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The Derbyshire Times, Fri 29 Sept 1950

Thanks to Ian Gilbert for this information


Funeral Arrangements

Funeral Arrangements Conferences between local ministers and undertakers were held at Creswell and Clowne yesterday (Thursday) to make arrangements for the burial of the victims whose bodies have been recovered. The Vicar of Creswell (the Rev. C.S. Branson) has drawn up a rota in respect of the 36 men from this parish. Although most of them will be buried side by side in the cemetery, there will not be a communal grave and there will be individual services. The funerals will be carried out to day (Friday) and tomorrow. The Rev Branson and Methodist ministers will conduct the services.

A United Memorial Service Will Be Held In Creswell Parish Church at 5:30 pm tomorrow (Saturday). The vicar, who will conduct the service, will be assisted by Free Church ministers, and the bishop of Derby will preach. Creswell Colliery band will accompany the singing, which will be led by the Parish Church choir. The church, which has accommodation for 600, will not be able to hold all the people who will wish to attend the service, and arrangements have been made to relay it to the Senior Schools. The question of an open-air service was discussed, but owing to the uncertain weather this was considered inadvisable. The vicar has decided to abandon the harvest festival and gift day, which was to have been held this weekend.

The Rev Branson told the Derbyshire Times that he has had so many letters of sympathy from all over the country that he has not had time to reply to them. He hopes to do so in the course of the next few days.

The Funerals Of The Seven Clowne Men whose bodies have been recovered, and the two at Whitwell will take place tomorrow (Saturday). The Rector of Clowne (the Rev A.R.B. Gordon) will hold a special service for the relatives at 5:30pm on Sunday evening. The service at the Parish Church this (Friday) evening, when the Archdeacon will dedicate stained-glass windows, will take place as arranged. At Whitwell the Rector (the Rev W.E.C. Sternberg) will offer special prayers on Sunday evening and the Harvest Festival will be observed as arranged.

The Rector of Clowne has received a cheque for £5 towards the central relief fund from Mr. Bleby, Headmaster of Roman Hill School, Lowestoft, which was transferred to Clowne during the war.

Six Funerals Tomorrow. At a meeting yesterday (Thursday) convened by the Vicar of Clowne the Rev C.A. Gordon, the times of burials of six of the Clowne men killed in the Creswell disaster were arranged as follows:
E. Deakin 11:30,
V. Rose 12:30,
R. Holmes and R. Brough 1:30
H. Buckle and C Henley 2:30
R. Walker 3:30.
All the funerals are to be at Clowne Church on Saturday.



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