Denaby Closure Means He Will Retire

May 1968

South Yorkshire Times, May 25, 1968

Denaby Closure Means He Will Retire

Mr Abraham Holland, who for many years lived in Denaby and who now lives in Pretoria Cottages, Low Rd, Conisbrough is retiring from Denaby Main Colliery although he’s not 62 years old until July.

This is owing to the closure of Denaby Colliery.

He commenced work as a Boiler Smith’s apprentice at Kb Colliery about 47 years ago, later he was transferred to the Denaby Colliery and in 1948 was appointed the Foreman Boilersmith; a post which is retiring officially on June 8.

He is at present taking is apportioned holidays. He has been connected with the Denaby Parish Church since he was a teenager and many years ago assisted in the Sunday school.

He was also a sidesman and member of the Parochial Council and about 30 years ago he was elected as the People’s Warden, a position he still holds and is also on the Church Standing Committee.

For quite a long period he has been the Parish Review (Magazine) Secretary and as “a handyman” he has given his services for the benefit of the church on many occasions.

He has all been a member of the St John ambulance Brigade for about 47 years and for the last 20 years a Trustee of the Mexborough branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters.

Mrs Holland is also a keen church worker at Denaby. She is the secretary of the mothers Union, a member of the ladies Guild and of the Parochial Council and has several times been elected as the Diocesan Conference representative. Their friends and acquaintances in Denaby and Conisbrough will wish them both well in their retirement.