Archived Extracts

the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - February 10th 1933


A New Hucknall Colliery Ambulance team competed at Stanton Hill on Saturday and finished twelfth out of 16 entries. In the team work they were seventh, with a very good display; in the practical work they were bracketted with three others for second place, two other teams being with only half a mark more, but in the oral test only one team got fewer marks than New Hucknall. If this deficiency is made good in time for the next competition, they may finish among the prizes. Saturday's team was C. Stirland (capt.), L. Marshall, W. Marshall, A. Turner and E. Bacon.

A meeting of the Church Council was held on Thursday evening in the Common Road Schools, the Rev. W.L. Boulton presiding over a good attendance. The recommendations of the committee upon the Sanctuary furnishings were presented to the effect that the scheme should be abandoned for the present, with the exception of new cassocks and surplices for the choir. The Church Council decided not to commit itself to any additional expenditure, consequently the whole of the proceeds of the forthcoming bazaar will be devoted to wiping out the debt of £170 which remains on the church.

Mr. J.W. Bailey, B.Sc., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Bailey, of Cemetery Lodge sailed from Liverpool on Saturday for Buenos Ayres (South America), where he has been appointed assistant master in a high school of 600 boys. He will be away from England at least three years, and probably five. Mr. Bailey, who commenced his teaching career at Huthwaite New Street, returned from a three years' term in Constantinople last summer, and has since been teaching in a secondary school at Southend. Few people travel so far and see so much of both hemispheres as his profession is leading him to. He will take with him a host of good wishes from friends and former colleagues in this district.


  On Thursday the annual meeting of the Huthwaite Old People's Treat Committee was held at the Peacock Hotel, Councillor J.G. Wright presiding.
  The statement of accounts was read by Mr. A. Tomlinson (secretary) and was adopted as very satisfactory, a substantial credit balance being disclosed. The accounts had been audited by Messrs. C.A. Bonsall and G. Slack.
  It was stated that last year's treat cost the Committee £33, but this did not include gifts of tobacco, beverages, tea etc., from various sources. It was decided to hold the treat on Easter Wednesday as usual.
  The following officials were re-elected, and thanked for their services:- Chairman, Councillor Wright; Secretary, Mr. A. Tomlinson; Treasurer, Mr. H. Holland.
  The Committee decided to offer a cup for competition among Huthwaite footballers, all teams, League or otherwise, being eligible whose headquarters are within the town's boundaries, and the preliminaries are being taken in hand this week so that the trophy can be won this season. Last year the Committee were very grateful to footballers who played matches on behalf of the funds, and the cup is offered as a reward to local players who are willing to help a good cause.

Simpson, Wright and Lowe's Employees' Meeting.

  The first annual meeting of the above firm's employees' Benevolent Fund was held in the works dining room, Huthwaite Road, Sutton, on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Mr. H.C. Wright, C.C. (managing director) supported by the honorary treasurer, Mr. W. Woolley, and there was a good attendance of members.
  Owing to the absence of Mr. V.W. Trivett, of Nottingham, who had sent an apology for his inability to attend, Mr. Woolley gave the treasurer's report, and said the fund was inaugurated last year with a capital sum of £300. Their president, Mr. H.C. Wright, subscribed £100 and Mr. E.H. Lowe (director) made the money an even sum by contributing £34 7s. 9d. The sum of £300 had, during the year, been added to by transfers from the firm's saving scheme, and with War Loan interest the total income at the end of 1932 was £405 11s. 4d. As regards disbursements, £58 18s. 6d. was paid out in the way of Benevolent funds either in money of in kind. War stock to the amount of £325 had been purchased, and in addition to the credit of the Benevolent Fund there was a balance in hand at the close of the financial year.

Grants Appreciated.

  Mr. Woolley stated that the efforts of the committee would, in the future, be directed towards the accomplishment of such a capital sum as to cover relief work from year to year.
  On the proposition of Mr. H. Oscroft, seconded by Mr. A.E. Cooke, the thanks of the members were recorded for the satisfactory financial statement.
  Mr. Woolley then gave his report as secretary for the past year. Much benevolent work had been done during the year and the grants had bee appreciated. They had been able to obtain convalescent treatment, railway fares had been provided, and boarding house charges had been met. The committee had worked well, all the members having made more than 50 per cent. of attendances during the year, and five members had never failed in their attendance.
  The report was adopted on the proposition of Mr. J. Sansom, seconded by Mr. F. White.
  Mr. H.O. Wright said the members would all feel satisfied with the first year's working of the Benevolent Fund. The fund had been keenly administered and efficiently carried through, at a sacrifice of time during working hours by the committee and officials.
  The Benevolent Fund was the infant of the social schemes in the works, and he hoped it would grow to full stature. The treasurer's report revealed during the year o those who through protracted illness felt they had a fair claim upon those funds.


  A sum of £332 11s. 6d. had been invested in 3½per cent. war stock and cash in hand was £13 6s. 3d. For the information of those who had joined the firm during the year he explained that the benevolent scheme was non-contributory. The funds were derived from the forfeits of the firm's contributions of their National Savings Scheme. For each £1 saving certificate, the firm gave the same amount, but in the event of an employee leaving their service, that person forfeited the firm's contribution, excepting under certain rules.
  It was through a subscription by two of the directors that the Benevolent Fund came into existence. The total amount standing to the credit of the fund was therefore £345 17s. 9d. It was hoped that the capital sum would increase and that the grants would eventually be derived entirely from the interest received from the capital amount.
  Personally, he was deeply gratified by the manner they had responded to the appeal for their assistance given to the local unemployed fund. It was now eight weeks since he was privileged to address a deputation on this very vital matter, and how readily his appeal had gained their response. In the Benevolent Fund there is no compulsion on the part of the firm to contribute, and here again in their case there was no question of compulsion. Their practical sympathy with the unfortunate was fine, and his hope was that they would appreciate that spirit one to another whilst ever the firm carried on in the years that lay before them.
  Mr. H. Oscroft, in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman, said how deeply they appreciated Mr. Wright's responsibility for the inauguration of the Benevolent Fund. They did not subscribe one halfpenny to the fund, whilst at other firms where such funds were in operation, it was compulsory upon its members.
  Mr. W. Corah seconded, and the proposition was heartily accorded.
  The elected trustees of the Benevolent Fund were Mr. H.C. Wright, Mr. H. Osborne and Mr. J. Hickton. The members of the committee are as follows: Messrs. J.J. Pilsworth, H. Cook, H. Oscroft, J. Hickton and the Misses N. Stone, A. Palfreman, E. Bradley and S. Wilson.


  There were many indications of sympathy and regard at the funeral last week of Miss Doris Ball, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ball, of Bonser Crescent, Blackwell Road. The deceased girl, who was 11 years of age, attended the Blackwell Road School, and was a regular member of the Parish Church Sunday School. She was ill seven weeks, and passed away in Nottingham Hospital.
  The Rev. W.L. Boulton officiated at the funeral, which the girl's father and several relatives were prevented from attending owing to their having contracted influenza. There was a large gathering at the service in the Parish Church, including Mr. C. Bonsall (headmaster) and Mrs. Bonsall, Miss Whetton (form mistress), while Mrs. Gascoigne (senior mistress) was at the organ. Children from the same standard also attended, with members of the Sunday school class and Miss Winnie Wright (supt.) A favourite hymn "The King of Love my Shepherd is" was sung, and the service concluded with the Dead March from "Saul."
  The chief mourners were the parents; Fred and Harold, brothers; Grandma Pitchford; Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Cowley, Miss Ball (Blackwell), Mrs. W. Ball (Blackwell), Mrs. S. Ball (Stoneyford Lane), Mrs. G. Ball (Newton) and Mrs. R.W. Bostock, aunts; Mrs. Wilkinson, Dollie and Lucy (Stoneyford Lane), May (Wessington), Messrs. J. Pitchford (Hilcote), H. Pitchford (Huthwaite), A Ball and W. Ball (Blackwell).


  Wreaths were sent by:- Mam and Dad; Fred and Harold; Grandma, Grandad and Uncle Harold; Grandad and Auntie Polly; Uncle Owen and Auntie; Uncle Jack and Arthur; Uncle Ted and Gladys; Uncle Bill, Auntie Lily and Cousins; Uncle Sam, Auntie Lily and Cousins; Uncle Sid, Auntie Lucy and Cousins; Auntie, Uncle and Cousins from Wessington; Uncle Will, Auntie Doris, Will and Eric, from Buxton; Cousin Dorothy; E.M. Lineker; Lizzie Booker: Friends; Mr. and Mrs. Streets and Girls; Revill, Ada and Derrick; Polly and Jack (Sutton); Neighbours and Friends, of Blackwell Road; Friends at the White Lion Inn; Playmates, Dorothy Godber, Gladys Lawrence, Marian Potter, Nancy Newman, Bella Bonser, Mary C. Boot and May and Irene Scholars of Std. IV. and teacher, to a dear comrade; Staff and scholars of the Blackwell Road School.
  At the Parish Church on Sunday morning sympathetic reference was made to the departed child by the vicar and the hymn, "There's a friend for little children" was amongst the hymns.


On Wednesday a whist drive was held in the C.W.S. factory dining hall on behalf of the Athletic Club. The M.C.'s were Messrs. C. Hancock, G. Beastall, W. Folwell and J. Stuart. The winners were:- Ladies; 1, Mrs. Weaver, 173; 2, Mrs. Heppenstall, 173; 3, Mrs. Stuart, 170; Gent.'s: 1, Mr. Daniels, 180; 2, Mr. G. Hallam, 179; 3, Mr. Gascoigne, 176.

A games match between Huthwaite H.U.W.O. and All Saints' Mission, Sutton, took place on Monday. The results were:- Dominoes - Huthwaite, 59; Sutton, 51; darts, Huthwaite, 6; Sutton, 5; whist, Huthwaite, 134; Sutton, 79; draughts, Huthwaite, 1; Sutton, 2; skittles, Huthwaite, 10; Sutton, 12. Mr. T. Bradley, for the visitors, referred to the sudden death that day of Mr. A.W. Iball, one of their players. The home team responded sympathetically, and a vote of condolence was passed in silence, all standing. On Wednesday Huthwaite H.U.W.O. played Sutton Baths team at Dominoes, Huthwaite, 28; Sutton, 27; darts, Huthwaite, 6; Sutton, 1; whist, Huthwaite, 88; Sutton, 67; draughts, Huthwaite, 21; Sutton, 3; skittles, Huthwaite, 213; Sutton, 169.

In aid of the Parish Church Bazaar Fund, a whist drive was held by Mr. and Mrs. Oxley at their residence on Saturday evening, and it proved a most enjoyable function. The M.C. was Mr. A. Evans. The prizes were won by Miss Brailsford, Mrs. Clay, Miss B. Ensor, Mrs. J. Ensor, Mrs. G. Bostock, Messrs. W. Robinson, A. Evans, and J. Lineker. The prizes were presented by Miss Searson and a vote of thanks to the host and hostess was proposed by Mr. H.A. Simpson, who remarked how kind it was of Mr. and Mrs. Oxley to entertain them in such a splendid fashion, and he hoped it would not be the last of such gatherings. Mrs. Oxley, responding, thanked all who had been present and hoped they had had a good time. The venture realised about two guineas.

Bygone Happenings.


  Below are extracts from the "Free Press" for the corresponding weeks of 40 and 25 years ago

Hucknall Huthwaite Entertainment

  The eleventh cantata and operetta entertainment was given in the National School, Hucknall Huthwaite, on three evenings to large audiences. The performers were mostly scholars attending the day school, trained by Mr. Boardman, schoolmaster, and the parents provided suitable costumes for their children. The room had been decorated by Mrs. Boardman, Mrs. Simpson, Miss Allen and Mr. Farrand. Dr. Style superintended the arrangements. The orchestra was composed of Mr. J. Hardy (first violin), Mr. T. Wilson (second violin), Mr. F. Allsop ('cello), Mr. W. Allsop (bass), the Rev. W.J.B. Kerr (organist) and Mr. J. Boardman (conductor).
  Miss Key took charge of the infant performers; Miss Grundy, fan drill, etc., Miss Wilson, action songs; and Miss Allen, singing, skipping, etc. Miss Ethel Simpson personated "Sister Flora," Master Joe Simpson was "Humpty Dumpty" and Master A. Dickens was "Dick Whittington." The other principals were:- Eliza J. Smith; Jane Smith; S. Lineker; Master Willie and Miss M. Humphrey; M. Bowler; Bertie Pilsworth; Willie Marshall; Master Will Taylor. Miss Rose Allsop sang "Ora pro Nobis," and the action song "Eight Little Mothers," was a feature of the concert. ...


  Berresford-Coleman -On the 4th inst., at the Parish Church, Sutton, by the Rev. F. Brodhurst, Samuel Berresford, of Hucknall, to Ann Sarah Coleman of Sutton.
  Bacon-Spencer. -At the same time and place, John Bacon, of Fulwood, to Eva Spencer, of Sutton.
  Greaves-Shore. -On the 7th inst., at the same place, by the Rev. W.A.R. Braybrooke, John Greaves, of Sutton, to Mary Ann Shore, of Fulwood. ...

Second Court.

Before Mr. A.H. Bonser (in the chair), Mr. J.E. Scott, Mr. T.E. Banks and Mr. J.H. Brown.

Lightless Cart.

  John Richardson, of 29, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, was charged with having driven a cart without two front lights on Alfreton Road, Sutton, on January 17th.
  P.c. Otter said there were no lamps attached to the cart, and when told he would be reported, defendant replied "I was pushed for time."
  A fine of 7s. 6d. was imposed.


  The report recently issued by the Miners' Welfare Fund Departmental Committee of Inquiry, of which Lord Chelmsford was chairman, was discussed by the Nottingham and District Miners' Welfare Committee at a special meeting at the Victoria Station Hotel, Nottingham, on Monday.
  The chair was occupied by Mr. H.E. Mitton. The report, which deals with the administration and the future of the fund, contains a lot of contentious matter, for some of the recommendations, it is understood, would have very far-reaching effects. The committee did not arrive at a decision on the matter on Monday, and the question will be further discussed at a future meeting.
  At the conclusion of the meeting the members were the guests of the chairman at luncheon.

Written 18 Apr 12 Revised 19 Apr 12 © by Gary Elliott