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Wednesday 15 July 2015

Golden Wedding

Last weekend we had our crop at Cardinal Colours and had a great day crafting with friends. I took along a card to make, which I can show you after the wedding I made it for later in the month. I also took along a kit from the recent Merly Impressions Crop I was unable to attend. The kit was designed for three layouts and uses papers from Kaisercraft's Secret Garden collection.

Here is my first layout with a photo of my great grandparents, Frederick Henry Holder and Emma Jane Florence (Williams) on their Golden Wedding in 1936

I did scrap this photograph many yeas ago when I first started scrapbooking, but since then I have learnt a lot more family history, and although I knew who the people were, I didn't know it was their golden wedding photo for the local paper.

The page was designed by Chrissy Tingey and is more or less true to her original design with a few minor changes.

I used a different Martha Stewart punch, Kaisercraft one. I created my holes for stitching using a sewing machine with no thread, then with needle and DMC stranded cotton provided I back-stitched along each of the four strips before mitering and sticking into place. I wrote part of their story on the strips.

I cut a title from the card stock in the kit using the Cricut, then stained and glossed it. The rhinestones and die-cut swirls were included in the kit. There is a lot of fussy cutting which was a task for an evening in front of the TV, along with the hand stitching!

Thank you for the inspiration Chrissy.

For the record, here is the newspaper article about my grandparents and their golden wedding:

Mr. And Mrs. Frederick Henry Holder of 120 Southlands Road, Bromley who celebrated their golden wedding On Sunday,  have fourteen children, all of whom are married, and 24 grand children.
Their marriage, at St. James’ Church, Hatcham, New Cross, on February 8th 1886, was the first solemnised in that church following the Tooth Riots. “There were terrible scenes at the church for several Sundays just before then,” said Mrs. Holder to a Mercury reporter,” and the Anglican Church children took possession of the church from the Catholics on the Sunday before the Tuesday on which we were married.”
At the time of their marriage, Mrs Holder was twenty-year-old Miss Emma Jane Florence Williams, and Mr Holder was five years her senior. They came to Bromley immediately after and lived in Nightingale Lane until they moved to Southlands Road, 26 years ago. “Southlands Road was then an old cart road with fields all around us and a gate leading into near St. Luke’s Church” said Mr. Holder. “When you walked up the Broadway you could only see a few little old shops.”
Former Foreman at Bickley Station

For 49 years and two months, Mr. Holder worked on the railway, first with the old South-Eastern and Chatham Railway, and then the Southern Railway. He was at Cannon Street Station nearly five years and spent the remainder of the time at Bickley Station. He was Forman there for nearly 33 years, and on his retirement, in December, 1927, his colleagues presented him with an inscribed silver watch as a token of their esteem.
  “Bickley Station is not what it used to be,” said Me Holder. “We used to have big engine sheds before they were transferred to Orpington.”
Three of Mr. and Mrs. Holder’s six sons are following in their father’s footsteps, one being foreman at Victoria Station, another being a guard at Bromley North and the other a porter at Bromley South.  The eldest son has a tobacco and confectionary business in Southlands Road, another is employed in a London solicitor’s office; and another is at Bromley Post Office. Two of the daughters are in Canada.
  Mr. and Mrs. Holder enjoy excellent health and are still both very active. In the summer Mr. Holder regularly goes to Croydon three times a week, to do gardening work.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

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