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Posted by: Mr.Les Ball at time: 13/05/2013 11:37
Strong arms and backs and hearts of men, Dropped like heavy stones deep and fast, To where canary yellow sung it's song, And some men coughed silicosis lung, To dig black gold to power our yesterdays. Faint echoed voices caught on the wind, Blown like litter along deserted streets, Of empty terraced houses back to back, Where washing lines were lined with grimmed washed clothes, From the toil of all our yesterdays. Stand. Stand at the centre of their homes, Stand and listen to the echoes of a pit brass band, A cornets solos haunting notes that drift accross a landscape bare, Of slag heap hills the toil from all our yesterdays. I was deeply moved to see how Thatchers death still affects mining communities so I wrote a poem.
Posted by: Clare Branton at time: 11/05/2013 11:44
I would like to share that my father David Branton has passed away at the age of 82. His whole working life was based at Head Office in London dedicated to the mining industry and the communities he enjoyed visiting so much. I cannot express how privileged I feel to have shared in his experiences, and the pride he always had in the industry. I would like to pass on my thanks to all past and present in the NUM for making my Dad's life so full of pride.
Posted by: Nicola Winstanley at time: 08/05/2013 14:16
I am part of a art group that is currently producing a commemorative sculpture the celebrate the generous and selfless actions of the Stoke-on-Trent mining community during the Lidice Shall Live Campaign in 1942-5. We are aiming to unearth this long forgotten story of miners brotherhood that spanned across contents in the hardest of times. We would love for the NUM to be involved and help spread the story. www.unearthed2013.co.uk
Posted by: john anthony sorby at time: 02/05/2013 22:12
i was a miner during the 80's....i went through a lot at kiverton park colliery etc...id like to know how i can re-join the n.u.m.....im in my 60's now!!
Posted by: John Broadhead at time: 02/05/2013 04:49
My Great-great grandfather was Samuel Broadhead (1818-1897), whose name is inscribed on the miners' memorial opposite the NUM offices. I'd be interested to learn more about him in his role as Treasurer of the Yorkshire Miners Association. His son William emigrated to Australia and was a 'walk-out' survivor of major explosion at Mount Kembla, NSW that killed 96 men in 1902. His grandson Arthur (my grandfather) was killed in the Bulli Colliery some years later. I would appreciate any information on Samuel as I hope to visit the UK later this year. Thanks. email email@example.com
Posted by: Barrie Sales at time: 28/05/2013 10:52
Hi John. Sent you a couple of e mails re Samuel Broadhead.
Posted by: Barrie Sales at time: 28/05/2013 10:54
He is interred at St Thomas's church at Kilnhurst in S yorks. Sent you a photo of his memorial inscription.
Posted by: adrian beer. at time: 24/04/2013 17:24
James is living at Cambois Northumberland
Posted by: william murton at time: 24/04/2013 17:15
James is alive and well and living at Cambois Northumberland.
Posted by: william from murton at time: 24/04/2013 17:11
James is alive and well and living in Cambois Northumberland.
Posted by: Malcolm Potter at time: 24/04/2013 12:20
my dad - Ben Potter worked at Heworth Colliery - I see its banner is part of the moving pics at the top of this website - can I get a copy -and where is the original now?
Posted by: Susy Collins at time: 23/04/2013 09:17
I am a student at Liverpool University studying Geography. For my dissertation, I am interested in speaking to any ex-miners in the Nottinghamshire area on how Thatcher's death may have affected mining communities. All information will be kept confidential. If you are willing to help me or interested in speaking to me, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks.
Posted by: dave at time: 22/04/2013 14:00
I now live in australia, x coal miner,would not be here if thatcher hadnt stuffed up the steel and coal industry, no time for her at all alive or dead. keep well folks
Posted by: Cliff at time: 17/04/2013 18:33
I am keen on reading about Arthur Scargill. I have had a look around your site and cannot find anything. Can you advise where I can find some information? Thanks
Posted by: Cliff at time: 24/04/2013 06:18
Can anyone help. After the recent over exposure of Mrs Thatcher throughout the media I would like to read about the other side of the story about Mr Scargill. Can anyone point me to some level headed information.
Posted by: Eddie Gouthwaite Ex Cortonwood,Bullcliffe Wood, Calder Drift and so called 'Scab Grange' at time: 31/05/2013 22:17
We cannot respond this site is politically screened now just testing (I have tracked this message) 'Fight Fire with Fire'
Posted by: CJRK at time: 03/06/2013 11:50
Not sure what you mean by this Eddie. This is the NUM website and covers NUM info. It is not a social website and everything displayed is screened to prevent bringing the NUM into disrepute.
Posted by: Eddie Gouthwaite Ex Cortonwood,Bullcliffe Wood, Calder Drift and so called 'Scab Grange' at time: 03/06/2013 15:04
CJRK I have noticed some omissions of articles in the past that is what I mean. So to answer Cliff if he copies and pastes this link he will get a summary on the attack on all trade unions. Which puts Mr Scargill in good light considering what was at stake and 30 years post event it is now obvious what it was about.Also purchase the book or read online as many Libraries are now outdated with new technology. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/mar/06/britishidentity.tradeunions
Posted by: ralph jones at time: 20/09/2013 20:22
There's a book called the silent wheels:big boys story about the 1984 strike. It shows that there was a funny side to the strike and it shows what the valley boy's in Wales really thought of Scargill and Thatcher. The book is by K.R.Jones and is available on play.com and amazon/books
Posted by: Andrew Mummery at time: 15/04/2013 20:59
I've started a Downing Street e-petition to campaign against a tax-payer funded statue of Maggie Thatcher and thought some of you might like to sign it. It can be found here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48670
Posted by: Greg Sattler - Ex Coal miner - Nth Dist Nsw - Auatralia at time: 14/04/2013 03:01
Morning Lads, Be having a drink to your health next Wed ( Thurs here ) for Maggie. We're sending @ our expense Little Johnny Howard another along the lines of Maggie Like you lads he's gone but he's dealings the boys still @ pits have got to suffer. Best Wishes to you All
Posted by: Rob, Glossop, England at time: 17/04/2013 22:34
Sad, born 1925, name Margaret. Died. Not that one! She was an electrician in the RAF during WW2 a supporter of the miners and the labour party. Good luck to all my comrades in Australia
Posted by: Stephen Winspear at time: 12/04/2013 19:51
Thank you NUM for giving me belief and hope during the dark, dark days of Thatcherism. You may have lost the battle, but you will win the war.
Posted by: Wayne at time: 12/04/2013 18:03
Rumour has it that ATOS have determined that Mrs Thatcher IS capable of work!!
Posted by: Eileen O'Reilly at time: 11/04/2013 18:36
Hi I am Branch Chair of PCS North Wales Revenue & Customs Branch and Organiser for North Wales Against Cuts. On Wednesday 17 April we will be holding a Silent Vigil by the Miners/Steelworkers statue in Lord Street, Wrexham, North Wales. This is not to mourn Thatcher but to remember the twin industries that we lost in Wrexham due to her policies and to pledge that we will continue to fight her legacy. We would be honoured if there are any ex-miners from the area who want to come along at 5 pm on that day. Please email me at email@example.com for further details.
Posted by: Claire Hansbury at time: 11/04/2013 17:28
How do you guys feel about the proposal by uk coal/coalfield resources plc to start open casting in Bignall End green belt n astaffordshire over the top of the Diglake Disaster of 1895 where 75 boys and men remain entombed within the old shafts after water broke through and drowned some and suffocated others at the top? Families around here related to the miners are horrified at the proposals. Do you say, this time they need to find another site and have gone too far or do u think carry on and risk finding the bodies and give them a burial bearing in mind families put them to bed in their hearts be minds in the l930s when the only 3 bodies of originally 78, we're accidentally stumbled upon in Rookery pit workings in next village of Talke hundreds of yards away from where the diglake pit that they had entered in that day in 1895. How many times has Bignall End got to go through the mental turmoil of that disaster. For those who want to know more about the disaster see the website: www.warrinerprimaris.com/diglake many thanks, Claire.
Posted by: Stephen Allman at time: 11/04/2013 15:32
I am a 45 year old who left school during the height of the Thatcher years. My father was a Shotton steel worker and trade unionist. Following the death of Thatcher I find I am reflecting back upon those very difficult times for all working men and their families and especially the miners and their communities. All this time later I would like to personally thank all those brave striking NUM miners and families for the stance that they took against Thatcherism. You provided hope and strength to our family and those feelings still burn bright inside me today. Your battle will never be in vain and I am continually grateful.
Posted by: Stee Hook at time: 09/04/2013 18:02
While there will be a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher at many venues, I wonder whether the NUM should arrange a minute's silence of its own, to remember all those miners who committed suicide in despair during the mass closure of pits when she was PM. Also to show respect for those who lost their lives doing their jobs and for the death of a great British industry at her hands.
CHANCELLOR INTERVENES TO HONOUR FUEL ALLOWANCE BENEFITS OF EX-MINERS Around 1,500 hundred former mine workers to receive fuel allowance despite mine closure Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the government will guarantee the concessionary fuel allowan
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Suspended concessionary fuel allowances.
Concessionary fuel deliveries for former UK Coal employees who retired following privatisation were suspended as a result of UK Coal going insolvent on 9 July 2013. Following the suspension of the fuel deliveries and cash in lieu payments the NUM along with the other mining Unions whose
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Scottish Coal cuts 600 jobs.
Scottish Coal announced on Friday that it had gone into liquidation. Almost 600 jobs were lost as KPMG were called in. Scottish Coal operates six open cast mines in Scotland. The NUM and other Unions will seek discussions with KPMG and interested parties to retain as many jobs as possible going forw
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GERRY GIBSON INQUEST
The five day inquest into the death of Gerry Gibson who died aged 49 at Kellingley Colliery when a section of the roof in the tailgate of the 502 coalface collapsed on 27th September 2011 has concluded with the Coroner instructing the jury to return a narrative verdict. Our thoughts and sympathies
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