Moor Lane Methodist Church

Wedding Wednesday – William James Jones and Greta Turner

Greta Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Alice Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

Greta was born on 13 January 1919 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 10 August 1940 Greta married William James Jones at Moor Lane Methodst Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 16 August 1940 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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JONES – TURNER

Private William James Jones, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones, of Thornton, near Blackpool, and Miss Greta Turner, third daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. Turner, of 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe, were married on Saturday, at the Moor Lane Methodist Church. The Rev. J. E. Storey, M.A., officiated, and as the bride was leaving the church, she was presented with a silver horse shoe by her niece, Miss Hazel Turner.
Given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. W. Woods, the bride was gowned in black figured marocain, trimmed with white organdie and lovers’ knots, and wore a black hat and shoes to tone, with a spray of white carnations. As bridesmaid, Miss Louisa Jones, sister of the bridegroom, was attired in a gown of Basque violet, edged with black, and wore black accessories, and a spray of white carnations. The best man was Mr. Kenneth Turner and Mr. Stanley Turner acted as groomsman. During the ceremony the hymns “The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and “O Perfect Love” were sung, Mr. W. Taylor being at the organ.
A reception was held at the bride’s home and later the newly-married couple left for Cleveleys, the bride travelling in a black coat and hat, with gown to tone.
Amongst the presents was a chromium-plated tea pot from friends of the bride at the mill of Messrs. Longworth and Sons, Whalley. Mr. and Mrs. Jones will reside at 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe.

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Wedding Wednesday – John Stuart Tomkins and Ruth Margaret Bentley

Ruth Margaret Bentley is my 2nd cousin. Her parents are Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead. Our common ancestors are Thomas Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Ruth was born on 13 July 1934 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Very sadly Ruth’s father, Albert, died at the age of 28 on 6 June 1937, when Ruth was one month away from her third birthday.

On 15 September 1956 Ruth married John Stuart Tomkins at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times reported the wedding on Friday 21 September 1956 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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TOMKINS – BENTLEY

The wedding took place at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday, of Mr. John Stuart Tomkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tomkins, of ‘Quarry Bank,” Lower Abbott’s Brow, Mellor, near Blackburn, and formerly of Waddington, and Miss Ruth Margaret Bentley, daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. A. Bentley, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe.
Given away by her uncle, Mr. Gordon Bentley, the bride wore a gown of ivory satin brocade with a short circular veil of embroidered net surmounted by a pearl and floral headdress. Her bouquet was of red roses.
Miss Christine Bentley, cousin of the bride, and Miss Marie Jackson, a friend, were the bridesmaids. They wore full-length dresses of pale blue brocade and wreaths of pink roses on their heads and carried matching bouquets.
Mr. Luke Porter, a friend of the bridegroom, was best man, and the duties of groomsman were shared by Messrs. Tom Hunt, H. T. Proctor, and John Howard.
During the ceremony which was performed by the Rev. G. H. Fenton, the hymns “The Lord’s My Shepherd” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. Donald Hartley was at the organ.
After a reception at the Starkie Arms Hotel, Clitheroe, the couple left for a honeymoon in London, the bride travelling in a tweed coat with red dress, handbag and shoes.
Among the gifts were a cheque from the bridegroom’s colleagues at Brockhall Hospital and a hand-embroidered tablecloth from the bride’s workfriends at the Brockhall staff school.
Mr. and Mrs. Tomkins will make their home at “Quarry Bank,” Lower Abbott’s Brow, Mellor.

Like her father, Ruth also died at a young age. She passed away on 28 December 1969 at only 35 years old. I posted a photograph of her tombstone here.

Wedding Wednesday – Allan Eastwood and Bertha (Betty) Procter

Bertha (Betty) Procter is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Percy Procter and Annie Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Thomas Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Betty was born on 31 December 1920 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Three days before her 26th birthday, Betty married Allan Eastwood on 28 December 1946 at Moor Lane Methodist Church in Clitheroe. Details of the wedding were announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 3 January 1947 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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EASTWOOD – PROCTER

The wedding took place at Moor Lane Methodist Church on Saturday, of Major Allan Eastwood, MBE, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E Eastwood, 33 Collingwood Road, Chorley, and an old boy of Clitheroe Grammar School, and Miss Betty Procter, only daughter of Mrs A Procter, 11 Brownlow Street, Clitheroe.
The Rev J S Yearsley, MA, officiated, and Mr R Halstead, uncle of the bride, was at the organ. The hymn “O God of Love” was sung during the service.
Given away by her brother, Mr H T Procter, of Nottingham, the bride was dressed in ivory figured slipper satin, with a veil of Brussels lace forming a train, and a coronet of orange blossom. She carried a double sheaf of cream carnations.
She was attended by a friend, Miss Ethel Whittam, of Marple, who wore a dress of midnight-blue figure cloque with a Juliet cap trimmed with pink chrysanthemums. On leaving the church the bride was presented with a lucky horse-shoe by her nephew, Master Malcolm Procter.
The best man was Mr J Marsh, of Burnley, who deputised for Lieut. Fred Eastwood, the bridegroom’s brother, at present serving in East Africa. Mr H Musgrove was groomsman.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Sawley, and later the couple left for their honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall. For the journey, the bride wore a red coat, black hat and black accessories.
Major and Mrs Eastwood gave the bridesmaid a double string of pearls. Among the presents was a cheque from the staff of Clitheroe Shirtings, Grindleton.
Major and Mrs Eastwood are shortly to leave for Melbourne, Australia, where Major Eastwood is to take up an appointment with a textile firm. They will reside temporarily at 11 Brownlow Street, Clitheroe.

Wedding Wednesday – Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead

Ruth Halstead is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Our common ancestors are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell – my great grandparents.

Ruth married Albert Bentley on Wednesday 5 July 1933 at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire. A report of the marriage was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 7 July (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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BENTLEY – HALSTEAD

A large congregation of personal and other friends assembled in the Moor Lane Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon to witness the wedding of Mr Albert Bentley, elder son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Bentley, of Moore Street, Burnley, and formerly of Barrow, to Miss Ruth Halstead, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe. The bride has been for some years a prominent member of the choir at Moor Lane and her services as a soprano soloist have been freely utilised by other churches and on the concert platform. She was also identified with the Parish Church Amateur Operatic Society. The bridegroom is well known in local cricket circles, having played in turn for Barrow, Whalley and Burnely St. Andrews.

Several fellow choristers of the bride were in the choir and led the singing of the hymn “Crown with Thy benediction.” The ceremony was performed by the Rev. P S Johnson, and the duties of organist were fulfilled by Mr G Cowgill.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked becoming in a long ivory satin dress which had a yoke and puff sleeves of embroidered net, her veil, also of embroidered net, being crowned with a circlet of orange blossoms and pearls. Her bouquet was composed of pink roses.

Miss Bertha Procter was in attendance on her cousin, wearing an ankle length dress of yellow spun silk which had a cape collar, the skirt being relieved with narrow frills. A yellow crinoline hat trimmed with velvet ribbon, and a bouquet of mauve sweet peas, completed her toilette.

Mr Cyril S Aspden, of Colne, was the best man, and Messrs T R Halstead and G Steer the groomsmen.

A reception followed at the Starkie’s Arms Hotel. For the journey to Douglas, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride travelled in a Lido blue silk dress and grey coat which had Lido blue revers, grey hat and shoes to tone. On their return Mr and Mrs Bentley are to reside at 9 Wellesley Street, Lowerhouse, Burnley. They were the recipients of numerous presents. The bridegroom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a wristlet watch.

Albert and Ruth had one daughter, Ruth Margaret Bentley on 13 July 1934.

I have previously written about Ruth and Albert here. And about Ruth Margaret here.

Sunday’s Obituary – Robert Halstead (1880-1957)

Robert Halstead is the husband of my grand aunt, Ellen Musgrove.

I have written about Robert and Ellen before – here – with a report celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 20 June 1952.

Robert passed away on 21 January 1957 and his obituary was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 January.

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Well known among the older generation of Clitheronians, Mr Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe, died at his home on Monday. He was 76.

Mr Halstead, who was born in the street in which he died, was a keen musician. He was pianist in the band led by the late Mr Joe Margerison and also entertained at concerts at Clitheroe Old People’s Club, of which he was a member. During the war he was organist at the Congregational Church.

He was also interested in football and bowling, and for some years was secretary of the Castle Park Veterans’ Bowling Club.

Mr Halstead, an overlooker until his retirement 10 years ago, ws associated with Moor Lane Methodist Church. He was chief ranger for the Ancient Order of Foresters, Court Royal Castle.

During the first World War he served as a Special Constable and was awarded a medal for long service.

Mr Halstead had not been well for some months, and sympathy is extended to his widow and daughter in their bereavement.

The Rev. J H Fenton officiated at the funeral at Clitheroe Cemetery yesterday.

Wedding Wednesday – Ellen Musgrove and Robert Halstead

Ellen Musgrove is my grand aunt – in other words my grandad’s sister. Her parents are Thomas Ainsworth Musgrove and Ellen Stowell, my great grandparents.

Ellen was born on 21 February 1881 in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Robert Halstead was born on 31 October 1880, also in Clitheroe.

Ellen and Robert were married on 21 Jun 1902.

On the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1952 the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times published the following article on 20 June.

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Clitheroe Couple Married 50 Years

A quiet family celebration at home tomorrow will mark 50 years of married life for Mr and Mrs Robert Halstead, of 1 Curzon Street, Clitheroe.

Mr Halstead, who is 71, is well known to many Clitheronians. He was born in Curzon Street, next door to his present home, and has lived in the street all his life – except for seven years after his marriage, when he resided in Monk Street, just around the corner.

He has always taken an interest in music, and was organist at the Congregational Church, Clitheroe, for five years during the war. He was pianist at the Sunday meetings of the old P.S.A. in Clitheroe, and will be remembered my many as pianist in a dance band led by Mr Joe Margerison.

AT THE MILL

Mr Halstead, who, like his wife, worked at Foulsykes Mill for a number of years, had latterly been employed at Sun Street Mill, as an overlooked. He retired in 1947.

He is associated with Moor Lane Methodist Church, and is an enthusiastic member of the Castle Park Veterans’ Bowling Club, with whom he has played on several occasions.

His wife, Mrs Ellen Halstead, formerly Miss Musgrove, was employed as a weaver at Foulsykes Mill many years ago, and later ran the mixed business at their home.

Mr and Mrs Halstead, who were married at the old Baptist Chapel in Shaw Bridge by the Rev L J Shackleford, have one daughter and one grandchild.