Local Heart, Global Soul

May 27, 2015

A Little Church And Many Souls…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve been dropped off in the small village of Borkel en Schaft, the last village on this road before the Belgium border.

Himself and four children have gone on ten kilometres further to drop the kids off at a camp-site in Belgium and he will return shortly and join me for dinner here.

In the meantime I am in a little square, there are some houses, café’s and at the end, a church. The church graveyard is around the church and looks interesting so whilst I wait for Himself,  I go over to take a look.

An information board on one of the entrance pillars tells us (I’ve translated it from Dutch) “Borkel and Schaft were formerly two seperate villages that stood very close to one another. Over time they grew together and the name of the merged villages became “Borkel and Schaft”.

St Servatius church and cemetery area was finished in 1845. For a time Borkel, and Schaft each had their own church and cemeteries. (Kiwi’s note: I didn’t see another church in the village so where the other church is, or was, isn’t clear).

In 1890, the tower of the St Servatius church was raised and received a clock tower level and in 1925 the church was extended with a new priest choir, sacristy and local catechism.

A new rectory was also built, and the cemetery extended into the garden of the former rectory. During the World War II offensive of “Operation Market Garden” on 17 September 1944 the church was struck and destroyed by three rocket bombs.

After the war, the church was restored to its original state. In 1995 a new cemetery space was made on the extra land that came with the new rectory, on the Dommel stream side of the church. (the other side of the church that I couldn’t see from here) In 2005 and 2006 respectively, the wall and fence around the old cemetery were restored.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. No photo?

    Comment by kiwiskan — May 27, 2015 @ 3:37 am | Reply

    • Kiwiskan,
      THANK YOU for your comment, without it I would not have noticed that they were missing!
      It seems that somehow my post didn’t save correctly and an earlier version of my post got posted instead of the finished version. I had extra text too so was lucky that I got that back as well as the photographs, Many many thanks for drawing it to my attention!!! 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 27, 2015 @ 6:55 am | Reply


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