BADSEY AND BRETFORTON FAMILIES UNITED – Miss J M Malins and Mr M Hay
St James’ Church, Badsey, was filled to capacity on Saturday for the wedding of Miss Joyce Margaret Malins, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs G Malins of 22 Synehurst, Badsey, and Mr Maurice Hay, youngest son of Mr & Mrs J Hay of Main Street, Bretforton.
Tne bride, who is very popular in Badsey, was educated at Badsey Council School and was a member of the Women's Land Army for two years. She was afterwards on the office staff at Woolworths, Evesham.
The bridegroom is well-known in Bretforton, being captain of Bretforton Old Boys' football team. He is also a member of Bretforton Silver Band and the Bretforton bell-ringers.
The choral service was conducted by the Rev J G Jeffreys and Mrs G Marshall was at the organ. The hymns "Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and "Perfect Love" were sung and Mendelssohn's Wedding March was played by the organist.
Mr G Malins gave his daughter away and she was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss Irene Malin (sister of the bride), Miss Florence Hay (sister of the bridegroom), Mrs Loise Stevenson (sister of the bridegroom) who was matron-of-honour and two pages, Patsy and Bobby (niece and nephew of the bridegroom).
The bride looked charming in a gown of white satin with veil and wreath of orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of red roses and maidenhair trailing fern.
Miss Irene Matins was dressed in a gown of blue satin with veil and feathered headdress to match; Miss Florence Hay in a medieval gown of pink spot muslin with veil and headdress to match; and Mrs Loise Stevenson in a medieval gown of green spot muslin with veil and headdress to match. They all carried bouquets of pink carnations and dahlias with maidenhair fern. Patsy wore a dress of pink lace over satin with poke bonnet and carried a basket of roses and chrysanthemums, and Bobby a suit of white satin.
Mr Roy Hay, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. As the happy couple left the church the bride was presented with silver horseshoes and wooden spoons by nephews and friends.
Upwards of 90 guests attended a reception at the Royal Oak Assembly Room, Badsey.
Mr & Mrs Hay were the recipients of numerous presents including those from Messrs Woolworths and the staff and the Bretforton Silver Bend. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a silver chain with gold and silver pendant, and the bride's present to the bridegroom a wristlet watch. The bridegroom's presents to the bridesmaids were powder compacts and bracelets.
A peal of bells was rung after the ceremony by the Badsey bell-ringers.
The honeymoon is being spent at Blackpool, the bride's travelling dress being a two-piece suit of navy blue and saxe blue trimmings. The temporary future home will be at the New Inn, Bretforton. The bride's bouquet was afterwards placed on her brother's grave.