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The Derbyshire Times, Fri 29 Sept 1950

Thanks to Ian Gilbert for this information


Clowne R.D.C. Meet Today At the monthly meeting of Clowne Rural Council on Tuesday, when Coun. E. L. Wood presided, it was decided, in view of the disaster, which closely affected the Council, to adjourn the meeting until today (Friday). The Chairman said their heart felt sympathy went out to the bereaved and he felt certain that, in view of the circumstances, they would not wish to discuss the ordinary business of the Council.

A member of the Council, Coun. Leslie Marshall, of Creswell, was one of the deputies who perished with his men. Mr. C. Hemingray, Creswell, a son-in-law of Coun. Mrs, Margaret Wragg, of Creswell, and Mr. Victor Rose. a brother of Coun. Wm. Rose, of Clowne, were also among the dead. At the Chairman's request, the Rector of Whitewall (Coun. the Rev. W. E. C. Sternberg) led the Council in prayer referring to "those we love and will never see again on earth."

On the motion of Coun. E. Cooper, of Whitwell, seconded by Coun. Mrs. Dorothy Ashley, whose husband was recently killed at Whitwell Colliery, it was decided to hold a special meeting of the council today (Friday) to discuss the question of launching a national appeal. It was agreed to invite the local M. P's Mr Neal and Mr. Harry White, to attend.

The Derbyshire Times was subsequently informed that this meeting will be held at 3 p.m. and there will also be present representatives from neighbouring authorities. In view of the strong overtures made and the anxiety of the public to be allowed to express their sympathy in a practical way it is likely that a central appeal will be launched by the Clowne Rural Council.

To The Editor 
Sir, - The members of the Clowne Rural District Council learned with regret at their meeting on Tuesday evening last, of the great disaster which had taken place at the?Creswell Colliery. At the meeting it was decided to call a special meeting of the Council, to be held on Friday afternoon next to discuss the formation of a Relief Fund for the benefit of relatives of the deceased miners, and to this meeting there has been invited Mr. H. Neal. M.P., Mr. H, White M. P., and the Civic Heads of surrounding local authorities. In the meantime I invite any bereaved relative who is in immediate need of financial or other assistance to communicate with the Clerk of the Rural District Council. Council Offices. Clowne forthwith.
Yours truly 
E. L. Wood,
Chairman, Clowne Rural District Council.

Chesterfield Mayor's Appeal Fund 
To The Editor
Dear Sir - The heartfelt sympathy of the people of Chesterfield and district goes out to the relatives of the 80 men who lost their lives in the Creswell Colliery disaster this week. It needs no words of mine to stress the grief and hardship, which this disaster has brought to the stricken widows and families, but many Chesterfield folk have expressed to me a wish to show their practical sympathy with the bereaved. I have therefore decided to open a fund to provide assistance to the bereaved families and I appeal to all to subscribe as generously and as quickly as possible to this fund.

Mention has been made of the possibility of a single national appeal and if such an appeal is launched any sums subscribed to my local appeal, together with the names of donors, will be handed over to such a national fund.

Donations should be sent to me at the Town Hall, Chesterfield. - or may be paid into any local bank. Cheques should be made out in the name of "Mayor of Chester's Creswell Colliery Disaster Appeal"- Your faithfully. Wm Porter, Mayor.

Mayor Parlour.
Chesterfield- September 27th, 1950. There has been a quick response to the Mayor of Chesterfield's Appeal. By Wednesday midday the total stood at £265 5s. Early donations were: Brocklehurst Motors, Ltd £105; S Hadfield and Sons Ltd £105; The Derbyshire Times, £50; Summit Works Social Club. £5 5s; Thomas Staniforth and Co., Ltd., Severquick Works, Hackenthorpe, £5 5s.

The Mayors of Worksop and Derby have also opened relief funds.

Creswell Parish Council A minute's silence was observed when Elmton, with Creswell Parish Council, met on Wednesday in Creswell County Junior School, near the Drill Hall, where the 47 bodies recovered from the Pit were lying. The Chairman. Mr. J. H. Baker, read messages of sympathy from the Chairman and members of the County Council the Archbishop, of York, the Mayor and people of Doncaster, the Mayor and people of Glossop, Sandiacre Urban Council and the Women's Liberal Federation.

Frechaville Darby and Joan Club members stood for two minutes in silence as a token of sympathy at their meting on Wednesday. £1 13s was collected, and Will be sent to the Relief Fund.

Blackwell R.D.C, Tribute Before the ordinary business of Blackwell R.D.C yesterday (Thursday) the members stood in silence as a tribute to the men who lost their lives in the Creswell Colliery disaster. The Finance Committee was instructed to investigate the possibilities of sending a donation to the Appeal Fund.

Bolsover's Sympathy Reference was also made to the disaster at Tuesday's meeting of Bolsover Urban Council. The Chairman (Coun. S. Jennings) referred to the loss of 80 brothers and comrades, and on behalf of the Council and the people of Bolsover paid tribute to their courage and gallantry and expressed deep sympathy with the relatives and to members of Clowne Rural Council.

Coun. M. Simpson, local Secretary to the N.U.M., joining in the expression, said it was a very hard blow, and their hearts went out to the stricken relatives. Ald. T. College also expressed sympathy, stating that, although in a mining community they well knew the hazards of that calling, when such disasters occurred, it was a sharp and bitter reminder of that fact.

Other tributes and votes of sympathy were passed by Chesterfield Town Council General Purposes Committee, (Ald. J, E. Bird presiding), the Mayor of Derby, who has opened a fund, Fuel Overseer and coal merchants of Bakewell.

Other messages of sympathy have been received from all parts of the country.

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