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Posted by: Blair Smillie at time: 06/06/2011 12:54
Robert Smillie MP Past president of the Miners Federation of Great Britain. I have just completed a new book on his life and is filled with his struggle on behalf of the miners. The proceed will be going to charity and if anyone is interested in more details and possibly purchasing a signed copy please email Blair Smillie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07779113510. Regards Blair Smillie
Posted by: Maria Harland at time: 01/06/2011 21:24
I am trying to trace the history of my family and have found that my great great great great grandfather Edward Cowey was, of the British Miners’ Federation, and chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union. I have a couple of pictures and I understand his name is engraved on a monument in Barnsley. I am so interested to find out more. Any info would be gratefully received x Maria
Posted by: Blair Smillie at time: 06/06/2011 12:58
My Great Grandfathe was Robert Smillie the president of MFGB and I would be interested in any history you have. I have also completed a book on his life which may also be of interest. I will search through my notes however Philip Thompson Ext 216 at Barnsley NUM was most helpful. Regards Blair Smillie
Posted by: Ian Smith at time: 22/05/2011 08:39
I'm sure I'm not the only one to see the terrbile irony in John Giblin's words to the Police Federation in Bournemouth last week. They may be right to think the government "hates the police service" and "wants to destroy it and rebuild it again ut in their own image". This could easily be words spoken by miners leaders thirty years ago. The police broke the strike for the government in 1984/5. How ironic that a new government now threatens their job security, employment and pension rights and working conditions. Makes you wonder what hope we have.
Posted by: Jimmy McDowall at time: 14/06/2011 06:38
Having been a victim of the 1984/85 strike I can recall Arthur Scargill telling police and journalists that they would rue the day they backed Margaret Thatcher. And they laughed at him !!! Irony has a way of driving a stake through the heart of aspiration.
Posted by: Jane Fitzgibbon at time: 16/05/2011 18:17
Just a suggestion. It would enhance our understanding if you would think about providing a brief history or description of what the banners mean. They are powerful images but the symbolism but lost on those that do not know the history.
Posted by: peter townend at time: 19/05/2011 17:16
the banners represent the hardships and fight the english miners endured
Posted by: Eddie Gouthwaite I have once worked underground at Cortonwood Colliery at time: 23/05/2011 20:00
Jane if you look at the history link on the 'menu'it relates to the events over a period of our ancestors working life in the coal mines the banners should relate to major events over the range of period of time.
Posted by: Graeme Atkinson at time: 03/06/2011 23:47
From Peter Townend: "The banners represent the hardships and fight the english miners endured". English miners? Just them? Don't the Scottish and Welsh miners count, then?
Posted by: Rob Turnbull at time: 06/05/2011 09:11
Dear NUM/ Comrades. I'm currently doing post grad research in to the National Council of Labour Colleges, and the Plebs League in the NE. Do you happen to have any idea where the papers of the late Ebby Edwards (if he had nay) are kept? Yours Rob
Posted by: Harry Hale at time: 02/05/2011 16:43
Nice web site I was inspired to come to the site because of the musical Billy Elliot. It is in the theater I work at Gammage Auditorium Tempe Arizona I am member Of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees local 336. Solidarity for ever.
Posted by: EddieGouthwaite Ex-Pit Electrician one or two pits at time: 20/04/2011 19:59
Are you coming to open the newly re-vamped Coal tip Rabbit Ings in Royston with your Labour friends? It's probably the only Ex-Coal tip in the UK thats had an opening ceremony. At least Darfield Main has a school built on it. Looks like Mr Scargill was right and UK Coal are ending the final salary scheme.
Posted by: Worksop Solid at time: 19/04/2011 22:08
Is it me smelling a rat? At a time of record fuel prices UK Coal post another loss of over £100m. The answer: to cut pension schemes, etc. Hmm...
Posted by: sara lucas at time: 19/04/2011 11:36
Can anyone tell me how I can view online a list of coalminer workers in wales. I am doing my family tree. please email me email@example.com thank you
Posted by: EddieGouthwaite Pit Electrician one or two Pits at time: 15/04/2011 09:26
A bit ironic really that many of us who post on this guestbook entered Higher Education via their qualifications obtained at their work place which in my opinion is the best route for all. Contrast that with the £9000 being asked of many Higher Education intitutions now drawing from communities rather than contributing. This is what is ironic the New Darfield Main Colliery School near Barnsley 26 years ago caught in images on Flickr.com in the Link copy and paste http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjenkinson/4326886043/
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org (del tilling) at time: 04/04/2011 21:52
Elsecar Heritage Railway have land available for a three acre Memorial Park, with Bandstand, 1985 Memorial Garden, and "Alamo" reading room, adjacent to Cortonwood Retail Park. Would any miners, ex.miners or even the NUM be willing to support our efforts?
Posted by: EddieGouthwaite Ex-Pit Electrician Once ar Cortonwood at time: 06/04/2011 21:57
Have you approached any of the relevant Metropolitan councils regarding European Funding of any kind for this initiative? The euro MP has an office in Wath Whatshername some interest may be attracted then with some sort of business plan.
Posted by: Littleton NUM Strike Reunion at time: 03/04/2011 19:51
Once again we have met up,raised a glass and more importantly raised moey for Justice For Mineworkers.This year we managed the sum of £396.50 Thanks go to Russ Guy NUM Secretary at Daw Mill and Dave Griff for their speechs
Posted by: Chris Skidmore at time: 10/05/2011 09:57
Well Done to the NUM lads of Staffs( & their families for supporting the Event) & especially to Chris Stewart & Brian Witts & their organising Committee.
Posted by: Mick westwood at time: 01/04/2011 12:56
MINERS PENSIONS....The combined amount of `surplus` money handed over to Gov`t; from the MPS and BCSSS has now risen to £4.611BILLION....This now equates out at £864,800 PER; DAY!....A hell of a continuous profit for no outlay....Instigated by a Tory Gov`t;,..betrayed by a Labour Gov`t; and now continued again by a Tory Gov`t....Some of the most needy people in our society continue to be trodden on by the very people who have been elected to represent them....If you are reading this and you are among the Members of Parliament,or a representative of a Union, or a body that has not addressed this issue, - then you too should hang your head in shame, because YOU are not being truly representative of YOUR society....These figures have been prepared by Jack Snape, who is Chairman of Cannock Chase Retired Miners and Officials Association.
Posted by: noscralc at time: 01/04/2011 11:12
well fancy that 2 udm officials charged with theft of moneys from notts miners home charity seems like they believe charity begins at home alright THEIRS! well it appears then not only are they double dealing/back stabbing scum they have feathered their nests along the way at the expense of some of their own people.they say people always show their true colours eventually!!
Posted by: Richard Davies at time: 28/03/2011 14:01
I'm researching the life of my late grandfather who was a miner in Mountain Ash, Glamorgan in the period 1914 - 1928. Are there any NUM membership lists archived from this period?
Posted by: Eddie Gouthwaite Ex-Pit Electrician at time: 23/03/2011 16:45
MP Dan Jarvis made an excellent maiden speech relying heavily on the Mining fraternity for a lot of its content and his fallen comrades. However he did not mention the siphoning off of Miners' pension bonuses that was introduced by the Conservatives and Labour promising to correct once in office but never did.
Posted by: Worksop Solid at time: 27/03/2011 22:54
Too true. Is there any ex Labour MP's who have the guts to respond to this?
Posted by: alan at time: 22/03/2011 13:53
hi,i have be talking to old miners who have told me they still get their coal allowance of £147 pm i worked in the pits for twenty years used to have coal delivered then changed over to gas is everyone that worked in the pits entitled to this allowance.many thanks alan
Posted by: Wayne at time: 29/03/2011 09:52
Hi Alan, Individuals currently in receipt of concessionary fuel are allowed to transfer to a 'cash in lieu' entitlement instead, but must inform the Fuel Office prior to changing to Gas etc. Anyone finishing in the industry who did not qualify for the Concessionary fuel entitlement, will not be eligible for the 'cash in lieu' payments. Regards
Posted by: marian ternent at time: 20/03/2011 10:35
hi im doing a project about the felling pit(john pit)and has anyone any imformation about it.also there is going to be an event next year for the 200 years since the 1812 distate and was wondering does anyone know where the banner is for this pit as a friend is trying to track it down so it can be displayed next year.i have seen a picture of it in the 1920 match.any help would be great thanks marian(email@example.com)
Posted by: alan at time: 28/03/2011 09:58
It is probably a good idea for you to first visit the website of the Durham Mining Museum at www.dmm.org.uk/collieryindex.htm Here you will be able to find information on the owners of the colliery and also a list of those who were killed at the colliery including in the 1812 disaster. The Revd John Hodgson was very active following the disaster and it is from this that work to develop the miners safety lamp by Dr. William Reid Clanny a Sunderland GP, George Stephenson and Sir Humphrey Davy was started. It will be also worth while for you to visit the website of the Mining Institute at Newcastle upon Tyne at www.mininginstitute.org.uk where you can do a search of the material that is held in the library there. In the adjacent building that is occupied by the Literary & Philosophical Society you will find that there is on display George Stephenson's third safety lamp that he developed following the 1812 disaster.
Posted by: old timer at time: 10/03/2011 21:06
the gustbook is rather sparce again hmmmm
Posted by: noscralc at time: 15/03/2011 16:53
praps everything is hunky dory then- i think not. i wonder if our government will view the nuclear power situation any differently with the events in japan or continue on the road to ruin with the farcical wind power.i know where my bet would be!! coal as we know is a dirty word "excuse the pun" especially with these tories
Posted by: eddie gouthwaite at time: 18/03/2011 20:57
Noscralc Research what New Labour were doing with Nuclear they also kept quite about it the writing is now on the wall with events over the last Decade. Ironically Kinnock has announced his support of AV sighting Thatcher lessons as the reason. Pity he could not see the light in 1984 and support the miners then' It will be a long time before New Next or Other Labour will regain power based on past performance and will also have to unify its past and present members before that will happen. Also New Labour helped fund CCT in China
Posted by: Mick Westwood. at time: 09/03/2011 18:28
MINERS PENSIONS....Barnsley Central has a new Labour MP and we are assured that he has ` Been reminded ` about the miners pensions issue.... It`s also worthwhile remembering that at one time, many local councils ` signed up ` to support the Coalfields Communities Campaign for a fairer division of pension surplus.... WHERE IS THAT SUPPORT NOW ?....Has it faded away now that the ` grants ` have been spent ?.
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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