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a weeks news dated - June 17th 1932

Council Issue Warning.


  The alleged rough play of youths on the new Recreation Ground at Huthwaite, and the use of bad language on the ground, came in for a good deal of discussion at the monthly meeting of the Huthwaite Urban District Council, held in the Council Offices on Tuesday evening. Councillor J. Davies presided, and the other members present were Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J. Potter, J. Iball, D.D. Bonser, A. Wilson, M. Betts, F.C. Sowter, J. Peters, W. Clarke, J.G. Wright, H.A. Simpson and W.E. Hancock.

"Roughness and Vulgarism."

  Referring to the playing field on the old brickyard site, the Chairman said it was already partly equipped with apparatus for enjoyment, but the Council felt very strongly - and he was sure he was expressing the wish of the Council assembly - that no one should take advantage of the amusements on Sundays, and that something ought to be done with regard to the bad language used on the ground. The Council requested the public generally to refrain from the use of bad language and not to make use of the apparatus for amusements on Sundays.
  "A lot of young men have been playing roughly on the ground," added the Chairman, "and we want it to be known that we don't countenance this sort of thing. We like to see them enjoying themselves so long as they behave properly, but the roughness and vulgarism on the Recreation Ground is becoming alarming to the Council. I hope this publicity will put a stop to it.
  Mr. Simpson: Big youths are monopolising the roundabouts to the exclusion of the children. The park is primarily for the children of this parish, the grants coming from the various organisations on that understanding. We want it to be known that a code of rules is being drawn up, and that we shall exclude these youths from the amusements during the time the children are there. The youths seem to have taken possession of these, which are not for them but for the children and they ought to be given chance to play on them. Already there has been a serious accident due to a lot of this foolery that has been going on, and we do know that the parents wish us to put our foot down and get these young men off. We ought to fix a time for closing the amusements, as the Attendance Officer tells me there are complaints of children being there after half past nine.

Doing a Wrong.

  Mr. Sowter: I think we should be befitting ourselves and the Council if it goes from here that these young people have licence to use these amusements which have been provided for the children. Some damage has already been done which is going to cost something to repair, and it is due to nothing but hooliganism. In my mind we should be doing a wrong to extend to these people over a certain age the right to use these amusements. We got these for the use of the children, and to put these to the use of young people would not be carrying out obligations. Provision has been made for these young men in the way of cricket and football - games more in touch with their ability and keeping - and I move that they have one portion of the ground and the children the other. If we do this we shall be carrying out our obligations.
  The Chairman: As far as I personally am concerned, I made my remarks as a warning until we have got the rules fixed, which may take some weeks. What the Council desire is a sense of citizenship from the public and the young men. After all, the ground belongs to them, but we wish to keep it in order and have it properly conducted.
  Mr. Clarke: Will these rules we are drawing up prevent the children from having a paddle on Sundays?
The Chairman: That will be considered by the Committee. The rules say that no games shall be played on Sundays.
  Mr. Betts supported the Chairman's remarks.
  The Chairman said he noticed in the minutes that the new playing field was to be called the Recreation Ground for the time being. He would like to call it the Urban Recreation Ground.

Name Wanted.

  Mr. Lowe: I think we ought to defer that matter.
  Mr. Simpson: I think we ought to call it the Falls. There was a time when probably there was a waterfall there, because we had Old Fall Street and now we have New Fall Street. The children still say they are going on the Falls. I should like us to keep up some of these old names which remind us of the time when Huthwaite was a beautiful old place.
  The Clerk suggested that the ground be called New Fall Park, but it was eventually agreed that the matter be deferred from one month.
  The presentation of the Free Library Committee minutes caused Mr. Simpson to ask if it had not been proposed that the road to the bowling green be made more accessible.
  The Clerk: That is dealt with in the minutes.
  Mr. Simpson: People are likely to go down to the Free Library and not be aware that there is a beautiful ground at the back. I think there ought to be a road straight through to it.
  Mr. Sowter moved that an improvement be made to the entrance to the bowling green from the Library end and this was agreed to.
  Mr. Sowter asked the Clerk if he had looked up the minute referring to the charge for the Lecture Hall for the unemployed and the Clerk said he had not yet had time to refer to the minute but was bearing it in mind.
  Mr. Clarke said there was a dispute as to whether the charge was 6s. or 1s. 6d.
  Mr. Hancock: It was left for the Committee to charge a nominal fee similar to that charged by Sutton Council for the use of the room at the Baths.
  The matter was left for the Clerk to refer to the minute in question.


Phillips -On the 9th inst., Enid Phillips, Barker Street, 2 years and 4 months.
Norman -On the 13th inst., Annie Martha Norman, Sutton, 64 years.
Staniforth -On the 14th inst., Thomas William Staniforth, Royal Oak Yard, 46 years.


The funeral took place on Thursday, of Enid Phillips, of 54, Barker Street, aged two years and four months. Wreaths were sent by Mamma and Daddie: Gramma and Grandad; Uncle Percy and Aunty Gerty; Aunty Winnie and Uncle Charlie; Aunty Alice and Uncle Herbert; Aunty Lily and Uncle's John and Charlie; Aunty Lizzie and Uncle Walter; Aunty Violet; neighbours; Uncle Albert and Aunty Liza; Jacky; Gladys Barnes; Irene Rhodes; Annie Bond; Mrs. Allsop; Mr. and Mrs. Beighton and Eric; Aunt Lidia and Uncle Bernard; F. Ball and E. Fidler. Mr. Alfred Wilson conducted the service and Mr. Ball was the organist.


Within a very short time it is expected Notts. County Council will be again considering the revision of boundaries of local authorities as proposed by the Boundaries Committee. The suggestions are of particular interest not only to Sutton, but also Huthwaite, Skegby and Kirkby, in respect of which considerable re-arrangements have been suggested, and the decisions of the County Council will be awaited with interest. The proposals as affecting Sutton, Huthwaite and Skegby are already pretty well known, the suggestion, strenuously opposed by those authorities likely to lose their identity, being that Huthwaite and Skegby parish shall come into Sutton. Proposals are also made with regard to representation, and if the new area becomes an established fact it is proposed that Sutton Council should have 19 instead of 18 members, and that instead of East and West Wards, dividing the representation between them, it would be ; Sutton East Ward, six, Sutton West Ward six, Huthwaite, three and Skegby four. How far these suggestions will become an accomplished fact we shall have to wait and see.

Huthwaite Urban Council appears to be experiencing a state of affairs with regard to their recreational ground and amusements provided for children similar to those common to many other authorities who have specially catered for the younger generation. At the monthly meeting this week complaints were made that youths of the district are usurping the privileges intended for the children and generally causing annoyance by the use of bad language. It is a pity that young fellows who should know better do not show more regard for the general welfare of the town's recreational amenities, and have their games on spaces provided for them, leaving the children's amusements alone. The Council are determined to bring about an alteration in the state of affairs that has prevailed, and in this they will receive the support of the ratepayers in general.


  There will be good wishes from over a wide area to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bostock, whose 50th anniversary of their wedding day occurs to-day. Mrs. Bostock is a native of Huthwaite, a member of the Farnsworth family, and Mr. Bostock has lived in the town since infancy.
  Naturally they have seen many changes. Mr. Bostock, who played a prominent part in public life for many years, assisted in bringing about many improvements. Politically, he was always an ardent Liberal of the old school, and took a big interest in the leading political questions of the day.

A Record.

  Mr. and Mrs. Bostock are in good health and spirits, and are regular members of the Wesleyan Church. In this respect they can claim something of a record, for they have been associated with this place of worship for over 60 years without a break.
  They were married at the Parish Church, Sutton, on the 17th June, 1882, by the Rev. Brodhurst, and live at 55, Sutton Road, Huthwaite, a residence they acquired thirty years ago, and which they have occupied since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Bostock have lived a happy and devoted life, and brought up a fairly large family, now widely scattered, their son Leonard at the present time being on his way to Singapore to resume his duties as Inspector for the C.I.D. after six months leave in this country. For over a quarter of a century Mr. Bostock took a leading part politically, and in local matters, being a member of the Urban District Council 23 years and the Old School Board, followed by ten years as Assistant Overseer, retiring when the new Rating Bill became operative. At present they are enjoying their seaside holiday at Hovlake, a place they frequently visit. That they many have many more year of happy married life will be the sincere wish of their many friends.


There is a well-organised Girl Guide Coy. in Huthwaite, but it is hardly in keeping with the enthusiasm of the members that it does not provide its own officer in charge, but allows the Coy. to rely on outside help, writes a correspondent. The captain, Miss Chapman, lives in Sutton, and has to make a fairly long journey when the Guides meet, and there is a feeling that she could be relieved of some of the duties by someone living on the spot. The District Commissioner, Miss M. Strachan, of Stanton Hill, would gladly welcome and initiate one or two young ladies who are willing to devote a little spare time to the Guides, and Huthwaite should be able to supply them. It is a fine movement and there are greater possibilities when the officers are in constant touch with the troop. A readiness to help a good cause for its own sake, and a cheerful sympathetic disposition are the chief qualifications. It is also proposed to form a Brownie Pack in Huthwaite, so that all ages can be catered for in the matter of membership. There must be plenty of young girls in Huthwaite who would make capital Brownies, and who would readily respond to a little encouragement. This idea also is strongly supported by the District Commissioner, and, with a little enterprise within the town, would soon be an accomplished fact. The Guides have just commemorated their 21st anniversary; let somebody celebrate it by coming forth to give them a helping hand.


  Sunday at Huthwaite Parish Church was a day of personal thanksgiving, and the musical programme, both vocal and instrumental was one of the most attractive ever presented, and was rendered with outstanding ability and skill. The chief feature was the singing of Mr. Herbert Parker, a bass baritone from Lichfield Cathedral, whose solos exhibited striking dramatic and emotional fervour.
  Selections were also given by an instrumental quartette comprising the following; Messrs. E. Clay, violin; E. Godfrey, viola; C. W. Lowe, 'cello; and E. Lowe, organ. They revealed artistry of a very high order, and the items in all cases were, it will be noted, but the best composers. There were large congregations at both afternoon and evening services, the Rev. W.L. Boulton officiating. ...

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