Gracewell Residents Celebrate 72nd Wedding Anniversary

Gracewell  |  June 17, 2019

Gracewell of Maids Moreton, on Church Street, recently celebrated the 72nd wedding anniversary of two very special residents.  

James and Beryl Bonham met at the age of just 17 in 1942 while working for the county treasurer’s office, where Beryl was a secretary and James worked in the cash office. Their friendship became more serious when James was posted abroad with the RAF two years later, with the two sharing precious wartime letters. When James returned in 1946 to join his family farm, the couple became engaged before marrying in St Mary’s Church in Aylesbury on 18 April 1947. They held their reception at the Kings Head in the town, but unfortunately, were faced with a photographer who went missing and left them without any wedding photos.

Both have worked hard on the family farm and celebrated the birth of their children during their long and happy marriage. Before moving to Gracewell of Maids Moreton, the two pursued a range of hobbies, which included James’s love for golf and the couple’s shared enjoyment of bridge. As a farming couple, the two became used to pulling together whilst both living and working in the same close, and credit their closeness as being key to the success of their marriage.

James and Beryl are now happily living together at Gracewell of Maids Moreton.