On Friday 4 December, there was a joint presentation by LGSM & UNITE the Union's BASSA Branch (British Airways Stewards and Stewardesses Association). LGSM presented a donation of £2,500 and BASSA presented a further donation of £1,000. A further £700 has been raised from sales of the reprinted Mark Ashton Trust T-shirts at events we have attended over the last year.

Hefina was part of the backbone of the Neath, Dulais & Swansea Valleys Miners Support Group in 1984/85 and in life, a force of nature. For those who have seen the film Pride, her character is portrayed by the wonderful Imelda Staunton.

Her daughter Jayne has written a book that explores Hefina’s life through memories from friends and family members and photographs throughout her life. Hefina died on 5 October 2013, aged 83. Her death was just days before filming of the Pride scenes in Wales were due to start.

LGSM have started the massive task of building an archive of all the historical records from our year of existence between July 1984 and July 1985. This archive will include minutes of meetings, press cuttings, photographs, interviews, film footage, ephemera, reminiscences and much, much more. This will be supplemented with material from our reformation as LGSMA (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners Again) in 1992, when a second round of pit closures was announced. And finally, we will include more contemporary material from our reformation in 2014.

LGSM has backed the call from the Peterloo Memorial Campaign for a permanent memorial to commemorate those who died or were injured by a British Cavalry charge on 16 August 1819 with a message of support in advance of their mass picnic on Sunday 16 August in Manchester. Full details of the event are here. Christopher Eccleston, Maxine Peake, John Henshaw, John Thomson and many more will be there in support.

It’s probably no surprise that we got a great reception when we marched in Leeds Pride: West Yorkshire was, after all, a very active mining area. And even though the majority of the pits have gone, the memories – of both the pits and the 84/85 strike – haven’t. They’re carried forward not only by the miners themselves but also their sons and daughters.