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  2. Stephen - you wrote: "... he was in the home guards during the second world war (don't know if he would still be working down the pit at that time)...". It's likely that he continued working down the pit at the same time as being in the Home Guard - my Maternal Grandfather was in a similar situation in County Durham. One of the tasks the Home Guard had was 'guarding' their own pits and linked railway lines. They would finish their shifts, home for a wash in the 'tin bath' and a bite to eat, then down to the local hall for parade and patrol/guard duty.
  3. Good idea, Eggy! Consult the 'oracle'!
  4. @HIGH PIT WILMA - does the name Stephen Miller ring a bell with you?
  5. Hi My great uncle was called Stephen miller 1919 - 1999 from Blyth i know he was a miner in 1939 as the census has his occupation on it and he was in the home guards during the second world war (don't know if he would still be working down the pit at that time) then went back to mining after the war
  6. Welcome to the forum, Stephen. Would you be able to give us the name of your great uncle? If you don't want to post it on site you can send a direct message.
  7. Hi All New to group but doing some digging on a relative of mine who was involved in a mining accident/collapse on 7th February 1968 he was badly injured in the mine all i can find out he was working in Bedlington A pit, last date i have is 1953 as i have a authorised person slip for 'A' pit for cutting machines in 1953 he may have moved to another local pit but cannot find any information or records of any accidents for this date. I've been to woodhorn archives and cannot find anything there but didn't really have a good look. the story i have been told is that my great uncle was a hewer at the pit, the pit collapsed on him and he told the other miners who were trying to rescue him to leave him as they were unable to free him, but he managed to get himself free and get himself out of the pit, when taken to hospital the doctors said to him that after an accident like this and with the injures he had he should have been dead but he made a recovery and was left disabled because of the accident but still went on to live a some what normal life until he passed away in 1999 has anyone heard or has information on a collapse or any accidents from local pits in 1968? any help would be much appreciated
  8. I can agree that membership was predominantly male - throughout the country as a whole, not just in Bedlington, and for just those reasons you give. I may have misunderstood your statement "and it was only for men" as I thought you were referring to the movement's general regulations. Perhaps women became more involved with the social side of the movement. I have vague recollections of my mother attending beetle drives at the 'mech' during my early childhood and I believe it was something she started doing way back in the 30s when the family lived in the Arcade. Your gran sounds like my type of woman and having a penchant for all things Victorian, especially those related to the working classes, I'd love to read about her. I don't suppose life was too different in any parts of the north east so there is a certain relevance to her story. Get it posted!
  9. Hopefully in all the right places, Vic!
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  11. Canny - I remain unconvinced that loads of women were able to benefit directly from the facilities offered in the Mechanics Institutes even where there was a half-price subscription. I suspect that it was only those with some disposable income who could afford the subs; I’m not sure that the vast majority of ‘working poor’ women fell into this group. I can accept that perhaps those women from the ‘trading classes’ – wives and daughters of the butchers, bakers and candle stick makers were the ones who had the time and resources to access these places. The Institutes in the big cities would have had much bigger populations to draw on so the proportion of women wishing, or able, to use the facilities would have been greater. I can’t see many poor wives and mothers in places like Bedlington, enslaved to the tyranny of the poss tub having the time, energy or resources to join the Institutes. Of course, there would have been exceptions but I can’t see it being widespread. My own maternal Grandmother was an exceptional woman who led an incredible life – I’ve posted her story on the Facebook page of her Co.Durham home village … perhaps I might copy it here to illustrate that Victorian/Edwardian working class drive for self-improvement that we’ve been discussing. What do you think?
  12. I still have some of that asbestos!
  13. More Britishvolt news in the Engineer Magazine: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/content/news/britishvolt-acquires-battery-maker-eas-for-36m
  14. I hope that all that dust blowing around Cambois isn't contaminated with residue from decades of industrial use, eg. fly ash, heavy metals, asbestos. Let's not forget the stuff that might have been spread over the site when the place was demolished. That's why I'm suprised that dust monitors and bowsers are only now being deployed ... you'd have thought that a proper site survey would have been conducted BEFORE the ground works began to identify any problems and recommend systems to mitigate the spread of dust.
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  16. @Anne Gilbert @Maggie/915 might be able to tell you. If not then the Bedlington History group should. I believe it was through the History Society that this album was created.
  17. Does anyone know the date of the oldest headstone here? I love looking for the really old ones. And is the church open during the week? I'd like to visit when I'm next up there.
  18. 1939 Register. Are you following the topic "Moore Family"? I think you may be able to help Karen who is looking for one of Alice's sons from her previous marriage.
  19. Pity they weren't able (or willing) to use the existing railhead to load trains to cart the spoil away and bring materials in. Could have spared the locals from all that disruption (and fumes) from the fleet of belching lorries. Or even tipped the stuff into ships! Future 'clean' technology plant built on diesel ... not a good look!
  20. Bike! Shanks's pony more likely.
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