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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - January 8th 1932


The annual New Year dance organised by the New Hucknall Tennis Club was as usual a very enjoyable affair. It was held in the Drill Hall on Thursday, and about 90 dancers spent a pleasant time. The hall had been decorated, and the floor prepared by the Club members and the music was played by Billy Ward's Band (Normanton). The M.C.'s were Messrs. J.C. Turner and H. White, and at midnight the New Year was welcomed on behalf of the gathering, by Messrs. H.A. Simpson and F. Grierson. Seasonable compliments followed as a matter of course, and the concluding feature of the evening was the singing of "Auld Lang Syne."


  While an increased number of deaths was reported to the Nottingham District Coroner (Mr. H. Bradwell) during 1931, as compared with 1930, fewer inquests were held.
  Statistics for 1931 reveal the fact that 380 deaths were reported to the coroner, compared with 366 in 1930, and on this number 129 inquests were held, compared with 146 the previous year. Verdicts of "Accidental death" were recorded in 78 cases, against 90 for 1930. Twenty-six of the cases related to road fatalities, involving 11 motor cycles, two cyclists, three motor cars, seven buses and three lorries. The number of road fatalities investigated in 1930 was 29. There were 33 suicide cases, 20 male, and 13 female, which is the same total as last year, although in that year there were 24 male and nine female. Fifteen colliery fatalities were investigated, against 24 in 1930, while deaths on the railways again numbered 10. Ten open verdicts were returned, against 15 the previous year.
  There was no case of murder, but one case of "felo de se"; one verdict of "natural causes"; no case of inattention at birth, against three last year; one case of a still born child; four cases of children suffocated in bed; and two deaths from aircraft accidents.
  The coroner investigated 151 cases of death for which inquests were not deemed necessary, as against 221 the previous year. Thirty-five post-mortem examinations were held, as against 27. Five post-mortem examinations were held on inquest cases.
  Sixty-two jurors were summoned compared with 71 last year. One case in connection with a road fatality stands adjourned.


SECOND COURT. Before Mr. F.F. Hibbert (in the chair) and Mr. C.H. Coupe.
Edited clips of familiar crimes and fines imposed.

Costly Language.

  Failing to appear to answer a charge of having used indecent language at Blidworth, Wm Herrod, of Blidworth, was fined £1 1s.
  Denying a similar offence at Blidworth, Ernest Shipman, was ordered to pay a fine of 10s. 6d.

"Pitch and Toss" Gamblers Raided.

A raid on a group of gamblers, who were playing "pitch and toss" in a public place at Mansfield Woodhouse, resulted in the appearance in Court of the following defendants, all of Mansfield Woodhouse, who were fined as stated:- four fined 7s. 6d. and five fined 10s. 6d.

No Bicycle Front Lights.

  Pleaded guilty to having ridden a bicycle without a front light at Warsop, fined 7s. 6d.
  A similar fine was imposed, for a like offence at Sookholme.
  For a like offence at Warsop, of Mansfield Woodhouse was also fined 7s. 6d.
  Stopped on Nottingham Road, Sutton, by P.c. Hart at 4.55 p.m. on December 9th, Harrison of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined 7s. 6d.

Obstruction in Sutton Lawn.

  Six Sutton youths, of Carsic Lane, and Bishop Street were summoned for having obstructed a footpath in the Lawn Pleasure Grounds, Sutton, on December 6th. With the exception of Dixon, who did not appear, all the defendants pleaded guilty.
  P.c. Hart said he was on duty in the Lawn Pleasure Grounds in company with P.c. Curtis at 8.20 p.m. on the date in question, when he saw the defendants standing in the centre of a footpath. Witness kept defendants under observation for 10 minutes, and during that time saw a large number of people had to step on to the wet grass in order to pass defendants. Told they would be reported, one of the youths replied "I shall please myself what I do; I shall not go off the Lawn for anyone." Each defendant was fined 5s.


  Marshall-Watson - On the 28th ult., George Marshall to Mary Ann Watson, both of Hucknall Huthwaite.

Hucknall Huthwaite Happenings.

  The leader of the Hucknall Huthwaite United Methodist Free Church Band of Hope Meeting was Mr. W. Paling, and the roll call was conducted by Mr. Thos. Marriott. The pledge was repeated by the children. The speaker was Mr. Sutton (President of the Sutton and District Band of Hope Union), who based his remarks on the words. "Which side are you on?"

  This week being the anniversary of the formation of the Hucknall Huthwaite Traders' Association, the occasion was celebrated by a tea held in the Council Schools. A company of about 70 members and their wives sat down to tea, which was followed by a social and entertainment, songs, recitations and gramophone selections being given.

Written 20 Feb 12 Revised 20 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott