Hunt for trophy owner

Shirley Swales, of Thurnscoe family history group pictured holding a Hickleton Main Colliery cricket trophy, purchased by a member of the public from Rotherham market. The group is now hoping to track down the rightful owner after recent success of finding the owner of a medal found in Goldthorpe.  Picture: Marie Caley S0290MC
Shirley Swales, of Thurnscoe family history group pictured holding a Hickleton Main Colliery cricket trophy, purchased by a member of the public from Rotherham market. The group is now hoping to track down the rightful owner after recent success of finding the owner of a medal found in Goldthorpe. Picture: Marie Caley S0290MC

HISTORIANS want to reunite a 70-year-old cricket trophy with its original owner after it was snapped up by a bargain hunter at a market.

The Thurnscoe History Group has launched an appeal for information on the Hickleton Main Colliery pewter trophy.

The tankard, which dates back to the 1940s, was among the exhibits on display at the group’s history fair as well as a photograph of the team that the trophy may be associated with.

The name J Green appears on both, and the group is hoping the display may jog folk’s memory, with more information on the trophy hopefully resulting in it being reunited with its owner or a descendant.

Painstaking research by the Thurnscoe History Group has also led to a Swinton woman uncovering a part of her father’s life.

A First World War medal was discovered by a schoolboy in a Goldthorpe garden, and after much work by group secretary Shirley Swales, it was reunited with the daughter of the soldier it belonged to. The woman, subsequently, has discovered much about her father’s wartime period that was new to her.

The group’s annual fair at Thurnscoe’s Coronation Club also saw the launch of its 2013 fundraising calendar, available to buy in shops or from members.

Along with the many stalls staged by Thurnscoe members and their visitors from Conisbrough, Wombwell and Doncaster to name but a few, there was a demonstration of rug-pegging and a special 1940s memorabilia table that created a great amount of interest.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Dorothy Higginbottom called by and enjoyed viewing the displays, including one examining the links between Thurnscoe, monks and priories, and a depiction of what Thurnscoe might have looked like in Saxon times.

Chairman of Thurnscoe History Group, Cory Garner said: “We had a grand day – it was a very successful occasion and was about the ninth history fair we have had.

“We are always well supported by other groups and had several local schools visit too.

“The mayor was very impressed with the exhibition and spoke to everyone.”