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Evening Sentinel Jan 6th 1982 Page 13 Crewe.
Miner Andy Daws age 36 is anxious to establish an athletic club for the men at Hem Heath. He runs in the local marathons.

Evening Sentinel Jan 6th 1982 Page 14 C.F.
Pitmen from all over North Staffs are expected to attend the funeral of Bob Harrison age 78. This former pitman had an uncanny ability to detect hidden coal reserves.

Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1982 Page 13 F.
Miners’ leader based in North Staffs today urged pitmen to reject strike action and accept the NCB pay offer.

Evening Sentinel Jan 12th 1982 Page 7. F.
Mr. J. Trolley, mechanisation engineer, has retired after 41 years service in the mining industry. He was responsible for the introduction of heavy duty equipment at Holditch, Hem heath and Florence.

Evening Sentinel Jan 13th 1982 Page 1 Crewe.
Planning committee members have recommended that the scheme for a mine on the site of former Parkhall colliery should not go forward.

Evening Sentinel Jan 14th 1982 Page 11 Crewe.
The NCB have won a national award for their development of the former Norton colliery as an industrial estate for expanding and new firms.

Evening Sentinel Jan 15th 1982 Page 24 C.F.
Miniture lamps and cheques were handed over to Mr. J. Love, C. Cooke, and H. Babski who have retired from Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1982 Page 11 Crewe.
Mr. B.M. Ball age 44, died when a dinting machine jack-knifed in an accident at Silverdale colliery, an inquest heard yesterday

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1982 Page 22 F.
Thousands of tonnes of coal have to be stockpiled at North staff’s pits as the train drivers dispute continues. Worst hit are Hem Heath, Florence and Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1982 Page 4. L.
Long serving miner-workers, J. Caddy and A. Smith were presented with farewell gifts also service certificates. The two Victoria colliery men have notched up 91 years in coal mining.

Evening Sentinel Feb 5th 1982 Page 14 Crewe
J.A. Smith age 70 died 11 years after being involved in a pit accident. At the inquest it was stated that he had died due to his injuries. He worked at Hem heath.

Evening Sentinel Feb 9th 1982 Page 1 Crewe.
Train drivers throughout Staffordshire stage a 24 hour-strike today and left the Coal board with a staggering Ł7m loss.

Evening Sentinel Feb 10th 1982 Page 18 F.
Miners throughout North Staffs today stepped into the dispute involving train drivers.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 16th 1982 Page 1 C.F.
Police issued a danger alert to motorcyclists after a mineshaft collapsed on a popular scrambling track. It was a 100 feet deep hole on the former site of Jamage colliery.

Evening Sentinel Feb 17th 1982 Page 10. Crewe.
Coal Board officials yesterday promised to make safe two open mine shafts at Burslem following claims that one of them was dangerous

Evening Sentinel Feb. 18th 1982 Page 21 Crewe.
Hem Heath colliery worker, Cliffe Storey, should be in peak fitness for his return battle with Glasgow featherweight Edie Glencross, when public professional boxing returns to Burslem on March 10th.

Evening Sentinel March 3rd 1982 Page 13 Crewe
Write up on new book “Cheadle Coal Town” by H. Chester age 74 Picture of Cheadle Park colliery 1880.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1982 Page 13 F.
Coal board experts last night released a detailed blueprint of a giant opencast mining project in Newcastle’s Apedale valley.

Evening Sentinel March 5th 1982 Page 10 Crewe.
Mining subsidence has been creating problems for a major north-sea pipeline, which passes through the Barlaston area.

Evening Sentinel March 5th 1982 Page13. F.
Measures taken by the NCB to improve the tipping of coal waste from Silverdale colliery at Scot Hay and Alsagers bank impressed councillors when they inspected the two sites yesterday.

Evening Sentinel March 9th 1982 Page 13. Crewe.
An industrial review “Coal, Fuel of the Future” by John Northard, area director NCB Western Area.

Evening Sentinel March 17th 1982 Page 5. Crewe.
Miners killed in the Chatterley colliery, may soon be commemorated with a plaque. But first they need to gather a full list of the victims.

Evening Sentinel March 20th 1982 Page 1. L.
Arthur Scargill, in his first visit to Stoke-on-Trent since becoming president elect of the NUM. The miner’s leader was out to win the hearts and minds of a packed Hem Heath colliery social club audience.

Evening Sentinel March 22nd 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
A full-scale inquiry was underway today after a man died in a mystery pit tragedy at Hem Heath colliery. The body of a middle-aged man was recovered from the bottom of the shaft.

Evening Sentinel March 23rd 1982 Page 1. C.F.
More than 50 miners downed tools at lunchtime at Florence colliery . The colliery had produced its first million tonnes of coal in a year. The first in its 108-year history. A special reception to mark the occasion was hastily called off after the protest, which was about who was invited.

Evening Sentinel March 25th 1982 Page 14. Crewe.
Newcastle’s Mayor, Miss E. Mayer led a civic visit to Silverdale colliery to inspect a mining project costing above Ł30m. Page 18. The miner killed in a 3.000 feet horror Hem Heath plunge was named L. Weston age 44, a father of four. He was identified by finger prints and dental records.

Evening Sentinel March 24th 1982 Page 14. C.F.
Production was back to normal today at Florence colliery, following yesterday’s walkout in a row over celebrations to mark the pits 1m. tonne record. The NCB said it was a misunderstanding.

Evening Sentinel March 29th 1982 Page 1 Crewe. br> A group of young miners from Florence colliery took two nurses on a charity bed push through the streets of Longton to raise money for ward 52 at the North Staffs maternity hospital.

Evening Sentinel April 1st 1982 Page 1. C.F.
Mr. D. Hulme age 65 received his service certificate 25 years late. He left the rescue service through injury in 1957 after an accident at Victoria colliery. Mines Rescue service superintendent Mr. D Broome presented him with a certificate and a miniature rescue man figure.

Evening Sentinel April 2nd 1982 Page 10 Crewe.
Write up of Lord mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Mr. Sillitoe, on his visit to Chatterley Whitfield mining museum yesterday.

Evening Sentinel April 5th 1982 Page 9. F.
Pits in the Midlands area are to benefit from an export order boost to Sweden, but the 75,000 tonnes is unlikely to have a big impact on North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel April 7th 1982 Page 16. Crewe.
Mr. & Mrs C.E. Price celebrated their golden wedding, he was a boiler man at Leycett colliery for 28 years, also Mr. & Mrs L. Chiled, and he had completed 48 years service at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel April 9th 1982 Page 1 Crewe.
Miners at Florence colliery produced a million tonnes of coal for the first time in the pits 108-year history. Output per man-shift was 8.68 tonnes. Hem Heath also smashed records with 1,240,192 tonnes at 8.39 tonnes per man-shift.

Evening Sentinel April 27th 1982 Page 12. Crewe.
Photo of Mr. G. Hawthorn, C. Walley and A. Dodd winners of the Victoria colliery fire fighting competition.

Evening Sentinel April 29th 1982 Page 11. Crewe.
Miners in North Staffs are urging the NUM to support the nurses pay claim. Hem Heath pitman Mr. B. Whitfield, branded the wages as a disgrace.

Evening Sentinel May 7th 1982 Page 12. Crewe.
Stoke-on-Trent will be the first port of call of a master art exhibition, which reflects three centuries of coal mining and starts a 7 months tour of England and Wales in the autumn.

Evening Sentinel June 1st 1982 Page 6 Crewe.
Veteran coliers are being urged to dig up their souvenirs of days spent underground. The appeal comes from Chatterley Whitfield mining museum.

Evening Sentinel June 4th 1982 Page 14 Crewe.
Miners of Florence colliery have beaten pitmen from Staffordshire, Lancashire, North Wales and Cumbrian coalfields to win the NCB Western area fire fighting standards competition.

Evening Sentinel June 12th 1982 Page 1. L.
Joe Gormley, who was made a life peer in the Queen’s birthday honours list, worked in North Staffs for a short time in the 1950s. His wife worked at Staffordshire Potteries in Meir.

Evening Sentinel June 18th 1982 page 7. Crewe.
North Staffs born Mr. G.F. Morris a deputy chief engineer in the NCB has died at the age of 60.

Evening Sentinel June 19th 1982 Page 1. S.F
Banner carrying protesters objecting to a plan for opencast mining on 17 acres of land off Drayton Cross Rd. Cheadle lobbies Staffordshire Moorland councillors meeting at Leek today.

Evening Sentinel June 21st 1982 Page 8. Crewe.
Stoke-on-Trent’s museums have scooped a double top in the Nation wide competition. The new Ł3m plus City museum and art gallery won museum of the year and Chatterley Whitfield mining museum the best industrial museum.

Evening Sentinel June 22nd 1982 Page 7. F.
Jack Lally is to retire after 20 years as Midlands’s area president of the NUM He was a former ripper at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.

Evening Sentinel June 23rd 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
Thousands of miners walked out today to add their industrial muscle to health workers 24-hour strike. All pits but one in North Staffs were at a stand still.

Evening Sentinel June 24th 1982 Page 24. Crewe.
Campaigning families have lost their fight to block a controversial opencast mining scheme in the village of Scot Hay.

Evening Sentinel June 26th 1982 Page 1. L.
Firemen launched an emergency operation early today after a freak lightning bolt struck the main power room at Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 2nd 1982 Page 15. Crewe.
Two mining officials with a total of 90 years service between them retired this week from the Western area of the NCB. Mr. D. Blakewell 44 years and Mr. B. Humphries 45 years, he started his career as a fitter at Norton colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 8th 1982 Page 7. Crewe.
Mr. D. Hodgkinson age 37 has taken over the job as manager of Point of Ayr colliery. He was deputy manager of Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 10th 1982 Page 3. L.
Big write up on Sam Finney. He was born at Audley 125 years ago and rose to be one of the dominant figures in North Staffordshire mining in the first quarter of this century, who ended up being the first M.P. for Burslem.

Evening Sentinel July 15th 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
Workers at Victoria colliery, which is coming to the end of its life are understood to be discussing the vacancies at the weekend. Jobs are being provided at Florence and Hem Heath. Page 17 The Hem Heath “A” frame is getting a face-lift. They are grit blasting it and will use 6,000 gallons of grey paint.

Evening Sentinel July 19th 1982 Page 9. Crewe
Talks were still taking place today on the future of miners at Victoria colliery. Since the NCB advertised for jobs there have been 600 applications. Crewe addition page 1. Victoria colliery to close, production will cease from the end of this month.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1982 Page 9. Crewe.
After years of speculation, Victoria colliery has finally had the chop. There were mixed reactions to the closure.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1982 Page 1. C.F.
Hopes that the site of the doomed Victoria colliery can be turned into an industrial estate for Biddulph was expressed today.

Evening Sentinel July 29th 1982 Page 13. Crewe.
A big salvage operation will get the go-ahead after production ends on Friday at Victoria colliery. Millions of pounds of equipment will be brought to the surface over the next 6 months.

Evening Sentinel July 30th 1982 Page 13 Crewe.
More than a hundred miners start at Florence and Hem Heath on Monday, following the cease of production at Victoria. About two hundred will remain to carry out salvage work, and will be transferred to other collieries later. Page 16 The EEC will be funding some of the redundancy payments to the men who lose their jobs as a result of the Victoria closure.

Evening Sentinel July 31st 1982 Page 16. L.
A band of safe NCB drivers rolled up to Cobridge last night to take part in a special presentation for accident free driving for the coal board during their careers.

Evening Sentinel August edition is of very poor quality.
Aug 20th 1982 Page 4, Article by R.D. Woodall on explosion at Burslem 125 years ago, plus Sneyd and Mossfield collieries.

Evening Sentinel Aug 23rd 1982 Page 1. Crewe
Coal board officials rejected claims that Florence and Holditch collieries were included in a list of 46 in jeopardy.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 1st 1982 Page 12 C.F.
A job assurance was given to North Staffs miners today following a warning of a cut in the coal industries workforce.

Evening Sentinel Sep 4th1982 Page 3 L.
Mr. Alan Plant has been appointed the new manager of West Cannock 5 colliery. He began his mining career at Park Hall then moved on to Florence 10 years later. He then became under-manager of at Hem Heath in 1968.

Evening Sentinel Sep 13th 1982 Page 1. C.F. Councillors at Newcastle are being recommended by their officers to submit a holding objection to the NCBs open casting proposals at High Lane, Apedale near Chesterton.

Evening Sentinel Sep 17th 1982 Page 17 Crewe.
Four North Staffs collieries, Hem Heath, Florence, Holditch and Wolstanton each have new under-managers.

Evening Sentinel Sep 20th 1982 Page 7. F.
A meeting in North Staffs at which NCB deputy chairman Mr. Jim Cowan was to speak, has been cancelled because of the dispute over the health workers pay claim.

Evening Sentinel Sep 23rd 1982 Page 23. F.
Friends and workmates of Jack Holford age 62, met to present him with a 3-year certificate at a Sneyd Green hotel. He started work at Mossfield as a 14-year old haulage boy.

Evening Sentinel Sep 29th 1982 Page 22 Crewe.
An exhibition entitled “Coal – British Mining in Art” opens in the City Museum in Hanley tomorrow.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 1st 1982 Page 24 C.F.
A North Staffs mining chief C. Barlow accused NCB chairman N Siddall of being provocative on the eve of a vital wage conference.

Evening Sentinel Oct 5th 1982 C.F. Page 14
Delegates from North Staffs based Power Group opposed the rest of the miners’ union when they voted against industrial action over pay and pit closures, 136 to 2. The Power Group supplying the slim opposition.

Evening Sentinel Oct 6th 1982 Page 9. Crewe.
Mr. J. Bishop, editor of the Illustrated London News,, presented the National Heritage Museum of the year, award to Ron Southern chairman of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum trust committee.

Evening Sentinel Oct 6th 1982 Page 14. C.F.
A controversial plan for open-cast mining in the Apedale Valley should get underway with out delay a Staffordshire County Council member urged today.

Evening Sentinel Oct 7th 1982 Page14. Crewe.
An article on the many faces of coal mining by a current exhibition at the City Museum and Art Gallery.

Evening Sentinel Oct 8th 1982 Page 1. C.F.
Delegates from the Midland area of the NUM today gave their unanimous support to their national executive fight over pay and manpower cuts and to impose an overtime ban from midnight Sunday.

Evening Sentinel Oct 12th 1982 Page 16. F.
Contingency plans to safe guard North Staffs collieries against an all out strike by miners were being drawn up today. Mines had to be safe against gas, water and spontaneous combustion.

Evening Sentinel Oct 13th 1982 Page 7. Crewe.
Mining safety engineer Fred Walley age 60 has retired after 44 years service in North Staffs, Cannock and Warwickshire coalfields. He started work at Kemball colliery in 1938 he also worked at Hem Heath.

Evening Sentinel Oct 13th 1982 Page 9. F.
The transformation of the former Norton pit surface buildings were refurbished to provide small units for several firms employing about 90 workers.

Evening Sentinel Oct 14th 1982 Page 7. Crewe.
Angry labour party members last night attacked plans to extend mining development in the village of Audley.

Evening Sentinel Oct 15th 1982 Page 10. Crewe
A disused mine shaft at Biddulph which is a potential death trap for children, is still accessible, 10 months after the owners were ordered to seal it off.

Evening Sentinel Oct 16th 1982 Page 1. L.
Opportunities in new technologies to keep coal production competitive had to be taken, even if it means manpower will fall, a coal board chief said in Hanley today.

Evening Sentinel Oct 18th 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
The miners’ overtime ban led to 240 men being sent home from Wolstanton colliery, where shaft and underground maintenance inspections, normally done at weekends had not been completed said an NCB official. Page 10 A. Scargill told a Power Group meeting in North Staffs that the Union did not have the money to pay pitmen on strike.

Evening Sentinel Oct 21st 1982 Page 1. F.
Police corded off a piece of land on a housing est. today after part of a garden and pavement collapsed at Butt Lane, the hole was 15 feet wide. The NCB have been called in.

Evening Sentinel Oct 25th 1982 Page 9. F.
Pitmen at Hem Heath walked out today because vital safety work had not been carried out. An NCB spokesman said the hold up was just one of many throughout the Western area due to the overtime ban.

Evening Sentinel Oct 27th 1982 Page 18. Crewe.
Miners who operate the winding gear at pits in North Staffordshire meet tonight to make a decision, which could bring collieries to a standstill on Monday.

Evening Sentinel Nov 2nd 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
Miners have voted against strike action and to accept the coal board’s 8.5% pay offer. C. Barlow NUM agent for North Staffs said the pay vote must not give the green light to pit closures.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 3rd 1982 Page 1. C.F.
Roy Ottey, secretary of the NUM Power Group accused A. Scargill of dramatics, over a so-called pit hit list. An NCB spokesman said there is no such thing as a hit list.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 4th 1982 Page 14 Crewe.
A plan to transform the derelict Park Hall colliery site off Leek Rd. Cheadle, into a public amenity, has been revealed by Staffordshire County Council.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 13th 1982 Page 16. L.
County Council chiefs were today urged to give firm commitment on future leisure plans at the proposed opencast hearing near Newcastle.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 17th 1982 Page 18. Crewe.
Five hundred miners from North Staffordshire are attending a special lecture at Burslem town hall over four days on the dangers of methane gas in the pits.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 23rd 1982 Page 14 Crewe.
Trevor Bell, secretary of COSA, which represents middle management in the pits, made a plea for more talk and less confrontation in North Staffs today. He was referring to the forth-coming talks on the so-called hit list of pits.

Evening Sentinel Nov 26th 1982 Page 24 Crewe.
Miners at Wolstanton colliery have, for the second time in two weeks achieved a record overall face production of 14.2 tonnes. The previous week was 13.21 tonnes. The pit produced 11.836 tonnes from two faces in the Coxhead seam.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 27th 1982 Page 1. C.FF.
Wolstanton colliery has been named as one of the pits on the NCBs “hit list” just hours after its miners had set new productivity record. Mr. G. Bentley, NUM branch secretary said there are certainly plenty of coal reserves, if it were to close, it would be a government decision.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 29th 1982 page 29. F.
A claim that Wolstanton pit was on a NCB hit list was today condemned as farcical by Roy Ottey, Sec. of the NUM Power Group.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 1st 1982 Page 1. Crewe.
Miners in North Staffordshire are heading for a bumper Christmas and New Year payment after boosting production to record levels, it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 10th 1982 Page 24
Wolstanton is to close, insists Arthur Scargill. The NUM president personally stepped into the row over the future of the pit, saying that it was definitely on the coal boards hit list.

Evening Sentinel Dec 13th 1982 Page 5.
Coal board chiefs are planning to embark on the most ambitious opencast mining scheme ever to affect the Borough of Newcastle. (There is a full article on this.)

Evening Sentinel Dec. 29th 1982 Page 5.
Pitmen at Florence won the NCBs area fire fighting standards competition for the second year running, beating twenty teams. (Photo with banner and shield.)

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