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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - November 11th 1932

Letters to Public Assistance Committee and Premier.

Huthwaite Councillors at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening decided to send a letter to the local Public Assistnce Committee drawing attention to the alleged injustice in a certain case, and also to write the Premier asking him to do all he could for the reduction of armaments.
  Councillor J. Davies presided over the following members:- Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, H.A. Simpson, J. Potter, J. Iball, S. Allcock, A. Wilson, M. Betts, F.C. Sowter, W. Clarke, J.G. Wright, D.D. Bonser and H.E. Hancock.

Water Supply.

  When the Gas, Lighting and Water Committee minutes were before the meeting, Mr. Clarke asked if the question with regard to the town's water coming more direct instead of going into the reservoir could be discussed.
  The Chairman: I think we ought to deal with that in Committee. The water is coming direct into the town.
  Referring to the new water supply the Chairman said it had been brought to his notice that several inhabitants were still drawing water over night and storing it, with the result that much was being wasted.
  "I should like it to be more widely known that there is now no necessity to do this," observed the Chairman, "We have now a bulk supply and there is a continuous draught."
  Mr. Bonser raised a question with regard to the condition of a footpath down Little Lane when the Roads and Buildings Committee minutes were being considered, and the Chairman replied that the Council were not liable in any way to repair the footpath in question. The owners of the land were responsible.
  Mr. Bonser: Cannot this Council send a letter to the owners asking them to repair the footpath? The road is dangerous.
  Mr. Sowter: Was it not decided in Committee as a moral obligation that we should put down stones and then cover these with ashes?
  Mr. Clarke: The footpath is very bad going down to the bridge.

Request to Owners.

  Mr. Bonser moved that a letter be sent to the owners concerned asking them to repair the path, and Mr. Sowter, in seconding, mentioned that several people had protested against the present state of affairs. The motion was carried unanimously.
  Mr. Iball asked if anything could be done with regard to the state of the causeway near Mr. Kay's shop on Sutton Road. When it rained pools of water lay on the causeway.
  Mr. Sowter suggested that the matter be left in the hands of Mr. Potter, the Council's representative on the Highways Committee, and it was agreed that this be done.
  After the Finance Committee minutes had been read, the Chairman said he would like the Council not to confirm the minutes at that stage, but to defer these to Council in Committee.
  Mr. Sowter said he was hardly agreeable to that, and would like certain particulars with regard to a man who was in arrears with his rent given them.
  The Chairman agreed to this on condition that no names were mentioned, and said was regard to the case in question there were 10 in the family, including the parents, and three were working at the colliery. The total income received from the colliery was £3 6s. 7d. without any deductions. Rent, insurances and sick club amounted to 19s. 4d. The man was in arrears to the notice of the Council in the hope that some action might be taken to support his application to the Public Assistance Committee for unemployment benefit. The five children were aged 13, 11, eight, four and one respectively. The Chairman added that the man had submitted pay tickets to confirm the amount received from the colliery.

A Scandal.

  Mr. Sowter: I raised this matter last night in Committee because I knew perfectly well that it had some bearing upon the point - I will not say what point - we were discussing last night. Here is a family of 10 with only three grown-up workers with total earnings of £3 6s. 7d. and a net income of £2 7s. 3d., and if any sane individual on the Public Assistance Committee thinks a man can manage on this amount of money it passes my comprehension. It is not Poor Law amount, and to reduce the man's benefit is absolutely a scandal.
  "I am going to move that our Clerk write to the Public Assistance Committee drawing attention to the case and the injustice that has been placed upon this man," added Mr. Sowter, "and the sooner this case is taken up - because it is reflecting itself in the finances of this authority - the better it will be for us and no man can reasonably be expected to pay his due quota with this miserable amount going in; it is an utter impossibility."
  Mr. Hancock seconded the motion and supported all Mr. Sowter had said.
  Mr. Wilson: Is it true that the man has had no work for 10 years? ...
  The Clerk observed that if the resolution was passed a very wide door was being opened, and they had no legal right to deal with the matter. ... It was agreed that apart from the matter discussed, the minutes be deferred to Council in Committee.
  Mr. Lowe asked if the Councillors intended attending the Armistice service at the Huthwaite Parish Church next Sunday.
  The Chairman: The Council have no responsibility in the matter really, but they have always taken part in this ceremony. I shall invite all the Councillors to attend.

Real Peace.

  Mr. Sowter said they would be serving a more useful purpose if they sent a resolution to the Premier asking him to do all in his power to secure a reduction of armaments so that real peace and prosperity could return.
  "Nations are still at one another's throats," remarked Mr. Sowter, "and more money is being spent in armaments to-day than in 1914." He moved that a letter be sent to the Premier. Mr. Clarke seconded.
  The Chairman said he thought the Premier was doing his utmost for a reduction of armaments. Mr. Sowter: The letter will strengthen his hands. The motion was carried.
  On the proposition of Mr. Allcock, seconded by Mr. Betts, it was agreed that the Council attend the Armistice service, the Chairman expressing the hope that as many Councillors as possible would attend.
  Several members thought the service ought to go round, and it was thought the matter could be discussed for another year.
  It was stated that all the collection at the Parish Church service next Sunday would go to the Poppy Day Fund.


On Sunday the Patronal Festival of All Saints' was celebrated at the Parish Church, the service being invested with unusual interest. A celebration of Holy Communion was held at 8 a.m., and later in the morning there was a choral Eucharist. The setting was Eyre in E., and the music was rendered in excellent style. There were good attendances at both services, the celebrant being the Rev. W.L. Boulton (Vicar). In the evening there was also a good congregation. The Vicar conducted the service, and the preacher was the Rev. A.J. Evans (St. Peter's, Mansfield). He delivered a sermon appropriate to the occasion, and the offertories were devoted to the Church Expenses Fund.

In aid of the Sutton Road Methodist Church Renovation Fund, a tea and social evening were held in the schoolroom on Saturday. It was a men's effort, and the whole of the preparations for tea were carried out by the males with great efficiency, a gathering of almost a hundred appreciating their catering. Subsequently, a "social" was held, at which there was also a good attendance. The proceedings were of a very informal nature, and no chairman was necessary. The programme consisted of games under the direction of Mr. A. Pepperdine, and the music, when necessary, was provided by Mr. Donald Weston. A shooting gallery and a "cobweb" were very popular amusements supervised by Mr. Frank Ball, and altogether a very pleasant time was spent. The secretarial arrangements were carried out by Mr. Jack Wood.

At a Methodist Church, Sutton Road, a repetition was given on Sunday. The preachers were the Rev. R.H. Hackforth of Kirkby, in the morning, and the Rev. T.C. Brown, of Mansfield, in the evening. Special singing was rendered by the children, assisted by the choir. A duet was given in the morning by Horace Bradley and Norman Hill, and in the evening by Dora Booth and Horace Bradley. The double duet was contributed by Mrs. Clarkson, Misses F. Ball, D. Holland and A. Booth, and recitations were given by Betty Oakley, Hilda Flowers and Alan Stendall. Mr. W. Hill trained the children in their singing, and Miss W. Horsey trained them for the recitations. The organist was Mr. W. Ball. The collections realised £6 14s. 5½d.

"Bonfire Night" passed off fairly successfully, many children finding sufficient coppers for a few fireworks, and those who had no rockets or roman candle were willing to assist those who had. Heavy rains just previously had badly damped the materials accumulated for the bonfires, but the night itself was very fine, and there was nothing to hinder the firework displays, while a number of fires were started by fresh supplies of any kind. Most youngsters seem more in their element on "The Fifth" than on any other national festival. Dancing round a bonfire expresses the deepest emotion of the youthful mind, and with intervals of "golden rain" and "coloured lights," puts the celebration in a place peculiarly its own, and which it looks like keeping for a long time to come. There are fewer big bangs and reverberations about "Bonfire Night" than there used to be. Beautiful effects, without any risks, can now be obtained for a very small outlay, and mere noise takes a second place. Toffee-making is usually associated with "Bonfire Night," but is not always a success, because many people do not understand the art of making toffee, and are not likely to learn while they only try one day in the year.

On Sunday and Monday Mr. Harrison Slater, the celebrated elocutionist, paid another welcome visit to the Sherwood Street Methodist Church, the effort being in aid of the Church Funds. Mr. Harrison Slater has lost none of his ability to capture an audience with his outstanding gifts as an entertainer, and there were large audiences on every occasion. The preacher on Sunday was Mr. J.W. Rogers, of Tibshelf. He gave an address in the afternoon, when Mr. Slater rendered "The Man on the Other Cross." On Sunday evening Mr. Rogers preached form the text, and he pointed out what an insignificant creature man was in the mighty universe... The organist was Mr. N. Evans, L.L.C.M. On Monday evening the church was filled to hear Mr. Slater portray the chief characters in "A Tale of Two Cities." Councillor Goodall presided, and Mr. Slater gave a fascinating interpretation of the story...

On Wednesday evening a whist drive was held in the Common Road Schools by the Women's Unionist Association. The M.C. was Mr. C.A. Bonsall, and the players included Mr. W.D. Short (Unionist Agent for the Division) and Mrs. Irvine (president). The latter presented the prizes as follow:- Mrs. Draper, cushion; Mrs. P. Fitchett, handbag; Mr. Harby, three pairs of socks; Mr. Bonsall, box of cigarettes. The hidden number award went to Mrs. Grierson, basket of fruit. A very pleasant evening was spent, and the refreshments were supervised by Mesdames Simpson and H. Ensor, and Misses Searson and Farnsworth. Besides the prize-winners, eight others qualified to take part in the next round of the competition at Mansfield.


Members of Huthwaite Urban Council met in a convivial fashion after the ordinary meeting on Tuesday evening, the occasion, so 'tis said, being to test the properties of the new water. Additions were made to the water in order to render it more palatable, and one member remarked that if the general supply was up to the standard of the water they were drinking, there would be no complaint!

When work was started a few weeks ago at Manor Square, Sutton, it was hoped that activities would proceed uninterrupted, and that at long last the Council's scheme to establish an omnibus centre would be brought to fruition. But, alas! it was not to be. Having expended a sum of £86 on the work, it has had to be stopped for further instructions, and the Ministry of Transport are now to be applied to for a grant towards the cost of the original scheme. It is to be hoped the application will not be made in vain. At any rate, there is consolation to be gained from the fact that work has now started, and on of these bright days inhabitants hope to see it brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

Work to be Commenced in Sutton

Work in connection with the removal of the tram track in Sutton will be commenced within the next week or so. This information was conveyed to the members of the Sutton Urban Council at the monthly meeting held on Tuesday evening, presided over by Councillor H.C. Wright (chairman), when the matter was raised by Councillor A. Thompson.
  Mr. Thompson said one received so many enquiries from those desirous of obtaining employment as to when the work of removing the tram track in Sutton was going to start that he would like to see a move made in the matter as rapidly as possible. This would remove any misapprehension that the matter was hanging on.

Estimated Cost.

  Mr. J.E. Scott said the Roads and Buildings Committee were holding a meeting in regard to the matter at the close of the Council meeting. Schemes for the removal of four portions of the track were to be submitted, and they would put the work into operation at once. ...


  Wharmby - Stones. -On the 9th inst., at the Parish Church, Huthwaite, by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, Henry Wharmby to Ellen Stones, both of Huthwaite.
 Thompson - Gascoigne. -At the same time and place, by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, Harry Thompson to Jane Gascoigne, both of Huthwaite.
  Hawley - Shaw. -At the same time and place, by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, James Fox Hawley, of Tibshelf, to Emma Shaw, of Huthwaite.
  Rowley - Kershaw. -On the 11th inst., at the same place, by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, Jessie Rowley to Nancy Kershaw, both of Hutwhaite.
  Kemp - Brightman. -On the 8th inst., at the Wesleyan Chapel, Huthwaite, by the Rev. W.J. Elvy, Robert Kemp, of Nottingham, to Elizabeth Brightman, of Huthwaite.

Written 05 Mar 12 Revised 05 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott