Tales of a Pit Man Review
Thursday evening April 7th 2016 was our Tales of a Pit Man show performed by David Coleman in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Mapperley. The event was organised in conjunction with Holy Trinity to form part of their 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Performing to a sell out audience David’s story took us through the history of mining and of the working day of a miner. It was hard, with accidents and fatalities all part of their daily life. David spoke of a particular miner who was severely injured with many broken bones and injuries which seemed impossible to recover from and in fact died twice. That miner was David himself! He spent 5 years in hospital and during that time wrote poems and stories which he uses now to pass on his knowledge of mining. His talk was very humorous but also serious when he told us about the hardship of many miners. He had some very interesting artefacts on display including a miner’s lamp and a ‘snap’ box.
He spoke of his pride having known and worked with George Pearson who was his Training Officer at Moorgreen Pit in the late 60’s early 70’s. He thought very highly of George. Many of you may remember him. He gave Holy Trinity many years of service. It was made extra special as George’s daughters were both there Anne Ball and Lyn Reeve. If your group or school would like to book David he can be contacted by email
David’s money made on the night went to Wish Upon A Star.
Thank you to Bill Skinner our MC, Joan Waterfall and Pauline Fearn for manning the door and raffle and everyone who attended for their continued support.
Mapperley History Coffee Morning Sept 2016
Shipley Hall, and the Miller-Mundy Family
Mapperley History Project On Wednesday, September 7th 2016, historical storyteller Pat Ashcroft performed to a full Old Black Horse pub in Mapperley Village, telling stories about the history of the local area. The pub was the ideal venue for Ashcroft to regale the crowd with stories of Shipley Hall, and the Miller-Mundy family that ran the estate from the 18th century. With tales of mystery, intrigue and scandal. Ashcroft opened the discussion up to the group, who in turn shared their own experiences and theories on the history of the area. The Old Black Horse Pub, under the new ownership of Nick and Cara, provided tea, coffee and biscuits, and all proceeds from the successful event went to The Mapperley History Project, established and run by Elaine Sarson, who organised this talk and to Leukaemia Research.
Ashley Carter, Writer.
Background of the Badge by the Bishop
Each year I intend, based upon recommendations made to me, to award a small number of these badges as a gesture from the Diocese to acknowledge outstanding service to the church.
Bill is the man with the grey hair and light suit in the group going towards the Bishop
Bill Skinner was presented with this badge at a special service held in Derby Cathedral on Sunday 23 September 2012. The Bishop's Badge is presented by the Bishop of Derby as tokens of his appreciation for distinguished service to the church and community. The recipients have to be nominated by a member of the community.
Bill has been a member of the Parochial Church Council since 1961, a church warden for 30 years and Treasurer for 41 years. Amazing!