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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - March 1st 1935


On Saturday night Mr. and Mrs. H. Ensor, Sutton Road, held a whist drive on behalf of the Parish Church Sunday School. They generously gave the prizes and provided a splendid supper for the guests. The M.C. was Mr. H. Ensor, and the prizes were presented by Miss Marion Ensor............

On Sunday, after evening service in the Sherwood Street Church, a very interesting programme of concerted items by the Huthwaite Prize Band and the Church organ was rendered. The reputation of the band is well-known, and the organ is new, with exceptional capacity and quality, consequently some remarkably fine effects were obtained. The organist was Mr. Norman Evans, and the band was conducted by Mr. Chas A. Cooper, both eminent musicians. Councillor J. Davies, C.c. presided over a fairly large audience, the wet weather being a great disadvantage in this respect. The programme was a comprehensive one, and included ..........

A United Front meeting was held in the Lecture Hall on Sunday evening, the chairman being Mr. F. Deakin, who stressed the great demonstration that had revealed that not only were the unemployed interested in it but also the employed. He also referred tot the tea provided by the Co-operative organisation fro the marches. Councillor Pritchard, C.C. (Mansfield), outlined the working conditions since he was 11 years of age, and the conditions now being administered by the National Government. He spoke of families being broken up, and girls having to leave home and parents, and of youths being sent to training camps, which he regarded as menaces.
  He contended that there was plenty of scope for labour to be absorbed and declared that the National Government Langham (Mansfield) dealt with Part II of the Unemployment Act, and Councillor Witts also spoke. Votes of thanks to the speakers concluded the meeting.

Mr. W. Jackson presided at Thursday night's meeting of the Social Service Council. In view of recent outlay, it was decided to suspend expenditure for the present. It was reported that the Duchess of Portland had paid a further visit to the rest room with respect to cushions and curtains, which would soon be supplied. Messrs. Evans and Dobb agreed to share the cost of repairing a borrowed lamp which had been accidentally damaged in the Centre. Four pictures for the rest room were accepted from Mrs. J. Davis, Hillside, Sutton Road, which had been framed by her late husband. With respect to the contributions for members of the Centre, a slight error needs correcting. It was announced recently that the contribution was a penny a week for all members. This applies to part-time workers, for the totally unemployed it is a penny a month. Progress is being made with the main building. A new range and copper have been purchased for kitchen so that at social gatherings refreshments may by provided.


The Duke of Portland has sent a donation of £10 to the Parish Church Bazaar Fund.

A whist drive was held in the Common Road School on Tuesday on behalf of the Mothers' Union bazaar stall. Mr. B. Hill was the M.C., and the winners .....

In aid of the Social Service Council, a whist drive was held on Wednesday night. It was organised jointly by Mrs. Kay and Mrs. Wright, and was held at the home of the latter in Unwin Street, where 36 whist players were accommodated. The M.C. was Mr T. Pratt, and the winners .....

The death occurred on Saturday of a well-known resident of Huthwaite in the person of Mr. Benjamin S. Adams. Mr Adams had lived at Huthwaite for upwards of forty years, and for the last four years had resided at Sutton. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition. He was a lover of horticultural pursuits and will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends. He was in his 74th year, and he and Mrs. Adams celebrated their golden wedding last year. He leaves a widow, five daughters and two sons to mourn his death. At the funeral floral tributes were sent by:- The Widow; Gwennie, granddaughter; Lily, Harold and family; ... Great granddaughter, Betty; the Rising Star Lodge; Shoulder of Mutton Death and Dividing Society ; friends and neighbours.

With an ideal site, low rents, and dwellings fitted in the most up-to-date fashion, Huthwaite Urban District Council are justifiably proud of their housing scheme for aged couples, which consists of 24 bungalows in Beech Avenue, in one of the best residential districts. The dwellings are all erected and are rapidly nearing completion. Each bungalow contains a living room about 12 feet by 11 feet, a bedroom slightly smaller, bathroom, larder, scullery and offices. There are no outbuildings. The fittings include electric light and gas, modern range with gas fire and built-in wardrobe in the bedroom. In the living room are two switches so that the tenants can turn on the light whether they enter by the front door or the back, and there is an extra terminal for electric iron or wireless. The situation is open and allows for small gardens at the back and shrubberies at the front. Inclusive rents will work out at about 5s. 3d. weekly, but old people who have been compelled to leave their former houses through demolition orders will have the advantage of a subsidy which will reduce the rent to about 4s. or even a little less. There are other advantages to the scheme. A highway now joins Sutton Road with Crossley Avenue, Beech Avenue (or what there was of it) has been properly made, the junction with Sutton Road, for many years an eyesore, has become a dignified place, and the whole aspect is now one of a well ordered thoroughfare of attractive and comfortable dwellings in place of an unsightly area of untended land. The enterprise has no superior in the Midland counties, and the old couples will find much to be grateful for.

Questions in Parliament

In the House of Commons on Thursday Mr. Charles Brown asked the Minister of Labour if he could state the numbers of unemployed hosiery workers in Sutton and Mansfield in January, 1933, 1934 and 1935, respectively, giving separate figures for men and women.
  Mr. Stanley circulated the following table:- Sutton. - Men; aged 18-64, 23rd January, 1933, 181; 22nd January, 1934, 107; 28th January, 1935, 126. Women aged 18-64, 365; 164; 344. Total including juveniles aged 16 and 17, 596; 289; 522.
  Mansfield:- Men, aged 18-64, 31; 38; 67. Women, aged 18-64, 71; 66; 105. Total (including juveniles aged 16 and 17), 119; 114; 182.

Importation of Cheap Hosiery

The greater part of the increase at 28th January, 1935, as was compared with 22nd January, 1934, was among the temporarily stopped.

Mr. Brown asked whether there was a considerable increase in the number of unemployed in the hosiery industry and whether the Government intended to prevent the importation in the country of cheap hosiery made by sweated labour. (Conservative cheers.)

Mr. West asked if it was not a fact that Mr. Brown's question asked for prohibition and not increased tariffs.

Mr. A. C. Caporn (Nottingham West) asked if it was not a fact that if the Minister could indue British ladies to wear English made stockings he would succeed in finding employment for a large number of people.

Mr. Stanley said the member might start by persuading the noble lady in front of him. (Laughter.)
Lady Astor (pulling down her skirts): My honour is at stake; how does he know? (Laughter.)

Written 28 Jan 12 Revised 18 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott