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Posted by: CJRK at time: 26/11/2013 10:08
Call for help in Barnsley asbestos related disease case The family of a Monk Bretton man are appealing for information regarding his working life in a number of collieries. Mr Alfred Kirk developed cancer (asbestos related mesothelioma) after working underground for more than 30 years at a number of collieries including Wharncliffe Woodmoor, Barnsley Main and Barrow. Mr Kirk had always enjoyed very good health until 2009 when he began experiencing symptoms that he initially thought were due to a chest infection. He was experiencing shortness of breath and found it difficult to walk about. Sadly however he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and passed away on 1 May 2013. The coroner found that mesothelioma was the only cause of death. The only cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Mr Kirk believed he had been exposed to asbestos when he worked on the surface at Barrow Colliery in the 1970’s and 1980’s from either the welding gloves he had to hand out or on some pipes that were lagged with asbestos in his working area. Victoria Elves of Raleys Solicitors handling the case on behalf of Mr Kirk’s family said: “We are trying to trace anyone who remembers working with Alfred at any of the collieries mentioned or who can provide information about the working conditions Mr Kirk experienced. Any information we can obtain could prove extremely useful”.” Call Victoria Elves on 01226 603070
Posted by: CJRK at time: 26/11/2013 10:07
Call for help in South Kirkby Colliery compensation case The widow of a Pontefract man who developed cancer after 30 years of working underground at South Kirkby Colliery is appealing for help in her fight for compensation. Mrs Kate Purcell from Hemsworth is looking for information that could help her in her fight for justice after the death of her husband Alan. Mr Alan Purcell was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in March 2012 and tragically died less than two months later. Up until his diagnosis Mr Purcell thought he had been suffering from a severe chest infection. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung lining and asbestos exposure is the only known cause of the disease. Sadly because Alan died so soon after he was diagnosed it wasn’t possible to get to the bottom of where his exposure to asbestos came from. His family feel however that it must have been due to his work at South Kirkby pit as he was employed there for most of his working life. Victoria Elves of Raleys Solicitors handling the case on behalf of Mrs Purcell said: “Mesotheloima can be caused by only slight exposure to asbestos, therefore any exposure Mr Purcell had could be important to the case.” “We are trying to trace anyone who remembers working with Alan at South Kirkby Colliery or who can provide any information about working at that pit. Any information we can obtain could prove extremely useful”. Call Victoria Elves on 01226 603070
Posted by: Beverley at time: 26/11/2013 10:02
Ex-NUM Derrick Cooke "Nebby" former machine man at Frickley Colliery for 42 years, died at the age of 86. His eldest daughter Beverley would welcome attendance of anyone that knew him at his funeral on Thursday 28 November at Archbishop Holgate Church, Robin Lane, Hemsworth at 12.15pm and following on at Pontefract Crematorium at 1.20.
Posted by: david Howell at time: 19/11/2013 20:04
Is it possible now the UK coal miners and retired UK coal miners are going to get con coal allowanc they will bring into line the same for ex british miners that lost there coal allowance .I did 33 years in mine in derbyshire but did not get my fuel allowance because I was 48 and not 50 years of age ...I think I am just as entitled to allowance as the UK miners who are getting it with no age restictions , it would be nice if you could take my case up and many more ex miners in same predicamert.
Posted by: david douglass at time: 07/11/2013 16:20
Just to pencil in your diaries, Feb 27/28 March 1st & 2nd 30th anniversary commemoration of the great coal strike of 1984/5. At Tyneside Irish Club, Gallowgate Newcastle. With an exhibition of banners, photos, and exhibits, speakers, singers and music..more details to follow. We are also meeting at Broadway, Dunscroft, Doncaster, 12noon this Saturday 9th November to discuss a Hatfield Main / Doncaster coalfield commemoration in Stainforth /Dunscroft on Sunday 9th March, if you want this to take place please come along and say so..
Posted by: Christopher Tandy at time: 16/10/2013 15:58
I was hoping that the NUM would publicise my campaign, being run on the '38 degrees' website. The title of which is fairly self-explanatory: "No taxpayer funding for Margaret Thatcher Museum & Library ".http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-taxpayer-funding-for-margaret-thatcher-memorial-museum-library I have amassed nearly 15,000 signatures, but feel I could double that number with your help; and I'm sure,if you read the petition, that you would agree with it most fully. This proposal, for a museum in her honour, has slipped from the news somewhat, but I would guess that the proposal still stands, lurking in some corner of Cameron's office, waiting to be pulled out when his propaganda-machine starts creaking once more. Can I ask for your assistance in publicising this matter, and spreading the words amongst your members? I thank you in advance! Chris Tandy,York.
Posted by: Derek Lucas at time: 07/10/2013 20:30
Where can I obtain the clocking in number of my father who used to work in the mines
Posted by: old timer at time: 07/09/2013 18:25
budge bankrupt. oh how the mighty fall!!
Posted by: ralph jones at time: 18/08/2013 13:50
I have just had a book published about the 84 strike called the silent wheels: big boy's story. The book is full of true stories from the picket lines and elsewhere most of them comical. It shows the other side of the strike, not a political view.to those who are no longer here to see the 30th anniversary arrive next march It is also a tribute The book is available on play.com amazon and most online book stores
Posted by: John Scott. at time: 12/08/2013 16:57
Hi there, trying to make contact with Wingnut, ( Dave Hatfield.) Dave if you read this message, can you contact me. 07891962506, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Posted by: CJRK at time: 26/11/2013 10:05
John, I have passed on your contact information to Dave Hadfield (Wingnut).
Posted by: Eddie Gouthwaite Ex Cortonwood,Bullcliffe Wood, Calder Drift and so called 'Scab Grange' at time: 30/07/2013 18:20
Markham Colliery Memorial Having rode the cage at Cortonwood Colliery it is unimaginable the terror that these men must have endured and the sorrow their families live with.
Posted by: Jimmy Fairhurst at time: 24/07/2013 00:12
Hi Fellas, I'm looking for a bit of help. I'm an actor researching for the part of Jud in KES - I'm sure some of you will remember the film. Derby Theatre are putting ona new production and I'm researching mining in the late 60's and trying to get a grasp on just why Jud hated his job so much. and the flipside of that - how he used to hit the town when he got the chance. I'm looking for: a) Anecdotal material from any miners working in the late 60's. (Even better if in Yorkshire or Barnsley) b) info on Any working mines that I could visit ASAP. Any help you could extend me would be fantastic. My old man worked the pits in the NW but I've exhausted all his anecdotes and info and am looking for as much as possible. Thanks in advance. Jimmy
Posted by: Les Ball at time: 15/07/2013 16:12
Following the death of Maggie Thatcher I felt the need to put down my thoughts on paper so i wrote this poem. Strong arms and backs and hearts of men, Dropped like heavy stones deep and fast, To where canary yellow sung it's song, And some men coughed pneumosilicosus lung, To dig black gold to power our yesterdays. Faint echoed voices caught on the wind, Blown like litter along deserted streets, Of empty terraced houses back to back, Where washing lines were lined with grime washed clothes, From the toil of all our yesterdays. Stand, stand at the centre of their empty homes, Stand and listen to the echoes of a pit brass band, A Cornet solos haunting notes that drifts accross a landscape bare, Of slag heap hills made from the toil of all our yesterdays.
Posted by: Darren Gerrard at time: 14/07/2013 16:37
It was the great strike of 1984 that began my political awareness. Then I was a 16 year old still at school but even then I had a strong sense of justice and fairness and could not believe that the miners and their families could be treated in this way by what most people believed to be the state of a free country. The miners were then and still are to me the vanguard of the working class struggle and at some point in history will be honoured as such. Now I am a union branch organiser and an active member of the SWP. We are facing another idealogical attack on the working class.During the miners struggle the rest of the organised workers movement did not mobilise in sufficient strength to defend them and consequently they were beaten,the whole of the working class was beaten and the opportunity was lost, we must not let the opportunity be lost this time. In solidarity and with respect
Posted by: Neville Clifford at time: 12/07/2013 21:02
Hope that you can all support this cause -m i know that you can understand its situation http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/search?q=stop+brewery
Posted by: Ronald Curran at time: 30/06/2013 08:16
To Maggie Thatcher's Ghost, from Britain's miners A Message to Margaret Thatcher and her Friends No tears am I shedding about your not-to-soon demise Except to say, your Maker will soon cut you down to size You cannot bully Him like you did with all the others Especially your government and your new ‘New Labour’ brothers You sank lower in your lifetime, than all the pits you closed You ravaged our industries while the House of Commons dozed Whole villages and townships suffered while you wore a safety hat To preen on Teesside’s waste land, about being a political acrobat Blair thinks you’re a genius and Brown admires your books They love the Tory leader’s sleight of hand and economic flukes So now we know where they belong in Labour’s Hall of Fame Down below where Tories dwell in the political house of shame They say that New Labour are now wearing Tory colours They believe in private enterprise just like their Tory brothers To privatise the Health Service and fetch doctors from abroad And only give us the medicine they think we can afford And welfare is a headache, with that we all agree When millions come from abroad its clear for all to see, You cannot pay for them to stay that haven’t paid their way Unless they think that WE should pay forever and a day The “scroungers and the layabouts” who now have lost their jobs Are seeking welfare benefits and walk around like slobs Or so the Tories tell us about our own young kids While theirs are playing tennis, or in Sotheby’s making bids But their time is coming too, perhaps much sooner than they think The banks are bust but no one’s blamed and so avoid the clink But when the nation’s housewives look into their empty purse No politician will be free from the next election’s curse. Ron Curran 2008
Posted by: Nathaniel Barnes at time: 22/06/2013 13:44
As an ex miner how do I apply for A stay at a NUM convalescent Home. I live in Northumberland
Posted by: Chris Skidmore Yorks Area NUM Chairman at time: 23/07/2013 15:48
Contact Mr.D.Murphy Northumberland Area NUM Sec.01670 853200 7 Esther Court Wansbeck Business Park Ashington NE63 8AP
Posted by: david howell at time: 19/11/2013 20:14
Just phone derbyshire miners conv home if you would like to go there ,,,,, nice place on sea front with sea view rooms or you get in touch by going to there web page ,,,,,, staff great also full board at res price mr bradbury runs the place
Posted by: Jim McDowall at time: 10/06/2013 07:08
BBC Panorama shows a program on blacklisting tonight. im sure that there are more than a few of us who are convinced we were blacklisted in the aftermath of the 84/85 strike. Watch with curious wonder and recall the interviews that went well and then suddenly got dropped like a hot potato.
Posted by: Scott Munro at time: 27/05/2013 20:34
N.U.M Loyal 84/85 missing you all
Posted by: Jamie Tubmen at time: 20/05/2013 19:19
My late father, Joseph William Tubmen, born around 1906, was a long-time NUM member and supporter. I am looking for any data on which pit or pits he worked at, and when. We lived in Fence Houses, Co. Durham. Do you have rosters of who worked at different pits? Any info is valuable.
Posted by: joe williams at time: 07/06/2013 18:47
look at the durham miners web site you should get info there.cheers
Posted by: Ronald Curran at time: 30/06/2013 08:26
The name Tubman (Tubmen) I worked at the Rising Sun Cliery Wallsend wher two Tubman Brothers worked. I believe they were both deputy's at the pit and one at least was active in the Welfare Club. When I knew them they would both be in their mid forties. I worked there 25 years from 1942 to 1967. Hope that helps.
CHANCELLOR INTERVENES TO HONOUR FUEL ALLOWANCE BENEFITS OF EX-MINERS Around 1,500 hundred former mine workers to receive fuel allowance despite mine closure Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the government will guarantee the concessionary fuel allowan
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Suspended concessionary fuel allowances.
Concessionary fuel deliveries for former UK Coal employees who retired following privatisation were suspended as a result of UK Coal going insolvent on 9 July 2013. Following the suspension of the fuel deliveries and cash in lieu payments the NUM along with the other mining Unions whose
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Scottish Coal cuts 600 jobs.
Scottish Coal announced on Friday that it had gone into liquidation. Almost 600 jobs were lost as KPMG were called in. Scottish Coal operates six open cast mines in Scotland. The NUM and other Unions will seek discussions with KPMG and interested parties to retain as many jobs as possible going forw
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GERRY GIBSON INQUEST
The five day inquest into the death of Gerry Gibson who died aged 49 at Kellingley Colliery when a section of the roof in the tailgate of the 502 coalface collapsed on 27th September 2011 has concluded with the Coroner instructing the jury to return a narrative verdict. Our thoughts and sympathies
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