Reg Jaques wedding



Reg Jaques wedding


Details of Reg Jaques wedding to Gwendolen Betty Stokes at Gnosall methodist church.



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THE PARISH CHURCH. – At seven o’clock on Christmas Day there was a celebration of Holy Communion, and at 9.30 there was also a choral celebration. Both were well attended.

THE PAROCHIAL. – On New Year’s Eve, the usual “parochial” was held in the Memorial Institute. A substantial tea was provided and served by lady members of the Church Council and others. This was followed by an entertainment. The programme included a play entitled “The Three Suppers.” The artistes were the Misses Yates, B. Lewis, N. Campion, Rev. C. McCarter, and Messrs. D.N. Lowe, R. Lees, R. Bray and J. Poppett. The Parochial School Choir rendered a number of songs and carols, and also gave a play called “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”

WEDDING. – Very considerable interest was taken by villagers and others from a wide area in the wedding, which took place at the Methodist Church, of Miss Gwendolen Betty Stokes, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Stokes, of Heath House, Gnosall, and Mr. Chas. Reginald Jaques, younger son of Mr. and the late Mrs. T. Jaques, of Leeholme, near Bishop’s Auckland, Durham. The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Rev. F. Brock, one of the Circuit Ministers. Mr. J.J. Henn, J.P., uncle of the bride, was at the organ. The hymns sung were “O Perfect Love,” and “In Heavenly Love Abiding.” The bride, who was employed in Lloyds Bank at Newport, is very well known in the district. She has interested herself for many years in the Sunday School, the choir, and endeavour work in connection with the Gnosall Methodist Church. Interest in the occasion of the wedding was heightened by the fact that that day she was also celebrating her twenty-first birthday. The bridegroom is Finance Officer to Newport Urban Council. He, also, has been much interested in Sunday school work at Gnosall. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a dress of ivory chiffon velvet, in princess style with train. Her head-dress was also of ivory velvet and carnations. Her veil was of tulle, and she carried a showed bouquet of carnations. There were three bridesmaids – Miss Mariam Stokes (sister of the bride), Miss Vera Jaques (sister of the bridegroom), and Miss Eveline Joynes (a friend, and daughter of Stafford’s Mayor and Mayoress (Coun. And Mrs. H. Joynes). The bridesmaids all wore dresses of holly berry red velvet in Princess style, with Juliet caps and ruched muffs. Their gold necklaces were the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr. John Jaques, of Leeholme, brother of the bridegroom, was best man, and Messrs. Mayland Rowlands (Stafford), and Harold Tomkinson (Ferton), were groomsmen. When leaving the church after the ceremony, the bridal party were showered with confetti, and as they entered the Memorial Institute for the reception they had to run another barrage of confetti. The guests entertained came from many party [sic] of the country. An unusual twist was given to the occasion by the gentlemen volunteering to take the place of the ladies and do the waiting. Among the toasts honoured was that of “The newly-married pair,” proposed by Mr. J. Liversage, J.P., who has known the bride all her life, and her family for three generations before her. In responding, the bridegroom expressed his grateful thanks for all the kindness shown to him and his bride. Over a hundred presents were received. After the reception, the bride and bridegroom left for the honeymoon, which is being spent at Shrewsbury. The bride travelled in a black angora costume. Their future address will be Elm Lea, Gnosall.



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