Service in Stockport to mark ‘Return home’ of Channel Island evacuees in 1945

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the August 1945 ‘Return home’ of thousands of Channel Island Evacuees from Stockport, there will be a Service of Commemoration and ‘Evacuee Get-together’ on 23 August 2015. We extend a welcome to anyone who was evacuated during the Second World War. and readers of this post are warmly invited to attend and to bring family and friends.

The event takes place at St Mary’s Parish Church, Churchgate, Stockport, SK1 1YG – on Sunday 23 August 2015 at 10.30am. There will be coffee and biscuits available after the service, so that attendees can sit down and chat, and share their wartime experiences. Children can learn about evacuation directly from those involved.

Channel Island evacuees (who did not return home) and who are living throughout Greater Manchester are attending. People who knew them during the war will also be attending. Some evacuees will be flying over from Guernsey to attend on the day. Mayors from Stockport, Oldham, East Cheshire and High Peak are attending as their boroughs took in Channel Island evacuees during the war. Guernsey’s Minister for Culture and Leisure, Deputy Mike O’Hara, is also attending the event.  There will also be a small exhibition on Channel Islands Evacuation in the church.

There is a very small pay and display car park next to the church, and a larger one two minutes drive away on Newbridge Lane. It is suggested that those with mobility issues are dropped off at the side of the small car park where they can walk along a flat, accessible path straight into the church.  Please click here to see map showing location of St Mary’s Church and the Newbridge Lane Pay and Display car park.,-2.1555132,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x487bb37e36dd4a93:0x577f79d910ed4a23

The closest hotel accommodation is the Premier Inn Central Stockport, which is a 5 minute walk from the church.

A community funding prize received from Aviva UK will help us with the costs of this event – our sincere thanks to Aviva UK and to everyone who voted for us!

St Mary’s Church website is here:


My Guernsey evacution blog can be found at:

The image below shows Channel Island evacuees outside St Mary’s after one of their wartime services. A st marys hazel knowles small sixe Stockport

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