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Climate - Save the Planet Pages
Our climate is changing, witness the weather. In this section, simple, everyday things we can all do to help save the planet as well as how to involve yourself in our campaign to leave coal where it belongs now. In the ground!
Get information from one place on the internet instead of many. Save your time looking further and re-invest what you save in the planet's future.
Like the planet, the Pont Valley Network needs your help too: we have to carry on building this site to spread our message of working together. Please get in touch with us, use this website and give us all some help. Don't just talk about doing it, do it!
Mervyn Craig and other Poems
Mervyn Craig died a few year's back. Although his last years were spent in Australia, he left a legacy of Leadgate in his poems. Some of his books are still for sale, at the back of St Ives Church! Catch it open and buy one or get in touch..
The Miner and other poems, £5.95
Nowt like Whitley, 5.99
All proceeds to the church.
A Poem for the Planet
You and I share this planet, as we might this website and shape our world as we do our villages to help ourselves and communities of fellow people.
This might be life or death to the world we know and enjoy, each in our own ways, and how else might we yet shape our futures, before the planet cries out, no more!
We are different people, you and I, and we may think, speak and act differently. Poetry, prose, words, call them what we will, we all sometime wax lyrical and sometimes surprise, even ourselves.
Write a verse, shape some prose, show and surprise us! Each as a comment for that is what your words will be! About yourself and your concerns, life and ambitions, fears for the future, joy and excitement around something in your life. We come this way only once, you and I, see that we mark our passing with something other than a spoiled planet, groaning under our weight and despairing
over our selfish, thoughtless actions.
Make no excuses but as you write your words, think also of what you or I might do, if we, as one turn our words into actions. Go on, express yourself........
Fields of Coal, 6 Apr 11
Fields of Coal
You can sit and wonder all you like
To what’s beyond that Pont-top-pike
Men walk ower the coal to reap
From that aaful place called stoney heap
Leadgate lads both young and auld
All brave the rain and winter cauld
To gan doon the mine and work the coal
They say it’s better than the dole
Their dust filled lungs it’s hard to breathe
They curse and gripe their angers seethe
Their hearts bursting with fits of rage
No man refuses to ride the cage
For he has a family, Wife and bairn
The pit yakka’s lament he’ll hev to learn
Heed doon arse up and fill that tub
Eight hours of graft afore the club
A nice cauld pint afore ya tea
To wesh away that misery
One turns to two, three and four
Happiness resumed in the heed once more
So if you wonder what’s ower the hill
Remember this, it’s a bitter pill
Divvent gan there lads it’ll drag yee doon
Yee’re better off with a job in the toon
Deep mining’s days are over and done
The cages stopped and divvent run
Newcastle coal fields mighty and vast
Are being ravaged by the open cast
Stop open cast mining It’s fraught with greed
So stop this now I beg and plead
This practice is bad what I don’t like
You’re ruining my views from Pont-Top-Pike