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Newsletter number 8:    Further work is continuing to bring your community centre up to date.  We are awaiting confirmation if the old asbestos roof structure once removed can be replaced with tile slates to bring this back to it’s original state after the fire in 1942.  If this cannot be accomplished we will have to replace this part of the roof with roofing sheets.  

We have also have had to undertake emergency repairs to the large hall where the wall plates had corroded and the floor was in danger of collapse.  A three-foot-wide section of the hall has been replaced, together with the link corridor and boiler room flooring being replaced.

 

We are pleased to inform the residents on East View and Cheviot View that we have now had security lights fitted to the rear of the centre, thereby making this area more secure.

 

We now have identified our next project as well as the asbestos roof, this being the replacement of the kitchen floor, as with the other flooring which we have had to replace, this now urgently needs attention and of course we will be renewing the kitchen facilities.  To this end we have applied for two grants and hopefully in the not too distant future we can commence this work.

 

However, we still need the residents help so please come and support us by coming in to the centre for one of our coffee mornings on:-

Monday & Wednesday, (8.45am – 1.00pm) Thursday  (8.45am – 8.00pm) Friday (8.45am – 10.30am) and Saturday & Sunday (10.00am  – 1.00pm) where you can come in for coffee/tea and chat and also have your breakfast at a very reasonable cost.  We have a wide variety of books for sale – 6 for a £1.00, and a number of bric a brac items for sale at a very reasonable cost.

 

We continue to host many groups using the centre and look forward to seeing you come along – there are a number of keep fit classes to help you in your endeavour to stay fit and healthy.  These groups are from the ages of 3 upwards.

 

Monday:                     Tuesday:         Wednesday:    Thursday:       Friday:            Saturday:     Sunday:

 

Highland Dancing         Legacy Dance                          Zumba             Football           Boxercise      Zumba

Pilates                          Irish Dancing                           Judo                 Kettlebells                             Judo

Kettlebells                                                                    Legacy Dance  Legacy Dance

Boxercise 

 

Toddler Groups

                                                                                            Baby Bunnies   Bopping Bunnies

Other Groups

                                                            Brownies                                 Krazee Krafters

                                                            Evening Bingo            

 

           

We are pleased to inform our residents that we now have a Defibrillator installed on the porch wall outside our centre.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed towards this, North East Hearts with Goals, Northumberland County Council and Coty of Seaton Delaval and of course the residents of Seghill.  This has now been registered with the Ambulance Service for the use of our residents in the case of need.  We will be arranging a training session for all our residents to come along and learn how to use the Defibrillator in the case of an emergency.

Focus on Irish Dancing:          Session times:  Tuesday:  5.30pm – 8.30pm

 

Clann na nGael Irish dancers are one of the leading Irish dance schools in the region. 

 

The dancers have won many national and international awards since their formation in the early 80s, and continue to compete successfully throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

The current group have recently competed at the 2018 All Scotland and World championships, successfully bringing medals back to the region.

 

Weekly classes continue to be held at Seghill Institute every Tuesday open to girls and boys from age 3 + .

Classes are open to all beginner and advance ranked dancers.

We aim to run our classes in a fun and friendly environment.

Why not come along to make new friends, increase confidence, improve fitness and learn new skills.


Contact: Barbara Slater ADCRG
Mobile: 07771711273                                      
Email: clanniesid@gmail.com

 

 

****News Flash****

We now have the News Post Leader being delivered to the centre, please drop in for your copy

 

Dates for your diary

 

Saturday 12th May our annual Spring Fayre – 10.00am – 1.00pm – various stalls – Raise the Roof Tombola, Raffle, Crafts, Cats Protection, Bottle Stall to name a few and refreshments are available in the small hall.

 

Saturday 2nd June – Children’s Gala on the Welfare Field – the annual parade will be leaving Deneside at 1.00pm walking up the Main Street into Barras Avenue and onto Front Street into the Welfare Field.  Lots of activities going on, Climbing Wall, Lazer Quest, Play Bus, Bouncy Castle, etc.  Refreshments are available in the Scout Hut and stalls in the marque. 

 

Lots more going on at  your community Centre, please see our Facebook Page - The Official Seghill Community Association Centre Facebook Page or our webpage – www.seghillcommunityassociation.com for all information regarding events and dates or drop in at the centre – open most mornings between 9.00am and 1.00pm.

Newsletter no 6.   As you might already know and seen we have now successfully had the Community Centre’s roof re-slated by Bespoke Building and Roofing Services over the past month.  We are now watertight!!

and wish to thank everyone who has contributed no matter how much and in whatever way, by attending our coffee mornings, attending our jumble and table top sales, holding a specific event to raise the much-needed funds to have the roof re-slated.  Now the work starts on raising more money to have the electrics rewired, as these were damaged when the rain was coming in through the roof, and of course the plaster work also needs to be redone again due to water damage.  So, there is no time to rest as we now need to raise even more money to have all the work we have prioritise to keep updating these premises.

 

Work has now been completed and waiting for the scaffolding to be removed ready for our Sunday 12th November Remembrance Day service outside the centre at 10.30am.  Refreshments are available.

 

Our grateful thanks go to all who have donated and raised the much-needed funds as without them we would not have been able to commence the work to make our centre watertight. 

 

Dates for your diary

Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday Commemoration at 10.30am – refreshments will be available.

Saturday 18th November – Christmas Fayre –lots of stalls to purchase your Christmas goodies.  Tickets for our annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be available for collection.

Friday 24th November – Christmas Lights Switch On, organised by Seaton Valley Council – refreshments will be available from 3.00pm. 

Saturday 25th November – Children’s Christmas Party – 5.00pm – 7.00pm -. £1.50 per child (under 3's go FREE).  Please indicate on our Facebook page how many tickets required, or call into one of our coffee mornings and speak to Krissii, so we can know numbers for catering.

Saturday 2nd December – Ladies Night – 7.30pm – 10.00pm – Ann Summers Party together with refreshments, £2.00 per person - Ladies, come and enjoy an evening without your partners.

Saturday 9th December – Senior Citizen Christmas Party – this is a free event for all residents in our village who are aged over 60 years.  Come along and have a high tea with excellent entertainment.  Tickets available on the 18th November.

 

What’s on

 

We continue to have new groups using the centre, please check on our Facebook page (The official Seghill Community Association Facebook Page, Twitter and Web pages (www.seghillcommunityassociation.com) for more information of what is happening in the village.

 The centre is also available to hire for any adhoc events, so if you have a party/special event you would like to organize, we have two halls which might be suitable, the large hall caters for up to 250, the small hall 100, and small meeting room holding up to 40 persons.  Please contact Heather on 07718781550, email, johnson842@btinternet.com - we would welcome enquiries and also if you would like to see our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us.

Newsletter number 7:    As many of our residents would have seen, part of the centre’s roof has now been reslated and that part of the centre is now watertight.  However, work now needs to go on and raise much needed funds to replace the Asbestos Corrugated Roof on the east side.  This part of the roof burned down in 1942 and the then mine owners replaced the fire damage tiled roof with the Asbestos Corrugated Roof which is coming to its end of life.

                       

  

To this end we are still trying to raise further funds to enable us to undertake the repair and hold coffee mornings on:-

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday’s (8.45am – 1.00pm) where you can come in for coffee/tea and chat and also have your breakfast at a very reasonable cost.  We are also selling Jacket Potatoes with various fillings from 12.00 noon until 1.00pm.  Please do come in and see our facilities to see what we are trying to do for your community centre.

 

There are various groups using the centre each week and list below the activities below, which you might wish to join.

 

Monday:                    Highland Dancing               -              5.00pm – 6.00pm                 - contact Heather 07393217119

                                Kettlebells Exercise             -              6.15pm – 7.15pm                 - contact David 07581238789

                                Boxercise (Private)              -              7.30pm – 8.30pm                 - contact Mark tnb.telford@gmail.com

                                Dog Relaxation                   -              7.30pm – 8.45pm                 - contact Penny 07754086803

 

Tuesday:                   Irish Dancing                        -            5.30pm – 8.30pm                 - contact Barbara 0771711273

                                Legacy Dance Academy    -                 4.00pm – 7.00pm                 - contact Caitlin 07518393807

                                Highland Dancing)              -               7.00pm – 9.00pm                 - As above

                                Boxercise                              -            7.00pm – 8.00pm                 - As above

 

Wednesday:               Brownies                               -           5.15pm – 6.45pm                 - contact Sharon 07703858126

                                Bingo                                     -          7.00pm – 9.00pm                 - contact Julia 07590459223

Thursday:                  Legacy Dance Academy    -                 4.00pm – 6.00pm                 - As above

                                Zumba                                   -          7.00pm – 8.00pm                 - contact Lian 047915452453

                                Judo                                       -          6.15pm – 7.45pm                 - contact John – 07512040842

Friday:                      Bobbing Bunnies                 -               9.45am – 10.30am              - contact Michelle 07940926831

                                Football Training                 -               5.00pm – 5.45pm                 - Active SE Northumberland

07467 957959

                                Legacy Dance Academy    -                  4.00pm – 6.00pm                 - As above           

                                Kettlebells                             -            6.15pm – 7.15pm                 - As above

                                Krazee Krafters                    -              6.00pm – 7.30pm                 - 047928352297

Saturday:                  Boxercise                              -            9.30am – 10.30am              - As above

                                Geordie Dogs                        -             9.30am – 2.30pm                 - 07921081053

Sunday:                     Zumba                                   -            9.30am – 10.30am              - As above

                                Judo                                       -            10.30am – 12.45pm            - As above

 

Focus on Judo:

Originally founded in 1996 Seghill Judo Club is currently experiencing an increase in new players wanting to learn and gain experience in an Olympic sport. We provide out of school opportunities to children and young adults in the local area and welcome new or experienced players. Seghill Judo Clubs primary focus is on promoting and delivering activities that develop of a range of physical and mental skills that benefit our members.

 

Seghill Judo run two weekly training sessions and are engaged in an organised regional events calendar. Our members regularly participate in local, regional and national competitions. Coaching events, Kata sessions and

recreational judo events are also run throughout the year.

 

Seghill Judo Club provide a clean, safe environment with excellent facilities so feel free to come along and join in. New members’ first four sessions are free and thereafter £3.00 per session and suits are available to buy. 

 

Session times:

Thursdays, 18:15 – 19:45

Sundays, 11:00 – 12:30

 

New events commencing:

 

Tuesday 6th March – Mother and Toddler Group (Gigglebiz) – 9.30am – 11.00am in our small hall – come along with your children and enjoy a varied playtime and friendship.

 

Wednesday 18th April – Music Soup - music sessions for 5-13 yrs. The soup reference refers to a mixture of things to do with music.  We intend to run a Glee class but also give the children a chance to build on any natural talents.  We will have a range of instruments for the children to try.  Time 4.30 – 6.30pm

Dates for your diary

 

Wednesday 14th February – Friendly Lunch. 12.00 noon – come a join us for a homecooked lunch – Cost £3.00

Saturday 3rd March – Music Gig with The Force – over 18’s only – tickets £5.00

Wednesday 14th March  - Friendly Lunch.  12.00 noon.

Saturday 7th April – Music Gig – watch our Facebook Page for more information

Saturday 28th April – Children’s disco – 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday 12th May – Spring Fayre – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Saturday 2nd June – Children’s Gala

Lots more going on at  your Community Centre, please see our Facebook Page - The Official Seghill Community Association Centre Facebook Page or our webpage – www.seghillcommunityassociation.com for all information regarding events and dates or drop in at the centre – open most mornings between 9.00am and 1.00pm.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter number 4:  Your community centre continues working towards keeping this vital building as part of the community, but we ask for your support, as without it we cannot raise the necessary funds to keep the building updated.  As mentioned in earlier newsletters, we are in much need of vital funds to repair the two main roofs of the building.  The cost of repairing and replacing the roof will cost approximately £120,000.  We are actively trying to obtain grants to help with the majority of the cost and at the time of writing, we have obtained a grant of £5,000 from Northumberland Community Chest with another £5,000 once we have received the majority of the funding.

We have also passed the second stage of funding from a large grant organisation and we are hoping and praying that we obtain a large grant so we can commence replacing the large hall asbestos corrugated roof with roofing slates. 

However, we still need our residents to help by coming to any authorised events we hold and our chairman’s wife holds a coffee morning and book club every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between 8.00pm and 12.00 noon, where you can have a cup of coffee, tea etc., and a cooked breakfast at a very low cost.  So please do pop in and find out what we are trying to do for your community centre.

We have been fortunate that a number of new groups are using the centre, Legacy Dance Company, Flawless Dance, Academy, Bobbing Bunnies and Active Northumberland Football coaching – please check out our webpage, www.seghillcommunityassociation.com and join our Facebook page – The official Seghill Community Association Facebook Page for more information on what is happening at the centre.

 

Date for your diary

Saturday 16th September – Grand Jumble Sale with cake stall and refreshments – all proceeds to Raise the Roof Appeal.

 

What’s on

 

As mentioned above, we have been lucky to have a number of new groups joining the centre, so please check out our webpage and Facebook for more information on these groups.

 The centre is also available to hire for any adhoc events, so if you have a party/special event you would like to organize, we have two halls which might be suitable, the large hall caters for up to 250, the small hall 100, and small meeting room holding up to 40 persons.  Please contact Heather on 07718781550, email, johnson842@btinternet.com - we would welcome enquiries and also if you would like to see our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

1871 Seghill Community

 

Seghill was a thriving coal mining community and by 1871 more residents were living in the area due to the coal mine, the population was 1028 male, 952 female including children.  Many children from an early age had to work in the mines although the 1842 Parliament Act stopped women and children under 10 years from working underground and by 1860 the age limit for boy miners was raised to 12 years.

The work these children undertook in the mines  - door keepers, who operated the ventilation doors to let coal carts through, drawers, who pulled coal carts to and from the coal face, colliers' helpers who assisted the actual coal cutting, usually alongside their fathers or older brothers, and drivers who led the horses which pulled wagons along the main roadways. Many of these children started work at 2 in the morning and worked up to 18 hours on the coal face.    Some children were lucky (if you can call it lucky) they worked on the surface sorting the mined coal. (source – 1873 Mines Inspectors Report).

As mentioned in my previous newsletter mines were a very dangerous place and in the 1870 a number of children were killed. 15 years old Thomas Collins died on the 12th August 1872 crushed by the tubs.  William Ramsay died on the 16th December 1873 aged 16 years, he was a Driver and was killed by a fall of stone. John Buxton died on the 26th November 1874 aged 16 years, he was a Putter and was crushed between a tub and roof caused by a fall of coal.  The youngest child was Henry Towns who died on the 12th 1875 aged 12 years, he was a Wailer and was run over by wagons.

During the 1870’s a further 8 miners all adults were killed.  One sad incident saw John Buxton, grandfather of John named above died on the 12th June 1872 aged 70 years, he was a Furnace Man and he got out of the cage too soon, what a sad tragedy for that family.

 

As a small mining village, many of our residents have been brought up and stayed in the area and one family I have researched is our own former Councillor Jimmy Clough, who was for many years Chairman of the Institute.

Tracing back his family history, I can find his Great Grandfather, Samuel Clough born in 1827 in Earsdon.  On the 4th May 1850, Samuel married Catherine Blackburn from West Allotment and by the 1861 census they had four children aged between 12 years and 1 year – Mary Ann (12), George (8), Thomas (4) and John (1).

On the 1871 census the family are living at 81 Foremans Row, Seghill and the family had increased by another three children, Joseph (1863), James (1867) and Jane (1868).  James is the Grandfather our Jimmy.

By the 1881 census, James is now aged 14 years and he is a Token Taker at the coal mine and still living with his parents and two of his brothers, John and Joseph.  Both Catherine and Samuel died respectively 1897 and 1898.

James married Mary Ann Harbottle in 1890 and on the 1891 census they are living at 101 Foremans Row with Mary Ann’s family.  James is listed as a Banksman. 

On the 1901 census James and Mary Ann had three children, Mark Harbottle (1895), Catherine Harbottle (1897) and Nellie Harbottle (1900).  They now have their own home but still in Foreman’s Row number 67.

By the 1911 census which is the last one I can access, James and Mary Ann are now living at number 51 Foreman’s Row with their three children, Mark, Catherine and Nellie, they also have a lodger Henry who also works in the mine.  Mark who is now 16 years is also working at the mine as a Colliery Screen Labourer.  James died in 1945 aged 79 years, Mary Ann died in 1955.

Jimmy’s father is Mark Harbottle Clough and he married Frances C Kennedy in September 1916.  Mark died in 1944.  Jimmy their son still lives in Seghill and although more frail he is still part of the Institute as Honorary Chair and attends our monthly meetings and is often seen walking to the shops from his home on the main street.

If anyone who would like to know more about their ancestors, I am willing to try and trace back for a small donation to the centre.  All I need is the basic information – parents name, date of birth, area they come from, siblings names, grandparents if possible, so I can trace back to the 1911 census and then go further back in time.  We now have a postbox where you can leave this information with your name etc., and phone number and I will contact you.

Newsletter number 5:  We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in obtaining much needed funds to commence the work on the main slated roof.  We are grateful to the Northumberland Community Chest, Northumberland Freemasons and a Charity Foundation who have all donated much needed funds towards the repairs we need to the roof.  We would also like to thank Seaton Valley Council who give us a grant to undertake a structural survey of our building. Our grateful thanks also go to Krissii (our chairman’s wife) who has successfully raised over £3,000 towards the appeal by holding coffee mornings which include cooking breakfasts at a very reasonable cost.  Organising jumble and fayre sales and she has not finished, look out for more fund raising during the next few months.

Thanks also go to the Deputies who gave a ‘gig’ at the Blake Arms free of charge and also to the staff of the Blake Arms who raised £700 towards the appeal.  The Seghill Accordion Band who also organised a charity night for the fund at the Seghill Comrades Club together with Sounds Instrumental for the evening’s entertainment and raised £469.50 and many thanks to them who made this a successful night.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 13th September Our Friendly Lunches recommence – come along and have a two-course meal at a very reasonable cost of £3.00 – 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Saturday 16th September – Grand Jumble Sale with cake stall and refreshments – all proceeds to Raise the Roof Appeal.

Saturday 30th September – Ladies Night Out – Curry evening with a presentation of clothes by Ann Summer – cost £2.00 if you wish to purchase the curry supper.  Tickets on sale every morning.

Saturday 29th October – Pre Halloween Party for 5 years to 11 years – 5.00pm – 7.00pm – younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday Commemoration at 11.00am – refreshments will be available.

Saturday 18th November – Christmas Fayre – tickets for our annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be available for collection.

Friday 24th November – Christmas Lights Switch On organised by Seaton Valley Council – refreshments will be available.

Saturday 9th December – Senior Citizen Christmas Party – this is a free event for all residents in our village who are aged over 60 years.  Come along and have a high tea with excellent entertainment.  Tickets available on the 18th November.

 

What’s on

 

We continue to have new groups using the centre, please check on our Facebook page (The official Seghill Community Association Facebook Page, Twitter and Web pages (www.seghillcommunityassociation.com) for more information of what is happening in the village.

 The centre is also available to hire for any adhoc events, so if you have a party/special event you would like to organize, we have two halls which might be suitable, the large hall caters for up to 250, the small hall 100, and small meeting room holding up to 40 persons.  Please contact Heather on 07718781550, email, johnson842@btinternet.com - we would welcome enquiries and also if you would like to see our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

1881 Seghill Community

                                              

                                                                                                                                                                            

Continuing on from our last census we are now at the 1881 census, the mine was in full swing and it is recorded that during the 1880’s eight persons died at the Seghill Pit and the youngest being aged 13 years, James Auld who died on the 3rd December 1880 when he was crushed by a cage whilst looking down a shaft. Life was very hard for families living in 1880’s and of course there was no health and safety like we have in today’s society.

Luxuries were not available to the millions of working poor, who toiled for long hours in the mines, factories and docks. The dreadful working and living conditions of the early 19th century persisted in many areas until the end of the Victorian age. The dark shadow of the workhouse loomed over the unemployed and destitute.

Many residents will know that in July this year, Libby’s Park at Deneside was dedicated to a well-known representative of Seghill – the Late Libby Atkinson MBE, former councillor of Seghill for 28 years who was awarded an MBE in 1997 New Year’s Honours for her services to local government and the community.  ‘Libby’ was born Elizabeth Archbold in 1915 and married her husband John Edward Longstaff Atkinson in 1937 who also was a local councillor.  She and her husband ran general dealer shops in Shiremoor and Seghill.  John died in June 1978 aged 68 years and Libby died in June 2012 aged 97 years. 

Following on from her parents, one of our long standing representatives of the centre is Elsie Harvey MBE, who also went into politics by being a local councillor for Northumberland County Council.  Elsie today still attends our regular meetings after stepping down as secretary in 2016, and helps organize the Children’s Gala and Senior Citizen Christmas Party along with other events for the Treats Association.

Researching Libby’s family tree her parent were John Archbold born in 1892 and Ann Archbold (nee Spowart) born 1893 in Backworth.

Her mother was Ann Spowart (1893) and on the 1901 census she is living with her parents George (born 1854) and Elizabeth (born 1856) together with her brother and two sisters.  They lived at 40 Havelock Place, Backworth. 

By the 1911 census Elizabeth was 18 years old and in 1913 she married John Archbold.  George her father was born in Spittal, Northumberland and married Elizabeth Armstrong in 1874 and they set up home in Backworth to live at 70 Havelock Place where he was a miner.  George died in December 1922 aged 68 years.

His father was John Archbold born 1892 in Backworth was the son of Joseph (born 1864) and Elizabeth Archbold (born 1865), on the 1901 census it is noted that he had seven brothers and sisters.  Joseph is noted as being a miner and living at 41 Havelock Place, Backworth.  It is also noted that Jonathan aged 13 years his brother was also working in the mines.

Elizabeth his mother (nee Campbell) was born in Seghill in 1865, her parents are Jonathan Campbell (1835) and Thomasina (1836).  They lived at 1 Quarry Row, Seghill and Jonathan was a miner at the Seghill Colliery.

If anyone would like to know more about the Community Centre, please do call in at one of our coffee mornings 8.00am – 12.00 noon. 

Newsletter number 3:  I cannot believe that another newsletter is due again, time seems to fly by.  However, your community association is endeavouring to update this 1906 centre and make everyone’s experience when using the centre pleasurable.  There is an awful lot of work still required.

We are trying to obtain grants to replace the main roofs of this building.  The centre has two main roofs to the building one being Asbestos Corrugated Roofing which needs a specialist company to remove and replace with tiles.

The other one is a slate roof which is leaking and requires stripping off the existing slate roof and salvage all the good tiles.  Recover using a breathable under felt, treat counter battens etc., and replace lead valleys.  Use all the good tiles and purchase reclaimed welsh tiles.  We are expecting that the cost of this would be around £100,000.

New Flooring – The centre has two main halls (the smaller one has already been replaced by two grants and community centre own funding.  This was replaced in the October school holiday last year, when it was found that the floor plates and joists were eroded due to woodworm and water damage.  This was undertaken under the guidance of Flooring International from Jarrow who have done an excellent job in replacing the joists and floor plates and recovered with contract vinyl, everyone who has used the centre knows how wonderful this new flooring is.

The rest of the buildings flooring is also in need of repair with the floor plates and joists needing replacement.  It is hoped to obtain grants and the centre raising much needed funds to enable us to complete the necessary work.  We hope that the community of Seghill will support us when we organise various events to help raise much needed funds to enable us to commence and complete the necessary work on the roof, this would allow the community to use this valuable resource in the village.

Our youth group who meet on a Thursday evening obtained grants to decorate the meeting room in the centre and also revamp the kitchen area with new kitchen fittings.  They chose the paint which if you have been in the redecorated room will see that one wall is two shades of pink with the remaining walls being painted a light grey and due in the New Year will be two art designed collages.  Many thanks to Emma and the team for all their hard work and also a thank you for our youth who have helped in organising this work.

Date for your diary

We are at present working towards the Children’s Gale which will be on Saturday June 3rd – keep checking our Facebook Page and Web Page for more information.

 

What’s on

 

The Association has a variety of user groups which might be of interest and they would welcome new members.  Please check out our Facebook Page – The Official Seghill Association Facebook Page for details every week.  We also now have a webpage –  www. seghillcommunityassociation.com – where you will find many interesting facts and information and also a weekly ‘What’s On’.  New groups are being included weekly, so please check our two pages.

 The centre is also available to hire for any adhoc events, so if you have a party/special event you would like to organize, we have two halls which might be suitable, the large hall caters for up to 250, the small hall 100, and small meeting room holding up to 40 persons.  Please contact Heather on 07718781550, email, johnson842@btinternet.com - we would welcome enquiries and also if you would like to see our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

1861 Seghill Community

 

 

Continuing on from the last census taken in 1851, Seghill has continued to grow due to the mining operation and looking at the census there are families coming from all over the country to work in the mine.  The mining industry was a very dangerous place to work and throughout history there were many fatalities.

One major incident at the Seghill Colliery was on the 8th September 1864 A lamentable explosion of gas took place early in the morning, which caused the immediate death of seven persons, besides endangering the lives of several others. The name of the unfortunate sufferers were:

Richard Robinson aged 58 whose occupation was a Shifter,

John Neiland occupation as a Shifter,

Henry Whitehead,

Thomas Heep aged 26 and was a Hewer,

John Mills aged 18 and his occupation was a Timber Leader, 

George Jackson aged 70 years and was a Timber Leader,

William Taylor aged 16 years.

 

Throughout the 1860’s there were other fatalities:

George Calligan aged 69 years died on the 11 February 1862.  He was a Shifter and was drawing props when a stone fell from the roof of the mine and crushed him.

George Dowson aged 15 years was killed on the 9th June 1862, he was an Onsetter and was killed by the cage.

James Charlton died on the 13th October 1963, no information is to hand regarding his accident.

Andrew Clarke died on the 16th February 1864 aged 16 years.  He was about to drop the chain of the set at the way-ends, but by some means he got entangled between the tubs and was killed almost instantaneously.

Samuel Morton died on the 24th January 1864, he was 21 years old.  He was stepping into the cage and his foot got in between the bottom of the cage and the plates and was crushed.

George Kellet aged 60 years died on the 30th April 1869, he was an Underview and he fell part of the way down the shaft.

 

Due to the increase in the mining and more people coming to live in Seghill, many new houses were being built or occupied.  One row of houses is Spice Cake Row and from a photo on the internet it was situated between Barras Avenue and Chester Grove facing the bus stop opposite Abbotts Lea. 

 

One family who lived at 12 Spice Cake Row was the Gillis family.  John aged 30 was a miner and his wife Mary aged 28 years and they had three children in 1861, Robert aged 7 years, Mary Ann aged 3 years and John aged 9 months.  He married Mary Wood in 1854 and lived the majority of his life in Spice Cake Row and moving to Chapel Row in 1891.  John died in 1902 aged 71, his wife Mary is listed in the 1911 census living with her daughter Mary Ann now married to Edward Newham and living in Ryton.

 

Spice Cake Row from information on the internet was demolished sometime after 1965 and it’s a pity the name has not been kept when the new houses were built opposite Laycock Gardens.

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