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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - February 26th 1932


  The time for cricket and bowls is still some little distance off, but the Huthwaite C.W.S. Athletic Association are getting their house in order. The new ground on Sutton Road is laid out for cricket, tennis and bowls, and a putting green is on the agenda.
  There is also a possibility - if the additional land can be secured - that a football pitch may be planned as well, so that all the games may be played on the one site.
  The lay-out lacks nothing in the way of dressing rooms, etc., and will be officially opened on May 7th, according to present arrangements.

Proposed Substitution of 'Buses for Trams.

  The increased fares being charged on omnibuses serving the Sutton district formed the subject of a special meeting of the members of the Sutton Urban Council held on Tuesday evening, when the question of the proposed substitution of 'buses for trams was also discussed.
  Councillor A. Pepper (chairman), presided, and others present were Councillors T. Barnes, J.H. Brailsford, C.A. Morley, Dr. J. Young, A. Thompson, A. Walton, H.C. Wright, J. Wade, H.S. Shacklock, W. Limb, A. Spencer, J. Aked and J.E. Scott.
  The Clerk (Mr. Luther Pepper) explained that the meeting had been called on the requisition of four members of the Council, Messrs. A. Walton, A. Thompson, J.H. Brailsford and J. Aked, and which read as follows :- "We, the undersigned members of the Urban District Council, desire you to call a special Council meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss the problem of 'bus fares. It has come to our notice that the Tramway Company are appealing to the Traffic Commissioners on March 2nd for some kind of protection which, as we understand, would mean an extra rise in the fares. The Bus Owners' Association would like to send representatives to this meeting."

Letter from 'Bus Owners' Association.

  Proceeding, the Clerk said he had also received a letter from the Mansfield and District Omnibus Owners' Association Secretary (Mr. R.H. Kerslake), which stated:-
  I respectfully beg to draw your attention to the fact that on March 2nd the applications for 'buses to replace trams will be brought before the Traffic Commissioners of the East Midland area, and the members of this Association ask for your co-operation with them in opposing any form of monopoly or protection on fares that will be asked for by the Tramways Company against the Independent operators in the district. As you are aware, there has been in the past a lot of bother over the traffic problem, and the time has now arrived when the whole issue is to be brought out and thrashed properly.
  The operators in the district earnestly ask for your support in stopping any form of monopoly or protection to the Tramways Company, as it is felt that only by the enterprise of the small operator has Mansfield and the surrounding suburbs attained the places that they now enjoy, and if the protection that the Tramways Company desire is given to them, it will mean that not only will the public be made to suffer, but the operators will be obliged to go into liquidation by this unfair protection.
  I am respectfully asking if you can call a meeting of your Council to discuss this matter at an early date, and also if representatives of this Association may be present to give you details of capital, etc., involved in this. Trusting that you will let me know if you Council can assist us in this more urgent matter.

Protection Clause.

  Mr. Wright moved that the deputation from the Association be received. Mr. Barnes seconded.
  Mr. Wade asked why, if the application was not to be heard until March 2nd, the fares had already been raised.
  Mr. Wright said the protection had, he thought, been granted.
  The Clerk said the application by the Tramway Company was to substitute 'buses for trams. In the applications of the Trent Motor Traction Co., Ltd., Pinxton 'Bus Co., E. Naylor and Sons, Ltd., and G. Swayne (Supreme Motor Coach Co.), in which the decisions were dated February 19th, 1932, the applications were granted subject to the special conditions that "the fare table is amended to give protection to the Mansfield District Traction Co." It appeared tha in all the applications which were being made to the Traffic Commissioners to run 'buses in this area they were enforcing that clause.
  Mr. Walton said he wanted Mr. Wade to be quite clear on the point he had raised. The public naturally thought the 'bus owners were fleecing the public but that was not so. The Traffic Commissioners insisted on the fares being charged, but the queer thing to him about it was that from Huthwaite to Portland Square, Sutton, the fare was twopence, but from Back Lane to Portland Square it was threepence. Then, again, if they were on a 'bus at Mason Street and were going as far as Fulwood they could travel for twopence, but if they journeyed to Portland Square the conductor could demand them paying an extra penny, which made it threepence. Apart from that, workpeople at the factories could not possibly afford to go home to dinner because there were no penny stages.

paragraphs extracted from a full paged discussion.

Suggested Town's Protest Meeting.

  Mr. Walton said he understood the Huthwaite Urban Council had passed a unanimous resolution to oppose the application by the Tramways Co.
  Mr. Barnes said he understood the Mansfield Tramways Co. had fixed a scale of charges, and if a fare was threepence presumably the other 'buses would have to charge 4.5d.
  The Clerk said he had received further communication on the subject. Mr. Wm. Brown wrote asking if he might be allowed to place the case of the workers at the C.W.S., Huthwaite, before the Council. Then Mr. G.G. Hancock, Sutton, wrote "a large and representative number of ratepayers in the town instruct me to sk for your approval in the furtherance of a resolution of protest relative to the increased fares no in operation upon the various 'buses plying for hire in the town.

Return Tickets.

  Further, Mr. Hancock, on behalf of employees of Messrs. Simpson, Wright and Lowe, of Huthwaite Road, Sutton, wrote informing the Council that at a meeting of the employees on February 15th, and which was representative of approximately one hundred employees who on four occasions per day used the 'buses, it was decided to ask the Council's consideration and support in the question of 'bus fares. The hope was expressed that cheaper travelling facilities would be secured, "thereby assisting to mitigate a most preposterous injustice to everyone who was compelled to use the various services in order to follow their daily employment."

A Temporary Arrangement.

.... The deputation then withdrew, and the Council next interviewed Mr. Brown, on behalf of the C.W.S. workers and Mr. G.G. Hancock for the workers at Messrs. Simpson, Wright and Lowe.
  Mr. Brown said the employees at the C.W.S. factory were grumbling about the raising of the fares, some 300 girls being affected. They travelled home for dinner and used to pay 2d., but not it cost 4., and this in 50 weeks made a total of £625. There was great inconvenience, and as the trams did not run to the times they would like that people could not avail themselves of these facilities. If the workers could not afford the extra fare it would mean that it would affect their health and he considered it was a very serious matter. He asked for the Council's support.

Council's Decision.

  Mr. Hancock supported Mr. Brown, and said there were 100 workers affected at Messrs. Simpson, Wright and Lowe's. Their further difficulties was that they were between two stages, and then again they could only obtain one workman's ticket for the morning, which meant they had to pay ordinary fares to get to work in the afternoon and return in the evening. Formerly they could obtain two distinct tickets to carry them four journeys. Prices had increased during the last two years 100 per cent.
  The proposal that the Council should meet the Mansfield and other authorities in a joint conference was agreed to, and the following were appointed delegates :- Messrs. Shacklock, Barnes, Walton and Brailsford. They were also given power to act in the matter of giving evidence at the enquiry on March 2nd.
  The Clerk was instructed to lodge the grounds of the Council's objection to the Tramway Company's application, and Dr. Young said he would like the system of penny fares suggested from Portland Square to various points.


There was another merry throng in the Drill Hall on Saturday evening, when the New Hucknall Ambulance Divisional officers held a dance in aid of the funds. The officers present were Corps.-Officer Murfin, Ambulance Officer Rallings and Sergt. Blow, and there were a number of members in uniform. The M.C.'s were Mr. H. White and Miss L. Allsop, who were assisted by Corpl. Beigton and Pte. Tomlinson. The music was played by the Boston Quintette, and Mrs. Slack supervised the refreshment department. One of the attractions was a "spot waltz," in which the prizes went to Mr. S. Briggs and Miss Harby.

Mid-week Bowlers Preparing.


  "A very interesting enjoyable and satisfactory season" was the opinion of Mr. A. Herrod (chairman), who presided at the annual meeting of the Sutton and District Mid-Week Bowls League on Monday evening, in referring to the past season. The meeting was held at the top of Mr. W.H. Coupe's shop in Brook Street, Sutton, and there was an attendance representative of practically all the clubs in the League.
  The statement of accounts presented by the joint secretaries (Messrs. W.H. Coupe and F. Dyment) showed a balance in hand of £5 11s. 8d.

Election of Officers.

The election of officials for the ensuing year resulted as follows :- President, Mr. W. Shelton; vice-president, Messrs. A.E. Broomhead, C.H. Coupe, F. Cusworth, A.J. Warner, B. Walton, H.C. Wright, J.E. Scott and Dr. J. Young; chairman, Mr. A. Herrod; joint secretary, Messrs. W.H. Coupe and F. Dyment; treasurer, Mr. W. Shelton; auditors, Messrs. H. Johnson and A. Allcock.
  Mr. W.H. Coupe reported that he had invited Messrs. B. Walton and Sons and Messrs. Scott and Slack to join the League, and the latter had replied to the effect that they were not joining a league next season, whilst Walton's had not yet replied.
  It was agreed to limit the membership of the League to ten clubs, and up to the present the following have been accepted as members :- Huthwaite, Bentinck Welfare, New Hucknall Colliery, East Kirkby Welfare, Sutton Welcome, Sutton Lawn, Teversal Colliery, Sutton Conservative Club and Messrs. I. and R. Morley.
  The meeting for arranging fixtures will take place on the first Monday in next month. After discussion it was resolved that the League prizes be the same as last season, i.e., £3 for the champions, £2 for the runners-up, and £1 for the third.

Competition Winners.

  It was also agreed that in addition to the usual rinks competition a doubles competition be run next season, the details of the competition to be arranged on the night fixtures are made.
  Last season's League winners were Huthwaite and Bentinck Welfare runners-up and New Hucknall Colliery third.
  The winners of the rinks competition were :- 1, Huthwaite (Messrs. T. Thompson, J. Coleman and E. Smith); 2, Sutton Lawn (Messrs. Heathcote, Neale and Hemstock); 3, Huthwaite (Messrs. Bradley, Hill and Webb). ...


  Questions of miners' nystagmus and mine lighting, the use of steel arches at collieries, and the best materials for stemming shot holes, were discussed at a meeting of the Midland Institute of Mining Engineers, held at Victoria Hotel, Sheffield, under the presidency of Professor R.V. Wheeler during the weekend.
  Mr. G.F.F. Eager said the whole question of increased illumination in mines was one that every mining engineer would have to consider carefully in the immediate future. Whatever might be the actual means ultimately adopted, there was no doubt that they had a very great amount to gain by the adoption of better lighting, both as regarding the scourge of nystagmus, and on economic grounds. He discussed the use of cap-lamps, a large number of which are in use at pits with which he is connected, and said the men adapted themselves to them in a remarkable way. ...


  " The past year has been one of the worst any of us can remember. The beer tax has accentuated the depression to an alarming degree. Now the crisis is passing, surely we are entitled to some progress."
  So said Mr. C.W. Chadburn (managing director of the Mansfield Brewery Co., Ltd.) in a forceful speech on behalf of the license trade as the diamond jubilee dinner of the Mansfield, Sutton and District Licensed Victuallers and Beer-house Keepers Association, held in the Palais de Danse, on Tuesday evening. Mr. Chadburn presided over a gathering of upwards of 130.
  Following the loyal toast, Mr. S.C. Deakin proposed "The Mayor, Magistrates and Trade of Mansfield District." Trade in Mansfield, he said, was bad, but it was bad in every district. They might be sure that the colliery companies, upon whom they depended so much, were watching closely the possible scientific developments of the industry. ...


  Huthwaite United continue to make satisfactory progress and thanks to a hard-earned 5-3 victory over their visitors Stokes' Castings, on Saturday, the United now occupy third place in the Division II. table. Robinson, Walker and Etherington were now outstanding home players, and the visitors were best served by Griffiths, McKay and Harrison. ...


  On Saturday, Huthwaite C.W.S. paid a profitable visit to Mansfield, where they defeated Mansfield Shoe Company by five clear goals. ...   Result:-
Huthwaite C.W.S., 5, Mansfield Shoe Company, 0.


  On Saturday, Huthwaite Villa, were the guests of B. Walton and Sons' Reserve, and won by 10 goals to two. The Villa goal scorers were Fox (three), L. Reeves, S. Hunt, E. Reeves (two each) and Thrall.
  To-morrow the Villa are to entertain South Normanton Rangers with the following team:- Fisher; B. Williams and L. Smith; Griffiths, J. Wilson and Collins; L. Reeves, S. Hunt, E. Reeves, Fox and Thrall.

Written 21 Feb 12 Revised 21 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott