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Forthcoming Events, Lectures

Archaeological Excavation of the First World War

The Heritage Society talk for November will feature battlefield archaeologist Alex Sotheran, who will give a talk on his experiences working on the Western Front. Alex will give a general introduction to the work he has been involved in over the last 15 years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium. He will look at the general material that you would expect to find on a First World War site and examine three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the world’s most bloody and brutal war.

Join us at 7.30 on Wednesday November 28th at The Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, for what will doubtlessly prove to be an interesting and informative evening.

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Mr Gibbs of the Drum

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Mr W.E Gibbs 1861-1925 Licensee of the Denaby Main Hotel (Known Locally as the Drum)

Mr Gibbs Served for 25 years as licensee during which time he was involved with numerous charitable organisations and was particularly helpful during the Cadeby pit disaster. He was a native of Staffordshire and served in the police force in Wolverhampton. He was also an active member of the discharged sailors and soldiers movement. All of the men he employed at the pub were ex soldiers. Mr Gibbs was said to have the courage of a lion and was a good and generous friend to all.

 

Lectures

The King Of Denaby

The first talk of the new season at the Concertina club will be on the Topic of WH Chambers who was once known as the King of Denaby.

Chambers was the Managing Director of the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Ltd from the beginning of the 20thCentury until just after the First World War. A period which included technological development, hardship, bitter strikes and a terrible pit disaster.

Some saw him as a philanthropist who did his best to look after the interests of those who worked for him. Others saw him as a pitiless employer interested only in maximising profit at any cost.

Join us for a talk and discussion led by ex Cadeby miner Alan Dowling at the Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough on Wednesday October 31st 2018 at 7:30pm. 

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Events

Eric Brook Plaque Unveiling

The plaque commemorating Eric Brook, Mexborough’s most successful Footballer, was unveiled on Friday May 25th at the Mexborough Athletic Sports ground. Can You spot Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee in the photograph below?

Summerbee and Brook family

He is the silver haired chap in the white shirt, with his arm around Eric’s Grandson and another member of the Brook family.

After the unveiling all repaired to the bar for a buffet and celebration.

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The Earl and the Gas Fitter

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Billy Fitzwilliam, The 7th Earl, born in 1872

Catherine bailey, in her Book “Black Diamonds” gives an account of the notorious Denaby strike in 1903 when 3000 families were evicted from their homes, most of them with nowhere to go and no shelter provided except for a few tents in a nearby field. In this case the owner of the mine was a ruthless and oppressive company, allowing its workers no strike pay, no sick pay and very often not a penny in compensation for accidental death down the pit. the Fitzwilliam by contrast were exemplary employers and much loved by their workers both in the mines and on their vast estate.

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Thomas Henry Sykes 1851-1941

Thomas was a plumber, glazier and gas fitter, who resided at 21 Wentworth Road. He installed gas lighting at St Thomas Church, Kilnhurst, and went on to build one of the first bungalows seen in the area, for his own occupation.

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The Soldier and the Airman

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Ben Parkinson MBE

Ben suffered 40 wounds in a landmine blast in Afghanistan, Later, back home he carried the Olympic Torch through Doncaster for thirty minutes on prosthetic legs flanked by hundreds of people. we salute his courage, bravery and determination to keep going. No one was ever more deserving of an MBE

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Roy Machin

Former Mexborough landlord, Roy Machin served as an air gunner on Lancaster Bombers during the second world war.

In an early operation he displayed such bravery and cool in his burning bomber that his heroism was recognised immediately and he was awarded the Distinguished flying medal.

Roy was involved in many high profile missions including the sinking of the Tirpitz, the pride of Hitler’s fleet. He eventually joined the 617 squadron – the Dambusters

Roy was on active duty until the end of the war and despite the incredible odds he survived.

Roy died in 2006. His operational photographs and records of his airtime career ensure that he will not be forgotten