2. Order and Detail of Memorial Day Service

8 July 2012

Order of Service

Welsh Hymn – Gwahoddiad

Hymn performed by Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir.

Clergy Introduction

We are gathered here today to mark before God the undying Brotherhood of all those who work in places of danger and to review our memory of those who have lost their lives in the provision of coal. In particular we are mindful of those who were claimed in the disastrous hours of July 9th 1912 when the whole community, indeed the whole country bowed to heal its sorrow. In this centenary year since the Disaster, it seems right to remember those who died with love and affection in our souls, with a loyalty in our hearts and with respect in our minds. Let the spirit of our actions; today be one of our comradeship and hope; that now and always; there may be a deep sense of community amongst us and of prayer, that in common dangers we have the protection of Almighty God.

All : Hymn O God Our Help In Ages Past.

( Sang at 50th Centenary Cadeby Main Colliery Disaster 8th July 1962)

O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,

still may we dwell secure,

sufficient is thine arm alone,

and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,

or earth received her frame,

from everlasting, thou art God,

to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in thy sight,

are like the evening gone,

short as the watch that ends the night,

before the rising sun.

Time like an ever rolling stream,

bears all who breathe away,

they fly forgotten, as a dream,

dies at the opening day.

O God our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

be thou our guide while life shall last,

and our eternal home.

Reverend Reg Davies and Jeff Lovell :

Roll call of the 91 Men and Boys who died.

Jeff Lovell

This memorial is also dedicated to all the Men and Boys who lost their lives in other fatal accidents at Denaby Maim Colliery and Cadeby Main Colliery

Denaby Main Colliery 203 lives

Cadeby Main Colliery 132 lives

Into Gods merciful keeping we commend them all asking only that, for our brothers and ourselves. His will be done through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come before you today, in awe of your greatness and humbled by your love for us.

Lord have mercy upon us

All : Christ have mercy upon us.

Almighty God, let our compassion be upon us today as we recall the deep sadness of the Cadeby Disaster, the 91 and the bravery of the rescuers, many of whom also died. We thank you for the good reputation of all caught up in the Disaster, their courage and sacrifice. We thank you that they, the miners of Denaby, Conisbrough, Mexborough and surrounding areas, have passed on to us a strong and enduring heritage. We also praise their Wives and Families who faced extreme hardship with great fortitude. By your grace Lord help us to press on together to better times, in the spirit of the tradition we inherit. Lord hear our prayer

All : Lord Jesus, help us to live by their spirit of courage and humanity

Almighty God, whose mercy and goodness never fail, we thank you for moving the souls of those who have taken on the burden to plan and work for this day of special remembrance. Bless our gathering together. Remind us how much we need each other. Give us thankful heart for our heritage. Renew in us a fresh spirit of good community, care for one another and sharing peace.

Lord we give our humble and hearty thanks

All: For all your goodness and loving kindness to us and all people

All : The Lords Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory,

For ever and ever. Amen

All : Hymn Abide With Me

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,

The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide,

When other helpers fall and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out lifes little day,

Earths joys grow dim, its glories pass away,

Change and decay in all around I see,

O thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,

But as thou dwellest with thy disciples, Lord,

Familiar, condescending, patient, free.

Come not to sojourn, abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of Kings,

But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings,

Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea,

Come, friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,

And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,

Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee,

On to the close, O Lord abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour,

What but Thy grace can foil the tempters power,

Who like Thyself, my guide and stay can be,

Through cloud and sunshine, Lord abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless,

Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness,

Where is deaths sting, Where, grave thy victory,

I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes,

Shine through The gloom and point me to the skies,

Heavens morning breaks, and earths vain shadows flee,

In life, in death, O Lord abide with me.

Unveiling of the Memorial


Jeff Lovell Chair of the Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group.


Irene Newton Grandaughter of James Beech.

Dedication of the Memorial

Bishop of Hallam

Almighty God, your mercy and compassion towards us, and to all humanity is seen in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We humbly ask that you to accept our offering to your glory. We dedicate this Memorial in tribute to the 91 who died in the Cadeby Disaster. We honour their memory, for their steadfast commitment to their comrades and the security of their families. May they and we, who are most certain to follow them into life everlasting through your forgiveness and love which is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Poem Memorial Most Worthy

narrated by Benny Wilkinson

Song : Goodbye to the Turning Wheel.

Performed by St Albans Choir.

All : Hymn How Great Thou Art

In Memory of James Croot 10.2.1928 – 26.7.2011

Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the works thy hand hath made,

I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Refrain

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art,

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

When through the woods and forest glades I wander

and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,

When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,

and hear the brook and gentle breeze. Refrain

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art,

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

And when I think that God his son not sparing,

Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,

That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin. Refrain

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art,

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart,

Then I shall bow in humble adoration

And there proclaim, my God how great Thou art. Refrain

Then sings my soul, my saviour God to Thee,

How Great Thou art, how great Thou art,

Then sings my soul , my saviour God to Thee,

How great Thou art, how great Thou art.

Laying of Wreath

Jim Reeve Vice Chair Cadeby Main Colliery Memorial Group, followed by laying of wreaths and floral tributes from Relatives and Public.

Hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

performed by Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir.

End of Service

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