Justice Conference with Andy Burnham

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is attending a Justice Conference organised by Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary, at Portcullis House, Westminster, Tuesday 9th February

There are still 8 places left on the free mini bus leaving the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, S1 at 9am on this date. We aim to get to our destination for 1pm and should return to Sheffield by about 8pm.  If you want to be part of this day please email Barbara at ogreavejustice@hotmail.com to reserve a place. Places will be on a first come basis and your commitment to be there must be a firm one.

Test Department films at With Banners Held High – 5 March 2016 – Unity+Works, Wakefield

DS30 Dunston Staithes

Test Dept  and their films Fuel to Fight and DS30 will feature prominently in With Banners Held High at Unity+Works Wakefield on Saturday 5 March. A packed day of music, debates, films, poetry and exhibitions will mark the end of an industry, with the closure of Kellingley Colliery last December.

One theme of the day highlights the vital creative links between music, politics and protest which grew up during the miners’ strike.Test Dept produced Shoulder to Shoulder with the South Wales Striking Miners’ Choir during the 1984-85 miners’ strike and organised the Fuel to Fight tour.

Two members of Test Dept – Graham Cunnington and Paul Jamrozy – will take part in a discussion on Music and the Miners’ Strike and introduce the two films Fuel to Fight (1984) and the stunning DS30, made for the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike. DS30was first shown on Dunston Staiths, a gigantic wooden structure on the Gateshead riverside, built in 1893 to unload coal from railway trucks onto ships for transport around the UK and abroad.

DS30 commemorates the 1984–85 miners’ strike through footage of mining communities culled from national and local archives, set to Test Dept’s own strike-related music.

Granville Williams, chair of With Banners Held High, said, ‘I saw the film at last year’s Durham Miners’ Gala and was bowled over by it. It is very powerful and moving, and I am really pleased that we will be able to show it for the first time in Wakefield.’

Speakers at With Banners Held High also include the former French miners’ union secretary, Daniel Dernancourt, who will talk about the incredible support French workers gave to the striking miners and their families, Tony Garnett, the producer of Kes andCathy Come Home, and ASLEF President Tosh McDonald.

Musicians at the day event include Root and Branch, Grace Petrie and David Rovics.

A new book PIT PROPS: Music, International Solidarity and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike will be launched at the event.

Doors open for the day-time event at 10.30am. Tickets from: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/with-banners-held-high-2016/
There is an evening fundraiser with headline act The Farm with back-up
from Joe Solo and The Hurriers. Compere Attila the Stockbroker. 
Tickets from:http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/the-farm/

Contact With Banners Held High: wbhh@talktalk.net or T 01977 646580

Shoulder to shoulder

Two upcoming events

Attila the Stockbroker – supported by Jethro Platts and Matt Abbott

Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley: 10 Feb 2016 – 07:30 PM



By telephone:- 01226 200075 – between 10.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday

By post:- The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley, S70 2DX

On-line:- Visit www.barnsleylamproom.com

In person:- At the Box Office between 10.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
Monday to Saturday and 45 minutes before the scheduled start time of each performance.

Price: All tickets £10.00

Singer-songwriter and pioneer performance poet, Attila has fought injustice all his life, including benefit gigs during The Miners’ Strike and for ‘Rock Against Racism’. His work tackles serious issues but he’ll make you laugh when he delivers it!


COAL (Gary Clarke Company)

Barnsley Civic Theatre Friday and Saturday 19/20th February


“All of us owe the comparative decency to poor drudges undergound, blackened to the eyes with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel” George Orwell (1934)

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Box Office: 01226 327000 Email: enquiries@barnsleycivic.co.uk

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, 
Saturday 10am – 5pm, 
Sunday 10am – 4pm (where we have a scheduled family performance).

The Box Office remains open prior to all performances and for a further 30 minutes after the start of each performance.

Tickets: Full Price £12 | Concessions £10
*Discounts for groups and schools bookings

Mining the Memories

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Mining the Memories is a research project being delivered by the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University. The School wants to enable older people, who had first hand experience of the Miners’ Strike, to tell their stories by making a short film. Those taking part will be shown how to write the scripts, direct and act (if they wish to) in their own short films.

WHO is it for?
It is for anyone over the age of 55 who live or have lived in ex-mining communities affected by the 1984/85 Miners Strike. You could be an ex-miner, a miners wife, a child of a miner, a shopkeeper, a publican, a teacher – if the strikes made a difference to your life then this course will empower you to tell your story to a wider audience.

HOW are we doing it?
Northern Film School lecturers will run workshops that will support you in turning your story into a short film script. There will be directing, acting and producing workshops, and you will chose how much or how little you wish to contribute and take part in each discipline. Once you have decided on the stories you want to turn into short films, we will bring in student film crews to work with you on your short film.

WHEN will it happen?
We will be running several workshop sessions, within easy reach of those taking part, during Spring 2016 and the films will be made in July 2016. The final films will be screened at a Film Festival in Leeds in Autumn 2016.

David Turner, Project Coordinator

Visit website

View the flyer: FlyerMining_web

Legal Submission Hand Over – acknowledgement

19 January 2016

Dear Barbara,
Thank you for your email of 14 December in which you attached a submission on behalf of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign on the need for an inquiry relating to events at the Orgreave Coking Plant on 18 June 1984. I also acknowledge receipt of a paper copy of this submission which was delivered to me by your colleague Ms Peace on 15 December.
Home Office officials have undertaken an initial review of the submission and, given the extensive and detailed issues raised in it, I am sure you will appreciate the need for us to conduct a thorough analysis of the arguments it contained. The Home Secretary will therefore provide a fuller response in due course, setting out the Government’s position.
Alastair Whitehead
Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Home Secretary

Women and the 1984-5 British Miners’ Strike

Women and the 1984-5 British Miners’ Strike

Short Talk by Rosa Straw

A talk based on Rosa’s research and unique book collection with images, memories from the books and song. Chesterfield was an important area in the strike and many women from both Chesterfield and the surrounding areas took part, so the talk will have a local flavour detailing events – plus memories of the women involved – recorded in the strike books.

WHEN:   Tuesday 23 February

                3.30 – 4.30pm (approx)

WHERE: WEA Chesterfield Office & Centre

1 Stand Road, Whittington Moor, S41 8SW

COST:     £2

For more information contact

WEA Chesterfield on 01246 622249


Four new exhibitions open at Unity+Works

Four new exhibitions open at Unity+Works, Wakefield,
Friday 19 February 11.00am

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Unity+Works Wakefield will host four new exhibitions from Friday 18 February to Saturday 5 March, as part of the With Banners Held High event taking place on Saturday 5 March:

Twenty six panels created by the TUC Resources Library.



An exhibition created by Pierre Bouquet and previously shown at Rock‘n’Coal, an event held in Oignies, at the heart of the former French mining area, in March 2015.

Photos by PETE DUNWELL of musicians including Billy Bragg who link their music with politics and protest.

These exhibitions highlight key themes of the With Banners Held High event. One is the inspiring but largely unknown story of the scale and scope of international solidarity and support for the miners in the form of food, money, toiletries, toys and holidays abroad for the children of striking miners. The other is the way musicians supported the miners’ strike. The exhibitions will be complemented on 5 March by workshops and speakers from Europe who were active in this solidarity action.

Granville Williams, who has organised the exhibitions, said, ‘These exhibitions provide new perspectives and insights into the miners’ strike. Some of the photographs will be totally new to people because they were not published at the time of the strike. I came across many of them during my research for the book PIT PROPS. The exhibitions are profoundly moving, giving us real insights into how people from literally around the world responded to the hardships the miners, their families and communities endured during the year-long strike.’

The exhibitions are free and available to view during Unity+Works opening hours.

Tickets for the With Banners Held High daytime event at: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/with-banners-held-high-2016/

And for the evening fund-raising event: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/the-farm/

Download the posters here:
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Tony Garnett is Keynote Speaker at With Banners Held High

Tony Garnett, producer of Cathy Come Home, is a keynote speaker at With Banners Held High, Unity+Works, Wakefield, on Saturday 5 March.
It is fifty years since the play was broadcast on the BBC. It was watched by 12 million people – a quarter of the British population at the time. Its hard-hitting subject matter and highly realistic documentary style, new to British television, created a huge impact.
Tony Garnett is also well known for his mining films – Kes, and the two-part Play for Today, The Price of Coal. His memoir is coming out in June and it has the inside story of all the mining films he worked on plus an account of the BBC’s claim for ‘balance’ and his fight against their attempts to block the political plays like the four-part Days of Hope, which he worked on with playwright Jim Allen and director Ken Loach.
‘Seeing Red,’ a British Film Institute retrospective in 2013, celebrated the work of the veteran film and television producer. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s ‘most influential figures,’ who ‘produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.’
He is an ideal speaker for With Banners Held High, a day-long event remembering the end of the coal mining industry with the closure of Kellingley Colliery in December 2015. There is a packed programme of exhibitions, music, film, poetry and debates, compered by writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton.
One focal point will be the inspiring but largely unknown story of the incredible international support for the 1984-85 miners’ strike, with speakers from France and Denmark. The other focus is on the support musicians gave to the strike, with an exhibition and debates.
A new book, Pit Props: Music, International Solidarity and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike, edited by Granville Williams, will be launched on the day. Contributors include former BBC Labour Correspondent, Nick Jones, Paul Routledge and Ian Clayton.
The finale to the day event will be the stunning Test Department film, DS30, which features the South Wales Striking Miners’ Choir.
The evening fundraising event, compered by Attila the Stockbroker, has the Liverpool band, The Farm, best known for their hit All Together Now, with support from The Hurriers and Joe Solo.
Tickets for the day and evening events available from: http://www.unityworks.co.uk/event/with-banners-held-high-2016/