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Evening Sentinel Jan 4th 1974 Page 10 F.
Additional coal has been discovered at the opencast workings at Miles Green near Audley.

Evening Sentinel Jan 7th 1974 Page 1 F.
Although urged by the Coal Board not to precipitate and instructed by the Midlands area NUM not to take uncalled for unofficial action, day shift men at Hem Heath colliery spread a dispute which originated in South Staffordshire on Friday, by staging a walk out.

Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1974 Page 6 F.
One of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest collieries could soon become a tourist attraction, for there are now plans to turn Chatterley Whitfield colliery into a pit museum.

Evening Sentinel Jan 9th 1974 Page 22 F.
The NCB denied that there was any question of closing Chatterley Whitfield.

Evening Sentinel Jan 11th 1974 Page 11
Mr. Jack Lally, president of the Midland’s area NUM said today that the mining fraternity is not made up of “Reds” but of decent hard working people whose only claim is a just reward for their labour.

Evening Sentinel Jan 14th 1974 Page 14 Crewe
More than half a million tonnes of coal have been lost in the Staffordshire area, largely as a result of the miner’s overtime ban, now in its tenth week.

Evening Sentinel Jan 14th Page 9 F.
There are indications that industry in general is holding back on the purchase of capital equipment due to the three-day week and the power crisis and some affect of this is already being felt in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel Jan 15th 1974 Page 16 C.F.
Four students in the mining dept of North Staffs Polytechnic, last night competed in Stoke in the final stages of the 1974 Wynne Prize, by presenting short papers on various aspects of mining.

Evening Sentinel Jan 17th 1974 Page 24 C.F.
A further dispute, which flared up at Hem Heath colliery today, had the pit at a temporary standstill for most of the morning, adding to the overtime ban difficulties.

Evening Sentinel Jan 18th 1974 Page 24 F.
Yesterday’s dispute at Hem Heath colliery, the second within a fortnight resulted in a loss on production of 3.000 tonnes of coal.

Evening Sentinel Jan 21st 1974 Page 9
A company of more than a hundred attended the first dinner dance arranged by the NUM Power group on Saturday at the Grand Hotel.

Evening Sentinel Jan 22nd 1974 Page 9 F.
Despite a plea from a City Alderman to save the pithead gear on Hanley Park, it is to be pulled down.

Evening Sentinel Jan 25th 1974 Page 1 Crewe.
Following yesterday’s 16 votes to 10 decision by the executive of the NUM to call on their 260.000 members to support an all out strike, plans were being put in hand today at the Staffordshire head quarters of the Midland’s area to expedite ballot papers to local pits.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1974 Page 1 C.F.
At a special meeting at Stafford today the Midland’s area NUM decided to recommend their members to give the National Executive the necessary authority to call a national strike in support of their efforts to obtain a satisfactory response to their pay claim.

Evening Sentinel Feb 1st 1974 Page 1 Crewe
Midlands’ miners leader, Jack Lally today slammed his Yorkshire opposite number, A. Scargill, for invading the Midland’s territory.

Evening Sentinel Feb 1st Crewe
Plan to turn Chatterley Whitfield colliery into a working museum was described as a fantastic illusion at yesterday’s city council. Alderman W. Whithouse suggested that the NCB should be informed that the city council were not interested. Other councillors supported the scheme.

Evening Sentinel Feb 4th 1974 Page 1 F.
Miners voted 81% in favour 19% against strike action. The strike would be on from midnight on Saturday.

Evening Sentinel Feb 6th 1974 Page 1 F.
A senior police chief today made a special plea to Staffordshire miners, “Keep your picketing as peaceful as during the last strike”.

Evening Sentinel Feb 7th 1974 Page1 Crewe
Coal production was dribbling to a standstill today in the Staffordshire area as the union and the Coal Board co-operated in making the pits as safe as possible for the duration of the strike.

Evening Sentinel Feb 7th 1974 Page 10 Crewe
Miners with more than 50 years service received NCB long service certificates at a dinner at Fegg Hayes miners’ institute.

Evening Sentinel Feb 8th 1974 Page 1 L.
Last minute union meetings were being staged throughout Staffordshire today as miners lined themselves up for their second all out strike in two years.

Evening Sentinel Feb 13th1974 Page 1 C.F.
All pits in the North Staffs area are now without safety cover by members of NACODS

Evening Sentinel Feb 26th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
Underground heating that was detected at Florence colliery yesterday afternoon was contained today and there is no question of a dangerous emergency.

Evening Sentinel Feb 26th 1974 Page 16 F.
Newcastle Rural District Planning Committee granted an extension of planning consent to extract coal from land at Miles Green and Peggy’s Bank, last night.

Evening Sentinel Feb 28th 1974 Page 24 L.
Underground heating which was detected on Monday at Florence colliery, was likely to be put right today. There was an immediate response by the NUM branch to supply men covering all shifts.

Evening Sentinel March 6th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
The end of the crippling three and a half week strike was on the cards to thrash out a settlement.

Evening Sentinel March 7th 1974 Page 1 F.
As from tomorrow there should be a quick build up of NUM men in the pits on safety and maintenance work in preparation for an overall start up to the coal industry locally on Monday.

Evening Sentinel March 11th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
After the total shutdown due to the miners 4 week strike, operation restart got off reasonably quickly with the turn in of men better than the average Monday.

Evening Sentinel March 12th 1974 Page1 Crewe
Elderly patients have been evacuated from ward 2 at Stanfield hospital after it was revealed that it was suspended over a mineshaft.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1974 Page 1 F.
Coal production in the Staffordshire area advanced yesterday to about 65% of normal.

Evening Sentinel March 15th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
Tribute to pitmen as output soars to 70% of normal. An NCB official said, it reflects the will and effort applied by the men in the pits.

Evening Sentinel April 1st 1974 Page 20 L.
Link up of the 24 collieries in the North West and Staffordshire coalfields to form the Board’s new Western area, became operational today, with its head quarters in Stoke-on-Trent.

Evening Sentinel April 17th 1974 Page 11
A legendary NUM Power Group leader, Mr. A. Morris, age 68 was mourned today. He had worked at Norton colliery for 32 years.

Evening Sentinel April 22nd 1974 Page 1 Crewe.
A policy of immediate expansion was necessary, if the mining industry is to play a major role in the future declared, Jack Lally, NUM leader in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel April 29th 1974 Page 6 C.
Mr. And Mrs Joe and Betty Concliffe are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Joe worked for 40 years in the mining industry. Same page, the mining pit disaster at the Minnie pit in 1918.

Evening Sentinel May 4th 1974 Page 5 L.
Up to £50.000 is to be spent by Stoke-on-Trent City council in a bid to locate pit shafts and geological faults on the 10-acre redevelopment site at Goldenhill.

Evening Sentinel May 7th 1974 Page 18 Crewe
Retired miner Mr. Edgar Bailey, celebrates his 90th birthday at a meal with his family and close friends at the North Staffs hotel. Mr. Bailey worked at Norton colliery for 37 years.

Evening Sentinel May 9th 1974 Page 24 Crewe.
Retired miners throughout Stoke-on-Trent are being asked to come forward, to help track down uncharted mining shafts.

Evening Sentinel May 17th 1974 Page 24 C.F.
Every day during the miners strike Marion Edwards, widow of a miner, left her flat close to Norton colliery to take coffee and sandwiches for the pickets. This week she got a surprise, for a deputation of miners visited her and presented her with a gift of £30 as a thank you for boosting their moral.

Evening Sentinel May 21st 1974 Page 27 Crewe
Article on careers advice of plenty opportunities in the mining industry today, good training, good pay etc.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1974 Page 1 Crewe
The rich North Staffs coalfield is in for a massive boost and injection of capital to keep up production and consolidate its long-term future.

Evening Sentinel May 24th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
Hem Heath colliery was the focal point today of detailed news of the NCBs largest single investment in a coal project for 20 years, in a £19m scheme to link up Hem Heath with Florence. (More on page 10)

Evening Sentinel May 25th 1974 Page 1 C.F.
Stan Morris fought a vain battle to save a colleague buried by a pit cave in at Silverdale to find it was his own 29-year old son Bob who died underground.

Evening Sentinel May 30th 1974 page 24 C.F.
The inquest on 29-year old Bob Morris who was killed last week at Silverdale colliery, was opened and adjourned today. Another miner, Mr. Theodore Ubejk age 49 was dug out with him, survived.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1974 Page 22 C.F.
His many friends in the Trade Union movement and the mining industry will regret to learn of the sudden death at his home today, Mr. Michael Carey. He had been assistant secretary of the Stoke-on-Trent based NUM Power Group.

Evening Sentinel June 19th 1974 Page 11 F.
The 24 pits in the Stoke-on-Trent Western area of the Coal Board will play an important role in meeting the extra production targets that are set out in the interim report on the coal mining industry.

Evening Sentinel July 12th 1974 Page 24 Crewe
A significant employment drift from the mining and Pottery industries for a five-year period up to 1972 is revealed in a written Commons reply to Mr. Jack Ashley, MP for Stoke South.

Evening Sentinel July 18th 1974 Page 13 L.
The long expected integration of Chatterley Whitfield colliery with Wolstanton colliery, confirmed by the Coal Board yesterday, means that about 140 of the 680 men will be surplus to requirements at the Tunstall pit.

Evening Sentinel July 19th 1974 Page 24 F.
A former official of the Chatterley Whitfield NUM alleged discrimination in the compilation of the list of 137 miners due to be transferred to other pits as a result of integration of Chatterley with Wolstanton

Evening Sentinel July 23rd 1974 Page 7 Crewe
NUM branch officials at Chatterley Whitfield colliery have come to arrangements with management, which will be of benefit to older members and enable them to remain at the colliery.

Evening Sentinel July26th 1974 Page 12 Crewe
Twenty lucky pitmen have won prizes following a big safety drive at Victoria colliery, which is taking part in the NCBs 50 pit safety competition.

Evening Sentinel July 30th 1974 Page 9 N. Wales
Pitmen at Hem Heath colliery have broken their own coalface productivity. For the second time in two weeks the new record of 370.1 cwt per man-shift is more than 4 cwt better than the previous best.

Evening Sentinel Aug 5th 1974 Page 6 Crewe
Norton colliery has set a new pit record in scooping their second major safety award in as many years, with only 831 working days lost per 100.000 man-shifts. The colliery won the Coal Board’s national safety award competition to take top prize of a trophy and a cheque for £1.246.

Evening Sentinel Aug 5th 1974 Page 18 C.F.
Hem Heath colliery had a coal face productivity record for the third week in succession. Their figure of 386.6 cwt was more than 16 cwt better than the record set up the previous week.

Evening Sentinel Aug 12th 1974 Page 11 F.
Two long-standing productivity records have been smashed at the now single face Chatterley Whitfield colliery. They produced 5.771 tons of coal to beat their previous best output by 3 tons.

Evening Sentinel Aug 13th 1974 Page 16 C.F.
A father of a mining family told an inquest today how he led a rescue team in Silverdale colliery and found his 29 year old son, Bob Morris dead.

Evening Sentinel Aug 30th 1974 Page 1 C.F.
Contractors working on Longton’s sewer construction uncovered 170 feet deep pit shaft, concealed a few feet below the surface of the road. The shaft is thought to be in the region of 160 years old. A sand stone cover, a relic of pre-concrete days, covered it.

Evening Sentinel Sep 3rd 1974 Page 14 Crewe
Plans to convert the major part of Chatterley Whitfield colliery to public open space and agricultural land were agreed in principle by the City Land and Reclamation Committee yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Sep 3rd 1974 Page 22 F.
Experienced gained at Florence colliery show that the future potential for the development of the track reactive haulage system is extremely encouraging.

Evening Sentinel Sep 16th 1974 Page 14 Crewe.
Florence colliery were pipped by two points in the Staffordshire NCB fire fighting competition at Kemball Training Centre on Saturday. Same page, More than 300 miners, wives and friends applauded as a six-man team from Hem Heath colliery received the rescue-man trophy as winners of the NCB area rescue competition at the Clayton Lodge Hotel, Newcastle.

Evening Sentinel Sep 18th 1974 Page 12 Crewe.
Several days in the Siberian coalfield are in prospect for Mr. Roy Ottey, general secretary of the NUM Power Group. He will be a member of a 4-man delegation representing the national executive of the NUM.

Evening Sentinel Sep 18th 1974 Page 1 F.
The speeded up lump sum compensation scheme for pneumoconiosis in the coal mining industry has now been signed, confirmed Jack Lally.

Evening Sentinel Sep 19th 1974 Page 15 Crewe.
A party of 19 German mining apprentices took time off from a 10-day visit to the Midlands and Welsh coalfields yesterday to see how pottery is made at Mintons in Stoke.

Evening Sentinel Sep 24th 1974 Page 11 F.
A council on the NUM Power Group meeting in Stoke-on-Trent have decided to recommend their membership to accept the proposed mineworkers incentive scheme in next week’s ballot.

Evening Sentinel Sep 25th 1974 Page 24 C.F.
Mr. D. Bentley, a miner for 30 years took his union before an industrial tribunal for a second time yesterday in his battle to gain access to the NUM books.

Evening Sentinel Sep 26th 1974 Page 13 F.
Coal Board chairman, Derek Ezra visited Holditch colliery today to study the massive face lift going on there, aimed at improving the surface appearance and reducing the risk of accidents.

Evening Sentinel Sep 27th 1974 Page 13 F.
Because of their own reservations on certain aspects of the miners’ incentive scheme, the NUM Power Group are not likely to be averse of the ballot postponement decision dramatically taken by the NUM Executive Committee in London yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Sep 28th 1974 Page 16 L.
Hem Heath miners yesterday gave a £90 boost to the Mayor of Stafford’s appeal for the disabled. They threw their loos change into the collecting buckets.

Evening Sentinel Oct 2nd 1974 Page 24 Crewe.
Seven German mining engineers are to visit Wolstanton, Silverdale and Hem Heath collieries this week.

Evening Sentinel Oct 16th 1974 Page 7 Crewe
The commanding officer of the 35th Signal Regiment with others emerged from an extensive underground trip at Hem Heath yesterday. He said it was fascinating and was full of admiration for the pitmen.

Evening Sentinel Nov 1st 1974 Page 11 Crewe
Fifteen men and women members of the north staffs Red Cross organisation went on an extensive visit to Hem Heath colliery.

Evening sentinel Nov 4th 1974 Page 1 Crewe
Midland miners were expecting a recommendation from their local executive committee on how to vote on the productivity deal proposals on the 13th and 14th Nov.

Evening Sentinel Nov 4th 1974 Page 9 Crewe
A Wolstanton colliery blacksmith, How used to shoe pit ponies in the 1930s has retired after 50 years in the industry. Mr Joe Hanninghan age 64 started work at Hanley Deep in 1914.

Evening Sentinel Nov 5th 1974 Page1 Crewe
Hem Heath colliery was being called the Royal pit today, only hours after it was announced that Princess Margaret would visit it next month. Page 20. Mr. George Wynne of Wedgwood colliery retired after 51 years service in the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel Nov 7th 1974 Page 1 F.
The Hanley based NUM Power Group today stood by their decision to recommend acceptance of the NCB’s productivity deal.

Evening Sentinel Dec 5th 1974 Page 1
There was a unique Royal salute today to the pitmen of North Staffs as Princess Margaret made history with a visit to Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec 11th 1974 Page 22 Crewe
Miners at Norton colliery, who won two competitions on safety were presented with a cheque for £1,248.

Evening Sentinel Dec 12th 1974 Page 13 F.
Whitmore Parish Council are to request copies of the document submitted to Staffordshire County council to the structure plan inquiry, relating to mining forecast for the future.

Evening Sentinel Dec 17th 1974 Page 9 F.
Mr. C. Lax age 64 died as he was working on the coalface at Silverdale colliery yesterday. An investigation got underway to ascertain whether he died as a result of an accident or natural causes.

Evening Sentinel Dec 18th 1974 Page 15 Crewe
Mr. A. Wright received the darts championship trophy from Norton colliery manager Mr. G.E. Ward at the colliery sports presentations.

Evening Sentinel Dec 19th 1974 Page 17 F.
Norton colliery today received a visit from Joe Gormley, president of the NUM. He had been invited by Jack Lally to acquaint him with the problems at the pit.

Evening Sentinel Dec 21st 1974 Page 4 F.F.
Top coal board and union officials presented a firm united front at Knutsford yesterday in support of the industries joint production drive.

Evening Sentinel Dec 31st 1974 Page 9 F.
Civic visitors to Stanfield hospital were yesterday given a progress report on a search for a mineshaft believed to be located beneath a hospital ward.

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