Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 31 December 1921
Diary of the Year
Leading Local Events in 1921
1 – Great Coal Dispute; general stoppage throughout industry.
3 – Mr Frank Hodges, secretary of the Miners Federation of Great Britain, addressed a meeting of miners at Conisborough.
4 – Mexborough general district rate reduced from 7s 6d to 6s.
6 – Performance by Mexborough amateur dramatic Society of “David Garrick” and “The Privy Council.”
7 – First election of the new Conisborough Urban Council. Only two Labour candidates returned out of 15.
Unveiling of war memorial shrine in the Goldthorpe Parish Church.
8 – “Black Friday”; General strike by Triple Industrial Alliance averted at the last moment by dissension between the members of the Lines.
Disastrous fire in Oliver Street, Mexborough; one cottage destroyed and two badly damaged; no casualties.
13 – Mr H.C.Harrison appointed first chairman of the Conisborough Urban Council.
Distress in the district due to coal dispute. General movement for the relief of women and children.
16 – Doncaster Poor Law Guardians decide to issue relief to distressed families of miners.
Mr J.R. Currier, of Mexborough, appointed organist at the Conisborough Parish Church.
19 – Mr Cranidge, of Oadby, Leicester, appointed surveyor to the Wath–on–Dearne Urban Council.
27 – Swinton Council decide to apply for the Urban District to be divided into five electoral wards.
28 – Miners delegates reject terms put forward by government and Mine Owners for settlement of the Coal dispute.
17 – Pony Races on Doncaster Town Moor.
21 – Institution of the Reverend F.T.G. Smith, formerly Vicar of Walkley, as Rector of Wombwell.
28 – Reported that Yorkshire Miners Association has distributed £400,000 in Union pay and relief in prevailing dispute.
2 – Reverend W.J. Pascoe instituted priest in charge of Saint Hilda’s, Thurnscoe.
5 – Roll of Honour unveiled at the Conisbrough Wesleyan Church.
6 – The Reverend Frank Hutchinson, D.Litt., F.R.G., instituted Vicar of Swinton stop
8 – Thurnscoe Council. Mr Wilkinson describes certain Thurnscoe houses as “kennels that should be blown sky high.”
9 – Pit Pony Races at Wombwell.
11 – A Sheffield Communist, Peter Hannon, sent to prison for a seditious speech at Goldthorpe.
16 – Pit Pony Races at Swinton.
18 – Ballot taken of the mining Industry on the new terms proposed by the government of the coal owners. Heavy majority against acceptance.
Mr Stephen Seal, Darfield quarry owner, killed in an accident at Morecambe Motor cycle trials.
19 – National Census taken.
20 – Infant Welfare Centre opened at Denaby Main.
25 – Doncaster Guardians report that they have issued over £50,000 in special relief during the coal dispute.
29 – Amalgamation. Swinton Urban Council decline to discuss the question with Mexborough.