Denaby Main Colliery Fire – The Relief Fund.

January 1888

Sheffield Independent – Saturday 21 January 1888

Denaby Main Colliery.

The Relief Fund.

We are desired to state that, such has been the progress in the work of restoration at the Denaby Main Colliery since the fire at the engine house, the miners will, in all probability, be able resume operations the first week in February.

The massive iron girders for the support of the pulley wheels were yesterday is readiness at the mouth of the shaft, and at the time indicated, the cage will be ready to descend tube pit.

In the meantime the generosity of the public is still urgently needed, especially as the weather has set in so severe, and subscriptions, food or clothing for the relief of the sufferers will be gratefully acknowledged by Mr. John Dixon, the secret the Main Miners’ Lodge, the Rev. T. J. Leslie, Mexbro’ or the Vicar of Mexbro’, the Rev. H. Ellershaw.

About £200 in subscriptions has been received up to the present for the benefit of the families, and this has been fairly divided amongst them in the shape of relief tickets for groceries, etc., to specified amount.

In addition to sums previously acknowledged, two guineas have been obtained from the Globe Tea Company, £1. 2s. 2d. from the Mitchell Main Colliery, £5 anonymously from Barnsley, and 4s. from Wm. Peace, Denaby; those items having been sent to the Rev. T. J. Leslie. The Vicar has received £5 from Messrs. Kilner Brothers, glass bottle manufacturers, Conisbro’; £2, collection at Swinton Church: £5 from Mr. Jas. Montagu, Melton Hall: £2, collection Greasbro’ Church; £4. 12s. 9d., collection at Conisbro’ Church; £5 from Mrs. Woodyeare. of Crookhill; a guinea from Archdeacon Crosthwaite; Mr. Daws, of Smethwick, £10: £2 from the Rev. H. P. Sheppard, Thurnscoe: from Mr. Jas. Peters, Mexbro’; and 5s., a “widow’s mite.”

Mr. John Dixon has received for distribution two tons of potatoes from Mr.C. L. Stanley, Wath-on- Dearne. The collections at the various collieries have not been large as the exigencies of the case demanded.

Mr. E. A. Rymer, of Monk Bretton, a prominent member of the Yorkshire Miners’ Union, referring to the scanty sums raised, says,

”It  is positively cruel and non-English to see honest men, virtuous women, and innocent children suffer for want of bread, and the man who would not deny himself some trifling luxury to help these people, cares but little how the world groans around him.”