Peter & Rosemary's Diamond Wedding
Peter and Rosemary Spencer celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Sunday 27th May by sharing lunch with 77 friends and family at Kenilworth Golf Club. Peter recounted how he took 1 week of compassionate (or passionate) leave from National Service to get married. He was on 28 shillings a week and had to give up 10 shillings for living costs so money was tight. They hadn’t planned a honeymoon but at the wedding were invited to spend a few days staying with friends in Yorkshire and these friends came to this anniversary celebration.
Peter told us that he wouldn’t have achieved what he had in life without the support of Rosemary including a major career change. He did push his luck with beekeeping as Rosemary said if bees came into the garden she would leave, however he did bring a beehive into the garden. Rosemary then proceeded to pick rhubarb right in front of the hive thinking that if she was stung she could order them to be removed but at that point she never got stung. Peter is still a current beekeeper nearly 60 years later and Rosemary is critically allergic to bee stings.
Rosemary told us that she felt that marriage was give and take on both sides. Also that they had many individual interests but also shared some eg bell ringing . Rosemary and their daughter Jane started church bellringing at St Nicholas Kenilworth in 1975. Peter started a few years later as he was fed up that he didn't understand the bellringing conversation at he dining table. Rosemary has been secretary at Kenilworth tower for many years and is currently the editor of the guild magazine "Guild Matters". She has been church warden at Kenilworth on two separate occasions, she sometimes plays the piano and occasionally organ at church, she was the parish magazine editor for many years, and can administer the communion bread and wine. Peter was the tower captain and ringing master at Kenilworth for 30 years, downsizing to the tower captain only in 2016. He is the joint tower steeple keeper, and the church covenanting officer. They both have a love of dogs, some from rescue centres and Rosemary' s newest Labrador, Darcy has won an award at dog training recently.
Their daughter, Jane is one of the three joint ringing masters at Kenilworth and is married to Doug Kempton. Their son George rings occasionally, the last time for his own wedding last August. Their twins Victoria and Emma also ring; Victoria was a member of the Coventry Guild Youth Team a few years ago. Peter and Rosemary's son Richard also used to ring and there was an all Spencer quarter peal on 4 bells at Offchurch before it was augmented, the day before Jane' s wedding.