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a weeks news dated - June 21st 1935


A few days after her 93rd birthday, the death occurred on Friday morning of the oldest resident in Huthwaite, Mrs. Charlotte Ann Thorpe, of Sherwood Street, where she had lived for the last six years. The late Mrs. Thorpe came to Sutton from Dawley Green, Shropshire, about 70 years ago. She lived in Stanton Hill for a considerable time, but had spent 55 years in Huthwaite - 49 years in the same house in Chesterfield Road. Her brother, the Rev. Robert Fletcher, died a little while ago. In his early years he was a miner at Stanton Hill, but entered the ministry and lived to be an octogenarian.
  The late Mrs. Thorpe was a well-known figure, for whom everybody had a kindly regard. She retained her faculties to the end, and was interested in all that went on around her, and was always ready to display great generosity. She possessed a remarkable memory, and was always cheerful in disposition and an engaging conversationalist. She attended public events and entertainments in comparatively recent years, and could always see the humorous side of any incident. She was the oldest guest at the Old People's Treat, but she had not been able to attend on the last two occasions, and the death of her brother was a big blow to her. Her second husband, Mr. George Thorpe, well-remembered as one of the keenest supporters of New Hucknall Cricket Club, pre-deceased her by about seven years. Two sons are left.

The Interment.

The funeral took place on Monday, the Rev. W.L. Boulton conducting a service in the Cemetery Chapel. The mourners were:- Mr. Wm. Bailey (Blidworth), Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey (Huthwaite), sons; Mr. and Mrs. M. Street, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Bailey (Huthwaite), Mr. Leonard Bailey, grandsons and granddaughters; Mr. and Mrs. W. Rockley, Mrs. Norwood (Sutton), Cissie and Maud (Sutton), nieces. Mrs. Wilcockson and Mr. J. Thompson attended as personal friends, together with members of the Gospel Mission Church.
  The bearers were Messrs. Albert and Albon Bailey (grandsons), George and Frank Cox.
  Wreaths were sent by Mr. and Mrs. William Bailey; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey; Lois and Mark, Will and Hilda; Len and Isobel; Elsie, Dick and Jack (Southend); Harry and Flo (Southend) Percy, Betty, Maurice and Ken (Hexthorpe); Annie (Colwyn Bay); Bob and Hilda; George and Dorry (Hillingdon); Mr. and Mrs. Laitt and family; Mrs. Brain; Mr. and Mrs. Golding; Mrs. Wilcockson and Mrs. Mansell; Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Simpson, Kathleen and Jack; Mrs. Holt; Huthwaite Gospel Mission; Mrs. Cox; Arthur and Dorothy (Nottingham); Mr. and Mrs. Hillyer and Children; Mrs. M. Oxley.


The Miners' Welfare Fund, during the 14 years of its existence has brought about something like a revolution in the conditions under which coal miners and their families live. A report on the fund for 1934, just published, gives some idea of the organisation's achievements.

The fund, which is administered by the Miner's Welfare Committee under the chairmanship of Major-General Sir Frederick Sykes, was instituted by Parliament following upon one of the recommendations of the Coal Industry Commission of 1919 (the Sankey Commission) and consisted originally of a levy of 1d. on every ton of coal produced providing a revenue of about £1,000,000 a year.

Two Levies.

In 1926 a levy of five per cent of the mining royalties was added, and last year the output levy was reduced from 1d. to 0.5d. per ton, with the result that the receipts from the two levies now amount to about £600,000 a year. Over the whole of the life of the fund the receipts have reached the gigantic figure of £14,500,000.

Five million pounds have been devoted to the stupendous task of providing outdoor recreation and indoor amusements and leisure occupations for some 800,000 workers in the coal mining industry. The mining communities nearly all have their village halls or institutes, sports grounds of all sorts and sizes, with pavilions, bowling greens, tennis courts, children's play grounds, and all manner of other adjuncts, often including indoor and open air swimming baths.

Another activity of the fund is to provide accommodation at collieries for the miners to change their clothes when going to work, to wash after work, and to dry their working clothes. Already 154 of these new installations, accommodating more than 200,000 workers, have been built and about 40 more have been planned or started at a total cost of nearly £3,000,000. Some of them have the austere grace of a modern cathedral, while internally they and their accompanying canteens are marvels of sparkling efficiency.

Convalescent Homes.

Other measures for safeguarding the health of miners have not been overlooked. Fifteen splendid convalescent homes have been established, and some of them endowed at a total cost of £2,000,000; large grants have been made to hospitals in mining districts; and over £120,000 has been expended on ambulance and nursing services.

Education, too, has had a generous share, over £1,000,000 in all having been allocated to this object. In 1926 the fund endowed a national scholarship scheme of which the annual income of £8,000 is devoted to assisting selected miners or their children to go to Oxford, Cambridge or some other university to take full courses. The total number of scholarships so far awarded is 106 of which 50 went to young mine workers and 56 to the children of mineworkers. Finally , about £850,000 has been allocated to the research work carried out at Sheffield and Buxton by the Safety in Mines Research Board.


Her many friends have heard with regret of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Marshall, of 49, Wrights Yard, Huthwaite, which occurred unexpectedly on Friday.
This is the third bereavement the family have sustained in a few months. In November the late Mrs. Marshall's mother (Mrs. T. Rowe, of Common Road) passed away, and fourteen weeks ago she lost her husband. The late Mrs. Marshall was 53 years of age, and was taken ill on Thursday night, passing away on the following day. She was a native of Huthwaite, and was well known and highly respected. She belonged to the Sutton Road Church, where she formerly attended Sunday School. She was a good neighbour, always willing to assist anyone in need or lend a helping hand. Five sons and four daughters are left to mourn her death.


Mr. A. Hawley officiated at the funeral on Monday, the interment being preceded by a service at the Sutton Road Church. Mr. S. Haig was the organist, ... The mourners were:- Mr. and Mrs. W. Marshall (Ollerton), Mr. and Mrs. Garratt (Huthwaite), Mr. and Mrs. Harrison (Sutton), Mr. A. Marshall (Ollerton), Mrs. A. Marshall was unable to attend), George, James, Emma, Mary and Albert, sons and daughters. Mr. T. Rowe, father; Mr. and Mrs. J. Woolley (Sutton), Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Ollerton), sisters; Mrs. Ellis (Huthwaite), niece; Mr. and Mrs. T. Marshall brother-in-law; Mr. B. Rowe, uncle; Mr. G. Barnes, Mrs. Bonser, Mrs. Hallam, Mrs. Clipstone and Mrs. Flowers, cousins...

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