mrs Martin (Ilfracombe), the Rev G Martin (Malvern), Mr Cecil Moberly, Mr & Mrs A H Savory, Mr Albert Savory (Sun Rising, Tysoe), Mr Howard Savory (Sun Rising, Tysoe), Mrs Merks (Sun Rising, Tysoe), Miss Margaret Savory (Sun Rising, Tysoe), Mr & Mrs Horace Savory (Streatham), Miss Savory (Harrogate), Mr Francis Savory and the Misses Savory (Bury St Edmunds), Professor & Mrs Poulton (Oxford), Miss Poulton and Miss Greenslade (Oxford), Mr, Mrs & Miss Jeans (Blackheath), Miss Scott, Miss Mercer (Kemerton), the Rev W H Price, Mr & Mrs J Sladden and the Misses Sladden, Mrs & Miss Ashwin, Mr & Mrs Adkins, Mrs & Miss Mann & Mr R Mann, the Rev C & Mrs Preston, the Rev C O & Mrs Bartleet, the Rev W H & Mrs Shawcross, the Rev C L & Mrs Banister, the Rev E B Shekell, the Rev J & Mrs Knipe, Mrs F S Taylor, Mr & Mrs Peirse-Duncombe, Mr & Mrs Gilpin, Mrs J H Leigh, Miss Leigh & Mr Arthur Leigh, Mr & Mrs Lewis Leslie, Mr & Mrs St John Wilding, Mrs Thornton, Mrs Arthur & the Misses Robarts, Mr & Mrs Leigh Elkington, Mr Ellis and Miss Garrard, Mr & Mrs Philip Bomford, Mr George Day, Mr & Mrs Silvester (Stratford), Mr & Miss Awdry (London), Mr J Champernoune (London), Mr & Mrs Hooper (Pershore), Mr & Mrs Wise (Toddington), Mr & Mrs Cox (Winchcombe), Miss F Garrard, Miss Suthers, Miss Haynes, Mr Bald, Mr Watkins (Oxford), Mr & Mrs C Barter.
There were many beautiful wedding presents, including gifts from the Aldington Coal and Clothing Clubs; the inhabitants of Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford (70 subscribers); the employees of Mr Charles Martin (Twyford) and from many of the old employees on the Aldington Manor and Claybrook farms, besides those from a large circle of relatives and friends.
After the wedding party had been photographed by Mr Fred Gegg of Evesham, the bride and bridegroom left about four o’clock, driving to Cheltenham en route for Bournemouth.
The bride’s travelling costume consisted of green gibeline cloth, pink and white silk and cream lace, with a beaver cloth hat trimmed with ribbon to match and pink roses.
On Thursday afternoon Mr & Mrs Savory entertained a large company of old employees, and other residents in Badsey, Aldington, Wickhamford and Bretforton, to the number of over 100, to view the presents, when the health of the bride and bridegroom was duly honoured amid great manifestations of hearty goodwill.