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a weeks news dated - April 5th 1935

No actual coverage found this week, but these columns extend election news dated prior, on March 29th.

Members' and Officials Farewell Gathering

TO mark the passing of the Huthwaite Urban District Council after an existence of 40 years, the Councillors and officials held a social evening at the Workpeople's Inn, Huthwaite, on Thursday evening, and the occasion should prove a memorable one, a very pleasant time being spent.

Company Assembled.

Councillor J. Iball (Chairman of the Council) presided, and also present were Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J.G. Wright, F.C. Sowter, D.D. Bonser, J. Peters, J. Davies, S. Alcock, W. Clark and C.H. Coupe. Mr. E.B. Hibbert (Clerk to the Council), Dr. J. Ferguson (Medical Officer of Health), Messrs. E.W. Bostock (Surveyor), B.W. Bostock (Surveyor's assistant), A. Dickens (Rating Officer), W.A. Fidler (collector), W.D. Rawe (Clerk's assistant), C.E. Evans (an ex-Councillor), Dr. J. Gaston and Inspector Scoffield.
  Following an excellent dinner, prepared and served under the supervision of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hassell (Host and Hostess) and for which Councillors E.H. Lowe and J.G. Wright were the carvers, the loyal toast was honoured on the proposition of the Chairman.

Step in Right Direction.

Explaining the objects of the gathering, the Chairman said in looking back over the past year's work they could say some little progress had been made. Houses had been built for the benefit of the ratepayers of the parish, whilst he was sure the conversion scheme was a step in the right direction. Then they had let 20 bungalows, which, he was sure, would be a boon to the people who lived in them. He was looking forward to the time when these were occupied. Some of the tenants would think they had got into little palaces compared with the houses they had lived in previously, and if only for this reason the Council had done something really worth doing. They had brought a little sunshine into the lives of the old folk.
  With regard to the Gas Order the Council had tried to get for the parish, the Chairman said though they had not succeeded he firmly believed that in the long run the residents would receive benefit as a result of what had been done. Though they appeared to have lost, their efforts would eventually prove a gain to the town. Money may have been spent, but progress always costs money.

Recreation Facilities.

Touching the question of recreation facilities for the children, the speaker said the Council had not been able to make the Park as nice as they would have liked, but they had given the scheme a good start and when they came under the bigger authority he hoped the new Council would finish what had been begun.
The toast, "The Chairman and his year's work," was submitted b Councillor F.C. Sowter, who said the toast would have fallen to the lot of the "father" of the Council (Councillor M. Betts), but he was unavoidably absent owing to business. In Mr. Iball they had a young Councillor who had attained the chairmanship during his first three years of office, and the speaker hoped that when Mr. G.G. Bonser was writing the history of Sutton he would not fail to record that Mr. Iball was the last Chairman of the Huthwaite Urban District Council. And during his term of office a tremendous amount of work had been accomplished in Huthwaite.
  They were trying to lighten the burden of the medical profession by endeavouring to do away with slums and provide houses at reasonable rents. The had tried to provide for the old inhabitants of Huthwaite by providing bungalows at reasonable rents, and it was hoped that the old people would be able to spend their last days in comfort and at rents considerably less than they had previously paid. The pail closet conversion scheme was most hygienic and up to date and was one of the blessings of the parish. He remembered the time they used to wheel ashes into the street before loading these into a cart, but this had now been done away with by the provision of bins, which had been a very good thing.

Differential Rating.

They had also provided additional recreation facilities for the children of Huthwaite, and they had been able to secure for the ratepayers a saving of £1,000 during the next three years by means of differential rating.
  Supporting the toast, Councillor S. Alcock endorsed the remarks of the proposer with regard to the Chairman, and also paid a tribute to the work which had been done by the whole of the Council under the capable guidance of their Clerk, whose services had been most valuable.
  The Clerk (Mr. E.B. Hibbert) next proposed "The Prosperity of Huthwaite,", which he said, he did with very mixed feelings. ... He thought it would be impossible to do justice to the toast if he did not preface it with a resume of the work done during the 29 years it had been his privilege to act as their Clerk.
  It was a long time to look back upon, but in doing so one could see cause for great gratification both from his and their points of view. Lapsing into reminiscent vein, the speaker referred to the days when, as a boy, he was junior clerk to his father, who loved Huthwaite from the bottom of his heart. The speaker said he had tried to mould his life on the life of his father. On succeeding him in 1906, one of the first things the Council did was to change the name of the parish from Hucknall Huthwaite. One of the first schemes was the institution of the Carnegie Library, which was erected in 1913 at a cost of £2,100, of which amount £2,000 was obtained from the late Mr. Andrew Carnegie.

Benefits Accrued.

"We can little tell the benefits from educational and recreational points of view which have accrued from this library," observed Mr. Hibbert. The next step for which loans amounting to £9,303 had to be raised, and which had now been reduced to £268. With regard to housing, no fewer than 142 houses and bungalows had been erected since 1919. The work had been done in the fae of almost insurmountable difficulties and was a very creditable achievement for a district with such limited financial resources.
  Excellent work had also been done with regard to sewerage extensions. In 1930 extensions were carried out at Common Road at a cost of £5,000, and in 1931 extensions at Blackwell Road cost £1,050, whilst £544 had been spent on the Chesterfield Road sewerage. All this work had been carried out with the aid of the Unemployment Grants Committee. Chesterfield Road had been widened at a cost of £6,500, of which half was contributed by the Ministry of Transport. In connection with the provision of recreation facilities, grants amounting to £850 had been obtained from the Carnegie Trustees and the Playing Fields Association, and £550 had already been repaid on the loan for this scheme.
  "The pail closet conversion scheme, in which Dr. Ferguson has assisted, has been one of the greatest things done in Huthwaite from a sanitary and hygienic point of view," remarked Mr. Hibbert. "It is an achievement of which you may be proud, and is one which has been possible as a result of your house being in order. It is an achievement not even your neighbouring authority has been able to put into operation because their house is not in order. It reflects the greatest credit on the vitality and energy of the members and officials of this Council."

A Great Advantage.

Referring to the acquisition of an independent water supply, the speaker said this had been a great advantage to Huthwaite, and was one of the things they could look back upon with a great deal of pleasure. Then the Council carried out its own scavenging, which many authorities, even their neighbours, still let by contract. With regard to the Housing Act 1930, the least said about this the better.
  The administration of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, by means of which loans amounting to £7,500 had been made, had proved a great boon to young married couples, who would not forget in a hurry what the Council had done for them.
  This is a record of which any authority in the county might well feel proud," observed the Clerk, " and is one which an authority with such a small population and which has been so terribly hit by the industrial depression should feel particularly proud to hand over."

Parting of Ways.

After paying tribute to the valuable assistance he had received from his assistant, Mr. W.D. Rawe, during the whole time he had been Clerk, the speaker touched on the forthcoming amalgamation....   Submitting the toast, "The Officials of the Council," Councillor J. Davies said in their officials Huthwaite Council had some very conscientious and capable men. ...

Tribute to Officials.

The Clerk had been most helpful to the speaker whilst he was Chairman for two years and he received from him very valuable assistance. ... he thanked Mr. Hibbert and his assistant, Mr. Rawe. They all knew the abilities of Mr. E.W. Bostock, who had performed a multitude of duties admirably, whilst his brother, Mr. Wallace Bostock had also been a great help during the short time he had been with the Council.
  With regard to Mr. Dickens, Mr. Davies said he could not speak to highly of him. He wa the hall-mark of honesty, ...
  In paying a tribute to the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. J. Ferguson), Mr. Davies said he had fulfilled a very thankless task. He had spoken without fear or favour, and the Council greatly appreciated his services. The former Medical Officer (Dr. J. Gaston) was also thanked, and in conclusion the speaker paid tribute to the other officials of the Council, foreman, etc., for their very valuable work.

Public Library Scheme.

Councillor C.H. Coupe supported the toast, and associated himself with all Mr. Davies had said. He said he was one of the instigators of the scheme for the Public Library, and when he realised what a great boon it had been to the town, he felt very proud of the part he had taken in obtaining it. He well remembered the Clerk's father, whom they all loved and of whom they were very proud.
  Mr. Coupe went on to speak in high terms of the Clerk, and of his assistant, Mr. Rawe, and he also paid tribute to Dr. Ferguson, Messrs. E.W. and W. Bostock, Mr. Dickens - who, he said, was an exceptional official, having been with the Council 22 years, and whom he hoped would live long to enjoy his retirement - and to Mr. Fidler, who had done excellently during the short time he had been with the Council.
  Responding on behalf of the officials, Mr. E.W. Bostock said his association with the Council went back - through his late father - a matter of 47 years. His father was appointed an official under the Local Board in 1888, and during the first year of the Urban District Council in 1895 he was appointed Surveyor and Inspector of Nuisances, and held this office until his death in 1929. Since then the speaker had carried on.
  Of the members of the first Huthwaite Urban District Council, only two were now living, Councillor M. Betts and Mr. Wm. Bostock. Mr. Betts had thus had a matter of 40 years continuous service on the Council. The first members were:- Messrs. S.W. Betts, M. Betts, T.C. Birkhead, Burrows, Evans and Wright. All were good old stalwarts who did yeoman service. Thus Mr. Betts was the real "father" of the Council, although he was followed a year later by Mr. Coupe, who had done continuous service since then except for one break.



ONE of the last important tasks of the Sutton Housing Committee has been placing of contracts for the erection of new houses on the Carsic Lane site. Another 100 dwellings are to be erected in this locality, and these will be utilised for re-housing the tenants of houses who will be displaced by the Idlewells Clearance Order....

There was an interesting little gathering at Huthwaite on Saturday, when the newly-erected Social Service Centre for the unemployed of the district was formally opened. The ceremony was graciously performed by the Duchess of Portland, who, throughout the time the building has been in course of erection, had displayed an active interest in the operations. She has paid numberous visits of inspection, making useful suggestions for the comfort and well-being of the men, and has made herself almost entirely responsible for the furnishing and arrangement of the "rest room." Her Grace's practical interest has been much appreciated, and by her presence at Saturday's opening gathering she has given an auspicious send-off to an undertaking which should prove of immense benefit to those who will make use of the Centre.

A pleasant little assembly, but one which was not without its sad reflections for those present, took place at Huthwaite on Thursday. This took the form of a farewell dinner in connection with the local Urban Councillors and officials, whose reign of office comes to an end this week. Forty years have elapsed since the Council first came into being, and it was only natural that there were regrets that the authority will cease to be. Opportunity was taken at the gathering to recall the work which has been done and the improvements carried out, and those who have been responsible for the administration of affairs have every reason to be gratified at the progress which has been. Both officials and Councillors have given their best, and all in the district are looking forward to further advancement under the new authority ....

Sutton's new Council will commence with several changes in personnel in the East and West Wards compared with the representation on previous occasions. With a reduced number of members - six instead of nine - it was inevitable that some of the old Councillors seeking re-election would be disappointed, but it was a surprise to many to find two or three who had been looked upon almost as certainties after a number of years valuable service to the town should fail to gain election. Of course for the Labour Party the election was very gratifying, for they find themselves with a majority of five members on the first authority charged with the administration of the affairs of the new area. In the East Ward the Party secured all six seats, including the election of the first lady member to serve on a Sutton Council, whilst in the West Ward four or their six nominees were successful. The Skegby Ward, however, returned all independents, whilst at Huthwaite Labour obtained two of the three seats.

It was the second time in twelve months that the Sutton district found itself in the throes of a local government election, and in two years time there will have to be yet another appeal to the electors. Monday's contests however, marked an important step forward in the affairs of the district, bringing into being a greatly enlarged area as a consequence of the amalgamation of Sutton, Huthwaite, Skegby, Stanton Hill and Teversal. As was to be expected, therefore, considerable interest was evinced in the election, this being apparent more in the two new Wards than in Sutton itself, and in both instances the percentage of polling was in excess of that in Sutton....


  We reproduce a drawing of the new theatre and cinema to be erected in Forest Street, Sutton, by Messrs. Aleph Entertainments Ltd.
  The theatre has been planned on up-to-date lines, and it is hoped to start building shortly. It will be equipped with a modern stage, together with the latest lighting arrangements, and it will be possible to present any type of show. There will be finely equipped rooms for the artistes, and the seating in the theatre will be of the latest type, with patent hygienic upholstery, ensuring the maximum of comfort. Provision is being made for a car park, and there will be waiting accommodation in the building for several hundred people.
  The Structure, as far as possible, will be of 100 per cent, British material, and as much work as possible will be given locally.

new theatre

Written 15 Feb 12 Revised 15 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott