The beginning of Rescue Stations (Part 2)

Before 1906, rescue work was left to volunteers from the colliery at which the disaster occurred, led by mining engineers from neighbouring collieries. A Royal Commission appointed in that year recommended that Central Rescue Stations manned by full time brigades should be provided in every coalfield by the owners, and that each
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The beginning of the Rescue stations (part 1)

The first British mines rescue station opened at Tankersley in 1902. It was commissioned by the West Yorkshire Coal Mine Owners Association. Its building is grade II listed. In the United Kingdom a series of disasters in the 19th century brought about Royal Commissions which developed the idea of improving mine safety. In the United Kingdom a series
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GALA MEMORIES – EXCITING DAYS TO PLAN FOR AND REMEMBER

“The Notts NUM Miners’ Galas were days to look forward to, plan for, get excited about and never forget.” The preparations involved the pit welfares and village committees of mining communities throughout Nottinghamshire.  They also involved local businesses who put on displays and were a big contributor to the local
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1954 CISWO PLANS FOR A MINERS’ EISTEDDFOD’

NOTTS MINERS’ SOCIAL CENTRE TO BE ‘BEST IN BRITAIN’ In this 1954 ‘Coal News’, W L Miron, speaking as the Chairman of CISWO announced ambitious plans for the Berry Hill site.    He said, “On this site next year will be a Miners Eisteddfod’; the programme will include Brass Band
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FUN OF THE FAIR

This is a 1954 Coal News Report of a number of coalfield Galas.  Pictures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 refer specifically to the 1954 Berry Hill Gala.     Picture 5: reports that June Wagstaffe (Bolsover Colliery faceworker’s daughter) is crowned 1954 Coal Queen by 1953’s Coal Queen, Brenda
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1954, Notts Mining Galas move to Berry Hill Park, Mansfield

Notts NUM donates £5,000 to build a Band Stand This 1954 Coal News reports on the first of a number of donations by the Notts NUM:    This drawing (courtesy of Mansfield District Council Planning / Archives Department) is an architect’s drawing of the plans for the Bandstand: Bandstand Drawing
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