The Irwell valley mining projects workers memorial day will take place at 1pm on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017. We will be meeting at the Agecroft colliery memorial to acknowledge the debt we owe to all workers who died or were seriously injured in the coal industry. All welcome. A plaque will be unveiled to the memory of Madge Kelly and Councillor Harry Davies - both IVMP members who died toward the end of last year.


All the IVMP would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Councillor Harry Davies who has died after a long illness. Harry was a great help and supporter of the IVMP, Who helped to maintain the Agecroft memorial garden. He was a fine man and valued member of the community, he will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of his company. Rest In Peace Harry


The IVMP are pleased to announce the completion of the Moston colliery miners memorial garden. The garden contain a replica half pit winding wheel donated by the IVMP.
It is a fitting tribute to the coal miners who toiled in the pit and the many men and boys who were injured and died at Moston colliery.

The garden is sited next to the former lamp room and bathhouse the buildings were saved from being demolished by the magnificent effort and hard work of the Becket family Lou Paula, Joe, Ann and Matt plus a whole army of volunteers.
We owe Lou a debt of gratitude in saving the building and our preserving our coal mining history and heritage. The saved building now house the Moston miners community arts centre http://www.theminers.org.uk/ holds a small cinema and music venue which can e hired Please support Moston community arts centre and keep our mining heritage alive.


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The whole team enjoyed a fantastic day at the Manchester histories festival.
Photos courtesy of Gail Skelly (Ordsall community arts)


The IVMP will be holding an exhibition at Langworthy Cornerstones 451 Liverpool street, Salford M6.
The exhibition will open on Monday the 11th April - Monday the 18th April from 10am- 6pm.

We will be highlighting the work we are doing concerning the building of a monument on the site of the former Pendleton colliery in Salford. Our book "The last pit in the valley" will be on sale all proceeds go into the project to further memorials and maintenance.
Hope to see you all there.


The Irwell valley mining projects workers memorial day will take place at 1pm on Saturday the 23rd of April 2016. We will be meeting at the Agecroft colliery memorial to acknowledge the debt we owe to all workers who died or were seriously injured in the coal industry. Hope to see you all there!!

This years Gala will be on the 9th July 2016. Hope to see you all there !!

Britains last deep coal mine ceased production Kellingley colliery, Yorkshire on the 18 December 2015. A march and rally was held on Saturday the 19th of December from Knottingley town hall to the Kellingley colliery miners welfare over 3000 people attended.

The closure of our last pit completes the conservative regimes onslaught against the national union of mineworkers, coal miners of Britain and the wrecking of communities in the coal fields. Many have never recovered from pit closures caused by the Thatcher gangs industrial destruction of the countries coal industry

The closure of our last pit does not mean coal is not being used in the UK, to power the country over 50 million tons of coal is being imported when we have hundreds of years coal reserves beneath our feet. A point not lost on the miners who have just been thrown on the dole when a coal train roared past the rally heading to Ferrybridge coal fired power station with a load of imported coal.

"IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT DON'T BLAME US" was a message on one of the flag.

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The IVMP team would like to thank everyone who attended the unveiling at the former colliery site on Lums Lane, It was a fantastic day. The site of the tragic explosion of June 1885 is now marked and commemorates the great loss of life which occurred and devastated the whole community. A special thanks to all our speakers for there fine contributions Billy Kelly Lancashire president of the national union of mineworkers and Rebecca Long Bailey M.P. Also a thank you to George Tapp, Ivor Kelly, Adeeb Ahmed, and Gail Skelly of Ordsall community arts. To the children who planted the flowers in the memorial garden. You all made it a veryspecial day. In the near future we will be putting up a noticeboard with the names of all the victims who perished, so future generations will know of the devastation which took place at the site all those years ago.

The IVMP team would like to inform any visitors to the memorial garden the reason we could not provide a bench or seating area at the site. We did intend to locate a bench near the monument, however, during the initial planning stage our idea was opposed by some businesses on the Agecroft Trading Estate and by local residents who were worried that a seating area would become a focal point for anti-social behaviour. We were told a bench had to be removed previously because people had gathered to drink alcohol, leaving rubbish and making noise. The local police informed the IVMP not to place any seating or bench at the site as they would not allow it. Obviously in the face of such objections and the reasons for, we are obliged to respect the wishes of the local community in this matter.


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