A COUPLE with a shared passion for sport have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
John and June Manuel, of Chalkhouse Green Road, Kidmore End, were married at the village church on August 27, 1949.
Mr Manuel, 86, was one of the founders of Kidmore End Cricket Club, with whom he played for 35 years and was team captain.
He also played for Kidmore End Football Club, captaining the side and once top-scoring in a season with 60 goals.
He also played golf at Badgemore Park Golf Club in Henley for 14 years and has a collection of 11 medals on display in his home. Mrs Manuel, 84, who grew up in Gallowstree Common, used to do the scoring for her husband’s games when their daughter Alison was just a few weeks old.
She said: “They only had a little tea hut in those days. Now they have this fantastic pavilion — it shows how times have changed.”
The couple met at a dance at Peppard War Memorial Hall when they were teenagers and became engaged a year later when June was 17.
Mrs Manuel worked at Borocourt Hospital in Kingwood Common for 30 years. She rose from care assistant to ward sister before retiring at the age of 62.
She said: “I had several wards from children to elderly men and women. It was a very pleasant time and a lovely place to work.”
Mr Manuel, originally from Hambleden, was a farmer until he was 30.
He became a senior technician for Post Office Telecommunications and operated the switchboard at Borocourt Hospital for a time. He took early retirement at 58.
Asked the secret of the couple’s long marriage, Mrs Manuel said: “I suppose it is having a separate interest and never going to bed on an argument.
“I still love him and he feels the same way about me. We have ups and downs like every other family but we always discuss everything and are happy together.” Mr Manuel said: “I think the main thing is me getting up and making the tea and then having a half-hour chat about everything.”
The couple have lived in their home since 1960. They have a daughter, Alison, who lives in Surrey, grandchildren Helen and Richard and three great grandchildren, five-year-old Jacob and Ellie and Georgia, both two.
They celebrated their anniversary with a lunch at the Red Lion in Peppard, having had a large party with family and friends to mark their 60th anniversary in 2009.
Mrs Manuel said: “It seems incredible where the years have gone. We were the youngsters of the village and now we are the golden oldies!”