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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - May 19th 1933

Ministry of Health Inquiry.


THE Ministry of Health inquiry into the proposed revision of the local government boundaries in Nottinghamshire, and conducted by Mr. G.H. Thiselton Dyer., M.Inst.C.E., was continued at the Shire Hall, Nottingham, on Friday.
  Addressing the inspector on behalf of the Huthwaite Urban District, Mr. E.B. Hibbert said almost the whole population of the district he represented felt there had been scant courtesy in the negotiations that might have taken place before the County Council's report was made. There was only one conference to which Huthwaite Urban Council was invited, and this, said Mr. Hibbert, was "a mere travesty of a conference."

Huthwaite's Ratable Value and Population.

  Emphasis had been laid upon Huthwaite's ratable value and population, and while it was true that Huthwaite's population had decreased in the past ten years, this was due to an abnormal situation. The New Hucknall Colliery Company was situated in the Huthwaite district, and owing to industrial depression, had closed two of their seams three or four years ago. This led to dispensing with the services of over 600 miners at Huthwaite. That had an immediate effect on population, but when then industrial depression in the mining industry lifted, it was felt Huthwaite's population would be readjusted.
  When these districts obtained their urban powers originally, the wishes of the inhabitants were prominent at the inquiry conducted by the Local Government Board. He did not think the swing of the pendulum had gone so far since then that not only the views but the intense feeling of the ratepayers should be floated or set on one side and ignored, and he did not think the Ministry of Health would do so. ...

Sutton and Huthwaite.

  Ald. Peach, in cross-examination, was pressed for an opinion, and he then said that they considered that Skegby was not efficient. When it came to both Huthwaite and Skegby the evidence of inefficiency rather startled him.
  Some years ago, said Mr. Sandlands, Huthwaite built a hospital. They never equipped it, and it had never been used. They also made an agreement with Sutton for water supply in September, 1921.
  They knew the agreement was expiring, and from 1921 had gone from "pillar to post," but in 1932 they made an arrangement with Blackwell and Warsop.
  Skegby had an agreement expiring in September, 1923. They managed to get renewal until December, 1928, when they carried on as best they could until they came into the Blackwell and Warsop scheme in 1932.
  Yet those districts criticised Sutton. There was another point about Skegby. They built houses and fitted them with gas pipes without first inquiring if they could get gas. Eventually they found that there was no gas main near enough, and the pipes were useless.
  Huthwaite, Skegby and Teversal had conversion schemes facing them which would require a much greater use of water. Yet they were now paying 1s. ½d. per 1,000 gallons. The County Council desired to unify the scattered districts for the purposes of efficiency and economy.
  The real case about Huthwaite was shown by the effect of the abnormality in expenditure. A few years ago they had an epidemic of 38 cases of smallpox, and the result was 1s. on the rates. They were now faced with further water charges, new gas mains, etc. There was also the question of Blidworth, which he contended should not be decided on the the wishes of the people.
  Skegby, Huthwaite, Sutton and Teversal were governed by five different authorities. To bring them under one would surely make for economy.

Official Opening of Sports Ground

Although in use since last summer, the official opening ceremonies of the Huthwaite C.W.S. Factory Sports Ground on Sutton Road took place on Saturday in fine weather and under most auspicious circumstances, and was marked by several distinctive features.
  There was a large attendance at the opening. The pavilion and grounds looked bright and fresh and aroused a feeling of personal pride in the numerous members and operatives and the Factory Sports Association who were present, while such a layout is bound to add to the prestige of the whole district. Huthwaite Prize Band provided a splash of scarlet, while cricket flannels and other evidence of summer were prominent.

Golden Key.

  Mr. J.A. Tomlinson was the chairman, and at the outset Mr. A. Judd (Nottingham) a C.W.S. director, was presented by Mr. A. Walton (Sutton), the architect of the pavilion, with a golden key, with which he unlocked the building.
  Mr. J. Tomlinson (manager of the C.W.S. factory) offered a cordial welcome to all the visitors. He said it was several years ago since they first had a vision of the sports field in their minds' eye, and the work had only been accomplished by the perseverance and work of those who had seen the scheme through. He was glad, in this connection, that Mr. France was with them, for he it was along with Mr. W. Bradshaw (who was on his way to Australia) - to whom thanks were mainly due, for setting the ball rolling and continuing to keep it rolling until the work was complete.
  "That we are actually to-day in possession of this delightful stretch of green," observed Mr. Tomlinson, "we have, of course, to thank our Directors, who, when they saw the need, were anxious and willing to help us in every way possible. We are indebted to them for their interest in us, which is typical of the interest they take in all their employees. We now have ample facility for sport and recreation, under ideal conditions, and I hope we shall all make use of the facilities afforded and thereby strive to make ourselves as fit as possible for the sterner game across the way.

Playing the Game.

  "I hope we shall have the reputation of always 'playing the game' on the ground, if we can play it here we can play it anywhere, and that after all, in my opinion, is what should be our aim in all our activities, at work and play. We are very glad to welcome Mr. Judd to-day, representing the Board of Directors and thank him for so readily giving up his afternoon's leisure, to serve us on this occasion.
  "It is with pleasure, too, we welcome Mrs. Larwood, who was for a number of years an employee at our works, and is now the co-partner of that most dreaded (by the Australians) and brilliant bowler, Harold Larwood, whom the old country has mainly to thank that we are again in possession of the Ashes. We were hopeful at one time that he too would be with us, but unfortunately he is unable to be present. However, we offer in our congratulations on his wonderful performance during the series of Tests just played, and hope he will repeat the good work when next Messrs. Woodful and Bradman visit us, if ever."
  The Chairman extended a welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Mart, of Manchester, mentioning that Mr. Mart gave considerable help in the forming of the Huthwaite C.W.S. Sports Association. He also welcomed Mr. Isherwood, of Derby, who was responsible for the lay-out of the ground, Mr. Ovenden, of London, and Mr. and Mrs. H. France, and passed on greetings from Mr. Arnold (Director) and Mr. Lancaster, who were unavoidably absent.

Healthy Pleasure.

  Mr. H. France (former manager) said it was a very generous action of the Board of Directors to purchase the land and lay it out in such a way for the various sports. No expression of thanks in words was sufficient, and the only way to show their appreciation was to use the ground well and consistently and see to its upkeep. That was the kind of repayment that would give the donors most pleasure. Huthwaite could do that and he believed they would, and as their former manager he asked them to show that the ground was producing a rich harvest of happy healthy pleasure, and a more binding comradeship, not on the ground alone, but also in the factory in which they worked.
  Mr. Judd (director) endorsed all Mr. Tomlinson had said, and mentioned that in a few weeks time the competition between the various Midland fire brigades would be held on the new ground. Five or six years ago, he added, the Wholesale Board decided to provide certain funds for playing fields wherever they seemed to be justified. From that time they had equipped 16 grounds up and down the country. It was their policy to purchase the ground, lay it out, and then leave if for the employees to maintain it themselves. The ground would help them to know each other better, and he ventured to say that they would work better.

Good Outlook.

  They ought to be congratulated on having a ground with a fairly good outlook. From one angle they had had a reminder about that particular corner of Notts. He had followed cricket since he was quite a lad, and he could never remember a time when there was not someone from that district playing for Notts. One of the phrases very prevalent on the "popular side" when they wanted to buck a player up was to shout "Give him a Suttoner."
  They were in the heart of a big sporting district, and the speaker hoped the sports played on the ground would be in the spirit of that particular district and that the ground would be well used and bring them many hours of enjoyment. He had very great pleasure in declaring the ground open for the use of the Huthwaite factor employees.
  Mr. Judd then unfurled the banner amid applause, and said he would like to remark that the flag represented the symbol of international co-operation, and had ben designed by the son of Mr. Mart.
  Mr. T.H. Mart (Manchester), general secretary of the C.W.S. Sports Association, hoped that the sun shining would be a happy augury in the working of the sports ground at Huthwaite. He had never known the time when there was such a spirit of generosity like they found to-day, and the directors, in finding that ground, had a special object in view. It was not that they would get more work out of the employees, but create a happy friendship and the link of brotherhood among all classes and all their employees, and so produce better employees and citizens in every respect.

Magnificent Gift.

  Mr. E. Cooke, on behalf of the Factory Sports Association, thanked Mr. Judd for his attendance and expressed appreciation to the directors for their magnificent gift for recreation.
  Mr. Judd paid a tribute to those who had laid out the ground, and Mr. Mart stated that the C.W.S. Sports Association had new 16 fully-equipped grounds in addition to a large number of fields which had been rented at Manchester. Altogether they had close upon 30,000 employees in Manchester paying a voluntary levy of one penny towards their various sports organisations, which had been eminently successful.
  After the speeches, cricket bowls and tennis were in full swing until tea time, when a large number of visitors and members of the Sports Association sat down to tea in the Factory dining hall, where selections were played by the C.W.S. Melody Aces Orchestra, directed by Mr. G. Truscott. The waitresses were Misses Jones, Radford, Ball, Cosford, Wright, Clarke, Chappell and Hardy and they were thanked on the proposition of Mr. Mart, seconded by Mr. Ovenden.
  In the evening a sports programme for employees was gone through, although a change in the weather was a drawback to the proceedings. it is noteworthy that in the "over 40" flat race of 60 yards the second place was gained by Mr. J. Bown (Sutton), who is 64 years of age. The officials were as follow:- Judges, Messrs. H. France and J.A. Tomlinson; C.W.S. Sports Association hon. sec., Mr. T.C. Hancock; sports hon. sec., Mr. A.R. Dallison; assistants, Messrs. W.W. Dove and C. Hassall; starter, Mr. W.W. Dove (A.A.A.); stewards, Messrs. W. Leach, S.T. Murden, G. Beastall, G. Davis and J. Gower. Members of the New Hucknall Ambulance Division on duty were Corps Officer Murfin, Sergeant Blow and Private Marshall.


  60 yards Girls' flat race. -1, W. Naylor; 2, D. Newman.
  Youths' 120 yards apple race. -1, A. Lee; 2, W. Keeton.
  60 yards handicap (men over 40). -1, J. Wood; 2, J. Bown.
  Girls' egg and spoon race. -1, D. Hague; 2, S.M. Hargreaves.
  80 yards handicap (men 22 to 40 years):- 1, J. Wilkinson; 2, H. Heath.
  Men's sack race. -1, E. Swain; 2, W. Marshall.
  Girls' sack race. -1, A. Hawksley; 2, P. Newman.
  Men's potato race. 1, W. Marshall; 2, E. Swain.
  Girls' potato race. -1 S. Hague; 2, S.M. Hargreaves.
  Girls' slow cycle race. -1, L. Wilkinson; 2, W. Naylor.
  Men's three-legged race. -1, S. Marshall and S. Dykes; 2, H. Heath and S. Hargreaves.
  Girls' three-legged race. -1, R. Wildsmith and K. Asher; 2, P. Milne and E. Rawson.
  Prizes were distributed by Mr. H. France.


  Below are extracts from the minutes of Committees submitted at the monthly meeting of the Huthwaite Urban District Council.
  Roads and Buildings Committee. - A letter was read from the Ministry of Transport agreeing to the immediate execution of the extra work on the western side of the cutting on Chesterfield Road, and stating that, subject to approval of details, the extra cost would be accepted on grant-earning expenditure, the period of the expiration of the grant to be extended to September 30th, 1933. It was resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to at once submit an estimate of the cost of the necessary work to the Ministry to enable the amount of grant to be ascertained.
  The Surveyor reported on the condition of Carnarvon Road, and he was instructed to submit further plans and estimates of this road formation work for consideration at the next meeting.
  The provision of postal knockers on all front doors of the Council homes was considered, and it was resolved that these be fixed in all existing and future Council houses.

Automatic Stamp Machine.

  It was resolved that a renewal application be made to the postal authorities on the installation of an automatic postage stamp machine at their local office.
  Health and Hospital Committee.- The Medical Officer of Health reported that three deaths had occurred in the district during the past month ... Nine births - two males and seven females - were registered during the month.
  Finance and General Purposes Committee - Quotations from various forms for the supply of iron fencing for Huthwaite Park were submitted, and it was resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Pleasure Grounds Committee and the Surveyor, with power to accept the quotation they many deem advisable.
  It was further resolved that the style remain in its present position, and that suitable oak posts be erected, and an entrance at the Newcastle Street end of this ground.
  Public Library Committee.- The caretaker reported that during the past month 980 books had been issued, as compared with 745 books during the previous month.
  The question of a re-arrangement of the Lending Library, newspapers, etc., was referred to the Chairman for consideration and report.


Annesley Colliery v. New Hucknall Welfare. -Played at Annesley on Saturday:-
New Hucknall Welfare.- C. Mann, J. Clewley, R. Goodwin, 31; E. Mansell, W. Boot, C. Pilkinton, 31; J. Allsop, senr., E. Bowmar, T. Bowmar, 31; J. Allsop, jun., W. Hinks, H. Rudkin, 25; total, 118.


Huthwaite U.D.C. v. Sutton Lawn.- Played at Huthwaite on Saturday. Scores:-
Huthwaite.- W.J. Bingham, R. Hayes, T. Bradley, 31; J. Wilson, C.H. Coupe, J. Smith, 20; J.J. Smith, C. Wheeler, B. Hill, 11; H. Baxter, S. Hunt, J. Stuart, 21; total, 83.


Kingsway Park v. New Hucknall Welfare.- Played at Kingsway Park on Wednesday. Scores:-
New Hucknall Welfare.- W. Hinks, W. Walvin, C. Pilkington, 9; W. Bonser, W. Boot, E. Mansell, 31; J. Allsop, Junr., J. Tomlinson, H. Rudkin, 31; J. Allsop, sen., W. Jackson, B. Goodwin, 31; total, 102.

Huthwaite U.D.C. v. Conservative Club, Sutton.- Played at Huthwaite on Thursday. Scores:-
Huthwaite.- H. Baxter, J.J. Smith, B. Hill, 23; E. Coleman, H. Thompson, S. Gascoigne, 31; W. Webb, W.J. Bingham, T. Bradley, 29; R. Hayes, J. Wilson, S. Hunt, 22; total, 105.

Huthwaite U.D.C. v. I and R. Morley.- Played on I and R Morley's Ground. Scores-
Huthwaite.- C.H. Coupe, J. Wilson, J. Smith, 31; E. Coleman, R. Hayes, S. Gascoigne, 23; W. Webb, T. Dobb, T. Bradley, 30; J. Stuart, H. Baxter, B. Hill, 14; total; 98.


  The death took place at Huthwaite early on Wednesday morning of Mrs. Millicent Barton, of 5, Unwin Street, who passed away with remarkable suddenness.
  It appears that deceased went to bed on Tuesday evening, apparently in her usual state of health, but shortly after midnight she complained of pains and feeling unwell. Dr. Vance, of Huthwaite, was summoned, but when he arrived he pronounced life extinct. Death was due to natural causes - heart failure - and no inquest was deemed necessary.

Written 13 Jun 12 Revised 13 Jun 12 © by Gary Elliott