The Hungerford Wives Group was set up in 1957, initially calling themselves "The Hungerford Young Wives". The first chairman was Mrs Isobel Collier, wife of the Methodist minister at the time.
Initially, the group met in members' homes and as numbers grew, they held fortnightly members' and business meetings. Many fund-raising activities were arranged to benefit local charities, and the group took part in the carnival and variety concerts, as well as organising petitions on key local issues.
Amanda Johnston (nee Hook) contacted the Virtual Museum (Jan 2018) saying "My mum, Ann Hook was a member, along with, amongst many others, the wonderful Ivy Wells. They put on some wonderful variety shows in the Croft Hall over the years."
In Nov 1987 the Wives Group held a special dinner at The Three Swans Hotel to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The chairman at the time was Mrs Janet Matthews, and she welcomed the founding chairman Isobel Collier. At that time the group met on alternate Thursdays at 8pm at the John o' Gaunt Youth and Community Centre.
- Young Wives "Magic Moments" Carnival Float, 1958. Margaret Williams is holding the baby, Ann Hook is the bride and Chris Hook and Andrew Williams are in dressing gowns sitting bottom right. (Kindly sent by Chris Hook, Jan 2018). Ros Twinn (nee Tidbury) identifies (Feb 2021) the bridegroom as Pam Tidbury and the bridesmaid next to her, farthest from the camera, is Rosamund Tidbury. Pam’s moustache was carefully crafted from a small piece taken from the tail of her daughter’s rocking horse!
- Hungerford Young Wives, Methodist Hall, Bridge Street, c1970. (L-R) June Stroud, Ivy Wells, Peggy Day, Hazel Rolfe, Doreen Morgan.
- The Wives Group performance in Croft Hall,?1960s. (Kindly sent by Chris Hook, Jan 2018). L-R: Jack Williams; George Hook; ??.
- The Wives Group performance of "The Sound of Music" in Croft Hall,?1960s. (Kindly sent by Chris Hook, Jan 2018)
- The Wives Group performance in Croft Hall,?late 1960s. (Kindly sent by Chris Hook, Jan 2018). L-R: ??; George Hook; Desmeulles; Mike Franklin; ??; Denis Simmonds; ??; Jack Williams; Vyv Long; Ron Pontin(?).
- Mrs Ivy Wells on stage at a Wives Group production (kindly sent by Karen Wordley (nee Wells))
- The Young Wives Group, c.1960, taken by Gerald Smith, husband of Anne Smith at the rear of the Bath Road Methodist Church. From left to right:
Back Row: June Tubb, Barbara Simmonds, Avril Rolfe, Jean Smith, Mavis Noon, ????,???? Margaret Williams, Beryl Tarry.
Front Row: Kathy Collins, Jean Bruno, Ivy Wells, Sylvia Evans, ?? Johnson, Anne Smith, Marie DesMuels, ????, June Stroud, Anne Hook, Jill Moore, Margaret Smith.
(With thanks to Gary Tubb, Oct 2021)
- Wives' Group Concert, c1971 [21 pics].