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a weeks news dated - May 26th 1933

Huthwaite Villa's Success.


On Saturday evening the first annual dinner of the Huthwaite Villa Football Club took place at headquarters, the White Swan Inn, Huthwaite, a first-rate repast being provided by Host and Hostess Cook. About 60 sat down, and with three cups and two dozen miniatures on the tables, there was not much room for many other decorations.
  The gathering included Councillor F.C. Sowter, J.P., Messrs. L. Heath (League Secretary), H. Hall (League Financial Secretary), E. Frost (referee), J.C. Jordan (Board of Management), J. Slack and S. Herrod (former well-known local players), and the Villa's officials and trainer (Mr. J. Bowler). Also present was Mr. G. Reeves, senior, who, having three sons in the Villa team, referred to himself as "the old bird."

A Record.

  Councillor Sowter presided after dinner, and said he was once a footballer himself, but the club he played with had not the distinction of winning a cup. The Huthwaite Villa Club had won three cups, which he believed was a record for any club registered in Huthwaite for the first year of its formation. He thought that stood out as unique, and it had only been accomplished by the absolute loyalty of the team on the field and also to its officials and supporters in general.
  One could realise the pluck necessary to win three cups, and there must have been to some extent individually. They were living in times when there was plenty of time to play and having regard to that he hoped and trusted that Huthwaite would turn out in the near future some prominent footballers, as in the past. He hoped the Club would not be content to rest on the season's particular laurels, but would go on and gain more successes.

Wonderful Team Spirit.

  Mr. Hall, proposing the toast, "The Club and Officials," thanked them on behalf of himself and his colleagues for the invitation to the dinner, and congratulated the club on winning double honours in the League in their first year. He had been present at several of their matches, and had noticed the wonderful team spirit that obtained in the club. The whole of the praise, however, must not go to the players. They had in Mr. Barnes, in his (the speaker's) estimation, one of the most energetic and enthusiastic of secretaries, and on several occasions they had been willing to help him when there was anything he wanted to know.
  The speaker also congratulated the Villa on winning the Stanton Hill and Teversal Nursing Cup in the face of such stiff opposition. He mentioned that they were one of the twelve clubs which had gained 100 per cent. of marks for the League's Sportsmanship Cup, which could not be presented owing to so many teams qualifying for it. Although they had won double honours they were sportsmen to say they would go in for bigger fish next year in the Division 2 of the League. It had been said that they had won three cups, but they had won 27 cups in one season.

A Splendid Achievement.

  Mr. B. Lee (Chairman) said they had done well in winning the cups and he thought they would do better still next year. He hoped they would carry on the same as they had done in the past.
  Mr. L. Heath, before presenting the trophies, said he would like to endorse the remarks of Mr. Hall and the representatives of the League. It had been a very successful season. Referring to the Nursing Cup final, he said that as their League Secretary and the referee on that occasion, he was glad that whatever happened they bowed to his decisions and he congratulated them on winning the cup.
  It had been suggested that there was a lack of sportsmanship, some influence at work to deprive the Villa of a leading position in the village. He suggested that they take no notice of it, whoever was contemplating it. The senior section of the League in question was already formed, and a club from Huthwaite had no possible chance. Whoever was running that club should try to create a good sporting feeling.

Fresh Competition.

  He wanted to thank Mr. Barnes for his co-operation. Unless they got good secretaries they had a lot of trouble. He was one of the best and always willing to learn. They would be interested to know that eight or nine new applications had been received for Division 3 for next season, so there would be some fresh competition. They looked forward to the Villa coming in with them again.
  Mr. Heath then presented the three cups and twenty-four miniatures to the following players:- F.G. Brooks, R. Williams, L. Smith, W. Griffiths, captain, W. Collins, A. Cooke, A. Buxton, G. Reeves, E. Reeves, L. Reeves, W. Cook and J.G. Barnes (secretary).
  Knock-out cups:- A. Palethorpe, R. Williams, L. Smith, W. Griffiths, captain, A. Buxton, W. Collins, L. Reeves, W. Cook, G. Reeves, E. Reeves, J. Etherington, and S. Hunt.
  Medals for the Nursing Cup are also due, one going to C. Arrowsmith.
  Mr. Barnes said it was his first years as a secretary for any club, but it would not be the last. He thanked Mr. Heath and his officials because they had always been willing to assist him when he was in doubt.

Top Scorer.

  G. Reeves, he pointed out, was top scorer in the League, and they hoped to get in the second Division what they had got last season. He thanked the League officials and Mr. Heath for their kind remarks.
  Mr. J.C. Jordan said it gave him great pleasure to be present on such a pleasant occasion. It was a good break enjoying oneself in a friendly manner, instead of putting punishments on clubs at a committee meeting. They appreciated Mr. Barnes' remarks about the League officials very highly.
  A vote of thanks to the Host and Hostess was moved by Mr. J. Slack. Of the club he said there must have been a wonderful team spirit. Footballers had to play collectively, not individually. The secretary, players and everybody had all been one happy family. Mr. S. Herrod, seconding, spoke of the assistance given to the club by Mr. Cooke, and also of the public support, both on and off the field. All hoped that next season they would win three cups again.
  Mr. A. Blythe (Stanton Hill) created a good deal of merriment with his ventriloquial display and the pianist was Mr. A. Froggatt (a member of the club).


On attaining his 70th birthday on Friday a well-known Huthwaite resident, and an old soldier, Ex-Regt. Q.M.S. James Golding, unfolds a stirring story of active service under the British flag in various parts of the world. Very few "rankers" have spent so long a period abroad, gained so many distinctions or travelled so far to various theatres of war.
  Mr. Golding enlisted in London in January, 1883, being 19 years of age, and was posted to the Devonshire Regiment. He was in Ireland nearly a year, and sailed for India in the "Euphrates" in December, 1883. The ship struck on the rocks near Gibraltar, but all aboard were taken off safe. The vessel did not sink, and after repairs proceeded to India, where Mr. Golding spent ten years. During this time he went on the expedition to Burma under Sir George Wolseley in 1891, and also volunteered for service with the north-eastern frontier Expeditionary Force. He was sent to Egypt in 1893, and returned to England the same year.

Return to India.

  In 1895 he returned to India, taking with him his wife, whom he had married on his return home. Mrs. Golding spent ten years in India, and having shared her husband's lot so far from home will now share his retirement. During his second period in India Mr. Golding served in the Tirah campaign, and in 1899 he went with the Indian contingent to South Africa, where he was one of the garrison in Ladysmith and lived on horseflesh and mealies. He went back to India in 1902, and returned to England finally in 1905 with his family, a pension and the rank of sergeant, having held his three stripes for 14 years.
  He had served about 23 years in all and the officer commanding the Devons gave him a personal gift of £30 in cash for serving abroad. The recipient wisely laid his money out in furniture for his house, and one could buy a great deal with £30 then. Out of a family of ten, four are now left. Two of the children sleep under Indian skies.

Service in 1914-1918.

  After a few years of Army employment, Mr. Golding found work at Tibshelf Collieries, and has worked there and resided in Huthwaite since 1909. In 1914 he offered himself for service with the Sherwood Foresters, was transferred to a Labour Battalion and from 1916 to 1918 was in France, where he became Regimental Q.M.S. He was in action at Arras and afterwards had charge of a prisoners of war camp at Dorchester.
  Mr. Golding belonged to the Sutton Old Comrades' Association under the late Q.M.S. Burrows, and is now a member of the Tibshelf British Legion. He possesses seven medals and nine bars, including Burma, N.E. Frontier, Punjauh, Tirah, South Africa (Defence of Ladysmith), the Good Conduct and Long Service medals.
  On his birthday he received from the officers and men of the Devon Regiment Old Comrades' Association at Exeter a letter of good wishes with a handsome volume of the Regiment's history and a postal order to buy a momento. Among his souvenirs are a chocolate box which Queen Victoria sent to the troops in South Africa, and the Christmas box of Princess Mary (as she was then) to the men in France.
  Mr. Golding has, with his 70th birthday, given up active work, and proposes to write out in detail the whole of his career as a recreation. In any case one may hope that both he and Mrs. Golding will enjoy a long and peaceful retirement which, as the foregoing notes show, they have thoroughly deserved.


A meeting of the Huthwaite District Nursing Association was held in the Free Library on Thursday evening. Councillor E.H. Lowe presided, and there were present Mesdames L. Hill (Secretary), Adwick, Coupe, Evans, Robotham, Mitchell, W. Hill, Flint, and Richards. Nurse Dickens was also present part of the time, having a matter which needed immediate consideration to bring before the members.
  Correspondence from the Shire Hall was read to the effect that in future the Nurse's attendances at the Child Welfare Centre must reach 75 per cent. or the grant would be withheld. At the local centre there was a wide margin on the safe side, the Secretary stating that the Nurse's percentage of attendances had been over 90.

Purchase of Bath Chair.

  A letter was received from Nurse Chadburn asking for a fee of 10s. 6d. for holding herself in readiness during Nurse Dickens' holiday. This modest retaining fee was readily allowed by the Committee, who also decided that during future holidays a temporary nurse be engaged.
  Opinion was expressed - not for the first time - that a new bath chair would considerably assist the work of the Association, and after inspecting catalogues which the secretary had obtained a bath chair to cost about eight guineas was decided on.
  The report of the Nurse's visits for the previous half year was as follows:- General visits, 973; midwifery, 379; maternity, 168; casual, 53; ante-natal, 97; total, 1,670.
  This being the first meeting since the death of Mr. Simeon Watson, J.P. the first Chairman of the Association and one of its most consistent supporters, Mrs. Adwick proposed that his memory be honoured, and this was done by the members standing in silence.


The flag in aid of the funds of the Nottingham Hospital was conducted on Saturday, the takings amounting to £7 7s. There was a good number of collectors, under the supervision of Mrs. H.A. Simpson, who has been interested in this effort for many years. The helpers included Misses Naylor, L. Forster, K. Searson, Marjorie Wright, Joan Abbott, Mary Ensor, Brown, Eunice Hargreaves, Betty Oxley and friend. Collections were taken at the four schools, the C.W.S. Factory and Messrs. Betts and Broughton. Mr. T. Goodall again acted as scrutineer of the boxes, and the shops of Mrs. Kay, Mrs. C. Evans and Mr. Spaanderman were used as depots. In view of the financial conditions in the locality the sum forwarded was considered to be very satisfactory.

At a Women's Own effort in the Sherwood Street Church on Sunday, the speaker was Miss Burden of Bulwell, a lady who has spent half a century in evangelistic work. There was a very good attendance at the afternoon meeting, which was presided over by Mrs. L. Hill, and Miss Burden told the story of her own life, and her activities in social and religious work of all kinds. The choir sang the anthem "My soul truly waiteth" in pleasing style. At the evening service Miss Burden was the preacher, and spoke in convincing fashion on the subject "What prayer meant to Jesus." She pointed out that prayer was not merely words, but communion with something higher than oneself. The singing of the choir was again a feature, ... the organist being Mr. N. Evans.

The Huthwaite Branch of the League of Nations Union, through Mr. A.C. Smith (Secretary), draws attention to "Goodwill Day," when the junior members greet one another with the following message. "In this springtime of 1933 there are, all over the earth, millions of children who are unhappy because their fathers and brothers have no work to do. We do no know why there should be so much sorrow in the world which is so beautiful, and so much want in a world which is so rich. We believe that this would not happen if all the nations together as members of one family, trusting each other and enjoying together the riches of the earth... etc.


An impressive and picturesque ceremony took place at the "Portland Arms" on Tuesday evening when Bro. A.M. Dobb, of the Sherwood Foresters Lodge , R.A.O.B., was raised to the second degree. There was a large attendance of members and officers from the district, many in regalia, and the full display of the privileges of the Order made the spectacle of particular interest. The following lodges were represented: Hunt Lodge, Westhouses, Duke of York Sir Arthur Marsh Lodge, Skegby, Sam Hunt Lodge, Kirkby, Fackley Bar Lodge, Teversal, and Ireton Lodge, Belper. The Provincial Grand Primo of Derby and Immediate Past P.G.P. Bro. Lewis, Wolstencroft were present, and the latter gave an interesting speech on Buffaloism. The ceremony was performed by Br. J. Bunfield, K.O.M., P.G.P., Mansfield and District Province, assisted by his officers. Afterwards an enjoyable evening was spent in harmony, the brethren contributing to it being Sir Edward Stone, Bros. Brunt, Limb, Carlin, Knowles and Jenkins.

Remarkable Development in Hosiery Manufacture.


An invention which is considered by experts to be the greatest improvement in hosiery manufacture since 1864 has just been patented by Mr. S. Holt, of the Huthwaite Hosiery Manufacturing Company, where he holds the position of mechanic, and it is anticipated that the discovery will have revolutionary effects in the making of hose.

Simplification and Increased Speed.

  The invention has been granted British rights, the patent number being 391990, and foreign rights are also covered throughout the principal countries of the world interested in the hosiery business. Mr. Holt has been working on his invention for a number of years, making his experiments on a small model at his home, but during the past eighteen months he has been carrying on his work in conjunction with the Huthwaite Hosiery Manufacturing Co., and after much time, thought and investigation has succeeded in making an improvement to what is known as the flat frame knitting machine.
  Whilst it is not possible to go into details of the invention, it might be explained that the principal feature is a simplification of the machine, and at the same time a great increase in speed, but which is considered quite safe. To achieve this simplified working, certain movements have been cut out of the old machines, and under the new system there is less danger of breakages and consequent delay. In addition, the improvement provides for the manufacture of a fabric which will rank amongst the foremost in the world, and the invention is one for which the trade has been looking for many years.

Conversion of Machine.

  Another very important point is that it allows for the conversion of old machines, and thus allowing of a finer gauge without the necessity of buying new machines, which is a very great advantage, particularly to smaller manufacturers. As proof of this, it might be mentioned that during the past eighteen months the experiments were made at the Huthwaite factory on a fifty years' old machine which formerly belonged to the old firm of S.W. Betts and Sons, and the demonstrations of the invention have been carried out with complete success on this machine.
  The invention has created great interest in hosiery manufacturing circles, for it is declared by experts to be a very important step forward in the matter of hosiery production. The patent rights are vested with Mr. Holt and others connected with the Huthwaite Hosiery Co.


  A lame horse which was found working on the Huthwaite Road, Sutton, on May 1st was the subject of a prosecution at Mansfield Petty Sessions yesterday, Jas. Phillips, 60 Main Street, Huthwaite, being charged with working it whilst in an unfit state, and Ernest Evans of 20 Phoenix Street, Sutton, with aiding and abetting.
  P.c. Botherway said he saw Phillips in charge of the horse attached to a cart and noticed it was very lame on the off side fore legs. He examined it and also found lameness on the near side hind leg. It was in a weak condition and sweating, although the weather was cold. The foot was feverish and steaming. Defendant said he bought the horse on April 28th from Evans, and paid £9 for it. It was the first time he had had the horse out, he said.
  Inspector Sweeney, of the R.S.P.C.A., said the horse was suffering from ringbone on the off fore foot and was quite unfit for work. Phillips said he bought the horse from Evans on the previous Friday, but he could now see that the animal was lame. Witness then saw Evans about the mare and he declared it was all right when he sold it. He knew it was going to be worked.
  Mr. T. Ludlow, veterinary surgeon, of Mansfield, said the ringbone was of long standing and the horse was not fit for any kind of work.
  Mrs. Phillips said her husband took the horse back because of its lameness, and had lost £6 10s. on it. Evans told the Bench the horse was all right when he sold it to Phillips.
  The Bench fined Phillips 21s. and ordered him to pay two guineas veterinary's fee, and Evans 21s.


Before Mr. W. Mattley (chair) and Mr. C.H. Coupe.

Rode Bicycles on Sutton Lawn.

  Two Huthwaite youths, Kenneth Lee, of 132, Blackwell Road, and William Radford, of 126 Blackwell Road, were charged with having ridden bicycles on the Lawn Pleasure Grounds at Sutton, contrary to the Sutton Council bye laws on March 30th.
  P.c. Graham said when he pulled up defendants for riding on a footpath in the Lawn, both said they did not know they were committing an offence. A fine of 7s. 6. was imposed on each defendant.


Huthwaite is likely to be well in the lime-light in the near future so far as hosiery manufacture is concerned. An invention which has been developed at the Huthwaite Hosiery Company's works is anticipated to be of such importance as to completely revolutionise certain methods of production, experts having expressed the opinion that the patent recently taken out covers the most important invention in this industry since 1864. This is a remarkable achievement on the part of the inventor, Mr. S. Holt, who is a mechanic with the company, and he is to be heartily congratulated on the success attained. His research and experimenting have resulted in not only simplifying the flat-frame knitting machine now in use, but also it works, combined with the production of a fabric second to none. The inventor has, indeed, made a discovery the like of which has been long sought after. The story of the invention is a very interesting one. Mr. Holt first conducted his researches and experiments on a small home made machine assembled from various kinds of materials, and then he developed his idea on an old machine at the Huthwaite Hosiery Co.'s works which had seen service for some fifty years. And in this connection arises another important factor in the invention. It is such that it can be adapted to machines at present in use, and his enterprise and that of others connected with it, and with whom the rights of the patent have been vested, are likely to be fully rewarded.


At Hucknall Huthwaite.

  The Wesleyan, Free Church and Primitive Methodist Sunday Schools at Hucknall Huthwaite joined in processioning the village on Whit-Monday, and sang their hymns at various places, as well as in the Market Place. Tea was provided in the schoolroom for the scholars, who afterwards enjoyed themselves in recreative games.
  A similar gathering took place on the following Wednesday, when the Church scholars headed by the Prize Band, sang their hymns in the Market Place, Mr. Boardman conducting.


  Jones - Thompson -On the 20th inst., at the Parish Church, Sutton, by the Rev. W.A.R. Braybrooke, William Jones to Edith Thompson, both of Hucknall Huthwaite.
  Kemp - Wilmott -On the 20th inst., John Thomas Kemp, of Sutton, to Priscilla Wilmott, of Hucknall Huthwaite.

Written 26 May 1933 Revised 19 Jun 12 © by Gary Elliott