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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - April 15th 1932


  There was not much business for open Council at the monthly meeting of the Huthwaite Urban District Council on Tuesday evening. Councillor J. Davies presided, and also present were :- Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, H.A. Simpson, J. Potter, J. Iball, S. Allcock, A. Wilson, M. Betts, J. Peters, F.C. Sowter, W. Clarke, J.G. Wright, D.D. Bonser and W.E. Hancock - a 100 per cent. attendance.
  When the Finance and General Purposes Committee minutes were before the meeting, Mr. Betts said he was prepared to bow to the minutes with the exception of the one to the effect that no action be taken with regard to the question of re-instating Mr. F. Rowbotham. The speaker contended there was work for three collectors and he thought Mr. Rowbotham should be asked to come back.

Dogs on Gardens.

  "He has been waiting to the end of the financial year to see what we are going to do," observed Mr. Betts, "and I shall move that the officers be the same as previously, because we have no complaints to bring against Mr. Rowbotham. I don't want to labour this much more because I might hurt the feelings of some of the men round this table - I don't want to mention names. Mr. Rowbotham has done nothing amiss. You are engaging two more and although I have no fault to find against them, I am going to move that the minute be deleted and that the odd three collectors be appointed." Mr. Goodall seconded.
  On a vote being taken, Mr. Betts amendment was defeated by eight votes to three, the other members remaining neutral.
  A letter was read from the Mansfield and District Orthopaedic Guild asking the Council for the name of their representative on the Guild for the current year, and Mr. F.C. Sowter was re-appointed unanimously.
  The annual meeting of the Council was fixed for next Thursday.
  Mr. Sowter referred to dogs overrunning gardens and spoiling produce, and hoped people would keep their dogs off the allotments. He moved that people who had dogs be written to with regard to the matter. Mr. Clarke seconded and it was agreed this be done.
  Mr. Simpson asked if it would not be necessary to emphasise that the Brickyard Recreation Ground was for children.
  The Chairman: There will be a children's corner and cricket and football pitches for adults.
  Mr. Simpson: I am not objecting to anyone playing there, but I understand the money was given expressly on condition it was for children.
  The Chairman: A part for children and part for a general recreation ground.


  After their match on Saturday the Huthwaite United players were entertained to a hot supper by the committee of the Club. The repast was laid at headquarters, the catering of Mr. and Hardy giving every satisfaction. A social evening followed, and musical items were rendered by Messrs Ernie Brooks, Glen Brooks and S. Froggatt. The Host and Hostess and the entertainment were thanked on the motion of Mr. Cox (Secretary), seconded by Mr. H. Burton (vice-captain). The United will play another charitable match very soon - this time on behalf of the Old Peoples' Treat Fund. After the match the players and officials of both teams will be entertained to lunch by the Old Peoples' Treat Committee.


On Wednesday evening a special programme was given at the Lyric Picture House in aid of the funds of the Old People's Treat Committee. Some very attractive films were shown to a good audience. Several of the Committee men were present, including the chairman, Mr. G.J. Wright, the secretary, Mr. A. Tomlinson, the treasurer, Mr. H. Holland, and Messrs. C.H. Coupe and D. Evans. The members of the committee indicated their appreciation of Mr. Hirst's kindness in arranging the event.

On Sunday a meeting of the I.L.P. was held on the Huthwaite Market Place, the speakers being Mr. Tom Mosley, chairman of the Nottingham Labour Party, and Mr. Phillip Hicking, of Tibshelf. Mr. Wm. Clarke presided, and spoke of the aims of the Party and its desire to bring about better conditions for the workers. Mr. Mosley gave an address on capitalism, and he urged the workers to use their votes for the party that would bring about the emancipation of the working class. Mr. P. Hicking spoke on trade unionism, asking all to join their trade unions, and then to demand their rights.

On Wednesday evening a concert was given in the Free Church Schoolroom in aid of the Huthwaite League of Nations Union. The chairman was Mr. A.C. Smith (local secretary) and a topical sketch "How the cake was shared" was given. The United Methodist Sunday School choir rendered "Songs of the Nations" in good style. The event was the men's effort, and there was an appreciative audience. The following were the characters and helpers, to all of whom the chairman expressed the thanks of the League:- Joseph Elliott; Vincent Johnson; Joseph Hardwick; Joan Turner; Albert Woodfield; Ethel Brownley; Harold Smith; Alice Johnson; Minnie Parkin; Robert Purseglove; Ed. Adkin; Joan Pepper; Arthur Turner; Joseph Hardwick; Stage managers, Messrs. R. Purseglove and E. Adkin; Organist, Mr. A.C. Smith; Conductor, Mr. N. Evans; Pianist, Miss H. Hawley; Refreshments, Women's Own.

"Paradise Valley" is the first of a series of Western stories which commences at the Lyric Theatre next week, with Buffalo Bill as the hero. ... "Alibi," also at the beginning of the week is a dramatic story featuring Austin Prevor and Claire Greet, and is a tale of deep waters. In "The Chance of Night Time," next week-end Ralph Lynn and Winifred Shotter add to the gaiety of nations. ... This week-end "The Hound of Baskervilles" is one of the best examples of a detective thriller, with some uncanny feature all its own.


  During 1930 there were eleven accidents, involving the loss of 12 lives and injury to seven other persons, attributable to the use of electricity in coal mines.
  Three of the accidents occurred above ground, and eight below, and included in the latter were two explosions of fire-damp, due to open sparking in electrical apparatus.
  These figures are given in the annual report of Mr. J.A. Bernard Horsley, electrical inspector of mines, which was issued on Saturday.
  The inspector states that it is of interest to observe that the more rapid increase in the use of electrical power at mines, which began to be manifest in 1929, has been maintained. For the first time, there has been a much greater increase below ground than on the surface.
  Of the 2,328 mines at work on 30th June, 1930, those using electricity totalled 1,439. The total h.p. of motors installed was 1,816,464, made up of 801,680 above ground and 954,784 below ground.
  The corresponding figures for 1929 were: H.P. 1,753,704 (835,588 above ground and 912,116 below ground) : the total annual increment h.p. was 63,000 compared with 31,000 for 1929.
  There have been increases in every district excepting South Derbyshire, North Staffordshire and South Wales, in which decreases totalling 2,103 h.p. were recorded. The greatest increase was 19,681 in Northumberland and Durham.

Hucknall Huthwaite Church Council.

  A meeting of the Hucknall Huthwaite Parish Church Council, with which had recently been incorporated the Church Building Committee, was held in the Blackwell Road Schools. A good deal of desultory discussion took place, but the only definite conclusion arrived at was that the railed-in plot of ground in front of the Church, for which a rent was being paid, be bought for £150. The question of purchasing a continuity of the same piece extending the whole length of the Church and fronting Blackwell Road, and thereby securing the best available site for the desired vicarage, was deferred until the next meeting.
  The New Hucknall Colliery Company had promised a donation of £100 when £500 more had been raised, and it was hoped to obtain a considerable portion of this by a bazaar to be held in the autumn. This sum of £600 would just cover the purchase mentioned and the debt of £450 which remained on the Church.

Written 23 Feb 12 Revised 23 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott