Well what can I say about yesterday’s trip to Caphouse Colliery !!
As arranged 42 of us turned up at Kettlewell’s garage and at 09.30 we set off in our luxurious 49 seater continental coach. Gliding along, we got as far as the North Road railway bridge by the Sutton turn and we stopped. We coughed and spluttered our way a little further when an engineer had to be called for. He and the driver got us going and we got as far as the southern end of the Doncaster By-pass and then were told we were going to change buses. Our new bus looked slightly older than the one we had started on.
We arrived at Overton, just up the road from Wakefield, had lunch and were split into three groups. We collected a token from Bob Blatchford, (who had organised the trip), which allowed us to go underground.
At the appointed time the groups assembled in a collecting area, where we were issued hard hats (very necessary for anyone over about 5’) and battery lamps. We had to hand in anything which contained a battery (Watches, Mobile Phones, Car Keys etc), before going in the cage and dropping about 450 feet to level four of the pit.
Each group was underground for about an hour and a half. All three guides were ex miners, and all comedians. The tour started by showing what mining was like in the early 1800’s, then we progressed through the early 20th century to when men started to use powered machinery, rather than picks and shovels. Eventually we got to recent times when machinery manufactured by Dosco Engineering at Tuxford was used.
So when we returned to the surface, returning our helmets and lamps, the general opinion was that it had been a superb experience, and massive thanks should go to Bob Blatchford for arranging a great day out.
So a really good day, which started with much merriment (at least at the back of the broken bus). That fellowship continued throughout the day and everyone, without exception thought Bob really excelled himself in arranging the visit.
Members don’t forget we have a meeting on June 24th, when our speaker will be presenting a series of Monologs.