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  2. It was founded in 1926 as Bedlington Secondary School for the areas of Bedlingtonshire, Ashington and Newbiggin, being built next to Bedlington railway station. Subsequently it became Bedlington Grammar School, before turning comprehensive in 1974. It gained Maths and Computing College status in 2009. Ex pupils you should know :- Sir Bobby Charlton CBE & Sir John Hall, who built the MetroCentre
  3. To be honest, I am very happy for the current students, because they have more opportunities for education and even help services, such as this one https://copycrafter.net/term-paper-writing-service.html. In our time, it was much more difficult to solve problems with learning and getting an education had a lot of effort.
  4. Yesterday
  5. If you zoom in on this pic you can see the title on the side of the No 3 Winder test weight car,next to the pit cage wheels,it's painted red.
  6. Aye Sym,aal thi aad winders,AND big underground "Main and Tail" haulers were run on painted,or chalked indicator marks...and they were accurate if you had a well experienced Brakesman in the winderhoose,or a gud haulerman doon thi pit...well if you think about it...in the steam winder days...no electronics...right up to the 1960's at Choppington,before they replaced the steam winder with a new electric one,the overspeed trip was a simple Centrifugal["Centripetel"] "Governer",which controlled a small steam valve,with a small ram,mounted below two thick steel pivotable bars,called "Latches",which were mounted at one end of the massive brake shoes of the winder drum,and which held the brake shoes in the "Off" position.[i.e..away from the drum brake surface.] When the cages went too fast down the shaft..[and up the shaft at the same time!!]...the balls on the governer would fly outwards on their cantilever mounts,and they would push a small lever which opened the steam valve..which caused the ram to push the two "Latches" upwards,which in turn,allowed really heavy duty springs to push the brake shoes onto the drum causing a massive deceleration...which brought the cages to an abrubt halt..from over 50 feet per second down to a halt in about one second!! Noo!!..when that happened,as it did every other day,on fast-winding coalwork,the cages bounced up and down,but the one furthest down the shaft,bounced the hardest....about 6 feet either way,first downwards..then upwards..back down..up..down..up..then finally standstill. Choppington High Pit,differed to other pits,in that there was no "Manriding"mode..,on the old steam winder,there was just one mode,and that was coalwork!! The men rode the shaft at the same speed as the coal tubs did...and when the cages tripped on overspeed,it was like you just went deaf.. All the bantering and cracking on between the men on the way down,[or up..]...ceased in an instant,and all you could hear was the cage rattling against the "Skeets"..[shaft cage guide rails]. Once the cage came to rest..everybody started laughing and joking again! The shaft at Choppington High Pit was 600 feet deep,fairly shallow compared to most other pits,but once your feet are in the cage,there is 600 feet of nothing between you and the Sump at the shaft bottom. So if you were in the cage going down,and it tripped at 500 feet,then 500 feet of steel cage rope stretched like an elastic band...that's not dangerous,it's designed to do that....[[unless it snaps.!!] But nature didn't take these occasions into account when she created us!!..so every time the cage bounced up and down...so did wor stomachs!! When young trainees got into the cage for the first time,the men would say to them to hold onto the overhead bar,"in case the rope snaps"!.. then the Banksman would give the Brakesman the wire,and he would drop the cage a bit faster from the keps,and trip it on overspeed,then someone would crack..[in the following silence!]..."aye, it's thorteen years thi day since thi rope snapped..wa lucky thi day..!!" We all had it done to us....I remember the first time that happened when I went down...what a queasy feeling!!! But you got used to it..even though there was STILL a moment of silence every time..cos you never knew for sure..!...till the cage started to move again.. The ropes did stretch over time,but there was always a few spare coils of the rope tucked in a recess at the side of the drum,which served as a reserve for when the Shaftsmen did the obligatory "Rope-cut",every six months,which involved cutting off the Sheckle on the rope -end,on which the cages hung,plus 6 feet of rope on which the sheckle was mounted. This was done on both cage ropes,and both samples were sent away to S.M.R.E. ["Safety in Mines Research Establishment" in Nottingham],for testing the integrity of the sheckles on the rope-ends. The reserve coils on the drum were then utilised to equalise both ropes to their original lengths,by unwinding them with a geared mechanism,on the side of the drum,and new sheckles fitted to the ropes. When new ropes stretched after a while,the extra length was taken up back inside the coil reserve recess.[you can see this if you visit any mining museum,and you know what to look for!] An Emergency brake test was done every week,at every pit,and involved loading the cages with a known,weighted vehicle,which weighed ten times more than the heaviest load which the cages would be subjected to,in everyday use. The cages were run on coalwork,then the Brakesman would slam the brakes on to simulate an emergency stop. Rope-breakages were unheard of in latter years as locked-coil steel ropes became ever stronger with anti-twist properties,and safety regulations enforced without question. Tonyp,it was a sad aspect of mining,that only the mining communities knew anything about,that fatalities were happening too often in the olden days ,especially,but even in the days of mechanisation,when fewer fatalities occurred,ONE fatality was STILL too many.
  7. photo and names from Kevin Lenoard - Facebook group Bygone Bedlington.
  8. Names and the subjects they taught updated. It is now believed that the year this photo was taken was 1965. The son, Thomas Hilton Dawson (Facebook Past Times group), of No 15, Henry (Harry) Dawson, reckons his dad left the school in 1965 but he says he will have a search through his dad's old papers and confirm.
  9. A teenager called police to report a man was brandishing a knife in public - but it turned out to be him carrying the blade. Jack Barrass, 19, has been sent to prison for nine months after being caught by police in possession of the knife on March 24. The teenager had called police to claim that he had witnessed a man waving a knife above his head on St James' Crescent in Benwell. When police arrived they spotted a man who matched the description of the person given by the caller. Officers approached him and carried out a stop and search, at which point the man admitted he had a knife tucked into his trousers. Bodycam footage of the search has been shared by the force, showing Barrass admitting he has a knife seconds after being approached by an officer.
  10. Photo from Nick Tulip who commented :- This photo was taken prior to a hastily arranged football match against a French school team during a Bedlington Grammar French exchange trip. I would guess around 1967/68 ? Sadly Rocky Stone and Stuart Gordon no longer with us. I think Stuart was Head Boy at the time. I remember Mr Knox was the teacher at the time .
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  12. Photo from No 25 Lynne Maddison on the Barnton site. Names from Lynne and No 15 - Janice Metcalfe.
  13. Bedlington Grammar School - Lower Sixth boys - 1961. Photo from Mansel Dinnis - Ex BGS.
  14. Bedlington Grammar School - Class 4B - 1961. Photo from Mansel Dinnis (Ex BGS)- names from No 5 Bill Sharp.
  15. Names updated = No 1 added and No 25 changed.
  16. Great news. Education is improving, and it pleases. Many students could not get a good education in high school and now they face difficulties in paper work, but you can always get help customwriting.com. Sometimes it really saves and helps to avoid a bad score. I have already graduated from University and it is a pity that in our time there were no such services.
  17. Teaching staff c1970. Names from the Facebook group Bygone Bedlington members.
  18. Some names from No 28 Lilyan Wilkinson nee Haley.
  19. @Tonyp I saw your comment (on the other topic - New coal mine in Cumberland) and as I am often on the Durham Mining Museum (DMM) site I checked the list of Names of those killed at this colliery and your granda, Joe Curley, is not in the list. I know the DMM is ran by volunteers and although I would expect they have access to the old colliery records it does appear that they also rely on updates from the general public. I don't think anyone who was killed in that industry whilst doing their job should be forgotten. You should get in touch with them to update their records. This is the link to the 'D' index of pits :- http://www.dmm.org.uk/colliery/index_d.htm And this is the link to the DMM Contact Details page :- http://www.dmm.org.uk/misc/contact.htm
  20. The order in which the names are written on the back of this photo are not in the order we thought Left to Right. No 8 has been identified as Dickie Spratt and No 7 as Alan Chirnside so I have reversed the order of the middle row.
  21. Names updated. Posted the photo on the Barrington Facebook group and Michael Chumley Baker says No 2 is Ian Tyler and Alan Dickson & Brian Long say No 6 is one of the Tilmouth twins.
  22. This photo is from Tracey Oakley. I was adding the photos that Foxy had posted and I inadvertently included this one
  23. Pupils that attended the junior schools in Cambois & Bedlington progressed to the West Sleekburn Middle school , in the 1980's & 90's before moving on to the 'High' schools.
  24. Janice Hunter has identified No 21 as Joyce Spratt.
  25. Easter 2019 - photo from Simon Williams
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