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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - January 12th 1934

Minister of Health's Decision.

  The decision of the Minister of Health in reference to the proposals of the Notts. County Council for the alterations of boundaries was made known on Saturday, and in future Sutton will assume aa much more important status. In addition to the population being increased by over 12,000, the acreage has been more than doubled, and, with Sutton, Huthwaite, Skegby and Stanton Hill, Teversal and Fulwood forming one local government district, it should not be long before a Charter of Incorporation is obtained.

County Council Proposals Confirmed.

  By his decision, the Minister has confirmed in their entirety the proposals which were made by the County Council for the linking up of the districts, and though the scheme put forward met with considerable opposition on the part of the districts to lose their identity as a separate administrative authority, there is every reason to believe that now it has been definitely decided that Sutton shall take over the neighbouring districts all will work together amicably for the good of the inhabitants.
  Briefly, the proposal put forward by the County Council as affecting Sutton and her neighbours was to disestablish the Urban District of Huthwaite and to add it, together with the parishes of Fulwood, Skegby and Teversal, now part of the Skegby Rural District, to the Urban District of Sutton, the effect of the proposals being to increase Sutton from 4,879 acres, 25,151 population and £87,982 rateable value to 10,535 acres, 37,717 population and £126,652 rateable value.
  It is this scheme which has received approval, and, in addition, an area of sixty acres in Mansfield Borough adjoining Sutton has been added to the latter district. This will bring Sutton to the second largest area in the County, both as regards population and acreage. Mansfield comes first with a population of 46,070, whilst Newark has the greatest acreage. ....

Chairman's Suggestion for Sutton's First Mayor.

  "I am not going to say a great deal with regard to the boundaries' question," observed the Chairman of the Huthwaite Urban District Council (Mr. F. C. Sowter), when this matter was raised at the monthly meeting of the Council on Tuesday evening. "The changes have been discussed a good deal, and Mr. G. G. Bonser and Mr. C. H. Coupe, two old stalwarts, have already been discussing as to who is likely to be the first mayor, and I propose to send to Mr. Bonser these two lines:
  "I suppose you will elect from Sutton's choicest stock,
  "But seeing you've not a Browning, it may be you've a Scott."

"A Great Mistake."

  The other members present were Councillors E.H. Lowe, H.A. Simpson, J. Potter, S. Allcock, A. Wilson, M. Betts, J. Peters, J. Iball, J. Davis, W. Clarke and D.D. Bonser.
  The boundaries question came before the meeting when the following minute of the Finance and General Purposes Committee was read for confirmation:-
  The Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Health, dated 29th December 1933, enclosing the copy of a letter addressed by that Department to the Notts. County Council stating that the Ministry had confirmed the portion of the County Authority's report which recommended amalgamation of this Urban District with the neighbouring Urban District of Sutton-in-Ashfield, but stated that no date for such procedure had been named thereon.
  "Any comment?" asked the Chairman.
  Mr. Clarke: I should think there is some comment. Seeing that the County Council's report just recommends. I think they are absolutely recommending on the wrong horse when we have got 93.4 of the residents against joining with Sutton. I think it is a great mistake on the Ministry's part taking such steps. It is not as though we had anything to gain, and I cannot see how we have anything to gain. I think we ought to take steps against such resolutions.
  After asking if there were further comments on the subject and receiving none, the Chairman made the remark given above, and the matter was then closed.

Rent Arrears.

  Referring to the question of rent arrears, Mr. Clarke said all people in arrear ought to be more seriously dealt with. He found that people were getting very indifferent with regard to paying arrears, and they ought to be dealt with. It was not quite fair to let certain people off when people who were on the "dole" and had to go to the same market were paying. Steps ought to be taken to bring those in arrear up to the level of the others and to see that they did pay their way.
  The Press was asked to make a special note of the following minute of the Finance and General Purposes Committee: A letter was read from the L.M.S. Railway Co. stating that as from the 1st January, 1934, the free cartage boundary, for parcels and goods traffic at Sutton had been extended along Alfreton Road, Common Road and Blackwell Road, including the Chesterfield Road housing site, for which concession the Committee expressed their sincere thanks.
  A letter was read from 18 tenants of Council houses on Cross Lane applying for the installation of electric light. As electricity was in several houses, the tenants thought they were justified in making this application.
  The Chairman asked what they were to do about it, remarking that they could not supply all the Council houses with electricity. It was the tenants of the last new houses who were making the application.
  Mr. Clarke: I think we ought ot grant these tenants what they are asking for. Seeing that we are anticipating having a better gas supply than we are getting from Sutton. I think the other tenants will be satisfied when they get the new supply.
  Mr. Bonser moved that the letter be on the table until the next Housing Committee meeting, and this was agreed to.


  Mrs. H. Ensor, of 68, Sutton Road, is seriously ill, having suffered an unexpected relapse since her return home from hospital just over a week ago. On Thursday evening, however, there was a slight improvement, which it is sincerely hoped may be maintained.

  On Wednesday evening a whist drive in aid of the C.W.S. Football Club was held in the dining hall. The M.C.'s were Messrs. Holland and Daniels, and the winners were : Mrs. Wharmby; Mrs. C. Jordan; Mrs. Gelsthorpe; Mr. W. Bryan; Mr. Pratt; Mr. Cupit.

  A whist drive in aid of the unemployed was held by the Huthwaite U.W.O. in the Library on Monday evening. There was a very good attendance and the M.C.'s were Messrs. Bradley, Pratt and Bingham. The vouchers were won by the following:- Miss M. Vardy; Mrs. Hopkins (Sutton); Mr. A. Buxton; Mr. Goddard. ...

  Only a fortnight ago we recorded the death of Mrs. E.H. Pickaver, and now her brother, Mr. H. Wilson, who lived by himself in the house where he was born some 72 years ago, known as High Houses, has passed away. Deceased, who was a bachelor, was, in his early days, a winder, but subsequently decided to work at the bank at the New Hucknall Colliery, and continued there for nearly 45 years, until 1926. Owing to the fact that he was not a scholar, he was forced to decline taking the bank managership which was offered him. He was a conscientious worker, and could be relied on to carry out what was expected of him. He was a pigeon fancier, a hobby he took a great interest in. He succumbed to pneumonia on Friday, only being admitted in the Mansfield Infirmary the previous day (Thursday).
  His brother Jim was also a bachelor, and predeceased him 12 years ago. By his death only one member of the family is now left, namely Mr. Dewis Wilson, Mansfield, who is engaged in the hosiery trade, and who worked at Bleak Hills ever since leaving Huthwaite some 43 yeas ago. The funeral took place from his sister's house, 64, New Street, and the last rites were conducted in the Cemetery Chapel by his cousin, Mr. Alfred Wilson. The mourners were:- Mr. Dewis Wilson, brother; Ada and May (Mansfield); Mr. E. H. Pickaver, brother-in-law; Mrs. R. Johnson (Alfreton); Mrs. J. Slack (Sutton), nieces. The bearers were Messrs. H. Pickaver, Luke, Gershom, Dewis, Ernest and Jack Wilson (nephews), Mr. William Slack and Mr. George Weston (representing the Rising Star Lodge). Floral tributes were sent by Brother, Sister and family, Mansfield; Brother-in-law and nephew Arthur; Louisa, Jack, Harriet and family; Neighbours and Friends (Main Street); members Rising Star Lodge; Sarah, George and family (Teversal).


  A fire occurred on the premises of Mr. Stephen Gascoigne (draper), of 213, Sutton Road, Huthwaite, about 8.30 on Saturday night, and caused damage to the extent of over £3 to goods in a wicker hamper. The fire, which is thought to have been caused by a back draught from an oil stove, was discovered by Mrs. Gasoigne, who ran out of the shop shouting "Fire."
  P.c. Reddish, who was near at the time, went into the shop and, with the assistance of Hedley Hodgkinson, of Mill Lane, Huthwaite, put out the fire by means of a patent extinguisher and buckets of water.


  An accident which fortunately was not attended with serious results, occurred on Mansfield Road, Sutton, on Saturday night. John Colley, of 16, George Street, Huthwaite was driving a Supreme 'bus along the road, and after dimming his headlights to pass an approaching 'bus and motor car he saw a couple immediately in front of the 'bus.
  Colley swerved to try and avoid the couple but was unsuccessful, the rearside mudguard catching Sid Denby, of 38, Stanley Road, Mansfield, and knocking him down. Colley at once stopped the 'bus and went to the man, who said he was unhurt and continued walking to Sutton.


  On Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. W. Slack, who have had charge of the New Hucknall Institute for the past 14 years, gave a farewell supper to the members at the Institute. After supper a social evening was held, several of the guests rendering songs, while there were expressions of regret at Mr. and Mrs. Slack's departure from the Institute. They were thanked for the evening's entertainment, and received many good wishes for their future happiness and prosperity. Mr. and Mrs. Slack's new address is Oxford Street, Sutton.


  On Saturday the annual Christmas party for the Parish Church junior Sunday School children was held in the Common Road Schools. A large number of children assembled, and the following members of the Sunday School staff served tea, and supervised the proceedings: Mrs. J.B. Shaw (Supt), Misses A. Wilson, E. Lawrence, G. Wright, L. Stopps, I. Lucas, M. Moore and Mr. J. Wright (secretary). A concert and games followed tea, the accompanist being Mrs. Shaw. Solos were rendered by Miss Marjorie Bailey and Miss Dora Hibbert. A duet was given by Misses Hibbert and Winnie Smith and Miss Joyce Weston, and altogether a very pleasant time was spent. The proceeds were in aid of the Sunday School bazaar contributions, £10 being the sum aimed at. At present there is £4 2s. 3½d. in hand.


  Huthwaite Villa's team to meet Huthwaite United to-morrow is:- Brooks; Harris and Gascoigne; Brunt, Wilson and E. Reeves; L. Reeves, G. Reeves, Cook, Walters and Hall.

Section 'A'

Teversal Colliery, 3; Huthwaite C.W.S., 2
Huthwaite Peacock, 4; Ollerton Colliery Res 1.
Mansfield Invicta, 2; Huthwaite Villa, 1


Bentinck Colliery, 13; Huthwaite West End, 1

Section 'A'

Huthwaite C.W.S. v Reeves Sports, Referee Mr. A.E. Francis
Huthwaite United v Carsic Lane United, Referee Mr. A. Paget.
Spion Kop v Huthwaite Villa, Referee Mr. E. Evans.
R. Walton and Sons v Huthwaite Peacock, Referee M. S. Deneley


Huthwaite West End v Shoe Company, Referee Mr. G.E. Coleman


  At the invitation of the Sutton Social Service Council, members of the Lammas and Porter's Buildings Unemployment Centres and their wives were entertained to a tea and concert at the Baths, Sutton, yesterday, when, including the helpers, a company of approximately 750 partook of an excellent meat tea. There were two sittings, and an abundant supply of food was available, everybody having a read good 'feed.' ...


  At the annual meeting of the Nottinghamshire Insurance Committee, held at Nottingham, on Monday, Mr. A.P. Ecob and Mr. W.A. Staton were re-elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively.
  Mr. Ecob referred to the strenuous times through which the National Health Insurance had passed, and said the system of medical benefit had weathered all the storms and had established itself as a permanent and valuable feature of the life of the people.
  While many improvements had been made in the scheme since its inception, all were disappointed that it had not yet been found possible to include specialists, consultants, and nursing services for insured persons. Now that the economic conditions of the country were improving, it was hoped that the day would soon approach when it would be possible to improve and extend the service, so that every insured person would be able to secure the best services which medical science could provide.

175,000 Insured Persons.

  The medical service sub-committee had been called up to consider only two complaints against insurance practitioners during the year. In each case there was no evidence of neglect on the part of the people concerned.
  The number of insured persons on the committee's register on October 1st, 1933 was 175,100, against 105,000 in 1913, at the inception of the Act. The number of medical practitioners on the committee's list was 327, with an average of 516 people per doctor. The cost of medical treatment and drugs during the year was £73,400.
  During the year, 556,959 prescriptions were issued by the county insurance doctors and 3,198 of these were for insulin, at a cost of £1,015. 14s. 1d.
  It was reported that the Minister had confirmed the committee's decision to surcharge a chemist £1 in respect of a test prescription which was inaccurately dispensed. ..


  For many years the magnificent horses of the railway companies have carried off awards at horse shows, and for a long time were considered indispensible for the specialised requirements of the railway industry, but with the rapid rise to favour of the motor vehicle, the faithful horse is suffering partial eclipse.
  The needs of modern commerce, however, must be served, and where motor vans will give quicker delivery of traders' goods, the horse must give place. The railways have always been amongst the largest users of horses, and even now their stables house 14,632 animals, but at the present time some 6,000 motor delivery vans convey traders' goods between their works and railway goods yards. How rapidly the companies' collection and delivery services are becoming mechanised may be realised from the fact that in 1927 for every fifteen horses, there were only two motor vans, whilst in 1932 the proportion of motor vans had risen to six.
  The mechanisation of railway road services is being accelerated by the advent of a new light motor tractor known as the "mechanical horse," which has the speed of a motor vehicle combined with the handiness of a horse. This enables advanced loading principles to be introduced to the greatest possible advantage and adds considerably to the opportunities of reducing transit time. Eighty of these vehicles are to be installed at one of the important London goods depots, and the total number now in use on all railways is 367.
  Several of the larger London and provincial railway depots already use motor vehicles exclusively, and the country collection and delivery services which convey farm produce to the stations have been greatly expedited by the use of motors.
  Railway road motors are capable of moving anything from a tin of toffee to a 70-ton boiler. The railway fleet includes motor vehicles specially adapted for the conveyance of live stock, racehorses, long girders, steel plates, and every conceivable commodity, however awkward its shape.

Written 12 Jan 1934 Revised 20 Apr 15 © by Gary Elliott