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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - October 7th 1932


The Sherwood Street Methodist Women's Own held a concert on Saturday. In the afternoon a meat tea was held, followed in the evening by the concert. The Brook Street Women's Own (Sutton) gave a sketch, and Mrs. Oakley (elocutionist) also contributed to the concert. The chairlady was Mrs. Saxton, of Sutton. On Sunday afternoon, the Women's Own contributed a service of song entitled "The Guiding Light." The connective readings were given by Miss I. Brown, and Miss Burden, of Bulwell, presided. In the evening, Miss Burden conducted the service, and there were anthems by the Women's Own Choir. The collections at each service were devoted to the Women's Own Fund.


On Saturday a celery show was held at the "Shoulder of Mutton" Hotel. There were 44 entries, and the judge was Mr. H. Wilmot. The principal prize-winners were as follows:- 1, L. Keeling (Huthwaite), 2lbs. 8ozs.; 2, W. Ward (Huthwaite), 3lbs. 2ozs.; 3, J. Green (Sutton), 2lbs. 14ozs.; Specials, T. Simmons, M. Beardall, M. Briggs.


  Commencing on Thursday, and continued on Sunday, successful harvest thanksgiving services have been held at the Parish Church, Huthwaite. There was a good congregation, on Thursday, when the sermon was preached by the Rev. J.H.A. Cobham, of St. John's, Mansfield. Stainer's anthem was well sung by a full choir, and the solos were sung by Mr. J. Wright, whose enunciation was excellent.
  On Sunday there was a good attendance at the early service of Holy Communion, and sung Eucharist at 10.30 drew a large congregation. The fine service by Eyre in E was excellently sung by a full choir, and the sermon was preached by the Rev. T.A. Rockley, who was warmly welcomed by many old friends.
  The Sunday School service in the afternoon was marked by two features of interest: an offering of 105 eggs (which was a large number for the season), and by two fine choral pieces by a Sunday School choir. The excellent renderings of these pieces was due to the sound training by Mrs. Gascoigne, who also conducted. The organ accompaniment was played by Mr. Ernest Hill.

Effective Decoration.

  At evensong the attendance was again large. The sermon was preached by the Rev. K.C. Hill of St. Peter's, Mansfield, and the anthem by Stainer was excellently sung by the choir. Mr. Jim Wright again effectively taking the solo. The decorations by a number of ladies were tasteful and effective, consisting of flowers on the altars and windows, and grain and flowers on the chancel screen and font.
  On Monday the festival was concluded in a social way, with tea in the school. A good number bought tickets, and made a pleasant party. The Mothers' Union provided a really good tea, which was followed by some splendid music. A number of old songs were sung by a school choir, carefully trained and conducted by Mr. Bonsall (Headmaster of the Old Church School). Mrs. Gascoigne accompanied, and so good was the performance that further favourite items were called for. Solos were sung by Albert Fox, and Ernest Blount. A fine violin interlude was provided by Mr. I. Burton, accompanied by Mr. Ernest Hill. To conclude, the Sunday School choir, trained and conducted by Mr. Ernest Hill, gave their inspiring choral pieces.
  The collection in church amounted to £12 17s. 9d., rather more than last year. Mention should be made of the gift by Mr. J. Forster of a set of red plush mats for the offertory plates, which replace the old and dowdy ones with a glowing, warm colour symbolising the cheerful giver. By labour, by alms, and by worship, the festival has been one of the most happy and enjoyable of recent years.

Memorable Public Meeting.

The union which has taken place between the three Methodist Churches - Wesleyan, Primitive and United Methodists - was celebrated in Sutton on Monday evening, when an inspiring public meeting was held in the Outram Street Methodist Church. Representatives were present from all the local churches, in addition to members of the Sutton Urban District Council, and the largely-attended meeting was one which will be remembered for many years to come as marking a new era in the Methodist Church work in the town and district.
  The meeting was provided over by Mr. A. Pickard, and amongst those supporting him were the Rev. R.P. Tinsley (Vicar of St. Mary's, Sutton), Rev. A.G. Smith (Pastor of the Victorian Street Baptist Church), Rev. P.C. Clay (Pastor of the Outram Street Methodist Church), Rev. E. Sellers (Pastor Brook Street Methodist Church), and Mrs. A. Daffin (Wesleyan Church). The members of the Sutton Council present were Councillors H.C. Wright (chairman), C. Brown, M.P., A. Pepper, T. Barnes, A. Walton, C.A. Morley, J. Percival, J.H. Brailsford, A. Spencer, W. Limb and J.E. Scott, together with Mr. Luther Pepper (Clerk).

Combined Choir.

  The singing was led by a combined choir, conducted by Mr. A. Bowen (organist) and during the service, they rendered with great chorus. A number of addresses were delivered, congratulating the church on the union which has been effected, and hymns sung during the evening included ...
  The Rev. R.P. Tinsley said it was with the greatest pleasure and with rejoicing in his heart that he expressed on behalf of the members of the Church of England congratulations to the Methodist Churches on the union which had taken place. They knew it was the will of their Lord and Master that all His followers should be united, and he (the speaker) was certain they all deplored the many divisions that were amongst them. He could assure them Church people everywhere followed with the deepest interest the events at the great meeting where the union was made an accomplished fact.
  As an instance of this the Vicar quoted an extract from a letter received by him from his mother, in the course of which she observed "May God bless the movement and make it very catching. Oh, how lovely it would be to be all together again as we used to be. Oh, my son, help with all your love and zeal to find out God's plan for us all. I wished and wished as I read that I was young again and could take a real active part in drawing the churches together."

Give and Take.

  "That letter" observed the Vicar, "opens up a further question which must be of even greater interest to us who are members of the Church of England. Is the movement towards the re-union of Christians going to stop here, or are the members of the Church of England and the Nonconformist bodies going to have the will for union on a much larger scale? You Methodists who have just united are not going to find it altogether easy at first. There will have to be give and take amongst the local congregations and the local ministers and leaders which will often go against the grain, but with the spirit of God to guide you, you will not fail, and your success must pave the way to this greater union which the world is crying out for to-day."
  The question for members of the Church of England was whether this re-union was really only a domestic and denominational concern, proceeded the Vicar, or whether it was the beginning of a much wider thing, the greater re-union in which the Church of England would have a prominent place and part.
  One could not held feeling that the day would come when they would get far closer together than they were to-day. After such a long period of separation the approach to each other was not going to be easily or quickly accomplished, but if they had the will to overcome the difficulties then reward would come in the end.

Other Points of View.

  Each one of them could begin by realising there were other points of view than their own, and that others could be just as sincere as themselves though they might differ from them, but let them go further an try not only to see that there was another point of view but also to try and understand that point of view. "I feel we have gone a long way," added the Vicar, "as the welcome I have always received in the Nonconformist Churches in Sutton could not have been possible 30, 40 or 50 years ago in this place. It does show that we are beginning to understand each other better. May that understanding grow fuller and wider!"
  The Chairman was next spoke, referred to the message which His Majesty the King forwarded to the Conference at which the union of the three Churches took place, and also gave extracts from speeches at the Nottingham Synod last week by representatives of other churches. He proceeded to speak of church work and attendance at divine worship, and appealed to the younger generation to join the church and take a part in the activities of church life. he got tired of bearing that common phrase "I am not going to do anything. I am only going to look after myself." To him, that was too ugly for 1932. There was something very beautiful in service and sacrifice, sacrifice for the betterment of the coming generation, the moulding of character and the equipment all round for future life. ...

Vital Differences.

  He noticed, continued Mr. Smith, that Methodist Union had had its effect, and that Baptists, Congregationalists and Presbyterians were beginning to explore the possibilities of a united church. Some of their leaders were discussing the possibility and believed the day was not far distant when it would be an accomplished fact. "I do not believe it a bit," exclaimed the speaker, "and I even go so far as to say I do not share in that hope, nor do I consider such to be desirable." He felt about the whole question some differences were vital, and that those differences which did exist in the Christian Church had arisen out of the fearless recognition of the application of the right of private interpretation of the Scriptures. He did not mind differences in denominationalism providing these did not prevent co-operation in progressive evangelism and a sympathetic understanding of one another's point of view. Provided they had that, he did not think these differences mattered. There was room in the world for variety and diversity. .....


On Wednesday the members of the Women's Unionist Association held the first of their monthly whist drives in the Common Road Schools. It wa a thoroughly enjoyable event, and prizes were obtained by :- Mrs. G. Bostock, cushion; 2, Mrs. G. Sanderson, dress hanger. Mrs. J.T. Kay carried out the duties of M.C., and refreshments were provided by Mesdames Kay, Simpson, H. Ensor, Grierson, Farnsworth and Searson.

On Wednesday evening the first of a series of dances on behalf of the New Hucknall Ambulance Division was held in the Drill Hall, the proceeds to be devoted to the New Uniform Fund. The object deserved a rather better attendance, but those present spent an enjoyable time. The M.C. was Mr. T. North, and the music was provided by the Boston Five Band, while members of the Division acted as stewards.

"The Shadow Between," showing on Monday at the Lyric Theatre, is one of the most appealing stories ever filmed, and the "star" parts are wonderfully well portrayed by Kathleen O'Regan and Godfrey Tearle. Margaret Carey, to escape the dullness of her father's vicarage, agrees to become the wife, in name only, of Paul Haddon. He is let down by his partner, and is made legally responsible for the frauds which the other has practised. Detectives fetch him just as he and his wife realise their mutual affection. This and other adventures befall them before liberty and love come together to the long-parted husband and wife. It is a gripping dram of love and sacrifice. There are some beautiful frocks and some typical English scenes. At the week-end, Richard Barthelmess is seen in "The Last Flight," which tells of the fascinating adventures of a group of ex-aviators who continue a spectacular career through the Continental capitals. It is a brilliant picture of romance, laughter and thrills. During this week-end, Mae Marsh, in "Over the Hill," is a capital entertainment with a good supporting programme.


  Several local Sutton and Skegby League teams pulled off pleasing victories on Saturday. Huthwaite United, Huthwaite C.W.S. and B. Walton and Sons all won away, whilst Huthwaite Villa were easily on top of their home match.
  Locals who failed to gather points were Carsic Lane United, Meden Bank Red Rose and Huthwaite C.W.S. Reserve.

Again Competing.

  By permission of the Notts. F.A., Huthwaite C.W.S. are again competing in the C.W.S. Inter-Works Cup Competition, in which 40 clubs from all over the country are interested.
  In the first round Huthwaite have a bye, and in the second round their visitors are Birmingham Cabinet Works, who should prove a big attraction.
  A former Sutton Junction centre-half, A. Pegg, and H. Mills (goalkeeper), formerly of Bagthorpe Athletic are proving rare acquisitions to the C.W.S. and have considerably strengthened the defence. ...

Marriage Laws.

It used to be said that under British law it was easy to get married and hard to get divorced. Marriage laws in France have a bias in the opposite direction. Many more formalities have to be complied with there than in this country before a couple can be married. But modern divorce law reforms have altered conditions in England and made it comparatively easy to secure marriage freedom. It will be more so if the new Divorce Bill, which will figure in the coming Session of Parliament, is passed in to law. An attempt is also to be made to alter the law so that marriage ceremonies can take place up to nine o'clock at night. At present the law does not allow them after three o'clock in the afternoon, and prior to 1886 the ceremony had to be before 12 o'clock mid-day. The idea behind these restrictions was that people were less inclined to errors of judgement in the morning than later on in the day. The reasoning has not the force in these more sober times than it formerly had.

Written 04 Mar 12 Revised 04 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott