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a weeks news dated - April 22nd 1932


  Below are extracts from the minutes of the various Committees of the Huthwaite Urban District Council adopted at the monthly meeting last week.

  Gas, Lighting and Water Committee.- The alternative methods of lighting Chesterfield Road, Common Road, Springwell Street, Carnarvon Road and Cross Lane by gas or electricity, were considered, together with estimates from the Derbyshire and Notts. Electricity Power Company, for fixing electric lamps amounting to £51. It was resolved that the quotation be accepted with three additional lamps in Main Street at a further cost of £15, and that the work be proceeded with as soon as practicable. It was further resolved that the question of extending the gas main to Turner's corner in Chesterfield Road be deferred until next meeting of the Committee, and that meanwhile residents in that vicinity requiring a gas supply be requested to submit application in writing.

Applications for Houses.

  A complaint respecting the alleged unfair allocation of plumbing and fitting work was considered and after receiving the Gas and Water Manager's report with regard to the matter no further action was taken.
  Roads and Buildings Committee.- The Architect reported upon the progress with the housing scheme and that he anticipated six houses being completed and ready for occupation by the first week in May. It was resolved that application for houses be considered at the annual meeting of the Council (in Committee).
  The Architect was instructed to submit designs of no-parlour type houses in accordance with the Ministry of Health's requirements.
  The position of night watchman on the housing scheme was discussed and it was resolved that Joseph Haywood be engaged in place of workman Walker, and that the attention of the Employment Exchange be drawn to the requirements of the Council respecting the employment of relief workmen on the scheme.
  The Surveyor was instructed to obtain and fix name plates on several streets where required.
  The question of the re-arrangement of the gardens of Cross Lane Council houses was discussed, and it was left to the Surveyor to make the best possible arrangements.
  The Chairman of the Committee (Mr. J. Potter) was appointed the Council's representative on the Notts. County Council District Highways Advisory Committee.
  No action was taken with regard to the housing and town planning conference to be held at Nottingham.


  Cemetery, Allotments and Pleasure Grounds Committee.- Applications were received from the Parish Church and Villa Football Clubs for the use of playing pitches for next season. It was resolved that permission be granted in so far as playing facilities be available, but the Committee cannot give any guarantee.
  Health and Hospital Committee.- The Medical Officer of Health reported that four births and two deaths, equal to an annual mortality of 4.7 per 1,000, had been notified during the past month.
  The Clerk reported upon the cost of the Isolation Hospital and the fittings, together with the cost of the site and he was instructed to report upon the area of the latter. The question of the future of the building was discussed, and it was decided to take no action pending further development in the County Council scheme for treatment of infectious diseases.
  Finance and General Purposes Committee.- The question of the rents charged for the houses under the Housing Act 1919 and those under the 1924 scheme was discussed, and the Clerk was instructed to write the Ministry of Health with regard to the existing anomaly between the two classes of houses and with a view to a reduction in the rents of the first mentioned.
  A letter was submitted from Sutton Council stating that they had become affiliated with the National Fire Brigades' Association and that if Huthwaite Council was prepared to enter into a reciprocal agreement Sutton would prepare and submit a draft agreement for approval. The matter was deferred pending further information.
  It was resolved that both the Church and Nonconformist Sunday Schools be granted the use of Wood Field for the Whitsuntide festivities.


The street telephone kiosk which has been erected opposite the Post Office is available for full-trunk facilities day and night.

The benefit programme given at the Lyric Theatre on behalf of the Old People's Treat Fund realised nearly £9, which all things considered, was very satisfactory.

On Monday a boy named Bernard Ashton, aged eight, living in Common Road, was cycling down that thoroughfare on a child's cycle when he was thrown over the handle bars on to his head. He remained unconscious for some time, and medical aid had to be summoned.

A meeting of the Mothers' Union was held in the Common Road Schools on Monday, presided over by Mrs. Grierson. An address was given by Mrs. Offiler on "The Twelve Disciples," and was very instructive and enlightening. A cordial vote of thanks was passed and refreshments were provided by Mesdames Hill and Allsop.

Preparations are now being made for the Whitsuntide festival by the churches. The hymns selected to be sung by the Parish Church Sunday School scholars at heir open-air demonstration are ... old favourites which should appeal to all.

The first Sunday of the Wesleyan Sunday School anniversary was a very encouraging one for the offertories showed an advance of about a pound on last year, amounting to £12 9s. which reflects great credit on the members. Apart from stimulating sermons by the Rev. H.J. Cundy (now of Chesterfield), there were attractive items by the choir and children. About 80 scholars sang favourite hymns, being assisted by the church choir, while the following children gave recitations during the day :- Alan Stendall, Hilda Flowers, Sylvia Thorpe, Enid Heath, May Oakley and Betty Thorpe. They had been prepared by Miss Horsey, while the musical programme was in the hands of Mr. Wilson Hill, who conducted his big choir with outstanding ability. Ducts were rendered by Miss Dora Booth and Horace Bradley, Misses Alice Booth and Fanny Ball, and Miss Doris Holland and Mrs. Clerkson (Stanton Hill). These vocalises are, for the most part, members of the church choir, and the whole of the organ accompaniments were played by Mr. W. Ball. There were large congregations.

The funeral took place on Monday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jeanes (Lime Avenue), of Mr. Thomas Marriott, who had been a well-known Huthwaite figure for over 40 years. He was born at Range Farm, Pinxton, and was at one time employed at Codnor ironworks and later at Bestwood. At the latter place he helped to construct an iron bridge which s still in use at St. Paneras Station. During his early years at Huthwaite he was employed at New Hucknall Colliery, but was best known as a greengrocer, though he gave up business a considerable time ago. His wife died 12 years ago and he leaves a family of thirteen, all married, but two or three of the sons were unable to attend the funeral which was conducted by the Vicar. The late Mr. Marriott was 76 years of age. The mourners were:- Mr. George Marriott, Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. John Marriott, Huthwaite, Mr. James Marriott (South Emsall), Mr. Thomas Marriott (Stanton Hill), sons; Mr. and Mrs. H. Boot (Huthwaite), Mr. and Mrs. C. Jeanes (Huthwaite), Mr. and Mrs. V. Packer (Doncaster), Mr. and Mrs. W. Kirk (South Normanton), Mr. and Mrs. J. North (B Winning), Mr. and Mrs. M. Wilkinson (Blackwell), daughters; Mrs. Rizpah Marriott, daughter-in-law; Miss Ivy Marriott, Mr. D. Marriott and Miss Gwennie Jeanes, grandchildren. The bearers were six grandsons, Victor, Alvine, Leslie, Leonard, Sidney and Walter. Cousins present were Mr. W. Hill and Harriett (Eastwood), Lizzie (Pinxton) and Evelyn (Teversal), Dora (Sutton) and Mrs. Cater and Mrs. Phillips (Huthwaite). There were wreaths from all the family members, and one from sympathisers in Lime Avenue.

Mr. J. Davies Re-elected.


  Last night Huthwaite Urban District Council re-elected Mr. J. Davies as Chairman for the ensuing year. It was the annual meeting of the Council and the members present were Councillors J. Davies, T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J. Potter, J. Iball, D.D. Bonser, A. Wilson, M. Betts, J. Peters, F.C. Sowter, W. Clarke, S. Allcock, H.A. Simpson and W.E. Hancock. The Clerk (Mr. E.B. Hibbert) was appointed temporary Chairman.
  Mr. Wilson moved that the thanks of the Council be given to Mr. Davies for the excellent services he had rendered the Council during the past year. The speaker had thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Davies' chairmanship and rulings, and was quite sure he had been fair and impartial to all.

The Best Thanks.

  Mr. Sowter seconded. He had had 14 years' experience and he could not wish to sit under a more ideal chairman than Mr. Davies. He had given every satisfaction and acted impartially on every question that had arisen, and the speaker thought the best thanks the Council could render to their retiring Chairman was to again appoint him to that office for the next twelve months.
  The motion was passed unanimously.
  Mr. Davies thanked the members very much for their kind words. he had endeavoured to do the best he could under perhaps difficult circumstances and had tried to act as impartially as possible. He thanked everybody for their help during the past year. He had had no cause to complain about anything or anybody and there had been no need to exercise any special ruling to keep the Council in order.
  When nominations for a chairman for the ensuing year were asked for, Mr. Sowter moved Mr. Davies and Mr. Clarke seconded.
  Mr. Betts moved Mr. Goodall saying he was an "old standard" on the Council and better able now to give the time and magisterial duties than ever he was. The speaker did not want to ask Mr. Davies how many times he had attended on the Bench, but he though Mr. Goodall would be better to attend to look after the Council's interests. He had been on the Council many years and as the speaker thought the chairmanship should go round he thought it was Mr. Goodall's turn.
  In seconding, Mr. Simpson said Mr. Goodall had had a great deal of experience in connection with the Council in all its departments. The speaker had sat under him previously and knew him to be an ideal chairman, and calculated to fill the office very well indeed.

"Office Should Go Round."

  Mr. Simpson added he had always laid down the offices should be distributed and go round. Mr. Davies had been an ideal chairman during the past year - there was no doubt about that - and the speaker would be very sorry to think he was suggesting any other than that. At the same time he thought the office should go round.
  Mr. Lowe said he too believed that offices ought to go round, and if it was Mr. Goodall's turn next then the chairmanship ought to go to him.
  Mr. Iball said he thought Mr. Davies was in a good position to look after the Council's business. He was a member of the County Council and that was more important than the magisterial side.
  On a vote being taken three members voted for Mr. Goodall, and subsequently Mr. Davies was re-elected.
  The newly-appointed Chairman thanked the Council for the confidence again placed in him, and said he would endeavour, as in the past twelve months, to do all he possibly could in the interests of the Council and the district. Although he might not be able to attend all the functions he should in his capacity as chairman he would do his level best to fulfil the duties which he thought ought to be carried out.
  Mr. Clarke proposed Mr. Sowter as vice-chairman for the ensuing year.
  Mr. Simpson: I think the sooner we get to the vote the better. We have an idea how things are going according to what we have heard, and perhaps it would be better to take the whole of the chairmanships enbloc and get it over.

Committee Chairmen.

  Mr. Iball seconded Mr. Sowter, who was appointed without opposition.
  It was agreed that the whole of the Council constitute the general committees as previously, and that the Rating Committee consist of Messrs. Davies, Hancock, Iball, Lowe, Wilson and Potter, and the Emergency Committee of the chairmen of committees and Mr. Lowe.
  The following were appointed chairmen of committees :- Gas, Lighting and Water, Mr. Hancock; Roads and Buildings, Mr. Potter; Cemetery, Allotments, and Pleasure Grounds, Mr. Iball; Health and Hospital, Mr. Sowter; Finance and General Purposes, Mr. Davies; Public Library, Mr. Clarke.
  Mr. Sowter withdrew in favour of Mr. Goodall as the Council's representative on the Mansfield Assessment Committee, saying that he did so to show they were not quite so selfish as some people thought.
  The times and dates of committee and Council meetings were fixed as before.
  It was agreed that the Council's seal be affixed to the general rate of 4s. 8d. in the £ for the ensuing half-year which is the same as last half-year.
  At this stage the Council went into Committee to receive a deputation from the Skegby Ratepayers' Association on the question of boundaries.


The Lyric Theatre shows two speciality pictures at both the beginning and the end of next week. "Tell England," which was directed by Anthony Asquith, stars Fay Compton, and is a picture which no one should miss. ... Eddie Quillan in "Easy Money" gives a great performance in a picture rich in humour, human understanding, and carries a definite moral. For this week-end "The Chance of a Night-time" is a real tonic with its funny situations and irrisistible mirth.


  There was a large attendance of officials of the New Hucknall Colliery Company, workmen, and their wives, at the Annesley Miners' Welfare Institue on Wednesday night, when presentations were made to the retiring manager of Annesley Colliery, Mr. H. Holt.
  Mr. T. Maddock, under-manager at Annesley Colliery, was in the chair, supported by Capt. P. Muschamp (general manager), Mr. T. Day (secretary to the company), and Mr. H.B. Stevens (manager of New Hucknall Colliery).
  Capt. Muschamp said Mr. Holt wa responsible for the development of Welbeck Colliery, of which the company were proud. He presented Mr. and Mrs. Hot with a solid silver rose-bowl on an oak plinth, on behalf of the officials, clerical staff, and workmen of Annesley Colliery.
  Mr. T. Day presented Mr. Holt with a smoker's cabinet on behalf of members of the staff of the New Hucknall Colliery Company.

Messrs. Simpson, Wright and Lowe's


  In keeping with the true spirit of the game, the members of Messrs. Simpson, Wright and Lowe's Cricket Club celebrated their past season's efforts upon the green-sward with befitting dignity, and with characteristic mirth and humour, which is always associated with these annual gatherings.
  The dinner took place at the Old Trooper Inn, on Saturday. Mr. H.C. Wright, C.C. (managing director) and president of the club, was chairman and he was supported at the head table by Mr. H. Osborne (treasurer), and, amongst other visitors were Mr. F. Grierson, Mr. A.N. Fletcher, Mr. A.E. Caunt, Mr. W. Dove, Mr. T. Fisher, Mr. J.G. Allsop, Mr. C. Dove, Mr. J. Corson, Mr. J.G. Ellis, Mr. J. Watkinson and Mr. J.W. Hepworth.
  The repast was excellently served under the capable supervision of the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs P. Smith. ... (toasts and tributes follow)

Greater Facilities.

  The toast of the Cricket Club was submitted by Mr. G.G. Hancock, who said their club commenced in the year 1922 by the efforts of Mr. H. Osborne and Mr. A. Woolley, and from then until now, so far as works clubs were concerned, their rise had been varied, interesting and meteoric. Sometimes we were apt to lay far too much stress on these present days, but he ventured to say that there were far greater facilities for cricket than there ever was in post war days.
  Before the war many firms looked with amazement at the thought of even giving sympathetic co-operation to the social welfare of their workers, but it was not so to-day in many instances. Their chairman had stood by the club from its inception in all its activities, and his heart had grown big enough to see the club rise to its present position. It was with regret that the loss of such great minded sportsmen as Mr. Tudsbury and Mr. Walton was felt, but it was a pleasure to know that their sons were doing what their fathers would have them do for the social welfare of their workers.
  Then there was another well established club in Messrs. Hibbert and Buckland's, which only went ot prove that these were great days for our social welfare. For the work of Mr. W. Shore (senr.) their first groundsman, and now Mr. A. Shore and Mr. Whetton the club was greatly indebted to them for their continued labours for the success of the club. ...


  The decision to request the Secretary for Mines to receive a deputation was reached at a meeting of the committee representing the Notts. coalowners and the executive of the Notts. and District Miners' Industrial Union, at the Victoria Hotel, Nottingham, on Friday afternoon.
  The deputation is to place before the minister the views of this district on the question of hours.
  Mr. H.E. Mitton presided, supported by Mr. G.A. Spencer in the vice-chair.
  The meeting was called to consider the hours worked in coal mines, especially in the Notts. district, in view of the very serious decline in the tonnage and the aggregate wages of workmen in the various districts, due to the reduction of hours from eight to seven and a half per day.
  The meeting was unanimously in favour of retaining the present hours - seven and a half - in order to secure that the wages prescribed by the county agreement may remain in force, and it is this view which will be laid before the Secretary of Mines if he agrees to receive the deputation.

Written 23 Feb 12 Revised 24 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott