Remembrance events

This weekend sees Remembrance Sunday, followed smartly by Armistice Day on Monday.

As usual, the day will be marked here in Draycott with church services, and nearby Blythe Bridge has a parade too.

Grave of Dr Healey

Graves of military personnel – such as this one remembering Dr Charles Healey – are marked with a Remembrance poppy

At St Margaret’s Church the 10 am service will include the reading-out of names from the war memorial and the laying of a poppy wreath.
At St Mary’s Church in Cresswell the blessing of the graves in their cemetery follows the 11am mass.  There are some graves of those who fell in World War Two in the cemetery.
Meanwhile, the Remembrance Parade on Sunday will start from Blythe Bridge Village Hall at 10.40am, and march to the War Memorial opposite the library to be there in time for the 11am two-minutes silence and the laying of the wreaths.
If you live nearer to Cheadle or Hilderstone or Tean, they also have have Remembrance events.

Dr Healey

One of the most unsual rectors to have been in post at St Margaret’s Church was Doctor Charles Healey.  He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps before changing direction in life completely and training to be an Anglican priest.
He was appointed as rector in Draycott at the age of 69, and retired more than ten years later.
On his grave, at the side of the church, you will find inscribed the words In Arduus Fidelis (Faithful in Adversity), the RAMC’s motto; which is why his grave is singled out on Remembrance Sunday.

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