St James’ Church, Badsey, was the scene of the wedding on Saturday of Miss Jean Jelfs, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs D A Jelfs of Fairfield. Aldington, Evesham, and Mr Geoffrey Edward Bell, younger son of Mr & Mrs E W Bell of Main Street. Aldington, Evesham.
In the absence of the Vicar, the Rev W B Chapman, the service was conducted by the Rev Frank Carr. Vicar of Bengeworth. The bride, who was given away by her father, made a charming figure in a dress of white figured organza over taffeta, a wreath of white roses and drop pearls, and shoulder-length veil.. She wore white gloves and shoes to tone, and carried a prayer book and spray of red roses, stephanotis lilies of the valley and fern. She was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Betty Jelfs (her sister) and Miss Patricia Bell (sister of the bridegroom), who were attired in midnight-blue velvet dresses, with headdresses of cream, roses and stephanotis. They also wore parchment calf shoes and carried sprays of pink carnations and pink and cream roses.
Mr John Bell, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Mr Colin Dew was at the organ for the singing of the hymns, "O Perfect Love” and "Love Divine".
As the bride left the church after the ceremony she was presented with silver horseshoes by Master Austin Jelfs (her brother), and Miss Sandra Walsh and Miss Janet Cleaver, her cousin.
The groom's gifts to the bridesmaids were strings of pearls.
A reception was later held at the Royal Oak Assembly Room, Badsey, where several congratulatory telegrams were read.
In the early aftermoom the bride and bridegroom left for their honeymoon which Is being spent at Minehead, Somerset, the bride travelling in a beige and fawn checked coat over a green and white embossed nylon dress, with white accessories. They were the recipients of numerous presents, including one from the staff of Lloyds Bank Ltd, Evesham, where the bride is employed, and one from the teachers and scholars of St. James' Church Sunday School, Badsey, where she has been a teacher for several years.
Mr & Mrs Bell will make their home at Main Street, Aldington.