Autumn Report from Burial Group
1. Cemetery visit in June 2016.
This year we visited the Jewish section of the Earlham cemetery used jointly by the NHC and ourselves. They have buried people there for over 150 years. The oldest grave inscription we could decipher was dated 1863. Many of you will have been there, either to attend a funeral or on the occasion last year when members of the two communities got together to clean up the chapel.
Members of our community have been buried here since our early days in the 1990’s, thanks to an agreement with the NHC. We looked for their graves and found those of Sybil Simons, Stanley Charles Osborne, Albert and Herta Burdett, Georgina and Charlie Cassell, Desmond Levine. If you know of others that we missed please let us know.
Some of us may well follow them. It is a leafy space with a peaceful atmosphere, some corners are very overgrown. A path runs through it from Bowthorpe Road, used by the public, mainly staff at the hospitals, to walk through to Earlham Road.
2. A reminder about the annual Remembrance Day Service, to be held this year on Sunday 13 November 2016.
Whether you have been there before or not a good opportunity to visit or re-visit is in November when the annual Remembrance Service for Jewish servicemen in both World Wars is held there. It’s a poignant moment to behold the inscriptions marking the half dozen or so graves of very young men lost to those conflicts.
As adults most of us are only too aware of these wars, either because they occurred during our lifetimes or as events very close to us and our families and not to be forgotten. Our young people may see them as distant pre-cursors of the many conflicts that have occurred and continue to occur in more recent times, but maybe we should make more effort to include them in such a service.