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Plumbley Colliery Disaster Headstone Fund.

Many people locally will know of the sad events of the Plumbley Colliery disaster and be aware that in October 2007, Mr Stan Ryan of Lansbury Road, Eckington paid for three white crosses to be placed on the graves of the children alongside the headstone of Alfred Williamson who is buried in Eckington Cemetery, Alfred aged 24 lost his life trying to save the children from drowning in the icy pond alongside Seldom Seen Engine House in Eckington Woods.

A recording of a re-enactment of events on that fateful day can be viewed on 
You Tube – Plumbley Colliery Disaster 16th March 1895.

Gary Daynes of Daynes Monumental Ltd, Killamarsh has offered to supply and erect three headstones made from portland limestone and hand carve the names and the date of the disaster for each child, to replace the wooden crosses that are now showing signs of wear. This will be to commemorate the 125th anniversary in March 2020 of the disaster. Eckington Parish Council has approved the installations of the headstones and has waived the fees. Gary has also offered to clean Alfred Williamson’s headstone as part of the project. We are indebted to the Parish Council and to Daynes Monumental Ltd who have now ensured the project can commence.
We are looking to raise £1000.00, and we would like this to be a community project where anyone and everyone can be involved.

We have set up a Go Fund me page where people can donate, and it doesn`t matter how small the donation is, it will be much appreciated. There will also be a donation box at Daynes Monumental Ltd offices, on Sheffield Road, Killamarsh.

The Plumbley Colliery Disaster is well known to locals and beyond, and to have three permanent headstones erected for the children would be a lasting tribute. Click Here to donate.

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This is the official press release from Eckington Parish Council regarding the EGM on the 24th January. Notes to Editors Eckington Parish is directly east of the M1 junction 30 and west of Dronfield with boundaries to Stavely, Killamarsh and South Yorkshire. At a Council meeting held 17 January 2017, Eckington Parish Councillors resolved to hold an Extraordinary Council meeting at Eckington Civic Centre, 7pm 24th January 2017. Eckington Parish Council PRESS RELEASE 25th January 2015 At an Extraordinary Council meeting held 24th January, Eckington Parish Council voted overwhelmingly to oppose the exploration for shale, gas deposits within the Parish boundary. At Eckington Civic Centre a packed audience heard councillors debate the issue and adopt the motion ‘’This Parish Council will object to any hydraulic drilling and exploration for gas and oil and fracking on any land in the Parish boundary’’. The meeting follows the announcement by chemical giant INEOS to drill an exploratory well in the Marsh Lane area, with a view to future gas extraction. Councillors were informed that an application is to be lodged with Derbyshire County Council at the end of January 2017. Parish Chair and Eckington County Councillor Brian Ridgway said ‘’There is a long road ahead and a lot of hard work to do. The community needs to be organised to meet this challenge. This decision by the Council is a great step forward and we will help in any way we can.’’ CONTACTS Parish Clerk Mrs Rosalind Bullimore 07715668815 Chair Councillor Brian Ridgway 01246 430035

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