Evening Sentinel. January 4th 1972. Final Page 7.
Strike Treat: There is no need to panic buy coal, said an N.C.B. spokesman for the North Staffordshire Coalfield.
Evening Sentinel. January 6th 1972. Final Page 1.
With the miners National strike (the first since 1926) due to start on Sunday, today, Thursday looks like being the last full day of coal production in the pits of North Staffordshire.
Evening Sentinel. January 7th 1972. Final Page 1.
Mr. Ray Hunter, North Staffordshire area director of the N.C.B. today said that he was convinced that the new package deal offered by the N.C.B. was put to the men in North Staffordshire there would be a majority in favour of acceptance.
Evening Sentinel. January 10th 1972. Final Page 1.
Peaceful and in the main responsible picketing in the North Staffordshire coalfield area of the N.C.B. which today started the first miners strike for 45 years.
City Final Page 1.
Photograph of striking miners on picket duty at Florence colliery today.
Evening Sentinel. January 11th 1972. Final Page 1.
Angry miners at Norton colliery today are planning to send a telegram to the T.U.C. general secretary, Vic Feather, demanding action not sympathy. Norton colliery as been ringed with barbed wire as emergency safety measures and a red “No Trespass” sign erected. There is a Photograph in the Final Edition.
With a 100% support from miners, N.C.B. management are continuing to do necessary safety work to safeguard North Staffordshire pits.
Critical coal shortage in Newcastle-under-Lyme may close several Schools.
Evening Sentinel. January 13th 1972. Final Page 1.
North Staffordshire Schools face the threat of shutdown.
Thousands of angry pitmen from North Staffordshire are today threatening to take legal action over the N.C.B. decision to stop miners from getting concessionary coal.
It was estimated that the miners strike in North Staffordshire is costing the N.C.B. £500,000 a week.
Evening Sentinel. January 14th 1972. Final Page 1.
Miners at twenty private collieries in North Staffordshire will join the National shutdown during the weekend.
Evening Sentinel. January 17th 1972. Final Page 1.
Following intensification of picketing in the North Staffordshire coalfield of the N.C.B. the Board alleges today that some of the picketing aimed at men doing vital essential safety work at the pits.
As more than 500 miners in private collieries joined the pits shutdown, members of the C.A.W.U. say that they are not on strike, and they reported for work as usual.
Evening Sentinel. January 19th 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. is to lay off nearly 100 drivers because it as no work for them to do. Same Page.
Mr. Jack Lally the west midlands, miners leader, who criticised the clerical workers union, today received a sharp reprimand from the North Staffordshire area organiser of C.A.W.U. Mr. Hugh Bott.
Evening Sentinel. January 20th 1972. Final Page 1.
200 trainees in the North Staffordshire area of the N.C.B. have been sent home, this is due to the number of trainee instructors who have joined the strike, and are members of N.A.C.O.S.A.
Evening Sentinel. January 24th 1972. Late Page 1.
The N.C.B. have asked the N.U.M. for more assistance at Florence colliery to help to combat the heating problem in the pit, one area as been dug out, but three of the four separate places in the pit, are now causing concern.
City Final Page 10.
The city Coroner recorded a verdict of death due to Industrial disease on a 74 year old Mr. John Lavelle, of 30, Kimberley-street, Longton, who had previously worked in the mining industry. Death was due to Pulmonary Embolism due to femoral vein Thrombosis with Pneumoconiosis a contributing factor.
Evening Sentinel. January 25th 1972. Final Page 1.
North Staffordshire striking miners moved south to join a clamp-down on the Birmingham mines area.
Evening Sentinel. January 26th 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.U.M. Strike committee at Florence colliery today told the N.C.B. they were not prepared to provide men, to take remedial action to combat underground heating at the pit.
Evening Sentinel. January 27th 1972. Final Page 1.
A grim warning was issued by the N.C.B. to striking miners at Florence colliery, that the pit needs extra attention to avoid serious underground fire. They also expressed serious concern over Chatterley Whitfield colliery.
Evening Sentinel. January 29th 1972. Final Page 1.
Clerical workers (C.O.S.A.) have joined the miners strike and given all-out support to the striking miners.
Evening Sentinel. January 31st 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. have sealed off two pit faces, one is the nineteen’s face in the Great Row seam at Florence colliery, the other is the North Bambury at Chatterley Whitfield, and it will cost £250,000 in lost machinery. There is also intensive heating at three other faces at Florence colliery and in the eighteens face at Hem Heath.
Evening Sentinel. February 1st 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. Area Director Mr. Ray Hunter, Appealed to striking miners At Florence colliery for help in fighting underground heating problems.
Evening Sentinel. February 2nd 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. today accused local miners at Florence colliery of irresponsibility in refusing to help with safety work.
Seventy Schools in Stoke-on-Trent will close on Friday because of the miners strike, and some sixty five other Schools will close their doors next week.
Photograph of striking miners from Victoria colliery and Chatterley Whitfield colliery cutting logs at Knypersley Club for distribution to the old folk in the Biddulph area.
Evening Sentinel. February 3rd 1972. Final Page 1.
There was a glimmer of hope today that the N.U.M. might agree to supply men to help combat the underground heating at Florence colliery.
Evening Sentinel. February 4th 1972. Final Page 1.
Photograph of Mr & Mrs Frank Ryles, of 12, Platts-road, Norton, who are celebrating, their Golden Wedding. Mr. Ryles, who is now retired has completed more than 50 years service in the mining industry.
Evening Sentinel. February 5th 1972. Final Page 1.
A Pathologist told a Hartshill Inquest that a 67 year old miner had so many things wrong with him that any one of them could have caused him to die. Mr. Martin Durkan, a resident of St. Augustine’s home, Cobridge. Death was due to Cerebral Thrombosis, chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema and pneumoconiosis with heart disease a contributing factor. The coroner recorded a verdict of death was due to industrial disease.
Evening Sentinel. February 7th 1972. Final Page 1.
A union leader today warned that there was a danger of an explosion at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.
About thirty more Schools in the City are expected to close or partially shutdown at the weekend.
Evening Sentinel. February 8th 1972. Final Page 1.
Photograph of striking miners digging there own coal, at the disused Parkhouse colliery, and at the old railway embankment at Bignall End, Audley.
Evening Sentinel. February 9th 1972. Final Page 1.
The moderate miner of Stoke and North Staffordshire were today “very bitter indeed” because of the Conservative governments policy had made moderation irrelevant, Mr. Jack Ashley, M.P. for Stoke-on-Trent, South, told the commons last night. Same Page.
Six North Staffordshire miners are among the fifteen to appear in court in Birmingham today following incidents at yesterdays picketing of the Salterley Coke Depot, they were remanded on bail to the sum of £40 until February 28th. There is more on this in the City Final Edition.
Evening Sentinel. February 10th 1972. Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. said today that five coal faces in Staffordshire including two in North Staffordshire were unlikely to reopen. It is estimated that six faces are subject to serious deterioration will take more than two weeks to bring them back into production.
Allegations that Florence colliery managers have been hiring blackleg labour with fake union cards were today made by the N.U.M. officials.
Evening Sentinel. February 11th 1972. Final Page 8.
A good turn turned into a tragedy at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, an inquest jury heard at Tunstall yesterday. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death on Mr. Frank Wilde, of 94, Conway-Road, Knypersley, who died on December 7th as a result of a roof fall at the colliery. Mr. Wilde, who was the Underground Manager at the time, was supervising work on a section of roof that had been liable to collapse. As the Manager Mr. Wilde did not have to help with the actual work, but did so as a “good turn”, Mr. Wilde was placing pieces of wood on to the top of the Hydraulic Chocks in order to support the roof. Mr. Wilde was heard to shout and try to get under cover. Mr. Wilde was in a sitting position when he was recovered from the roof fall. He was given artificial respiration, but was found to be dead when he arrived at the surface. The cause of death was lacerations to the brain, due to fractures of the skull.
Power blackouts hit North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
Evening Sentinel. February 15th 1972. City Final Page 1.
More than 200 North Staffordshire pitmen were among the striking miners who staged a protest march through London Streets this afternoon.
Stoke-on-Trent Police today warned of “do it yourself” miners to keep clear of quarries-you could get yourself killed, one of his officers said that he had to move more than seventy out of a marl hole in the North of the City.
Same Page. A 21 year old miner from Wolstanton colliery began a 170 mile walk to London to protest at the governments handling of the miners dispute, he his Mr. Chris Goodwin of 12, Wrenbury-crescent, Berryhill. There is a photograph of Mr. Goodwin on Page 1of the Evening Sentinel’s February 16th City Final Edition.
Evening Sentinel. February 15th 1972. City Final Page 1.
In order that a pit accident which happened Nineteen years ago could be looked at more closely, the Inquest on Mr. Arthur Hibbs, of 69, Church-street, Wood Lane, Audley, was adjourned for fourteen days. Mr. Hibbs who died on 31st of December sustained a back injury while working at the Apedale Colliery in 1953.
Evening Sentinel. February 17th 1972. City Final Page 6.
There is almost a full page report on the plight of North Staffordshire Miners families.
Evening Sentinel. February 18th 1972. City Final Page 1.
The Wilberforce Inquiry into the present miners pay dispute as recommended that the miners should get a pay increase of between £4 50p-£6 00p per week.
Five hundred striking miners are to demonstrate their solidarity with a six and a half mile walk through Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow.
Evening Sentinel. February 19th 1972. Final Page 1.
80% of Britain’s striking miners have withdrawn their pickets today after their union leaders 1am decision to recommend acceptance of a new look ‘Wilberforce’ pay agreement.
North Staffordshire pits will face start up problems.
Jack Lally, the N.U.M. midlands miners leader said today that he felt sure yes to the latest pay offer.
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North Staffordshire miners will return to their respective pitheads between 9am-3pm on Wednesday to be balloted on the settlement proposals.
Evening Sentinel. February 21st 1972. City Final Page 1.
Midlands Miners leaders met at Stafford today, to decide whether to carry out essential colliery work, ready for the return of the pitmen. Branches from all over the midlands poured into the Borough Hall.
Evening Sentinel. February 22nd 1972. City Final Page 1.
The N.C.B. is to help to stop cave in tragedies at exposed coal seams in North Staffordshire. The offer came 24 hours after a 16year old Pottery Worker Christopher Taylor, of 146, Wellfield-road, Bentilee, was killed under tons of rubble at Berryhill Marl hole.
Evening Sentinel. February 23rd 1972. City Final Page 1.
Photograph of a group of miners at Norton colliery voting on the latest pay offer.
Evening Sentinel. February 24th 1972. City Final Page 1.
An ugly reminder of opencast coalmining in the Cheadle area may soon disappear from the landscape, within the next two years the plant at Leek-road, Cheadle, used for treating and separating opencast coal, may soon be moved and the land turned over for agriculture use.
Evening Sentinel. February 25th 1972. City Final Page 1.
Pit Peace! Hugh ‘Yes’. By 96.5% miners in all areas have voted in favour.
North Staffordshire Coalfield area will be back to work on Monday.
Evening Sentinel. February 26th 1972. City Final Page 1.
Safety must be the first task under taken when miners return on Monday.
Evening Sentinel. February 28th 1972. Final Page 1.
Back to the Mines. No Monday Morning Blues. These are the Headlines of the “Evening Sentinel”. Mr. Ray Hunter, area director of the N.C.B. said that every one of the thirteen pits would produce some coal today, no matter how small.
Evening Sentinel. February 29th 1972. Final Page 1.
About 11,000 tons came out of North Staffordshire Coalfield yesterday, it is understood That all but two pits contributed to this tonnage.
Six North Staffordshire miners were in court yesterday in Birmingham, arising from picketing at Salteley Coke Depot, on February 8th.
Evening Sentinel. March 1st 1972. City Final Page 1.
Three North Staffordshire were given discharges at Birmingham Stipendiary Court, yesterday resulting from picketing at Salteley Coke Depot, on December 9th.
Evening Sentinel. March 3rd 1972. Final Page 1.
North Staffordshire miners are getting coal moving exceeding all expectations. North Staffordshire Coalfield produced 90,000 tons in the first week back after the strike which is 50% of normal production.
Evening Sentinel. March 7th 1972. Final Page 7.
A North Staffordshire miner who contracted a slight degree of Pneumoconiosis appealed against the loss of a special hardship allowance before the National Insurance Commission in London today. It was granted in October 1969 to July 1971 on the grounds of he could not follow his normal occupation his allowance was discontinued after a Medical Board had formed the opinion that he was not fit to carry on his normal work because of a heart condition.
Evening Sentinel. March 10th 1972. Final Page 1.
Coal production for the North Staffordshire Coalfield hit 95,000 tons last week, and this week it is expected to hit 120,000 tons, which means 70% of normal output compared to a forecast of 50%. Last week 13.1% of workers were absent from work, against of 20.3% for the same week last year.
Evening Sentinel. March 14th 1972. Final Page 7.
N.C.B. officials today promised to end around the clock working at Goldenhill Park Farm.
Evening Sentinel. March 15th 1972. Final Page 6.
Death from Pneumoconiosis among coalminers was on the increase, Mr. Roy Mason M.P. for Barnsley, claimed in the Commons. Deaths had risen from 657 in 1967 to 726 in 1970, he called for more Government funding for research.
Two miners were fined £5 each by S.E. Cheshire Magistrates Court at Sandbach for stealing coal worth £3.25p from a slag heap, near Mow Cop, at the start of the miners strike in January.
Four North Staffordshire Miners were in court today in relation to picketing of the West Midlands Gas Board, Salteley Coke Works of February 8th they were remanded on bail in the sum of £40 until April 18th.
Evening Sentinel. March 17th 1972. Final Page 22.
Steady if not spectacular compared to other areas, was the view of the N.C.B. West Midlands Area. Production figures are expected to show an increase on the previous week, 130,000 tons an increase of 10,000 tons compared to the previous week.
Evening Sentinel. March 24th 1972. Final Page 11.
Stoke-on-Trent’s Mr. Coal was thanked for 36 years service in the coal industry, at a lunch time gathering of friends and colleagues yesterday. For at the age of 60 Mr. Frederick Taylor retires this week from his post of deputy Sales District Manager for the Staffordshire area of the N.C.B. Mr. Taylor lives at 269, Dimsdale-parade West, Newcastle-under-Lyme. He started work in 1936 for the Coal Owners Association of North Staffordshire.
Evening Sentinel. April 6th 1972. Final Page 16.
A former miner who contracted a slight degree of pneumoconiosis has had his appeal against the loss of a special hardship allowance rejected by National Insurance Commissioner. RE: March 7th Final Page 7.
Evening Sentinel. April 7th 1972. Final Page 9.
A verdict of death due to Industrial Disease at an Inquest at Hartshill yesterday, on Mr. James Arthur Hodgkinson, a 59 year old retired collier of Kingsfield Road, Biddulph. Death was due to Bronchial Pneumonia secondary to Pneumoconiosis with a brain tumour a contributing cause.
Evening Sentinel. April 12th 1972. Final Page 7.
The erection of two colliery buildings on the site of Middle Farm, Peacocks Hay, Kidsgrove, would not have adverse effects on a nearby public park, a Public Inquiry at Kidsgrove, heard today. The New High Carr colliery Ltd. were appealing against a decision by Kidsgrove Urban Council to refuse permission for the sighting the buildings and mining inclines. The findings of the Inquiry will be sent to the Department of the Environment for a final decision.
Evening Sentinel. April 18th 1972. Final Page 13.
A Meir man was fined £25 at Birmingham after being found guilty of assaulting a Police Officer during picketing At Salteley Coke Plant in February, at the time of the assault he was a miner, but now he his working in a staff capacity with the N.C.B.
A claim by a Stoke-on-Trent company against the N.C.B. in respect of damages to their premises, alleged due to mining subsidence was before the Land Tribunal at Crewe yesterday. The claim was made by Howlett Industrial Properties Ltd. at the California works in Whieldon Road, Stoke.
City Final Page 1.
A verdict of death from industrial disease was returned by the City Coroner, on 65 year old retired collier, Mr. John Gough, of 14, Sutton-drive, Trent Vale.
Evening Sentinel. April 20th 1972. Final Page 9.
More than 400 miners have joined the National Saving Movement since the new pay award after the strike.
The Florence colliery team won the N.C.B. Staffordshire area safety competition last night at Florence colliery.
Evening Sentinel. April 21st 1972. Final Page 1.
After evidence of identification at Madeley Police Station, the North Staffordshire District Coroner, adjourned for three weeks the inquest on a retired miner, a colliery water pump operator, on 74 year old, Joseph Riley, who was found dead at his home, Croft Cottage, Scott Hay, Silverdale, on April 14th.
Evening Sentinel. April 26th 1972. Final Page 1.
A workman was flung to his death when an explosion mushroomed up a 2,000 feet shaft, at the disused Hanley Deep Pit, the blast left another man with serious injuries, it happened when infill work was being carried out by N.C.B. specialists at the old pit, now a part of Central Forrest Park reclamation project. The miner Mr. John Frederick Colclough, aged 46, of 43, Chilton-street, Heron Cross, Fenton, died instantly in a massive Methane Gas blowback at the pit No 1 shaft. His 24 year old workmate Mr. John Fairhurst, of 65, Ainsworth-street, Mount Pleasant, Fenton, was badly injured when he was hurled to the ground only feet away from the mouth of the smoking shaft. There is a photograph on page 1 of the City Final Edition of the date.
There were fewer accidents in Staffordshire area of the N.C.B. although there were three fatalities as in the previous year the number of serious accidents was down from 44 to 29.
It’s been a difficult year for mining, and the most difficult since Nationalisation. For the first time since it was formed in 1967 the Coal Boards Staffordshire area it ended the year in deficit after paying interest charges, Mr. Ray Hunter, the area Director said in his annual review.
Evening Sentinel. April 27th 1972. Final Page 1.
Photograph of Mr. Leslie Hawley being installed as President of North Staffordshire branch of the Association of Mining Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, by Mr. Noel Morris at the annual meeting at Staffordshire House, Berryhill last night, also in the Photograph are Messer’s: J. Sutton, E. Bridgwood, D. Painter.
The Pit Blast which killed an N.C.B. workman is still a mystery said Mr. Ray Hunter, area Director. Mr. Fairhurst who was injured was today slightly improving with hand, face, leg, and arm injuries.
Evening Sentinel. April 28th 1972. Final Page 13.
Safe driving awards were presented to 121 N.C.B. drivers at the Tyremens club Cobridge last night.
Evening Sentinel. May 2nd 1972.City Final Page 14.
The City Education Committee will be asked to reverse the decision not to pay refunds for Evening classes missed during the miners strike. Youth and adult centres were closed for several weeks during power cuts, and were shocked when returning from the Easter brake that monies they had paid for classes would not be refunded.
Evening Sentinel. May 3rd 1972. Final Page 14.
The Land Tribunal Hearing a Stoke-on-Trent company’ claim from the N.C.B. for £300,000 was resumed yesterday at Fenton.
Evening Sentinel. May 3rd 1972. City Final Page 18.
A Hanley Architect told the Land Tribunal, that he was certain that the subsidence had been responsible for damages to a Stoke-on-Trent factory. The Tribunal is continuing at Staffordshire House, Berry Hill, Fenton, before moving to London.
Evening Sentinel. May 5th 1972. Final Page 13.
The N.C.B. opened their case before the Land Tribunal at Fenton Yesterday.
Evening Sentinel. May 9th 1972. City Final Page 13.
A Stoke-on-Trent firm who were claiming £310,000 from the N.C.B. for alleged mining subsidence to their Stoke works, accepted £45,000 in an out of court settlement to-day. Howlett’s have been awarded costs.
Evening Sentinel. May 10th 1972.City Final Page 1.
Photograph of a former Chatterley Whitfield pit boy, Mr. Ernest Davenport, who is now a well known American artist. After emigrating in 1910, is seen with his sister Mrs. Ethel Legg.
Evening Sentinel. May 11th 1972. Final Page 9.
Miners at a major colliery in North Staffordshire are pressing the N.U.M. Midlands area committee to reopen the case of a Fenton mineworker who was injured thirteen years ago who alleges that the Union has failed to look after his interests.
Evening Sentinel. May 13th 1972. Late Page 5.
Photograph of Mr. Joe Gormley who is President of the N.U.M. at Hem Heath colliery. Also in the photograph is Mr. J.C. Wehrle, C.I.S.W.O. Mr. J.R Hunter, area Director N.C.B. Mr. J.Crawford, Sec, N.A.C.O.D.S. and, Mr. C Shepard, National joint secretary C.I.S.W.O.
Evening Sentinel. May 16th 1972. City Final Page 16.
1,700 miners at Hem Heath colliery have smashed the productivity record. In the first week of the month, Hem Heath colliery mined more than 22,000 tons.
Evening Sentinel. May 18th 1972. Final Page 1.
The inquest into the death of Mr. J.F. Colclough opened in Hanley today. Evidence was given by Mr. J. Fairhurst, he said that there was no warning, it was all over in a flash. The inquest was proceeding.
Evening Sentinel. May 19th 1972. Final Page 7.
A record player cabinet was presented to Mr. Ralph Sherratt in recognition of his 46 years with the N.C.B. A power drill and travelling clock was presented by Mr. Bacharach Manager of Norton Colliery. Mr. Sherratt started work in the accounts as a clerk at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, and ended his career as Cash and Records Supervisor at Norton colliery.
Evening Sentinel. May 23rd 1972. City Final Page 14.
A City miner loses his appeal at Birmingham Crown Court against an assault on a Policeman at Salteley Gas works. Evening Sentinel. May 31st 1972. Final Page 7.
Instead of an annual dinner dance for their retired colleagues the miners at Hem Heath colliery began a scheme to look after the veteran miners all the year round. The Hem Heath Sports and Social club has 200 retired miners who visit the colliery once a month this will enable them to keep in touch with each other.
City Final Page 1.
“A miner died because of enthusiasm and willingness to work”, the City Coroner declared today, for when a machine broke down an infill specialist Mr. John Frederick Colclough moved on to another job rather than waste time, and it had tragic results. The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. Colclough.
Evening Sentinel. June 5th 1972. Final Page 7.
Photograph of the toast being given by Hem Heath’s General Manager Mr. Gordon Beard to the “Great Row 18’s” face workers who doubled the output to 400 tons per man shift, in spite of severe geological faults. Mr. Beard treated the men to 50 gallons of ale during a celebration get together at Hem Heath Sports and Social club at Fenton on Saturday. There is a further account of this article on this page.
Evening Sentinel. June 7th 1972. Final Page 7.
Hem Heath’s Assistant Manager Mr. Victor Ankrett, retired yesterday after 45 years in the mining industry. Mr. Ankett of 119 Blurton-road, Fenton, was presented with an N.C.B. long service award certificate, by Mr. Gordon Beard. Mr. Ankrett moved from Walsall to the North Staffordshire coalfield in 1954 as an Under Manager before joining Hem Heath colliery in 1967.
Evening Sentinel. June 9th 1972. City Final Page 24.
A man who has given a life time service to the mining industry, Mr. James Henry (Jim) Southall, died in hospital to-day. He was N.C.B. West Midlands Industrial relations Director from 1963 to his retirement in 1967. When the N.U.M. was formed in 1946 he became Midlands Area Secretary, and served on the National Executive Committee.
Evening Sentinel. June 12th 1972. City Final Page 10. Stop Press.
A School boy aged about 13, from Warslow Secondary School, Nr. Leek, collapsed and died, as a school party nearing the pit bottom at Wolstanton colliery, this afternoon after an Educational visit. A male Nurse and a Doctor were summoned. A Coal Board spokesman said “there was no accident”. Besides Wolstanton there were three school visits taking place today, the others were Norton colliery and Kemball training centre. Several thousand children pay visits to Staffordshire collieries each year.
Evening Sentinel. June 13th 1972. Final Page 7.
Demands for a full scale investigation have been made at Silverdale following underground explosions and earth tremors, which have “rocked” the residents of this mining community. The protests have been headed by the Newcastle-under- Lyme, Owner Occupiers and Tenants Group who say they are going to send a deputation to the N.C.B. in order to get a full account of what has been happening.
After 33 years a tiny little mine is to close, Lowlands colliery at Chatterley, Nr. Kidsgrove, which is owned by 67 year old Mr. Tom Littlejohn, who is helped in the pit by his 42 year old son David. The last of the seventeen staff left on Friday, the drift mine is to become an N.C.B. opencast site over the next twelve months.
Arrangements are being made to-day for an autopsy on 13 year old schoolboy who died during an educational underground visit to Wolstanton colliery. Trevor Below, of the Old Cheese Factory, Astonfield, was among a party of fifteen pupils from the Warslow Secondary school, when he collapsed after visiting a coalface.
Staffordshire is the fourth safest of all the eighteen N.C.B. areas a Coal Board Spokesman said, and that the accident rate of 2,260days lost per 1,000 man shifts worked was well below the National average of 2,988. Wolstanton colliery finished eighth overall with 39% reduction in woke days lost. Page 14. Crewe Edition. Work on Kidsgrove third major reclamation project will begin in about three Months time. Tenders have been invited for reshaping the colliery spoil heaps at Talke Pits. It’s to be carried out in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council at Birchenwood.
Evening Sentinel. June 15th 1972. Final Page 1.
North Staffordshire eight remaining pits closed down to-day for a two week holiday brake, there is also an extra day carried over from spring.
Evening Sentinel. June 16th 1972. Final Page 11.
The N.C.B. Chairman Mr. Derek Ezra may be approached over the Silverdale explosions controversy Newcastle-under-Lyme, Owner Occupiers and Tenants Group have asked for a top level enquiry, and are prepared to meet Mr. Ezra and local M.P. Mr. John Golding in London if necessary.
A third of Britain’s retired miners will not get a proposed pension rise, a union boss warned yesterday, for it will be taken off them if they are claiming supplementary benefit said Mr. Sid Vincent, General Secretary of the North West Area N.U.M. spokesman at Trentham.
Evening Sentinel. June 19th 1972. Final Page 10.
The N.C.B. have deigned allegations that they are using delaying tactics, and “fobbing off” people in the Silverdale area, over the explosions which are occurring in the area, these allegations were being made by Newcastle-under-Lyme, Owner Occupiers and Tenants Group.
Evening Sentinel. June 21st 1972. Final Page 5.
Photograph of Hydro-Seeding, a technique already used successfully in the City’s reclamation projects. This is speeding up the work in beautifying the massive spoil tip at the old Glebe colliery at Fenton.
Evening Sentinel. June 23rd 1972. Final Page 5.
Plans by the N.C.B. to conduct a geological survey underground at Winghouse Lane, Tittensor, took a knock at the rural planning committee yesterday. The Committee deferred the decision for a later date for more information.
Evening Sentinel. June 26th 1972. Final Page 5.
A 200 ft. high Longton eyesore, the Mossfield colliery slag heap is to be shifted under a £170,000 reclamation scheme, which will be put before Stoke-on–Trent City Council on Thursday. Mossfield colliery was affectionately known to generations of miners as “Ow’d Sal”. It employed 550 men when it ceased producing in 1963. There is a photograph in Tuesday’s Edition on page 4.
Evening Sentinel. June 27th 1972. Final Page 9.
Two Chell Heath, boys and their friend, released the brakes on coal wagons in a siding and caused nearly £1,300 worth of damage the City Juvenile court was told yesterday, the boys aged 12-13 were playing at the sidings at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.
Evening Sentinel. June 28th 1972. Final Page 1.
Police to-day sealed off a colliery waste tip at Parkhall colliery, Weston Coyney-road, Weston Coyney, the tip is in the process of being removed.
City Final. Page 1.
Two new coal faces are being opened each about 200 yards long, replacing those which were lost during the miners strike earlier this year. They will have modern power supports and sheerer loaders and will cost about £250,000. The one at Chatterley Whitfield colliery is to be in the “hard mine” seam, the other one is to be at Florence colliery, and it will bring the total number of faces to five.
Evening Sentinel. July 3rd 1972. Late Page 14.
The mining industry was virtually back to normal, Florence colliery which as a new face, reported a very good turn-out for the day shift. Chatterley Whitfield was another colliery with a new face reported a good turn-out.
Final Page 14.
Coal Board officials at Silverdale have agreed to keep the public informed on the progress of the drift mine as part of a liaison call made Newcastle-under-Lyme, Owner Occupiers and Tenants Association.
City Final Page 7.
Mammoth earthworks at Park Farm, Goldenhill, were the first stopping point to-day in a fact finding tour of Stoke-on-Trent land reclamation sites by Members of the City Council. The members watched huge earth shovels and trucks remove part of a estimated 750,000 tons of coal from the site. It is the N.C.B. three and a half year program for opencast coal mining, also on to-days tour are to be visits to Mossfield colliery, reclamation site, the Berryhill, walk way scheme and the operation eyesore schemes at Uttoxeter-road, Longton, and Bethesda-street, Hanley. There is a photograph on Page 1 of the 6thJuly Final Edition. Evening Sentinel. July 24th 1972. Final Page 7.
An inquest at Hartshill recorded a verdict of death due to industrial disease, on a 69 year old Meir man, Mr. William Newnes, of Waterhead-road. Meir, Mr Newnes had worked at Glebe colliery, Fenton, until he retired at 61 years of age with Pneumoconiosis.
Evening Sentinel. July 25th 1972. Final Page 7.
An inquest was adjourned until August 15thso an investigation could be carried out into a pit accident 10 years ago, on Mr. Hubert Christopher Mevil, aged 51. His body was found in Victoria pool, Silverdale.
The funeral took place yesterday of Mr. Bertram Leonard Hall, aged 68, who died on holiday in Paignton last week. He was a retired colliery cashier, having spent all his life in the mining industry, he started work at Florence colliery, he was then transferred to Stafford colliery, and then ending his carrier at Hem Heath colliery. Mr. Hall lived at 22, Forest-road, Lightwood Longton.
Evening Sentinel. July 28th 1972. Final Page 10.
Two Newcastle-under-Lyme unemployed lorry drivers were facing charges of stealing explosives from the N.C.B. and were remanded for a week by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Magistrates.
Evening Sentinel. August 3rd 1972. Final Page 8.
Photograph of the Lord Mayor (Councillor Bill Austin) on his way to descending Florence colliery yesterday. Also in the photograph is Mr. John Wilkinson. (Deputy Director.) Mr. Gordon Gillatt. (General Manager) and Mr. Ron Price (Production Manager) Evening Sentinel. August 4th 1972. Final Page 22.
Mr. Bernard F. Lampka Area Mechanisation and Starter Control Engineer for the Staffordshire area of the N.C.B. as died suddenly on holiday at Penzance. Mr Lampka, who was 50, is well known throughout Staffordshire and the west midlands. He qualified in his native Poland.
Evening Sentinel. August 17th 1972. Final Page 14.
Ten foot 2 became the latest team to win the Holditch colliery inter-departmental knock-out cricket competition, when they beat the fitting shop by 163 runs to 39 at Bignall End cricket club last night.
Pits in Staffordshire are setting the pace in the N.C.B. annual Safety League with 640 miners at the top of the productivity pit at Silverdale heading the table.
City Final. Page 18.
A Hem Heath colliery junior safety team came out top last night at Florence colliery Social and Welfare club in the N.C.B. Staffordshire area junior safety Quiz.
Evening Sentinel. August 18th 1972. Final Page 9.
There was a very high standard at the N.C.B. Staffordshire House well attended Flowers, Vegetables and Handcrafts competition at their 10th annual show, which was opened by Mrs. Elsie Ashley (Conservative) For the highest number of points Mrs. H. Clay won the Himlet Shield. A full list of winners is on this page.
Evening Sentinel. August 19th 1972. Late Page 5.
A Clayton civil servant won the Miss Midland Coal Queen last night, she is Christina Bridge age 19 of Lillishall- road Clayton, her father is Mr. John Bridge, who is a method study engineer at Staffordshire House, N.C.B. Area H.Q.
Evening Sentinel. August 22nd 1972. Final Page 9.
Miners at Hem Heath colliery have smashed their overall coalface production record for week-ending August 12th the colliery which employs 1,640 men produced 22,000 tons.
Evening Sentinel. August 25th 1972. City Final Page 22.
A top Coal Board executive was given an official thank you when he retired as Chief Accountant of the N.C.B. Staffordshire Area. Mr. David Morris, aged 57, of High Park, Newport-road, Stafford, was given a car radio and a specially inscribed Miners safety lamp, for 37 years in the mining industry.
Evening Sentinel. August 26th 1972. Late Page 5.
Photograph of Mr. George Griffiths, Workshops superintendent of the N.C.B. Central Workshops at Trentham, presenting long service award certificates to former employees at Trentham, yesterday. They are Mr. L. Bailey (48 years) Mr. F.J. Herobin, (56) Mr. G.W. Ikin, (51) Mr. F.D. Statham, (48) Mr. E. Thomas, (48) Mr. F. Wilson, (47) Mr. S.R. Pickford, (50).
Evening Sentinel. September 1st 1972. Final Page 20.
A Chesterton who died 15 years after a mining ‘cave in’ which left him paralised a Hartshill inquest heard yesterday. They returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr. John Butler, aged 51, of 2, Faircroft-avenue, Chesterton. The Pathologist said that death was due to a blood disease caused by paralysis, he said that death could not have been caused by anything else.
Evening Sentinel. September 2nd 1972. Final Page 10.
Two men were fined and discharged with costs of £4.00 each for the theft of coal from Florence colliery at the Stipendiary court at Fenton, yesterday.
Evening Sentinel. September 9th 1972. Late Page 10.
More than 300 miners and their wives attended a buffet dance at Clayton Lodge Hotel, Newcastle-under-Lyme, for the presentation of prizes by Mr. Jack Blunt, General Manager of Britain’s colliery rescue stations, a full list of prizes and presentations are on this page.
Evening Sentinel. September 11th 1972. Final Page 6.
Photograph of Mr. John Blaiklock is to take over as Staffordshire area departmental chief mining engineer (planning and surveying) he will be based in Stoke-on-Trent, before moving he was at Lea Hall colliery, Rugeley, and was the former manager of Norton colliery.
Evening Sentinel. September 12th 1972. City Final Page 14.
A 66 year old retired Chatterley Whitfield miner died from an industrial disease sustained while working down the pit, a City Coroner’s inquest heard yesterday, Mr. John Daniel Moston, of 6A, Catherine-road, Chell Heath, was in receipt of 100% pension for Pneumoconiosis.
Evening Sentinel. September 13th 1972. Final Page 7.
There is a full Page Advertising feature on Solid Fuel central heating systems on the Coalville Estate, Weston Coyney, where nearly 500 N.C.B. are being given the opportunity to have the system installed.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Newcastle-under- Lyme was conducted on a tour down the pit at Holditch colliery, the Mayor Mr. Charles Mitchell who was a former miner at Holditch colliery, having spent 11.5 years, 8 of them on the coalface at the colliery. There’s a Photograph of them on page 1 of the City Final edition.
Evening Sentinel. September 14th 1972. Final Page 20.
A Stoke-on-Trent inquest was adjourned yesterday so that the City Coroner could make further inquiries into of a former miner Mr. Harold Sargeant, aged 66, of 26, Sneyd-street, who died following a fall at home.
Evening Sentinel. September 14th 1972. Final Page 5.
There is a full page feature on the visit of the, Mayor and Mayoress, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, to Holditch colliery, plus Photographs.
Evening Sentinel. September 22nd 1972. Final Page 7.
The newly elected Chairman of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers, Mr. J.E. Sellers, gave a talk on working on a steep coal seam at a meeting at the Grand Hotel, Hanley last night.
Evening Sentinel. September 28th 1972. Final Page 8.
A major breakthrough in land reclamation may have been achieved by the N.C.B. following three years of experiments on the huge waste tip at Florence colliery, Longton. Officers have developed a method of getting grass to grow on the mounds without the expense of having to import thousands of tons of top soil.
Two unique land reclamation schemes in Stoke-on-Trent were visited yesterday by Representatives and Officials of the City Council and the department of the Environment. The schemes are at Florence colliery and Norton colliery which are being landscaped, Norton colliery tip is 112 years old and Florence colliery tip is 98 year old.
Evening Sentinel. September 29th 1972. Final Page 1.
A Newcastle-under-Lyme man who was arrested in July by the police on a charge of stealing explosives from the N.C.B. was discharged yesterday when no evidence was offered.
Evening Sentinel. October 2nd 1972. Final Page 6.
Photograph of the Chatterley Whitfield branch of the N.A.C.O.D.S. held a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Hanley, on Saturday, Mr. Arthur Clarke who has recently retired after 48 years service with the colliery as secretary receiving a gold watch from Mr. Leonard Banbury for 20 years service as a branch official, also in the photograph is Mr. John Gleaves, who his the retiring secretary, he is seen receiving a cheque to mark 17 years service.
A Newcastle-under-Lyme man Mr. Leslie Hall, of The Westlands, who has spent nearly all is working life in the mining industry was presented with a tea set and a ceramic figure at the Highland Suite, Trentham Gardens, by Mr. G. Beard, General Manager at Hem Heath colliery.
Evening Sentinel. October 4th 1972. Final Page 11.
Former World snooker champion, Mr. Ray Reardon, officially opened a safety campaign at Florence colliery. Ray worked in the industry for more than 11 years, until he had a serious accident himself and stressed the need for safety in the industry.
There is to be a recruiting drive by the N.C.B. for 200 men to be employed by five collieries in North Staffordshire, the collieries are Hem Heath, Silverdale, Holditch, Victoria and Florence.
Evening Sentinel. October 9th 1972. Final Page 1.
A call for more production, and a sales drive, in which 1,400 local mineworkers will have a unique roll as ‘salesmen’ are the latest developments in the Staffordshire area of the N.C.B. as part of a package to consolidate long term prospects.
Evening Sentinel. October 14th 1972. Late Page 5.
An 81 year old retired miner died from an industrial disease, a city inquest heard yesterday. The inquest was on Mr. George Nicklin, of 63, Star and Garter–road, Normacot, who died in the City General Hospital on October 8th the cause of death was, Pneumonia due to Pneumoconiosis.
Evening Sentinel. October 18th 1972. Final Page 11.
Staffordshire’s !4,000 miners are setting a hot pace in the Coal Boards safety stakes, for not only that they have the most improved record when it comes to work days lost, they also have the safest of all the N.C.B. 17 areas.
Evening Sentinel. October 20th 1972. Final Page 1.
Photograph of the Lady Mayoress, Mrs. W. Austin, who was making her first visit underground at Florence colliery yesterday. Seen with her are the Town Clarks wife Mrs. K. Robinson, and women members of the colliery staff plus guides, after they retuned to the surface.
Evening Sentinel. October 21st 1972. Late Page 10.
A man collapsed and died underground at Silverdale colliery, he was 55, year old Mr. Alfred Henry Otter, of 16, Rowley-avenue Chesterton. Mr. Otter a miner all his working life had been working at Silverdale colliery for about four years, the Coroner has been informed.
Evening Sentinel. October 25th 1972. Final Page 5.
The N.C.B. have launched a safety drive, fifty pits throughout the country are involved, Florence and Norton collieries have already started, Chatterley Whitfield is the next to start.
Evening Sentinel. October 26th 1972. Final Page 15.
A site inspection was carried out by Mr. P.T.S. Baines the Mining Inspector, after conducting a Public Inquiry into the refusal by Cheadle R.D.C. acting on behalf of Staffordshire C.C. to grant permission for the underground working of coal and the erection of buildings and plant on land between Wallenmines-Rd and Malthouse mill on the Leek to Werrington – Rd.
Evening Sentinel. October 28th 1972. Late Page 5.
The inquest of 55 year old Mr. Alfred Henry Otter who collapsed and died underground at Silverdale colliery was adjourned yesterday. Mr. Otter received injuries in an accident some years ago.
Evening Sentinel. October 30th 1972. City Final Page 12.
A verdict of death due to industrial disease was recorded on Mr. Samuel Thomas Robbins, of 33, Machin-crescent, Bradwell, on October 22nd Mr. Machin was a retired miner and pottery worker.
Evening Sentinel. November 7th 1972. Final Page 7.
A paper dealing with the transitional period for advance to retreat working in the Winghay seam Silverdale colliery was given last night at a meeting of members of the Institute of Mining Engineers at Lichfield. They were told of the advantages and results out-weighing the many problems involved. The authors who both work at Silverdale colliery are Mr. A.J. Hill and Mr. J.W. Ogden.
Evening Sentinel. November 10th 1972. City Final Page 24.
A verdict of death due to industrial disease was recorded on Mr. Joseph Moores, aged 72, of 48, Noblett – road, Sneyd Green. Mr. Moores had been in the mining industry nearly all his working life where he had contracted Pneumoconiosis.
Evening Sentinel. December 5th 1972. City Final Page 10.
“The dust problems in the mines were curable” the N.C.B. Staffordshire area Director Mr. Ray Hunter said yesterday. Mr. Hunter was among official and miners at a ’Keep Dust Down’, exhibition at Kemball training centre Fenton.
Final page 24.
Today is the Centenary of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers. It all started on December 5th 1872 under the auspices of Mr. T.S. Wilkinson, later to be known as the Farther of the Association. There is to be three functions and a publication, starting with a luncheon at the North Staffordshire Hotel, it was here (it was the Railway Hotel then that the first ever meeting of the Institute took place,) which will include a published handbook to every one. After the General meeting of the Institute has taken place there will be a Dinner-Dance.
Evening Sentinel. December 7th 1972. Final Page 6.
An appeal by the New Carr colliery Co. was allowed by the Department of the Environment against a planning refusal by Kidsgrove Urban Council.
Evening Sentinel. December 12th 1972. Final Page 1.
In common with most miners in Britain, Staffordshire pitmen are developing a feeling, of which as been missing in the industry for years, a warm glow of confidence and security in the future following the Governments announcement late yesterday of substantial aid. The new coal bill will provide aid at a stroke.
Final page 9.
A natural cause verdict was returned on a former Silverdale miner, Mr. Alfred Henry Otter, of Rowley-avenue Chesterton. He died of heart failure.
City Final Page 11.
A 74, year old ex-miner died as a result of an industrial disease, a City Coroner heard yesterday, on Mr. William Knapper, of 21, Murry-street, Goldenhill, who had worked in the mines for 52 years.
Evening Sentinel. December 13th 1972. Final Page 10.
The City Coroner recorded a verdict of death due to industrial disease on a retired Newcastle-under-Lyme miner, Mr. John Wally Tebbet, aged 67, of Coppice-view, Milehouse. Chesterton. The name, address and age may be wrong as the printing in the Sentinel is very poor.
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