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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - August 9th 1935

Medical Officer's Annual Report


"THE most important event of the year was the opening of the first real offensive against unfit houses, of which there will be 94 fewer in the town as a result of the housing inquiry on Idlewells," observes Dr. T.S. McKean, Medical Officer of Health for Sutton, in presenting his annual report for 1934, and in which he acknowledged the valuable and very willing assistance of the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. Spetch).
  The chief industries, records the doctor, are coal mining and hosiery manufacturing (silk, artificial silk and wool). There are also cotton doubling, tin box and cardboard box making, dyeing and lithographic printing, whilst motor repair shops and garages give employment to a number of men.

In regard to vital statistics, the live births were:- Legitimate, total 394, males 191, females 203; illegitimate total 14, males 4, females 10.
  The chief causes of death were:- Cancer, 38; heart disease, 34; cerebral haemorrhage, 21; pneumonia, 14; tuberculosis-pulmonary, 10; non-pulmonary, 3; bronchitis, 7.
  There had been no change in the general provisions of health services for the area during 1934. the ambulance service was adequate for the area...
  During 1934 twenty maternity cases were sent to Mansfield Hospital at a cost of £162 9s. The average stay in hospital was 17.7 days. The amount recovered during the year was £22 4s. 10d.

Dwelling-house Inspections.

In reference to inspection of dwelling houses during the year:- Total number of dwelling-houses inspected for housing defects (under Public Health or Housing Acts) was 352, and the number of inspections made for the purpose was 456. The number of dwelling-houses found to be in a state so dangerous or injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation 187, and the number of dwelling-houses (exclusive of those referred to under the preceding sub-head) found not to be in all respects reasonably fit in consequence of informal action by the local authority of their officers was 360.


The younger members of the Parish Church choir had their annual excursion on Wednesday, Skegness being the destination. Sutton L.N.R.R., Station was left at 11.15, and seaside was reached at 1.45. The weather was gloriously fine, and there are so many people at the seaside this week that the meeting of friends was not altogether a surprise. A substantial tea was provided for the boy's, their fares paid, and pocket money allowed. There were numerous diversions, and the pocket money remained at Skegness. The lads were in charge of Mr. Jim Wright and all had a very enjoyable day. Sutton was reached after midnight, and the trippers were not so tired that the walk to Huthwaite was regarded as a hardship.


On Saturday many of St. Michael's parishioners evinced great interest in the nuptials of Mr. Arthur Thompson and MIss Florence Jessie Holland. The bridegroom is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Thompson, of 33, St. Michael Street, and the bride, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Holland, 28 Morley Street. The bride is a member of the Huthwaite Sutton Road Church choir and has been employed at the Huthwaite C.W.S. factory (No. 4 Dept). Both the contracting parties are very popular in their respective spheres, and there was a considerable gathering in Church, the marriage service being conducted by the Rev. A.J. Hallmark.
  The bride was given away by her father ... The bridesmaids were Misses Audrey and Avril Slack (Nottm.), nieces of the bride. ... The best man was a brother of the bridegroom, Mr. Edward Thompson, and after the ceremony the bride was presented with a lucky silver horseshoe by Master Kenneth Bacon,..


The usual Saturday night whist drive at the Social Service Centre was supervised by Mr. T. Pratt, the winners being Mrs. Clifton; Mrs. Wright; Mr. J. Clifton; and Mr. G. Dykes.

Written 14 Feb 12 Revised 14 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott