Moston Colliery Memorial

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 holds a small cinema and music venue which can e hired Please support Moston community arts centre and keep our mining heritage alive.

Manchester histories festival !!

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

Langworthy Cornerstones

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.

Workers memorial day
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!!

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

Britain last deep coal mine !!

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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Clifton Hall Colliery Monument
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.

Sorry! No bench or seating at the memorial

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.

Just a few words of appreciation !!

St Augustine's church and the IVMP team would like to thank Ann Tapp for her wonderful restoration work on the Clifton Hall colliery disaster monument and the maintenance of the garden. Also a big thank you to the children of St Augustine's primary school who help us to build the garden.

Special thanks
The IVMP team would like to send a special thank you to Alan Heward, who has kindly donated a fantastic NCB brochure to the project, We will be featuring this fantastic new piece in all our up coming exhibitions. The brochure is from Agecroft 1969 it contains surface and underground plans including the faces being worked or prospected at that time (Worsley 4', Binn, Roger and Rams), also S-N geological cross section showing the dip of the seam.