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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - May 27th 1932


The successes in the first part of the county junior scholarship examination have been published, and among the successful children are Evelyn Connah, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Connah, Common Road, and Joseph Hardwick, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Os-**** Hardwick, 73, Main Street. These children have still to attend an oral examination, at which 300 candidates become reduced to 175. The passing of the first part of this scholarship examination, however, requires much intelligence, and these scholars are to be congratulated on their success.

Empire Day was observed at the day schools. At New Street Council Schools the children and staff were assembled in the Central Hall and an address befitting the occasion was given by the headmaster, Mr. H. A. Simpson. Prayers were also recited, and a patriotic chorus rendered, the programme ending with the National Anthem. The pianist was Mr. N. Buckland. At the Blackwell Road Council School Mr. C.A. Bonsall (headmaster) directed the proceedings, which took place in the schoolyard. An address on the meaning of Empire Day was given by Mr. Bonsall, who also read prayers, and called for cheers for King and Empire. The singing included "Now pray we for our country." At the Common Road Junior Department (Church of England) Miss Kitchen (headmistress) spoke in suitable terms to the children and also offered prayers. The children sang "Land of our birth," "God bless the Prince of Wales" and "This is our flag," the headmistress playing the accompaniments. At all three schools a half holiday was granted.

On Saturday evening those members of the New Hucknall Colliery Institute who are interested in football enterprises held their annual gathering in the Institute Reading Room. Over 20 members enjoyed a dinner of beef, mutton, pork, vegetables and sweets, served in first-rate style by Mr. and Mrs. W. Slack (steward and stewardess). Mr. O. Spencer presided over the after dinner proceedings, which consisted chiefly of a musical programme. Harmony was provided by Messrs. T. Davies (Blackwell), Wm. Bostock, Junr., W. Fortune (Sutton), C. Baxter, and the chairman. The last-named also expressed the thanks of the diners to Mr. and Mrs. Slack for their efficient catering, and Mr. Slack, in return, said that it was always a pleasure to undertake any duties for members of the Institute. A vote of thanks was moved by Mr. C.H. Vardy to Mr. J. Hunt (secretary), the latter suitably responding. Among the guests was Mr. Thos. Little, one of the town's oldest inhabitants, to whom a special invitation had been issued, and who spent a very enjoyable time. Mr. Little, who has lived many years in Huthwaite, and has always taken a particular interest in New Hucknall sporting matters, is 84 years of age.


Motorist Wades Through Water.

  Considerable flooding was experienced in Sutton district on Sunday consequent upon the torrential rain of Friday night and Saturday, and for the second time within nine months we had the spectacle of the Sutton to Mansfield Road near the Reservoir being impassable for several hours.
  It is many a long day since rain so heavy and continuous had fallen in the district, and though the locality missed the inundations and devastation experienced only a few miles away, there was a considerable amount of damage done, particularly to gardens. ...


  The downpour at Huthwaite on Saturday night is stated to have been the heaviest within living memory. Huthwaite, by reason of its elevated situation, did not suffer any disastrous effects, but a certain amount of inconvenience and loss was caused to some residents. Gardens that lay in, or at the bottom of sloping ground, were in most cases more or less damaged, and this was to be doubly regretted, as conditions have been all against the gardener for many weeks past. In Barker Street, Common Road and Blackwell Road, soil, seeds and plants were washed away, and the gardeners were faced with the prospect of doing their work all over again - if they considered it worth while.
  In the streets on Sunday morning there wer occasional streams where the sewers were inadequate to deal with the volume of water, and up the sloping roadways which branch off Main Street, deep channels had been cut out of the soft ground by the rushing waters. There were channels in these particular places before, but the storm made them deeper besides carving our not a few fresh ones.

Pitiless Torrents.

  All over the open country were swirling pools, and the sound of hurrying waters, and what are normally musical brooks became rushing and pitiless torrents. At the bottom of Blackwell Road, where half-a-dozen streams from the uplands converged into one overwhelming river, the spectacle was not without interest. The double culvert under the road could not take anything like the quantity of water that rushed at it, and for a distance of 20 to 25 yards a flood of from six to twelve inches deep poured over the roadway into the gardens opposite.
  The brook form Newton was very much swollen and huge quantities of water came at high velocity down the steep hill which goes up to Blackwell and helped to utterly spoil gardens of Messrs. Wass, Molyneaux and Truswell, near the turning. Mr. Truswell is an exhibitor at many horticultural shows and many of his prize seeds and plants were ruined. In addition, he and his family had to stay up all Saturday night to combat the water which flowed in at his front door and out at the back one on its way to spoil his backyard and garden. In all three cases, little remained of cultivated ground besides pools of water and patches of mud.
  It need hardly be mentioned that the rain found all the weak places in roofs and ceilings. The water soaked through all the old crevices, and disclosed some new ones in a good many cases, but it should be remembered that the downpour was an exceptionally heavy one, and a leaky roof is a triviality, compared with the drawbacks and apprehensions with which some people have had to put up through it.


Before Mr. S. Davidson (in the chair), Mr. E. Poynton, Mr. C. H. Coupe and Mr. J. H. Brown.

Cyclist's Offence.

Stephen Parry, 24, King Street, Huthwaite, was ordered to pay 15s. for hanging on to a lorry whilst riding a cycle in Alfreton Road, Sutton, on May 10th. The police evidence was that Parry had not the driver's permission to hold on to the rear of the lorry.

No Dog Licence.

"We did not know we had to have a licence" was the excuse made by Mrs. Thornley appearing for John George Thornley, 16 Swan Street, Sutton, who was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence. Sergt. Stocks proved the case, and Thornley was fined 7s. 6d.

Football in Street.

Two Sutton lads, Thomas King, 32 Lawn Road, Sutton, and Wm. Buxton, 8 Lawn Road, Sutton, admitted throwing a ball to each other but denied kicking it when they were charged on the evidence of P.c. Caldicott with playing football in Lawn Road, Sutton, on May 9th. They were fined 2s. 6d. each.

Indecent Language.

Harold Oliver, 22, Downing Street, Sutton, did not answer a charge of using indecent language in Downing Street, Sutton, on May 10th.
P.c. Wing said he head Oliver use an indecent expression and as he was approaching Oliver went to the rear of his car outside his shop premises and used more bad language. When told he would be reported, he replied "I'll fix you and the inspector this time. I'll have a solicitor." He was fined 21s.

Minus a Wing.

That he drove a motor lorry in station Road, Sutton, on April 29th without a wing on the rear offside wheel to catch the mud and water which was thrown up, was brought against Eric Rowson, Garside Avenue, Sutton, while Beecroft Wass, Manor Street, Sutton, was charged with permitting the use of the vehicle.
Rowson maintained that the wheel did not project enough to throw mud clear of the body, but P.c. Cree, who proved the case, said it projected three inches. Wass, who had nothing to say, was fined 10s. 6d. and Rowson 7s. 6d.

Trio of Charges.

Three charges were preferred against Percy Riddin, 93, Mansfield Road, Skegby - driving a motor car without two front lights, failing to produce his driving licence and failing to produce his certificate of insurance.
P.c. Bradley said he stopped Riddin at 10.28 p.m. on May 2nd as he had only one front light. Witness found that there was no bulb in the near side sidelight. Riddin could not produce his driving licence and certificate of insurance but he understood to take them to Sutton police station next day. This he did not do although when witness called on the 9th of May he found that Riddin was licensed and insured.


On Wednesday afternoon the members of the Parish Church Mothers' Union were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Coupe at "The Orchards." Tea was provided, and, the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Coupe was highly appreciated and was subject of a vote of thanks by the visitors.

In respect of the full week's holiday which New Hucknall miners had last week a grant was made by the Notts. Industrial Union. Financial members were allowed 3s. each, and sixpence for each child. The distribution of money took place at the Free Church schoolroom on Wednesday night and was supervised by Mr. B. Smith (president) and local officials of the Union.

Mr. George Dickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dickson, of Sutton Road, who has been for the past few years a medical student at Sheffield University, has passed his final examination. Mr. Dickson, whose parents have lived in Huthwaite over 20 years, has himself many friends in the town and district, to whom the news of his latest success will give great satisfaction. He is one of the little group of promising students who proceeded from Blackwell Road School to the Brunt's School, Mansfield. All through his medical studies he had maintained a high standard of merit and both he and his parents are assured of a host of good wishes.

Two fine pictures will be shown in each half of next week at the Lyric Theatre. "Alias the Bad Man" is a lively Western film dealing with cattle-stealers, shootings, sheriffs, and romance. ... "Lonely Wives," holds the screen this week-end, and is uproariously funny.


  First team v. Rufford (away):- A.P. Bacon (capt.), F. Dobb, G. Dobb, A. Gibson, J. Shaw, F. Adlington, A. Spencer, W. Slack, A. Taylor, H. Sanderson, H. Iball. Reserve D. Ellis.
  Second team v. New Hucknall Colliery Office Staff (home).- E. Vardy (capt.), S. Worthington, N. Bradford, W. Keeling, T. Clarke, N. Thompson, T. Gascoigne, W. Hunt, A. Thompson, W.L. Green, P. Bostock. Reserves, H. Vardy, T. Geal and W.H. Thorpe.


  The Chief Inspector gives notice that Mr. N.H. Jones, is now the Inspector of Factories in charge of the Derby District, which comprises:- Derbyshire (except the Borough of Buxton, Chesterfield and Glossop; the Urban Districts of Bolsover, Brampton-and-Walton, Clay Cross, Dronfield and New Mills; and the Rural Districts of Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chesterfield, Clown, Glossop Dale, Hayfield and Norton); part of Nottinghamshire, viz : the Borough of Mansfield; the Urban Districts of Huthwaite, Mansfield Woodhouse, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Warsop; and the Rural Districts of Skegby; part of Staffordshire, viz.: the County Borough of Burton on Trent; and the Rural District of Tutbury. Mr. Jones' official address is 10, Stafford Street, Derby (Telephone : Derby 163).


  Increased activity is referred to in the annual report of the Convalescent Homes Sub-Committee under the Notts. Miners' Welfare scheme.
  The number of patients sent away was 785, compared with 751, although as a result of the more stringent medical examination, 27 cases have had to be rejected.
  The committee state that they still feel that the system of examination should be continued, rather than that the risk should be run of having men confined to bed in convalescent home or, as happened, having to be fetched home by road at heavy expense.
  The cost per patient per week for maintenance was £1 9s. 2d., compared with £1 10s.
  The pits from whom the bulk of the patients went were: Kirkby 98, Rufford 52, Newstead and Mansfield 41, Sherwood and New Hucknall 40, Welbeck 47, Cotes Park 38, Bentinck 34, Thoresby 33.
  Both Captain P. Muschamp (chairman) and Mr. G. Anuable (secretary) have been added to the committee of Nottingham and Notts. Homes Management Committee.

Written 26 Feb 12 Revised 26 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott