Jack Mawson retired from the National Coal Board in 1962 after 46 years in the coal industry. 46 years had took their toll on him. Although he was only 59 years old, Jack had driven himself hard through these years and his poor health decided for him that now it was time to start taking it easier.
Jack and Phyllis sold up in Chesterfield and moved to a bungalow in Humberston, a small village near Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and a stones throw away from the wildfowling saltmarshes that Jack loved.
Jack could well do without the coal industry, however the coal industry stuggled without Jack. It wasn't long before the manufacturers that he had supported came knocking on his door for guidance.
The retirement that his health demanded wasn't forthcoming and no more than a few weeks from his retirement he was persuaded to take a consultant role with Mavor and Coulson and Austin Hoy. These two companies had been taken over by Anderson Strathclyde who also started to draw on Jack's many years experience in the industry.
This letter sent from Gebr Eickhoff in Germany shows the high esteem that Jack was held in by the industry manufacturers.
So hectic was this schedule that Jack and Phyllis decided to move back closer to where the action was and bought a house in Chesterfield in 1967, a house so big that it made sense for them to be joined in in it by their daughter, Jean and her husband, Flt Lt Roy Mather DFC AFC.
As mentioned before, Roy served his time as one of Jack's fitter welders at Hardwick's Homewood colliery. Roy had retired from the RAF and had decided to 'get his face mucky' again, joining Annesley colliery as a fitter welder again.
Powderham Lodge, the house in Chesterfield, situated on Hady Hill, became our ancestral home until 1997.
It was handily placed for Jack, being on the main road out to Bolsover, with the collieries of Arkwright, Ireland and Markham not too far from the beaten path.
Jack remained working in his consultancy road for a number of years from this base. Including supporting the use of his Hoy Mawco machine at a number of collieries in the area.
Jack was back in the wooden pattern shop with this redesigned conical shearer head for Anderson Strathclyde.