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                              Harvey Evitts (1925 - 2016)

  At the recent funeral of Harvey Evitts, a long time member of this congregation, there was a surprise guard of honour from the local Air Training Corps - Bury 1036 Squadron. Harvey and Roy Wilkinson (another long time congregation-member) were founder members of the squadron in 1941.The ATC cadets generously provided a guard of honour and attended the funeral to mark the passing of Harvey.

The funeral, held at Bury Unitarian Church on the 5th January 2017, was led by the minister, Rev. Kate McKenna. Readings of poems written by Sheila Leftley were given by Harvey's grandson, Nathan Priesley, and Roy Wilkinson.

Sheila Leftley was a remarkable lady who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease for 7 years. It took her mobility and speech, but her ability to communicate never diminished. She and Harvey spent many happy hours when he joined the reminiscence group at Ladywell Hospital as editor of Pulse, the Salford hospital's magazine, and Sheila became a major contributor and friend.

Pictured here are Harvey (on the right) and Roy as guests of honour at an ATC parade.

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The  Induction Service of our new minister

Rev. Kate McKenna

will be on Saturday
4th March 2017

More details to follow

Future Events

25th February

Annual Charity Quiz which this year will be held in support of Streetwise 2000,
a charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of young people who reside in and around the borough of Bury.

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Callendar for
February 2017



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This picture was taken after our Cherry Blossom Service in May 2016
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 Click on a date to see a pictures of our congregation in that year:

  1995   2003   2007   2008   2010   2011   2013   2015

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War Memorial

This stands in the gardens alongside our church. It contains the names of 80 members of the three congregations at that time who were
lost in 2 world wars.
Book of Remembrance

Rev. Beryl Allerton, our past Minister, has researched, assembled and presented a Book of Remembrance to the church

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 or click here to go directly to a list of war memorial names and the results of  Beryl's research



Our Church has its origins in the late 17th century, its first chapel being built in 1719. The current building of 1974 is the congregation's fourth in the town.


 We are the oldest nonconformist congregation in Bury.



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Recent Events

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Nativity & Lunch Christmas 2015

Valentines Day Lunch 2016

Charity Quiz 2016

Cherry Blossom Lunch May 2016

Notability Choir
May 2016

"Taking the Service"
May 2016

Beryl's Last Service
29th May 2016

Summer Lunch
June 2016

Lunch out at Abi & Geoff's

Luncheon Club
August 2016

Sing-a-long Concert
September 2016

Harvest 2016

Rev. Kate McKenna's First Service

Candle-lit Carol Service 2016

Luncheon Club & Alf's Birthday

Christmas Lunch 2016


One of our members made use of the online version of the above "Book of Remembrance" on a recent trip to France and Belgium. After reading that so many of our Church members were involved with the Lancashire Fusiliers they decided to focus on an area that had particular significance in the regiment's history. They made a journey to the Beaumont Hamel /Auchonvillers area on the Somme and specifically to the Sunken Road from which the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers went over the top and were so tragically killed and wounded. They also went to the Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres in Belgium to pay their respects to the memory of a former member of the Bury Church, John Percival Hutchinson, who died in the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917. As Hutchinson's was one of many whose body was not recovered, his name was inscribed on the memorial panes at the rear of the cemetery

Click here to access the November edition of the Calendar where a full account of the journey is available

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Our morning service is held on Sunday mornings commencing at 11.15 am (10.55 am on Remembrance Sunday)

All are welcome to attend.


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We have a parents and children's area within the church.




Bury congregation and others purchased a magnificent 140Kg of rice, well over the 90 kg. challenge!!

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The stall selling fairly traded goods is open for business from 12.15 pm to 12.45 pm normally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month


Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street

0161 761 3785

Bury's Cultural Quarter

Our Church is situated in Bury's Cultural Quarter and is surrounded
by buildings of architectural and cultural significance

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We have a range of social, educational and recreational activities and the Church is regularly used by other organisations.

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Charity Registration No.1078570
Bury Unitarian Church 2017