Information & Forthcoming Events 2012
Christmas meal 2012
The Christmas meal this year will be on Friday 21st December at the Towers restaraunt, Sit down for 1pm
Anyone wishing to go please ring the office and book your place as soon as possible as places are filling fast. You will need to pay us a deposit please
Friday 17th August 2012 from 11am till 3pm
The Association along with our roving museum will be at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall on Friday 17th August from 11am till 3pm all members are welcome, and open to the public. refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Come along and "Talk Pit" Eric Chairman
Social night in Mansfield. 2011
The Association is sharing a fundraising social evening with Mansfield Labour Party on Friday 28th. October at the Gas Works Social Club in Mansfield. All Welcome.
More details from the office.
The Christmas meal this year is on Friday 16th. December at The Towers in Mansfield at 13.00.
Anyone wishing to go please ring the office and book your place as soon as possible as places are filling fast. You will need to pay us a deposit please.
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Top picture is L-R Chairman Eric Eaton presenting the Bowls champion for 2008.
Arthur Jackson from Ollerton branch with his trophy.
Below is runner up Ron Clurow from
Linby branch who battled until the very last shot of the game, well done to both
Arthur and Ron
The Association organised what will be an annual, Stapleford Golf tournament that was played for on Wednesday 26th September on a fine sunny day at the Forest Golf Club. The course was in superb condition and so was the steak meal and desert that followed. The winners were presented with prizes by association Chairman Eric Eaton.The winner of the Nottinghamshire NUM Ex & Retired Miners Association Stapleford trophy was won by Honorary Association member Martin Lee of Martin Lee and partners solicitors of Mansfield.He went around the course and finished with 34 points, Martin said afterwards its the only thing I have won since being in the team that won the school football league when I was a youngster, the standard that these guys play at, was very good, and the whole day was most enjoyable, the trophy will have pride of place on my desk at work . The trophy was made by a local ex miner who turned the plinth out of a piece of solid Sherwood forest oak, and a miners workman's safety lamp sits on top.
Miners still working in the industry, and non association members played for a cut glass bowl trophy, these were Tim Orme, first with 34 points, second Mark Blacknell with 36 points and Third Ian Bakewell who plays off a five handicap and finished with 32 points.
A big thankyou from the Association to Ron Clurow for his organising of the tournament.
Coming a very close second was Kevin Stapleton with 33 points.
Third was ex Linby miner Tony Tucker Payne who is no stranger to the county golf scene having played at that standard for the last 30 odd years, he said it was great to see old mates again, I am sure the day will grow into something really big in the future.
Some pics from 2007 Gala
Royle guest entertains crowds at 2007 Durham Miners Gala.
Ricky Tomlinson was at the gala at the invitation of retired Houghton miner George Rowe.
George helped to recommision the Houghton and Lambton banners promoting the proud industrial mining heritage of the north east.
Ricky also said hello to Notts retired pitmen Bob Collier and Eric Eaton on the Notts stall.
7am and set up and ready
Having a minute before the rush
Chris making his way around the site
Bob finalising a sale
L-R Eric Eaton & Bob Collier on the stall at the 2007 gala