Spate of summer weddings for Haddenham residents

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SEVERAL people who grew up and went to school in the village have got married this summer.

Former St Mary’s School pupil Jenny Woodrow married Sam Welch at Orchard Leigh, near Bath, on May 19. The couple are living in London and Jenny works in the advertising department at Google.

Another former St Mary’s School pupil married Emma Round Turner at St Mary’s Church on July 30. Ed, who featured in a Bucks Herald article two years ago when he and six paratroopers took part in the Al Andalus Ultra marathon, is currently a Captain in 3 Paratroopers Corps and has served in Afghanistan as company second-in-command during the last tour.

He is transferring into the Royal Gurkha Rifles early next year. Emma is a Drama teacher in London and became friends with Ed when they were both studying at Hull University. The best man was Haddenham’s Alex Watkins, a friend of Ed’s since they both attended the playgroup in the village.

Other sidesmen for the groom were Captain Gordon McGregor, Royal Regiment of Scotland, formerly from Meadle, Dan Price the graphic artist and his girlfriend VV Brown the pop star.

Oliver Bennet and Oliver Harrison of Cuddington completed the round of the local lads who attended school, Beavers and cubs with Ed. An array of army officers – current comrades and friends from Sandhurst from the Para’s, Royal Fusiliers, Royal Engineers, Army Air Corps attended and formed a magnificent guard of honour. The reception was held at Lower Winchendon House. The couple will be living in London.

Former County First School pupil firefighter Victoria Whitney became firefighter Shaw when she married Leigh Shaw in a quiet ceremony at the registry office recently.

On Sunday 28 they renewed their wedding vows in the presence of a celebrant and about 80 guests in the garden of her parents, Mike and Katharine Whitney. The wedding was a real family affair as Vicky’s bridesmaids included her older sister Rebecca and old school friend Anna Marsden, along with former Lord Williams’s School friends and Abi. Her sister Rebecca’s two year old, Joseph, was a page boy but his little sister Sadie, 7 months, was too young to take part.

Rebecca’s husband, Richard Boulton, was best man. The party continued with speeches and a disco in a nearby field.