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Saturday 13 January 1940 – Wedding of George Robert Bell and Phyllis Avison Dobbs

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Marriages
Evesham Journal
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Considerable interest was taken in the village on Sunday afternoon in the marriage at St James’ Church of Miss Phyllis Avison Dobbs, only daughter of Mr & Mrs C H Dobbs of 6 Albert Grove, Westbourne Street, Hull, and Mr George Robert Bell, only surviving son of the late Mr & Mrs Edward Bell of Hull.  Canon W C Allsebrook, RD (Vicar of Badsey) officiated, and the choral service included the hymns “O Perfect Love” and “O Father, all Creating”.  Appropriate wedding music was also played by the organist, Mr Leslie Sharp.

The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Charles L Dobbs, wore a mustard coloured dress over which she wore a brown bouclé coat, brown velvet hat covered with beige veiling, and gloves to tone with her dress.  She carried a bouquet of white carnations and chrysanthemums and maidenhair fern.  She was attended by one bridesmaid, Miss Edith A Ford of Badsey, who wore a green angora dress and brown hat, and carried a bouquet of white and mauve chrysanthemums and maidenhair fern.  Driver Alan A Haigh was best man.

Among those present at the church were members of the unit billeted in the village, and as the bride and bridegroom left the church they passed through a guard of honour formed by members of the unit under Corporal Bateman.  Immediately following the service the ringers of St James’ Church rang a merry peal on the bells.

The ceremony was followed by a reception held at the Old School, Badsey, arranged with the kindly help of the members of the committee of the Badsey Voluntary Canteen, which was greatly appreciated by both the bride and bridegroom.  Mr & Mrs Bell were the recipients of numerous presents, including one from “The Wheatsheaf Boys” and one from the Badsey Voluntary Canteen Committee.


George Robert Bell was from Hull and does not appear to be related in any way to the Bells of Badsey.  It appears that he was billeted in Badsey, possibly in the home of the Ford family who lived on Synehurst Avenue.