Archived Extracts

the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - November 25th 1932


On Friday a rummage sale was held in the Blackwell Road Schools. The school staff were in charge and business was brisk, £5 being realised on behalf of the Children's Christmas Treat Fund.

It is of some interest to know that the Huthwaite Branch of the British Legion has, during the last seven years, paid out in Huthwaite no less a sum than £1,700. This includes grants of various kinds, help to ex-servicemen in adverse periods, and also educational assistance to promising students who are members of old soldiers' families. The British Legion administers the allowances from the United Services' Benevolent Fund, and a large amount of enquiry and investigation is necessary on the part of the local committee. This causes a great deal of work and responsibility to fall on the shoulders of the local secretary, Mr. I. Parton, who painstakingly carries out the duties.

Choir festival services were held on Sunday at the Sherwood Street Methodist Church, the preacher being Mr. W.E. Mann, of Ripley. The soloist was Mr. Herbert Flint, tenor, of Sutton, who, at the afternoon service, sang the famous recit in all of which showed himself to be a singer of ability. The choir sang the anthem "The God of Abraham Praise." Mr. Mann gave an appropriate address on listening, remarking that people should more often cultivate the capacity for receptiveness. At the evening service Mr. Flint sang the recit, the soprano solo being taken by Mrs. E. Purseglove, and the contralto solo was sung by Mrs. Bowmer. The choir also sang from Mozarts 12th Mass. The preacher spoke of music. There was a good congregation, and the organist was Mr. N. Evans. The collections were for Choir Funds.


At the Alfreton Police Court on Wednesday, on a charge of being drunk and incapable at Tibshelf on November 5th, Ernest Hipkiss, of Little Lane, Huthwaite, had 4s. costs to pay.

The annual whist drive organised by Miss J. Kitchen (headmistress) to raise funds for a Christmas treat for the Common Road School Children took place on Wednesday evening in the schools. The seasonable and deserving nature of the enterprise drew a large company, who spent an exceedingly enjoyable time. The M.C. was Mr. C.A. Bonsall, and the winners were Mrs. G. Bostock, jnr.; Miss Spilby (Mansfield Woodhouse); Miss Freda Bishop; Mr. A. Dickens; Miss K. Searson; Mr. W. Kitchen. The lucky number competition was won by Miss M. Cowley, and the booby prize went to Mrs. M. Piggott (Sutton). The prizes were presented by Mr. G. Farnsworth. Songs were rendered by Mr. A. Cook and Mrs. J. Shaw, the accompanist beings Mrs. Cooke. Mr. Bonsall moved a vote of thanks to the vocalists, and all who had assisted were thanked by Miss Kitchen. A considerable sum was realised.

Division II.


Huthwaite C.W.S. and New Houghton Church met on the C.W.S. Ground on Saturday before a good crowd and in dismal weather. Happily the fog cleared and allowed the spectators to follow what proved to be a good game, full of interesting football and a credit to junior football, the home team just managing to gain the points by the odd goal of three. ... Teams:-
Huthwaite C.W.S.- H. Mills; H. Booth and A. Dallison; C. Hassall, A. Pegg and Oliver; S. Briggs, H. Brunt, R. Saxton, R. Booth and R. Jones.



Huthwaite Villa paid a visit to Broomhill Sports Club on Saturday, when a good number of supporters accompanied the team. The game was very fast throughout and some good football was witnessed. The Villa were victorious by six goals to three and thus maintained their unbeaten League record. ... Teams:-
Huthwaite Villa.- F. Brooks; R. Williams and L. Smith; W. Griffiths, A. Cooke and W. Collins; L. Reeves, W. Cooke, G. Reeves, E. Reeves and H. Thrall.


The first victory still seems to elude Huthwaite C.W.S. Reserve, who fielded their best team of the season on Saturday at Welbeck and lost by three clear goals.


Messrs. B. Waltons and Sons 'A' paid a visit on Saturday to Huthwaite Church, and after being two goals down after 50 minutes play ran out deserved winners by the odd goal to five.

Mansfield Association's Successful Season

A happy company of bowlers, including representatives from clubs in Sutton and District, assembled at the Pleasley Welfare Institute on Saturday evening, the occasion being the annual tea and prize distribution in connection with the Mansfield and District Bowling Association. This was the tenth annual gathering of the organisation, and the company, which numbered 140 bowlers, was presided over by Mr. Arthur Herrod, of Huthwaite, the President.

Healthy Recreation.

  An excellent tea was served, and following the honouring of the Loyal Toast, Mr. H. Gent, president of the Warsop Welfare Bowling Club, proposed "The Mansfield and District Bowling Association." Such an organisation, he said, deserved to prosper. ...

Firmly Established.

  In responding, Mr. Herrod said he did not have time to deal at length with the success of the Association, but he would draw attention to a tangible proof of its success. They had only to glance at the table heavily laden with trophies, and that was proof enough. He was sure that all who had the success of the Association at heart would be satisfied with the results. "When we realise that in the short period of 10 years our Association has grown from seven clubs to twenty-four clubs," he said, "you will all agree that the Association is firmly established. There is no Association connected with sport more anxious than we are to make our Association popular and deservedly popular. We want to be an Association with few restrictions. There has been no sport that has given more pleasure and made more friendships than bowling.


Despite the hard times through which agriculture is passing there is little or no falling off in the entries at the Christmas shows. Of the principal exhibitions, that at Norwich comes first, and was held last week. It is followed by the shows at Birmingham, Edinburgh and that of the Smithfield Club at the Agricultural Hall in London early in December. They are still styled "Fat Stock" shows, but the name is now a misnomer. Fat cattle, and even superfat pigs, have gone out of fashion. For generations farmers vied one with another to produce the fattest animals they could.
  It was not unusual for cattle to weigh over a ton, and butchers competed for the biggest beasts, whose massive hindquarters were exhibited to the public adorned with rosettes and certificates of honour. All that has changed, and after a century or more of the cult of fatness the prize cattle of to-day are the small, compact beasts weighing not more than 10 or 12 cwt. The modern craze is for slimness, and the demand is for small joints and cuts of meat. People have learned that moderation in eating meat is the first rule of health, and even Christmas traditions have had to give way to changed opinions.

The Forty-Hours Week.

  The unions of the engineering trades have decided to seek a shortening of the working week from 47 to 40 hours without reduction of pay. That would add 14 per cent. to the labour costs of production, and could be fatal to the British engineering industry unless competing countries also adopted the 40 hour week. There is little prospect of effecting such an agreement. The history of international action to secure uniformity of working hours is one long record of failure. Thirteen years ago the attempt was made without result by the Washington Hours Convention.
  It was for social reasons that, after the war, it was sought to abolish undue long working hours in all trades, including the poorly paid and unorganised, but the main object of securing a 40-hours week in the industries is economic. The capacity to produce goods had so greatly increased that in many trades short time working suffices to meet the demand. Mechanised mass production is proving a curse to mankind rather than what it should be - a blessing. Instead of adding to the comforts in the poorly provided home it tends to reduce the earnings of the workers and to increase unemployment. So far this is a problem which the economists have found too difficult for solution.

Bygone Happenings.


Glimpses into the past are afforded by the interesting extracts given below from the "Free Press" for the corresponding weeks of 40 and 25 years ago.

Miners' Meeting at Sutton.

  A mass meeting of miners of Sutton, Hucknall Huthwaite and Stanton Hill was held in the Sutton Town Hall. Mr. H. Bristol (secretary of the Ilkeston and District Framework Knitters' Federation) presided, and was supported by Messrs. S. Stanley (Cannock Chase), W. Brace (Monmouth), W. Bailey (Notts. Miners' Agent), J.G. Shacklock, H. Whitehouse, Blount, Tilly and Walker. The chairman referred to the benefits to be derived from trade unionism, and said at New Hucknall there were 748 men in the Union, at Stanton Hill pits 840, Brierley Hill 160, and New Summit 236.
  Mr. Shacklock moved:- "That this meeting of Sutton miners pledges itself to loyally stand by the Association, and the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, in resisting any attempts to reduce wages, and still presses for an eight-hour-day by legal enactment, and other legislative measures supported by the federation." Mr. Whitehouse seconded the motion, which was supported by Councillors Stanley and Bailey and Mr. Brace, and was carried unanimously.

Huthwaite Nursing Association.

  The annual meeting of the Huthwaite Nursing Association was held in the Council Room, the Rev. F.N. Beswick taking the chair in the absence of the President, Mr. S. Watson. Mr. H.A. Simpson (secretary) reported that the nurse had paid 2,608 visits to 149 cases during the year. The income for the year was £107 4d. 7d. and the expenditure £96 1s. 4d., leaving a credit balance of £11 3s. 3d.
  Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follow:- President, Mr. S. Watson; vice-president, Rev. F.N. Beswick; treasurer, Mr. C.H. Coupe; secretary, Mr. H.A. Simpson; committee, Mesdames Adwick, Simpson, Holmes, Irvine, Norman, Slack, Simpson and Taylor, Misses Turner, Messrs. Betts, Holmes, Hardy, Holt, Norman and Sanderson.

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