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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - September 23rd 1932


A competition for the best potatoes (plate of three, any variety) was held at the Peacock Hotel on Saturday. There were 14 entries, the winners being:- 1, J. Barnes (Tibshelf); 2, E. Shore (Sutton); 3, F. Daykin (Sutton).

On Saturday the annual show of celery (single stick) was held at "Woodend," and although interest has slightly diminished during the past year, there was an entry of 25 good quality sticks. The judge was Mr. H. Johnson (Pilsley), and the first three prizes were of 20s., 15s., and 7s. 6d. They were won by C. Hind (Tibshelf), whose exhibit weighed 4lb. 2oz.; Y. Vardy (Huthwaite), 3lbs., 5oz. The show was organised by Mr. G. Mee, and the secretarial duties were carried out by Mr. J. Limb.

Evening Schools will soon be opening and Huthwaite will be well catered for. It is a matter of surprise how many branches of knowledge are open to the studious. Apart from first-rate classes on history, which are to be run by the Miners' Welfare Adult Education Committee, there will be a big batch of subjects for both sexes and all ages at the Evening Institute. In connection with the mining department a new idea is being introduced. A special "safety class" for boys is to be formed, and at the end of the session an oral examination will be held and medals presented. Huthwaite has always held a high reputation for its night school record, and this year should see the reputation maintained.

Now that darker nights are upon us the subject of street lighting becomes a matter of some interest. It has often been said that Huthwaite is a city on a hill, whose light cannot be hid. Under new arrangements its light will be brighter than before. Electric light has been installed in several streets, including Chesterfield Road, where the greatest improvements have been made, and where the light will be plainest, and will convince distant places of the enlightened condition of the "city on the hill." Many of the streets still have to be content with the illumination methods of the last century, but the time is perhaps not far distant when electricity will hold the sway everywhere. On this subject the fixing of new name-plates to all the streets is a big improvement. It is as well to have the official names of streets as some thoroughfares used to be known by two or three names. Local tradition however, is very tenacious, and may not die out easily, in such cases as "New-kiln," "Pudding-bag" and "Warmgate."

Master Joe Hardwick, of Main Street, who just missed winning a junior county scholarship at this year's examination, will be able to have a secondary school education and has started his studies at Mansfield Grammar School this week. Having regard to the fact that Joe is the son of a soldier, and was a very bright boy at New Street Council School, both at work and play, representations on his behalf were made to the United Service Fund by the Huthwaite Branch of the British Legion through their secretary Mr. I. Parton. This necessitated an interview in Nottingham between local officials, the officials of the East Midland Area of the U.S.F. and the boy's headmaster, Mr. H.A. Simpson. The upshot was that a grant has been made by the United Services' Fund which will cover tuition fees, outfit, books, traveling expenses and school meals. In the event of his showing exceptional ability, which is by no means unlikely, the student may be assisted to higher education when the secondary school course is completed. Great credit is due to all who have helped to obtain these advantages for Master Hardwick.

Harvest festival services were held at New Fall Street Methodist Church on Sunday, when the preacher was Mr. J. Thompson (Huthwaite), who has combined singing and sermons for so long that he is now known as "The Singing Preacher." Whenever he preaches a sermon it is his custom to sing a solo as well, and on Sunday he rendered the solo, "It's like heaven to me," both morning and evening. The church had been very seasonably adorned with many kinds of fruits, flowers and vegetables, grain and other commodities, and a very large quantity of excellent potatoes had been given. The heavier gifts were transported by Messrs. C. Eveson and J.W. Mann, who also assisted the following ladies in the decorative scheme:- Mesdames Pembleton, Beckley, J.W. Allsop, Wilbraham, Dykes, Mitchell, Kinsey, Sowter, H. Marshall, Ward, J.H. Hinks, C. Colley, W. Hinks and Edwards, sen. The same ladies had also carried out a collecting campaign outside church as part of the festival with good results. In the afternoon a service of song was given entitled "Rufus and Joe," Mr. Thompson presided, and the literary links were recited by Councillor Iball. The soloists were Mrs. S. Spencer (soprano), Mr. S. Marshall and Mr. D. Burton, and the organist was Miss Sylvia Mitchell, while Mr. J.W. Allsop conducted. In the evening two anthems were rendered by the choir ... the solo part being taken by Mr. Marshall. The organist and conductor were again Miss Mitchell and Mr. J.W. Allsop. On Monday the produce was sold by Mr. C. Mann, sen., who has officiated in this capacity for many years. Mr. Mann has a long and useful record of religious activity, and it may be mentioned that he will shortly celebrate 50 years service as a local preacher.

Inauguration of New Service Through Sutton.

SUNDAY morning saw the inauguration of the new 'bus service in place of trams between Huthwaite, Sutton, Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse, and between Mansfield and Pleasley. The Mansfield Traction Company have put a fine fleet of double decker 'buses on the roads, and considerable interest was evinced in the commencement of the new services.
  Before the new services there was an official run over part of the route now open. All who were taking part in it were requested to meet at the Town Hall, Mansfield, at 8.45 a.m., and despite the early hour there was a good muster of members of the Mansfield Town Council and representatives of Sutton and Mansfield Woodhouse Urban Councils.

An Unusual Spectacle.

  Arriving at the Market Place they were confronted with the unusual spectacle of sixteen 'buses drawn up in a line right across the big square, the end ones encroaching on the roadways. The vehicles looked very smart, each bearing the word and number Mansfield 101, indicating that they were to be used on the Woodhouse to Huthwaite route, and were in charge of their drivers and conductors. Then one of the 'buses approached the Town Hall, and those who were to take part in the official run stood in front of it for a photograph.
  The Sutton representatives present were Mr. Hedley C. Wright (Chairman of the Council), Mr. A. Thompson (Vice-Chairman), and Mr. T. Barnes (Chairman of the Licensing Committee). The party also included Mr. Mick Bruce (representing Shell Mex and B.P.), Mr. Humphrey Davis (Metropolitan Cammel-Weyman Motor Body, Ltd.), Mr. W.W. Clarke (engineer and manager of the Mansfield District Traction Co.), Mr. J. Vallance (of Messrs. Harrop White, Gamble and Vallance solicitors of the company), Mr. S. Dudman (transport manage for Balfour, Beatty and Co.).
  Only a few people saw the 'bus start off on its first journey, and they were at the starting place by accident, as there had been no public announcement. Sutton, in fact, did not seem to be awake, and Huthwaite's streets were deserted, save for the presence of a newspaper seller in the square, where the 'bus made its turn for the journey back to Mansfield. On the way three 'buses were passed, each being bound for Huthwaite, where they were to pick up their first passengers.

Complimentary Tickets.

  The official 'bus reached Mansfield again after 35 minutes, and a brief stop was made to pick up ordinary passengers. It was then that the conductor made his round, and each one who accompanied the Mayor received a complimentary ticket, his Worship getting the first one which was numbered A 000, the next one A 001, and so on,. Mansfield Woodhouse showed the greatest interest, for hundreds of people were out in Sherwood Street and Station Street. Some of them actually waved hands, this being the only demonstration seen on the route.
  The Market Place was reached about ten o'clock, and all the party were impressed with the comfortable seating accommodation and the easy running of the 'bus - so different from the noise and lurching and rattling of the trams. The privileged passengers accompanied the Mayor to the Town Hall, where refreshments were served.
  The thanks of all present to the Traction Company and Mr. Clarke for the facilities extended that morning were voiced by the Mayor. He recalled the time when the Town Council had its own Licensing Committee and "we were a happy family in our work in relation to the running of motor 'buses in the town. Then the Labour Government brought on a Transport Bill and the harmony was disturbed. The Government told us that the Bill would revolutionise transport, and that has come about, and we have seen the results of it."

Early Days of Trams Recalled.

  His Worship added that he hoped the Traction Company would serve the public to the best of their ability and that the most efficient service of 'buses would be put on to serve the public. He wished every success to the present enterprise, and asked Mr. Clarke to convey to his Company the Council's appreciation of the facilities which had been afforded that morning.
  Councillor Whyld, in seconding, said the public had long been looking forward to the time when 'buses would take the place of trams.
  Councillor J. Marriott, Mansfield, remarked that probably he was the only Councillor present that morning who was a member of the Corporation when the trams first started. He did not ride on the first tram but he travelled on the second, and it was a pleasure to him to have ridden on the first 'bus. He recalled the dispute which the Tramways Company had with their men in 1906 and the remarkable scene that there was in the Market Place that night before the trouble was settled. The Market Place was crowded and there was much excitement. The late Ald. Singleton was Mayor at the time, and it was through his intervention that a settlement was arrived at. This caused much satisfaction, and children came down Stockwell Gate waving flags. The speaker congratulated the company on putting such fine 'buses on the road, ....


APPENDED are extracts from the Committee minutes submitted to the Huthwaite Urban District Council at the monthly meeting last week.
  Gas, Lighting and Water Committee.- The Gas Manager reported upon the conversion of street lamps, and it was resolved that the five remaining gas lamps in Chesterfield Road and one in Cross Lane be converted into electric lamps, and the one electric lamp in Common Road be transferred to Main Street.

The Proposed Housing Scheme.

  The consumption of water during fires was discussed, and particularly the use of the Council's hose pipes by unauthorised persons. It was resolved that in future the hose pipes be available for the prevention of stack fires at the discretion of, or by the permission of Foreman Wright.
  Roads and Buildings Committee.- The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Health had declined to receive the Council's deputation in support of the proposed housing scheme on Chesterfield Road, and reported upon the correspondence with that department and the District Valuer in consequence.
  The Surveyor also reported his interview upon the site with the District Valuer, who was awaiting the further report of his Mineral Valuer upon the matter, which was accordingly deferred.
  Cemetery, Pleasure Grounds and Allotments Committee. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain estimates for the supply of trees to complete the Burial Ground extension scheme.
  The use of Huthwaite Park for games and matches was discussed and a Sub-Committee, comprising the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Iball, Simpson and Clarke, was appointed to come to suitable arrangement with the clubs who are seeking to monopolise the cricket and football pitches, and to draw up bye-laws and regulations for the future control of the Park.
  The Surveyor was instructed to obtain two sets of goal posts for the use of the public in the Park.

Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

  Health and Hospital Committee.- The Medical Officer of Health reported that during the month of July four deaths, equivalent to an annual mortality of 9.3 per 1,000, were notified, the mortality for the preceeding month being 9.3. Seven births - four males and three females - were registered during the month. No infectious diseases were notified. During August, one death, equivalent to a mortality of 2.2, was notified, and six births - three males and three females - were registered.
  A letter was read from the Notts. County Council relative to the isolation and treatment of infectious diseases under the Local Government act, 1929, and requesting the appointment of a delegate to attend a conference on the matter. The Chairman of the Council and Health Committee, Councillor Goodall and the Clerk were appointed.
  Finance and General Purposes Committee.- An account was received from the Sutton Urban District Council for £8 6s. for the attendance of their fire brigade at Mr. S. Phillip's farm. It was resolved that ass no authority was obtained from the Huthwaite Council, its members, officials or police, the account, which does not include charges for the services of Huthwaite Council's own men, be sent to the owner for payment by himself or his insurance company.
  The engagement of a foreman on the Chesterfield Road new pumping main scheme was discussed, and it was left to the Surveyor to employ a suitable man.
  Public Library Committee.- The Caretaker reported that the number of books issued during July was 417, as compared with 197 for the corresponding period last year, and during August the figures were 367, as compared with 343.



  Huthwaite Villa played their return match with Tibshelf Scouts on Huthwaite Park Ground on Saturday before a good crowd of spectators and won by four goals to nil. ...
  Huthwaite Villa.- F. Brooks; R. Williams and L. Smith; W. Griffiths, A. Cooke and W. Collins; L. Reeves, E. Reeves, G. Reeves, L. Fox and J. Instone.


Two interesting and keen games have been played between the above Clubs and brought to a close a good season, with a creditable record for both. The friendly games between these two clubs are always interesting, and ensure good-will and encourage interest. Each club won on its own green by a narrow margin.


Once again we come to the end of a very successful and most enjoyable season with the exception of one game, viz., Nuncargate v. Pleasley Hill. ...


Huthwaite U.D.C. 114 v. Sutton Lawn 98
Huthwaite.- C.H. Coupe, E. Coleman, J. Smith, J. Allsop, W. Quible, T. Thompson, T. Dobb, A. Hunt, T. Bradley, J. Wilson, J. Stuart, B. Hill.


Bygone Happenings
Hucknall Huthwaite Celery Show.

  The annual celery show held at the Swan Inn, Hucknall Huthwaite, attracted 34 entries. Prizes were also offered for the best collection of vegetables, the winners of which were:- 1, Mr. Jos. Pilsworth; 2, Mr. W. Harpham; 3, Mr. W. Stirland. Mr. George Godard exhibited a fine collection of dahlias. Mr. W. Harpham, of Tibshelf, and Mr. W. Stirland, of Cotmanhay, were the judges, and Mr. Thos. Clarke, secretary.
  For celery, Mr. George Beardsley obtained first prize, and the remainder were won in the following order:- Messrs. T. Melbourne, Jos. Thorpe, H. Barfoot, M. Beardall, John Barfoot, M. Beardall, J.G. Thorpe, Josu. Smith, S. Buxton, G. Smith, F. Barfoot, D. Beardsley, H. Burrows, J. Sheppard, G. Goddard, A. Smith, T. Welbourne, P. Pitt, A. Wilson, D. Wilson, F. Clarke, W. Vardy, S. Marshall, W. Francis, M. Pilsworth, G. Dykes, J. Pilsworth and W. Wilmott.

Written 03 Mar 12 Revised 03 Mar 12 © by Gary Elliott