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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - December 15th 1933


  It is with regret we have to record the death of Mrs. E.H. Pickaver, of 64, New Street, which occurred on Tuesday, after an illness of 13 weeks. Aged 76 years, the deceased belonged to one of the oldest families in Huthwaite, and was held in much esteem by a wide circle of friends. The interment takes place on Saturday.

  On Monday a concert was given by the New Fall Street Methodist Male Voice Choir. Councillor Goodall presided, and choir gave an enjoyable programme, under the direction of Mr. J. Colley. Solo artistes were Mr. J. Scothern (South Normanton) and Mr. T. Burton, who contributed violin solos. The accompanist was Mr. W.H. Allsop.

  Joyce Hill, aged eight years, living in Blackwell Road, slipped in the New Street Council Schoolyard on Tuesday morning, and fell backwards on her head. The child was stunned, and sustained concussion. She was taken home by Mr. Rogers (New Street) in his car, and was attended immediately by Dr. Vance. The patient suffered a good deal form the shaking and shock, and is being nursed at home.

  During the week-end Mrs. E. Smith (Sutton Road) was taken seriously ill, and her condition is such as to cause considerable anxiety to her friends. Mrs. Smith, who is 76 years of age, has been for many years associated with the Parish Church, and has always been an active and cheerful figure. She was one of the founders of the Huthwaite Ladies' Riding Out Party, in which she has taken great interest during the twenty years of its existence.

  The annual whist drive organised by the Parish Church Council was held on Wednesday in Common Road Schools, on behalf of Church expenses. The M.C. was Mr. W. Rockley and the prizes were presented to the following by Mrs. F.J. Grierson: Mr. P. Wright; Dr. Vance; Mr. F. Leah; Mr. Rodgers; Miss E. Lawrence; Miss Whetton; Miss A. Wilson; Mrs. A. Fidler. The catering was in the hands of the lady Church Council members.

Huthwaite Council Chairman's Protest.

  A protest against the ineffectiveness of the Mansfield Guardians' Sub-Committee was made by the Chairman of the Huthwaite Urban District Council (Mr. F.C. Sowter) at the monthly meeting of the Council on Tuesday evening. The other members present were Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, H.A. Simpson, J. Potter, S. Allcock, A. Wilson, J. Peters, W.E. Hancock, W. Clarke, J.G. Wright, J. Davies and D.D. Bonser.
  When the Roads and Building Committee minutes were before the Council, Mr. Clarke said he thought a new window ought to be put in No. 7, Bonser Crescent. It was not very nice for visitors to the town to see cardboard as a substitute for a window.

Guardians Sub-Committee Appointment.

  The Chairman said he thought the work would be carried out. The New Hucknall Colliery had agreed to temporarily repair the damage caused by colliery subsidence pending settlement of the surface after which they were prepared to carry out the necessary permanent repairs.
  The Clerk read a letter from the Clerk to the County Council asking for the name of the Council's representative on the Mansfield Guardians' Sub-Committee for the year commencing April 1st. 1934, to be submitted on or before January 1st next.
  The Chairman asked the Council not to appoint him because it was his firm intention not to attend the Committee, which, he said, was a Committee without power. They kept paying rates and appointing representatives, but so far as real representation was concerned there was none because the Committee had no voice in the control of relief at all. This was entirely in the hands of the County Council, and the Sub-Committee was only there as a stand-by. He thought the time had arrived for him to stop being a party to such a state of affairs.
  The Clerk said he had another letter dealing with the question. This was from the Mansfield Woodhouse Urban District Council inviting representatives to a conference to bring before the general public the harsh treatment of the Revisional Committee of the County Council, and to consider what effective steps could be taken to stop the obvious growth of dictatorial power.
  The Chairman said if the Relieving Officer thought the Sub-Committee had granted a little too much relief he had power to send the case to the County Council, who had power to revise it.

"A Lot of Experience."

  Mr. Davies thought that in view of the fact that a conference was to be held to discuss the whole question it would be foolish for the Chairman not to carry on. He had had a lot of experience in poor law administration, and the speaker moved that the Chairman be asked to carry on in the capacity of the Council's representative. Mr. Wilson seconded.
  The Chairman said it was a pleasure some time ago to attend a meeting arranged by the Notts. County Council, at which he heard a speech by Lady Maud Rolleston, who had been in touch with Dr. Tibbitts, who in turn had been in touch with nurses from the southern and northern end of the county and described the suffering of the unemployed as most terrible. The Chairman contended that the County Council was partly responsible for some of this distress by their method of administering relief.
  Dr. Tibbitts had also stated that the cost of tuberculosis in the county was £4,000 per annum, said the Chairman, and cases had come to his (the Chairman's) notice of relief having been cut down where tuberculosis existed. He had to protest against this, and if they were going to continue, as they were doing at present, cutting down relief both to the aged and children he did not know what was going to become of them. They did not allow sufficient relief to keep children, and the speaker contended that they should be allowed as much in the home as they were in an institution. It was only on the grounds that pressure be brought to the relief question that the Chairman said he would agree to stand as the Council's representative on the Guardians' Sub-Committee.

Letter Box for Chesterfield Road.

  It was unanimously agreed that the Chairman's name be submitted.
  The Chairman and Mr. Davies were appointed as the Council's representatives to attend the proposed conference at Mansfield Woodhouse.
  A letter was read from the Postmaster at Mansfield informing the Council that arrangements had been made to erect a letter box on Chesterfield Road, with collections at 7.55 a.m. and 3.15 p.m. week-days and an additional collection at 12.30 p.m. on Saturdays. There would be no Sunday collection.
  The Council agreed to the letter box being fixed to an electric light standard on Chesterfield Road.
  Mr. C.A. Cooper, secretary of the Huthwaite Prize Band, wrote expressing the thanks of the Band for the use of the Lecture Hall on November 25th.
  Mr. Bradley, secretary of the Unemployed Workers' Association, wrote asking the Council for the use of the Lecture Hall on two nights for whist drives.
  Mr. Davies said he was under the impression some resolution had been passed to the effect that the unemployed should have the room whenever convenient, free of charge. There was a Council of Social Service at Sutton, and whilst they had not one at Huthwaite, they carried on the same work. He moved that the use of the Hall be granted. The Council agreed to this.


  On Friday a jumble sale was held in the Blackwell Road Schools to supplement the sum in hand for the scholars' Christmas treat. The lady members of the staff had the arrangements in hand, assisted by Mr. Bonsall (headmaster) and the male members, and a large quantity of useful and ornamental goods was disposed of. Nearly £5 was realised.

Visit to New Hucknall Colliery.

  Having regard to the fact that so many boys and youths devote their Saturday afternoons to vigorous recreations, either as onlookers or participants, all the more credit is due to those who spend the time in increasing their knowledge of their own particular industry. This applies to the members of the New Hucknall "Safety First" class for boys, who, on Saturday afternoon, by invitation of the manager, Mr. H.B. Stevens, paid a visit to New Hucknall Colliery, and found much to marvel at.

Useful Knowledge Gained.

  The class is held in connection with the Huthwaite Evening Institute, and the members are fortunate that the movement has the whole-hearted support of the New Hucknall Co., as manifested in various ways, and has also such keen personal advocates as Mr. W. Jackson (under manager) and Mr. Ernest White (assistant under manager), and tutor of the class at which Mr. Jackson also occasionally lectures on technical subjects.
  Many of the class members have been awarded the "Safety First" medallion (after examination) and there was an encouraging muster of the boys with Mr. White for the inspection of the pit. Many employees spend years at a coal mine without ever seeing so much of its most important mechanical features, and the students, under expert guidance, gained a great deal of useful knowledge.
  First, the party visited the lamp house, where Mr. G. Hibbert (chargeman) explained the lamps, and the way in which these were assembled. Many items of interest in connection with the various lamps came to light in the lamp house, and at the pit top the party was met by Mr. Jackson. He explained in detailed fashion the cages, rope cappings, detaching contrivances in case of over winding, and precautions adopted to prevent accidents.

At the Pit Bottom.

  With their two mentors, the lads then descended the shaft, and the pit bottom arrangements, methods of timbering, etc., were made plain by Mr. Jackson. Instruments for measuring the air, and barometrical readings were items of great interest, upon which instruction was given before the shaft was ascended. On the surface Mr. Hodgkinson (engine-wright) took great pains in describing the transit of the coal, and the various processes of picking, cleaning and washing and grading before it is finally loaded into trucks.
  The boiler galleries, fan house, engine houses, the turbines and air compressing plant were all visited, the class being greatly impressed with the extent and lay-out of an up-to-date plant, and with the safety devices both above and below ground. The range of fitting and repair shops was not overlooked, and altogether the visitors admitted to a very happy and profitable afternoon, the whole tour lasting three hours.
  Great praise is due to Mr. Jackson, Mr. Hodgkinson, Mr. White and others who gave up an afternoon for the benefit of the class members. Mr. Jackson is anxious that the class should have the advantage of all possible practical knowledge, and there is a probability of another visit by the students, when the underground workings and the coal face will be inspected.

Successful Annual Event

  There were some fine quality exhibits on view at the 27th annual members' show of poultry, bantams, pigeons, cavies, mice, rabbits and cage birds held at the Labour Club, Sutton on Saturday, under the auspices of the Sutton Fanciers' Association. The arrangements had been capably made by an energetic committee, with Mr. A. West as secretar, and Mr. H. Taylor, president, and, although entries were not quite as numerous as on some previous occasions, what was lacking in this direction was amply made up for by the excellence of many of the birds on view.

Cup Winners.

  There was keen competition for the prizes, particularly for the many specials, and the judges charged with the responsibility of making the awards - not an easy task - were Mr. J. Farnsworth, Bleasley, (poultry, etc.), Mr. C.B. Sturgess, Leicester (rabbits, cavies and mice), and Mr. J. Evans, Pinxton (pigeons).
  A number of cups figured amongst the awards, and E.K. West, of South Normanton won both the exhibition cup for poultry and the Armitage Cup, thus repeating his successes of the previous year. J. Goodwin, Huthwaite, secured the Bantam Cup, F. Lowe, Sutton, the Pigeon Cup, J. Whawell, Sutton, the Rabbit Cup, H. Cauthen, Heanor, the Carie Cup, J.W. Tucker, New Houghton, the Mouse Cup, A. West, Sutton, the Robson Cup, and Connie West, Sutton, won outright the Children's Cup.
  The prize list was as follows:- Listed Catagories

Rock, any colour, cock or hen; Wyandotte, cock plus hen; A.O. Light Bred cock or hen; Rhode Island Red. Leghorn, Minorca or Ancona; Utility Light Breed; Crossbred hen for laying: 1, E.K. West; 2, A. Wright, Huthwaite, £1 Selling; Utility breeding cock and two hens: 1, E.K. West; 2, A. Wright, Huthwaite. ...


Old English spangle cock: 1 and 2, J. Goodwin, Huthwaite; 3, J. Goodson; ditto hen: 1, G. Lindley, Selston; 2 and 3, J. Goodwin; ditto, A.O.C., cock; 1 and 2, J. Goodwin; ditto, hen 1,2 and 3, J. Goodwin.
Wyandotte Columbian hen, white cock, white hen; A.O.V. cock, A.O.C. hen; A.O.C. Wyandotte cock; A.O.C. Wyandotte, hen; £ Selling; Gift Class; Breeding pen, cock and two hens.


Fancy cock, except tumbler; Working homer, cock; Working homer, hen; 150 mile flown; Gift Class.


English, black or blue adult; English, A.O.C., adult; English, under five months, any colour; Tan, adult; Tan, under five months; Dutch, adult: 1, W. Mercer, East Kirkby; 2, H. Hodgkinson, Huthwaite. Dutch, under five months. Angora, adult. A.O.V., adult. A.O.V., under five months. Breeders. Belgian Hare. Gift Class.

Cavies   Self; A.O.V.; Gift Class.

Mice   Self, white or black; Self, A.O.C.; Dutch or even marked; Tan; A.O.V.; Gift Class.

Cage Birds.   Crest cock; Crest hen; unflighted cock and hen; Norwich unflighted hen and cock.


  Before Mr. W. Pickard (in the chair), Mr. F.F. Hibbert and Mr. J.E. Scott.

No Dog Licence.

  For having kept a dog without a licence on November 23rd. Olive Baines, of 20, Sutton Road, Huthwaite, who admitted the offence, was ordered to pay a fine of 7s. 6d. P.c. Reddish was the officer concerned in the case.

Action by Sutton Urban Council

  Below are extracts from the minutes of the meetings of the Committees of the Sutton Urban Council, presented for confirmation at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday evening.
  Gas Committee.- It was resolved that the Social Welfare Centre be supplied during the winter with one ton of coke per month free, if required. .....

Fish for the Reservoir.

  General Purposes Committee.- A letter was submitted from the Trent Fish Culture Co., Ltd., with reference to a supply of live fish for the Reservoir, and it was resolved that the Surveyor endeavor to obtain a supply from the Trent Fishery Board.
  A letter was read from the Sutton Horticultural Society asking permission to hold their annual show on the Lawn Pleasure Grounds on August Bank Holiday Monday, and the application was granted on the same terms and conditions as in previous years.
  The Sub-Committee reported that they had considered the question of further allotments for the unemployed, and recommend that the following be offered: 30 gardens at Oddicroft Lane; nine gardens at Grange Farm; 10 gardens at Carsic Lane. They also reported that they had considered the question of letting Walton Farm land, and recommended that it be let on a half-yearly tenancy at £2 per acre. ....

Employment of Ex-servicemen.

  The Clerk read a letter from the Hon. Secretary of the local branch of the British Legion with reference to the employment of unemployed ex-servicemen wherever possible on schemes which the Council have control.
  Public Baths Committee.- The Clerk read a letter from the Old People's Dinner Committee, applying for the use of the Baths on Wednesday, January 3rd, 1934, and the following morning up to noon on the occasion of the Old People's annual treat. The application was granted. The Baths' Superintendent's report for November showed that skating attendances were 2,232 and receipts, £67 14s. 11d., as against attendances, 2,059 and receipts, £73 16s. in November, 1932.
  Roads and Buildings Committee.- ....
  It was resolved that no charge be made for the asphalte footpath from the roadway to the Social Service hut on the Lammas.
  The Surveyor was instructed to again draw the attention of the County Council to the necessity of providing automatic signals, or policemen on point duty, at the New Cross, Portland Square and Cemetery crossings.
  The Surveyor reported that the Royal Automobile Club had agreed to erect three direction signs at various points on the Mansfield, Alfreton and Chesterfield Roads.
  The question of kerbing and lighting the Kirkby Folly Road was referred to the Sub-Committee for consideration.

Slaughter of Animals.

  Health Committee.- The Surveyor submitted tenders for a new light van for disinfecting work, as recommended by the Sub-Committee; the old Trojan Van and old ambulance to be taken in part exchange. ...
  The Sanitary Inspector reported that the Sub-Committee had considered Section 2 of the Slaughtering of Animals Act, 1933, and recommend that before coming to a decision they propose to see a sheep slaughtered by a mechanically operated instrument. It was resolved that the Sanitary Inspector arrange with the Inspector of the R.S.P.C.A. to carry out the slaughtering. .....


  Old rivals in Mansfield Harriers were met in an inter-club cross-country race held at Mansfield on Saturday. Only nine Sutton runners made the journey, as compared with 30 who competed in the corresponding event last year. The explanation of the small number running this time is that majority of the Everill Cup team were resting after their strenuous race on the previous Saturday, and the indisposition of several of the members. No doubt most them were suffering from the cup-tie 'fever' occasioned by the visit of Reading in the 2nd round of the F.A. Cup. Nevertheless, the team was a fairly strong one, and included K. Ceney, A. Darnell, M. Millington, and also the Brooks brothers, late of Chesterfield A.C., who have recently joined the club, so Mansfield's victory by the narrow margin of two points came as a surprise to the Sutton supporters who witnessed the race. ....
  The individual order of finishing was:- 1, C. Heskyns (Mansfield); 2, A. Darnell (Sutton); 3, E. Ceney (Sutton); 4, C. Waddington (Mansfield); 5, L. Adams (Mansfield); 6, C. Ellis (Mansfield); 7, M. Millington (Sutton); 8, S. Brooks (Sutton); 9, S.J. Brooks (Sutton); 10, Hickling (Mansfield); 11, Marsh (Sutton); 12, G. Hoskyns (Mansfield). .....


  To be beaten by the odd goal of three after having forced the pace for a good three-quarters of the game was Sutton Town's bitter experience on Saturday, when they were knocked out of the English Cup by Reading. Two almost unforgivable blunders by Peake, Town's goalkeeper, lost them the match, throughout which Sutton played equally as well as their visitors and were full value for at least a draw.

Huthwaite Happenings.

  At the annual choir festival in connection with the Huthwaite Wesleyan Church, the preacher was Mr. W. Percival of Mansfield. .....
  In connection with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School at Huthwaite, the Rev. A.E. Proctor distributed four diplomas of honour for long service in Sunday School work. These were awarded to D. Hursthouse, for 31 years' service; P. Mitchell, for 28 years' service; C. Mann, for 26 years' service; and E. Holmes, for 25 years' service.


  Brooks-Marriott.- On the 15th inst., at Mansfield, George C. Brooks, of Skegby, to Sarah H. Marriott, of Huthwaite.

Written 11 Mar 13 Revised 11 Mar 13 © by Gary Elliott