In 1813 a society in Yorkshire called the Royal Foresters began to open branches that together formed an affiliated friendly society for mutual financial support. Eventually, the Ancient Order of Foresters became one of the two largest affiliated societies in the United Kingdom
The Gresford disaster occurred on September 22, 1934, at Gresford Colliery, Gresford, near Wrexham, in North East Wales, when an explosion killed 266 men and boys. Its cause was never proved but an inquiry found that failures in safety procedures and poor mine management were contributory factors. Gresford is one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters. Only eleven bodies were recovered, the rest were left entombed in the colliery's permanently sealed damaged districts.
Here is a photograph taken in 1948 on the occasion of the Clifton Methodist Church Sunday School anniversary. A happy day for all concerned on this special day.
Having written to Craig Whittaker MP, our local member of parliament asking where I could send him a copy of my new magazine. The last thing I expected was his offer to come and collect it and chat about how it was going.