The Slaugham Archives

Wedding anniversary party in the Chequers Slaugham
The Slaugham Archive
Wedding anniversary party in the Chequers Slaugham

In late 1965 my parents, Roger and Nora Ray, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary and my maternal grandparents, Jim and May Longhurst, their golden wedding anniversary.
I would not normally upload film of a family party to the website, but many friends from nearby villages attended and I have listed them below.
The party was held at the Chequers Inn at Slaugham, in what was known as the “Club Room”, which was suitably decorated with period wallpaper. This function room was the room closest to the church, but is now part of the general bar area.
The first piece of music was chosen as Charlie Kunz was my parents’ favourite pianist, and the second piece is appropriate as all four persons celebrating were born in the Slaugham Parish.
I have not tried to edit or crop the video, particularly the amusing “coming and goings” during the cutting of the cakes.
Those appearing include:- Jim Longhurst (moustache), May Longhurst (white brooch), Roger Ray (smoking cigar), Nora Ray (shiny brooch), Josie Ray (white cardigan and beehive), Barry Ray (slim tie and pint of beer), Laurence Ray (red poppy), Lil Snelling (white cardigan, sitting), Betty Sargent (sitting on Josie’s right, and later, next to John Robins), Sid Sargent (cigarette, in the background), John Robins (white hair in foreground, Staplefield cricketer), Elsie Robins (next to John), Ethel Jeffrey (shiny red dress, from Clare Cottage), Frank Marchant (landlord of Chequers, in doorway), Nelson Cook (against far wall), Rex Ray (taking a seat), Frank Jeffrey (opposite Rex, churchyard groundsman), George (with pipe) and Nora “Mac” Garner, George Prevett (brown suit) with wife, Barbara, speaking to Joe Ray, (both Staplefield cricketers).
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Picture added on 13 November 2013 at 18:34
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Fetes and social events
My mother and father also appear in this film.
They are Ted and Edie Longhurst and are on the left side of the room. Ted is standing with a pint of beer and wearing a light pullover, and Edie is sitting wearing a light coloured dress.
Jim Longhurst was Dad's uncle, and Nora was his cousin.
Incidently they are now both 91 years old and have been married for 67 years.
Added by Nigel Longhurst on 22 November 2013
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