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Evening Sentinel Jan 2nd 1980 Page 11 Crewe
The Minnie pit disaster 62 years ago is recalled in this article.

Evening Sentinel Jan 7th 1980 Page 1 C.F.
The worsening steel crisis could hit North Staffs coal production this month, an NCB spokesman said today. Stocks of vital equipment were dwindling and the situation could become critical in a few weeks.

Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1980 Page 12. Crewe
The expansion of Silverdale colliery was featured in a talk yesterday at a meeting of the North Staffs branch of the Institute of Mining Engineers.

Evening Sentinel Jan 9th 1980 page 7 Crewe
How a deputy’s knowledge of mining enabled him to lead over 40 of his workmates in a miracle escape. (More in Weekly Sentinel)

Evening Sentinel Jan 9th 1980 Page 9 Crewe
The president of the Methodist conference visited Hem Heath colliery for an underground visit. (Photo)

Evening Sentinel Jan 15th 1980 Page 5 Crewe.
A £70.000 scheme for further restoration work at the Chatterley Whitfield mining museum should be discussed with the museum trust representatives before a decision is reached.

Evening Sentinel Jan 17th 1980 Page 1. F.
The story of big Jim, the miner who risked his life in a rescue from the Minnie pit in 1918. It is part of a series of articles on the disaster in the Weekly Sentinel.

Evening Sentinel Jan 18th 1980 Page 13 F.
Miners at Florence colliery have beaten poor underground geological conditions to sore to their highest weekly output in 9 years by mining 24.140 tonnes, the best since 1971.

Evening Sentinel Jan 26th 1980 Page 16. C.F.
The President of the NUM, Joe Gormley took a trip down memory lane yesterday when he visited Chatterley Whitfield mining museum. He went 700 feet underground to take a closer look at how the museum had portrayed the development of the mining industry.

Evening Sentinel Jan 26th 1980 Page 16. F.
Coal could once more play an important part in the power supplies to the Pottery industry, Mr Joe Gormley said yesterday during his visit to a pot bank.

Evening Sentinel Jan 31st 1980 Page 13 F.
Experts are to investigate two 100-year-old pit shafts, which have been discovered in the grounds of Chell high school.

Evening Sentinel Feb 7th 1980 Page 1. Crewe.
Staffordshire pits are helping to lead the way in a bumper year for coal sales, it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel Feb 20th 1980 Page 22 Crewe
Mechanical engineer A. Smith has hung up his pit boots after 48 years in the mining industry. He started work in the fitting shop at Victoria colliery then moved on to Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel March 6th 1980 Page 24 C.F.
Hem heath colliery in the second year in succession reached a 1m tonnes. We have reached a mile stone said the manager Mr. Les hall, after all there is only a dozen or so collieries in the country reach that figure each year.

Evening Sentinel March 10th1980 Page10 Crewe.
A planning appeal to develop a small mine near Kidsgrove has been dismissed by the Secretary of State for the environment.

Evening Sentinel March 11th 1980 Page 20 C.F.
Mr. Jack Mason age 61 died in hospital hours after he was struck by an empty mine car at Florence colliery. He died of multiple injuries.

Evening Sentinel March 18th 1980 Page 14 Crewe
An industrial review on the coal industry includes an investment of £20m ffor production boosting the Trentham project, which involves the linking of Hem Heath and Florence and building a new coal preparation plant. £20m for what is virtually a new mine at Silverdale and £5m to boost production at Holditch colliery.
Evening Sentinel March 25th 1980 Page 1 Crewe
Mitchelin tyre works today piped in waste pit gas to drive their production machines. Five collieries contributed to this. They are Florence, Hem heath, Holditch, Silverdale and Wolstanton.

Evening Sentinel March 26th 1980 Page 18 Crewe
More than 30.000 visitors toured Chatterley Whitfield mining museum during the first few months of opening.

Evening Sentinel March 31st 1980 Page 9 Crewe.
Chris Kent, a technical assistant at Wolstanton colliery is to spend several weeks in the U.S., thanks to a scholarship award.

Evening Sentinel April 8th 1980 Page 16 Crewe.
Silverdale colliery, which shook off a colliery closure threat has hit record productivity levels in a new seam.

Evening Sentinel April 14th 1980 Page 18 F.
Staffordshire miners’ were praised by NCB chief, D. Ezra for their vital contribution to production. He highlighted the success of Hem Heath’s output soared way passed the million tonns, the best for 12 years.

Evening Sentinel April 15th 1980 Page 1 Crewe.
The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Mr. M. Stringer made an underground visit to Florence colliery. (Photo) Page 10 Article on the Trentham complex.

Evening Sentinel May 13th 1980 Page 1 Special
A top Keele seismologist and NCB officials have failed to agree over the origins of last Friday’s earth tremors in the Cobridge area.

Evening Sentinel May 13th 1980 Page 8 special
One ton of Chatterley Whitfield coal will go up in smoke and a blaze of glory later this month after a leisurely ride from Kidsgrove to Warrenton by a horse drawn narrow boat, to fire a replica of George Stevenson’s loco, the Rocket.

Evening Sentinel May 19th 1980 Page 12 F.
Mr. D. Wicksted has become Victoria colliery’s mining safety knowledge champion for the second year running. He was awarded a trophy and cheque for £25

Evening Sentinel May 19th 1980 Page 1 C.F.
Retired miners Jack Wollham and Wilf Simcock, blacked up and turned the clock back 100 years at Chatterly Whitfield mining museum. They hacked out coal that will be used to fire up a replica of George Stevenson’s Loco the Rocket.

Evening Sentinel May 21st 1980 Page 24 Crewe.
A life long miner was elected as Mayor of Biddulph last night. He was Mr. Len Bambridge age 57.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1980 Page 1 C.F.
The importance of coal was stressed today when Mr. M. Mcahey led a party of VIPs underground at Chatterley Whitfield mining museum.

Evening Sentinel May 26th 1980 Page 6 F.
After more than 60 years a memorial is to be erected to the miners who died in the Minnie pit explosions.

Evening Sentinel May 30th 1980 Page 24 C.F.
Production at North Staffs biggest pit, Hem Heath was due to get back to normal following a 24 hour strike involving 1.600 men, involving bonus payments.

Evening Sentinel June 4th 1980 Page 20 Crewe
The Victoria Theatre launched an appeal and publication about Tunstall’s neglected hero, Walter Sylvester, on Monday. He was the inventor of the Sylvester, the miners’ hand cranked lifting device.

Evening Sentinel June 11th 1980 Page 1. C.F.
A new earth tremor sent sock waves rumbling thought North Staffs today. An NCB spokesman said there were men working underground but they experienced nothing untoward.

Evening Sentinel June 13th 1980 Page 13. F.
Stoke-on-Trent North MP John Forrester has challenged the NCB to accept responsibility for the earth tremors that hit North staffs earlier this week.

Evening Sentinel June 18th 1980 Page 13 Crewe.
A bitter attack on the coal board’s failure to compensate adequately, people whose homes have been damaged by coal mining subsidence.

Evening Sentinel June 24th 1980 Page 1. C.F.
The Venice summit decision that King Coal is to rule again was welcomed today as a major boost to the future of North Staffs mining industry.

Evening Sentinel July 11th 1980 Page 14. Crewe
Mr. B. Stevenson age 48 head of staff administration of the NCB at Stoke-on-Trent for the last 6 years has been appointed deputy staff manager at Cannock.

Evening Sentinel July 15th 1980 Page 14 F.
Coal mining at Stonehouse farm, Hulme, should not be permitted. This was the recommendation at a planning committee at Leek.

Evening Sentinel July 17th 1980 Page 6 Crewe.
Seven Staffordshire men meet on Friday at Hem Heath colliery sports club in the final of the safety mind competition. The seven included. D. Wickstead from Victoria colliery, P. Foggerty from Hem Heath, M. Bissel from Wolstanton and Con Todd from Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 18th 1980 Page 1. C.F.
NCB officials have accepted that an earth tremor which rocked Cobridge area last month was probable connected with coal mining and pledged that they will meet their obligations.

Evening Sentinel July 18th 1980 Page 13. F.
A Bolivian miners’ delegation visited the Lord Mayor’s parlour at Stoke-on-Trent this week.

Evening Sentinel July 19th 1980 Page 4. L.
Against the recommendation not to allow a coal mine at Hulme . The Director of Environment at Stoke-on-Trent has decided to allow permission.

Evening Sentinel July 26th 1980 Page 1. L.
Mr. John Brian, age 44, sustained fatal injuries yesterday at Florence colliery. He had serious head injuries and was rushed to the surface where he was certified dead by a doctor.

Evening Sentinel July 28th 1980 Page 16. Crewe.
Coal miners’ at Silverdale swapped their pit hats for party hats at the charity extravaganza at the weekend (Photo in the Final page 16)

Evening Sentinel Aug 8th 1980 Page 1 Crewe.
Staffordshire pitmen are looking for the golden girl to become their new coal queen. The finals will be held at Blackpool.

Evening Sentinel Aug 13th 1980 Page 9. Crewe.
Mr. C. Wilby age 49 suffered a severe fracture of the skull by falling rocks in February at Hem Heath drift mine development. He was unconscious for two months. The inquest verdict was accidental death.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 12th 1980 Page 24. C.F.
Angry families demanded a public inquiry over plans to extend an open cast coal mine at Scot Hay, near Audley.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 13th 1980 Page 14. F.
Controversial plans to carry out open cast coal mining on derelict land at Kidsgrove came a step nearer today.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 17th 1980 Page 24. F.
The Government today were accused by the local MP of breaking a promise over compensation for North Staffordshire households, whose homes have been rocked by earth tremors.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 18th 1980 Page 9. Crewe.
A cheque for £475, the proceeds of a sponsored bed push by Florence colliery youth, was presented to the Duke St. home for the handicapped.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 24th 1980 Page 12. Crewe.
Electrician John Brian, age 44 died in an underground rock fall at Florence colliery. At the inquest, the jury recorded a verdict of accidental death yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Sep 25th 1980 Page 24 C.F.
Seven tunnellers at Hem Heath colliery have lost their claim for redundancy as a result of an industrial tribunal decision yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Oct 3rd 1980 Page 7. Crewe.
Three miners who have devoted a life times work to the North Staffs coalmining industry have just retired. Don Palnter age 61 gave 47 years service, he started at Wolstanton. R. Chadwick age 60. He started work as a pony driver. J. Millward age 60 clocked up 34 years.

Evening Sentinel Oct 4th 1980 Page 14. L.
Angry families today demanded government action over plans to extend an open cast mine at Scot Hay, near Audley.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 6th 1980 Page 16. F.
Hem Heath colliery have smashed all weekly output records after only 4 weeks of production on a new face. The Winghay face has produced 18,242 tonnes, beating the previous best of 16,839 tonnes in 1978. The new face is 250 yards long and over eight feet high.

Evening Sentinel Oct 8th 1980 Page 22 C.F.
Sir D. Ezra toured the surface of Hem Heath colliery and saw the entrance of the new Drift, part of a £30m project linking Hem Heath and Florence, North Staffs largest pits.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 14th 1980 Page 9. F.
A controversial opencast mining plan in Chesterton was given the seal of approval by Newcastle councillors’ last night.

Evening Sentinel Oct 15th 1980 Page 11. Crewe
A retired miner, C.W. Forrester age 72 who worked at Mossfield colliery in the 1960s, went through years of suffering and finally died of his injuries he received 20 years ago.

Evening Sentinel Oct 18th 1980 Page 6. L.
Former colliery assistant manager at Florence, Mr Levi Knapper ha died at the age of 46. Since 1977 he has been general manager at Lea Hall colliery. Page 16 Three more productivity records have been broken at Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 31st 1980 Page 7 Crewe.
Miners at Hem Heath colliery have produced a hat trick of production successes for the second time in three weeks.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 7th 1980 Page 14. Crewe
Mr. John Bygott, age 60 has retired after 24 years with the coal board. He was involved in pit schemes such as Hem Heath and Florence link up and Silverdale’s new pit project. Mr Ron Ford has hung up his pit boots after 44 years service to the coal industry, the last seven as safety engineer at Florence colliery

Evening Sentinel Nov 14th 1980 Page 1. Crewe
Ambitious coal board plans for opencast mining at Great Oak in the village of Audley ran into trouble today.

Evening Sentinel Nov 14th 1980 Page 24 Crewe
Suggestions that the 600 men Victoria colliery is to close within six months were discounted by the NCB today.

Evening Sentinel Nov 19th 1980 Page 13. Crewe.
An application for permission to open a private drift mine at Dilhorne is to be considered by the Staffordshire and Moorlands council planning committee at Leek tomorrow.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 24th 1980 Page 5. Crewe.
A group of Labour councillors went on a visit to Silverdale colliery, the 7 councillors included 2 women spent 4 hours underground.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 24th 1980 Page 14 F.
Miners at Hem Heath have broken three production records in 6 weeks.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 25th 1980 Page 16, C.F.
Included in H.M.I. annual report, was a pat on the back for Chatterley Whitfield’s new museum.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 26th 1980 Page 1. C.F.
Big rises planned for council house rents could sway miners to vote no in a crucial pit head ballot on pay in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 9th 1980 Page 7 F.
Another blistering attack was made at Staffordshire Moorlands district planning committee for the alleged off handed way they had dealt with a drift mine at Dilhorne, Cheadle.

Evening Sentinel Dec 15th 1980 Page 12 F.
Co. Councillors called today for more information on the plan for the new drift mine at Dilhorne.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 19th 1980 Page 11 Crewe.
Trainee miner, A. Chandler won, “The know your pit” competition at Victoria colliery. He won £8 as first prize. A. Moran was second and won £6. A. Wrobel got £4 for third prize.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 27th 1980 Page 5 L.
P. Smallman, mining engineer, has left the coal board for a new career selling mining expertise abroad. He was manager at Holditch for three years and from 1957 to 1973 was manager at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 31st 1980 Page 15 Crewe.
More than 75,000 visitors have toured Stoke-on-Trent’s unique Chatterley Whitfield mining museum since it opened six months ago.

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