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GeneralThe Rogerley Mine

16th Jan 2016 00:36 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

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I’ve just heard that the Rogerley Mine in Co. Durham, England, operated by UK Mining Ventures, is closing after 17 years mining amazing UK fluorite. The 2015 collecting season was the last.


Jesse, Cal, Ian, Dave, Byron (sadly no longer with us) Joan and Kerith have worked hard to bring out these incredible specimens. Their efforts should be admired and congratulated by all in the mineral world.


UK Mining Ventures will be selling the finds from the 2015 collecting season in Tucson at the Hotel Tucson City Center. If you have been holding off on getting one for your collection then don’t wait any longer.



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16th Jan 2016 00:55 GMTHarjo Neutkens Manager

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This makes me feel very sad. Ever since I visited the mine it has always been there to return to, especially because Jesse wasn't around when I was there. I cherish an evening enjoying Kerith's great meal and a ton of stories from Cal and Byron.

I'm sorry for postponing my next visit for too long.

Thanks Jesse, Joan, Cal, Kerith, Byron, Ian and Dave for bringing to us so much Weardale splendour!!


16th Jan 2016 15:39 GMTKeith A. Peregrine

How sad, and yet, how glorious! I've followed the summer reports for a number of years now and have looked with much anticipation on the mine workings. All mining operations come to and end someday. I'm glad that they had seventeen years producing wonderful specimens. Good cheer to all who worked the Rogerley Mine!

16th Jan 2016 18:23 GMTSteve Maslansky

Great place, great people. Too bad, but all good things must end eventually. Thank you for bringing such great specimens to the market and your hospitality for all those who visited the mine.

16th Jan 2016 19:23 GMTDoug Daniels

May they find another great location to work.... unless they've simply decided to retire. If the latter, you guys (& gals) deserve it. If the former, good luck!

18th Feb 2016 06:31 GMTJoan Kureczka

Word of the closing of the Rogerley is premature and based on inaccurate information provided by someone with their own agenda. We are very much alive, although facing some serious challenges that will limit activities this coming year. Hopefully those will be solved. Do not pay any attention to information coming from anyone other than Jesse, Cal, Kerith or myself -- the partners. Certain people have been making other statements but have their own agenda, so are not reliable sources of information and will NOT be taking over the mine for the foreseeable future.


WE'RE NOT DEAD YET!!!!!


Joan Kureczka

18th Feb 2016 08:45 GMTBrenton Mah

Thank you for the correction and reassurance, Joan. It sounds like someone wanted to deliberately spike up the price of Rogerly fluorites for his/her own profit. Then again, a lot of dealers find tons of reasons to justify the rarity of something, whether the reasons are fact or fiction. Good news though!

18th Feb 2016 11:13 GMTJean-Louis O.

Good news indeed !

18th Feb 2016 14:15 GMTPaul Brandes Manager

Thanks for the clarification, Joan! The last time I talked with Cal about Rogerley, there was no indication of closure, but just a slow down as you mention. Keep up the great work you folks do.......

18th Feb 2016 16:25 GMTHarjo Neutkens Manager

Thanks Joan! You made me very happy :-)

18th Feb 2016 17:14 GMTPeter K. Szarka

I read this post, the subsequent replies including the refuting of the original post and I am dismayed. Mindat needs to strive for accuracy on all mineral-related issues. Rumours and conjectures need to be checked before putting them into print. Else, credibility is drawn into question.


The sense of urgency and importance this false news imparted could have cost someone significantly if they followed the suggestion to obtain a specimen.


At the very least, a retraction and an apology should be forthcoming from the author of the erroneous article.

18th Feb 2016 18:38 GMTJoan Kureczka

Even more importantly, premature statements by those not connected with the operation can complicate things for us. Again, we are facing some significant challenges, but no decisions to close have been made and we are actively looking at potential solutions.

18th Feb 2016 18:40 GMTPeter Van Hout

I read on another forum that all fluorites from Rogerley sold out quickly in Tucson because that mine supposed to be closed. A month later and right after Tucson they say that that mine will not be closed. Looks a bit like the perfect marketing trick.


Peter

18th Feb 2016 18:54 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

I feel it is important at this point to explain that the information about the mine was provided by Tomasz Praszkier who urged me to post this as a favour to Jesse, Cal and the others who have worked so hard on the Rogerley Mine. over the years. Tom is someone I have always trusted entirely to give me accurate information in matters such as this and I am sure that even if mistaken his intentions in this were entirely genuine.


What is interesting in this is that having also posted this on Facebook there were many replies to this including from Jesse - who did not at any time dispute any of what was said here. Indeed the first I heard that this may not be the whole truth was when I spoke to Joan directly at Tucson.


I don't know what the situation is with the mine right now. I don't know whether there are any differing views within the group of people who run the mine (who I all regard as good friends), and I certainly do not want to make things more complicated for them.


But right now Joan's information certainly does change the story on what is happening - and I am grateful for the update and relieved that there is at least a chance that Rogerley may continue into the future!

18th Feb 2016 21:19 GMTTomasz Praszkier Manager

Jolyon, Joan and others,

I am very sorry if I misunderstood something and provided wrong info to Jolyon, I got good intention to make kind of "tribute" from Mindat. I was basing on words of Cal and Jesse in several conversations and information already published in some places. But I am glad to here that I misunderstood something. Good luck to continue the project!

Tomek

18th Feb 2016 21:45 GMTDebbie Woolf Manager

What is disappointing is that you failed to act immediately to dispel a rumour you started here.

18th Feb 2016 22:18 GMTJolyon Ralph Founder

Debbie, I'm not sure if I am the 'you' you refer to or if you meant Tom, but don't forget that both of us have been tied up at Tucson for sone tine - today is literally the first chance I've had to read the messageboard and reply - still not home yet in LA working. Nearly three weeks away from my family is too much.

19th Feb 2016 00:26 GMTJoan Kureczka

Peter Van Hout -- while the fluorites indeed sold out quickly, they have done so every year of at least the last five years. So no marketing ploys at hand. We've had lines waiting to get into the room each year and most go within a day or two when we have high quality wholesale material, which we sell at a very reasonable price. So this year was little different from past years when the material was good quality.


We've worked very hard over the 16-17 years of mining to get known and to try to develop a reputation for good quality colorful specimens, most of which is priced to sell quickly as wholesale material.

19th Feb 2016 06:43 GMTJesse Fisher Expert

Things are in flux, as they say. After 15 years our head miner has retired. He has invaluable skills that will be very difficult to replace, but this sort of work is physically demanding and we are all becoming old farts. He told me essentially that if he were still working in the commercial mines he would be supervising a crew of young lads, not doing all the heavy work himself. I can't argue - the work can be brutal. In addition, due to the fallout from new regulations governing the storage and use of explosives in the UK we have lost access to our long time licensed store. One can not drive tunnel without breaking rock, so we are exploring alternatives.


On the up side, we obviously have a market for the product, as we have largely sold out at the Tucson show for a number of years, now. If we can find a way through these issues that will still allow us to make at least a meager profit from our efforts, we will continue. If not, well, it's been fun (mostly). But we haven't heard the fat lady singing just yet, and rumors are just that.

24th Aug 2016 01:39 BSTE. Leonard

I recently purchased on Ebay a piece of green Rogerley Mine fluorite. I have a collection of fluorite and this has become the center piece. Good things do come to an end but all the best to everyone who has been involved with the mine. Eric, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

24th Aug 2016 11:15 BSTIan Jones Expert

To paraphrase Mark Twain - The reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.


However, we have closed for the season and the results of this year's toil are now winging their way to California.

24th Aug 2016 14:31 BSTKeith A. Peregrine

Glad to hear this news! Would be a shame if Rogerley ended with so much mining to do!


Always regretted that I didn't go into hard rock mining. :(

19th Jul 2017 04:20 BSTWarren Brandt

Is the mine for sale? Some of us are just starting our mining careers. If the mine is still producing such specimens as the ones in the above pictures someone (like me) should be able take up the mine managers' mantle. The world should still have access to this amazing place (maybe not year round but at least 3-4 months out of the year seems reasonable). Please email me at brandt.wr15@gmail.com to discuss this matter further at y'alls convenience.
 
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