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Posted by: Miners Voluntary Helper at time: 07/11/2009 18:08
Margo have a look at the direct.gov.uk website for social funding loans. You do not state the reason why you became homeless and pennyless
Posted by: Ronald Curran at time: 07/11/2009 12:43
Dear readers, I am currently compiling information about the affect of pit closures in the local areas of Northumberland, the mining towns and villages from the north of the Tyne to the Tweed and from the coast to Hadrians Wall in the west. This would include unemployment, and resulting difficulties to obtain new employment, the affect on local shops and busineses, household budgets, future holidays and changes in the environment as a direct result of colliery land being re-used. Also the closing down of Miners Welfare Clubs or Working Menâ€™s Clubs, and pubs. Also the recreational facilities such as leek shows, football teams, Juvenile Jazz Bands, Christmas parties, anything connected with the social life of mining families as a direct result of the closures, and some idea of the dates. One prime example I believe would be the amount of working Menâ€™s/Miners Clubs closed at Ashingtom, famed for the number of such clubs on the main street. Also, if at all possible, the number or approximate number of men who transferred to Yorkshire and/or the Midlands. I hope to publish a book on this important subject, to highlight the devastation caused by this political decision. receive personal experiences, and or photographs, which will be returned as soon as possible. And Oblige Ron Curran 4, Croft Way Belford Northumberland NE 70 7ET Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: email@example.com at time: 06/11/2009 16:28
does anyone know if the num has funding for ex-miners who have been homeless and is now moving to a new tenancy without any finances to furnish it
Posted by: Wayne at time: 05/11/2009 14:12
Editor, can you please check any advice given in relation to Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Prescribed Disease A14. There is NO deduction if you are granted an assessment by the DWP. Recoverable Proportional Quantum does not apply to the DWP criteria on disibality. There is enough confusion relating to this issue without this web-site contributing as well.
Posted by: Bob the Brusher at time: 01/11/2009 17:27
Whats the membership of the NUM at the moment and do any ex miners have voting rights? Bob
Posted by: Cortonwood at time: 30/10/2009 16:52
R8 Inky got message
Posted by: Inky Thomson at time: 29/10/2009 13:08
To Eddie Gouthwaite. Eddy contact N.U.M. Union Learn. via link on this website & request info on future courses.
Posted by: Ronald Curran at time: 28/10/2009 20:10
Dear Editor, I have no idea why you have change the format of your guestbook.Although you replied to the enquirer, you did not explain why. Ithink it is simply awful. It is certainly impersonal and I have just had to zoom the page to 150% to read more easily. It just doesn't look right and it seems off-putting. I think John Archibald is quite right about the censoring. You already had a suitable method. Please go back???
Posted by: bobby clelland at time: 28/10/2009 10:49
I would like to thank all those members or the MPS who voted to elect me as their trustee for Scotland,North West England and North Wales. I am very proud to be elected by my fellow members and will act honestly and conscientiously in the best interest of all members. thanks again for putting your faith in me to represent you. bobby clelland secretary west fife area retired miners branch
Posted by: Jon Jewitt at time: 27/10/2009 19:38
Planning Permission was recently granted by Renfrewshire Council for a public monument to be erected in Paisley to commemorate Willie Gallacher MP for West Fife, 1935-1950. Gallacher was a man of great conscience, who challenged injustice wherever he found it and championed, in particular the Mine and Mill workers of Scotland. The William Gallacher Monument Trust, a registered Scottish charity have commissioned Dr Alexander Stoddart to design and execute the monument in his Paisley studio, which will feature a Fife Mineworker and a Paisley Mill Girl from the 1940's with the central figure of Gallacher on a stone plinth. Dr. Stoddart will supply the Mill Girl for no fee as his contribution to the project. The architect has not charged for his services to achieve planning permission. To raise the monument the Trust requires Â£300,000.00 and should you consider this a worthy cause, please make donations to "Gallacher Monument Appeal, c/o Sma'Shot Cottages, 11/17 George Place, Paisley, Scotland. Our Honorary Patrons are The Right Honourable Tony Ben and Mr. Jimmy Reid.
Posted by: Roger G at time: 26/10/2009 18:21
I have enjoyed this site it reminds me of the time I supported NUM during the strike when I joined NUM meetings and I still have my badges etc and I collectted large sums of money for my brothers Good Luck to NUM
Posted by: John Church Bentley NUM at time: 23/10/2009 10:22
Bentley Memorial Service to be held at Arksey Cemetary Sunday 22nd November 2009 at 11:30am. All Welcome.
Posted by: Work/Life balance at time: 21/10/2009 09:36
The FBU should consider asking the South Yorkshire Fire Authority what their interpretation of Work/Life balsnce is for their employees.
Posted by: Not hypothetical at time: 21/10/2009 00:01
It is reality that we are reliant on other countries for our energy supply. See 'Energy Security' on the Right hand side link. 'so we are not reliant on any one country'
Posted by: J Fenwick - Film Student at time: 20/10/2009 16:25
Hi.I don't know how appropriate this is for the guestbook, but I'm currently working on a graduate film (at Sheffield Hallam University) about strikebreakers during 1984/85 and I am looking for miners of the 1984 strike to talk, either on film or audio, about this issue. I'm going through many avenues to get contacts (miners welfare clubs etc) and thought I'd just put my message out on this website too. Any help regards contacts or anyone who wishes to be involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers.
Posted by: Fire Chief at time: 19/10/2009 21:08
Should be sacked
Posted by: Jonathan Davies at time: 19/10/2009 17:15
In 1972, building workers were sent to prison for being effective pickets during the General Builders Strike. 2 pickets in particular stand out in this case; namely Ricky Tomlinson (actor in The Royle Family, Brookside and Mike Bassett England Manager), and Des Warren (who later died as a direct result of being imprisoned). This event is calling on the government to issue a pardon and total exoneration to these men who fought tirelessly for building workers' rights on sites and who were subsequently imprisoned for their actions. Terry Renshaw (who was a picket on the day of the strike in 1972) will be speaking at the meeting and Arthur Scargill is a possible speaker. He has spoken on 3 occasions in the past and is a true supporter of our campaign. Also speaking are Bob Crow (RMT), Professor Mary Davies, Tony Oâ€™Brian (Secretary of the Construction Safety Campaign), Gary Davies, Vic Turner (leader of the Pentonville 5), and someone from the Blacklisting campaign The meeting is being chaired by Malcolm Davies (UCATT Construction Union) and all are welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated. If you are a true at the Welsh Centre 157-163 Grays Inn road, London starting at 7 oâ€™clock. If you need any further information, please contact me on email@example.com
Posted by: Mick Westwood. at time: 19/10/2009 10:08
I fully agree with John Archibald, please return the Guestbook to its original format.
Posted by: The problem is overseas at time: 19/10/2009 08:16
The Climate change people are afraid to tackle the largest polluters oversea their efforts would be far better concentrated there. This country is working hard to lower emissions with CLEAN COAL technology.
Posted by: Editor at time: 18/10/2009 21:36
Dear John, Although the guest book format has been changed there is no censorship other than where there is an issue of libel, bad or insulting language or racist content. Your views are welcome as always. Editor
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