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Marconigrams – August 22nd, 1942

August 1942

South Yorkshire Times – Saturday 22 August 1942


The quarterly meeting of Kilnhurst Co-operative Society to be held on Saturday evening.

Wath Main Colliery pithead canteen is to be opened on Saturday, Aug. 28th.

Fatal air raid casualties in July amounted to 368, while 803 were detained in hospital. Of the killed, 160 were women and 40 children.

Darfield’s holidays at home week has resulted in a considerable amount of money being raised for the Darfield Central Comforts Fund this week.

The two days’ carnival held on the Mexborough Athletic Ground last week, with proceeds for the Montagu Hospital and the Athletic Club, realised a profit of about £400.

A combined defence exercise in which Home Guards and Civil Defence personnel took part at Wombwell on Sunday had an exciting climax in a struggle for possession of the Town Hall.

Measures to remove the reluctance of juvenile workers to enter the coal mining industry are recommended by a committee appointed by the Ministry of Labour and the Board of Trade.

Coun. David Sheldon, a member of Conisbrough Urban Council, has been detained in the Fullerton Hospital, Denaby Main, suffering from head injuries sustained in the course of his work in the mine.

With the utmost frankness the miners’ leaders have warned the men in the pits that absence from work and slackness at work are serious dangers to the country. The coal output per miner is falling instead of rising.

There were 199 fewer unemployed in the North-East on July 13th than a month earlier. The total for the whole country at that date stood at 101,438 wholly unemployed, a slight increase on the previous month’s figure of 99,240.

Many members of the large audience which on Sunday congregated at the pit bottom for a concert broadcast from the Barnburgh Main Colliery, were down a pit for the first time in their lives.

The death occurred on Saturday in the Mexborough Montagu Hospital of Coun. W. M. Starkey, for many years secretary of the Hickleton Main Y.M.A. branch, and a prominent South Yorkshire local government and trade union personality. He was 56.

Darfield Urban Council have appointed Mr. P. Bradley, of Durham, as accountant and rating and valuation officer, in succession to Mr. E. Coult, who has accepted a similar position at Hoyland.

The Mexborough Charity Cricket Committee, formed only 15 months ago, have handed over to the Montagu Hospital, Mexborough. the sum of £660. In recognition of this generosity, a “cricketers’ bed” is to be placed in one of the wards of the hospital, with a tablet suitably inscribed.

When hearing a number of summonses brought against people for failing to obscure internal lighting, the Chairman at the Barnsley West Riding Police Court on Wednesday (Mr. G. H. Norton) remarked: “This is getting so serious that persons who do not attend Court will be fined an extra 10s.”

Mr. H. Watson Smith, managing director of the Hardwick Colliery Company and a former manager at Denaby Main has accepted the invitation to be Regional Production Director for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and South Yorkshire coalfields. Mr. Smith recently returned from a flying visit to America where he saw his son graduate in the R.A.F.

The marriage took place on Saturday at Horsington Parish Church of Captain Andrew Montagu, R.A. eldest son of Captain and Mrs. Frederick Montagu, Breamore House. Hampshire and Miss Katharine Roberts, eldest daughter of Mr. Gerald Roberts, of Horsington Grange, Templecombe, Somerset, and the late Mrs. Roberts. Major George Montagu. Coldstream Guards, was best man.

Mrs Naomi Beeson, of “Windover” Minneymoor Lane, Conisbrough, will be giving a short broadcast in the Home Programme, “In Britain Now,” 6-45 to 7-15 pm. on Wednesday next. Her talk will be on coal, and will include some advice to housewives on how best to deal with their coal suppliers. This is the second occasion on which Mrs Beeson has broadcast on this subject.