Hi my name is Darren Gerrard and I live in Norton Green and I am currently researching for a publication about Norton in the Moors which will include personal memories, photographs and researched chapters...one of the chapters looks at mining in the area with an article on the Chatterley Whitfield explosion of 1881. Through my research I came across your fantastic website and the article on Stephen Offer, I would really like to include this passage in the book as it brings a personal outlook to the explosion, l therefore wondered if this would be possible??
I would of course give full acknowledgement and links where required and leave the article as it is on your website,,,
If you need to contact the original author then could you possibly do it on my behalf or forward me their contact details?
I hope you can help me on this matter and look forward to hearing from you...
11 June 2016
Yes, I am still around and 83 years young.
I am delighted that there is interest in my writing.
I wrote it as part of family history and in 2012 I published a 70 page book through the online publisher Blurb with the title Stephen Offer – The Somerset and Staffordshire Years.
At the age of 50 Stephen Offer emigrated to South Africa with all his family except the eldest son (my wife’s grandfather).
The book has enabled descendants, spread worldwide, to get to know the remarkable man Stephen Offer.
The Explosion at The Whitfield Colliery in 1881 forms one chapter of the book.
Having said that, the version that you have on the web site is fine for Daren’s purpose.
I am happy for Darren to use my writing in a publication and I will contact him to see if he need supporting information, like source references.
I will forward this email to him and keep you in the picture.