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Evening Sentinel Jan 7th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
An inquiry was launched today after Mr. M Koseckie died in an underground accident at Wolstanton colliery. He had internal injuries and a broken leg and died last night in the NSRI. Page 11. Fifteen South African graduates visited Chatterley Whitfield mining museum, Mr. H. Jones conducted the tour.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 11th 1983 Page 12. Crewe.
Miners are being asked for nominations for the election of a new NUM leader for the Midlands area, to fill the gap left by Jack Lally.

Evening Sentinel Jan 14th 1983 Page 24. Crewe.
Proposals for the NCB for the 24 acre site of the former Victoria colliery at Biddulph, were approved by the Staffordshire County Council planning committee yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Jan 17th 1983 Page 7. F.
The future of Apedaale Hall private colliery hung in the balance today after reports that it was due to close in 6 months time. The date has been brought forward because of problems with flooding.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1983 Page 9. F.
The election of a leader of the midlands area will take place March 17th /18th today.

Evening Sentinel Feb 2nd 1983 Page 9. F.
Fears that there maybe plans for an opencast coal mining scheme at the site of Acres Nook colliery at Kidsgrove were expressed by councillors at Newcastle last night.

Evening Sentinel Feb 10th 1983 page 1. Crewe.
Seven names have been put forward for the post of NUM area secretary including Jim Colgan from Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Feb 17th 1983 Page 22 F.
The 1.892 pitmen at Hem Heath colliery set a weekly output record of 39,232 tonnes and a colliery overall productivity best of 4.78 tonnes per man-shift.

Evening Sentinel Feb 19th 1983 Page 4. L.
Mr. Mark Fisher, the prospective Labour parliamentary candidate visited Florence colliery today. Photo with J. Lockett, NUM branch president, and under-manager E Sellars.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 28th 1983 Page 7. F.
The 7 candidates for the post of Midlands area secretary of the NUM addressed members at the King’s Hall Stoke. Jim Colgan of Hem Heath colliery was one of the candidates.

Evening Sentinel March 1st 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
A “Stay at Work Plea” went out to North Staffs miners today as the Welsh pit strike continued to spread,

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Welsh miners seek North Staffs support. A special meeting of the NUM National Executive has been called. Mr. A. Scargill said, “This is a fight for the survival of the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Ten of the Board’s 17 collieries in the area had overall productivity records in excess of 3 tonnes per man-shift last week. They included Hem Heath, Florence, Silverdale and Holditch.

Evening Sentinel March 8th 1983 Page 9. F.
Mr. L. Birchell has died at the age of 80. He was secretary of the NCB’s North Staffs area from 1947 until his retirement in 1963. He started work at Sneyd colliery.

Evening Sentinel March 10th 1983 Page 7. Crewe.
Eddie Preece, Florence colliery received the Webber Shield for being apprentice of the year and Garry Wolford, Florence, was the best mining craft apprentice.

Evening Sentinel March 10th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Mr. C. Barlow, the union’s North Staffs agent has been elected onto the National Executive. The post lasts for 2 years.

Evening Sentinel March 15th 1983 Page 16. C.F.
Branch members of the NUM Silverdale want their area officers to take action against Mr. Roy Ottey, area secretary of the Power Group.

Evening Sentinel March 16th 1983 Page 12. Crewe.
Mr. Roy Ottey said that a resolution questioning links between the NUM and the Power group would not be carried at the group’s annual conference.

Evening Sentinel March 16th 1983 Page 9. F.
A London based mining company are planning exploratory drilling for coal in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1983 Page 19. L.
Miners at Holditch colliery are flying the flag of success after winning a coal board competition for surface safety standards. One in six accidents occurred on the surface.

Evening Sentinel March 21st 1983 Page 14. F.
The 720 men at Holditch colliery have a new NUM branch secretary. He is Mr. Ron Shaw age 52. He has been in the coal industry for 33 years and started at Victoria colliery.

Evening Sentinel March 23rd 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Mr. Jim Colgan has been elected to the top job of the Midland’s NUM it was revealed today. Beauty queen M. Turner swapped her swimsuit for overalls and a miner’s helmet when she visited Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum yesterday.

Evening Sentinel March 31st 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Coal production was at a standstill today at Holditch colliery. The walkout happened after pitmen stretchered a colleague out three miles. The management ordered them back underground or they would forfeit payment. It was normal practice they finish their shift on the surface.

Evening Sentinel April 6th 1983 Page F.
Miner’s leader Jim Colgan today pledged to fight to safe guard pits, boost pay and conditions when he takes over as General Secretary of the Midlands area NUM.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1983 Page 14. F.
Craftsmen down Wolstanton colliery want thermal under-ware for use at the pit bottom.

Evening Sentinel April 20th 1983 Page 9. Crewe.
Pitmen have rejected a resolution by the Silverdale Power Group, which questioned continued link with the NUM. Only three votes were in favour.

Evening Sentinel April 26th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Num leader Lawrence Daley, warned the new NCB chairman Ian MacGregor, that the miners would fight any attempt to smash the industry, speaking at the Midland’s area conference.

Evening Sentinel May 3rd 1983 Page 10. Crewe
Mr. E. Williams celebrated his 80th birthday at the Medows Home Berryhill. He worked for more than 50 years in the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel May 10th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Miners at Silverdale are to hold a special meeting this week-end to discuss over the dismissal of a young pit worker.

Evening Sentinel May 14th 1983 Page 3. L.
A councillor today called for an investigation into plans for new coal workings near the village of Scot Hay.

Evening Sentinel May 23rd 1983 Page 8. Crewe.
A sobering volume is to be presented to Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum on Thursday. It commemorates more than 150 miners who lost their lives at the pit during its working days.

Evening Sentinel May 23rd 1983 Page 18. C.F.
A first step towards an open-cast mine at Berryhill was taken today by the NCB, it could involve up to 300 acres.

Evening Sentinel May 27th 1983 Page 7. Crewe.
A memorial volume commemorating 187 miners who lost their lives at Chatterley Whitfield colliery has been presented to the mining museum. Guest of honour at the presentation were 8 of the last surviving Chatterley Whitfield, miners now all in the eighties. (Photo plus more)

Evening Sentinel May 31st 1983 Page 6. Crewe.
Full article from “Signalman’s Diary” by R. Howells, on the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel June 3rd 1983 Page 6. Crewe.
Members of the housing committee gave approval for an agreement to be negotiated with the NCB to prospect for opencast coal on council land at Berryhill.

Evening Sentinel June 6th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
A claim that North Staffs pits could be axed in a Coal board cost cutting plan was today dismissed as groundless by the NCB.

Evening Sentinel June 6th 1983 Page 7. F.
Mr. R. Thortheycroft has retired after 45 years in the coal industry. He started work as a haulage boy at 14yrs at Racecourse colliery, Shelton in 1938 Then took up work at Sneyd colliery as a deputy in 1949. He later managed Parkhouse, Mossfield and Norton.

Evening Sentinel June 7th 1983 Page 14. Crewe.
A strong warning that Midland miners would fight to defend jobs, was given today in the storm over an NCB cost cutting document.

Evening Sentinel June 7th 1983 Page 14. C.F.
Mr. M. Koceki age 58 died a few hours after an underground accident at Wolstanton colliery. He died from bleeding due to crushing injury of the abdomen.

Evening Sentinel June 16th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Scargill warned today that plans to axe 65.000 jobs in the coal industry, pose a threat to North staffs pits. No colliery or job could be considered secure under a plan contained in a discussion document on the industry’s future.

Evening Sentinel June 17th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Miners in North Staffs were urged today to be ready to strike over plans to axe thousands of jobs in their industry. The call came from Jim Colgan, General Secretary of the Midlands area of the NUM.

Evening Sentinel June 22nd 1983 Page 9. Crewe.
It was the second time lucky for a group of Liverpool school children to visit Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. A month ago they were involved in a crash on the A500.

Evening Sentinel June 23rd 1983 Page 6. Crewe.
NCB bosses gave the thumbs up sign to a land scapping venture to transform Florence colliery pit heap into sheep grazing land for 500 ewes and a number of lambs.

Evening Sentinel June 24th 1983 Page 7. Crewe.
A scheme to sink 2 drift mines at Scot Hay was criticised by Newcastle councillors last night.

Evening Sentinel June 27th 1983 Page 12. Crewe.
Mr. Bob Macsporan chairman of the NUM Power Group hit out at strike happy pit union bosses who were calling for a battle over colliery closures. He said they have got to realise that some big loss making pits have to shut.

Evening Sentinel June 29th 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
A fire broke out just after midnight in one of the screening sheds at Hem Heath colliery. A team of fire fighters from the colliery dashed to tackle the flames before firemen from Longton arrived at the scene.

Evening Sentinel July 6th 1983 Page 5 Crewe.
Photo of a picturesque scene to the entrance of Chatterley Whitfield mining museum, as horses graze in the field by the giant pit-wheel.

Evening Sentinel July 7th 1983 Page 11. F.
Pitmen in North Staffs were urged to be ready for strike action over “butchery” of Britain’s coal industry. The battle cry went out as union chiefs rally support in the fight against any rapid closure of collieries. An attack on any reduction in the number of craftsmen in the mining industry was made today by Roy Ottey secretary of the NUM Power Group.

Evening Sentinel July 8th 1983 Page 15. Crewe.
A full page article on “The Progress changing face of Britain’s mines”. The days of many miners are numbered because of new technology.

Evening Sentinel July 22nd 1983 Page 11. Crewe.
Mining experts are to hold special talks next week to tackle working difficulties facing pitmen at Wolstanton colliery. The talks will centre on dust, gas and heating problems at the pit,

Evening Sentinel July 22nd 1983 Page 1. F.
There are no plans to close Florence or Hem Heath collieries. Stoke South MP Jack Ashley has been told by the NCB.

Evening Sentinel July 23rd 1983 page 14. L.
Plans to sink a giant underground “dustbin” to contain waste products from Silverdale colliery. Triggered off a fierce outcry today.

Evening Sentinel Aug 5th 1983 Page 10. Crewe.
Great Row colliery at Apedale reported a record turnover of £m 2.161. 000 compared with £m 1.800.000 last year.

Evening Sentinel Aug 16th 1983 Page14. C.F.
A key meeting takes place tomorrow to discuss job-cutting measures aimed at giving loss-making Wolstanton pit a new lease of life.

Evening Sentinel Aug 17th 1983 Page 1. F.
Miners leaders are to seek permission to ballot the entire workforce at Wolstanton colliery following threats to job cutting.

Evening Sentinel Aug 19th 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
A mass meeting takes place at Hanley tomorrow to discuss the future of Wolstanton pit.

Evening Sentinel Aug 20th 1983 Page 1. L.
Miners at Wolstanton have yet to decide whether to fight Coal Board plans to cut 350 jobs at the pit. The meeting was to bring the men up to date with what is happening.

Evening Sentinel Aug 25th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
In the wake of the miners’ anger over pit closures, the out-going NCB chairman, Sir Norman Siddall today issued a grim message, “carry on cutting”

Evening Sentinel Sep 5th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Pit workers were assured today that cut price fuel allowances would be safe guarded under the plans to create a new smokeless zone at Chesterton.

Evening Sentinel Sep 6th 1983 Page 9. F.
The coal industry’s safety league has been topped for the third time by the North Staffs based NCB Western area it was announced today.

Evening Sentinel Sep 10th 1983 Page 4. L.
Two North Staffs colliery’s will be represented in the area finals of a TV style safety quiz, Florence and Wolstanton.

Evening Sentinel Sep 12th 1983 Page 12. C.F.
Tow hundred school leavers are to be recruited by the Manpower Services Commission for twelve month courses being staged at two Coal Board training centres, one being Kemball at Heron Cross.

Evening Sentinel Sep 14th 1983 Page 10. Crewe.
A major new exhibition in the simulated underground setting is to be opened shortly at the Chatterley Whitfield mining Museum. It will cover 900 square metres when completed.

Evening Sentinel Sep 16th 1983 Page 9. Crewe.
A key vote on the future of Wolstanton colliery could be held by miners there in the next few days.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 16th 1983 Page 13. F.
Miners’ leader Arthur Scargill, may make a major speech on the new NUM campaign document when he visits North Staffs in 3 weeks time, it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel Sep 21st 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Voting was underway on the Coal Board package aimed at giving a new lease of life to loss making Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel 21st 1983 Page 18. F.
Work has started on the filling in of 2 shafts at Victoria colliery where production ended a year ago. More than 16,000 tonnes of pit dirt will be needed.

Evening Sentinel Sep 29th 1983 Page 24. C.F.
Stoke-on-Trent M.P. Jack Ashley predicted a major break-though on the way subsidence claims are handled by the NCB, today.

Evening Sentinel Oct 6th 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
Members from the cast of “Boeing Boeing” which is now showing at the Theatre Royal visited the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 8th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
The Power Group of the NUM weekend school is being held at the Grand Hotel, Hanley.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 8th 1983 Page 1. L.
Coal Board craftsmen from all over the country were given a grim warning at Stoke-on-Trent today over the cost of new technology. A prediction of 50% job loss.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 10th 1983 Page 14.
Biddulph is to have a permanent reminder of its connection with the coal industry. For a balance wheel from the now defunct Victoria colliery is to be mounted outside the Town Hall.

Evening Sentinel Oct 11th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Police today named the miner who was killed working on the coalface at the privately owned Podmore hall colliery, Leycett. He was H. Brown age 51

Evening Sentinel Oct 13th 1983 Page 24. F.
Coal Board chiefs are being urged to rethink their plans to sink a giant lagoon to contain waste products from Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 18th 1983 Page 22. C.F.
Colliery craftsmen in North Staffs based power Group are ready to fight pit closures. Mr. MacSporan, president, said the views from the pits was that no job was safe.

Evening Sentinel Oct 21st 1983 Page 1. F.
Two hundred miners were evacuated from Wolstanton colliery early today during an underground fire scare. A dramatic rise in the air temperature, sparking off fears of spontaneous combustion.

Evening Sentinel Oct 25th 1983 Page 16. Crewe.
The final chapter of the now defunct Victoria colliery went relevantly smoothly as contractors demolished the huge winding gear on the 475 metres deep shaft.

Evening Sentinel Oct 27th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
The miners union national leaders came under fire over a decision which has led to more than 100 youngsters losing their youth training places at Kemball.

Evening Sentinel Oct 28th 1983 Page 24. C.F.
Peace talks were underway at Wolstanton colliery today after a lightning walkout by more than 400 pitmen over bonus payments.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 28th Page 13. F.
Miners leader A. Scargill will travel to North staffs on Sunday on the eve of an overtime ban. He will speak at Hem Heath.

Evening Sentinel Oct 31st 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Miners in North Staffs today joined in the national overtime ban in a fight over pit closures. F. Edition Page 7. A. Scargill claimed that the Midlands mining industry would be ravaged if an NCB pit closure programme went ahead. He said no pit in the British Isles is safe.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 1st 1983 Page 9 Stafford.
The miners overtime ban started to bite in Staffordshire today and the NCB reports production loses at a majority of pits.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 3rd 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
Actress Diane Keen and her husband Neil Zeiger with 17 year old daughter Melisa prepare for their trip underground at Chatterley Whitfield mining Museum. Diane is appearing this week at the Theatre Royal, Hanley.

Evening Sentinel Nov 5th 1983 Page 1. L.
Miners could be sent home from the pits in North Staffs when their overtime ban reaches its first crunch point after the weekend. Men would be sent home if maintenance work, normally done at weekends is unfinished in time to allow them to get to the coal face.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 7th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Miners who worked around the clock to save their pit from potential disaster won a pat on the back today. Action of the men at Holditch colliery had averted the threat of a major blaze underground.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 9th 1983 Page 18. C.F.
Roy Ottey, Sec of the Power Group said he would back any call at tomorrows NUM NEC for a national vote by miners on the pay offer.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 11th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Miners leaders in North Staffs today demanded an inquiry after it was revealed that one of the NCBs biggest customers ordered a shipment of coal from overseas.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 16th 1983 Page 1. Crewe.
An 85 year-old steam locomotive came home to North staffs yesterday. The 22 ton shunting engine was built by local coal and iron master Robert Heath in 1898 was transported by road to Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 21st 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
A former miner at Silverdale and Parkhouse collieries, Mr H. Johnson, is celebrating his 90th birthday. He retired in 1961 and now lives with his wife in Blackpool.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 28th 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
Coal board officials today revealed that 61,000 tonnes had been lost during the last 7 days of the overtime ban. It takes the total since the dispute started to 236,000 tonnes of coal.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 3rd 1983 Page 4. L.
Mountford age 83, the oldest surviving member from Victoria colliery unveiled the pit wheel from the recently demolished pit. It has been erected outside the Biddulph Town Hall as a reminder of the colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 5th 1983 Page 4. Crewe.
The offer of a Christmas truce by coal board chief Mr. Ian MacGregor was rejected by miners’ leader Mr. C. Barlow today.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 13th 1983 Page 13. F.
Miners in North Staffs could be short of coal this Christmas because of their overtime ban. The industrial action is hitting the concessionary coal deliveries. Page 9. Talks were taking place today following a pay row, which led to 300 men being sent home at Wolstanton colliery. Mr Joe Wills said management had jumped the gun and acted too hastily.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1983 Page 12. Crewe.
Opencast mining on land at the Rookery would be in view of 600 homes and cause considerable disruption to residence.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 17th 1983 Page 4. L.
A plan for a coalmine in an area of high landscape value has been approved. It will be located at the mouth of a disused railway tunnel at Draycott Cross, Cheadle. The aim is to extract 10.000 tonnes a year for ten years.

Evening Sentinel Dec 17th 1983 Page 5. L.
Hospitals and old peoples’ homes in Staffordshire have been promised by the NUM that they will not run short of coal at Christmas, despite the overtime ban.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 20th 1983 Page 1. C.F.
Jim Colgan, Midlands area secretary, said there would be strong reaction if the 40 strong winders branch went ahead with their threat to work their normal 6 day week.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 22nd 1983 Page 7 F.
Miners would be ready to go to work during the Christmas holidays to deal with any emergencies such as flooding and gas, a Midlands NUM chief said today.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 30th 1983 Page 5. Crewe.
The 40 strong winders branch voted on tough action last night. The men will defy the overtime ban instructions from January 7th and work their normal 6 shifts.

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