Exhibition and march planned

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THOSE who have died during conflicts will be remembered at Jurby Church this month – which has in its grounds 43 war graves.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 13, the Bishop will take the service at the parish church which starts at 10.55am with a two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Meanwhile, on November 23-27 there will be exhibitions inside the church, including the opportunity to see original Second World War posters that have been loaned by Les Clarke, who has a memorabilia shop in Ramsey, and a display of model aeroplanes from this same war period.

The exhibitions have been organised by Manx artist Michael Starkey, who has set out to help with raising funds to support Jurby Church.

People can call in between 10am-4pm each day to view the exhibits, where refreshments will also be on offer.

On the Sunday, November 27, people are invited to witness a march up to the church by the Isle of Man Homeguard Re-enactment Society, along with members of the Royal Airforce Association. It is expected they will be accompanied by a band.

The march will start at 10.30am from the junction opposite Ballavaran Road up to Jurby Church. A service will then take place in the church at 11am to remember the fallen.

People are invited to go along and are invited to wear wartime period dress.

Mr Starkey said: ‘[I] want people to see the Homeguard march in full kit and [with the] band.’

On the day, an original 1940s Manx Transport bus from Jurby Transport Museum will be parked nearby and people will have the opportunity to have a sit inside.

Jurby Church has a strong-link to the war effort: a fact reflected by the war graves in its grounds. Some of those buried there were just teenagers when they died.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website says: ‘Early in the 1939-1945 War the Royal Air Force built an aerodrome at Jurby, about a mile from the church for use as a training school. The airmen who lost their lives while training there were buried in the churchyard, and a small section in the north-eastern corner was reserved for these service burials.

This group of war graves is on the far side of the new extension to the old churchyard. The total number of 1939-1945 War burials is 43, and all except three are within the group.’

l See page 25 for details of the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance services.

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