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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - December 13th 1935


The annual prize distribution to the Parish Church Sunday School boys and girls took place on Sunday afternoon. After an opening hymn and prayers, an address was given by the Superintendent, and the prizes were then distributed by two of the teachers, Misses W. Wright and A. Wilson.

There was a glut of prizes and a record individual score at the weekly whist drive held at the Social Service Centre on Saturday night on behalf of the funds. There was also an improved attendance and the winners were:- Mr. F. Leah (playing as lady); Mr. G. Dykes; Mrs. Straw; Mr. H. Rogers. Miss Ada Fox and Mr. H. Lowe won booby prizes, and the hidden awards went to Mr. J. Greatorex; Mrs. Purdy and Mrs. Nicholls. The M.C.'s were Messrs. T. Bradley and T. Pratt.

On behalf of the New Fall Street Methodist Church funds a splendid instrumental concert was given in the schoolroom on Monday night by the Sutton Colliery Orchestra, numbering nearly 20 players. The chairman was Mr. T. Goodall, and Mr. E. Oakley conducted the Orchestra...

Last week a lad's club was informally opened for use, the sponsor being the Rev. W.L. Boulton (Vicar of the Parish), who has been interested in such a project for a considerable time. Two of the class-rooms of the old Blackwell Road Schools are being utilised for the club, the schools having served no useful purpose since they were closed by the Board of Education 18 months ago, an incident which led up to the famous Huthwaite school "strike" and caused the senior children six months holiday. The Vicar has had the rooms fitted up in a comfortable way at his own expense. Light, heat and cosiness are provided by electricity, gas and thick curtains, and the games include billiards and table tennis. Mr. Boulton has expressed his willingness to make a further outlay if the club becomes popular, as there is every reason to hope it will be. Very small fees are charged, and these will help to maintain the Club which has made an inauspicious commencement, but offers great advantages to lads over 14 years of age.


On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings a beautifully mounted costume play was presented by the children of the Common Road Church of England School, the proceeds being devoted to the cost of the electric light installation. The play was a novelty with many attractive features in the way of dresses, songs and dances, and was produced under the supervision of the headmistress (Miss J. Kitchen) and staff. They had trained the children to perfection, and provided the costumes, with the assistance of Mrs. E. Oxley, and some very pretty effects were obtained.
  The play was entitled "Santa Claus in Japan" and revealed a good deal of the glamour of the land. There were two charming scenes "A Feast of Lanterns in a Japanese School," and "Christmas morning," and chief figures were Bobby and Priscilla an English boy and girl living in Japan. There was a group of broomstick fairies who do errands for Santa Claus, who is paying his first visit to Japan.


The fairies are clever dancers and impersonators, and are attended by a chorus of Japanese school children. In songs and dances the following characters are seen : Lantern bearers, coolies, screen and fans, cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums and sunshades.
  Carols and Nativity tableaux are taught to the Japanese children by Bobbie and Priscilla, and the B.V.M., Shepherds and wise men are introduced. Santa Claus makes himself very popular among his new friends, particularly as there are presents for all of them, and he receives a hearty send of after promising to visit again next year.
  Great credit is due to the school staff for the work they have put in during the rehearsals, and for the eminently successful result of an ambitious effort. The pianists were Misses Spibey and Abbott. Chief characters were :-Bobbie and Priscilla, Gordon Greaves and Peggy Hague; Broomstick fairies, Dorothy Alexander, Madge Pitt, Donald Clayton, George Evans; Cherry Blossom, Kathleen Hardy; Pear Blossom, Eileen Taylor; Hi Spy, Stanley Swift; My My, Sidney Fox; Mee Mee, Terence Stones; Santa Claus, Jack Bostock; the B.V.M., Olive Else.


The British Legion members are both extending their present activities and reviving old ones. A well-attended general meeting was held in the Drill Hall on Tuesday, Mr. W. Kenyon presiding in the absence of Mr. W. Jackson (chairman), and Mr. Isaiah, Parton (Secretary) conducted the routine business. It was decided that the children of all Huthwaite ex-Servicemen be provided with a free day's outing next summer. Welbeck Abbey being suggested, subject to the necessary permission being obtained. A women's deputation led by Mesdames Robinson, Rowe and Hunt, attended for the purpose of asking that the Huthwaite Women's Section of the Legion be re-established. The Women's Section was disbanded a few years ago owing to lack of interest. It was decided that the Women's Section be re-formed, the members of the deputation promising to get in touch with likely members.

The funeral took place on Tuesday of Mr. Thomas Sissons, of Swan Yard. He was well-known to many Huthwaite residents, having lived in Swan Yard 44 years. He was 65 years of age, and was formerly employed at Tibshelf Colliery. Mr. C. Mann conducted the funeral and officiated at a service in the New Fall Street Church. Mourners were the Widow: Albert, Florrie, Tom, Nellie, Edwin, Polly, Edith, Ethel, Gladys and May, sons and daughters; E. Pemberton, B. Goodall, B. Shaw, N. Evans, J. Meakin, sons-in-law, Lizzie and Louise, daughters-in-law; Henry, brother; Joe, brother-in-law; May, Florrie and Lizzie sisters-in-law; A. Baxter, nephew. Wreaths were sent by Widow; Florrie and Ernest; Nell and Bill; Polly and Bill; Albert and Lizzie; Edith and Bill; Ethel and Fred; Tom; Gladys and Ned; May and Jack; Edwin and Lucy; Florrie and George; Lizzie and Jim; May and Bill; Elizabeth Ann (sister); Uncle Joe; Nephews Stanley and Evelyn Holt; Grandchildren Jean; Grandchildren at Tibshelf; Grandchildren Meaking (Huthwaite).


A long-hoped for event, the completion and dedication of the new organ, took place at the Huthwaite Parish Church, the Rev. W.L. Latham, of Sutton, performing the dedication ceremony at the Sunday morning service. At a musical service in the afternoon, the Rev. F.N. Beswick delivered a sermon based on the Psalm, "Praise Him with stringed instruments." Mr. R.W. Liddle, organist at Southwell Cathedral, presided at the new instrument, and he had the assistance of Mr. J.T. Hick ('cello) and Mr. O. Steele. The vocalists were Mr. Butler and Miss E.T. Hick.
  The organ was built at the Measham organ works to the designs of Mr. John H. Compton, who had also personally executed the whole of the "voicing" of the instrument. Conceived in a Gothic spirit, the outstanding feature of the design was the bold treatment of the three towers of pipes, which, with their massive canopies, gave an effect of great dignity to the whole composition. The tonal features of the organ, included the "muted strings," which consisted of four ranks of pipes of extremely slender form, and the "Tibia Minor," a stop composed of extremely large pipes of walnut wood. The action of the swell and pedal organs was tubular-pneumatic. There were two bellows and the wind pressures were regulated by springs ...

Written 16 Feb 12 Revised 16 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott