Webteam: September 2018
Minnie Pit Centennial Concert — Sat. 13th October 2018
It was on the 12th January 1918 that the Minnie Pit Disaster occurred. In January 2018 the centenary of the disaster was commemorated in the village of Halmer End and further afield. It took 19 months for all the miner's bodies to be recovered from the mine. During the 19 months from 12th January 2018 various groups within the Audley Parish are having commemorative events. On the 13th October there will be a Concert at Halmer End Methodist Church in which the Audley Ladies Choir will take part together with soloists Philip Cartwright and Denise Leigh with Stefan Andrusyschyn and other local artists.
The women-folk of the families affected by the disaster had a big burden to bear in looking after families and homes and this concert is a reminder to us all of the part that they had in carrying on with life after the loss of their loved ones. On the day of the disaster the women-folk at Halmer End Methodist Church (or Primitive Methodist Chapel as it was known then) were decorating the Church Hall in preparation for a Senior Citizens Party that evening. So this Centennial Concert is a reminder to us of the community spirit that held families together after the disaster and of the joy that was meant to happen on that evening of 12th January 1918 when a Party should have been held.
The Concert is a ticket only event and tickets can be obtained from Mrs. Ann Moore on 01782 721086.
Proceeds from the concert will be shared between the Church and the Apedale Heritage Centre for their work in keeping alive memories of the coal mining industry locally.
On Sunday 14th October the Church will be celebrating its 151st Church Anniversary with a service at 3.00 pm when the preacher will be our new minister the Rev'd Joy Ventom. The service will be followed by a tea and all are welcome to join with us to celebrate the life and Christian witness of this Church.
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