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Evening Sentinel. January 1st 1958. Late. Page 7.
Mr. William Henry Colclough, has been awarded the B.E.M. in the New Years honours list, he has worked in the mining industry for 48 years. He is the underground charge mechanic at Holditch colliery. He also writes for the Evening Sentinel on mining topics under W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. January 3rd 1958. Late. Page 7.
North Staffordshire Area of the N.C.B. had a deficit of £528,335, on the revenue account for the 3rd quarter of 1957.

Evening Sentinel. January 6th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of 74 year old Mr. A. Vernon, who is still working at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, and has been doing so for the past 61 years. Late Final. Page 1. Coal output rises in North Staffordshire Coalfield in 1957, by 93,000 tons.

Evening Sentinel. January 9th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Coal winding revolution will mean new look pit heads at many individual pits including, Hanley deep pit and Sneyd colliery. There is a likelihood that coal winding will cease, the shafts will be used for the winding of men and materials only.

Evening Sentinel. January 13th 1958. Late. Page 5.
The Stoke-on-Trent City Ambulance Division, yesterday, won the St. John Ambulance Brigade annual competition for Staffordshire teams by a narrow margin of three marks, the runners up were Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel. January 14th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Photograph of a Chatterley Whitfield miner, who as won £16,000, on a fixed odds coupon, but will remain a miner on the Hesketh face. Page 5. “15% of pit electrical accidents are avoidable” said Mr. D.E. Fox Deputy Principal Electrical Inspector of mines, at a meeting of the North Staffordshire Branch of the, Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers last night. Page 8. There is a plan to open an opencast mine in the Crackley Gates- Scot Hay area. There is no objection from the Rural Council.

Evening Sentinel. January 15th 1958. Late. Page 6.
Stoke-on-Trent will be one of six centres at which the next mining qualification board examination, for the 1st and 2nd certificate of compliancy as managers and under-managers, it will be held on May 20th 21st 22nd Page 10. Biddulph Urban Council is to ask the N.C.B. if they would allocate a house on the N.C.B. estate in Biddulph for occupancy by a health visitor.

Evening Sentinel. January 17th 1958. Late. Page 7.
Thirty Eight veteran miners from Sneyd colliery will be on cinema screens of the Potteries in about a month time. They were filmed for the N.C.B. screen magazine “Monthly Revue” when they all attended a social in the colliery Sports and Welfare club at Smallthorn.

Evening Sentinel. January 18th 1958. Late. Page1.
The strike at Florence colliery as cost 3,000 tons of coal, since it started on Thursday morning. Same Page. Eighteen men in the hand mine seam of Chatterley Whitfield colliery stopped work on the afternoon shift yesterday over payments. 270 tons of coal was lost.

Evening Sentinel. January 20th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Florence colliery was back to normal today, after a strike of 250 men in the great row sixes face.

Evening Sentinel. January 24th 1958. Late. Page 1.
A miner at Watermills colliery Apedale, Mr. Fred Wallis, of 52, John Offley Road, Madeley, aged 31, was killed in an accident at the colliery today. The colliery owner, Mr. H.H. Price told the Evening Sentinel “It was a Haulage accident” Evening Sentinel. January 27th 1958. Late. Page 5.
The paramount importance of coal to the national economy was stressed by the Lord Mayor (Rev. A. Perry) at the annual dinner dance of the North Staffordshire, Sub-branch of the British Association of colliery Management, held at the North Stafford Hotel, at Stoke on Saturday night.

Evening Sentinel. January 29th 1958. Late. Page 1.
At the inquest, a verdict of accidental death, was recorded on Mr. Fred Wallis, a miner at Watermills colliery, Apedale, who’s’ death was from shock due to multiple injuries. It was the first death at the colliery for twenty five years.

Evening Sentinel. January 30th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A record of 322 years service in the mining industry is completed by the retirement of Mr. George King, of No 1 Hazel Close, Trent Vale, an Overman at Stafford colliery, Fenton, whose personal record totals more than half a century. Mr. King is the last of seven brothers, six of whom have completed more than fifty years service in the pit. There father too was a miner, and their grandfather lost his life in the pit.

Evening Sentinel. February 5th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Norton colliery had its highest output in its history, and two more colliery’s had their highest output in resent times. Norton’s output was 472,540 tons in addition it won the Area safety award league competition for 1957. Silverdale had an output of 364,355 tons, which was its best year since 1939. Stafford colliery’s output was 351,882 tons, its best since 390,882 tons in 1942.

Page 8. The death as been announced of Mr. James Goldstraw, aged 67, of 16, Newleigh Street, Milton, who as been employed at Chatterley Whitfield colliery for 47 years, he his best known in racing pigeon circles. City Final Page 1. Coal production was down in North Staffordshire coalfield by 19, 480in the first four weeks of 1958.

Evening Sentinel. February 6th 1958. City Final. Page 1.
Photograph of a 4Ft. wide X 10Ft. deep hole, thought to be an old mine shaft which opened up overnight at Bradeley allotments.

Evening Sentinel. February 8th 1958. Late. Page 1.
There was a company of 110 at the Borough Arms Hotel, Newcastle, when officials of Holditch colliery, Chesterton, held their dinner, Mr. A. Walker, Presided.

Evening Sentinel. February 10th 1958. Late. Page 8.
Photograph Berry Hill colliery officials annual dinner which was held at Tunstall on Saturday, in the photo’ is Mr. F.M. Ball, (Area Agent) Mr. Jack Dean, who as worked at the colliery for 58 years, 42 of them has an official, also in the photo’ his Mr. P.J. Murphy, (Manager) Mr. A.W. Worthington, Mr. A. Sharples, Mr. B. Lindop.

Evening Sentinel. February 11th 1958. Late. Page 6.
Last nights North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers meeting heard a lecture on safety haulage, from the former Manager of Norton colliery Mr. J.G. Downend, who is now Mechanisation Engineer of the N.C.B. Central engineering establishment at Bretby.

Evening Sentinel. February 13th 1958. Late. Page 4.
200 retired miners and their wives will be entertained to a party and concert by Stafford colliery (Fenton) Goodwill committee in the Jubilee Hall, Stoke, on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel. February 17th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of Mr. I.W. Cumberbatch, presenting long service awards to veteran mineworkers of Stafford colliery, in the photo’ his Mr. Albert Moffitt, former underground Manager of the Sutherland pit.

Evening Sentinel. February 18th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A joint talk on civil engineering was given by Mr. R. Jones and Mr. T. Robinson, which through some light on civil engineering in the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel. February 20th 1958. Late. Page 1.
An unusually large emission of gas into the workings of Holditch colliery Chesterton, where between 1,300-1,400 men are employed as brought the pit to a standstill. The gassing began yesterday when a crack in the floor of the workings of the 5Ft. seam, 750 Ft. below the surface and about a mile and a half from the pit bottom, which resulted in all the men being idle. City Final Page 1. Photograph of the colliery deputies ready to go down the pit this afternoon to relieve their workmates, and to watch on the gas.

Evening Sentinel. February 21st 1958. Late. Page 7.
Holditch colliery is still at a standstill, following a gas seepage, efforts are being made to find work in other collieries for the men.

Evening Sentinel. February 22nd 1958. Late. Page 1.
Hopes are improving that Holditch colliery will soon be back to normal shortly.

Evening Sentinel. February 22nd 1958. Late. Page 5.
At an inquest on a former North Staffordshire miner was adjourned at Nottingham yesterday, to enable evidence to be obtained about a pit accident thirteen years ago. The inquest was on 48 year old Mr. Harold Robinson, of Vincent Street, Northwood, who died at Ellerstie House Hospital, last Tuesday. A Pathologist at Nottingham General Hospital said “death was due to chronic kidney failure, caused by paralysis resulting from a spinal injury. He said the man’s death was directly related to the injuries suffered in the pit accident. Mr. Robinson was injured in a pit accident at Sneyd colliery.

Evening Sentinel. February 24th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Conditions have improved so much over the weekend that work could start again at Holditch colliery. Page 4. Photograph of the wife of Mr. Rowland Bennett, North Staffordshire’s Area General Manager, presenting the trophy to Wolstanton colliery, the wining team in the Area rescue compaction. Same Page. Photograph of Wolstanton colliery miners receiving a certificate from Mr. E.H. Browne, (Divisional Chairman). In the photo’ is Mr. Harry Lear who as completed 59 years service at the colliery. There is a list of miners who have completed 50 years or more on the page.

Evening Sentinel. February 25th 1958. Late. Page 5.
There is still some gas which is holding up progress at Holditch colliery, only 75% of the total workforce, were able to return to work. Same page. There is an advert on this page, for the Weekly Sentinel which contains mining photographs in this week’s edition.

Evening Sentinel. February 26th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Nearly back to full working at Holditch colliery when the 5 Ft. seam opened, Production on the Spencroft and Moss seams began on Monday.

Late Final Page 8. Does Weston Coyney need a new community centre, for 400 miners and their families living on the Coalville estate? The coal industry Social Welfare organisation, think so, and have plans for £8,500 building, but the Ministry of Education says the village hall is adequate, and has refused a grant towards the cost.

Evening Sentinel. March 5th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Result of the N.C.B. No1. Group, First-aid compaction held at Chatterley Whitfield colliery was: Senior shield, 1st Victoria colliery 480 points, 2nd Norton colliery398 points. Junior shield, 1st Norton colliery 341 points, 2nd Victoria colliery282 points. Chatterley Whitfield “L” team won the Wynne Cup. Late Final Page 10. Former colleagues at Chatterley Whitfield colliery where he worked for half a century until his retirement nine years ago were among the mourners at the funeral of Mr. William Jack, of 19, Endon Road, Norton. There is a list of mourners on this page.

Evening Sentinel. March 7th 1958. Late. Page 7.
One day in 1895, a young Wood Lane miner slept in for a while, while his workmates set off for the pit, his Mother did not waken as he had been unwell the night before. Fate had then a kindly hand in the affairs of Thomas Symms, aged 17, for on that day 70 of his fellow workmates perished in the long remembered flooding disaster at Diglake colliery. Now 81, Mr. Symms today celebrates his Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Mr. Symms retired only 6 years ago from Holditch colliery. There’s a photograph of Mr. & Mrs. Symms on this page.

Evening Sentinel. March 8th 1958. Late. Page 5.
At an inquest in Nottingham, on a Northwood miner, who died on the 18th February this year, from injuries he received in 1945 in a fall of roof at Sneyd colliery. A verdict of accidental death was recorded on Mr. Harold Robinson, aged 48, of Vincent Street, Northwood.

Evening Sentinel. March 10th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Papers on the aspect of Electronic Mechanism in the pit will be presented by two members, Mr. L. Glover, and Mr. M.B. Brownsword, at next Monday’s meeting of the North Staffordshire branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Page 5. “It was from North Staffordshire that other parts of the country had taken the lead in obtaining the colliery clerks agreement”, said Alderman Mr. L. Gibson, former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, He was speaking at a dinner-dance on Saturday at Tunstall, organised by the North Staffordshire branch of the Clerical and Administration workers Union. City Final Page 10. Between May 1956 and August last year, just under 15,000 of the 20,000 miners in North Staffordshire have attended mass X-rays at pitheads, 59 were found to have pulmonary tuberculosis, and 200 showed signs suggesting massive fibrosis which warranted further investigation.

Evening Sentinel. March 11th 1958. Late. Page 5.
On the proposal of Mr. T Lovell, Newcastle-under-Lyme Rural Council last night went into committee to discuss a Finance and General Purpose committee recommendation, to allow further opencast coalmining at Alsagers Bank by a private firm. Same Page Mining operations in future should not be planed solely by reference to underground physical conditions, related to the wining of coal. There is more on this on this page. Page 6. A 69 year old miner was startled by the sound of a motor cycle that he jumped, but unfortunately he jumped the wrong way, into the track of the machine, it was said at a resumed inquest in Hanley. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Leonard Arthur Dabbs, of Wolsay Road, Wolstanton, who died in the N.S.R.I. after being in collision with a light-weight solo motor cycle in a private colliery Road at Wolstanton.

Evening Sentinel. March 12th 1958. Late. Page 1.
While the midland office of the N.U.M. said today that the union did agree that mineworkers should be urged to retire at 65, a Coal Board spokesman emphasised that the Board were not employing a ridged retirement age, or making any rule about it.

Evening Sentinel. March 17th 1958. Late. Page 4.
The Ambulance Challenge Shield held for the passed 10 years by Victoria colliery, was won by Mossfield colliery at the N.C.B. West midlands Division No1 North Staffordshire Area inter-colliery competition at Heron Cross on Saturday. There is a photograph of the wining team with team captain Mr. J.M. Elhone.

Evening Sentinel. March 19th 1958. Late Final. Page 10.
Photograph of North Staffordshire N.C.B. boxing team who defeated the North West Counties team, 6-3 in a tournament at Meir last night.

Evening Sentinel. March 20th 1958. Late. Page 5.
On going on the night shift at Holditch colliery, a Wolstanton miner saw his son with another 15 year old boy near the pit. At work he heard that lockers had been broken into and money stolen. On returning home he questioned his son who admitted the offence. He took his son to Wolstanton police station where his son made a statement implicating the other boy.

Evening Sentinel. March 24th 1958. Late. Page 1.
A piece of falling roof coal struck Mr. Thomas William Rowe, of 95, Mollinson road, Meir, on the head as he was working at Mossfield colliery, Longton, and killed him, he was working in the moss seam at the time. P.S. The Sentinel, on the 25th gave the colliery as Mossfield. I do not know which one is correct! Same Page. More than 8 hours after an accident happened at Norton colliery, rescuers are still trying to reach Mr. Albert Adams, aged 29, of 88, Bucknall new road, Hanley, a married man with one child. As rescuers toiled hopes for his safety are fast waning. Mr. Adams was setting props with Mr. Roy Green, aged 27, of 10, Hillside Avenue, Baddeley Green, they were in 10 foot plough face, rescuers released Mr. Green but, as he was being helped to safety a further roof fall accured covering 7-8 yards. City Final Page 1. Nine hours after a fall of coal at Norton colliery, the body of Mr. Albert William Adams was recovered.

Evening Sentinel. March 25th 1958. Late. Page 5.
The City coroner will hold an inquest at Hanley Town Hall, on Thursday, on Mr. Thomas William Rowe, killed in an accident at Florence colliery. P.S. The Sentinel, on the 24th gave the colliery as Mossfield. I do not know which one is correct! The inquest on Mr. Albert Adams, who was killed at Norton colliery, is likely to be held later on in the week.

Evening Sentinel. March 28th 1958. Late. Page 1.
At the inquest on Thomas William Rowe, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. Death was caused by Asphyxiation with lung Haemorrhage was given by Dr. E.C. Myott. There is a full report on the inquest on this page.

Evening Sentinel. April 2nd 1958. Late. Page 5.
The body of 56 year old miner, Mr. Joseph Herrod, of 19, Goodwin road, Meir, was discovered at Florence colliery, yesterday, 3 hours after he had been buried by a roof fall. City Final Page 8. Proposed opencast mining near Knypersley pool would be” unholy desecration in the most beautiful part of our district” Mr. L.C. Frost, Biddulph urban Council Chairman declared at last nights meeting of the Councils Planning and Building Committee. It was decided to oppose the suggestion by every mean of the Councils power, and to inform the County Council and the Leek Rural Council within whose boundaries the district lies, of their objection.

Evening Sentinel. April 3rd 1958. Late. Page 6.
Without a major reconstruction of local mining as an economic concern in world markets coalmining was finished sooner than he dared to forecast, said Mr. Thomas Walker, in his Presidential address, but we could be on a mining threshold. There is more on this plus a photograph of the officials of the North Staffordshire Association of Colliery Managers. Page 8. “Colliery Cameo” “History in the old pit shafts.” by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. April 8th 1958. Late. Page 4.
“Colliery Cameo” “Lessons learned on a new problem.” by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. April 9th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Opencast threat to Knypersley pool is why that Biddulph Urban Council is to send a telegram to the Minister of Fuel and Power, urging him to intervene.

Evening Sentinel. April 10th 1958. Late. Page 4.
There is a reduction in colliery accidents by almost 18% in 1956 in the west midlands area in a report published today, in North Staffordshire it was just over 20%. A full report is on this page.

Evening Sentinel. April 11th 1958. Late. Page 7.
A week after being involved in roof fall at Florence colliery, which killed a colleague a Fenton colliery supervisor died in hospital from his injuries an inquest heard in Hanley yesterday. They returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Edward Reid aged 55, of 98, Vivian road, Fenton, after a witness formerly collaborated evidence given at a previous inquest, when a similar verdict was returned on, Mr. Joseph Herrod, of Goodwin road, Meir. Mr. Reid’s death was due to Bronical Pneumonia and Pneumothorax following multiple crush injuries, with Pneumonoconiosis as a secondary cause. There is a full report on this inquest on this page.

Evening Sentinel. April 16th 1958. City Final. Page 8.
Biddulph Urban Council last nigh decided to take further steps including calling for a public meeting to save Knypersley pool from the threat of opencast mining.

Evening Sentinel. April 19th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of Sneyd colliery cricket professional Y.B. Palwarkar, presenting a bat to J. Hall who topped the batting averages last year.

Evening Sentinel. April 21st 1958. Late. Page 1.
A return to a seven hour day in the mines was urged by Mr. Arthur Badderley, of Norton, President of the Midlands Area of the N.U.M. at a two day conference at Stoke Town Hall. There are 90 delegates representing 50,000 miners. Page 7. Miss Gwenneth Duckworth who is on the staff at Victoria colliery, and her Father is an underground worker at there, has been chosen as North Staffordshire Coal Queen for 1958.

Evening Sentinel. April 22nd 1958. Late. Page 1.
Mr. E.H. Browne Chairman of the Midlands Division of the N.C.B. warned delegates at the Midlands Area conference at Stoke today, “that if piece work wages went on rising regardless of productivity, there was a danger of pricing themselves out of an important part of our business.” A full report of the conference is on this page. Page 5. Photograph of the North Staffordshire Branch of Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical engineers who held their annual meeting at the N.C.B. offices in Stoke last night.

Evening Sentinel. April 23rd 1958. Late. Page 5.
There should be some form of joint procedure for absenteeism, or the Board will act as Judge, jury and prosecutor in every case. This was the call at the Midlands conference of the N.U.M. at Stoke. More on this article is on this page.

Evening Sentinel. April 24th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A proposal for opencast coal mining is earmarked for 40 acres of land off Woodhead road, Carmountside. There is a photograph of the proposed land. This matter was discussed at the City Council meeting along with the Knypersley pool proposal.

Evening Sentinel. April 25th 1958. Late. Page 4.
The estimated yield of 5% tax on miners protective boots and helmets is about £100,000. Local M.P.s. are to table questions. Late Final Page 1. At the inquest on Mr. Gordon Reginald Bailey, a 42 year old colliery ripper of 2, Selby Street, Weston Coyney, who was killed in a roof fall, which also buried two other miners at Stafford colliery, Fenton. After the verdict of accidental death was recorded, the coroner paid tribute to the two men who were buried with Mr. Bailey, in refusing to leave the scene, and that of a ripper who tried to free him, before leaving to fetch help. There actions he said showed courage and valour, which we have come to expect from our miners in North Staffordshire.

Evening Sentinel. April 28th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Approximately 20 miners from Stafford colliery, Fenton, are organising a Gala stated to be the first of its kind in the district, it will be held in Longton Park on July 12th and will be in aid of the Health memorial Convalescent Home.

Page 8. North Staffordshire boxers had a night of triumph on Saturday, when the N.C.B. A.B.A. championships were decided in Leeds. Ernie Ball, (Wedgwood colliery,) retained his championship and Cyril Harte. (Hem Heath) won his first National title. North Staffordshire Area also won the Viscount Hyndley Cup for the third successive year, and the West Midlands again became the joint holders of the Mitchell Hedges Trophy. There’s a full report on this page.

Evening Sentinel. May 2nd 1958. Late. Page 1.
Photograph of a group of Stoke-on-Trent Savings Canvassers Committee, whom are mostly women who went down Hem Heath colliery yesterday. Page 5. Six M.P.s yesterday asked questions in the House of Commons in the matter of regarding protective clothing in the mining industry. Page 16. Careful consideration is needed when choosing collieries for closure, it was stated at the British Association of Colliery Managers at its annual conference at Blackpool today.

Evening Sentinel. May 6th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Inferior coal from North Staffordshire pits is to be blamed by the surveyor (Mr. H.E. Bailey) at last nights meeting of the Public Health Committee of Nantwich Urban Council, residents have complained about the pollution of the atmosphere by soot. City Final Page 1. The N.C.B. as been granted an interim order in the Chancery Division today, giving them the right to work certain seams of coal in the vicinity of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Evening Sentinel. May 7th 1958. Late Final. Page 5.
North Staffordshire coal production was down last month to 470,108 tons. Saleable coal from North Staffordshire for the first 17 weeks was down to 2,210,959 tons, a drop of 119,473 tons, to the comparable 17 weeks last year. City Final Page 8. The N.C.B. was found guilty of delivering coal without a Weight-Ticket, and was find £1-0-0 with 16s-6d costs.

Evening Sentinel. May 9th 1958. Late. Page 16.
Greater checks on N.C.B. investments is urged in findings published today, a full list of details is amongst the recommendations which include: Investment, Prices, Competition, Uneconomic pits, Manpower and Mechanisation.

Evening Sentinel. May 12th 1958. Late. Page 10.
North Staffordshire N.C.B. Boxing Club will hold the final tournament, at Meir Drill Hall, tomorrow night, on show will be all trophies won recently by the team.

Evening Sentinel. May 14th 1958. Late. Page 4.
A meeting with the Power Minister is envisaged, if the Knypersley pool opencast proposal protest fails. Page 7. A loss of £5,300,000 is the N.C.B. 1957 trading figures published today, compared to a surplus of £12, 800,000 in 1956. City Final Page 1. More losses are likely said Sir James Bowman, Chairman of the N.C.B. at a news conference today.

Evening Sentinel. May 16th 1958. Late. Page 6.
“Mines need a share of skilled young men”, this was stated by Sir Andrew Bryan, a staff member of the N.C.B. when he presented awards at the, North Staffordshire Technical college mining department, at Stoke, last night. There’s a photograph of Sir Andrew Bryan, presenting awards to Mr. Graham Bailey and Geoffery Lewis on page 10 of this edition. Late Final Page 16. Four men were accused of braking into Parkhouse colliery and stealing 3,400 cigarettes, sweets and chocolate, worth £31-7s-2d.

Evening Sentinel. May 19th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of the opening of Mossfield colliery Sports and Social Club, by Mr. A. Badderley (President of the Midlands Division of the N.U.M.) also in the photograph is Messer’s E. Lindop, H. Wainwright, H. Carson, A. Turner, F.M. Ball and H.J. Dennis.

Evening Sentinel. May 23rd 1958. Late. Page 1.
The N.C.B. is to considering closing a small number of pits this year said Sir James Bowman, the Boards Chairman, but don’t exaggerate the effect, plea.

Evening Sentinel. May 26th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Mass Radiography results published today reveal that 2,774 miners in three pits in North Staffordshire were smokers in a report into lung cancer.

Evening Sentinel. May 27th 1958. Late Final. Page 5.
“Colliery Cameo.” “Summit in the pit.” by W.H.C. Evening Sentinel. May 30th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Miners lose wage and hours claims in the mines Arbitration under Lord Justice Morris, who as rejected a claim by the N.U.M. for a 10s a week increase for day waged men, he as also turned down a claim for a shorter working week for surface workers, but found in favour for a sick pay scheme.

Evening Sentinel. June 2nd 1958. Late. Page 5.
Twelve retired mine workers with a combined 634 years service received cheques and a long service certificate at the annual diner dance of Mossfield colliery Social, Welfare and Sports Club, at Longton Town Hall on Saturday night. Presentations were made by Mr. C. Beaton the Area Assistant General Manager of the N.C.B. to Messer’s A. Edwards, W. Salt. (57 years) C. Elkin. (56 years) J.H. Slinn. (53 years) J Edwards, F. Edwards, W. Turner, J. Hall. (52 years) H. Bourne, C. Heath, F. Horleston. (51 years) E.J. Simms. (50 years) There were numerous other prizes presented to sportsmen. There is a photograph on page 5 on the 5th June edition of Mr. Alf Edwards receiving his award, plus some of the other men. Same date. Sentinel Supplement. There’s an article on mining “big Future for Coal in North Staffs.” by Mr. Rowland Bennett, North Staffordshire Area Manager W. Midlands Coal Board.

Evening Sentinel. June 5th 1958. Late. Page 7.
North Staffordshire Area output was 515,375, tons, which was 38,559, tons below that of May last year, total production from the north Staffordshire Area so far this year is 2,728,334, tons, down by 158,032, tons. North Staffordshire labour force 20,973, which is 368 fewer than in May last year. Page 8. “Colliery Cameo” “Pits welcome water now” by W.H.C. City Final. Page 1. Midland pits do want juveniles said Mr. E.H. Browne, Chairman of the West Midlands Division of the N.C.B.

Evening Sentinel. June 6th 1958. Late. Page 4.
The Locket Cup for North Staffordshire collieries with the best savings in the past six months was presented to Victoria colliery, Biddulph, at the North Staffordshire savings conference at the Grand Hotel, Hanley yesterday.

Evening Sentinel. June 10th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Three Newcastle-under-Lyme boys, two aged 10, one age 14, were before Newcastle juvenile court for causing damage to mining equipment at Woodhouse footrail.

Evening Sentinel. June 11th 1958. Late. Page 4.
Photograph of Alsagers Bank church, seen against the spoil tip background, caused by opencast mining.

Evening Sentinel. June 12th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Photograph of Mr. John Hewitt, a Sneyd colliery overman who was awarded the B.E.M. in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. Page 7. A claim for £193 loss of earnings by Binnui Heron, of 11, Card Street, Burslem, against the N.C.B. was adjourned to a date to be fixed. Mr. Heron is a haulage hand at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel. June 13th 1958. Late. Page 6.
Ten disabled miners, wives and children from North Staffordshire will begin a fortnight’s holiday at Prestatyn in a joint N.U.M. and N.C.B. venture.

Evening Sentinel. June 17th 1958. Late. Page 3.
Two boys caused damage to signalling wires and cables at Campbell colliery, Fenton. This is probably Kemball colliery Fenton.

Evening Sentinel. June 17th 1958. Late. Page 4.
“Colliery Cameo” “Pits ghost of the past” by W.H.C. Page 5. Although he had been buried in a roof fall for one and half hours at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, the previous day Mr. George Edward Ditcher a member of Biddulph Urban Council attended the council committees last night.

Evening Sentinel. June 19th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Mr. S. Swingler M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyme claims he has seen plans for North Staffordshire coal mines to be turned into deep shelters in the event of an H-Bomb attack. Page 4. Some of North Staffordshire unsightly spoil and slag heaps may disappear when the new Birmingham to Preston motorway is being built which will pass close to Stoke-on-Trent, it was revealed in a letter to Ellis Smith M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent South.

Evening Sentinel. June 20th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Most accidents last year in coal mines in the west Midlands which includes North Staffordshire could have been avoided by ordinary caution, or strict adherence to statuary requirements, that was the view of the divisional inspector of mines and quarries. The number of casualties increased last year by 33 to 238. There is a full report on this page. Same page. In a report it stated that one pit fire though trivial in consequence was very disturbing because it appears to have arisen from the use of “contraband” at a very large colliery in North Staffordshire. Same Page. There is a report on manpower in the pits, plus North Staffordshire’s outlook in the collieries. Recruitment in the coalmines in the division continued to improve and they general position was more satisfactory. A new shaft at Wolstanton had started, where the deepening of the existing one completed, these two shafts are to be taken lower still where they would link up with the Deep pit and Sneyd collieries. The new shaft at Hem Heath, the first in the country to use the twin rope friction winding system would service the development down to 1,062 yards was commissioned. A new drift mine was started by the N.C.B. at Apedale. Referring to training and education a new surface provision was completed at Kemball training centre. Page 7. N.C.B. officials visiting a building at Wolstanton colliery which they were intending it to be used as an office found it smashed to bits and all the frame work torn out, and a approximately £100 damage done, this was stated at Newcastle Magistrates court yesterday when two 11 year old youths were before the court.

Evening Sentinel. June 23rd 1958. Late Final. Page 1.
The Council for the preservation for rural England gives its support behind the people who are apposed to opencast coalmining in the area.

Evening Sentinel. June 27th 1958. Late. Page 9.
A 39 year old miner Mr. Frank Tratzuk, of 2, Cross edge, Brown Edge, was taken to the N.S.R.I. with severe injuries to his feet, having been caught in a conveyor belt at Norton colliery. His condition today is slightly improved.

Evening Sentinel. July 1st 1958. Late. Page 6.
The Parliamentary secretary to the Minister of power assured H. Davis M.P. for Leek, in the House of Commons yesterday, that Biddulph urban Council would be given a full report on any proposed opencast mining in the Knypersley pool area, in replying to an other question by Mr. Davis, The minister said 92 acres in the Biddulph area had already been developed for opencast to date. 43 million tons of coal had been won in the Biddulph area.

Evening Sentinel. July 2nd 1958. Late. Page 8.
At the time he was injured by a roof fall at Wolstanton colliery, support regulations were being “habitually, regularly and invariably disregarded, alleged a 32, year old Bucknall miner at Stafford Assizes yesterday. He was claiming damages of £2,020-10s-3d, from the N.C.B. The case is proceeding.

Evening Sentinel. July 4th 1958. Late. Page 4.
The Minister said that the purpose of the Coal Board work in deep mines was to improve the safety of miners who might be caught in an attack underground, and it’s not the Governments policy to provide or prepare deep shelters for the population generally. Same Page An Oakamoor miner at Parkhall colliery, Frederick Charles Clewes, of Longhurst farm, Oakamoor lost his claim against the N.C.B. at Stafford Assizes yesterday on the grounds of personal injury, negligence and a breech of safety duty. Mr. Justice Stable, said “he thought the plaintiffs accident was shear bad luck for which the N.C.B. could not be responsible” Page 9. The recently formed natural beauty of Knypersley Pool pressure league hope to obtain 30,000, signatures for their partition against the threat of opencast coal mining.

Evening Sentinel. July 7th 1958. Late. Page 1.
The President of the N.U.M. Mr. Ernest Jones, said, “that the working day must be reduced, the miners today are working 30 minutes a day longer than they were 35 years ago”. City Final Page 1. Domestic coal rationing is to end next Monday.

Evening Sentinel. July 8th 1958. Late. Page 1.
N.U.M. delegates were today recommended by their executive to pursue a wage claim for 2s-6d, a shift, for day waged men, and 3s-6d, a shift, for craftsmen grade one. Page 5. No new research centre for pit disease in North Staffordshire this was the Governments reply to a series of Question by Dr. B. Stross, M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent, Central. Late Final. Page 5. A 51, year old miner, Mr. Frederick Lawrence, of 9, Cross Street, Silverdale, was fatally injured in a roof fall at Silverdale colliery, yesterday.

Evening Sentinel. July 10th 1958. Late. Page 7.
The coal industry faces a drop of 7 million ton of coal in the home market, but, it will remain the Nations sauce of energy for a long time to come said Sir James Bowman Chairman of the N.C.B. at the N.U.M. annual conference at Porthcawl today. Same Page. Staffordshire County Council will strongly contest prospecting proposals in two sites in North Staffordshire, one at Knypersley pool, and one at Wickerstones, near Biddulph.

Evening Sentinel. July 11th 1958. Late. Page 7.
The N.C.B. should forthwith prohibit the presence of naked flame in any form below ground recommends Sir Harold Roberts, Chief Inspector of Mines said today. He makes his recommendation in a report on a explosion in a colliery in Ayrshire which killed 17 men and injured 12. Same page. With £50 they won in the N.C.B. group safety competition the surface workers at Stafford colliery Fenton, bought furniture and electrical appliances, which last night they presented to ward 10 of the N.S.R.I.

Evening Sentinel. July 14th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Although 4,000 people thronged Longton Park on Saturday, for a Gala and Gymkhana organised by Stafford colliery Fenton, the event raised nothing at all for the Health Memorial Convalescent Home, at Llanfairfechan, the receipts were down because of the bad weather.

Evening Sentinel. July 15th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A movement in a section of the shaft walling at Sneyd colliery has stopped work for 780 underground workers, possibly for the rest of the week. Every effort is being made to find temporary work at nearby collieries.

Evening Sentinel. July 17th 1958. Late. Page 6.
The Minister of Power announced that Stoke-on-Trent, will be one of the six centres in Great Britain where the next mining examinations for the first and second class certificates of competency as Managers and under managers of mines, it will be held on November 18th,19th and 20th.

Evening Sentinel. July 22nd 1958. Late. Page 5.
It is not anticipated for normal work to resume at Sneyd colliery in No. 4 pit before next week.

Page 8. A verdict of accidental death was returned yesterday at Stoke Town Hall on Mr. James William McSporron, a 48 year old ripper of 8, Carnation Close, Weston Coyney, who was killed in a fall of roof at Florence colliery on July 16th. Dr. E. Myott said death was due to compression asphyxiation, there were no fractures.

Evening Sentinel. July 23rd 1958. Late. Page 6.
“Colliery Cameo” Coal and Water by W.H.C. Page 7. Funds in the Mineworkers Pension Scheme stands at £39,800,000. Mr. Stephen Swinger M.P. was told in the commons.

Evening Sentinel. July 24th 1958. Late. Page 8.
Photograph of a group of miners with the Rev. Arthur Hayles, who for the past five years as been paying weekly visits to Wolstanton colliery to talk to miners on spiritual matters, he will be leaving the District on September 3rd.

Evening Sentinel. July 25th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Sneyd pit likely to start work next week. Page 5. Giving Judgment against a 44 year old miner who claimed damages against the N.C.B. for injuries he received in an accident at Sneyd colliery, Mr. Justice Stabble suggested at Stafford Assizes yesterday that the man had been injured while doing his duty and not to be blamed for the accident nor were the N.C.B. negligent but the N.C.B. might consider making a handsome ex-gratia payment to the plaintiff who his Mr. Edward Pajor, of 239, Ubberley Road, Bucknall. Late Final Page 1. Underground dismantling operations which have continued since last September when the pit closed down as a coal producing unit were ending at Madeley colliery today where the last pumps are being withdrawn.

Evening Sentinel. July 28th 1958. Late. Page 5.
Staffordshire County Council will be asked to approve a draft term of settlement with the exception of condition regarding compensation payable for mining subsidence and damage concerning the N.C.B. application for the right to work further seams in the northern half of Wolstanton, Westlands and Clayton.

Evening Sentinel. July 29th 1958. Late. Page 6.
Another site in North Staffordshire as been selected for opencast coalmining. It consists of several acres of farmland, just outside the Stoke-on-Trent boundary at Launders Bank, Bucknall. Page 7. A site at Alsagers Bank as been left in a “disgraceful condition” after opencast working for coal, Mr. W. Fryer, told the Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rural Council, last night.

Evening Sentinel. July 30th 1958. Late. Page 1.
The N.U.M. have put in a claim for 15s a week for 320,000. daywaged men, and 21s a week for craftsmen.

Evening Sentinel. July 31st 1958. Late. Page 3.
Dr. Barnett Stross, M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent Central, raised the matter in the commons, which he said affected at least two million men and women in industry, who were subjected to the inhalation of irritating dust and at the same time sustained damage to their lungs and Bronical tubes. He spoke about instances of Pneumoconiosis affecting North Staffordshire miners.

Evening Sentinel. August 1st 1958. Late. Page 7.
Drama in the mine at noon on, January 14th 1895. 300men and boys were sweating away at Diglake colliery then with a terrifying roar, subterranean water burst into the pit. The drama is told in the Weekly Sentinel on sale today.

Evening Sentinel. August 5th 1958. Late. Page 3.
North Staffordshire coalfields output was down 53,000 tons in July. The number of men employed in the area was also down by 800 to 20,640.

Page 4. “Colliery Cameo” Lifetime of Service. by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. August 18th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Attendance in local collieries was down on normal Mondays, but about the same as last year.

Evening Sentinel. August 25th 1958. Late. Page 4.
“Colliery Cameo” Rough Stuff. by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. August 26th 1958. Late. Page 5.
A colliery deputy said at a Hanley inquest yesterday on a 31 year old Polish miner who was killed in a roof fall at Hanley Deep Pit “that temporary roof supports ought to have been put up while the man passed beneath a thirteen foot of unsupported roof to reach a chock. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Franciszek Baran, of 123, Baddeley Hall Road, Baddeley Green, a waste drawer who was crushed in a fall off dirt on Thursday the 21st.

Evening Sentinel. August 28th 1958. Late. Page 4.
A two man paper explaining the methods and techniques of harnessing methane will be given at the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers at their general meeting on September 8th it will be given by Mr. E. Steele and Mr. D.C. Yates, and is entitled “The development and application of Methane drainage in the North Staffordshire Coalfield”.

Evening Sentinel. September 2nd 1958. Late. Page 5.
North Staffordshire coalfields output was down in the first 34 weeks of the year, it totalled 4,000,841tons, which was 253,833tons, or 2.7%less than a year ago.

Evening Sentinel. September 5th 1958. Late. Page 7.
As a result of an unofficial strike which as built up over the last two days, production at Norton colliery is at a virtual standstill, it started on Tuesday by fourteen packers in the ten foot seam.

Evening Sentinel. September 6th 1958. Final. Page 1.
Norton colliery strike is over, the men will resume on Monday.

Evening Sentinel. September 8th 1958. Late Page.5

As miners at Norton colliery returned to work on pre-dispute terms today after their unofficial action, members of the Power Group at the pit denied that they had joined the strike and alleged that they were “locked out”.

Evening Sentinel. September 11th 1958. Late. Page 6
“Colliery Cameo.” Under Way by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. September 18th 1958 Late Page.4
A proposal has been made to prospect Walton Woods near Madeley, and two nearby smaller areas, Red Hall wood and Woodlands, with a view to opencast mining operations, some residents will welcome the idea. There are Photographs of the areas.

Evening Sentinel. September 22nd Late Final. Page 8.
An 11year old Chesterton boy is in the N.S.R.I. suffering from face and chest burns he received when an explosion occurred in an old pit shaft on Saturday. He was playing with two friends when a firework fell down a disused shaft at Glasshouse colliery which was gas filled. It was stated today that the boy is a lot better.

Evening Sentinel. September 23rd Late. Page 6.
A new electric computer, which may revolutionise the N.C.B. pay system, “Big Jack” as been installed at Chatterley Whitfield colliery. There are photographs of the computer on this page.

Evening Sentinel. September 24th Late. Page 4.
The strongest possible protest against the proposal to prospect for opencast coal on land south of Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, is being recommended by the City Councils reconstruction committee. Page 5. Information about the embryonic days of North Staffordshire, when some mines were let for as little 10s a year was pieced together by Mr. T.I. Peterson of the Stoke office of the Metropolitan–Vickers Co. LTD. in his Presidential Address to the North Staffordshire branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Stoke last night.

Evening Sentinel. September 29th Late. Page 5.
Fourteen old miners of Glebe colliery Fenton, who’s combined careers totalled 658 years received long service awards and cheques at Fenton Town Hall on Saturday night. A full list of recipients is on this page. Page 8. About 600 people attended Hem Heath colliery’s sports presentation at Longton Town Hall on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel. October 2nd Late. Page 12.
Lord Mills, the Minister of Power has refused a request not to open up anymore opencast mining sites. He did so when he saw in London yesterday a deputation of nineteen local government representatives including Stoke-on-Trent’s Town Clerk Mr. Harry Taylor.

Evening Sentinel. October 3rd Late. Page 1.
Two members of the Chatterley Whitfield No1 Group of the N.C.B. were paid tributes, who between them had more than ninety years service, they were Mr. Rex Badderley, of Knypersley, and Mr. Rowland Steele, Chell Green. There is a photograph on page 16 of the Final edition.

Evening Sentinel. October 7th Late. Page 1.
A miner caught sleeping underground was fined £5 for endangering the safety of the mine, and £5 for unlawfully sleeping underground, he pleaded guilty, and was orderd to pay £2-2s-0d costs Page 7. “North Staffordshire Coalfield will outlast many others” said Mr. Rowland Bennett the N.C.B. North Staffordshire Area General Manager last night, he was making his Presidential address to the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers, at Stoke. Same Page. Photograph of Mr. William Radcliff, who 27th of this month will be ninety years of age, having spent 58 of them in the mining industry. A party was organised by Hanley Deep Pit welfare and social club.

Evening Sentinel. October 8th Late. Page 5.
North Staffordshire Coalfield production was down 41,153 tons compared to the same period last year, the labour force was also down 865 overall. Late Final Recast. Page 4. So intense was the accumulation of gas in some 18th century pits nicknamed “Blood Tubs” by miners, that they had to stand shoulder to shoulder wafting the foul air with their shirts, while comrades who had been overcome by gas were dragged to safety. This is one of the stories in this week’s Weekly Sentinel. Evening Sentinel. October 11th Late. Page 5.
Reduce costs and improve efficiency must be the coal industries answer to the recession brought about by the competition by the oil industry, declared Mr. E.H. Browne, chairman of the west midlands division of the N.C.B. at Stoke last night, he was speaking at the annual dinner of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers at the North Stafford Hotel. There is a photograph of the guests.

Evening Sentinel. October 13th Late. Page 5.
Coal output at Wolstanton colliery was 7,862 tons, which was the best since the colliery open in 1916. Same Page. A canteen of cutlery was presented to Mr. J.S. swift, the former manager of Fenton colliery at the annual dinner of the North Staffordshire Branch of N.A.C.O.D.S. held at the Crown and Anchor Hotel, Longton, on Saturday. Mr. Swift as been appointed, Power stowing Engineer for Stoke-on-Trent Area of the N.C.B.

Evening Sentinel. October 15th Late. Page 4.
Photograph of Mr. J. Spooner presenting a television set on behalf of the craftsmen and surface workers of Mossfield colliery, to Mr. S.W. Goodwin, chairman of the N.S.R.I. house committee, the set is for the nurse’s home. Same Page. Wolstanton colliery will represent North Staffordshire Area in the mining rescue competition at Birmingham University on Saturday for the divisional shield.

Evening Sentinel. October 17th Late. Page 4.
A miner for many years, and one of the rescue teams at the tragic Minnie pit disaster in 1918, 71 year old, Mr. William Grice, of 77, Seymore Street, Hanley, celebrated with his wife their golden wedding on Saturday. There is a photograph on this page of them. Page 5. Partners who lost £25,000 in twelve months in an opencast mining venture, it was a fantastic state of affairs said the registrar, Mr. A.D. Murfin, at Hanley, Bankruptcy Court yesterday. They admitted unsecured liabilities of £26,095-6s-4d, and preferred creditors £99-12s-3d, and with a total deficiency of £25,944-18s-7d. Their assets were £250. They were partners in a opencast coal venture at Alsagers Bank Page 6. “Colliery Cameo” Over to You. By W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. October 18th Final. Page 1.
Midland miners are urged to accept 7s-6d a week wage rise by the N.U.M.

Evening Sentinel. October 20th Late. Page. 4.
“Colliery Cameo” One Horse Show. By W.H.C.

Page 5. Her Majesties Inspector of Mines, for the west midlands, Mr. John Edward Henshaw, is retiring. His Father was the managing director of Talke o’ Hill colliery and a national expert on explosives.

Evening Sentinel. October 21st Late Final. Page. 1.
Stoke-on-Trent Corporation may go to court to establish the right to full compensation for damages arising from coal working damage under the city.

Evening Sentinel. October 22nd Late. Page. 1.
Work as been suspended at Holditch colliery, Chesterton, who employs 1,300 men on a three shift system, following damaged caused today on a winding shaft. No one was involved or hurt in the incident, and the pit was evacuated for safety precautions.

Evening Sentinel. October 24th Late. Page. 5.
A demand for further legislation on mining subsidence was made by Mr. Ellis Smith M.P. for Stoke-on Trent South, at a meeting at Blurton last night. He was discussing with residence the matter of flooding which occurs at the Blurton road- Longton Hall Road, which contributes as the result of mining subsidence.

Evening Sentinel. October 28th Late. Page.6.
“Colliery Cameo” Who Goes Home? by W.H.C. Page 7. N.C.B. staff pension fund increases, in a report up to the year ending April 5th 1958.

Evening Sentinel. October 30th City Final. Page. 14.
Dr. Barnett Stross M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent Central, is to ask the Paymaster General in the commons on Monday, what applications he is considering for opencast coalmining in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in view of large existing stocks of small coal, and if he will refrain from authorising the applications for new sites.

Evening Sentinel. October 31st Late. Page. 5.
The Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent reconstruction committee, told members of the City Council that the sites of the N.C.B. wanted for opencast coalmining were the last reserves of land for house building. The N.C.B. is proposing to prospect in the Turnhurst Hall Farm area, of Goldenhill, Forrester Street, in Longton, land S.E. of Adderley House off Anchor Road, Longton, and land S. off Woodhead road, Carmountside. Page 9. All three M.P.s, for the City, have sponsored a motion in the commons expressing serious concerns about the affects of mining subsidence and the inadequacy of coal mining (Subsidence) Act of 1957 and calling for amendments to be made to the Act.

Evening Sentinel. November 3rd 1958. Late. Page 5.
Over 200 entries were received in the Chatterley Whitfield colliery Chrysanthemum Society, which was held at Ball Green Workingmen’s Club, on Saturday, A full list of prize winners is on this page. Late Final Page 1. Midland Area miners say yes to the N.C.B. offer of 7s-6d a week pay increase.

Evening Sentinel. November 4th 1958. Late. Page 4.
The Ministry of Power is not considering any further sites in North Staffordshire for opencast mining. Dr. Barnett Stross M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent, Central, was told in the commons yesterday. Page7. The new pit shaft now being sunk at Wolstanton colliery is sunk at the rate of 75 yards a month, the aim is to increase this to 100 yards a month.

Evening Sentinel. November 5th 1958. Late. Page 1.
Ellis Smith, Harold Davies, and Stephen Swingler are among 48 Labour M.P.s who last night called on the Government to tell the N.C.B. to reduce the output of opencast coal production. Page 5. Coal stock in the west midlands area continues to build up, by October 25th they had reached a total of 1.7 million tons, this was revealed today in the division’s monthly statement. Output in the North Staffordshire area was 485,587 tons, which was 2,292 tons, more than the corresponding month last year, while the average manpower was 690 fewer.

Evening Sentinel. November 11th 1958. Late. Page5.
Mr. Reginald Maudling, the Paymaster General, assured North Staffordshire M.P.s that there was no application under consideration by his department for opencast mining operations at either the Goldenhill area of Stoke-on-Trent or Knypersley pool at Biddulph. Page 12. A 50 year old surface worker, at Mossfield colliery, Longton, was killed yesterday in an accident at the pit. He was Mr. Harry Burgess, of 49, Kildare Street, Longton, who was killed instantly when he was trapped between a tipper, and a wall, near the pithead.

Evening Sentinel. November 11th 1958. Late. Page5.
Some Staffordshire County Council weights and measures inspectors have had to descend coal mines to carry out their duties, at most collieries coal is weighed at the pithead, but, some now weigh at the pit bottom. So the inspectors are having to go underground to verify the weighing machines.

Evening Sentinel. November 13th 1958. Late. Page1.
After the coalfield ballot the miners have rejected the N.C.B. offer of 7s-6d a week rise. North Staffordshire miners voted in favour of the pay increase. The matter may now go to arbitration. Page 6. “Colliery Cameo” Achievement. by W.H.C.

Evening Sentinel. November 15th 1958. Late. Page5.
After working underground for 56 years at Parkhall colliery, Mr. John Stonier, received his last full pay packet, it contained £38, it was a retirement “nest egg” for the 70 year old miner. It was a Benevolent Fund, on the basis of £1, for the first 20 years service, and then 10s, for every year after that. Mr. Stonier lives at 17, Brookhouse Road, Meir. He started work at Parkhall colliery at the age of 14, on 1s-9d, a day, for a twelve hour shift.

Evening Sentinel. November 18th 1958. Late. Page4.
No applications are being considered for opencast coalmining for the Bignall End, Halmer end and Scott Hay areas of Newcastle-under-Lyme Rural District Council, by the Ministry of Power, Mr. Stephen Swingler was told in the commons yesterday.

Evening Sentinel. November 25th 1958. Late. Page1.
Tribunal hearing on the miners pay dispute, with the N.C.B. is going to sit in private.

Evening Sentinel. December 3rd 1958. Late. Page1.
Miners will have 7s-6d a week rise with no strings attached, craftsmen will get 10s-6d, backdated to September 22nd. Page 6. “Colliery Cameo.” The end of the Road. by W.H.C. City Final, Page 1. There’s a new crisis in the mining industry, following the agreement on the new pay rise. The union may have to fight N.C.B. cuts City Final. Stop Press, back page. In a economic proposal the N.C.B. said that with Ministry approval, opencast coal mining will be cut by three million tons next year.

Evening Sentinel. December 4th 1958. Late. Page4.
World War 1. hero, Mr. Rowland Smith, and his 69, year old wife of 8, Church Cottages, Norton, who have just celebrated their Golden Wedding. A miner all his life apart from the war, he went down the pit as a 13 year old, for 7s-6d a week. During the war he served with the North Staffordshire Regiment, and was wounded in 1917, after six months in a French hospital, he enlisted with a French Regiment, and gained his award with them.

Evening Sentinel. December 4th 1958. Late. Page4.
The N.U.M. is opposed to the closure of 36 pits, but have, little option but to co-operate with the N.C.B.

Evening Sentinel. December 15th 1958. Late. Page5.
When staff members of the N.C.B. No. 1 Group which comprises of, Chatterley Whitfield, Norton and Victoria Collieries held their annual diner dance at Tunstall Town Hall, on Saturday night, Mr. W. Wilcox, North Staffordshire Area Production Manager said “That they should not be down hearted with the recession in the coal mining industry but, except it as a challenge.

Evening Sentinel. December 16th 1958. Late. Page1.
A call for immediate action by the N.C.B. to restore the opencast coal mining site at Alsagers Bank, was made last night at the meeting of Newcastle-under-Lyme Rural Council. It was the Councils opinion that it is in a dangerous condition.

Evening Sentinel. December 18th 1958. Late. Page6.
“Colliery Cameo.” Treading Softly. by W.H.C. Evening Sentinel. December 23rd 1958. Late. Page4.
Miners at “Peacocks 3” face at Wolstanton colliery, who won a cash prize in a “Safety and Tidy” competition, decided that instead of shearing the money between them, that, they would help to bring a brighter Christmas to less fortunate then themselves who are spending Christmas in hospital. The money is to go to the N.S.R.I. and to the men’s eye ward.

Evening Sentinel. December 31st 1958. Late. Page8.
Two miners a Pole and a West Indian, were stated by the Stipendiary Magistrate (Mr. R. N. McGregor Clarkson) to have behaved in a thoroughly brutal manner, when they assaulted each other underground at Stafford colliery, Fenton, when they were fined at Fenton today. The Pole was taken to the N.S.R.I. and remained there for fourteen days, the West Indian was also hospitalised for eight days.

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