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Bailey Lane End Methodist Church 1935

Wigpool Chapel

Richard transcribed the following from the 'Forest of Dean Mercury'. The date of the Wedding was 10th May 1935.

FIRST WEDDING
At Bailey Lane End Methodist Church
"The first wedding ever to be solemnised at the Bailey Lane End Methodist Church took place on Monday afternoon. The bride who has been a regular attendant at the church since early childhood was honoured by having the church specially decorated with flowers and an archway of flowers outside the church. So large was the crowd that not all gain admission".
"The contracting parties were Miss Christina Martha Morse eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs George Morse of “Zion”, Wigpool near Mitcheldean, and Mr Reginald James Johnson, eldest son of Mr W Johnson of The point Inn, Plump Hill, near Mitcheldean. The Bride, who was given away by her father, was attended by five maids and a page. Miss Phyllis Morse (brides sister) Miss Eileen Weaving (friend of bride) Miss Dorothy Sparrow, Miss Mary Sparrow and Miss Kathleen Knight (cousins of the bride), and the page was Master Daniel Knight (cousin of the bride) the best man was Mr William Johnson brother of the bridegroom".
"The Bride was charmingly attired in a gown of suede crepe with wreath and veil, gloves and shoes to tone. She carried a bouquet of red roses, white carnations and maidenhair fern. The chief bridesmaid Miss Phyllis Morse was attired in green floral georgette, beige picture hat, green gloves and shoes to match and she carried a bouquet of pink roses, pink lupins, sweet peas and fern. Miss Weaving was attired in peach silk, picture hat, gloves and shoes to tone. She carried a bouquet of yellow tulips, cream roses and fern. The Misses D and M sparrow each wore a dress of pink silk, head bands of pink roses, lemon gloves, white shoes, and they carried flower balls of white carnations, white stocks and moss. Miss Knight wore a dress of lemon, silver leaf head-dress, lemon gloves, white shoes and socks, and carried a basket of flowers. The page presented the bride with a silver horse-shoe at the church door".
"The church organist, Mr R Brain played the Wedding and Bridal Marches. the hymns sung were ”O perfect Love” and Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire”. The Rev Ellick Kirby (circuit minister) officiated. Before leaving the church the bride was presented by Mr T Jayne with a Bible on behalf of the members of the church".
"A reception was held at the bride’s home and many guests attended. Included in the large number of beautiful presents was a handsome bedspread from the bride’s former employer. The future home will be No 28 Three Spires Avenue, Coventry".


Carol Holmes added (June 2009): "... We came to live in The Forest when my husband Terry finished studying at Cliff College in 1983, and we lived in the Manse at Mile End near Coleford .  During his ministry, he preached at all of the Methodist chapels in the Forest, sadly many now closed, I think that there were about 2530 Chapels still open and ccnducting services regularly .  It was such a large area, and the some of the Chapels in obscure locations, we had to go out in the car, and locate them before he was due to take services, one memorable one was Baily Lane End, only reached by going down a track, and tucked away from the main road .  We made many friends, and were made very welcome by everyone .  Our daughter Moira was only a little girl at the time and sometimes used to accompany him when he did his pastoral visiting .  We were also made very welcome by George and Marjorie Lawrence .  George sometimes accompanied him when he took Communion services, Many many more memories, oh, Mission England also took place, and coaches went every evening to Bristol to hear Billy Graham  I also recall the picnics, sports days, and the harvest festivals, teas etc" .

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