november magazine remembrance

November Magazine

Our monthly magazine

If you come along to either of the churches in our Walmersley Road Benefice you can pick up a copy of our November magazine. We would love to see you! The Benefice is in the north of Bury covering Christ Church Walmersley and St John with St Mark’s.

For those who can only get to us online, the digital version is available if you follow this link: November 2018

Inside this Remembrance edition of the magazine you’ll see prayers, Bible readings and meditations plus details on activities and services.

There’s also this letter from Margery Spencer who recently visited her uncle’s grave in Cambrai, France…

Cambrai

It was a beautiful sunny morning on Thursday September 27th 2018 as we stood in the Cemetery at Haverincourt near Cambrai in northern France. Apparently it was also a sunny morning 100 years previously when more than 200 young men were involved in the last battle of Cambrai.

They were never to return to their native land as they were killed in the fighting on that day. The men buried in there were mainly between the ages of 18 and 24, the majority being under 20. It was a sobering experience to stand in that cemetery remembering my uncle, Percy Earl from Langdale, who died 100 years earlier aged 19. And it brought home the sacrifice of a generation of young men.

The cemetery is immaculate and has been created in the corner of a cornfield and it really brought home the words of the Rupert Brooke poem “There is some corner of a foreign field which is forever England.”

Langdale

Of course I never knew my uncle. But he was remembered by my father all his life and we have some of the moving letters Percy wrote home to his parents. We put some Langdale earth on the grave, along with a wooden cross and poppy, and I quoted that poem and said a prayer.

Whilst we were there two other families arrived to remember relatives who died on that day and who are in the book of remembrance, and there were many more visitors that day.

Although it was a sad time, we remember the sacrifice of all those young men and are grateful.

For our tomorrows they gave their today.

Margery Spencer

[For more about St John & St Mark, Bury please visit our ‘about’ page or follow this link to our October magazine. For more on Remembrance please visit this page]

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