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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - September 8th 1933


  The annual display of vegetables and flowers was held at the "Shoulder of Mutton" on Saturday and Sunday, and the local reputation for celery and onions particularly was well upheld. In seven classes there were nearly 100 entries, the size and quality being exceptionally good, and many visitors expressed their admiration. The awards were as follows:-
  Celery (one stick): 1, M. Beardall (Sutton), 4lb. 19oz; 2, A. Eurby (Sutton), 4lb 2oz; 3, L. Keeling (Huthwaite), 3lb. 2oz.
  Potatoes: 1, C. Dawkins (Sutton); 2, and 3, A.O. Butler
  Onions: 1, C. Davis (Sutton), 6lb 5oz; 2, L. Allsop (Huthwaite), 6lb 5oz.; J. Ward (Huthwaite), 6lb. 2oz.
  Leeks: 1, J. Ward; 2, C. Dawkins; 3, J. Ward.
  Beet (Globe): 1, W. Dove (Sutton); 2, T. Simmonds (Huthwaite); 3, S. Brown.
  Aster (one bloom): 1, G.H. Wood (Huthwaite); 2 and 3, C. Dawkins.
  Pom pom Dahlias: 1, G. Heath (Sutton); 2, C. Davis (Sutton); 3, T. Allen (Sutton)
  The Secretary of the show was Mr. C. Butterworth and the Treasurer Mr. E.A. Thurman. They were assisted by Messrs. W. Hickenbottom, J. Truswell, B. Wood, G. Butterworth and M. Searson.


  The members of the Gospel Mission, Huthwaite, held their harvest thanksgiving services on Sunday, these being conducted by Bro. J. Peace, in the afternoon, and Mr. C. Mann in the evening. On Monday the members held a faith tea, and later the sale of fruit and vegetables took place, £5 being secured. Mr. G.S. Froggatt conducted the sale.

  Huthwaite C.W.S. and Huthwaite Peacock met on the latter's ground on Tuesday evening, when a very good game was witnessed by a large crowd. Peacock led at half-time by the only goal, scored by Whitehead. In the second half C.W.S. gradually assumed the upper hand, and after Dyment had equalised, Carrington scored the winning goal to-wards the end.

  The "Feast" was celebrated last week-end, the fine weather bringing visitors from all round the district. The Market Place was the amusement centre, there bing plenty of attractions provided by the showmen, and the time honoured rites were fully observed. Two customary musical features were held on Sunday. In the afternoon the Huthwaite Prize Band gave a concert in the Welfare grounds, and in the evening the annual recital was provided on the market by Mr. W. Hall on behalf of the funds of the Old People's Treat. Mr. J.G. Wright presided, but this year it was a radio-electric programme and was heard by a very large crowd. Officials of the Committee took up a collection, and hearty thanks were expressed to Mr. Hall for his long standing kindness. The collection was somewhat smaller than in previous years, but, all things considering, it was satisfactory.

  The work of re-tiling the Parish Church is proceeding rapidly, and, although the altars and the other precious furnishings have had to be shrouded during the process, it will not be for long, as the whole renovation is expected to be completed for the harvest festival early next month. The tiles that are being used are a hand made, sand-faced grey type, that have the approval of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners' architect. The cost will be £299. The tiles chosen will harmonise with the stone of the church and give good results, and the church Council are already arranging a programme of social events towards defraying the cost. When finished, the new church roof will last for a long time. The heating apparatus is to be overhauled also, and a general clean up carried out inside the church, and exterior improvements include the fixing of electric lamps outside the porch, and the vestry door. The one will be for the advantage of the congregation, and the other will benefit the choir, the latter, up to the present, having had to fight to illumines their path along the north side of the church. Some of these innovations seem comparatively small affairs, but they make for comfort and efficiency, and when they are considered in the aggregate it is realised what a great benefit of work is being done ...

Sutton Man Succumbs to Severe Injuries.

  The circumstances relating to the death of Henry Dove, aged 47, of 9 Brown's Crescent, Sutton, who received severe injuries at New Hucknall Colliery on Monday morning and died ten minutes after admission to Mansfield Hospital, were enquired into at Mansfield Town Hall on Wednesday by the District Coroner (Mr. H. Bradwell) and a jury. Also present were Mr. A.H. Steele, H.M.I. of Mines, Mr. H.B. Stevens, manager of New Hucknall Colliery, and Mr. F.H. Jessop, representing the Colliery Company.
  Evidence of identification was given by Ernest Bettison of 140 Main Street, Huthwaite, an unemployed miner, who said deceased was his prospective father-in-law. He had been employed at New Hucknall Colliery for 30 years, and for the past five years had been head saw man.

The Accident

  Joseph Rawson, of West Lea, Charnwood Street, Sutton, a joiner at the colliery, said he was in the next shop to deceased when the accident happened. There was no one else in the saw shop with deceased at the time. There was a circular saw in the shop and this was worked by a belt on an overhead shafting. Deceased was not doing any sawing at the time as this was a job he would not do by himself. The shafting ran through the other shops, and at the time of the accident it was running for other purposes. Witness saw that the belt for the saw was off the shafting at 6.30 a.m., and deceased had some sawing to do that morning, and would have to do some oiling, although he would only oil the bottom pulley, which was sunk into the floor. Another mand did the overhead oiling.
  Describing what he knew of the accident, witness said he was in the shop next to the saw shop when he heard someone shout "Oh!"

Engine Stopped.

  "I ran into the shop," continued witness, "and saw Dove on the side of the pulley going round the shafting, and so I ran into the next shop to have the engine stopped." Witness added that deceased appeared to have been caught by his left leg, which was severed.
  Replying to further questions by the Coroner, witness said Dove wore tight clothes. He would not be able to reach the shafting without some kind of ladder, and there was no ladder in the shop. As soon as the engine was stopped, deceased fell of the shafting, and he was taken to the hospital as speedily as possible.
  Further questioned, witness said he had not formed any opinion as to what caused the accident. The belt for the saw was tied to the fencing round the bottom-pulley when not in use, and witness saw it tied up that morning, but after the accident it was untied. He knew of no reason why deceased should go inside the guard unless it was to untie the belt..
  Asked by the Coroner for his opinion of the cause of the accident, Mr. Steele said the supposition seemed to be the deceased was putting the belt on the pulley, when the belt caught round the shafting, doubled up and pulled Dove up by the left leg and rough the shafting.

A Careful Workman.

  Recalled by the Coroner, the witness Rawson said it was a rule to stop the engine when putting on a belt. Deceased was a careful man and not one who would take any risks.
  Mr. Steele observed that after the accident a loose piece of material was found in the pulley which was not there before.
  The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death." On behalf of the Colliery Company, Mr. Stevens extended sympathy to the relatives of deceased and expressed the Company's deep regret at the accident. Deceased was a very capable worker, and the Company very much regretted his loss.


Gower -On the 30th ult., Thomas Gower, Chesterfield Road, 42 years.
Brown -On the 31st., Frederick Brown, Cardwell Street, Nottingham, 62 years.
Strange -On the 5th inst., James Henry Strange, Blackwell Road, 72 years.


  On Tuesday the members of the Huthwaite Sherwood Street Methodist Church gave a cordial greeting to their new circuit minister, the Rev. S.D. Hacker, of Ripley, who succeeds the Rev. J. Hooley. There was a large gathering at a tea provide by the lady members, the arrangements for both the meeting and the tea having been made by Miss H. Hawley, on behalf of the church members.
  Subsequently a reception service was held in the church, over which Mr. A. Hawley presided, and Mr. N. Evans was the musical director.
  The Chairman officially welcomed the new minister, and said that he had already created a favourable impression, and his thoughts were of the working class part of his flock.
  Mr. R.H. Purseglove, B.Sc., on behalf of the young people of the church, asked for toleration, and hoped that the tradition of the church would be carried on under the new regime.
  Mr. Norman Evans remarked that the new minister had come among them in a difficult time, and he quoted from the preface to the 'Tale of Two Cities.' He went on to say that it was necessary for them to consider the pressing world problems, for in that connection the church was being looked to to co-operate in all forward movements. In the commonwealth of nations organised religion would have to think about such things as individuals did if progress were to be made.
  The new minister who belongs to a north-country coal-mining family, thanked the gathering for its welcome, and quoted John Wesley to the effect that courage, above all things, was needed in the church, both individually and collectively.
  In addition to suitable hymns, the anthem 'The sun shall be no more' was rendered by the choir.


  Huthwaite Peacocks F.C. took time by the forelock in arranging a dance for Saturday evening, when the town was full of visitors. The venture was a big success, about 200 putting in an appearance at the Drill Hall, where an enjoyable dance programme was played by Mr. Tom Burton's Orchestra. A special feature was ballet dances by Miss Sadie Dalton, who displayed a high degree of grace and skill. The M.C. for the dance was Mr. J. Barnes, and the catering was in the hands of Mrs. Slack.

Strike Incidents at Sutton.

  A number of men, youths and boys had been actively engaged in the district in dealing with those who had done other work since the pits had stopped. It became known that some Sutton sinkers were doing work in the sump at New Hucknall Colliery and a strong force waited near the premises till the men put in an appearance. The latter were promised that if they proceeded quietly no force would be used, and they considered it wise to obey their captors with the result that they had to carry black stocking hoisted on sticks, while they were escorted through Sutton streets, to the accompaniment of tin-pans, etc.

Huthwaite Flower Show.

  The third annual show of plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc., in connection with the Huthwaite Floral and Horticultural Society was held in Mr. Lomas' fields, Huthwaite, and was largely attended. Competition was keen, and the judges had no easy task. They were:- Messrs. R.W. Proctor (Chesterfield), F.W. Stones (Papplewick Hall), Mac W. Bishop (Sutton), S. Cooke (Pilsley) and G. Smith (Huthwaite).
  Amongst the prizewinners were:- Messrs. A. Marshall, H. Holland, E. Harpham, W. Searston, H. Highfield, J. Smith, J. Wheeler, A. Fretwell, C. Leeson, A. Smith, E. Turner, G. Bostock, E.H. Lowe, W. Thompson, S. Smith, S. Marriott, H. Wilmot, E. Reeves, W. Simpson, J. Barker, G. Deakin, G. Thompson, F. Twitty, G. Haslam, E. Maxted, W. Shelton, T. Thompson, H. Barfoot, F. Bowler, W.V. Beardall, H. Wittering, J.J. Thorpe, A. Gunby, W. Bacon, J. Lawrence and J. Ward. There were also baking competitions and juvenile sports, and selections of music were rendered at intervals by the Huthwaite Silver Prize Band. The secretarial duties were performed by Mr. M. Beardall.


On Sunday the road between Sutton and Skegness was the scene of a great race against time when J.C. White, of the Sutton Cycling and Athletic Club, made a successful attack on the record between these two places. The record had stood for seven years to the credit of G. Draycott, of the old Ashfield C.C. (now defunct), whose ride in 1926 was accomplished in 3hrs. 56mins. 27secs.
  The route used was via Newark, Sleaford and Boston, and starting off at six a.m from Portland Square in good weather, White rode well to Newark in a shade under the hour ....

Riding Strongly.

... Two attacks of cramp and sickness played havoc with the rider's stamina, and he slowed down considerably, until, ten miles from the finish, his lead had gone entirely and he was falling behind schedule, although still inside the record.
  Sponging was still very necessary, and handkerchiefs, soaked under farmhouse taps and even in shallow dykes, served the purpose, and were much appreciated. Eventually Skegness was reached and a new record set up, the time being 3hrs. 54mins. 48secs.-1min.39secs. faster than that made seven years before. ...

Mr. F.F. Hibbert and Growth of Unemployment.

There was a large and interested gathering at the official opening of the new Ministry of Labour Employment Exchange in Outram Street, Sutton, on Saturday afternoon, when the fine building which has been provided, and which has already been fully described in the columns of the 'Free Press,' was the subject of much favourable comment.

Representative Attendance.

  The official opening was performed by Mr. F.F. Hibbert, J.P., chairman of the Local Employment Committee, who, having unlocked the main doors to the Exchange, invited the company present to enter. There were present representatives of the local councils, teachers, employers, workpeople, the Sutton Social Service Council, and other organisations, and all assembled in the main hall, where short speeches were made.
  Mr. Hibbert presided, and supporting him were Mr. C. Brown, M.P., Mr. H. Boughey, O.B.E., Deputy Divisional Controller, Birmingham, of the Ministry of Labour, the Rev. J.T. Jones (Social Service Council), Mr. G.G. Bonser, J.P., Councillor A. Thompson (Chairman Sutton Urban Council), Ald. J. Bayliss, Mr. P. Armstrong (manager Mansfield Employment Exchange) and Mr. F.G. Camm (manager of the Sutton Employment Exchange).

Small Beginnings.

  The Chairman said he was very pleased to see such a good gathering at that opening ceremony, and as they could see, they had a very nice building. He had been connected with the Employment Exchange for a good many years, and had seen it grow from a very small beginning. "At one time people looked upon a Labour Exchange in a very different way to what they do to-day," observed Mr. Hibbert. "The employers seemed afraid to go and ask for an employee but this seems to have been overcome, and they seem to work more harmoniously together." He was sure that every consideration had been given to the staff and the unemployed in regard to the new building. All would be able to come under one roof, and the people using the Exchange would not have to stand in queues, as they used to do, and be out in any kind of weather.
  The first Exchange at Sutton was opened in 1911, a room at the Welcome Cafe being used for the purposes. The only duties in those days were to register and place people in employment, and the staff consisted of the manager and one clerk. About 100 people were registered.

Remarkable Figures.

  At the time it was difficult to convince employers as to the utility of the Exchange, but the difficulty was gradually overcome. During 1912 the two branch offices at Alfreton and Ripley were opened, and in 1913 premises in Portland Square were opened. These premises are now occupied by Mr. Luther Pepper. Unemployment Insurance was added to the duties of the Exchange and the staff increased to 4, and the maximum amount of benefit paid was £15 per week, chiefly to building workers. The removal to the old premises in Outram Street took place in 1918.
  Prior to 1925 the unemployment figures were relatively low, but in 1925 when the depression in the mining industry commenced, the figures assumed gigantic proportions. The peak figure in 1925 was 8,000, and the figures in successive years were:- 1926, 2,000 (miners' dispute); 1927, 10,000; 1928, 12,000; 1930, 14,000; 1931, 16,000; 1932, 16,000; 1933, 17,000. The average weekly live register in 1928 was 8,912; 1929, 9,170; 1930, 9,479; 1931, 10,699; 1932, 12,577; and the first six months in 19333, 14,079.
  "This, I should imaging, is one of the most remarkable rises over a period in the country," added Mr. Hibbert. "It is doubtful whether there is an Exchange in the country with such a record."

Functions of the Exchange.

  There are eight sets of premises attached to this Exchange, namely: Wesleyan Schools, Sampson's Buildings (Women's Department), East Kirkby, Selston, South Normanton, Morton, Stanton Hill, Tibshelf. The Local Employment Committee was set up in 1928, and prior to this there was a Sub-Committee attached to Mansfield. The first chairman was Dr. Nesbitt, the second the late Mr. Tudsbury, and the third Mr. E.S. Buxton-Hopkin.
  "The principle functions of the Exchange service are the filling of vacancies which are notified by employers, and I do ask employers to make greater use of the Exchange service in this connection," concluded Mr. Hibbert. " You will see when you commence your inspection of the building that there is every convenience for the use of employers.
  "In 1932 the Sutton Exchange filled 1,856 vacancies locally, and 166 in other districts:- The details of these were ...
  Mr. Hibbert then officially declared the Exchange open.

Coming of Age.

  Mr. Boughey, who was called upon to speak, said his duty was to thank the Chairman and those who were present that afternoon for giving up their time to be present at that function. They perhaps might have some little doubt as to the importance of it, and he was amazed to see the large number who had considered it worth while to attend.
  In a way they were celebrating the coming of age of unemployment insurance. This was the twenty-first year since the National Unemployment Insurance Act had been in operation. During the whole of that time the Ministry of Labour, at first by a Divisional Committee, and since 1917 by means of Local Committee, had had the invaluable help of local Committees constituted as they were of the most reputable leaders of industry and labour matters in the district, and that was one of the reasons why there had been, in the face of almost overwhelming obstacles, so little local difficulty and friction in the administration of the Act.
  It has been suggested by Mr. Hibbert that he (the speaker) might have something to say or impending legislation which would be the main work of the coming session of Parliament, and the policy of the Department with regard to unemployment, but for him to embark on a statement which would be the subject of some little controversy would be indiscreet.

Fair and Just Administration.

  It was not what his Department would propose in the new Bill, but what the Cabinet approved, subject to the corrections which Parliament as an institution would insert. The 1911 Act had, in its main essentials, been operated with singularly little friction, and was based on absolutely fair and just administration. .....

Human Interest.

  Mr. A. Thompson, speaking on behalf of the Sutton Urban Council, said that one of the things which pleased him was that the building itself was a real ornament to the town. He was interested, too, not only in the building, but the arrangements made for the people who would work in it, and the comfort of those who had to use the Exchange. He had always said the previous building which was in use was in no way adequate and in bad weather it was not conducive to the comfort of the people, but the large hall in which they were gathered was a great step in remedying any deficiencies. He thought they could congratulate the authorities on giving them such a building, and he complimented them on the choice of officials. He said emphatically that in Mr. Camm they and one of the best manager's possible, and he could also say that of his predecessor. .....

Written 28 Nov 12 Revised 28 Nov 12 © by Gary Elliott