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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - July 8th 1932


  Sympathy as been extended to Mr. Walter Parkin and family, of 9, Sherwood Street, Huthwaite, in their severe and sudden loss of wife and mother, Mrs. Hannah Parkin. She was within a few weeks of her 39th birthday, and after a month's stay in a Nottingham Convalescent Home, underwent an operation at the General Hospital. For a little over a week she made favourable progress, but an unexpected relapse occurred, and she passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon.
  The late Mrs. Parker Parkin was a native of Huthwaite, and had lived there all her days. She had a life-long association with the United Methodist Church, joining the choir there at the age of ten and remaining a chorister for 12 years. Subsequently she was a regular church member up to the time of her illness. She was of a cheerful and sympathetic disposition, and was highly esteemed both by church members and residents generally. She leaves a husband and two daughters of 14 and 12 years.

The Funeral.

  The funeral was conducted on Tuesday by Mr. G. Mansfield (Huthwaite), who also officiated at a service in the United Methodist Church prior to the interment in the Cemetery. Miss H. Hawley was the organist, and in addition to suitable voluntaries, played the accompaniments to two hymns, ...
  The mourners were :- Husband; Minnie and Joyce, daughters; Mr. W. Smith, father; Mrs. Gretton (Wheatcroft), aunt; Mr. W. Smith (Bentley), brother; Mr. A. Gretton, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bentley (Cotmanhay), Mrs. M. Kirkby (Radford), Mr. and Mrs. W. Harwood, Mr. F. Carter and Mrs. M. Carter (Sutton), cousins; Mrs. Flint, Mrs. Morris (both of Sutton) and Mrs. Wheldon, sisters-in-law; Mrs. Leivers, Mrs. Bird, Mrs. Collins (all of Sutton), Mrs Page and Mrs. Kirk, nieces. Personal friends who attended weer Mrs. Dove, senr., and Mrs. Dove, junr. (Sutton), Mrs. Gelsthorpe, Mrs. Clowes, Mrs. C. Herrod, Mrs. Griffin (Teversal) and Mrs. Staniland (Sutton).
  The bearers were Messrs. W. Kirk and F. Wheldon (nephews), W. Woodhead, J.T. Gelsthorpe, G. Orridge and R. Moorhouse.
  Wreaths were received from :- Husband and family; Aunt Anna and Cousins; Sisters and Brothers; Mrs. Cox and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Herrod; Mrs. Woodhead and family; Evelyn, Alex and Bertha; Mrs. Orridge, Lil and Frank; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor; Nancy and Wendy Collins; Mr. and Mrs. Staniland; Sister Lizzie and children; Maggie and Warren; Mr. and Mrs. Beardow; a Friend; Mrs. Smith and Mrs. England; Ivy, John and Mrs. Dove; Ruth, Tom and Cyril Gelsthorpe; Mrs. A. Clowes and family; all Cousins; Cousin Norah and Will and family; United Methodist Church Choir and Sunday School; Emma and Jess; Annie and Arthur; and Mary and children.


On Sunday the children's anniversary services at the Primitive Methodist Church were concluded. A similar programme to that of the previous week was gone through, the preacher for the second week being Mr. G. Cresswell, of Worksop. Different streets were paraded for the purpose of singing hymns in the open air, and the church services were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. The offertories for both weeks totalled £15 10s.

Mr. J.W. Bailey, B.Sc., a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Bailey, of Cemetery Lodge, who went to Constantinople three years ago as assistant master in an English High School there, is now on his way home again. On account of the distance, he has not been able to visit this country since he accepted the post, but he will be sure of a cordial welcome, from a large circle of friends on his return. Mr. Bailey, who was formerly an assistant master at Huthwaite New St. Council School, has been very successful in his work in Constantinople and has had the opportunities of visiting many notable places. In the city he has been the official organist of the British Embassy Chapel. He has had one experience which falls to the lot of few people - that of crossing both the Alps and the Pyrenees. On the outward journey Mr. Bailey went to Genoa overland, and took ship from that city to his destination. On his return he sails to Barcelona in Spain and crosses that country by train to Paris. He left Constantinople on Wednesday, and hopes to be in London this week-end.

The funeral took place on Wednesday of a well-known Huthwaite figure, Mr. John Elliott Gower, of 65, Main Street, the last rites being conducted by the Rev. W.L. Boulton. The late Mr. Gower, who was 52 years of age, was a native of Huthwaite, one of a family of ten. For the last 18 months he had been seriously ill, and had not been out of doors for six months. He had many friends' membership of the Huthwaite Old Friendly Society, of which he had been treasurer, and was a member of the Old People's Treat Committee. For some years he was a member of the Huthwaite Urban District Council, and was elected chairman the year after the war. Of late years he had taken little interest in public affairs.
  He leaves a widow and a stepson. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gower, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gower, and Mr. Harry Gower (brothers); Mrs. Swain, Mrs. Warburton, Clay Cross, and Mrs. Gelsthorpe, Teversal (sisters); Mr. John Kirk, Kirkby, and Mr. and Mrs. B. Pickering (brothers-in-law and sister-in-law); Mr. E. Gower (nephew). The bearers were Messrs. M. Adlington, W. Rhodes, C. Rhodes, J. Bramley, S. Cartwright and A. Beardsall. The wreaths were as follow:- Wife; Madge, Charlie and Margaret; Elsie and Ben; Mr. and Mrs. A. Beardsall and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Limb, Sutton; Mr. Samuel Clarke, Sutton; Mag., Herbert and Family; Violet and Family; Tony, Mary and Family; Polly and Jim; Annie and Jack; Ted, Ada and Maurice.


  The promotors of the annual Huthwaite Parish Church Carnival were fortunate in selecting a fine day this year. Last year the event had to be altogether abandoned to unfavourable weather, but on Saturday the conditions were all that could be desired.
  The proceedings began with a fancy-dress parade from the Market Place, led by the Huthwaite Prize Band, and there were many interested spectators, the characters being wonderfully well got up, besides performing a useful service by taking collections on the route.

  Many Activities.

  Outstanding was a jet-black and spirited representation of Topsy (out of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") and a Zulu warrior, of about the same colour, created a sensation, especially when he began to dance. A richshaw with passenger was a most effective turnout and perfect in detail. The amount collected in the streets was £7 5s., which was a record, and the best proof of public appreciation. "Topsy" did exceptionally well with her box, so she must have had some lovable traits after all.
  On the field in Columbia Street, lent by Mr. E.H. Lowe, were many attractions. A cricket match had been arranged between Ladies and Gentlemen, but the ladies were shy and the Catechism Class took their place and beat the gentlemen by the narrow margin of two runs -45 to 43. The umpire was Mr. O. Forster.
  A novel and very interesting feature was the staging of an historical pageant, under the direction of Miss Lineker, and the delightful morris dancing by Miss Pritchett's troupe was greatly admired, the accompanist being Miss Turner. Twenty young ladies lined up for the ankle competition, which was won by Miss Hargreaves, the adjudicator being Mr. B.V. Rainsbury.
  The treasure-hunt was in charge of Mrs. R. Bailey and Mrs. Grierson; and Messrs. G. Bailey and O. Forster supervised the sweets and minerals stall. The catering was in the hands of the Mothers' Union members.
  The judging of the costumes was naturally a matter of great interest, the dresses being exceptionally attractive and ingenious. Great praise is due to the designers of the various costumes, and to those competitors whose original ideas were so cleverly worked out.


  Prize-winners were as follow, the adjudicators being Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Garnett (Kirkby) and Miss Turner.
  Ladies: 1, Miss Pattie Hill; 2, Miss E. Goodall; 3, Miss Betty Grierson;
  Ladies (original): 1, Miss E. Hargreaves; 2, Miss D. Clayton.
  Tableaux: Mr. G. Cox and Miss C. Blount, Rickshaw turnout.
  Men (original): 1, Mr. D. Speed; 2, Mr. W. Clarke; 3, Mr. A. Evans.
  Girls: 1, Dorothy Alexander; 2, Madge Hall; 3, Audrey and Evelyn Clayton; 4, Rita Evans; 5, iris Ball; 6, Peggy Morris.
  Boys: 1, J. Marshall; 2, O. Lineker; 3, J. Wilders; 4, H. Lineker; 5, J. Havenhand.
  The prizes were presented by Mrs. Garnett, and mention should be made of Miss Wilson, who, dressed as a coster, raised 12s. from twopenny guesses as to the number of buttons on her suit.
  Miss Lineker's characters were: Queen Eleanor, A. Spencer; Queen Elizabeth, P. Maltby; Queen Victoria, L. Stopps; Victorian Lady, I. Lucas; Joan of Arc, L. Hatton; Francis Drake, J. Gelsthorpe; Florence Nightingale, M. Marriott; Faith Cavell, L. Wilkinson; Dutch Girl, M. Pilkington; Dutch Boy, E. Blow.
  The prizes had been nearly all given, and therefore will not be a charge on Saturdays proceeds, which should be a substantial amount. The success of the carnival was due in a great measure to the indefatigable hon. secretary, Mr. R. Bailey, jnr., with a sub-committee consisting of the Rev. W.L. Boulton (chairman), and Messrs. A. Heathcote, A. Hill and L. Bailey (marshal) of the procession), who, with Mr. W. Rockley and Mr. Rainsbury, acted as stewards. The parade was led by Mr T. Goodall, and others who assisted in various ways were Messrs. T. Clarke, G. Heathcote, A. Gunby, M. Street, T. Hill, A. Evans, S. Wood, H. Wilson and G. Bailey. For one of the tableaux a motor-lorry was lent by Messrs. Barnes and Son, North Street.


In "Hell Bent for Frisco" at the Lyric Theatre next week, a tale is told ... At the end of the week "X Marks the Spot" is an effective film with Lew Cody and Mary Nolan in a first-rate cast... This week-end the great mystery film "Black Coffee," should appeal to all classes of picture-goers.


  The need for the further provision of open-air schools for selected delicate or sub-normal children is stressed by Dr. Christopher Tibbits, School Medical Officer for Notts., in his annual report for 1931.
  The report states that there had been a steady maturation of the school medical services expanded during the previous year, coincident with a satisfactory progress of other services, a welding and consolidation of staff, and increasing co-operation by the public.
  The county service has now reached a stage at which the major administrative or schematic needs had been provided up to the level of other progressive counties. There were, nevertheless, deficiencies still to be met, notably in the provision of special school accommodation of open-air type for selected delicate or sub-normal children, and adequate accommodation for mental defectives and epileptics and systematised treatment facilities for rheumatic children.

"A Period of Standstill."

  "At the end of 1931," the report continued, "the medical officers recorded 183 children who should, if possible, be given the advantage of education under the open-air school system, 26 epileptics requiring special school accommodation and 233 mental defectives.
  A few counties are fortunate in having open-air schools, but in the majority of cases these are provided by voluntary agencies, and it is difficult to think of any voluntary endeavour more likely to be of real and lasting benefit to the child community than this.
  Owing to the present financial difficulties it has been necessary to envisage a period of 'standstill' in this county's service and to make no actual provision for expansion of existing services involving expenditure. This, I believe, will not be detrimental to the service as a temporary measure. Expansion has been so rapid and continuous in recent years that a period of consolidation may well be beneficial. Actual standstill, of course, is impossible."
  At the end of 1931 there were 55,386 names on the registers and 343 school departments. During the year, there were no fewer than 305,112 inspections, treatments, etc.
  The report went on to suggest a fuller use being made of the opportunities which arise during a child's school life for inculcating proper habits, a healthful outlook on life and a broad teaching of hygiene.


  Open days in connection with Huthwaite Road, Infant's School always prove attractive, and on Wednesday afternoon approximately 300 parents and friends crowded into the School Hall to witness the displays of the children and the presentation of prizes. The prizes were handed to the successful kiddies by Mrs. Burn and Mrs. Burrows (School Managers), the latter briefly addressing the gathering and thanking the parents for the interest they took in the children.
  Also present were Mr. W.H. Cullen (School Correspondent), Mrs. Tinsley, the Rev. J.T. Jones and Dr. T.S. McKean. Miss F.M. Harley (headmistress) supervised the afternoon's proceedings, which passed off very well and were greatly enjoyed, and also thanked the parents for their attendance and for their interest in the children.
  The following programme was gone through in creditable style by the kiddies, of whose performances the audience showed their appreciation in no uncertain manner:- ...

Written 27 Feb 12 Revised 28 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott