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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - March 25th 1932

Ratepayers' Meeting at Huthwaite


  The question of the new Urban Boundaries was put before the Huthwaite ratepayers at a meeting in the Free Church schools on Monday evening. There was a good attendance, and the Clerk of the Urban Council (Mr. E.B. Hibbert) asked for a chairman to be appointed. Mr. J. Wright and Mr. W. Clarke were nominated, and the former was elected on a show of hands.
  The chairman was called upon to speak, and explained that at the last meeting of the Council it was unanimously agreed to call that meeting to put before the ratepayers the proposals of the Boundaries' Committee of the Notts. County Council. At the present time they were only proposals, and it was though essential that the ratepayers should have an opportunity of expressing their views on the matter.

Reasons for Proposals.

  What was the reason for all these changes in local Government? was a question several people had asked him. The history of the Local Government Act of 1929 went back to just after the war. Unemployment began to increase, and the Poor Law, as they had known it had broken down, and in many districts they could not pay their way owing to the increase of unemployment and the necessity of giving relief, and other causes. In addition, smaller councils could hardly meet their obligations in reference to roads.
  Motor traffic had caused the maintenance of roads to cost a great deal, and as a consequence of all these things an enquiry had been set up to go into the whole facts of local Government. That Commission sat for some time and made certain recommendations, and those were embodied in the Local Government Act of 1929. The boundary question was only a part of it; it embraced other things.
  Proceeding, Mr. Davies said the Government, in the new act, stated that on April 1st this year proposals must be submitted for a review of the boundaries where they might make for more efficiency or more economy and anything else that could add to the benefit and welfare of the people. It was on this question that the meeting had been called. When the Act was first mooted nearly two years ago he and the Chairman attended the conference of Urban District Councillors and this matter was fully discussed, and the Association made representations to the Ministry of Health so that each little local Council might retain its independence, especially where they efficiently governed, and it did not fail altogether.

Financially Sound.

  In view of the boundaries they must take into consideration whether the Council had been efficient in government, whether their work was carried out efficiently and well, whether they were financially sound and their sanitary arrangements and sewage disposal works good. Also, what was their position as far as community of interest was concerned? Further, the wishes of the inhabitants must be taken into consideration. They were there that night to ascertain what they thought of the matter. They all knew the circumstances, and whether they were efficiently governed, and whether they had always paid their way. He could give them his word that they were as financially sound as any little council in the County. Their loans were not very excessive, but the majority of the loans were invested in revenue-producing concerns such as houses. Housing was the largest loan they had.
  The sewage disposal work had been brought up to date. The Surveyor was present, and he (the speaker) must compliment him on the very efficient way in which he had carried out his work. It was second to none in the county. He would like to point out something else. By reason of Huthwaite's geographical position and the contour of the land they could not possibly take the sewage to Sutton.
  The inadequate water supply from Sutton had been a common complaint for many years. Sometimes they had been hardly able to get any at all. Now the Sherwood Area Water Committee had pressed Huthwaite to join the new Blackwell-Warsop Water Scheme and the agreement was just about to be drawn up and they were hoping at the end of this summer to obtain their water form that supply and there would be an efficient and plentiful supply night and day. The only thing they had had to depend upon Sutton for was gas, but gas was a commercial proposition and anyone would sell them gas. It was not essential that they should have that particular commodity from Sutton. They had had suggestions from collieries and different places where they were using gas in large quantities under the system of low carbonisation. They had nothing at all to gain by joining Sutton.

Council Unanimously Opposed.

  Huthwaite's present half-yearly rates were 4s. 6d. in the £. Sutton was 6s. 8d., but the Huthwaite services were as good as Sutton's. Another proposal was the composition of the new Council. There were to be, out of a total of 19 representatives, twelve from Sutton, four from Skegby and Teversal and three from Huthwaite so that Huthwaite would be in a very awkward position on the Council.
  He did not want to create any personal prejudice against Sutton. The matter was purely a business proposition, proposals by the Government imposed upon the County Council, and the County Council were making the proposals. That meeting would strengthen his hand as County representative in giving opposition to the proposal in the County Council. No doubt he would be in a minority even then, but there were very conflicting views and possibly he might get some support form an unlikely source. It was not a party question and the whole of the Huthwaite Councillors were absolutely unanimous in opposing it.
  The Clerk (Mr. Hibbert) said Huthwaite could claim to be as efficiently governed, and more efficiently administered than many more urban districts in the country. Men had fought so strongly for urban powers years ago that their feelings could be imagined when those powers were not to be taken away after the jealous manner in which they had been guarded in the years past. They were now up against a principle that had been laid down by the Ministry of Health, and that principle was centralisation of Government whereby economics would be obtained by the amalgamation of the smaller areas into the larger ones.
  He wanted the meeting clearly to understand that they were dealing with was a preliminary proposal of the Boundaries Committee of the County Council. It was a very long way form development and a good deal could be done by the local authority and particularly by that meeting so fight the matter for all that it was worth. Huthwaite was only one of the places which the Boundaries Committee proposed to deal with in that way, and every endeavour should be made by the County Council to reach an agreement.

"The Thumbs of Sutton."

  Mr. Hibbert proceeded to give a review of all that had transpired in connection with the proposals, and made plain the provisions of the Act, and went on to say that it was no use being abusive or critical of the County Council. They were only human, and they had their job to do. ... They would be called upon in the event of amalgamation to contribute to the general rate for the amalgamated area, which would be utilised much more for the purpose of undertakings at "that end" of the area, than at "this end."
  Mr. W. Gent in supporting the resolution of protest, said that it had taken them 1,900 years to get free from the ecclesiastical and other dues of Sutton, and were they to sit down and let Sutton come and fetch them back again, the same as a thief in the night. What had they ever gained from Sutton? they had never got anything from Sutton. It was all "grab, grab, grab." That was Sutton's ambition....

Nothing to be gained.

.... Mr. C.A. Smith pointed out that the case had been put very clearly, and the following resolution was passed, the Clerk pointing out that it was not a cut and dried resolution, but one framed on the opinions of the meeting.
  "Resolved unanimously, that this public meeting of ratepayers from the Urban District of Huthwaite, having heard and duly considered the provisional proposals of the Boundaries Committee of the Notts. County Council, so far as it affects this district, views with grave concern the proposal for the disestablishment of this urban area, and is most emphatically opposed to any question of amalgamation with the adjoining urban district of Sutton or the transfer of any part of this district to the areas of neighbouring authorities. Further, the Council be urged to take any effective step to oppose the said proposals by further representation, both to the County Authority, and if necessary, to the Ministry of Health with a view to the preservation of this district's independence of administration."


Advertisements for insertion in the "Free Press" may be handed to Mr. J. Ensor, 47, Lime Avenue.-Advt.

GOSPEL MISSION.- The Gospel Mission Prize Band will give a concert on Monday, next, 7 p.m.-Advt.

OLD PEOPLE'S TREAT COMMITTEE.- Will all persons of 63 years of age, and over, who have not got their Tickets, please apply to the following Collectors:- Messrs. W. Harwood, J. Wright, E. Gascoigne, F. Foulkes, W. Straw, J. Limb and W. Lawrence; or to the Secretary, Mr. A. Tomlinson, 45, Main Street, Huthwaite.-Advt.

Miss Made Allsop, 10, Lime Street, Sutton daughter of Mr. F. Allsop, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Straw, Huthwaite, has been successful in gaining her final examination, and is now a State registered nurse.

Mrs. Grierson presided at a meeting of the Mothers' Union on Tuesday evening when an address was given by Mrs. Lomas (South Normanton). She was thanked by the chairman, supported by Mrs. L. Hill. A former member of the Union, Mrs. T. Blow, having removed to the Doncaster district, it was decided to send her, in acknowledgement of her work as a member, a beautiful leather handbag. The refreshments were in the care of Mesdames Ensor and Fitchett.

On Tuesday the Miners' Welfare Classes on "The History of Notts. and Derbyshire," came to an end after a most successful session. The class unanimously selected "Mediaeval History" as the subject for next winter, and there was a unanimous desire also for the same lecturer. Mr. Green thanked the students for supporting him so well in attendance and written work, and was glad that they had so thoroughly appreciated the lectures. Mention was also made of the services of Mr. T. Bradley (local hon. secretary) and Mr. J. Lineker (hon. librarian). During the evening an outing to Newstead Abbey during the summer was arranged.

The Easter week programme at the Lyric Theatre is an exceptionally fine one. "The Sky Raiders," starring Lloyd Hughes and Marceline Day, is a gripping yarn of daredevilry and romance both on land and in the sky. ... Good Friday has a complete change of programme, including "Jazz Heaven," showing Sally O'Neill, in a story written round a young song writer's struggles. ... Rex Leslie is the vocalist during this week-end in favourite songs. Edgar Wallace's masterpiece "The Ringer," is included in the programme and rivets the attention throughout. ...


On Saturday the C.W.S. Athletic Association held one of their popular dances in the Drill Hall. There was an attendance of about 200, and music was supplied by the Boston Five Band, directed by Mr. J. Wright. The two lady M.C.'s were Misses P. Else and L. Allsop, and "spot waltz" prizes were won by Mr. J.C. Charwick and Miss A. Booth (Sutton), Mr. H. White (Huthwaite) and Miss E. Robinson (B Winning). A hidden number prize went to Miss I. Davis.

Repetition services in connection with the Huthwaite United Methodist Church Sunday School anniversary were held on Sunday, conducted by Mr. Joseph Hickenbottom, of Blackwell, in the unavoidable absence of Mr. J.J. Pass. The children repeated the hymns and the recitations of the previous Sunday. At the evening service Mr. Hickenbottom preached a helpful sermon. There were good congregations and the anniversary was in every way a success. The organist was Miss Hilda Hawley, and the conductor Mr. N. Evans. The teacher for recitations was Miss Annie Baxter.

A meeting of the Notts. and Derbys. Federal Councils of the League of Nations Union held at Nottingham University College on Saturday, was attended by several local delegates. The speaker was Mr. J.C. Maxwell Garnett, C.B.E., secretary of the London League of Nations Union. The chairman was Mr. J. Harrop White. A good discussion followed the speeches and it was agreed that the idea of a League of Nations was to be an active police force, to use all the powers of protection. Mr. C.A. Smith attended as representative of the Huthwaite Branch.

On Sunday evening a rendering of Stainer's "Crucifixion" was given by the choir of the Parish Church, assisted by friends. The Rev. W.L. Boulton conducted a shortened form of evensong. There was a large congregation and the music was splendidly rendered under the direction of the organist (Mr. E. Lowe), who was responsible for a careful preparation of the choir and principals. The soloists were Miss Colley (contralto), Mr. J. Gregory (tenor), and Mr. A. Hill (bass), who sang their respective parts in admirable style. The organ accompaniments to the choruses were played by Mr. H. Wilson, while the principals were accompanied by Mr. E. Hill. The collection was for the church expenses.



Being without a League fixture on Saturday, Huthwaite United played a friendly game at home with Tibshelf Athletic. The home team had Tideswell, from Mansfield St. Lawrence's, in goal. Although play was fairly even in the first half Huthwaite subsequently asserted their superiority and gained a one-sided victory. ... the home team ran out easy winners by nine goals to two.
Huthwaite United fielded the following team:- Tideswell; Davison and Cox; Brooks, Burton and Walker; Whitehead, Bingley. Holt, Percival and Hill.


Huthwaite Parish Church were at home on Saturday to Forest Town Primitive Methodists and gave a meritorious display which enabled them to win by three goals to one, after a fairly even first half. Huthwaite tried out a new custodian in Dobb, from Stanton Hill United. ... Teams:-
Huthwaite Parish Church.- Dobb; Bromley and Cockayne; Johnson (A), Bradshaw and Wright; Davison, Johnson (V), Birks, Hunt and Marriott.


New Hucknall.- G. Brunt, 150; J. Maltby, 108; J. Williamson, 150; total 408.
Bentinck.- J. Thorne, 99; R. Lee, 150; T. Poxon, 66; Total 315.


J. Maltby (New Hucknall), 109; R. Lee (Bentinck), 14.


New Hucknall.- J. Hill and W. Bonser, 15; S. Roberts and H. White, 15; H. Wilcockson and O. Spencer, 15; Total, 45.
Bentinck.- T. Hardy and J. Baird, 6; T. Poxon and W. Elliott, 8; E. Moody and A. Hayes, 7; Total, 21.


New Hucknall.- H. Smith, 4; H. Wilcockson, 0; A. Buxton, 1; G. Grunt, 2; Total, 7.
Bentinck.- J. Smith, 1; A. Hayes, 5; S. Yeomans, 4; W. Rowley, 3; Total, 13.

Written 23 Feb 12 Revised 23 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott