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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - June 30th 1933


The members of the New Hucknall Collieries Ambulance Brigade had a busy week-end. On Saturday the annual excursion took place, when all the members were given 15s. by the directors towards the expenses of a trip to London. Ambulance men and friends made a party of about 450, and although there was some rain in the Metropolis, the trippers had a good time with the various sights and amusements, and all got safely home again about six o'clock on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon the annual inspection was held at Welbeck and the Brigade attended this. They had not a very long interval between one event and the other, but "first-aid" men are used to sudden demands upon their resourcefulness, and gave a good account of themselves all round.

Now that athletic prowess plays so prominent a part in the school curriculum it is pleasing to find that Huthwaite can hold its own in this respect with other places. A team of nine boys from the Blackwell Road Schools scored a remarkable success at Sutton St. Michael's Sports on Saturday, and undoubtedly raised the reputation of Huthwaite as a sports nursery. Competing in four events they secured six prizes, two of which were watches. The list is as follows:- Eric Prince (1st in 80 yards), Raymond Deakin (2nd in 80 yards), Ernest Blount (2ns in obstacle race), Albert Fox (2nd in 70 yards). Rowland Fretwell (2nd in sack race). The success of the boys was due in a great measure to the advice and encouragement of Mr. W.G. Thomas (games master) backed by the interest of the Headmaster (Mr. C. Bonsall), a keen advocate of all open-air recreations.

The New Fall Street Methodist Church Sunday School anniversary services were held on Sunday, and the fine weather was a big advantage, since it allowed children to parade the streets in the morning. Councillor J. Iball (Superintendent) was in charge of the proceedings and hymns were sung at various points, Mr. J.W. Allsop conducting. The accompanist was Miss D. Edwards, and Messrs D. Burton and C. Eveson invited the public to join in the anniversary. The preacher for the afternoon and evening was Mr. G. Cresswell (Worksop) and the services were very successful. A record number of children sang hymns and gave recitations, having been coached for the latter by Mrs. S. Spencer. Solos were sung by Ivy Walker and Evelyn Blood, and the recitations were as follows:- Tommy Walters; Jack Edwards; Sidney Eveson; Ronald Walker; Joe Allsop, Willie Gascoyne and Harold Edwards; Jack Draycott. (This was a recitation of 35 verses, and was taught to the boy by his grandmother, Mrs. Marshall, who said it herself as a child); Sally bowden, Edna Marshall, Irene Rowe, Dorothy Draper, Rhoda Turner, Iris Naylor, Freda Cooper; Mavis Naylor; Ivy Finch; Iris Beresford. A well selected programme was brought to a close by a touching rendering of Evening Prayer, by Marjorie Eveson. Miss D. Edwards was the organist for the day, and Mr. J.W. Allsop was the musical director throughout.

Interesting Events at Huthwaite

  The high state of efficiency attained in drills by C.W.S. Fire Brigades (Midland Section) was demonstrated on Saturday at the 13th inspection and competition which was held for the first time on the well equipped sports grounds at the C.W.S. hosiery factory at Huthwaite. It was a beautiful afternoon for the event, and visitors were charmed with the enclosure, whilst the large company of spectators showed a keen interest in the demonstration of the firefighters.

Popular Local Victories.

  Seven brigades, with a total muster of 80 rank and file, assembled at the factory, and, headed by the Huthwaite Prize Band, marched through some of the streets to the sports ground, their smart appearance and parade being the subject of many appreciative comments. After an inspection by directors of the C.W.S. and the march past, there was a presentation of long service medals and bars. The medal is given for ten years' service with a brigade, good conduct and regular attendance at drills, and a bar for every additional five years' service.
  Stanbourne Street (Capt. Higgins) obtained the shield for the best aggregate score, but popular local victories were two by Huthwaite, the crowd giving the winners rounds of applause. The competition in all three events was very keen, and seconds were added to the times as penalties for faults, of which the programme showed a formidable list of 29. This naturally spurred firemen to do their best.
  In the first event, a valve and collecting breeching drill for four men, Leicester Wheatsheaf were first in 15 1-5 secs., and Leicester Cranbourne Street second in 16 1-5 secs. Rushden came next with a time of 18 2-5 secs. Next came the dressing, valve, handpump and ladder drill for four men, and Huthwaite registered a good win in 31 1-5 secs. clear of penalties, Leicester Wheatsheaf following with 32 1-5 secs., also clear of penalties. The times of the other five teams with added penalties, varied from 35 to 45 3-5 secs.

A Fine Performance.

  All the teams entered two competitors in the one man dressing, valve and hand pump drill. Early on Fireman Alcott (Leicester Cranbourne Street) set a high standard with the excellent time of 31 1-5 secs. clear, and it was not until the last man, Fireman Heath (Huthwaite) came that this performance was well beaten by a clear 30 secs., so he was first. The crowd were delighted. Fireman Ladds (Rushden) was third with 35 3-5 secs.
  Afterwards the distribution of prizes took place at the pavilion, the duty being undertaken by Mr. T.G. Arnold (London, Chairman of the C.W.S. Finance Committee). It was announced that Leicester Wheatsheaf had won the shield and medal with the best aggregate time of 84 2-5 secs., Rushden being the runners up with 89 1-5 secs.
  "We have had a very fine show from the competitors," said Mr. Arnold, "and it is evident that it must have represented a very great deal of hard and systematic work during the past twelve months. Everyone cannot achieve success but they can deserve it and that has what has been done this afternoon, for all who have watched the competitions must have been struck by the excellent performances and the many low times achieved." He congratulated all, and wished them all success in the future.

Referee and Penalties.

  Mr. J. Yates, the referee for the afternoon, whilst offering congratulation, expressed regret that it had been necessary to impose so many penalties. But the rules laid down there should be penalties, and if the competitors failed they must be penalised. On the whole most of the competitors had done fairly well, but their work was not quite so clean as he would have like, but in the excitement of contests things would happen. It gave encouragement to teams to win prizes, and to those who had not won he wished better luck another time.
  Capt. Aspin (supt. of the C.W.S. Fire Brigades) proposed a vote of thanks to the directors for the magnificent prizes they had offered, to the judges for their services, Mr. Tomlinson and his staff and all who had made the event a success.
  Capt. Wildman (Rushden) seconded, and the vote was warmly accorded. The response was made by Mr. A. Judd (director). The visitors and the teams were then entertained at tea.
  The judges for the afternoon were Messrs. W. Parker (Leicester) and S. Beards (Derby), Mr. E. Tuckwood was the time recorded, and Mr. F. Blakeley (secretary of the C.W.S. Fire Brigade) with Mr. W. Plumbe, made all the arrangements for the afternoon.


Farr. -On the 27th inst., Samuel Farr, Sutton Road, 65 years.
Gascoigne. -On the 28th inst., Sarah Elizabeth Gascoigne, Sutton Road, 26 years.


  The funeral took place on Tuesday of Mr. Samuel Farr, aged 65, of 83, Sutton Road, Huthwaite. Deceased, who was a native of Sturton-le-Bow (Lincs.) came to Huthwaite 36 years ago form a farm at Rufford Abbey, and during that period had been employed at New Hucknall Colliery, formerly on the coking plant, and afterwards underground.
  He had been ill since last September and unable to work, but the end came very suddenly. He was of a very unassuming disposition and was well respected. His chief hobby was gardening, and for many years he had had an allotment on Sutton Road. He leaves a widow and two adopted children.
  The Rev. W.L. Boulton officiated at the funeral, and conducted a service in the cemetery chapel. The mourners were:- The Widow; Mr. and Mrs. G. Kirk, adopted son; Mrs. Hewitt (Shirland), adopted daughter; Mr. William Farr (London), brother; Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle (East Kirkby), Mr. and Mrs. W. Morley (Scarrington), Mr. and Mrs. E. Morely (East Kirkby), sisters; Mr. W. Kirk (Elmton). Mrs. Fatill (Retford), Mrs. Rich (Dover Lodge, Elksley), brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Mr. D. Farill (Markfield Farm), Miss C. Farill, Mr. and Mrs. W. Miller (Kirkby Road), Mr. and Mrs. F. Rich (Gamston), Mrs. Johnson (Sutton), Mrs. F. Kirk (Sutton). Mrs. W. Kirk (Elmton), nieces and nephews; Mr. G. Hewitt (Shirland), friend.
  The bearers were members of the Victoria Working Men's Club: Messrs. Parry, Joans, W. and B. Boddicott, Gibbs, Darch, Dykes and Hammond.
  All the mourners brought wreaths and there were tokens also from Friends and neighbours: Mr. and Mrs. Routon (Unwin Street); Mr. and Mrs. Truscott (Sutton Road); Mr. and Mrs. Moakes (South Normanton); Mr. and Mrs. Jones (Fulwood); Georgie and Kathleen Kirk, grandchildren; a globe is to be provided by the members of the Victoria Club.

  The 6,000 rose trees which were planted in the sea-front gardens of Skegness are now in full bloom, and present a picture which is drawing rose lovers from all parts of the Midlands. With the trees that previously existed, it is estimated that fully 200,000 roses are now in bloom.

Inspection and March Past at Welbeck Abbey.

In addition to the members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade Divisions from Sutton and the surrounding districts, there were many local visitors to Welbeck Abbey on Sunday afternoon, the occasion of the annual inspection of the members of the Brigade in the Nottinghamshire area (No. 5 district).
  In all over 1,700 ambulance men and members of nursing divisions were on parade, and the spectacle as they marched past and saluting base was one which will not soon be forgotten. It was a most imposing sight, and the local divisions were conspicuous by their smartness.

1,700 on Parade.

  The cricket field made an ideal place for the inspection, which was carried out by Mr. G.W. Malkin, Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John, Commissioner for the district. There were on parade 98 ambulance members, and 30 nursing division officers and 176 of other ranks, making a total of 1,703, and parading at the Riding School, marched to the Cricket Field to the strains of music provided by the Firbeck Band, the bugle bands of Worksop, Welbeck, Shireoaks and Newstead, and the Whitwell Colliery Silver Prize Band.
  The Nottingham Corps included sixteen Divisions, the Shirebrook Corps three Divisions, and the New Hucknall Corps of four Divisions was comprised of Annesley, Bentinck, New Hucknall, and Welbeck, whilst the Stanton Corps of four Divisions included Teversal and Silverhill. Other Divisions on parade included Sutton Portland (Men and Women), Sutton Colliery, Kirkby and Newstead.
  Arrived at the Cricket Field, the Divisions formed up for inspection, after which the inspecting officer, with his staff, which included Assistant Commissioner H.C. Else, Assistant Commissioner A.B. Gibson, County Surgeon H.W. Horan (aide-de-camp), and District Officer G.E. Hardy, took up his position at the saluting base on the opposite side of the ground for the march past, which was a very inspiring ceremony, the nurses being the half circle formation behind the base.

Presentation of Service Medals.

  Subsequently the Commissioner presented service medals to the following:- Sergt. J. Booth (Mansfield), A.-O. J. Booth (Mansfield), A.-O. J. Harrison, Sergt. H.O. Bell, Sergt. W.T. Lee and Corpl. F. Bell (Bentinck), Sergt. H. Eddowes and Corpl. P. Kirkland (Newark). A bar to the service medal was presented to Sergt. H.B. Tomlinson, of Firbeck, and each man was complimented on his fine service.
  Addressing the assembled company as a whole, the Commissioner said he was more than delighted with the parade state, and he was well satisfied with all he had seen. He considered the upbearing of the men was a great improvement on previous parades, particularly the alignment in their various movements, whilst the march past was eminently satisfactory. To Assistant Commissioner Gibson and all the staff he tendered his warmest thanks for the enormous amount of work they had done in connection with the parade, and he extended sincere thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Portland for permitting them to use those beautiful grounds for the parade.
  In conclusion, he wished the members of the Divisions good luck, and hoped they would go forward in the work in which they were engaged. "You either go forward or go backwards," observed Mr. Malkin, "You must go forward. Continue this good work and extend it, for it is the finest work on this Sabbath afternoon that you can be engaged in - your love for your brothers."
  Assistant Commissioner Gibson said the Brigade appreciated the complimentary terms in which the Commissioner had addressed them. He could assure him a wonderful work was being done by the officers and members in the cause of humanity. In 1932 first-aid was rendered by officers and men in the area to no fewer than 17,000 cases, no less than 4,000 cases were transported, and 44,000 miles were run by ambulances. They would endeavour to deserve what had been said of them that afternoon, and go forward in the future.
  The Divisions later marched back to the Riding School where tea was provided.


  Delightful weather prevailed at the "Orchards" on Wednesday afternoon, when a garden tea and entertainment were held on behalf of the Mansfield and District Moral Welfare. The grounds were kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Coupe, who are always ready to help a good cause in this way, and the organisers were the committee of the Nursing Association. About 100 attended for tea which was in charge of Mesdames Coupe, Wilson, Hill, Evans, Robotham, Ramsell, F. Weston, Bradley, Clipstone, Richards, L. Hill (secretary) and the Misses E. Goodall, Bowles and Adkin.
  Entertainments were given by Miss Dorothy Allen's choirs of schoolchildren, and Miss Pritchetts pupils from Kirkby Higher Council School gave a play. Other artistes were Misses Allen, J. Poole, K. Harwood, J. Allsop, A. Jones, J. Wilmot and N. Hatton. The chairman was Councillor Goodall and thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Coupe and also to Mrs. T. Allsop at whose home Miss Allen's choirs had been trained. The piano was lent by Mr. Hirst, manager of the Lyric Theatre, and it was played by Miss Joan Allsop.

  It was reported to the Nottingham Rating and Valuation Committee on Wednesday, that the rateable value of the city was now £1,830,000. This figure includes the additional rateable values brought about by the extension of the city boundaries.


  The surprise of the second round has been the defeat of E. Dyment (New Hucknall Welfare) by his fellow clubmate, A. Clarke in the Gents' Singles. The score 8-6, 10-8 indicates the keenness of the struggle, and emphasises still further the strength of the Huthwaite Welfare entry.
  The holder of this title, R. Dickens, of the same club, has won his first two rounds in a manner so decisive as to arouse confidence in his ability to repeat last season's performance, but in the third round he has a stiff obstacle to overcome, having been drawn away against J.C. Webster, who held the title the year previously.

Title Holder Beaten.

  Another splendid game was that in the Ladies' Singles between Miss M. Hodgson (Kirkby) and Mrs. J.B. Kitchen (New Hucknall Colliery) the holder of the title; both contestants were at the top of their form, and a keenly fought match ended in a victory for Miss Hodgson by the narrow margin of 7-5, 7-5. Miss K.C. Broomhead, last year's runner-up, was beaten by Mrs. E. Clarke (Walton's). The victors of both these contests are newcomers to the singles competition, and on the form they have exhibited should be seen in its later stages. ....


THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION for the Admission of Fee Paying Pupils for the Autumn Term, 1933, will be held on Monday. ...

MRS. FARR, GEORGE AND ALICE wish to thank all friends and neighbours for sympathy and kindness shewn, and for floral tributes received in their bereavement; also Dr. Gaston, Nurse Dickens and the Victoria Club Members.


COLUMBIA AVENUE.- Two Popular Types at £580, and One at £485.
Also for Sale or would Let, Superior Type Houses on Huthwaite Road. Prices £625 and £1,000. Inspection invited.
A. FARNSWORTH AND CO., Columbia Street, Huthwaite. Tel 178-306, Sutton.

COAL! COAL! COAL! -16s. per Ton delivered. Special Kitchen Coal, 18s. per Ton delivered. Worth double.- Armstrong, 3, Glen Street, Stoneyford Lane, and Reeves, 1, Carsic Lane, Sutton.

MORRIS MINOR SALOON, excellent condition, £45. Fairhaven, East Kirkby.

A FEW TONS OF GOOD THATCH, £4 per Ton delivered, 4s. Cwt.; also 20 Gallons of New Milk, delivered if required.- H. Brooks, Crow Tree Farm, Sutton.


Before Mr. G. Peach (in the chair), Mr. T.H. Banks, Mr. F.F. Hibbert, Mr. C.H. Coupe and Mr. J.F. Keetley.

No Driving Licence.

  Charged with having driven a motor van without a driving licence at Huthwaite on June 9th, Wilfred Hague, Carnarvon Road, Huthwaite, pleaded not guilty.
  P.c. Reddish said he saw defendant driving a motor van in Market Street, Huthwaite, on the date in question, but was not in a position to stop him. Witness interviewed defendant the following day at his residence and told him he had reason to believe he had no driving licence, and Hague produced a licence which had expired. A fine of 15s. was imposed.

Assault on Rent Collector

Trouble over the payment of rent led to the appearance of John Thomas Woodland, of 148, Main Street, Huthwaite, who was summoned by Glynn Price, of Underwood, Jacksdale, for having assaulted him on June 19th.
  Mr. E.S.B. Hopkin, who appeared for complainant, said Mr. Price was a rent collector, and on the date in question called to collect rent from defendant, who was considerably in arrears. When spoken to about the arrears by complainant, Woodland struck him a violent blow on the temple. Complainant staggered outside and defendant followed him and struck him several more blows. Not content with this Woodland followed Price down the street and struck him again.
  Complainant gave evidence of the assault, and a woman living in the same street also spoke to seeing Woodland strike Price.
  P.c. Turner said in consequence of a complaint from Price he saw defendant, who said there had been a dispute over the rent and admitted striking Price four or five times. Defendant never said anything about Price having hit him.
  Defendant (on oath) admitted having struck Price, but said complainant struck the first blow. The wife of defendant also gave evidence to this effect.
  After a retirement, the Bench ordered Woodland to pay a fine of 30s. and bound him over to keep the peace for 12 months. The Chairman announced that the Bench also wished complainant to use every courtesy when collecting rents.

A Peep Into the Past.

Hucknall Huthwaite Special Service.

At the last of a series of special services in connection with the opening of the new Wesleyan Sunday School at Hucknall Huthwaite, the Rev. T.W. Johnstone, of Stockport, was the preacher. The following day a well attended meeting was held, and in the evening Mr. Johnstone lectured on "Richard Baxter and his time." The arrangements for the tea were in the hands of Mrs. Adlington, Mrs. Heath, Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Colly. The amount realised at the opening services, together with the teas, was a little over £50.

Written 20 Sep 12 Revised 20 Sep 12 © by Gary Elliott