Mothers’ Union Report – November 2013
We started our meeting with a number of notices.
~ Final payments and arrangements were made for our Christmas lunch at Chatterley’s on December 12th at noon. Car transport can be arranged through Mary or Sue.
~ Foston Hall asked for money donations for their Christmas gifts this year and a total of £30 was collected at the meeting.
~ Christingles will be made on the morning of 23rd December.
~ Snowdrop bulbs were given out to grow on during the winter for planting in Spring.
Andrea then led us in prayer.
Stephen Flinders was our guest speaker; his subject The Story of Stanton Gate Foundry. This was of great interest to all as many had relatives who worked there from 1940 until its demolition in 1991. Even I, a relative newcomer, remember seeing it from our first house bedroom window!
The whole foundry covered 19 acres and was built, and in production, in 13 months. It employed 2000 workers, locals, Welsh and Sheffield steel men and prisoners of war! 40% of the workers were women working 40 hours per week for £4 10 shillings, a good wage for women then. There were negligible health and safety considerations and it was hot, heavy, dangerous work. The crane women could only work for an hour in the hot, smoky heights before coming down for a breather. Teams of 4 women made bomb cases, with 100 per hour being turned out. It was precision work with much checking of quality. Components were brought in to assemble the casings, which were sent elsewhere for filling with explosives.
After the war Stanton Iron Works bought the foundry, making manhole covers, steel underground sections and many other ironwares.
A really interesting and informative afternoon with a glimpse of many 1940’s hairstyles, both women and men!
We celebrated Stella Petitt’s 9th November birthday, and Margaret Clayton’s on the 24th.
The AGM will be on 9th January with Bring and Buy and members have been asked to bring their favourite book.