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a weeks news dated - December 2nd 1932

Huthwaite and Stanton Hill Victims.

ACCIDENTS involving the deaths of two workers engaged at Silverhill Colliery, Stanton Hill, occurred at the pit during the week-end, the victims being Frank Quincey, aged 28 years, of Meden Bank, Stanton Hill, who died on Friday night, following injuries sustained earlier in the day, when he was struck by a pit prop displaced in a fall of coal, and Arthur Cockayne, aged 20 years, of 29, Ashfield Road, Huthwaite, a ganger, who was caught in a roof fall and killed in the early hours of Monday morning.
  The inquests on the victims were held on Monday by Mr. H. Bradwell (district coroner) who sat with juries, and at each enquiry the proceedings were watched by Mr. E. Pickering (H.M. Inspector of Mines), Mr. F.H. Jessop (representing the Stanton Collieries Company, the owners of the pit), Mr. A.W. Machin (Manager of Silverhill Pit), and Mr. Joseph Buddle (Organising and general secretary, National Association of Colliery Deputies).

Huthwaite Youth Caught in Roof Fall.

  The inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Arthur Cockayne was held at the Sutton Council Offices in the afternoon.
  Deceased's father, George Cockayne, an unemployed miner, of 29, Ashfield Road, Huthwaite, said his son was a single man and lived at home. He was engaged as a ganger at Silverhill Pit and left home on Sunday night about 9.15, being then quite well. He was happy in his work.
  Cyril Alvey, of 68, Priestsic Road, Sutton, was the only other witness called. He stated that he was a deputy at Silverhill Pit and was on duty on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Deceased was working under witness and was a very careful lad. He was in charge of the tubs, which were run in fours, and had been on this work for five months. Witness examined the roadway on which deceased was employed at 10 o'clock on Sunday night and also at 2 a.m.
  On the latter occasion deceased was about to go down the roadway to see that the road was clear to take four tubs down to the sidings. It was a high roadway, being some 8 feet in height, and had a good roof, with no props or bars, it being unnecessary to have these. The roof was a bind one and witness had never known falls of the nature of the one that occurred to take place on the roadway.
  After making his last inspection witness was away only a short time, and on returning he found the deceased in a kneeling position, sitting on his ankles, with his head between his legs, and his lamp on his belt. There was about as much dirt at his feet that would have filled a wheel barrow, and a large piece was on his neck. His head was not visible, but witness could see his back.

"About to Move Tubs."

  The Coroner: Did you see any indication of anything he might have been doing? - Witness: Yes, there was a locker in the fifth tub as though he was about to move the four tubs. He was just where I should expect him to be to put a locker between the tubs.
  He examined the roof, added the witness, and found there had been a slip between the two lots of trucks. ...
  Mr. Machin said deceased was dead when examined at the pit top by a doctor. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
  Mr. Machin said deceased had been employed at Silverhill since he commenced work and gave every satisfaction, and it was very sad that his career had been ended in this way. They had had about two years elapse without a fatal accident at the pit, and then they had had two together, which made it a very harassing week-end. No matter how they tried, however, they could not avoid accidents, and the Company felt every sympathy with the family in their bereavement.


GREAT sympathy has been extended to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Blow, of 49, Lime Avenue, Huthwaite, in the loss of their youngest child, Kathleen, a fortnight before her ninth birthday. Mr. Blow is one of the best-known members of the New Hucknall Ambulance Division, and has rendered valuable aid in many cases of illness.
  The deceased was an exceptionally intelligent and prepossessing girl, and was a general favourite both with the teachers and scholars of the Common Road Schools, and among the residents near her home. Being seriously ill, she was taken to Mansfield Hospital, where her parents were also in constant attendance. Occasionally hopes were entertained of the patient's recovery, but she passed away after just a week's illness.
  The funeral took place on Friday, Rev. W.L. Boulton (Vicar) officiating. The simple service in the Parish Church was attended by Miss Kitchen and Miss Goodall (Common Road Schools) and the 23rd Psalm was chanted. The mourners were:- The parents; Brother Matt and Wife; Gertie, Elsie, Tom, George, Joyce and Stanley, brothers and sisters; Henry; Grandma Salmon (Kirkby); Grandma Blow (Derby); Aunt Elsie (Kirkby); Uncle Esmond (Fulwood); Uncle George and Auntie Annie (Huthwaite). The bearers were S. Simpkins, E. Swain, C. Golding and H. Gutteridge.

Wreaths and Sprays.

  A large number of beautiful wreaths and sprays were sent by the following:- Mother, Dad, Stan and Joyce; Gertie and Henry; Matt, Nellie and Roy; Elsie, Tom and George; Grandma and Grandad Blow; Grandma and Grandad Salmon; Aunt Elsie and Uncle Will; Aunt Betsy, Uncle Esmond and Margaret; Aunt Annie, Uncle George and Children; Miss Kitchen and Miss Goodall (Common Road School); Common Road Staff and children; Sunday School Staff and Children; All at Stoney Villa (Sutton); Miss Spook; Mr. and Mrs. Fisher (Pinxton); Mr. and Mrs J. Tomlinson and Ida; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ensor; Misses Marjorie and Mary Ensor; Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Smith.
  Mr. and Mrs. H. Cooper; Miss Marjorie Utterly; Miss Shaw and Grandpa; Miss Jean Bostock; Mrs. G. Bostock, snr., and Miss Joan White; Mr. and Mrs. S. Bostock; Mr. and Mrs. G. Bostock, junr., and Jack; Arnold and Jack Havenhand; Misses Marjorie and Mabel Wilkinson (Sutton); Miss Joan Glasby; Howard and Alan Lineker; Nurse Adkin; Mrs. Ramsell; Mrs. Kay and Edna; Edward Wilbraham; Mr. and Mrs. Parker and George.
  A memorial vase was provided by sympathisers in Lime Avenue, and this will be placed on the grave and filled with flowers on what would have been Kathleen's birthday in few days' time.
  At the Parish Church on Sunday morning sympathetic reference was made both in the prayer and the sermon to the deceased, and the hymn "There's a friend for little children" was sung.


  The tobacco trade is celebrating the centenary of the invention of the cigarette and well it might, seeing that it has made fortunes for the manufacturing firms. Nearly a thousand million cigarettes are said to be smoked in Great Britain every week. The proportion smoked by women is believed to be about a tenth and is said to be decreasing. The origin of the cigarette is ascribed to Egyptians, Turks, Greeks, Russians and Spaniards, but nothing is really known about it except that it was introduced into Britain from abroad.
  It first obtained a recognised place in the tobacco trade about 70 years ago, but it was the Virginia cigarettes from America that began the cigarette boom in this country in the early eighties. They were put up in attractive cartons and enormously advertised, but only since the war had the cigarette habit taken the tremendous grip it has on the working population. Millions of workers spend half they earn on cigarettes and cinemas. The new cigarette war between leading British and American firms is likely to provide the public with cheaper smoking.


On Tuesday the Huthwaite Drill Hall was packed with an enthusiastic audience, the occasion being the annual effort on behalf of the Christmas treat for the New Street Council School (Junior Department), and afer Tuesday's display the children thoroughly deserved a treat, for the programme was an attractive one, and was carried out in perfect fashion. In fact, as the chairman (Mr. C. Goodall) pointed out, the audience had their money's worth.
  It was the first time that the Drill Hall had been used for the purpose, and even then there was hardly sufficient accommodation for the admiring mothers and friends of the performers. All the staff of the school, under the direction of Miss Searson (headmistress), had put in many hours' work to make the production a success, and their efforts were appreciated to the full. All the items were performed in fancy costumes, which aroused the liveliest interest and delight, and were another example of the artistic skill of the teachers.

Remarkable Confidence.

  The whole of the children, even the tiny tots, played their parts with remarkable confidence, and congratulations are due to all who were concerned in the production. The accompaniments were shared by Misses Searson, Horsey and Goodall, and a very substantial sum is certain to be the outcome of this seasonable and meritorious event.


On Monday another of the excellent concerts for the unemployed was held in the Library Lecture Hall, before a large and appreciative audience. The chairman was Mr. J. Davies, J.P., ... The programme was arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Hill. On the motion of the chairman a vote of condolence was passed the family of Mr. A. Cockayne, who was killed at work on Monday morning.

The members of the Huthwaite Mothers' Union gave another successful highclass concert in the Drill Hall, Huthwaite, on Wednesday. The bill of fare included a highly farcical sketch by the Sutton Amateur Dramatic Society, an uproariously laughable burlesque item, entitled Mrs. Jarley's Waxworks (The 1932 Collection), a talented soprano soloist, Miss Dorothy Allen, Nottingham, and a very capable violinist, Mr. T. Burton. There was a splendid audience, presided over by the Rev. W.L. Boulton, who moved a vote of thanks to all the performers and helpers and this was endorsed by Mr. H.A. Simpson. Miss L. Foster was in charge of the wardrobe. ... The proceeds of the effort are in aid of the Mothers' Union stall. The accompanists were Miss Joan Allsop and Mr. N. Evans, while the lighting effects were supervised by Mr. Spaanderman.


On Saturday the annual tea and distribution of prize money was held by the Huthwaite Flying Club at the Peacock Hotel. Over 20 fanciers and friends sat down, and Mr. W. Elliott presided.
  The balance sheet showed an income of £94 0s. 3d., and the new financial year was started with £5 in hand.
  Prize money was distributed as follows:- Premier winer, Mr. C. Beecroft with record as under: Old birds, 2, Swindon, 2 and 3, Bournemouth, 1 and 2 Weymouth, 1st Rennes and 10s. special; 2nd and 3rd Rennes; young birds, 3rd Swindon, 1st Guernsey and 10s. special, total £10 17s. Elliott and Fisher -old birds; 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Maurennes; young birds; 1st, Kingham, 10s. special; 1st Swindon, 10s. special; 2nd Bournemouth total, £7 18s. ...
  The pools paid out for club races amounted to £47 17s., the average amount per race being £3. The year was regarded as a very successful one, and the officials were re-elected, viz., Messrs. W. Elliott (President); C. Beecroft (Secretary); and T. Topham (Treasurer).


  A meeting of the Huthwaite District Nursing Association was held in the Free Library on Thursday evening. Those present were Messrs. E.H. Lowe (chairman) and H.A. Simpson, Mesdames L. Hill (secretary), Kay, Coupe, Simpson, Adwick, Ramsell, Flint, Richards, Mitchell and A. Evans, Misses Searson and Ivy Hardy.
  The secretary read the minutes of the annual meeting and also the last Committee meeting, and in approving these both the Chairman and Mr. Simpson expressed appreciation of the work the ladies did in providing such an excellent tea and making the annual gathering such a success.


  Correspondence with regard to subscriptions was read and accepted as very satisfactory. A cheque for £15 had been received from the New Hucknall Workmen's Hospital Fund, and this, in view of the smaller number of men employed now than formerly, was highly creditable as an annual subscription. There was also a grant (through the Nottingham Nursing Federation) of £17 5s. in respect of the Maternity and Child Welfare Centre.
  The Committee expressed themselves as delighted with the results of the house-to-house collection, which was only a few shillings less than last year. A letter was received from Miss Challis (County Superintendent) offering a fortnight's refresher course of nursing at the City of London Maternity Hospital. Nurse Dickens was unable to accept the offer, but it may be renewed another year. It was decided to hold the next meeting some time in March next.
  Nurse Dickens' half-yearly report ending September 30th showed the following details:- General visits, 937; midwifery, 379; maternity, 168; casual, 53; ante-natal, 97; total, 1,670.

Former Sutton Footballer Transferred

A "Random Shot": " Who said £1,200? This is the amount of the fee which Barnsley Football Club have obtained for the transfer of Reeves, the old Sutton player, to Aston Villa. Considering that Sutton parted with Reeves for £50 - leaving Barnsley a clear profit of £1,150 - it is not to be wondered at that some of the Town Club officials didn't feel very well when they heard the news. And to think that at this time last year Reeves was figuring with the Sutton team! Of course it is no good crying over spilt milk, but when one subtracts £50 from £1,200 - a very simple bit of arithmetic - the result, under the circumstances, is a wee bit startling. It is also rumoured that Middlesborough have made a rather large offer for Forman, another old Sutton player."

Written 06 Mar 12 Revised 06 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott