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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - January 8th 1886


  UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH. -A very enjoyable entertainment was given by the Band of Hope connected with the above place of worship, on New Year's eve. Mr. Parker, of Sutton, took the chair, and Mrs. Nesbitt, also of Sutton, kindly gave two songs.
There was a fair audience and a lengthy programme was gone through in a creditable manner; the two humourous dialogues, ... causing much laughter. The meeting was brought to a close by a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and Mr. Parker. Afterwards a small provision stall was provided for the children. The total proceeds, amounting to £1 1s. will be devoted to the new chapel building fund.


  The regular meeting of the above Board was held on Friday evening, when there were present - Messrs. M. Fox (chairman), W. Straw, E.C. Proctor, W. Brooks, J. Redwood, J. Oxley, H. Crompton, J. Pickard, A.H. Bonser, J.G. Allsop, J. Briggs, H. Starr, H. Shaw, and E. Bonser. ...


... Several complaints having been received with regard to the filthy state of the footpaths in the town, it was recommended that the attention of offending parties be drawn to the bye-laws relating to the cleaning of footpaths. The committee also recommended that application be made to the county authorities for the road from Hucknall Huthwaite to the railway station to be made a main road.


reported that Mr. Hodgson had explained his reason for advising the Hucknall Huthwaite Local Board to try and obtain their water from Sutton, and he proposed that Sutton should carry the water to the boundary and there affix a meter, from which the Hucknall Board should convey it to a reservoir capable of holding three days' supply; the water to be supplied on the Mansfield scale, subject to a minimum quarterly payment of £15. The estimated cost of the works would be £800 for Sutton, and £1500 for Hucknall. In accordance with this the Hucknall Local Board was written to and they decided to meet that committee. On doing so the former stated their objections to the Mansfield scale and suggested that the charge should be 7s. per 1000 up to 640,000 gallons, and 6s. per 1000 beyond.
  The Clerk said that the question of a water supply for Hucknall had been under consideration for some ten years, and now they were compelled to obtain a supply. Mr. Hodgson was consulted as to the best means of supply, and after going through the district and carefully examining it he came to the conclusions that they could be best supplied from Sutton, taking into consideration quality, price, and cost. He obtained scales of charges from sixteen different places and came to the conclusion that Mansfield was the lowest and the best to go upon, and he suggested that the charge should be according to the Mansfield scale. At least £15 per quarter would have to be guaranteed. The Mansfield scale computed at 1s. per 1600 for the first 40,000 gallons; 11d. for the second 40,000 gallons; 10d. for the next 80,000; 9d. for the next 160,000; 7d. for the next 320,000; and 6d. per 1000 for the next 640,000. Supposing Hucknall to take 640,000 gallons, it was found that to charge them as wished, would mean a difference of something like £15 a year. Mr. Hodgson said that he could not recommend any material alteration on the Mansfield scale, but he would agree to a uniform charge of 7d. per 1000 throughout which would be a very fair charge. The chief objection to the scale by the Hucknall Local Board was that being in the position of wholesale purchasers they should have it at a lower rate.
  Mr. Straw said that the question of having their supply at a uniform rate seemed to be a good one with their Hucknall friends and one with which he had considerable sympathy. He thought himself that it would be a great deal simpler and be much better if they could agree, and it almost seemed from what Mr. Hodgson said as though they could do so without being very much sufferers. After what they had seen and heard from Mr. Hodgson about the different scales of charges, it seemed that the Mansfield one was a fair rate for them. He did not see that they could give anything further away but if they could meet the wishes of Hucknall without any loss to themselves they would be pleased to do so. It seemed to him that if they could have a uniform rate of 7d. per 1000 they would not be sufferers, especially in view of the gradual increase of the population. From the information before them, and taking Hucknall and the ratepayers in their own into consideration he would propose that they meet the Hucknall Local Board so far as to agree to a uniform rate of 7d. per 1000, with a minimum quarterly payment of £15.
  Mr. J.G. Allsop seconded the proposition and it was unanimously agreed upon.
  The Clerk said that the next question was as to the term for which they should be compelled to take water, and he had hazarded the opinion that it should be for twenty years. Mr. Hodgson quite agreed to that, but the present water loan was for thirty years. If the loan of £800 was sanctioned for the shorter term, the agreement need only be for the shorter period.
  It was decided that the term of the agreement should be the minimum term fixed for the repayment of the loan.
  In reply to a question by Mr. A.H. Bonser, the Clerk stated that the Sutton Board would only undertake to pass sufficient water through the meter to ensure a three days' supply, and it would be for Hucknall to see that the reservoir was at a sufficient height to obtain the necessary gravitation.


  RUDGE -At Robin Hood Terrace, Hucknall Huthwaite, on the 6th inst., the wife of Mr. T.T. Rudge, of a son.


  SHEPPARD -On Dec. 29th., at Hucknall Huthwaite, Arthur Sheppard, aged 7 months.


  An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon at the Staff of Life Inn, Sutton, but the District Coroner, to enquire into the death of Joseph Hames, who was killed on the 31st. December 1885, whilst engaged at his work at the New Hucknall Colliery Company's Pit. Mr. William Barnes was elected foreman of the jury, Mr. Watson appeared on behalf of the company.
  The coroner explained that deceased was at work in the colliery about 10.30 a.m. on the day in question and was accidentally killed by some bind or roof falling upon him. The Inspector of Mines visited the place on the previous day, but apparently had been unable to get there that day.
  Hannah Hames said that the deceased was her husband, and was a coal miner. He worked at the New Hucknall Colliery, and had done so for five years. Deceased was 45 years of age.
  William Marshall, collier, of Hucknall Huthwaite, said that he had worked at the pit for two or three years. Knew deceased, who worked in the air ways and had to repair them. Was at work last Thursday in No. 29 return air way with him. They went in about 8 a.m. to rip 'a bridge,' or low place in the roof. The air way was about a yard wide and a yard high, and five yards long, and led from No. 29 road to 9 road. Witness had a naked light and deceased had a lamp. There was a prop each side of the air way and a crossbar supported the roof. They pulled the crossbar and got the props out. They were going to pull the stuff down to make the way higher. Deceased ordered him to fetch 'a ringer.' Witness fetched it and they forced all they could down. Witness said "I think we had better go the other end whilst it settles a bit." Both went through and were there about an hour and ripped about three yards through. On going back to the other end there was a piece that wanted cutting down to let the other at liberty. Witness asked deceased if he thought it was safe, and both tried it several times. Deceased said that it was safe so that he could work under it. It was a mixed hard bind. Deceased started cutting it with a pick, kneeling down, whilst witness held the light. Whilst at work, the left hand side fell down without any warning, crushing deceased, and pinned him to the other side. He was killed at once. It would be nearly a ton, in one piece, that fell. They did not think it necessary to prop, but had plenty of timber if wanted. Deceased was a most careful man, and witness would have worked there on his recommendation, without any hesitation, but only one could work there at once. No one had visited the place that day to witness' knowledge. As it turned out they ought to have propped the roof, but it sounded good when tapped. Witness got assistance, and after some time they got deceased out.
  The Coroner, who complimented Marshall very highly on the clear way in which he had given his evidence, said that other witnesses could be called if they liked, but if they believed Marshall, and he was the only one who could depose the facts, deceased's death was evidently accidental. It was not such a case as when men were working at piece work, and their object was to get as many tons down as possible, and it was not therefore necessary to go into it with such minuteness. A verdict of "accidental death" was recorded.


  ..., the appeal by William Oswald Blore, against the decision of the Mansfield Justices, with regard to a conviction recorded against him on December 10th, for wilfully damaging a plate-glass window, the property of Mr. Wm. North, of Low Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, when he was sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour without the option of a fine. On the 18th December Blore was admitted out on bail pending this appeal. .. (lengthy column)

Written 07 Dec 12 Revised 07 Dec 12 © by Gary Elliott