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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - January 22nd 1932


At the Parish Church on Sunday prayers were recited on behalf of Mr. Stanley Smith, of Chesterfield Road, whose condition during the early part of the week was causing his friends great anxiety.

The annual "sharing out" of "White Lion" Sick and Dividing Society produced 19s. per member. This is a record which speaks well for the efficient manner in which the Society is carried on. The secretary is Mr. R. Bostock and the treasurer Mr. O. Hardy. There is a good list of members, but it is capable of being extended.

Miss Margaret Rockley, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Rockley, of Sutton Road, who has recently undergone an operation in hospital at Nottingham, is making very favourable progress. It is an unusual circumstance that Miss Rockley's birthday fell on Sunday, and a little while ago her mother, during a serious illness, also spent a birthday in hospital. On Sunday the patient had many cheerful messages from friends, so the day was not altogether a dull one.

Exceptional quality has been displayed at the exhibitions held by the Huthwaite Homing Society at the Workpeople's Inn. The series ended on Saturday with a show for young hens, the following being the winners :- 1, J. Dudley (Stanton Hill); 2, Johnson and Fudge (Stanton Hill); 3, A. Parramore (Pinxton); special, Kirk and Blythe (Stanton Hill). The exhibits were judged by Dunn Bros. On the previous Saturday, the competition was for young cocks, with the following results:- 1, W. Elliott (Huthwaite); 2, T. Firth (Sutton); 3 and special, Dunn and Parkin (Stanton Hill). In this case the judges were Messrs. Kirk and Blythe.

Special musical programmes were provided at the United Methodist Church on Sunday, the service being a preliminary to a special effort held on Wednesday evening. Mr. Richard Butler, Newton, was the preacher for both afternoon and evening services. ... The organist was Mr. N. Evans.


  The annual meeting of the Huthwaite Parish Church Council was held on Thursday evening in the Common Road Schools. The proceedings were of a very encouraging character, both by reason of the unusually good attendance, and of reports of success presented. The Rev. W.L. Boulton presided, and the following members were present :- Messrs. T. Goodall (people's warden), W. Rockley (secretary), R. Bailey, junr., L. Bailey, A. Hill, T. Clarke, A. Gunby, A. Gunby, junr., H. Wilson, A. Evans, A. Heathcote, and O. Forster. Mesdames, Heathcote, Alexander, Grierson, H. Ensor, Fitchett, T. Blow and Gunby, Misses E. Lineker, W. Wright and E. Goodall. The Vicar's warden, Mr. W. Lee, was unable to attend through indisposition.
  Mr. Goodall presented the accounts, which were passed as satisfactory, and the election of officers was not a debatable subject, it being generally agreed that those holding office could not be improved upon.


  Accordingly there were no new nominations for people's or Vicar's warden, and Messrs. Goodall and Lee again accepted the positions. Mr. Rockley having held the post of secretary with every satisfaction to the Council, he was again appointed, and as none of the members of the Council expressed any desire to withdraw all were re-elected.
  The Chairman thanked all the workers and officials for the work that had been done. In acknowledging it, he did not wish to make much display - that was not his way - but he deeply appreciated it all the same. In his simple expression of thanks, he included the wardens.
  The approaching bazaar was discussed, but few final arrangements were made. It was, however, decided that children should take part in the opening on one of the days.
  The sidesmen were appointed as follows:- Messrs. W.O. Lee, J. Newman, W. Rockley, C. Darch, T. Hill, S. Smith, W. Pickaver, F. Edwards, B. Hill, A. Gunby, G.H. Pegg, J. Newman, junr., T. Marshall, R. Bailey, F.C. Grierson, E. Wilson, A. Heathcote, G. Heathcote, L. Bailey, A. Pickaver, T. Trigg, O. Forster, T. Clarke, F. Wilson, A. Gunby, junr., and A. Evans.
  Four additional sidesmen were elected, Dr. Vance and Messrs. H. Rainsbury, G. Bailey and R. Dickens.
  The serious illness of Mr. Stanley Smith (the superintendent of the Boys; Sunday School) was mentioned and heard with great concern. It was proposed and seconded that a letter of sympathy be sent to Mr. Smith and the family.


There were great attractions at the United Methodist Church on Wednesday, in both song and story. The soloist was Mr. Herbert Flint, the local B.B.C. tenor, and the elocutionist was Miss Edith Woodhead, L.G.S.M. (Staveley). Miss J. Kitchen (Sutton) presided over a large attendance, and a delightful programme was given by the two artistes, Miss Woodhead;s elocutionary items including modern poetry, prose, and monologue, narrative poetry, songs of childhood, and dramatic and humorous pieces. During the evening the chairman congratulated all who organised the event, and said it had been very enjoyable. Mr. N. Evans in thanking Miss Kitchen, pointed out that no one patronised their efforts more than the heads of schools in Huthwaite.

The Rev. W.L. Boulton officiated at the funeral on Thursday of Mrs. Elizabeth Millard, aged 73, of New Fall Street. Deceased was a native of Ilkeston, and had resided in Huthwaite 24 years. She had been ill about six weeks, but some time ago she met with a street accident, and was never quite the same afterwards. She leaves four daughters, the mourners being Emily Dakin, Mr. and Mrs. E. Clowes (Sutton), Mr. and Mrs. Brown (Huthwaite) and Mr. and Mrs. T. Bradley (Huthwaite), daughters; J. Dakin (B Winnings), stepson; Mrs. Kerry (B Winnings), Mrs. H. Dakin (South Normanton), Mrs. S. Whitby (Mansfield), stepsisters; Mrs. Brown (friend); Ernest Clowes, Wilfred Brown, Horace Bradley and Lily Westwood (Shirebrook), grandchildren. The bearers were Messrs. P. Kerry, G.H. Dakin, J. Brown and H. Thomson. There were wreaths from all the mourners and from friends and neighbours.

A splendid costume performance in two scenes was given in the Wesleyan schoolroom (kindly lent) on Wednesday evening by the Sutton Brook Street Primitive Methodist Amateur Operatic Society. The effort was on behalf of the Huthwaite Primitive Methodist Sunday School funds. There was a large attendance, and the operetta was rendered in admirable fashion the following being cast:-.... Chorus of women, children, guards and patriots. The conductors were Mr. and Mrs. A. Oakley, and pianist, Mr. A. Garbett, A.V.C.M. The orchestra was arranged by Mr. S.A. Simpson and the stage managers were Messrs. J.L. Huskisson and H. Clarke. At the close a vote of thanks to the performers was moved by Mr. Jones, seconded by Mr. Burton. The help of the Wesleyan friends in lending their commodious hall, with its up-to-date stage, fittings, and lighting arrangements was also greatly appreciated.

On Wednesday evening in last week a first-class concert was organised by the married men of the Wesleyan Church on behalf of the Trust funds. The event was a complete success, everyone of the artistes being a star in the musical fermament, and there was a large audience. The chairman was Mr. A. Pepper, J.P., who remarked what an honour it was for him to be present and he reminded his hearers that the Sutton Harmonic Choir was originally formed in Huthwaite. The official programme was as follows, but there were many encores, and all the items were given in faultless style: Duet, Messrs. E. Humphreys and W.J. Higginbottom; song, Maggie Jaques; violin solo, Mr. E. Humphreys; solo, Mr. John E. Byron; solo, Mr. W.J. Higginbottom; song, Irene Bonas; pianoforte solo, Mr. John E. Byron; song, Maggie Jaques; song, Mr. W.J. Higginbottom; violin solo, Mr. Alfred Fletcher; duet, Messrs. E. Humphreys and W.J. Higginbottom; song, Irene Bonas; recit and air, Mr. E. Humphreys. The accompanists were Miss Phyllis Clough and Madame Annie Taylor, the latter a highly-trained and gifted Sutton lady with a long list of distinctions, a substantial sum being realised by the effort.


  Although leading by the odd goal of three at half-time in their away match with Rufford Colliery on Saturday, Huthwaite United were subsequently defeated by six goals to two. The Collieries fine ground was in splendid condition and some sparkling football was witnessed, the home team, who improved considerably after the interval, giving a particularly good account of themselves.
Result:- Rufford Colliery Reserve, 6; Huthwaite United ,2. Teams:-
Huthwaite United. - W. Lappage; F. Davison and A. Cox; J. Etherington, H. Burton and E. Walker; W. Bingley, R.G. Robinson, R. Holt, G. Percival and J. Whitehead.


The Bedaux System.


  At a special meeting of the Sutton and Huthwaite Branch, Ilkeston District Hosiery Union, on Thursday evening, the secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of the Leicester Union explained "Bedaux" to a packed attendance at the Baptist Lecture Hall, Sutton. A large number of girl workers were present.
  Mr. A. Hickton (Sutton), Vice-President Ilkeston District Hosiery Union, presided, and drew the attention of members to the seriousness of a lock-out of the magnitude of the present dispute at Leicester. He pointed out to members that the fight was the fight of every hosiery worker, and he expressed pleasure at such a good attendance of girls.

A Girls' Fight

  Mr. J.T. Brewin (General Secretary Ilkeston District) outlined the work of the Union on behalf of the Leicester workers. He felt proud when he remembered with what promptitude the Executive recommended a grant of £1,000 to the lock-out fund, and how, with a unanimous voice, the General Council had concurred. He also was pleased to see so many girls present, as this was a girls' fight. There was a great deal of talk about the "weaker sex," but the girls in trade unions to-day were proving themselves exceptionally strong, especially in the hosiery trade.
  Mr. Walter Newcomb (of the Committee of the Executive of Leicester Union), who said he could not give details of the Bedaux system as could Mr. Moulden, who had had such excellent opportunities afforded him by Wolsey, Ltd., to become closely acquainted with all the intricacies of "Bedaux," urged that the duty of every hosiery worker was to "be British." To be British, a worker could not subject himself under an alien system of working. Every hosiery worker was an expert. His or her work was a highly technical task. It was ludicrous to contemplate hosiery workers on piece rates slacking.
  How could a foreigner, especially one totally unacquainted with the hosiery trade, teach British managers and workers how to accomplish in a more successful manner the task which they (the British) had performed for generations! ...

Written 19 Feb 12 Revised 19 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott