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Saturday 25 November 1944 – Wedding of Ronald Reeves at Badsey

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Marriages
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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NAVAL WEDDING AT BADSEY – P/O R Reeves, RN & Miss E Batchelor  

Considerable interest was aroused in the wedding which took place at St James's Parish Church, Badsey, on Saturday between P/O Ronald Reeves, RN, youngest son of Mr & Mrs S F Reeves of Badsey and Miss Ellen Batchelor, daughter of Mrs Ellen Batchelor of Badsey and the late Mr A Batchelor of Pebworth.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr Frank Stewart of Badsey, was charmingly attired in a white satin gown, with wreath and veil adorned with orange blossom and she carried a bouquet of cream roses. There were four bridesmaids and a matron of honour, Mrs F Knight (sister of the bridegroom), the bridesmaids being the Misses S Bearcroft, Jean Stuart, Betty Hill and Audrey Stuart (cousins of the bride). Mrs Knight wore a gown of pale pink satin with headdress and veil, and carried a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids wore dresses of suede crepe with silver headdresses, the two eldest being attired in apple green, whilst the two youngest wore salmon pink, and carried bouquets of bronze chrysanthemums. The best man was Harold Bishop of Harvington, a friend of the bridegroom. 

The service, which was fully choral. was conducted try the Rev F James Wells, Vicar of Bengeworth, and the hymns, “The voice that breathed o'er Eden" and "Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us" were sung. There was a large number of friends at the church. Mr S Marshall presided at the organ. 

When they left the church the happy couple were presented with silver horseshoes by Miss Doreen Stuart and Miss Prudence Stanley (friends).

The reception was held at the Royal Oak Inn, Badsey, being attended by over 100 guests.

The bridegroom presented the bridesmaids with silver bangles and gave his bride a gold wristwatch. The bride's present to the bridegroom was a pair of gold cuff-links. The happy couple were the recipients of many handsome presents including several cheques.