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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - March 3rd 1933

Buried in Roof Fall at Silverhill

  A verdict of "Accidental death, with no blame attaching to anyone," was returned by the jury at the inquest held at Mansfield on Friday on Benjamin Emanuel Woodhead, aged 47 years, of 15, Sherwood Street, Huthwaite, who died at Mansfield Hospital on Sunday, February 19th, following injuries sustained whilst working at Silverhill Colliery the previous Friday.
  The enquiry was conducted by the District Coroner (Mr. A.H. Bradwell), and the proceedings were watched by Mr. T.E. Pickering (Inspector of Mines), Mr. F.H. Jessop (representing the Stanton Ironworks Co., Ltd., the owners of the colliery), Mr. T.W. Machin (colliery manager), Mr. Val Coleman (representing the Notts. Miners' Association) and Mr. J. Buddle (Deputies' Association).

Building a Pack.

  The Coroner explained that deceased was buried by a fall of roof, and the only question for the jury was whether they were satisfied every precaution was taken, and that there was no one to blame for the matter.
  The first witness was William Woodhead, an unemployed miner, of 5, Sherwood Street, Huthwaite, brother of the deceased, who was a single man. His brother, he said, was, so far as he knew, injured at Silverhill Colliery on February 17th and was removed to Mansfield Hospital. He saw deceased in Hospital, but his brother was unable to tell him what had happened. He had been employed as a stallman at the Colliery for fourteen months. He was in good health, and was an active man.
  John George Barnes, of 10, Market Street, Huthwaite, a stallman at Silverhill Colliery, said he was working in company with deceased at Silverhill Colliery on Friday, February 17th, being engaged in No. 61 stall of the low main seam. They started work at 7 a.m., the shift concluding at 2.30 p.m. Deceased, when he saw him at the pit bottom on commencing work was quite all right. At the time of the accident, which occurred about 1.30 p.m., they were engaged in building a pack in the stall, obtaining the material from the corner of the pack.

"Roof Suddenly Came In."

  They had put the pack three-parts up when the roof suddenly came in. The roof was close up to the pack, and came down in one big lump and some small stuff. He estimated that about two tons of roof fell and deceased was underneath. The fall occurred without any warning, and witness was just clear. Before starting work in the morning witness and deceased examined the roof, and were satisfied it was safe. There were sufficient timber, consisting of props and bars, and when the fall took place it brought a bar down with it. They had had no notification of any weight that morning, but they had had the day before. When they had that notification of weight they took further precautions, putting some additional props and bars up....
  The jury then returned the verdict stated above.
  Mr. Machin, on behalf of the Colliery Co., expressed regret at the accident and sympathy with the bereaved relatives. Deceased, he said, had worked for the Company for fourteen months and was a very careful man.
  Mr. Coleman, who also associated himself with the expression of sympathy, said as a practical man, it was known there were slips and bad patches of work which must be gone through, but he quite agreed from the evidence that every precaution was taken. Deceased was a good workman and they were sorry to have lost him.
  Mr. Buddle and the Coroner also joined in the sympathetic expressions.


  For 20 years the license holder of the Miners' Arms, Huthwaite (retiring just a year ago), Mr. Isaiah Pitchford, of Main Street (Top End), has passed away at the age of 75 years. He was interred on Saturday, at Skegby, the family having settled in that parish many years ago, when they came from Shropshire.
  The late Mr. Pitchford was formerly employed at Butcherwood Colliery, but he was disabled by a serious accident about 30 years ago, and until he came to Huthwaite, he followed open-air occupations at a small holding on Stoneyford Lane. He leaves a widow (having passed their golden wedding date some two years ago), three sons and six daughters. There are also 35 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, an instance of four living generations being thus provided.
  The widow was unable to attend the funeral, which was conducted by the Rev. L.J. Stamper, and several family members living in various places in Derbyshire were kept away by Saturday's storm. These were Mrs. Crosbie, Wessington; Mrs. Cowley, Shirebrook and Mrs. Wardle, Buxton. All the family are married but one son.
  The mourners were:- Albert and Harold, Lucy and Sid, Mary and Will, Lily and Fred, Florrie and Isaiah, sons and daughters and sons-in-law; Dollie Horace, Lucy, Leonard, Eric, Harold and Eunice, grandchildren.
  The bearers were Messrs. Rhodes, Davis, Ashmore, Hulme, Woodland, Pepperdine, senior and junior, and Bromley.
  Wreaths were sent by:- Loving Wife and Harold; Fred, Lily and Sons; Albert and Family; Isaiah, Mary and Grandchildren; Mary; Will and Grandchildren; Florrie and Owen; Lucy, Sid and Grandchildren; Willie; Nephew Jack and Polly; Mr. and Mrs. Woodland and Family; Edith and Grandchildren (Shirebrook and Buxton); and Adelaide, Doreen and Grandchildren (Wessington).


  A Newton party of entertainers, "The White Blackbirds," gave a concert at Sutton Road Methodist Sunday School on Wednesday evening in aid of the Sunday School prizes. Mr. A. Lupton was the chairman and the programme included:.... Members of the company were also seen in numerous other attractive and entertaining numbers...


Gent. -On the 2nd inst., Sarah Ellen Gent, New Street, 71 years.
Davison. -On the 2nd inst., George Davison, Sutton Road, 42 years.


  The annual Parish Church bazaar was held on Monday and Tuesday in the Common Road Schools, Huthwaite, the object on this occasion being to clear off a debt of £170 on the church. The rooms were beautifully decorated, and justified the title of a "Daffodil" bazaar, these cheerful blooms being conspicuous everywhere.
  Mrs. H.C. Wright (Sutton) opened the proceedings on Monday, and expressed her pleasure in being present with them that afternoon. It was, she said, some time since Huthwaite Church was built, this being at the time the late Rev. J.R. Hyde was Vicar of Sutton. She could not truthfully say that she took much interest in that important event at the time, but she did remember Mr. Hyde. It had been told to her over and over again that no man ever came into this locality who had a greater regard for Huthwaite and Huthwaite people than Mr. Hyde. He never lost an opportunity of praising the self-sacrifice and efforts of the people in Huthwaite at that time who were endeavouring to build a Church, and it was not too much to say that he really loved the Huthwaite people.

Valuable Work.

  She saw in the interesting little booklet of the history of the Church that the Churchwardens at that time were the late Mr. Wm. Simpson and Mr. W. Lee, and she was delighted to know that Mr. Lee still held that position. These honest and lovable men did all they could for years before the Church was actually built, and they all knew how much the name of Simpson had meant to Huthwaite Church. Mr. Herbert Simpson did valuable work when the health of their late Vicar (Mr. Beswick) broke down, and Mrs. Grierson, who now lived in Sutton, was untiring in her efforts for anything connected with the Church. It must make them very proud to think that they had such a family who loyally carried on the work their father and mother began.
  The last few years had not been an easy period for progress, but in spite of difficulties they had gone forward and built a modern vicarage, which he knew was an absolute necessity. Knowing the wonderful spirit and love they had shown in the past, it made it a pleasant duty and privilege for her to be there that afternoon to help forward in a small way their efforts to keep the church in Huthwaite in its rightful place. She appealed to everyone present to do their utmost to assist the promoters of the bazaar to achieve their object, and clear off the debt of £170. Lastly she congratulated all the stallholders for bringing springtime to them when all was so desolate outside. She had much pleasure in declaring the bazaar open.

The Stalls.

  Appropriate remarks were also made by the Rev. A.L. Boulton (Vicar) and Mr. T. Goodall (churchwarden).
  There was a great variety of goods, stalls being provided by the congregation, Mothers' Union, Girls' Friendly Society, sidesmen and choir, and there was also a "pound" stall, and a refreshment stall.
  On Monday evening the Sutton St. Mary's Dramatic Society gave a farce, and apart from actual buying and selling, visitors had many opportunities of subscribing small sums.
  The first day's takings were £64.
  On Tuesday the Sunday School girls opened the bazaar under the direction of the superintendent, and the chief sideshow was a concert by scholars of the Blackwell Road Schools. The Sunday School children presented £10 which they had collected.
  The preparations for the bazaar had involved many hours of painstaking secretarial work, which had been diligently carried out by the hon. secretary, Mr. Robert Bailey, and £147 was realised altogether.


The wreaths at the funeral of Mr. R.E. Woodhead last week should have included one from Marion, in affectionate remembrance of Mr. Woodhead.

On Thursday the annual meeting in connection with Home Missions was held in the Sutton Road Methodist Church. The Rev. H.R. Hackforth wa the lecturer, and his subject was "Romance at Home and in the Army." There was a fair congregation and the annual report and collections were presented.

It is hardly necessary to state that there was no football on Saturday, and yet Huthwaite Villa made preparations for a match. They should have entertained Mansfield Sports Club (a fixture which will probably decide the League Championship) and the pitch was fairly clear of snow. The Huthwaite players assembled and the referee, Mr. Powell, motor cycled from West Bridgford, and declared the ground fit for play. The Mansfield team, however, seemed to regard football as an utter impossibility, for they did not turn up and sent no message. With many matches abandoned the previous week and a blank sheet on Saturday, fixtures are likely to become congested during the next eight weeks, and several local championships are still open questions. On Saturday the Villa intended to give a trial to Froggatt, their new winger from Stanton Hill.

On Thursday evening a concert was held at the "Shoulder of Mutton" on behalf of Messrs. W. Marshall and J. Stones, neither of whom has worked for a considerable time. There was a good attendance, and in addition a large number of tickets had been sold. The effort had been organised by the Sick and Dividing Society, and Mr. C. Butterworth officiated as chairman. The following programme was rendered: Selection, Huthwaite Prize Band Quartette Party; Mr. J. Stone; Mr. Bert Toon; Mr. G. Bee; Messrs. T. Chapman and J. Stone; ... Mr. G. Bee revealed a first-rate tenor voice, and sang in excellent style, while Mr. Toon's humorous items were well-received. The pianist was Mr. J. Quibell, and a vote of thanks to artistes and helpers was carried on the proposition of the chairman, Mr. Marshall, it will be remembered, was trainer to the New Hucknall Colliery Football Club in its palmiest days.


  A Bill has been introduced by Mr. David Grenfell, the Labour member for Gower (Glam.) to amend the Coal Mines (Minimum Wage) Act of 1912.
  The Bill proposes new minimum rates of wages to apply to underground and surface workers in coal, ironstone, shale and clay mines.
  The new minimum would be the rate paid on July 31st, 1914, plus an amount equal to the percentage increase in the cost of living from that date, as published periodically by the Ministry of Labour. Moreover, the minimum would not be subject to any deductions for the purchase of explosive used in the extraction of coal or stone.
  The Bill is supported by Messrs. Batey, Cape, Charles Brown, Charles Edwards, Duncan Graham, Gordon Macdonald, Lunn, Tinker, Thomas Williams, John Hall and George Hall.

Bygone Happenings.

Huthwaite Happenings.

  The Telephone Company had not been long in responding to the wishes of the inhabitants of Huthwaite. They had established a call office, and a sign erected at the Portland Arms told residents "You may telephone from here."
  An old friend and townsman, the Rev. Arthur Adlington, paid his annual visit to Huthwaite, putting in a full day at the Wesleyan Church, and although the weather was very clement there were large congregations. The following day a tea was held, and subsequently a public meeting was addressed by the Rev. A. Adlington.

Written 27 Apr 12 Revised 27 Apr 12 © by Gary Elliott