1939

January

We begin in 1939 as Councillor Tom Hill designs and builds an air raid shelter.
We see photos of the Pit Pensioners at their annual treat
and children at a Labour Party treat.
The newspaper tells us of how a couple of Children ‘grubbed’ for food in dustbins.
An excellent Church Operatic Group are reviewed by the ‘Times’
and a rare book is unearthed and relates a menu of a feast in 1321.
Denaby’s worst ever season continues with a 10 – 0 thrashing at Tickhill Square.
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February

A Conisborough Octogenarian has lived in the same house for 71 years
In February 1939 4 workers narrow escape when a Chimney falls prematurely.
and the Council debate the sinking of ‘Tashy’.
We hear of a death through burning, the destruction of the Denaby ‘Rage’ farmhouse
and a Patheologist tells us about the body of a Cadeby Miner
Denaby United continue their worst ever season with a 17-0 defeat at the seaside
and the ‘Times’ sports editor gets married
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March

March 1939 sees an impessive Operetta, Dickon the Bedlam
Colliery Queen scores again at the Denaby Dog Show
And Boxing fame for a Denaby ‘Terrier’
Conisborough UDC hear about a sewage problem
As Conisborough is scheduled as a Danger Zone
Denaby United seek financial help
And we visit the Games League Dinner
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April

In April 1939 a Denaby King’s scout is honoured
a plane crashes at Clifton
and an impressive National Service pageant brings crowds to the streets.
and a Farm blazes on Conisbrough’s Church Street.
The local elections sees the demise of a prominent councillor
and Denaby United win their second game of the season !
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May

We see pictures of days past at the Brick Works & with the Ambulance Men
as the War draws ever closer a realistic A.R.P. display is held in Conisborough
A small boys camping adventure causes a scare
and we read a story about a dog and a cat – and a tortoise
Denaby United’s worst ever season comes to a close
and the Cricket Club are also struggling
Ellis Robinson makes the headlines with Yorkshire
And there’s a May Queen at Station Road and Weddings too.
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June

In June 1939 Epworth Hall is reopened
The German crisis hits a lull and local news is given prominence
The Modern School Girls give a display and School Queens are crowned
and the Salvationists hold the Civic Service
The oldest inhabitant is photographed for the first times
and Ponies and Boys go to London
and a compensation claim tells how a mining injury drove a man insane
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July

In July 1939 Conisborough’s station booking clerk leaves for a future acting Profession
we meet Conisborough’s Rabbit Expert and see the Mona Club’s Trophies
The Hospitals
hold their annual Demonstration amid a Scarlet Fever outbreak
and there is a Shotgun suicide at Denaby
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August

August 1939 a St Albans Garden Party provides photos of the many people who attended
We hear stories from Antiquity
about the Chair used to rescue a gentleman in 1867
and Joa Budd, well known for ‘Tupping’ Doors
A Conisbrough Youth excels at building model planes
while a cyclist has a narrow escape
A sad story of a Denaby man who walks out and commits suicide
and the Denaby schoolmasters with 111 years service
Finally, but not to be missed, a full review of Denaby United’s Football staff and Prospects
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September

A Denaby youth asks; “I’ve not been drowned have I, Mam ?”
The Second World War starts on September 1st 1939
and Conisborough & Denaby are ready with Evacuee Plans and Respirators for Babies
A Octogenerian with a Tricycle relates his recipe for longevity
and a Conisborough Man is living well at the ‘White Man’s Grave’
and a Conisborough Curate tells us of his Model Railway Hobby
P.C. Yeomans retires and a suicide ends an ordeal of Pain
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October

In October a Conisborough 8 year olds alerts the family to a fire
The War preparations intensify,
Hundreds of Air Raid Shelters are to be erected and local men begin to join the War and the services
A Conisborough Airman is brought down and interred in Beligum
Another suicide, this time the sad story of a young woman with epilepsy
The Worst storm for years brings fireballs & floods and Football is reorganised
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November

In November more men leave for the War front, including a 51 year old
A verger retires after 850 weddings
and we hear from an expert Gardener in Canada
Denaby United get off to a good start
and a former stalwart passes away
The Council fights for better allowances for soldier’s dependants
and a Barmaid’s fatal collapse sees a Conisborough man go to Prison
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December

As 1939 ends we visit the British Legion supper to hear about their excellent year
more Local People join up
Comfort Fund decides – Cash or Clothes?
The story of Ironworks at Conisborough is related
Denaby United draw at Peterbrough
the Welfare are playing well
and a strike threat is averted
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