Plaque remembers mining community

John Stoddart and Emily Young from Alastair Turner Funeral Directors with (centre) former Drift resident Jennifer Clark and John Leach from East Chevington Parish Council.
John Stoddart and Emily Young from Alastair Turner Funeral Directors with (centre) former Drift resident Jennifer Clark and John Leach from East Chevington Parish Council.

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque to remember a former community has been unveiled, after the previous one was stolen.

Villagers who had formerly lived in Chevington Drift were left devastated when the brass plate attached to a large boulder at the site of the former East Chevington Drift Mine went missing.

Determined to replace it, Sheila Mavin, who now lives in Hadston, and a group of friends, wanted to buy a new plaque and contacted John Stoddart, manager at Alistair Turner Funeral Directors, to see how much it would cost.

But Mr Stoddart was so impressed with their efforts, he did the job for free.

And those behind the bid are delighted with the new plate.

Jennifer Clark, who was part of the group and also lives in Hadston, said: “I think it is great. I lived at Chevington Drift nearly all my life. I think it is fantastic what they did. They made a smashing job of it.

“It is greatly appreciated and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Mr Stoddart said: “We should remember the mining community and the people who worked in the mines. Chevington Drift was a great community. It should never be forgotten.

“I was annoyed that the plaque was stolen and I was greatly impressed that they were going to group together and buy a new one. It was a really worthy cause so I thought we would donate it to the people.”