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a weeks news dated - February 15th 1935

Employment of Casual Labour Question


Three and a half hours were occupied by Huthwaite Councillors in transacting business at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, when a great variety of subjects was touched upon.
  Councillor J. Iball presided, and the other members present were Councillors T. Goodall, E.H. Lowe, J. Davies, D.D. Bonser, S. Allcock, M. Betts, C.M. Coupe, W.E. Hancock, J. Peters, F.C. Sowter, W. Clark and H.A. Simpson.
  Mr. Betts first took exception to a minute of the last monthly meeting relating to an increase in the Clerk's salary, and he moved that this be deleted on the grounds that there were not sufficient present at the meeting to deal with the matter properly. The speaker contended that the Clerk had always been well paid and he (Mr. Betts) saw no reason for the increase....

"An Unjust Thing."

Mr. Betts: It is an unjust thing to this place when there are scores 'clamming' to death. The Clerk had a good wage and then we increase it to get him a better pension. If it were my own father I should go against it.
When the Roads and Buildings Committee minutes were before the meeting, Mr. Lowe asked if it would cost the Council anything as a result of the minute to proceed with County Planning Act. 1932.
  The Clerk: Not at present.
  Mr. Davies said when the County Council had the plans of the scheme before them they let these lie on the table in view of the amalgamations which were to take place on April 1st. So far as the Huthwaite Council were concerned they had no need to pursue the scheme any further.
  The Clerk pointed out that the district wanted to be up to date in this matter when the amalgamation took place, therefore it was necessary that the first steps should be taken.
Mr. Clark moved that the minute be deleted.
Mr. Davies said it had been decided to put in hand a scheme, which would be taken over piecemeal by Sutton, and the Surveyor said if the minute were deleted it would only mean Sutton doing what they proposed to do.
It was eventually agreed that the minute be altered to read "that the scheme of this authority be proceeded with so far as is consistent with the County of Nottingham Review Order, 1934.
  A minute relating to the engagement of unemployed for casual labour was next under discussion. Mr. Davies observing that there had been much criticism and comment with regard to men being employed out of their turn. He though that if a list of all applicants for work, together with the dates when they were last employed, were placed in the Library or some other public place it would obviate a lot of trouble as the men themselves would see if any wrong dates had been given....
  It was agreed that the minute be altered to read as follows:- " That a selection of workmen be made, and that a list of the total number of unemployed applicants (with the dates of their last employment) be prepared and posted in the Library for public inspection.
  When the Cemetery and Pleasure Grounds Committee minutes were under review, Mr. Clark suggested that the Newcastle Street entrance to the Park be widened, and the Chairman replied that a special Sub-Committee would report on the question.

Demolition Discussed.

During consideration of the Health and Hospital Committee minutes, Mr. Coupe moved that a paragraph relating to the demolition of No. 1, Main Street, but the Surveyor, be deleted, observing that there would be more unsightliness and a bigger nuisance created with the building down.
  Mr. Betts seconded, and Mr. Lowe supported, stating that he understood the building was to be turned into a butchers shop.
  Mr. Sowter, aa mover of the resolution referred to, said he stated in Committee that he had no wish to injure the owner, but as he had failed to reply to five letters sent to him in connection with the matter the resolution was passed in order to try and get a reply. If it were the owner's intention to turn the building into a shop, as stated, why did he not come forward and say so.
  Mr. Coupe said he was certain the building would be better left standing than pulled down. He added that he had opposed demolition generally, and he though this was exceptionally drastic.
  Mr. Lowe said it would make a better butcher's shop than the owner had at present.
  Mr. Davies said he could not understand why the owner did not come along and make some proposition. He did not stand by anyone who ignored the Council. They had given one owner four months in which to alter certain premises, and they could deal with the case in question similarly if the owner would come forward. The speaker said he did not believe in making fish of one and flesh of another.

Could Not Leave Matter.

Mr. Coupe said the man had interviewed the Council previously.
  Mr. Davies said they were moving the deletion of the minute, but the matter could not be left altogether like that.
Mr. Betts: It's a lie; it can be left.
  Mr. Davies: Thank you, Mr. Betts; I don't interrupt you when you are speaking.
  Mr. Betts: Well I'm going to have my say: I've had it before and I'm going to have it now.
Continuing, Mr. Davies suggested that it would be better for Mr. Coupe to move an amendment that the man be given three weeks or a month in which to inform the Council what he intended doing with the property.
  Mr. Coupe moved that the man be allowed a month. He objected to the Surveyor starting to pull down the property; it was not British.
  Mr. Davies: No one is more considerate with these things, but if the man is going to be so stupid as to keep ignoring the Council, that is his own fault. I want ot help the man.
  Mr. Simpson said they were all in sympathy with the man, and he thought a month was a reasonable time to allow him to submit a plan. If they heard nothing from him by then he would be in favour of pulling down the property.
  Mr. Sowter said the resolution was passed with the sole intention of bringing the man to boot. He had no objection to the man having a month in which to submit a plan, but he did object to the Council being continually ignored. He wondered what would be the situation if everyone with whom the Council had to deal were like that.
  It was agreed that the owner in question be given a month to submit a proposal with regard to the property.

Letter of Sympathy.

Mr. Sowter referred to the illness of the Cemetery Superintendent (Mr. Bailey) and moved that a letter of sympathy be sent to him. They had all known him many years, and no one could wish to meet a more courteous man. He was highly respected in all quarters and very conscientious in his duties, and the speaker thought the Council would be lacking in their duty if they did not sympathise with him.
The motion was carried unanimously.
  Mr. Lowe objected to a minute of the Library Committee refusing an application by the Girl Guides for a reduction of the charge for the use of the Lecture Hall. He wondered if anyone else paid for the room, and contended that a reduction ought to be made.
  Mr. Hancock moved that the charge be reduced from 1s. 3d. to 9d. He said it was keeping the girls off the streets, and they ought not to quibble over a few pence.


HUTHWAITE Councillors at their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening strongly criticised the action of Sutton Council in going forward with the arrangements in connection with the extension of boundaries on April 1st, without consulting with Huthwaite Council.
  Councillor J. Davis introduced the subject, observing that as Huthwaite would be part of the new area after the re-arrangement of boundaries the Council ought to have been given an opportunity of discussing the recommendations which a special sub-committee have presented to Sutton Council, especially as this Council could not possibly be re-elected.

"Let us Reason Together"

"I do think all the districts concerned ought to have had some say in the matter," added Mr. Davis, "and that the old biblical saying 'Come, let us reason together' ought to have been followed. It appears on the surface as though it is a matter of being actually taken over.
"It is a case of 'I am the big man and you have to do as I say: I am going to arrange your future.'   I do think this is unfair, but that is what Sutton Council have agreed to do, and to all interests and purposes it is final."
Sutton Council had apparently taken it upon themselves to re-arrange matters, fill vacancies, etc., without consultation with a very important constituent part of the new area. The speaker said he did not like the idea of Sutton taking these matters upon themselves, and was very much opposed to their action.
Councillor F.C. Sowter: There is a saying that "big fish swallow little fish." and it appears to me that the big fish have swallowed us up.
Councillor W. Clark: Not yet.

Unlike the Whale

Continuing, Mr. Sowter said unlike the whale, Sutton were not going to turn up Huthwaite on some rock, but they looked like being submerged altogether. It was quite true what Mr. Davies had side, Sutton had not held out the olive branch. The hope had been expressed that all representatives would pull together for the common good, but Sutton had not given a very favourable outlook to that conception of opinion.
"They have come along with a big stick and said this is what is going to happen," observed the speaker. "Appointments have already been made and confirmed, although some of the present members will never sit on the new Council. To me that is grossly wrong. Our collector has been given a position in which he can never hope to rise. One would naturally have thought that Sutton Council would have submitted their proposals, not only to this authority, but to others affected by the amalgamation, and met them to discuss the matter."

Big and Little Fish.

Councillor W. Clark said the big fish would find that the little fish could tickle them. He thought Huthwaite had been treated shockingly. It was a wrong course to pursue, and he did not think it fair tha Sutton should carry out proposals contrary to the wishes of Huthwaite people. They would have to send good representatives Sutton.....


COUNCILLOR F. C. Sowter severely criticised the cuts made by the Unemployed Assistance Board in a notion of motion he had tabled at the morning meeting of the Huthwaite Urban District Council on Tuesday evening. Councillor J. Iball presiding, and the meeting supported the motion urging the total abolition of Part II. of the Unemployment Act. 1934.
...The letter also expressed the hope that the Huthwaite Council would support the resolution.


In spite of the fact that unemployment grants were now as before, remarked Mr. Sowter, other authorities had been giving the matter some consideration, and he thought the Council would very well be able to support, or would have supported, the resolution sent by the Mansfield Woodhouse Council. One had to remember that whilst the Government has withdrawn these regulation, the very same Government were going to impose another set of regulations.
"What we want is for all the authorities in the district to press for the total abolition of Part II. of the Unemployment Act." observed the speaker. " Even in our own parish we have men and women who have been cut off without a half penny. To me it is shocking, and it is hight time something was done.

Border Line of Starvation

"Mr. Betts has said people are 'clamming' to death. I will not go so far as that, but I will say that many people area on the border line of starvation, and it is time we, as a local authority, set our face against this."
"Bishop Barnes has moved a Bill for the sterilisation of the unfit. I hope that Government pass it and start with the Cabinet because I am perfectly satisfied that through their bungling and mishandling of things they are incapable of carrying on this nation as it should be carried on"
" I shall move that we support that the abolition of Part II of the Unemployment Act."
No discussion took place on this subject, the meeting agreeing with the motion.


On Friday afternoon a jumble sale was held in the Common Road Schools in aid of the Parish Church Sunday School and choir stall and the bazaar. Mrs. A. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hill, Misses F. Smith, E. Goodall and E. Lawrence were in charge, and about £ was realised.

On Saturday, Huthwaite United Football Club held a dance in the Drill Hall on behalf of the club funds and realised the sum of £7. The duties of M.C. were efficiently carried out by Messrs. G. Willis and W. Severns, and a large company spent a very enjoyable time.

At a meeting of the Social Service Council on Thursday, it was decided to accept the offer of the Notts. and Derbyshire Electric Power Company to lay a cable to the new centre at a reduce cost of £2 10s.   Mr. J. Bingham (contribution secretary) handed over more than £ as a quarter's subscriptions from the members of the Council and from the unemployed. Messrs. Coupe, Bingham and Bradley, and Mesdames Kay and J. Ensor were selected to attend a joint conference with representatives of the Sutton Centre. The Council afterwards inspected the new 'rest room' which aroused their deep interest and admiration. In fact, all who had seen the room have been delighted with its cheerful appearance and its air of comfort.

A meeting of the Huthwaite Hospital Committee was held in the Free Library on Wednesday evening, Councillor Iball being in the chair. There were also present Councillors Clark (secretary), Davies, Goodall and Allcock, Messrs. Simpkin, Rhodes, Truswell and Stones, Mesdames Clark and Mattley and Miss Brailsford. Suggestions were discussed in regard to the forthcoming dances to be held in March, and the secretary read correspondence between himself and the secretary of the Notts. Forest Football Club respecting the fixing of the forthcoming match between the pick of Huthwaite footballers and Notts. Forest, to be played on the new Hucknall Colliery ground, kindly lent by Mr. Stevens. Representatives of the local clubs were present, and resolved to form a sub-committee to choose a team from the Huthwaite clubs to meet their Nottingham friends. It is hoped the fixture will prove a very popular attraction.

A first-rate concert was given in the Gospel Mission Church on Monday in aid of the Sunday School prizes. Previously, over 50 sat down to a tea served by Mesdames Dobb, Kettleband, Rhodes and Wilcockson. Mr. Chadburn (Hucknall) was the chairman in the absence of Councillor Goodall, and a unique feature in the programme was the playing of two harps by Messrs. A. and G. Burton. A number of Sutton friends contributed ... a long list of surnames ... At the close Mr. J. Peace (Sunday School Superintendent), thanked all who had helped to make the event a success. Mr C. Whawell seconded, and Mr. Bacon briefly replied.

Mr Jim Wright of Main Street, at present on the staff of Sutton Central Schools, has gained admission to Culham Training College, and his departure from Huthwaite, when it takes place, will leave a gap in the earnest band of Parish Church workers. Mr. Wright has been a member of the choir since early boyhood. is a Sunday School teacher, and has always taken an active part in all Parish Church social activities, being a willing helper and a good organiser. He is also fond of sport and has played football with Brunts' Old Boys, and Rugby with Blackwell.......

Another enterprise by the New Fall Street Methodist Ladies Guild commenced on Sunday, when the preacher was Mrs. Banks (Glapwell). In the afternoon a musical service was held ......
On Tuesday a public tea was laid in the school room, to which 100 sat down. An entertainment was afterwards given by the Guild members including a sketch "On the Farm." There were good attendances at all the functions, the proceeds being for the Church funds. The organising secretary was Mrs. Sowter, assisted by Mrs. Mitchell (president) and Mrs. H. Marshall (treasurer). The New Fall Street Church is at present undergoing a complete interior renovation.

Electricity Suggested

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A SUGGESTION that electricity should be adopted for street lighting purposes in Sutton was made at the meeting of the Roads and Buildings Committee of the Council last week, but the matter has been postponed for six months....

Town Planning

The Medical Officer was empowered to continue the use of the rooms at Huthwaite, Skegby and Stanton Hill at present used for maternity and child welfare work, for a period of three months from the 1st April next.

"New Council Offices."

The Surveyor present the report of the special committee with reference to the provision of new Council offices, and it was decided that Mr. T. Cecil Howitt, Architect, of Exchange Buildings, Nottingham, be asked to meet the special committee with a view to submitting a suitable scheme as to accommodation and cost.


The employees at the Huthwaite pit of the New Hucknall Colliery have been notified that the system of "day-to-day contracts," which was adopted last July, has now been withdrawn, and the usual method of 14 days' notice on either side substituted.

It will be recalled that last summer all the Huthwaite employees were given 14 days' notice, but before these had expired it was decided to continue working under "day-to-day" contracts, while negotiations to keep the pit open were carried on. Applications for an increased quota were not successful, but strenuous efforts by the directors have prevented the pit being closed, although the full complement of men and boys is required on only two days a week, or occasionally three.

Nevertheless, the latest announcement suggests that the worst has been averted, and the workmen are not unnaturally taking a more optimistic view of the future after a long period of doubt and anxiety.


A meeting was held at the Portland Arms Hotel, Huthwaite, on Monday evening of members of the Old Folk's Treat Committee and representatives of the football clubs, to consider arrangements for the cup competition which had been sanctioned by the Notts. Football Association in aid of the funds.
The meeting was presided over by Mr. F. Wilson, supported by Mr. A. Tomlinson (Secretary) and Mr. L. Heath (Sutton). The last-named attended on behalf of the Notts. F.A., and submitted certain rules, which were approved to govern the competition.
The draws for the first round and semi-finals were made, and resulted as follow:-

First Round.

Huthwaite Ambulance v. Huthwaite Villa.
Huthwaite C.W.S. v. Huthwaite Park Ramblers.
Byes, Huthwaite West End v Huthwaite United.
Mr. A.E. Spendlove (Huthwaite) was appointed to officiate as referee in both matches


Huthwaite C.W.S. or Huthwaite Park Rangers v. Huthwaite United.
Huthwaite West End V. Huthwaite Ambulance or Huthwaite Villa.
All the matches are to be played on the New Hucknall Colliery ground in mid-week, and in addition to the cup for winning team, all the players in the final tie are to receive medals.


CONSISTENTLY good form is being shown just now by Huthwaite West End, who won on foreign soil for the second consecutive week on Saturday, when they beat Mansfield St. Phillip's by three goals to one... Teams:-
Huthwaite West End.- D. Smith; C. Walters and J. Bowler; C. Clay, Renshaw and Harvey; W. Glasby, Fullwood, J. Bowler, Neal and Hill.


ALTHOUGH Huthwaite Park Rangesr, who entertained Tibshelf St. James' on Saturday, fielded only a weak side, they managed to hold their visitors to a draw, four goals being shared... Team:-
Huthwaite Park Rangers.- C. Ward; C. Bacon and A. Davis; R. Tuckwood, D. Jones and L. Fox; A. Wright, G. Marshall, H. Smalley, W. Roper and D. Wright.

Written 28 Jan 12 Revised 10 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott