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Don Archer - Erroneous Link on Webpage - Silverwood Pit
Mr Timothy Coates - When did Arthur Lawrence Die Saving His Workmates at Cadeby Main?
Ian Withers - A little bit of history
Robin Akers - Calverton Pit
Raymond Burton
- I started at Newstead Colliery in 1953

From: Raymond Burton
Sent: 16 December 2006
I started at Newstead Colliery in 1953

I started at Newstead Colliery in 1953 and took redundancy from there when it closed in 1987. It was my only employment in the coal industry but I can honestly say I've never met a better set of workmates in my entire life. I'm almost 70 now and they are holding a reunion of anyone who worked there next March 16th 2007 at Newstead Miners Welfare with a 7'oclock start so if you read this turn up lets recall old times together

"Blue" Burton ( Sparky)

From: Robin Akers
Sent: 15 December 2006
Calverton Pit

Just emailing you to say thanks for some good info on Calverton pit. I am a 24 year old from Calverton and I have a lot of good memories of the pit. Calverton is now the pits there are no jobs and they have put a recycling centre and a lorry park where the pit stood that employs a whole 20 to 30 people. How can they do this? And no one remembers why Calverton is there. I lived in the prefab house all my life and Calverton is turning into a …… well you get my point.

Robin Akers

From: Ian Withers
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006
A little bit of history

First I must congratulate you on an excellent website. The memories came flooding back from a career amongst the greatest working band of men it was my privilege to know.

I started as a student apprentice in No 6 area NCB at Babbington Colliery in September 1962 working as an underground fitter and going to school to obtain my HND during that time. I graduated in 1970 and started on ET (Engineering Training Scheme) until 1971 when I was appointed as Underground Assistant Engineer at Gedling Colliery. We endured the strike of 1972 when we had to keep the pits open and do all of the underground inspections. I worked as a winder during this time. I was then appointed as Deputy Mechanical Engineer at Newstead Colliery from 1972 until 1975 when I left British Coal for pastures new.

I joined Anderson Strathclyde PLC as a Development Engineer and worked on Prototype Longwall Mining Equipment especially shearers all over the UK and overseas. I installed equipment in the USA, France, Germany, Egypt, and Canada. I was then appointed as Regional Export Manager and moved to Scotland. I traveled all over the world with this and other companies until 1987 when the bottom dropped out of the industry.

I realized that this was a time of change and I worked successfully for several years in the insurance industry before emigrating to Orlando Florida where I still live. I have recently found several of my old mining buddies and have started to communicate regularly; it would be nice to arrange a reunion.

If anyone would like to communicate further you my use my email address above

Ian Withers

From: Mr Timothy Coates
Sent: 30 January 2007
When did Arthur Lawrence Die Saving His Workmates at Cadeby Main Colliery?

Dear Sir
I am forwarding a newspaper article of my great uncle , Arthur Lawrence, who died after allowing his workmates to escape a roof collapse at Cadeby Main Colliery. I think it might be from a local paper. I thought it might be of interest, however, I wondered if you could help and place a date for the accident. Regards. Tim Coates

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COLLIERS in cloth caps and mufflers and Coal Board officials in pin-stripe suits, crowded a tiny coroner’s court room, in Doncaster yesterday to pay tribute to the bravery of Arthur Lawrence.
And ‘18 - year - old Frank Lawrence heard Mr John Alford, a Board official, say of his 49-year-old colliery deputy father: —
“He died in the way he lived and worked—trying to do something for others.”
Arthur of Leslie Avenue, Conanby, had been working at the face at Cadeby Main Colliery when he saw a large stone about to fall from the roof. He shouted to his workmates— Peter Williams and Bernard Hampton - and then held the stone with his hands until they had moved to safety.
Then as he tried to move out of danger himself, the stone and part of the roof collapsed, trapping and severely injuring him. He died in hospital.

Said workmate Williams: “He saved the lives of me and my mate.”
Mr Jim Maiden, a union official, told the coroner, ‘Mr W. H. Carlile:
“I am speaking on behalf of all the men. I had known Arthur personally, for 26 years.
“He had always been right and just to everyone who worked with him. This action was typical of his unselfish attitude.”
Verdict: Accidental Death.
Afterwards Mr Eric Lockett, area general secretary, of the National Association of Colliery Overmen Deputies and Shotfirers, said: “I shall make known his bravery to the highest quarters.”

From: Don Archer
Sent: 06 February 2007
Erroneous Link on Webpage - Silverwood Pit

As the grandson & nephew of colliers at Silverwood Pit I have enjoyed browsing your website, but have noticed an erroneous link on page When one clicks on the Silverwood Pit link it goes to the Sherwood Pit page instead. Thought that you would want to know.

Don Archer

Thank you very much Don, Sorted it now, Fionn

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