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Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1963 Page 8.
News was received with regret in North Staffordshire mining circles of the death of Mr. Gordon Bromiow, chief ventilation engineer at the NCB head quarters in London. He was president of North Staffs Institute of Mining Engineers from 1948 to 1950. He was also assistant manager at Parkhouse colliery. (more on this)

Evening Sentinel Jan 9th 1963 Page 10.
Mining subsidence in the area was discussed at a meeting between North staffs MPs and NCB officials. The talks were described as useful and helpful.

Evening Sentinel Jan 23rd 1963 Page 10.
West Midlands success. More coal fewer miners. North Staffs contributed 5,548,000 tons an increase of 34,000 tons. Face productivity rose 7.2 cwt to 109 cwt, and overall by 1.5 cwt to 31.2 cwt. The areas manpower was 14,949 at the years end, a drop of 1,034.

Evening Sentinel Jan 24th 1963 Page 7.
Mossfield colliery will close at Easter. J Bass, Chairman of the West midlands Division said yesterday, no redundancy was anticipated. The 550 men would be transferred to other pits.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1963 Page 8.
The NCB held their annual first aid competitions at the Kemball training centre on Saturday. Kemball won and go on to area finals. The Wynne cup was won by Florence colliery and Hem Heath won the Junior Cup.

Evening Sentinel Jan 29th 1963 Page 5.
The City council are being recommended by the Housing committee to provide 250 houses for incoming miners, between February 1st and July 31st this year, and up to 750 by the end of 1966.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1963 Page 1.
Photo of the Coal Queen on underground visit with Florence manager, Mr. Dicky Boote

Evening Sentinel Feb. 1st 1963 Page 8.
Council houses for miners who are coming to Stoke-on-Trent from unemployment areas will not make much difference to people on the current housing list.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 11th 1963 Page 5.
The coal industry must increase efficiency to stay competitive, was the message from North Staffs Branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 14th 1963 Page 12 City Final
North Staffordshire increases coal output. Face productivity was 111.99 cwt an increase of 11.72 cwt. Overall it was 31.72 cwt an advance of 2.34 cwt. Manpower remained stable.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 19th 1963 Page 1.
Mr. H. Widdowson, North Staffs central manager was on a panel, answering mining student’s questions on the costs of the Chatterley Whitfield, Holditch and Sneyd reconstruction scheme.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 22nd 1963 Page.1
Nine North staffs’ pits agreed to work the voluntary Saturday shift. Mr. Arnold Boote, age 57, a surface shunter at Chatterley Whitfield colliery was crushed between an upright and a truck, a doctor was called but Mr. Boote was dead.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 25th 1963 Page 4.
Mr. H.B. Green, who has retired as an under manager at Stafford colliery, Fenton, after 46 years service received a presentation from Mr. Lindop of NACODS at a social evening at Longton. Late Final. Page 2. Doug Shermilt North Staffs light heavyweight is in the NCB finals at Wolverhampton on March 22nd.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 25th1963 Page 8.
A concert was held at the Portland Hotel, Longton, on Saturday by NACODS, where presentations were made to members.

Evening Sentinel Feb 27th 1963 Page 10.
Mr. Thomas Ernest, deputy at Florence pleaded guilty to firing a shot without ensuring that all persons were withdrawn from the zone, he was fined £10. One workman was injured.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1963 Page 7.
Three more North Staffs pits, making twelve in all, will be open for voluntary shift working on Saturdays to boost supplies of household coal.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1963 Page 4.
Wolstanton colliery is one of the three pits in the West Midlands Division producing coal at the rate of a million tons a year.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1963 Page 4.
Mossfield colliery ambulance team, for the third year in succession, have won a cup competed for within the Stoke district.
Page 5. For the second time running Park Hall colliery rescue team received the area rescue trophy. Runners up were Hem Heath, Holditch came third. Long service medals and certificates were also presented.
Page 10 Five North Staffs nominees including Jack Lally will be among the names on the ballot papers for presidency of the Midlands area of the NUM.

Evening Sentinel March 9th 1963 Page 8.
North Staffordshire had a coalface productivity of 116,14 cwt. An increase on February 1962 of 11,54 cwt and overall productivity of 34,62 cwt a manshift compared with the previous best of 32,9 cwt.

Evening Sentinel March 11th 1963 Page1.
The North Staffordshire area of the NCBs annual inter colliery first aid competition was held at Heron Cross. Mr. H. Nicholson, Capt of Florence team was presented with the wynne cup as winners. Mossfield were winners of the senior trophy and Hem Heath won the junior trophy.
Late Final page 1. A further 19,300 tons of household was produced in the west Midlands Saturday voluntary shifts. North Staffordshire had nine pits contributing 5,300 tons.

Evening Sentinel March 14th 1963 Page 1.
Mr. Ron Clennell age 47, an ex-Durham miner was killed at Hem heath yesterday, leaving a widow and three children. He stepped from a moving cage and fell down the shaft.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1963 Page 12.
Despite an increased accident rate in the area, Chatterley Whitfield have reduced their rate in 1962. Prizes were presented to 16 men from Whitfield and 11 from Victoria in connection with the NCB National Safety Year competition.

Evening Sentinel March 25th Page 9.
Despite a thumb injury, D Shemilt of Glebe colliery, Fenton, added his name to the list of Midlands boxers now have won the NCB light Heavyweight title when the National finals were held at Wolverhampton on Saturday. (photo on Page 1 City final)

Evening Sentinel March 26th 1963 Page 5.
The Ministry of Housing and Local Government have approved arrangements under which 750 houses for miners from the North East and other areas where there is redundancy.

Evening Sentinel March 28th 1963 Page 16.
The NCB today disclosed plans for the closure of Mossfield colliery, one of the oldest in North Staffordshire, in two stages.

Evening Sentinel March 30th 1963 Page 5.
Safe-driving awards were presented to members of the 50 strong Holditch colliery garage at the Dimdale Hotel last night.

Evening Sentinel April 2nd 1963 Page 4.
Retirement presentations were made to Mr. S. Allman, NCBs North Staffs area chief engineer who has completed 48 years in the industry and Mr. L. Burchell, North Staffs area secretary of the NCB. (Photo) More on Page 10 Final.

Evening Sentinel April 6th 1963 Page 1.
Pit-head polling was concluded this week in the Midlands for presidency of the Midlands area of the NUM. 5 of the 13 candidates are from North Staffs. The result is expected towards the end of the month.

Evening Sentinel April 9th 1963 page 12.
Mr C.W. Hibbert of Norton was, last night elected President of North Staffordshire Branch of the Association of Mining, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Evening Sentinel April 11th 1963 Page 9.
Mr. George Allen, age 43 was killed by runaway haulage tubs yesterday, 15 minutes from the end of the night shift, at Norton colliery.

Evening Sentinel April 16th 1963 Page 10.
At the inquest of George Allen, it was said a broken tub clip had been found but there was a need to look at the scene of the accident.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1963 Page 16.
The North Staffs coal output was up 7.22% on March 1962, with a drop in manpower of 1,155 a year ago.

Evening Sentinel April 24th 1963 Page 1.
It was announced that Jack Lally of Burslem had won the ballot for full time president of the Midlands area of the NUM, after a recent ballot in which there were 13 nominees.

Evening Sentinel May 7th 1963 Page 12.
Approval of the use of a former mine site at Lycett for tipping spoil from the M6 excavations was granted by the Rural Council Planning Committee.

Evening Sentinel May 17th 1963 Page 11.
Mr. J.P.L. Bacharach, a 28 year old mining engineer who is employed at Hem Heath colliery as an Overman, gave his impression of a 6 week tour of Swedish Iron-oar, Lead and copper mines. He said they are quick to take up new techniques, and every job that can be mechanised, is mechanised.

Evening Sentinel May 20th Page 1.
A plea to the pottery and coal mining industries to study a recent American nuclear submarine device, which takes every partical of dust out of the area inside the vessel, was made by Stoke-on-Trent’s coroner, Mr. F.G. Hails at an inquest on a miner today.

Evening Sentinel June 10th 1963 Page 1.
Charles Barlow was among the 15 candidates for the vacant post of NUM Agent in North Staffs. The vacancy was caused by the previous Agent, (Jack Lally) being elected as president of the Midlands Area NUM.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1963 Page 5.
In the North Staffs area an output of 5,239,729 tons, gave a profit of £1,423,066 at Five shillings and Five pence per ton compared with an output of 5,190,091 at a profit of Four shillings and Sixpence a ton in 1961. Mr. Davies, MP for Leek said North Staffs pits had a great future. Problems of reorganisation and housing still had to be solved, but generally the country could be proud of the efforts of the pits in North Staffs coalfield.

Evening Sentinel June 14th 1963 Page 1.
Three men died and several others had miraculous escapes in an underground explosion at Glebe colliery last night. The men who lost their lives were: J. McGleish age 34. Mr. C.J. Balantyne age 42. and Mr. Vodogaz age 35.

Evening Sentinel June 14th 1963 Page 8.
It was back to work as usual for miners at the Glebe colliery where three of their mates were killed. Coal fillers at the two faces produced 20 tons each, a spokesman described it as a splendid performance.

Evening Sentinel June 25th 1963 Page 5.
The overall productivity figures in North Staffs reached a record level of 34.7 cwt per man shift and the previous best figure for coalface workers, reached last February, was raised by nearly two cwt, to 117. 9 cwt per man shift.

Evening Sentinel June 29th 1963 page 5.
Mr. A.E. Bennett, last night presented certificates in the Jubilee Hall, Stoke to colliery mechanics and electricians who have just completed a five year apprenticeship with the NCB.

Evening Sentinel July 4th 1963 Page 1.
Mr. Sid Fox, age 46, Num secretary at Silverdale colliery, has been elected Area agent to succeed Jack Lally who was recently elected President of the NUM Midlands Area.

Evening Sentinel Final July 5th 1963 Page 9.
An experiment in the disposal of pit mound waste is soon to start at Hanley deep pit. It will be the first pit in the West Midlands to return dirt underground. Waste from the pit tips will drop down a ten-inch pipe of half a mile in a few seconds.

Evening Sentinel July 5th 1963 Page 1.
An inquest today said shot firing had caused an underground explosion at Glebe colliery in which three men were killed.

Evening Sentinel July 10th 1963 page 10.
Photo of John Berry, Captain of Stafford colliery football team being presented with the League Challenge Cup at the Victoria Hotel last night.
Page 16 Coalface trainees at Kemball pit threatened to go on strike today over a dispute regarding carrying powder cans. There was a meeting with the training officer and NUM representative. Thirty-six of them continued their work and three left the colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 15th 1963 Page 8.
Improved weather conditions and added attractions enabled the organisers of Silverdale colliery welfare committee to break even. 3.000 people attended the event.

Evening Sentinel Final July 15th Page 5.
Victoria colliery won the NCB North Staffs fire-fighting trophy by a point at Berryhill on Saturday. (All results available)

Evening Sentinel July 27th 1963 Page 5.
It was significant that up to May this year, more men had died in Stoke-on-trent from industrial decease than from accidents, commented the City coroner, Mr. F.G. Hails, at an inquest on a city miner.

Evening Sentinel Aug 2nd 1963 Page 12. City Final
A steel pin, which sheared on abnormal working conditions underground at Norton colliery caused the death of Mr. George Allen, age 43. He died instantly from multiple injuries.

Evening Sentinel Aug 10th 1963 Page 1.
The death occurred yesterday of Mr. F.J. Hancock of Burslem, who was formally President, Secretary and Agent of the North Staffs Miners’ Federation. (Story plus photo.) Funeral list Aug 14th page 8.

Evening Sentinel Aug 12th 1963 Page 5.
The death occurred suddenly on Saturday of Mr. John Deville of Badderley Green, a prominent member of the NUM North Staffs and branch president of the union at Norton.

Evening Sentinel Sep 6th 1963 Page 16.
Safety masks, called self-rescuers, which can be put on in seconds to protect miners in case they encounter carbon monoxide, are on trial at 8 pits in Britain including Holditch colliery.

Evening Sentinel Sep 9th 1963 Page 7.
Florence colliery won the North staffs NCB area rescue competition at Berryhill by a clear margin on Saturday. The team was R. Hollings, Capt, A. Plant, W. Tarbuck, E. Shaw, R. James and R. Baskerfield.

Evening Sentinel . Sep10th 1963 Page 1.
Twenty four men stopped work at Hem Heath colliery today because, the NCB say of dissatisfaction with their wages and organisation of their work.

Evening Sentinel Final Sep. 26th 1963 Page 5.
The 24 men who were on unofficial strike at Hem Heath colliery were back to work today. 1,050 tons of coal was lost due to the dispute. The NUM had advised the men to return to work so they could negotiate an agreement.

Evening Sentinel Sep 26th 1963 Page 6.
NCB officials mourned Mr. John Eckersley, at a funeral service at Fosbrook parish church. After the nationalisation of the coal industry, he took up the position as cost accountant in the North Staffs area. Among the family mourners were Mr. And Mrs John Eckersley, son and daughter in law. (full list of mourners)

Evening Sentinel Sep 30th 1963 Page 1.
North Staffordshire and Midlands area of the NUM Power Group seek £3 minimum wage. This was submitted to the National Secretary of the Power Group on behalf of about 8.000 Midlands members.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 2nd 1963 Page 11
There has been a steady expansion of the fruit of term policies. Output per manshift has rose by 22% between 1958 and 1962. Reconstruction has affected all collieries to some degree, but major schemes have been concentrated on Hem Heath, Florence and Wolstanton. (Full story)

Evening Sentinel Oct 5th 1963 Page 5.
The funeral service took place at Silverdale yesterday for Mr. Henry Johnson, a retired miner who had been awarded the B.E.M. in 1953. Henery had worked in North Staffs mines for 61 years, he was an official and member of Silverdale branch for 33 years, 23 years as secetary. (More on this.)

Evening Sentinel Oct 10th 1963 Page 7 Final.
Mr William Sheldon, deputy, age 39 was killed in a roof fall at Norton colliery last night. He was a married man with a daughter of 18 years. He worked at Norton from boyhood. He was trapped by a fall while making his way along the face in No1 South 10 feet district. He was quickly freed, but found to be dead.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 12th 1963 Page5.
Mr J. Bass, chairman of the West Midlands Division of the NCB at an annual dinner at Stoke that 200 million tons of coal sales would be achieved this year nationally. Turning to North Staffs pits achievements, he said the September productivity figuars showed a rise of 13% compared with a year ago. Providing that the area could go on in this manner, the future of the coal industry in North Staffordshire should be assured. (more on this)

Evening Sentinel Oct 14th 1963 Page 1.
Florence colliery Longton, came third in the NCB West Midlands Division rescue competition. The team; A Hollings Capt. A. Plant Vice Capt. R. James, W. Tarbuck, R. Baskerfield, and E. Shaw.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 15th Page 5.
Representatives of the NCB and N.A.C.D.O.S. were among the mourners at the funeral yesterday of Mr. Ernest Edward Martin, who died at the age of 58. He was President of NACODS. (List of Mourners)

Evening Sentinel Oct. 15th 1963 Page 14. Final
Regulations regarding spacing distance of pit props, had been disregarded resulting in a fatal accident to William Sheldon at Norton colliery. (full story)

Evening Sentinel Oct 17th 1963 Page 13.
Football and cricket trophies for competitions organised by Chatterley Whitfield colliery Sports and Social Welfare Club, were presented last night at Knypersley, plus First Aid certificates. (Full list)

Evening Sentinel Oct 17th 1963 Page 10 Late Final.
Despite a manpower reduction of 714 in the past nine months, the North Staffs coalfield is leading the rest of the West Midlands in the productivity stakes. Productivity rose in the last quarter by 3.23 cwt an increase of 10.79%.

Evening Sentinel Oct 17th 1963 Page 1 Final
Miners union say yes to voluntary Saturday work. The relaxation of the 5 day week agreement in November and December was to build up stocks of coal for the winter as a precaution against a severe winter.

Evening Sentinel Oct 19th 1963 Page 8.
The new Midlands area secretary of the NUM is Mr. A.M. Jones. Mr Jones was a ripper and Branch Secretary at Sneyd colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 24th 1963 Page 1
Claiming they are losing between £1/10 and £2 a day each because of working conditions, 31 face workers and packers at Hem Heath colliery today went on strike.

Evening Sentinel Oct 25th 1963 Page 1.
Hem Heath colliery was paralysed by a strike of 1,300 men. Miners aggrieved by a six-shilling a day drop in the shift rate.
Page 16 the civic heads of Newcastle-under Lyme and Newcastle N.S.W. Australia, for the first time in their lives, saw miners at work at the coal-face at Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 25th 1963 Late Final Page 8.
Strike called off at Hem Heath and negotiations started between the NCB and NUM. There was a loss of 1,550 tons of coal.

Evening Sentinel Oct 26th 1963 Page 8.
Mossfield colliery First Aid team received the NCB Area Senior Shield last night, also the Silver Rose bowl, they will hold for a year for winning the West Midlands Division area First Aid competition.

Evening Sentinel Oct 28th 1963 Page 5.
3,000 men at three pits, Hem Heath, Florence and Stafford said they will go on strike if talks go past the deadline of 14 days.

Evening Sentinel Nov 4th 1963 Page 5.
Norton colliery will be the first pit in North staffs to try a new system Deployment Centre, to prevent pithead queues for job allocation. This could be a model for other pits. Page 10 Men at Holditch and Apedale produced 596 tons of coal in the voluntary Saturday shift.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 6th 1963 Page 5 Final
NCB subsidence experts today checked the concrete used to plug the old pit shaft, which during the weekend opened up outside a Bentilee housewife’s kitchen window. She was told , “its quite safe now, you can even dance on it”.

Evening Sentinel Nov 7th 1963 Page 1
Eight collieries will be working the voluntary Saturday shift tomorrow.
Page 16. Students at the Mining Department, in North Staffs College of Techology, were warned by a former student last night, not to think that gaining qualifications meant the end of studying. (List of certificate awards)

Evening Sentinel Nov. 25th 1963 Page 5.
Five Fenton colliery workers with almost 250 years mining service between them, were presented with long service certificates at Fenton on Saturday. (list of names)

Evening Sentinel Nov 29th 1963 Page 1.
Watermills colliery Co. was broken into last night and a safe containing £225 was stolen.
Page 16 Photo of H. Lockett presenting his trophy for NCB colliers savings, to Mr. Stan Beech of Hanley Deep Pit.

Evening Sentinel Dec 13th 1963 Page 8
Wolstanton colliery which is among the most up to date in the country will, next week draw its millionth ton of coal this year, the first time since nationlisation, that any colliery in North staffs has achieved this target. The millionth mark was achieved by Chatterly Whitfield colliery in 1937, 1938 and 1939 but it has not been hit since then.

Evening Sentinel Dec 16th 1963 Page 1.
Voluntary Saturday shift working at seven North Staffs pits yielded an estimate 5,479 tons of coal. Chatterley Whitfield, 1,807, Wolstanton, 1,626, Hem Heath 915, Foxfield 328, Holditch and Silverdale 300 tons each Florence 198 tons.

Evening Sentinel Dec 17th 1963 Page 1.
Because of a major unofficial stoppage, production at Florence was at a standstill today Tuesday. The stoppage began yesterday because men on one coal face worked the voluntary shift, producing 198 tons of coal. The loss in production was 3,000 tons of coal due to the strike. The voluntary Saturday shift was contrary to a previous decision taken by the NUM branch not to work the Voluntary shift.

Evening Sentinel Dec 18th 1963 Page 1
Normal work was resumed at Florence colliery today, after the two day stoppage meant the loss of 6,550 tons of coal.

Evening Sentinel Dec 18th 1963 Late final Page 1.
The first colliery in the West Midlands area since nationalisation to produce a million tons of coal in one year is Wolstanton, and today this record breaking load was given a civic reception as it arrived at the top of the shaft. (Photo) The Area General Manager, H.J. Widdowson, Lord mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Ald. J. Westwood, the Mayor of Newcastle, Ald T. Bethel, plus others.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 21st 1963 Page 1 Late
North Staffs miners set new record, Chatterley Whitfield, overall 33.5 cwt Parkhouse 46.cwt.

Evening Sentinel Dec 30th 1963 Page 1 City Final
Work at the Glebe colliery Fenton was suspended today in order to seal off an area where a heating had occurred.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 31st 1963 Page 1. City Final
While servicing a cage and gantry at Wolstanton, Mr. Harold Machin age 45 was killed, being struck on the head by part of mechanism on the side of the shaft.

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