Cadeby Pit Presentations

August 1950

South Yorkshire Times August 12, 1950

Cadeby Pit Presentations

Presentations to 3 Cadeby Colliery officials were made last night at Denaby and Cadeby Officials Club.

Recipients were Mr. Jack Bell, head shaftsman at Cadeby for 24  years, now retiring after 50 years in the mining industry; Mr Reginald Viner, who is to revert to his former job as underground deputy after two years on the surface; and Mr. Stanley Beckett, engineering office draughtsman, who is to be married on Saturday.

Presenting a smoking cabinet to Mr. Bell, Mr. W. Ashbury, chief timekeeper, said that during his 24 years as head shaftsman Mr. Bell had worked night shifts, but not once did he remember Mr Bell being late or losing a shift unnecessarily.

“We all admire Jack Bell,” he said. “He is one of  nature’s gentlemen.”

Mr. Ashbury said that Mr. Bell had given excellent and conscientious service to both the old colliery Company and the N.C.B. and had done his best for both men and masters. He wished him a long and happy retirement.

Mr. Bell said that during his time at Cadeby he had worked for good men. He had never worked at a better place.

The presentation of a watch to Mr. Vine was made by Mr F Umpleby, engineer, with whom Mr Vine has worked as secretary since an illness three years ago of the pit. Now he is to go back underground. Mr Umpleby said he had always found Mr Vine very helpful, and hoped he would enjoy good health down the pit for many years to come.

Mr Vine said his three years “on top” had been quite an experience for him. He was now able to understand the difficulties which confronted surface workers.

Best wishes for his marriage happiness were expressed to Mr Becky by Mr Viner as he presented him with a dinner service. During his 18 months service in the engineering office he had been very helpful and obliging and a more satisfactory worker. He had made many friends.

Other speakers were Mr G Soar (electrical engineer), Mr K Rigg (foreman joiner), Mr S Hooley (foreman plate layer), Mr A Ormondroyd (assistant engineer), Mr R Reed and Mr C Hobson