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SILVERWOOD WELFARE

A Tribute to Those That Served on the Committee's

By Mick Carver and John Doxey

 

Photo copyright Mick Carver

 

Many of our families within a mining community back in the 20th century often found themselves in  times of hardship, many families were often too proud to ask for help, however dire circumstances left them no choice but to accept help. Sickness and injuries sometimes resulting in loss of limbs were not uncommon. During wartime local parish councils would often help out those in need, but could not realistically support everyone within their parish in need of a helping hand.

Miners welfare clubs were established with a view to helping those members who required assistance, the committees of these clubs worked endlessly toward this.

The miners would contribute and fund raising was carried out, visiting the sick in hospital taking small gifts and a bit of cheer was just one of the duties employed. In short the men on the welfare committees and their helpers gave much of their time in helping others.
A typical meeting was held on the 5th of January 1934 at 6p.m. in St Peters School room Whinney Hill, those present were

L. LUKE, E. BUTLER,  A. CLARK, J. DIBBS, W. E. GOULD, W. H. HAIGH, W. ROLLETT, R. CHARNOCK, W. H. HILL, 

J. MONAHAGHAN, M. MORGAN,  L. GRIFFIN , and the secretary L. HINCHCLIFFE.
 
The recommends totalling for the month  was £107 which was quite a bit of money back in 1934, the recommends had been issued during the month as follows
Rotherham hospital  received £96, Sheffield Royal £2, Sheffield infirmary £2 Jessops £5, Western bank £1,
and Edgar Allens £1
One of the most heart-warming things the welfare clubs did back then was to send sick children to Sanatoriums to help speed their recovery, and on the 30th of June 1934the following local children were sent to the North of England Children’s Sanatorium Southport.
James Bester  of 34 Cross St Whinney hill,  Mary Moores  of  27 Whinney hill, Nellie Guest of 3 Wood St Whinney hill
Doris  Pickburn  120 James St, Mary  Deakin of  30 Wood St Whinney hill, Patricia Lydon of 15 Haldane Rd Eastwood.
 
The following children were sent to Filey ( It just says Filey but I am pretty sure it will have been to Habersham house,
I think the first name on this list was my aunty Julie she would have been about 10 in 1934 : Mick )
Julie Rogan of 57 Doncaster Rd Whinney hill, Kathleen Higgins of  3 Cross st Whinney hill, Wilfred Yeardley of 5 Wilfred St.  Joyce Bennett of 53 Haldane Rd,  Sylvia Oliver of  4 Cross St, and Doris Wragg of 18 Mobray Place.
 

I hope that the above children all recovered and remembered the kindness received.

The welfare clubs also assisted with Doctors bills and cost of transport to and from hospitals.


Some of the above men were also on the committee of the Dalton and Thrybergh Cripples Aid Society. Silverwood Hospital Contribution Scheme, at a meeting held on the17th July 1942 Dalton Progressive Club the members present were
A. CLARK , G. U. TAYLOR, H. CAWDRON, W. ROLLETT, J. DOWD, W. WEST, H. KINSEY, R. CHARNOCK ,

E. HARTLE , R. OWEN , H. PLOWS, L. MANN, J. BALL, J. HAIGH, M. MORGAN, J.HAGUE, and R. MORAN.  
 
Its good to see that so many of the men were willing to give up their own time for worthy causes,  the unions were also involved, W. (Bill) Rollett above was quite high up in the miners union.
Ann Harrington was one of many who had reasons to be thankful for the Cripples Aid Society, Ann required an artificial limb, at a cost of  £30. Like many families back then the sum of £30 was well beyond what they could afford, and Ann's parents must have truly despaired at being unable to purchase the limb. The welfare club realizing how much Ann's  life would be enriched by obtaining an artificial limb took on the challenge of raising the money, and to their absolute credit succeeded in raising £120.  which was far above the intended target.

I am using Ann's case as an example because in thanks to the Cripples Aid Society the young lady composed a letter that emphasizes  just how much happiness, men like those listed above could bring not only to individuals but also to the community as a whole.
It is without doubt that the efforts of these men in organizing such a fine idea in supporting those in need of help cannot be praised enough. That help may be described as charity but I think it is more aptly described as gifts of friendship within a mining community.
 

Today 2006 the tradition is still carried on, registered as a charity in 1964 the welfare club is known as

 

THE SILVERWOOD MINERS AND OFFICIALS WELFARE AND SOCIAL CLUB

Charity Correspondent MR S WOOD
SILVERWOOD MINERS WELFARE
RESOURCE CENTRE
DONCASTER ROAD
DALTON
ROTHERHAM S YORKS
S65 3ET
 
Telephone 01709 854074
 
Fax 01709 854179
 
 

 

 

 

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