1939 January 1939
We begin a new newstream which will take us through the Second world war and how it affected Conisbrough & Denaby.
We begin in 1939 as Councilor 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 United’s worst ever season continues with a 10 – 0 thrashing at Tickhill Square.
In February 1939 we visit the Annual Dinner of the Denaby Games League with 360 guests and hear about 4 workers narrow escape when a Chimney falls prematurely.
A Conisborough Octogenarian has lived in the same house for 71 years 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
In March 1939 the township prepares for War as the area is declared a Danger zone.
Conisborough senior school produces an acclaimed Operetta’ “Dickon the Bedlam”
Colliery Queen wins the Denaby dog show and there’s boxing fame for a Denaby “Terrier.”
An investigation agrees plans for improvement of the Denaby Sewage works
And Denaby United’s season takes a downturn as they conceed 46 goals in 5 matches!
In April 1939 A plane crashes at Clifton and an impressiveNational Service pageant brings crowds to the streets.
A Denaby King’s scout is honoured 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 !
As the War draws ever closer a realistic A.R.P.display is held in Conisborough
A Two small boy’s camping adventure causes a scare and we read a story about a dog and a cat – and a tortoise
We see pictures of days past at the Brick Works & with the Ambulance Men
Denaby United’s worst ever season comes to a close and the Cricket Club are struggling too
Ellis Robinson makes the headlines with Yorkshire
And there’s a May Queen at Station Road and Weddings too
In the middle of 1939 the German crisis hits a lull and local news is given prominence
The Modern School Girls give a display and School Queens are crowned
Epworth Hall is reopened 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
In July 1939 we meet Conisborough’s Rabbit Expert and see the Mona Club’s Trophies
Conisborough’s station booking clerk leaves for a future acting Profession
The Hospitals hold their annual Demonstration amid a Scarlet Fever outbreak and there is a Shotgun suicide at Denaby
August 1939 brings us 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
We visit a St Albans Garden Party with photos of the many people who attended
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
The Second World War started 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 wellat the ‘White Man’s Grave’
A Denaby youth asks; “I’ve not been drowned have I, Mam ?” and a Conisborough Curate tells us of his Model Railway Hobby
P.C. Yeomans retires and a suicide ends an ordeal of Pain
Cup Winner and Goal Scorer
Another article from September 1939 for football aficionados. I came across a Council minute congratulating Clifford Parker on his appearance for Portsmouth in the 1939 Cup Final.
Then I found out a little more about him, includinga trade card and You tube Videoand showthem on the attached page
Apologies to Denaby United fans who probably already know this!
It is further proof of the depth of talent and level of football played at Denaby over the years at Tickhill Square
The War preparations intensify, Hundreds of Air Raid Sheleters are to be erected
and local men begin to join the War and the services
A Conisborough Arman 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
Football is reorganised and a Conisbotough 8 year olds alerts the family to a fire
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
As 1939 ends more Local People join up
Comfort Fund decides – Cash or Clothes?
The story of Ancient Ironworks at Conisborough is related
Denaby United draw at Peterbrough and the Welfare are playing well
We visit the British Legion supper to hear about their excellent year and a stike threat is averted
Bombardment – Scunthorpe United score 10 !
Bombproof Shelter nearing Completion
By Election Result at Conisborough
Children at a party by the Conisborough Labour Party
Conisborough Firemen Resign to give youth its chance.
Denaby & Cadeby Pit Pensioners at their Annual Treat
Denaby, Cricket, Tennis and Bowls Club – Annual Meeting
Grubbed in Dustbin for Food – Father Sent to Prison for Neglect
Ivanhoe Cycling Club Champion
One of Oldest Residents ~Mrs Astbury ~ dies
The ‘Girl Friend’ by the Conisborough Church Operatic Society
Wainwright’s Book ~Feast of 1321
Wainwright’s Rare Book Unearthed – Revelations about Conisbrough
“Times” Sports Editor Weds
Accident Mystery – Man’s crash into Windscreen
Burning Down of Old Denaby Bungalow.
Conisborough Chimney falls Prematurely.
Conisborough Church – Credit Balance of over £130
Conisborough woman’s dash into Blazing House
Feb 2 – Grimsby Town Reserve 17 Denaby United 0
Feb 17 – Denaby United 1 Bradford Reserve 5
Feb 24 – Bradford City Reserves 7 Denaby United 0
Boxing Fame for Denaby “Terrier”
Conisborough S.J.A.B. Tea
Conisborough scheduled as Danger Zone
Conisborough School Operetta – “Dickon the Bedlam”
Denaby Dog Show – “Colliery Queen” Scores again
Denaby Group Games League Dinner – Amalgamation Criticised
Denaby Group Games League Dinner – Photographs
Denaby Sewage Problem.
Mar 3 – Denaby Utd 0 Lincoln City 5
Mar 10 – Gainsborough 8 Denaby Utd 0
Mar 17 – Grantham 9 Denaby Utd 1 – McCartney gets Five
Mar 24 – Hull City Res 9 Denaby Utd 1 – Heavy Barrage
Mar 31 – Denaby Utd 0 Boston 6 – Five after Half Time
Mar 31 – Denaby Utd 2 Bradford City Res 9 – City worth 9
A Scout’s Honour
Aeroplane Crash at Clifton
Conisborough Farm Blaze
Conisbrough U.D.C. Budget – Cllr Webster’s Valedictory
Apr 14 – Scarborough 2 Denaby Utd 0 – Only the Second
Apr 14 – Denaby Utd 1 Shrewsbury Twn 1 – Kelly does it again
Apr 14 – Shrewsbury 9 Denaby Utd 1 – Sadly Depleted
Apr 28 – Denaby Utd 3 Grantham 0 – Remarkable Victory
Apr 28 – Sports Editors Comments
Ambulance Crew at Melton Hall in 1911
Boys´ “Camping” Escapade causes Scare at Conisborough
Brick workers of 50 Years Ago.
Cat, Dog & Tortoise Good Friends at Conisborough
Conisborough Ambulance Worker’s fine record.
Conisborough C.C. has New Season’s Plans
Conisborough Station Road School May Queen
Conisborough Welfare F.C.
Denaby & Cadeby C.C.
May 12th – Firbeck 118 for 3 Denaby 114 – Strong Firbeck Stand
May 19th – Denaby 79 Scarboro’ 80 for 6 – Scarboro’ meet upsets
May 5th – Boston 9 Denaby Utd 0 – Denaby’s Fate
May 5th – Newark Town 4 Denaby Utd 0 – All in the Second Half
May 12th – Denaby Utd 2 Peterborough Utd 6 – So Ends the Season !
May 12th – Midland League Final Table
Mr H Sharpe (Denaby) – Miss Annie Whitehead (Denaby)
Sidney Robinson (Conisborough) – Alice Holmes (Denaby)
Vincent Rich – Margaret Cassidy
Civic Sunday – Salvationist Service at Denaby
Compensation Claim – Victim of Pain
Conisborough Modern School Girls
Conisborough’s oldest Inhabitant – Jane Wood
Conisbrough Station Road School May Queen
Denaby & Cadeby C.C.
Jun 9 – Denaby 240 for 9 Thorncliffe 71 – Greenwood’s Magnificent Innings
Jun 23 – Denaby 235 for 7 Brodsworth 158 for 5
07 – July
Autographs of Yorkshire Cricket Team
Conisboro’ Fancier goes in for Rabbits in a Big Way
Conisborough Isolation Hospital – If Worst comes to Worst
Conisborough Modern School Party
Denaby & Cadeby C.C.
Jul 7th – Collegiate 141 for 7 Denaby 231 for 9 – Denaby´s Masterly Batsmanship
Jul 14th – Denaby 17 for 0 Rockingham 16 – Pegg’s Six Swingers Rock Rockingham
July 21st – Bentley 53 for 2 Denaby 52 – Denaby got Taste of Treatment
A Few Local Beauty Spots – Conisborough Attractions
Conisborough Cyclists Narrow Escape
Conisborough Youth builds his Own Planes
Denaby & Cadeby C.C.
Aug 4 – Denaby v Collegiate – Collegiate Impress at Tickhill Square
Aug 11 – Denaby v Mexborough – Exciting Cricket at Denaby
Aug 18 – Hickleton 41 for 2 Denaby 37 – Out for 37 in an Hour
Denaby Manager Keeps his Promise – Preview of Season and Players
Denaby Man´s Suicide – No Sleep for Three Weeks
Denaby Schoolmasters – 111 Years Service
Denaby St Alban’s Garden Party
Joa Bodd – Tupping Doors
The Chair used in the Conisborough Castle Rescue
Conisborough Couple’s Holiday Curtailed
Conisborough Curate´s Model Railway Hobby
Conisborough Man in Africa
Conisborough Ready – Plans to Handle Evacuees
Crisis Work Rouses Storm – Critiscim over “Standng By” Pay
Cup Finalist’s Letter and Tribute to Late Colleague
Drowning Rumours Cause Stir at Denaby – “Victim” had Gone for a Walk!
Ex-Councillor’s Tragic Death – Suicide ends Ordeal of Pain
Respirators for Babies
Retirement of P.C.Yeomans
Veteran’s Recipe for Longevity – Forget your Age !
10 – October
A.R.P. Shelters – Detailed Plans for Denaby & Conisborough
Conanby Fire – Eight Year Old Girl Alerts Family
Conisborough Cricket Averages
Denaby Priest Returns – Warm Welcome after Illness
Oct 7 – Denaby 3 Conisbrough Welfare 2 – Denaby have a Goal to Spare
Oct 21 – Newark 0 Denaby 6 – Flying Colours
Oct 28 – Midland League Wartime Competition
Oct 7 – Extra Petrol – Blacking Out – A.R.P. Practice
Oct 14 – Station Road School – Decontamination Centre – Babies Helmets
Oct 21 – Air Raids – Babies Helmets
A.R.P. Bill at Conisborough Hospital
Conisboro´ Man Sent To Prison – Sequel to Barmaid´s Fatal Collapse
Conisboro´ Verger who has Attended 850 Weddings
Denaby Man in Canada – Expert Gardener
Denaby Stalwart – W. Marshall
Nov 4 – Grantham 2 Denaby 1 – Deciding Goal Comes Late in the Game
Nov 11 – Denaby 2 Gainsborough 1 – Keen tussle at Denaby.
Nov 18 – Newark 2 Denaby 2 – Twice in the Lead
Nov 25 – Denaby 4 Grantham 2 – Another Smart Stroke
Box Family – A Denaby Trio
Jackson Family – Proud Record
Mansell – Volunteering for Service Overseas
Stevens, John – Serving at 51
British Legion Supper – Conisboro´ Branch Celebrate a Good Year
Comforts Fund Meeting – Local Clubs with Private Funds
Comforts Fund Query – Cash or Clothes ?
Dec 9 – Grimethorpe 1 Conisborough 6 – Hurricane Finish Set the Seal to Victory
Dec 16 – Conisborough 6 Great Houghton 0 – Big Things in Cup Matches
Dec 23 – Thurnscoe 1 Conisborough 2 – Distinction – Still to meet Defeat
Dec 9 – South Kirkby 5 Denaby 3 – Second Half Zest Pulls Kirkby Through at Mill Lane
Dec 16 – Peterbrough 2 Denaby 2 – Brilliance – Minus 3 Regulars
Dec 23 – Denaby 1 Boston 1 – Boston Save a Point
Dec 30 – Denaby 1 Frickley 7 – Another Lawson Triumph
Dec 30 – Denaby’s Lean Spell
Dolly Genius of Denaby Catholic Concert Parties
Ironworks of Long Ago – Early Forges at Conisboro’
Old Denaby Parish Council – New Chairman and Vice-Chairman
Rev. Eddershaw – Honorary Canonry
Soldiers at the Front
Brooke Brothers – Serving in Navy
Butcher, W.H. – Denaby A.A. Man
Ford J. – In Hospital
Harrison J.S. – Came for More
Hingley S. – Took his Cornet
McNichol, Wilfred – Daughter for a Sailor
Mrs Pearson – Four from One Family
Sudworth A. – Serving in France
West Family – Another Denaby Trio