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a weeks news dated - December 16th 1932

Lecture Hall to be Used as Recreation Room.

HUTHWAITE Councillors sat much longer than usual at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, when several interesting matters were discussed. Councillor J. Davies presided over the following members:- Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J. Iball, A. Wilson, F.C. Sowter, J. Peters, W.E. Hancock, W. Clarke, J. Potter, M. Betts and D.D. Bonser.
  Mr. Lowe raised the question of the condition of Cross Lane, which, he said was still very dangerous, and it was agreed that the Clerk continue the correspondence with the Sutton Council and get to know what was being done in the matter.

Lighting a Dark Corner.

  Referring to a minute in the Gas, Lighting and Water Committee with regard to the request of the licensee of the Miners' Arms for a lamp to be affixed over the entrance of the licensed house, for the maintenance of which, and for the gas consumed, he would be responsible. Mr. Bonser suggested that a lamp be placed there if there was one to spare. It was very dark at the corner in question, and it was a narrow turn.
  Mr. Sowter was in agreement with the suggestion and as an alternative suggested that one of the existing lamps be moved nearer the corner.
  The Surveyor said he had inspected the corner and agreed that it was very dangerous.
  Mr. Lowe thought it would be best to write the Brewery Company first asking them to erect the lamp, and it was agreed this be done.
  In reply to Mr. Potter, the Clerk said the Surveyor had been instructed to approach the manager of the C.W.S. factory with regard to the condition of a portion of North Street.
  Mr. Iball called attention to the dangerous condition of a certain section of the footpath on Sutton Road, and it was resolved that the attention of the County Council be drawn to the matter.

Proposed Road to Stanton Hill.

  The Clerk reported that he had written a letter to the County Council urging the acceptance of the proposed through road from Huthwaite to Stanton Hill as a productive work for the unemployed, and had received a reply to the effect that the matter was to be submitted to the appropriate committee.
  Mr. Lowe moved the deletion of the following Health and Hospital Committee minutes:- "It was reported that Mr. A. Taylor had not complied with the statutory notice served upon him with respecting his property in Pilsworth's Yard, and the Clerk was instructed to inform him that failing compliance within seven days the Council will carry out the work and charge him with the cost." Mr. Lowe objected to Mr. Taylor being made an example, and thought if they would give him a month the work would be done. Several other houses had been condemned, but the owners of those had not had notice. Mr. Betts seconded.
  Mr. Sowter: It is the intention of the Council to serve notice.
  Mr. Lowe: Well let us start with them all. Mr. Sowter said Mr. Taylor had made alterations to the house in question knowing that it was condemned and had to come down, and that was the reason for the final notice.

Contrary to Council's Wishes.

  The Chairman said everyone knew the building in question was very undesirable and the air space was needed. If Mr. Taylor insisted upon making alterations contrary to the Council's wishes, he must expect action being taken. The Council did not wish to be drastic, but at the same time the owner could not be allowed to do as he liked.
  Mr. Betts: I don't think he wants to.
  Mr. Lowe said Mr. Taylor intended making a wash-house for the three cottages.
  Mr. Sowter: Why would Mr. Taylor make these alterations without notifying the Council. If he continues to do things in the dark he must abide to what we do here.
  Replying to Mr. Betts, the Surveyor said the yard space was needed more than the wash-house.
  The Clerk, in reply to the Chairman, said according to the Slum Clearance Act the house must be made habitable or pulled down.
  Mr. Sowter said if the Council did not comply with the Act in regard to the demolition of property they could not expect the Ministry to allow them to proceed with the erection of new houses.
  On a vote being taken the minutes were confirmed.


  Referring to a minute of the Finance Committee with regard to the proposed application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to the borrowing of a loan for the erection of the additional 34 dwellings for which the present housing site was available, the Chairman thought the matter ought to be delayed another month. They had sanction to erect 40 houses and to ask for 24 more almost with the same breath was hardly advisable.
  It was agreed that the matter be referred to the appropriate Committee for consideration next month.
  In moving the adoption of the Free Library Committee minutes, Mr. Clarke made an appeal to the public for the gift of volumes for the Library, the shelves of which were not nearly so full as they ought to be.
  The Chairman referred to the defacing of Library books. He mentioned that pages had been torn out the centre of one new book, and he thought borrowers ought to keep the books as clean as possible and not deface or tear them. A notice would be placed in the Library to that effect.
  A deputation from the Huthwaite branch of the Unemployed Workers' Movement was received by the Council. Mr. T. Bradley (secretary) was the spokesman and said the branch, which had a membership of 50, was desirous of the free use of the Library Lecture Hall for the purpose of a recreation room.

All in its Power.

  The branch had done all in its power to assist the unemployed, including the distribution of cheap seeds supplied by the Society of Friends and the organisation of three concerts, and the Committee were prepared to carry out the wishes of the Council in every respect.
  The Chairman said he did not think the unemployed wished to deprive the aged the use of the Hall, but just to enjoy the same facilities.
  In reply to Mr. Lowe, it was stated that the unemployed did not expect the use of the Hall when it was otherwise engaged.
  Mr. Sowter thought the whole of the Council were prepared to give every assistance to the unemployed, and he appealed to the churches and others to do their part to help those who were in less fortunate circumstances through no fault of their own.
  Mr. Bradley said his Committee would also like the Council to grant the free use of the ante-room for branch meetings, for which a 1s. per meeting was now being paid.
  It was agreed that this request be considered in Committee.
  Mr. Simpson agreed that the Council ought to do everything in their power to help the unemployed but he hoped things would be properly organised. They ought to explore in all directions to see how far the men could be not only entertained but educated and profitably employed. He would be pleased to do all he could.

Responsible for Organisation.

  Mr. Bradley said the Committee were prepared to be responsible for the organisation of games, etc., and also to see that no extra duties were placed on the caretaker.
  Mr. Betts said he was prepared to do all he could to help, and the Chairman expressed the hope that the churches and all interested would join in helping the unemployed.
  On the proposition of Mr. Potter it was agreed that the dispensation request be granted.
  Mr. Sowter was unanimously re-elected the Council's representative of the Mansfield and District Public Assistance Area Committee, and it was agreed that the co-option of Mr. Betts on the Committee be suggested to the authorities concerned and that objection be made to preference being given to a co-opted member who had not sat on a public body.
  The boundaries question was raised by a letter from the New Hucknall Colliery Company, and the Chairman would receive valuable help from the Colliery Company with regard to the Council's objection to the County Council's proposals.
  The Mansfield and District Traction Company wrote asking permission to erect posts indicating stopping places and where lamp posts were available to affix notices to these.
  It was pointed out that the Council were concerned only with Main Street, and that the Company be asked to confer with the Surveyor with regard to the erection of posts here, and that the application for posts elsewhere be referred to the County Council.


  A meeting of the Huthwaite Parish Church Council was held on Tuesday evening. The Rev. W.L. Boulton presided and the question of the altar furnishings was lengthily debated.
  The sanctuary curtains are to be removed, and the general opinion was that, instead of a new set of fabrics, oak panelling should be fitted all along the east wall on both sides of the altar. The cost was expected to be in the neighbourhood of £150, and drawings and plans were put in, but there were other suggestions. One was for an oak altar, reredos, and panelling complete; and another for panelling altar frontals. Eventually it was decided to obtain further drawings and quotations before a final decision was made.

Funds Necessary.

  The funds necessary are expected to be provided by the annual spring bazaar and to expedite this scheme, the suggested recovering the church roof has been definitely held over for a year.
  One or two other progressive ideas are expected to materialise through the bazaar. The members of the choir are devoting extra energy to their stall in order to provide a complete set of new cassocks and surplices. The cassocks will in all probability be scarlet in place of the present purple. The choir scheme will also provide suitable costumes and headdresses for the lady members of the choir, to advance the idea of orderliness and uniformity....


MR. CHAS. MANN (senior) to whom a presentation was made at Sutton last week in recognition of his jubilee as a local preacher, is a well-known Huthwaite figure, and his career makes interesting reading.
  He was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouche, in Leicestershire, and at the age of 23 he was at Ripley, in Derbyshire, and was then an active member of the United Methodist Free Church. C. Mann For the last 50 years he has been a member of the Primitive Methodist Church, and during that period he has laboured without a break in all forms of church work; always unswerving loyalty to his fellow-workers, and with a deep, abiding faith in the principles for which he has done so much.
  His record is a remarkable one, especially when it is borne in mind that in his early years he had only a few weeks' schooling. He had, however, natural gifts which enabled him to overcome many obstacles, and now he can point to 50 years' work as a local preacher, 40 years a class leader, 26 years a Sunday School teacher and 10 years a church treasurer. For over 30 years, also, he has officiated as salesman at the annual harvest festival sale of produce, and he has been chief speaker on behalf of the Ladies' Guild since its foundation some 15 years ago.
  Although over 80 years of age, Mr. Mann is vigorous and alert in all ways, and has not thought of discontinuing his labours. He has conducted many funerals, and still preaches with undiminished zeal. He is deeply interested in the Co-operative movement, and has served as a member of the local Co-operative Committee for a number of years. Before his retirement from New Hucknall Colliery (where he had been employed for many years), he had held the office of deputy and shot firer for 13 years. In whatever duty he undertook the utmost confidence could always be reposed in him, and he has always been deeply respected by all sections of the community.
  Mr. Mann lost his wife a few years ago, but his family are active in those spheres in which he attained honour and repute. They are prominent (over three generations) in the social and religious life of the town and have rendered good service in several subsidiary directions.


At the Parish Church on Sunday morning Mr. E. Lowe prefaced the service with a very acceptable rendering on the organ.

Once again the Huthwaite unemployed have been gratuitously provided with a first-class concert on the initiative of Mr. Hill (Sutton). The programme was given in the Lecture Hall before a large audience, the artistes including the boy comedian Harold Poxon (Kirkby). The Chairman was Mr. J. Bingham (Huthwaite) and the programme was contributed to by Mr. C. Baines, Mr. G. Harpham, Elite Party, H. Poxon, Mr. A. Spencer, Miss D. Monks and the Band.

As one of the series of entertainments organised by the Sutton Road Methodist Church members in aid of the Bazaar Fund, the visit of the East Kirkby Male Voice Choir on Wednesday evening was a special attraction. This well known company of vocalists attracted a large audience and they gave a comprehensive selection of items which appealed to every taste. The event was a men's effort, and a considerable sum was realised for the object mentioned . The secretary was Mr. Jack Wood.

The annual whist drive organised by the Parish Church sidesmen was held on Wednesday, and was largely attended. The M.C. was Mr. L. Bailey and the winners were: Mrs. J. Peters; Mrs. G. Bostock; Mrs. Farr; Mrs. Duffield, Pinxton; Mr. E. Oxley; Mr. F. Leah. The prizes were presented by Mrs. H.A. Simpson. Refreshments were in charge of Mesdames Grierson, Alexander, Pegg, Heathcote and Dobb and Misses Goodall, Owen, Wright, Grierson and Forster. The lucky number was not claimed. The ladies carrying prize was won by Mr. J. Ensor.

By permission of the Huthwaite C.W.S. factory manager, Mr. A. Tomlinson, a party of 20 members of the Huthwaite Miners' Welfare Adult Education Class were escorted through the factory. Every type of machinery, method and process was minutely described by Messrs. G. Davis and C. Hancock, who took great pains to make the visit interesting and instructive and the education value of the tour was incalculable. The comparison between present-day methods and processes and those of earlier days was a striking one and warrants still more efficient and marvellous processes in the engineering world, along with rapid progress in the social welfare of the workers. The party included Mr. T. Bradley (class secretary) and Mr. A. Lineker (librarian) and on behalf of the visitors a vote of thanks to the manager and guides was voiced by Mr. R. Chapman.


  The two days' bazaar organised by the members of the Sherwood Street Methodist Church, Huthwaite, was a gratifying success, the £100 which was aimed at being easily passed.
  The proceedings were opened on Saturday by Miss J. Kitchen (Sutton), who was introduced by Miss K. Searson (chairman). Miss Kitchen is headmistress of the Common Road Schools, and Miss Searson is headmistress of the New Street Council Schools Junior Department.
  Miss Kitchen said she had been in Huthwaite 14 years, and regarded it as a place worthy of affection. She felt that she belonged to the place in these days. She had presided once before and enjoyed it thoroughly. She felt quite at home, and congratulated the church members on their hard work and splendid results.
 ; Miss Searson, who pointed out that she had been under Miss Kitchen's supervision for five years, said that she found that she was an exceptionally capable and lovable school mistress.


Huthwaite C.W.S. entertained Skegby Rovers in Division II. Cup on the Huthwaite Road Ground before a good crowd on Saturday, when the home team qualified for the semi-final as the result of a 7-1 victory.... Teams:-   Huthwaite C.W.S.
H. Mills; H. Booth and G. Fullwood; C. Hassall, Pegg and R. Oliver; E. Walters, H. Brunt, S. Briggs, R. Saxton and R. Jones.


Huthwaite C.W.S. Reserve performed very creditably on Saturday to bring away their first point from Mansfield Ivanhoe, and revealed staying qualities. After being three goals down at the interval they fought back to such good effect in the second half that they equalised, and with a little luck, they might have gone ahead.

Written 09 Mar 12 Revised 09 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott