Archived Extracts

the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - June 14th 1935


The question of whether a man believed some timber he picked up at Huthwaite had been abandoned had to be decided by the Bench at the Mansfield Petty Sessions yesterday (Dr. J. Palmer in the chair), when Samuel Hallam, of 28, Newcastle Street, Huthwaite, was charged with having stolen between May 21st and 26th a quantity of timber, valued at 5s., the property of Messrs. James Shipstone and Sons, Ltd. Mr. E.S.B. Hopkin appeared for defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

From Garage Door.

Sidney Bostock, of 78, Sutton Road, Huthwaite, builder, said on May 16th, together with Mr. Smith (Surveyor for Messrs. Shipstone and Sons) he examined a wooden garage in Skegby Road, Huthwaite, at the rear of the "Portland Arms." Lying about on the ground was some timber from the door of the garage, and he was given instructions what to do with these boards. He stacked these together with some other "stuff" against the garage on May 21st, and on May 26th he found a quantity of timber missing and he informed the police. On May 27th P.c. Reddish showed hom some boards which witness identified as similar to the missing timber.
  Fredk. Wm. Smith, of 55, Forest Fields, Nottingham, the surveyor referred to, also gave evidence of identifying some boards shown him by the police officer on May 28th as similar to the timber he examined on May 16th near the garage.

Police Enquiries.

In consequence of a complaint received from Mr. Bostock, P.c. Reddish said he interviewed defendant on his allotment on May 27th, and told hom he was making inquiries about the missing timber, and asked him if he knew anything about it. Hallam replied, "Well yes, it is in the garden shed; I found it lying in the hedge bottom." Defendant then went into the shed and produced two pieces of timber 9ft. 6ins. long, 9ins. wide and 1.5ins. thick.
Witness added that on looking round the garden the noticed three or four lengths of timber, 4ft. 6ins. long, lying on the path, being used as a border. Asked if he cared to say from where he obtained these Hallam replied "I don't know; I have had them three years." When charged with having stolen the two long and four smaller pieces of timber, defendant said "I am not guilty to the four, but I plead guilty to the two."
  Defendant (on oath) said he was 58 years of age, and had worked at New Hucknall Colliery for 36 years, having been unemployed for the last five years. He had never been charged with larceny before. He had seen the timber lying about on Skegby Road since Christmas. It lay at the bottom of the lane about 50 yards from the garage, and he picked up the two big pieces on the morning of 23rd and put them in his hut, intending to use them for the garden path.

No Intention of Stealing.

He added that the garage door had been in a state of disrepair for six or seven months, and he took the timber thinking it had been abandoned. He had not the slightest intention of stealings. He did not notice any wood stacked by the garage. The smaller pieces of timber had been on his garden for three years. When Mr. Bostock saw the smaller pieces he was not certain they belonged to the garage, but said "It looked like it."
  P.c. Reddish was recalled and said he frequently walked down the lane and he had never noticed any timber lying about except that near the garage.
  Mr. Hopkin, addressing the Bench, said the man admitted picking up the two long pieces, not from the stack close to the garage but from the hedge bottom. The issue before the Bench was whether the man really believed when taking the timber that it had been abandoned.
  After a short retirement, the Chairman said the magistrates considered the case proved, but it would be dismissed on payment of costs in view of the defendant's good character.


At Huthwaite Parish Church on Saturday morning, the Rev. W.L. Boulton solemnised the marriage of Mr. Charles Joshua Underwood, of 52, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, and Miss Beatrice Fox, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Fox, of 33, Unwin Street, Huthwaite.
  The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired.... The bridesmaids were Misses Millicent and Phyllis Fox (sisters),... Mr. A. Underwood (brother of the bridegroom) was best man.
  The bride's parents afterwards entertained over 30 guests at their home. The honeymoon is being spent at Skegness. Among the presents received was an overmantel from the bride's workmates at the C.W.S. factory. The future home of the happy couple will be Brookhill Lane, Pinxton.


There has been a reduction of over 5,000 miners employed in the Notts. coalfield during the last four years, a figure which would represent two good colliery villages. The decrease in the last year has been in the neighbourhood of 1,000.


In view of the short time worked at New Hucknall Colliery a grant was made by the Industrial Union on Wednesday. This was at the usual rate of 3s. for full members, and 1s. 6d. for boys, with an additional sixpence for children not having commenced work.

Sunday School anniversary services were continued at the Sherwood Street Church on Sunday, the preacher being Mr. Stevenson, of Druffield. A repetition of last week's programme was given by the children, Mr. S. Paling conducting in the evening. The organist was Miss H. Hawley, and the offertories were devoted to the Sunday School funds.

On Sunday evening the Huthwaite Prize Band gave a concert in the Welfare Grounds. There was a good attendance, and the following programme was given, Mr. Chas. A. Cooper being the conductor:...

Whit week brought a holiday of more than a week for New Hucknall Colliery employees. Although there have been rumours lately of improved trade in the heavy industries, and a bigger coal quota for the midland area, conditions remain unaffected in this particular instance. There is a possibility of the men being recalled to work before the vacation has been spent but it is a remote one. June is rarely a prosperous month in the coal mining industry. One can only hope for better things, and make the best of these at present in existence.


On Wednesday, Mrs. Harriett Bradwell, 18, George Street, Huthwaite, wa interred in the same grave as that of her late husband, who died eleven years ago. The late Mrs. Bradwell was 80 years of age, the family having come to Huthwaite from South Wingfield 31 years ago. For many years the deceased had been a member of the Sherwood Street Church, and of the Women's Own and was held in great respect.
  Mr. A. Hawley conducted the last rites, and Miss Hawley was the organist. They hymns were ... The mourners were: - Jim and Wife; Abraham and Wife; Arthur and Wife, sons; Mr. A. Lander (B Winnings), son-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. A. Hawkley (Skegby), uncle and aunt; Rowland and Bessie, Bernard and Edith, Elsie and Margery (all of Chesterfield), nephews and nieces. Others present included members of the Women's Own and the following church representatives and personal friends: ...

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