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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - November 17th 1933

Services at War Memorial and Church.

  At the invitation of the Chairman of the Sutton Urban District Council (Mr. A. Thompson) the usual Armistice parade was held on Sunday morning, when members of the Council and officials, together with representatives of the several other organisations in the town, paraded to the War Memorial in the Cemetery, where a short service was held, and subsequently attended service at the Victoria Street Congregation Church, where the Roll of Honour was read. .....


  Large numbers attended the remembrance service held at Huthwaite. In preparation for service at the Parish Church, a procession was formed at the Market Place, including Urban District Councillors, members of the British Legion under Quartermaster Parton; Girl Guides with their colours (Capt. Chapman), Boy Scouts (Assistant Scoutmasters Golding, Newman and Harrison) and the New Hucknall Colliery Ambulance Division (Ambulance Officer Rallings and Sergeant Straw). the procession was marshalled by Divisional Officer Murfin and Adjutant Blow.
  An impressive service was held at the Parish Church, where an eloquent sermon was preached by the Rev. W.L. Boulton, in which he paid a glowing tribute to those who suffered and sacrificed during the war. The Lessons were read by Councillor Goodall, and the hymns included "Soldiers of Christ, arise."   "Lord of our life" and "Rejoice the Lord is King."

Roll of Honour.

  The Roll of Honour was read and the service concluded with the National Anthem. The colours of the Girl Guides were carried in the procession through the nave and reposed in the chancel during the service. The church had been beautifully adorned with multi coloured chrysanthemums, and the organ music was rendered by Mr. E. Lowe.
  The procession was continued to the War Memorial where a brief ceremony was held. The customary prayers were recited by the Vicar, and the "Last Post" was sounded by Mr. A. Spencer and Mr. E. England (Sutton).
  Wreaths or crosses of laurel on poppies were placed on the memorial by Councillor Lowe (U.D.C.), Quartermaster Parton (British Legion), Patrol Leader Dickens (Girl Guides), Asst.-S.M. Harrison (Boy Scouts) and Lance-Corpl. Alcock (New Hucknall Colliery Ambulance Division).
  Girl Guide Nancy Newman placed a wreath to the memory of Pte. Tom Newman, and a number of other floral tributes of a private character were left.
  The Huthwaite Branch of the League of Nations Union took advantage of the day to hold peace services in the Sherwood Street Methodist Church. The sermons were preached by the Rev. F.A. Street (Nottingham) and special music was rendered by the choir, including the "Hymn of Peace."

Question of Purchase of Housing Site.

The question of the proposed purchase of a housing site was the subject of a good deal of discussion at the monthly meeting of Huthwaite Urban District Council on Tuesday evening, when Councillor F.C. Sowter presided. Other members present were Councillors J. Davies, T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J. Potter, J. Iball, S. Allcock, A. Wilson, M. Betts, J. Peters, W. Clarke, J.G. Wright, D.D. Bonser and W.E. Hancock.

Objection to Proposal.

  Mr. Betts objected to the proposed purchase of the housing site on Beech Avenue. He contended that if the Council bought this site they would be hindering a private speculator. He did not object to progress in housing, but as they had done a lot of work up Harper Lane he thought they ought to carry on there and leave other sites for builders who were prepared to build and sell. He moved that the minute instructing the purchase of the land be deleted.
  Mr. Lowe seconded. He said the Council had called the builders together and asked them to try and build homes according to the Minister's request, and them the Council bought the best sites. He knew a builder who was trying to buy the site on Beech Avenue and the speaker thought they ought to let him have it.
  Mr. Betts: We ought to help those who are prepared to spend money and build houses for sale. They are assisting us to increase our population, and that is what was want to do. We objected to a man building some time ago, and since then he has built over 300 houses outside the town, and is still at it.

Interests of the Ratepayers.

  Mr. Davies, speaking in support of the minute, said as a representative of the ratepayers of the parish, he considered the buying of suitable sites for the erection of houses by the Council as much in the interests of the ratepayers as of any other person, whether the houses were for selling or letting. They were applying to build 40 houses under the Wheatley Act and the Harper Lane site was required for these. In addition, under their five year programme of slum clearance, they proposed to demolish 39 houses. They had no site for houses to replace these, and it was up to the Council to buy the best possible site for that purpose. It must be in the best interests of the ratepayers and everybody generally that this be done, and the proposed site was one of the best in the neighbourhood.
  "Why should we buy back land and leave front land for speculators?" asked Mr. Davies. "Everyone has an equal opportunity to buy and build where he likes, and it is our bounden duty as a Council that we should buy the best possible sites."
  Mr. Clarke supported Mr. Davies, saying that the proposed site was a finer one than the Harper Lane site, in purchasing which they had had some trouble. They would not have any trouble with the purchase of the Beech Avenue site.
  "We are here for the ratepayers," observed Mr. Clarke, "and the ratepayers need our attention, which I trust we shall give them."

Their Bounden Duty.

  The Chairman endorsed the remarks made by Mr. Davies, every word he had said being the truth. The Harper Lane site was already ear-marked and consequently the Council had no site under the Slum Clearance Act, and it was their bounden duty to provide a site. As this land was in the market they has as much right to purchase it as a Council as any private speculator. Even private speculators gave credit to the Council for the consideration given to them.
  "We have been publicly congratulated in the Press as being the only local Council who were prepared to give support to the private builders." remarked the Chairman. " Therefore we cannot be charged that we are hindering or hampering them. At the same time, we have been building for a number of years, and it is our duty to buy land, which is much cheaper to-day than it has been. I think we are taking the right step in endeavouring to buy this land."
  Mr. Betts said he did not object to houses being built, and they always found him voting for houses in certain places. But they would not find him voting for a site when they had one already. They had spent a good deal of money on the Harper Lane site in laying gas and electricity and they were only just beginning to get it back. He was prepared to support 40 houses being erected there, but he was not prepared to support the purchase of the Beech Avenue site, because he believed speculators were prepared to come forward and build there and so assist the Council in connection with the provision of houses.

Names Recorded.

  "This land will cost £550 and is sufficient for 20 houses," added Mr. Betts. "Have we ever given so much per house before? Where are we going to get to? It is time we looked these things in the face."
  Mr. Lowe said he still supported the amendment that the minute be deleted, and on a vote being taken five voted in favour of the amendment and nine against.
  Mr. Davies moved the names be recorded, and Mr. Betts seconded, the meeting being unanimous.
  Members were then asked to vote again and Messrs. Betts, Lowe, Wright, Wilson and Goodall were for the amendment, and Messrs. Sowter, Davies, Potter, Bonser, Allcock, Iball, Peters, Clarke and Hancock against it.
  Reporting on the proposed pail closet conversion scheme, the Clerk said a list of owners agreeing to the scheme and their properties had been compiled, and the total number of conversions were 304, and the total cost at £6 10s. each would be £1,976 10s. The Clerk suggested that the Council could borrow sufficient money to commence the scheme, and then the cost would come in as the owners paid their share.
  Mr. Lowe: The Council's share would be two-thirds of the total cost?
  The Clerk: yes, £1,317 13s. 4d.
  Mr. Davies remarked that the proposed conversions were approximately one-third of the total in the parish, which was just over 900.

Naming a Road.

  On the proposition of Mr. Lowe, seconded by Mr. Davies, it was agreed that the Clerk negotiate a loan of £1,000 to commence the scheme.
  The question of naming the Crescent on Chesterfield Road was next considered.
  Mr. Davies thought they ought to couple the old name with the Crescent and call it Tyburn Crescent.
  Mr. Lowe proposed Strawberry Avenue. It had always been known as Strawberry Bank as far as he could remember, and he thought the name ought to be retained. If they had too many crescents there would be some confusion.
  Mr. Wilson said he was sorry the name Woodland was likely to be dropped. He referred to the late Messrs. A.C. and D.C. Evans, who were born at Woodland Cottages, and he thought it would be very nice if the name could be retained because it was associated with such a highly respected family, whom some of them knew so well.
  Mr. Davies said he would withdraw his suggestion in favour of Mr. Wilson's, and it was unanimously decided that the names Woodland Avenue and Strawberry Bank be adopted, it being pointed out that two names would be necessary as the numbers of the houses in the Crescent were duplicated.
  Mr. Hancock: It is about the first time we have ever been unanimous. (Laughter.)
  Quotations for the supply of shrubs for the Park were considered, and it was agreed that that of Mr. Smith, of Matlock, be accepted provisionally.

Straying Cattle.

  Mr. Potter and the Chairman referred to damage done by straying cattle, and it was agreed that the owners of the cattle be ascertained and written to, asking them to fence in the beasts.
  Mr. Betts asked if a resolution had ever been passed to the effect that anyone paying £1 could have a key to a Council house. It had been brought to his notice that a certain person had been told by a member round that table that he could have a key for £1.
  The Chairman: Name him.
  Mr. Betts: No, if the cap fits he can wear it.
  The Chairman: Well, it is grossly unfair; we are all under suspicion.
  Mr. Clarke: There is only one person immune, and that is Mr. Betts.
  Mr. Davies: I think we ought to treat this like an anonymous letter-put it behind the fire and those who bring them.
  Mr. Betts: I ony wanted to know if we had passed a resolution to that effect. Now I can tell them we have not.
  Mr. Iball said there had never been such a resolution passed there, although it had been mentioned that some other councils made a charge when a tenant had a key.
  The Chairman: I hope you are not trying to bring up an election scare, Mr. Betts. You know these stunts don't carry now.


  The annual chrysanthemum show at the "Shoulder of Mutton," took place on Saturday, but was much below previous years in interest. Growers had either exhibited their blooms at more pretentious shows or had devoted them to Armistice Day celebrations. Anyway there was a disappointing entry, and the three winners were: C. Butterworth, S. Butterworth and A. Harrison.

  The New Street Council School held a rummage sale on Friday with a view to providing funds for the children's tea at Christmas. The parents and friends of the scholars sent liberal gifts of surplus household commodities, and there was a good attendance of buyers. Assisting the school staff in the marking off and selling departments, were Mrs. E. Wilson Hill, Mrs. E. Oxley and Mrs. Simpson. Just over £5 was taken.

  Remembrance Day was observed at the Blackwell Road Schools on Friday morning. The whole of the scholars and staff were assembled in the playground, the Headmaster (Mr. C. Bonsall) having charge of the proceedings, which included the singing (unaccompanied) of "God Save the King" and "O God our help." The Headmaster recited the customary prayers, read Earl Haig's message, and gave a brief address on patriotism. The school's Roll of Honour was not forgotten.

  In aid of the Common Road Schools' Christmas treat the annual whist drive, organised by the Headmistress (Miss J. Kitchen) and staff, was held on Wednesday evening, and was a gratifying success. In addition to the practical help of people who gave the refreshments and prizes nearly 80 played whist, the M.C. being Mr. C. Bonsall. The Rev. W.L. Boulton was present, and a party of friends from Sutton, including Mr. W. Kitchen (who presented the prizes), Mrs. J. Kitchen, Mrs. H. Walton and Mrs. A. Walton. The winners were:-1, Miss Winnie Newman; 2, Miss Millie Fox; Mrs. Leah and Mrs. Fitchett (equal third); 1, Mr. J. Kitchen; 2, Mr. H. Walton; 3, Mrs. G. Bostock, junior, playing as gent. Hidden numbers; Mrs H.A. Simpson and Mrs. Parr (playing as gent.) ... The enjoyable evening merited the £10 which was aimed at being obtained.

  A successful two-days' effort on behalf of the Trust funds was held at the New Fall Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday. On the former day a social was held in the schoolroom. The time was passed in games and community singing, the pianist being Mr. J.W. Allsop. On Sunday the preacher was mr. A. Eggleshaw (Annesley) and musical programmes were provided by the Male Voice Choir, directed by Mr. J. Colley. Mr. Eggleshaw presided at the afternoon concert, ..... The accompanist was Mr. W.H. Allsop and Mr. J.W. Allsop played Handel's 'Largo,' while quartettes were given by Messrs. Hardy, Marshall, Spencer and Colley. At the evening service choir, quartette and soloists were again in evidence. Mr. Matthews gave "Abide with Me," Mr. Scothern "Arm, Arm, ye brave," In the evening Mr. W.H. Allsop was again the accompanist and Mr. J.W. Allsop played for the congregational singing. There were good congregations, and the offertories were very satisfactory.


  Before Mr. A. H. Bonser (in the chair), Mr. F.F. Hibbert, Mr. W. Pickard, Mr. F.H. Ellis.

Railway Trespass

  Admitting having trespassed on the L.N.E. Railway at Huthwaite on October 29th, Harold Draycott, of 64, Common Side, Huthwaite, was fined 10s. 6d.
  P.c. Turner said he was on duty in the Colliery sidings at Huthwaite at one a.m. on the date in question, when he saw defendant on a railway truck laden with coal. Asked what he was doing, Draycott replied "I have just come for a bit of coal," and when asked if he knew he was trespassing, he replied "Yes."
  An official of the Railway Company said the charge was brought because of the damage done by trespassers and the amount of coal stolen. ...


  The Parish Church offertories on Sunday morning amounted to £2 12s. 1d., which were a penny less than last year. The week-end poppy sales brough in £21 18s. 10d., which was over a pound less than last year, but very satisfactory.


  Hall -On the 14th inst., Eliza Ann Hall, Barker Street, 55 years.
  Hall -On the 15th inst., Hester Hall, Chesterfield Road, 56 years.
  Turner 0n the 15th inst., Sarah Turner, Common road, 93 years.


  The oldest resident in Huthwaite and probably of the immediate district, Mrs. Sarah Turner, aged 93 years, passed away on Monday at 100 Common Road, the residence of her only surviving son, Mr. C.H. Turner, with whom she had lived for the past eight years. Despite her great age, the deceased had been in fairly good health until quite recently, and, although her sight had been failing, she had been able to get about indoors.
  She was born at Newbold on March 1st. 1840, and was a day school headmistress and prominent Church worker at Chesterfield over 50 years ago. Practically the whole of her life, with the exception of the few years mentioned, was spent in that district where she had naturally seen many changes. Her husband died many years ago, and one son died at the age of 61, while the remaining son, Mr. C.H. Turner, had been on the New Hucknall Colliery clerical staff for 40 years.


  The annual tea and prize distribution, of the Huthwaite U.D.C. Bowling club was held on Saturday in the Free Library Lecture Hall, kindly lent by the Council. Mr. C.H. Coupe presided, and a large gathering of old and new members sat down to a well served tea, ably catered for by Mesdames A. Purdy, J. Smith, T. Bradley, T. Thompson, W. Webb, T. Dobb, A. Herrod and A. Hunt.
  The president spoke on the ambitions of the Club, and a two minutes' silence was observed in regard for the fallen in the Great War.
  The toast, "The Huthwaite U.D.C. Bowling Club," was proposed by Councillor M. Betts, who referred to the concessions granted to the unemployed by the Council, and wished the club every success. Mr. F. Dyment responded.
  The "E. Lowe" Club Championship Cup and voucher were won for the third year by Mr. T. Bradley, to whom Mrs. C.H. Coupe handed over the awards. She also presented a voucher to Mr. C. Wheeler, who had shown the best results for a novice.
  Councillor W. Clarke submitted the toast, "The visitors," to which Mr. A. Herrod responded and "The President" was toasted by Mr. A. Hall (secretary of the Mansfield and District Bowls League).
  An interesting programme was contributed by Messrs. W. Fox, F. Maxwell, J. Wright, H. Bradley, Councillor S. Allcock, Miss D. Holland, Miss J. Bingham. A vote of thanks to the artistes and committee was proposed by Councillor M. Betts, the Secretary (Mr. T. Bradley) responding. Thanks were accorded the lady helpers on the proposition of Mr. J. Harrison, Mrs. A. Purdy replying.

Huthwaite Happenings.

  In connection with the New Hucknall Colliery Cricket Club a smoking concert was given at the Portland Arms, Huthwaite. The chair was occupied by Mr. H. Holt, who was supported by Messrs. J. Fox, J. Keeling, C.H. Turner and others. The artistes were Messrs. L. Scott, A. Farrands, H. Slack, Cl???? Wilton, T. Scott and W. Caunt. The programme comprised songs, duets, trios, mandoline solos, etc. Mr. H. Wood accompanied on the piano.
  The annual dinner of the Huthwaite Horticultural Society was held at the White Hart Inn, where about 70 members were catered for by the Host and Hostess (Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence). Mr. A.R. Lowe was voted to the chair after the cloths had been drawn, and a toast list was gone through. In replying to the toast, "The President, Vice-Presidents, Committee and Subscribers," proposed by Mr. W. Bostock, Mr. M. Beardall (secretary) gave the financial result of the recent show, which made the Society's balance at the bank £40. Songs were rendered by Messrs. T. Scott, A. Allsop, W. King and A. Smith. Several gramaphone selections were also given. Mr. S. Marriott was at the piano.

Animated Pictures at Sutton

 "The advancement of animated pictures is strikingly pronounced at the Town Hall, Sutton, and there is no doubt that these pictures are as fine as can be produced. ....

Written 15 Feb 13 Revised 15 Feb 13 © by Gary Elliott