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Evening Sentinel Jan 2nd 1986 Page 8 Crewe
Mr. And Mrs Frank Bagnall celebrates their diamond wedding. Frank worked in the mining industry for 40 years. Article on the minersí strike, there were no winners only victims.

Evening Sentinel Jan 6th 1986 Page 4 Crewe
An open cast mining company may be given permission to dig up a childrenís play area near Kidsgrove.

Evening Sentinel Jan 7th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
Plans for open cast mining on derelict land near a big housing estate at Berryhill were announced today.

Evening Sentinel Jan 10th 1986 Page 14. Crewe.
The North Staffs based Western area coalfields are poised to become among the most successful in Britain, an NCB official said today.

Evening Sentinel Jan 15th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
North Staffs pitmenís leader, Jim Dowling said today that controversial pay talks between the NUM and the coal board could be completed in the near future. The package has already been accepted by the break away UDM. Mr. Dowling said despite our men not having the increase, there has been no rush to join the UDM.

Evening Sentinel Jan 15th 1986 Page 20 F.
Cheadle councillors last night raised no objections to a plan to extend open cast mining on the outskirts of the town.

Evening Sentinel Jan17th 1986 Page 1. Crewe.
Pitman C. Ellis who survived 4 hours in a cement tomb revealed today that he was terrified of falling asleep. Mr Ellis was trapped when he fell into a silo of powdered cement at Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 17th 1986 Page 13. Stafford.
Almost 12 months after the minersí strike ended fund raising is still underway to help pitmen pay off their debts.

Evening Sentinel Jan 21st 1986 Page 7. F.
A new plan for an open cast mining company threatened to delay completion of a long awaited recreation project at Birchenwood.

Evening Sentinel Jan 25th 1986 Page 4. C.F.
Council officials at Newcastle are recommending rejection of a mining company, A.F. Budge, to extend their controversial plans to the open cast site.

Evening Sentinel Jan 31st 1986 Page 13. F.
Minersí at profitable pit, Silverdale, have smashed their weekly output record for the third time in three months. They reached a new peak of 23,706 tonnes last week. Joe Wills, NUM Midland president said Silverdale is a happy pit because the miners are in one union.

Evening Sentinel Feb 1st 1986 Page 1. F.
A row erupted in North Staffs today after John Lockett, President of Florence branch NUM claimed that coal board officials closed down a pit wharf without consultation.

Evening Sentinel Feb 6th 1986 Page 22. Crewe.
North Staffs winders are to help form a new UDM branch. The move by the pit winders follows talks at a meeting in Rugeley yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Feb 7th 1986 Page 13. F.
Hem Heath pitmen are churning out around 30,000 tonnes of coal a week. This yearsí total output should be the best since 1981. The manager said the men have pulled together well since the strike.

Evening Sentinel Feb 10th 1986 Page 1. Crewe.
A group of North Staffs pit winders have now joined the breakaway union UDM and will hold their first meeting later this month.

Evening Sentinel Feb 12th 1986 Page 9. F.
Opencast mining on a hillside below Mow Cop castle would be a scar on the landscape for up to 10 years.

Evening Sentinel Feb 12th 1986 Page 9. F.
Breakaway minersí UDM leader, Roy Lynk will make his first official visit to North Staffs later this month.

Evening Sentinel Feb 15th 1986 Page 4. F.
Local families blasted controversial plans for opencast mining at Brown Lees, last night.

Evening Sentinel Feb 20th 1986 Page 24. F.
Furious councillors have attacked coal board plans for a massive extension to North Staffs biggest opencast site at Bateswood north site near Audley.

Evening Sentinel March 3rd 1986 Page 14. F.
Minersí in North staffs are keeping up their pressure to get the jobs back for pitmen sacked during the strike which ended a year ago this week.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1986 Page 7. F.
City councillors yesterday with the condition approved controversial plans for opencast mining, in Stoke-on-Trent that the operation is screened from the nearby Berryhill housing estate.

Evening Sentinel March 5th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
Protesting minersí staged an anniversary strike at Hem Heath today in support of sacked miners.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1986 Page 6. Crewe.
Plans to carry out a coal survey in the Cheadle area have been given the go ahead despite opposition. The proposals involve drilling 20 bore-holes on land at Whitehurst farm, Dilhorne.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1986 Page 24. F.
A private firmís plan to extend opencast coal mining on a childrenís play area have been thrown out. The Parklands colliery coal Co. Ltd. at the drive, Apedale are planning to extend their operations and take on an extra 12 workers.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1986 Page 12. Crewe.
Five young pitmen from Silverdale colliery are hoping to become the brains of Britainís mining industry. They reached the finals at Scarborough by winning the Western area quiz competition.

Evening Sentinel March 20th 1986 Page 1. F.
Coal boss Ian MacGregorís visit to North Staffs today sparked off allegations that dozens of pitmen have been wrongly convicted during the year-long strike. Demonstrators were outside Hem Heath colliery. Story plus photo.

Evening Sentinel March 21st 1986 Page 4. Crewe.
The second phase of an opencast coal mining plan on land off Draycott cross road, Cheadle, is to be recommended to the County Planning Authority for approval.

Evening Sentinel March 27th 1986 Page 24. C.F.
The clock was turned back 130 years as two ex-miners with pick and shovel reconstructed a page out of 19th century mining. Both have more than 100 years combined service at Chatterley Whitfield colliery.

Evening Sentinel March 29th 1986 Page 16. Special.
Miners at Silverdale have smashed their weekly output record for the forth time in six months. 24.000 tonnes from two faces.

Evening Sentinel April 4th 1986 Page 7. Crewe.
Hundreds of Bentilee residents seem set to have their protests over opencast operations ignored by Staffordshire County Council.

Evening Sentinel April 10th 1986 Page 6. Crewe.
County councillors have deferred a controversial plan for opencast mining close to Berryhill estate. They will inspect the site themselves on April 22nd.

Evening Sentinel April 18th 1986 Page 12. Crewe.
Review of book on the Cheadle coalfield. Photo of the sinking of New Haden in 1903 with sinker Jack Carr who remained at the colliery until closure in 1943. The last pit to close was Foxfield 20 yrs ago.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1986 Page 14. F.
Miners at Silverdale have just notched up the best productivity and record in the pitís 100-year history.

Evening Sentinel April 21st 1986 Page 9. Crewe.
North Staffs industry week, including an article on coal mining. Photo of G. Piggott, Silverdale colliery, operating a 200 HP machine on Great Row 3s.

Evening Sentinel April 22nd 1986 Page 1. C.F.
A massive open cast coal extraction project covering one and a quarter miles is in the pipe line, as senior County Council members visit the 37 acre site at Berryhill.

Evening Sentinel April 30th 1986 Page 7. Crewe.
The NCB deliberately used tactics to try and get NUM members to join the UDM, said Jim Colgan, Secretary of the Midlands area NUM.

Evening Sentinel May 12th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
One thousand jobs will be created in Staffordshire if plans for open cast mines are given the go-ahead it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel May 13th 1986 Page 8. Mid-day.
Fred Leigh describes the flooding of the Racecourse pit as he was going on shift; other men were coming off and said the pit was flooding. Within two hours the water was half way up the shaft.

Evening Sentinel May 21st 1986 Page 9 F.
Newcastle councillors have been invited to a meeting to discuss a proposed 400-acre open cast coal site at Kidsgrove.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1986 Page 28. Mid day
Former campaigning minersí leader, Jack Lally has died at his Stafford home. He was age 63.

Evening Sentinel May 23rd 1986 Page 11 Mid day
Mr. M. Hawkesworth, a former official at the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, is set to return after 18 months absence as the new director.

Evening Sentinel May 29th 1986 Page 11. F.
Hem Heath colliery is throwing its doors open as part of industrial year 1986 on June 7-8. It will be the first time in 13 years the public have the chance to visit the pit.

Evening Sentinel May 30th 1986 Page 7. Mid-day.
A new productivity record has been reached miners in North Staffs based Western area.

Evening Sentinel May 31st 1986 Page 12. C.F.
The search is on for 8 men in the Staffordshire area coal industry half a ton of coal from ground level into a hopper in under half a minute. The record is 29.4 seconds.

Evening Sentinel June 5th 1986 Page 6. Mid-day
Six North Staffs pitmen will set off on a mini-marathon on Saturday, trekking 3.000 feet underground at Hem Heath colliery. They will hike nine and a half miles to raise money for the Kemball special school at Fenton.

Evening Sentinel June 6th 1986 Page 1. Mid-day.
British Coal expects to replace every job lost through pit closures over the next 5 or 6 years.

Evening Sentinel June 9th 1986 Page 9. Mid-day
Sacked miners handed out leaflets to the 20.000 visitors at Hem Heath open days to let them know the coal board are not as kind as they make out.

Evening Sentinel June 10th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
Miners at Holditch colliery have hit a high note by smashing two, ten year-old records within a week. They achieved the best output and productivity figures in the 60-year history of the mine.

Evening Sentinel June 11th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
A miner who faces the rest of his life in a wheel chair after an accident at Wolstanton colliery, was awarded £280.000 damages in a two minute hearing Stafford today, 6 years after the accident.

Evening Sentinel June 18th 1986 Page 16. Ex
Miners at Holditch colliery have broken the pitís production record for the second successive week. The new weekly output record now stands at 19.626 tonnes.

Evening Sentinel June 25th 1986 Page 11. F.
Mr H. Simcock age 85 suffered spinal injuries in a cave in accident at Chatterley Whitfield colliery in 1925. He died earlier this year. The jury today recorded accidental death.

Evening Sentinel July 3rd 1986 Page 20. C.F.
The County council threw out controversial plans for open cast mining on the Victoria colliery site at Brown Lees, today.

Evening Sentinel July 7th 1986 Page 12. C.F.
Women working in pit canteens have accused British Coal of sex discrimination. Fourteen women from England and Wales including Hem Heath, today, began their battle.

Evening Sentinel July 10th 1986 Page 11. Extra.
Four women from Hem Heath and Holditch collieries attended a tribunal at Chelsea on their battle for equal pay. They were; Mrs Marion Thomas, Hem Heath, Mrs. P. Wilkie, Hem Heath Mrs. Doreen Podmore, Holditch and Mrs. Vera Tagg Holditch.

Evening Sentinel July 10th 1986 Page 6. Extra.
T. Tooth, a 79 year old widower from Blurton has completed a 100th scale model of Hem Heath headgear in match sticks, 9,200 of them which has taken him about a year.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1986 Page 1. Extra.
A Chinese delegation visited Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum at the weekend for a sneak preview. It will be opened to the public at the end of August.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1986 Page 1. C.F.
An investigation began when 30 miners were trapped for 2 hours half way down the 3.000 feet shaft at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 22nd 1986 Page 20. F.
Two men, are believed to have been suspended on full pay as inquiries go on into how 30 miners became trapped in the cage for 2 hours at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 24th 1986 Page 1. F.
British coal have been given a legal order to stop a controversial pirate market on land at the former Mossfield colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 25th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
The inquiry into why 30 men had been trapped in a cage half way down the shaft at Florence colliery has led to a man been disciplined and transferred to other duties. Page 20 Mr. and Mrs Cyril Aldridge celebrate their golden wedding, Cyril worked in the mining industry for 49 years, retiring from Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 30th 1986 Page 16. C.F.
British Coal yesterday announced they had slashed their deficit to £50m compared with £875m the year before the minersí strike. Jim Dowling, secretary of the NUM Power Group said the improved trading figures were the result of ďmisery and heartache ion the industryĒ.

Evening Sentinel Aug 1st 1986 Page 10. Extra.
Silverdale pitmen have revived their annual gala, which was last held 5 years ago.

Evening Sentinel Aug 11th 1986 Page 7. Extra.
A public inquiry into plans to create North Staffs biggest open cast mine on the outskirts of Newcastle is expected to last for two weeks.

Evening Sentinel Aug 16th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
Blackie, the pit pony that served in a Durham mine until his retirement is a entertaining visitors at a festival while on loan from Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel Aug 19th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
From 10am tomorrow, visitors to the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum will be directed through a quarter of a mile long pit gallery, created to take over from the 700feet below ground gallery lost through flooding

Evening Sentinel Aug 23rd 1986 Page 13. Extra.
Hem Heath team, winners of the minersí national championship in a race in conjunction with the Potteries marathon, for the third time in succession received a silver salver from J. Belcher, colliery manager.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 26th 1986 Page 12. Extra.
Jim Dowling, a member of the National Executive of the NUM said the meeting with Sir Robert Haslam, who will take over from Ian Magregor, could be the start of a new era in industrial relations.
Evening Sentinel Aug. 28th 1986 Page 20 Extra.
Minersí leader Arthur Scargill will highlight latest developments in the pit pay wrangle, when he speaks at the Hem Heath social club next month.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 3rd 1986 Page 11. Extra
Attendances at the Chatterley Whitfield Mining museum have been boosted by the opening of a new pit attraction. Attendances have soared in the first 14 days to almost 1,000.

Evening Sentinel Sep 4th 1986 Page 26 Extra.
The NUM are organising an early meeting with new boss Sir Robert Haslam in a bid to settle the pay row a North Staffs pit menís leader revealed today.

Evening Sentinel Sep 5th 1986 Page 15. F.
Open cast mining officials have been accused of withholding information, which could affect the outcomes of a public inquiry due to open in Newcastle next week.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 8th 1986 Page 6 Extra
Full page spread on the background to the final barrel of words over the High Lane open cast scheme with pictures and map.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 8th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
The new Coal Board Chairman went over the head of A. Scargill today in a bid to end the deadlock over minerís pay. He announced that pay rates would be automatically imposed on miners. And there would be extra cash for miners who worked during the yearlong strike. This would be £350.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 9th 1986 Page 14. C.F.
Trixie Jones visited Holditch colliery as a VIP guest. Her father helped to sink the 70-year-old shaft and her broth was killed in an explosion 50 years ago.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 11th 1986 Page 8. Extra.
The storm over the ďunfairĒ minersí pay increase could lead to industrial action. Jim Dowling, NUM Power Group Secretary said trouble was brewing because men working side by side would get up to £350 difference in back pay.

Evening Sentinel Sep 12th 1986 Page 15. F.
Six miners from Hem Heath colliery have raised £570 to help handicapped children at Kemball special school, Fenton.

Evening Sentinel Sep 13th 1986 Page 1 Extra.
Num President, A. Scargill, addressing members at Hem Heath social club as anger grew about British Coalís plans to dock the pay of men who joined the yearlong strike. Only miners who worked through the stoppage will have an £8 per week payment backdated to last November. Those who stayed on strike would lose £350 on the deal.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 16th 1986 Page 18. C.F.
Minerís leaders in North Staffs welcomed the setting up of talks next Tuesday with Sir R. Haslam who has agreed to meet the NUM Executive for urgent discussions.

Evening Sentinel Oct 3rd 1986 Page 28. Extra.
The leader of the Num Power group was today discussing a major document, which outlines the NUMís financial plight, in North Staffs. The yearlong strike plunged the NUM into a financial nightmare.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 3rd 1986 Page 1. C.F.
John Walker, age 42 was killed in an accident at Great Row colliery today. He was trapped under a coal tub when he tried to stop it rolling down a slope.

Evening Sentinel Oct 4th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
The row over the sale by British Coal of houses on a minerís estate at Kidsgrove is to be investigated by the NUM.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 8th 1986 Page 14. F.
A new reduced redundancy scheme for miners was a bitter blow for Staffordshire pitmen, a union leader claimed today, which could half what the workers have been getting.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 13th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
Photo of Jess Conrad and members of the cast ďLeave Him To HeavenĒ currently appearing at the Theatre Royal, seen during a visit to Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. Page 16. Write up plus photos of Chatterley Whitfield in 1912 and a scheme to re-create colliery railways.

Evening Sentinel Oct 15th 1986 Page 14. C.F.
The Stafford based NUM Headquarters has been put up for sale as part of a cost cutting exercise. Jim Colgan and staff will move to the unionís North Staffs office in Burslem.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 26th 1986 Page 18. Extra.
Latest figures show the number of miners in the Stoke based area has been cut by a third in the past 3 years.

Evening Sentinel Oct 29th 1986 Page 16. Extra.
Coal from future open cast sites in North Staffordshire will be the ďLifebloodĒ of pits serving power stations, the Energy Minister, David Hunt said yesterday.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 4th 1986 Page 1. Crewe.
Union officials were holding further talks with management at Silverdale today to get agreement over plans to hold an on site ballot over a controversial new scheme. NUM branch secretary, Mick Finney said the manager would not give us a reply, because, he said he had not got enough time to discuss it.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 8th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
Miners at Silverdale, in an NUM ballot voted 400 against a scheme to create a multi purpose work force, and only 4 in support. The plan was to train electricians and fitters as face workers.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 10th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
Mr. A. Proctor, UDM leader in North Staffs welcomed proposed new laws which will give the break away union equal status with the NUM in negotiations with the Coal Board.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 11th 1986 Page 16. Extra.
Three North Staffordshire pitmen with over 100 years service in the coal industry between them have retired from Hem Heath colliery. The pit they helped to develop into one of the Western areaís showpiece production units.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 12th 1986 Page 12. Extra.
Joe Wills, North Staffs president of the NUM claimed today that the government plan to privatise British Coal. They are cutting the industry to the bone, then it will be put up for grabs. If the Tories get back into power again thousands more miners would lose their jobs.

Evening Sentinel Nov.13th 1986 Page 1. Extra.
Four miners jailed for an arson attack during the pit strike are now working for a former NCB boss at the Above Park mine, Dilhorne. Mr Eaton, the Boardís chief spokesman during the strike said; ďIf these men work, they will keep their jobs.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 14th 1986 Page 32 F.
A back pay agreement that will gave North Staffs miners £350 Christmas box was welcomed by Jim Dowling, the craftsmenís union leader. He said it was a victory for commonsense and a victory for the NUM who had regained the art of negotiations.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 22nd 1986 Page 1. C.F.
North Staffs based president, Joe Wills claimed the high court decision that pitmen who took part in the 1984/85 strike will lose their pension rights for that year, was unfair.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 27th 1986 Page 6. Extra.
Minerís chief Joe Wills today attacked coal imports from South Africa, which was destroying British jobs. He said the trade has been going on for a long time and the NUM has campaigned against it.

Evening Sentinel Nov 29th 1986 Page 7. Extra.
Mr. George Davies has retired as shift under-manager at Florence colliery after 43 years in the industry. He received a long service award from Mr. A. Plant the manager.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 6th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
Silverdale witnessed the end of an era when work began on dismantling the head-gear. The pithead standing out against the skyline has been a familiar site since 1876 when a wooden frame was first erected for ironstone extraction. The shaft will be kept open to prevent flooding into the drift mine.

Evening Sentinel Dec 10th 1986 Page 18. C.F.
Santa Clause arrived early this year for a 14-man syndicate at Hem Heath colliery with a £40.000 pools win.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 12th 1986 Page 10. Extra.
British Coal are being urged to reveal their plans for the future development of the now defunct Wolstanton colliery.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 12th 1986 Page 12. Extra.
An arms cache dating back to the Second World War has been unearthed at Silverdale colliery. More than 200 rounds of ammunition were found when workmen ripped up concrete foundations on an old roadway.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 12th 1986 Page 1. Extra
One hundred miners at Florence colliery refused to train on life-saving equipment, because of the killer AIDS scare. Six hundred men have completed the course.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1986 Page 16 C.F.
Union officials were holding talks today in their campaign to get two sacked miners their jobs back. An appeal tribunal in London gave the go ahead to a fresh hearing over whether the sackings were fair.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 17th 1986 Page 4. Extra.
Royal Dulton chairman, Sir Richard Bailey went on an underground visit at Silverdale colliery today. He had a chat with pitmen on the new Great Row 5s face. Sir Richard is to take over the presidency of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum Trust.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 19th 1986 Page 1. C.F.
Minersí leaders claim they were snubbed over invitation to mark a 1m tonne production target at Hem Heath colliery. NUM branch secretary, Bob Anderson, said it seems part of the boardís attempts to isolate the union. John Connan branch chairman, said we have always been invited before.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 20th 1986 Page 1. F.
Four North Staffs pitmen started a sponsored trek 3.500 feet below ground at Florence colliery and will donate the cash raised to local childrenís charities.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 23rd. 1986 Page 5. Extra.
Miners at Silverdale colliery have smashed the pitís weekly output by nearly 2.500 tonnes. The total was 27.000 tonnes.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 29th 1986 Page 9. Extra.
Minerís leader A. Scargill will travel to North Staffs next month for talks with pit craftsmen over the merger of pit areas. Mr. Jim Dowling, leader of the Power Group has made it quite clear to Mr. Scargill. He is against the merger.

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