Saw this thought provoking piece by a Dinnington-born photographer Stuart Bingham and thought I would share.
“Seeing one of the most important places of your childhood in a complete state of dereliction is a saddening thing.”
“The destruction of the ‘welfare’ is not, as some would have it, a comment of modern youth. It is a sad indictment of modern adulthood.”
“That modern men and families have allowed the building to descend in to its current state is the really shame and stands as a testament to what has been lost, not just in Dinnington, but in working class communities across the north of England.”
A favourite of mine for a bike trip, Dinno Miners Welfare and Rec Ground is owned by CISWO, in fact this is a bone of contention for many people who feel that CISWO hoovered up the Rec Ground along with other assets when the coal industry collapsed.
Now word on the pit top is that CISWO are planning to develop houses on the land, will any of the money made be put back into Dinnington I wonder? The Friends group setup to run the Welfare have now been locked out by CISWO who declined the opportunity to renew their lease,
Here’s a photo of the place in happier times and a past newspaper story which gives a flavour of the controversy.