I expect you have seen both horse-drawn carriages and horse-drawn shelibiers at funerals, but have you considered the struggle the driver has to keep the horses on their feet and the struggle of the horses themselves, going either uphill or downhill, and often on the flat, no matter how they are shod.
  If you shoe them with rubber pads it lames them, as their feet, like ours, cannot stand the heat. The roads to-day are not made for horses, and that is the reason it is not safe to use them. I gave up horses this winter after what might have been an accident but luckily was not, and turned to motors, as I considered them the only safe means of funeral work. We all know that horses look nice, but they are not safe and I am too fond of them to want to lame them.
  I now have a fleet of Daimlers, a Daimler Hearse, second to none, and all Daimler coaches to follow, and the price is the same as charged for the horse drawn conveyances.
  Thanking the Public of Sutton and District for their patronage in the past and assuring them of the best service in the future.

Wedding and Funeral Car Proprietor, Priestsic Road, SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD.

Archived Extracts

the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - March 29th 1935


A number of bound volumes of miscellaneous reading matter have been presented to the Social Service Centre by Mrs. J.T. Kay. She has also given a quantity of sugar-basins, cream-jugs, salt-cellars and flower vases.

With reference to the children's treat last week, it should have been mentioned that a large quantity of pastries was given by Mr. J.T. Kay, and other goods were supplied without profit. Mrs. Kay was also amongst the helpers at the tea-tables.

On Saturday night the Huthwaite Villa F.C. held a carnival dance in the Drill Hall on behalf of Club funds. About 160 were present, the M.C.'s being Mr. H. Thrall and Miss Etherington...

Mr. Clarence Golding, of Lime Avenue, well known as the leader of the Boy Scouts, met with a nasty accident on Monday morning at Tibshelf Collieries where he is employed as stoker on the steam lorry. The flames suddenly rushed through the firehole door and burned Golding about the right hand. His eyebrows were also burnt, but otherwise his face escaped injury...

On Sunday, a musical programme was given in the Sherwood Street Church by the Huthwaite Prize Band, conducted by Mr. Chas. A. Cooper. There was a good attendance, over which Mr. C.H. Coupe, J.P. presided... Soloists in the Band were Mr. J.B. Cooper (trombone), and Mr. C. Cooper junior (cornet). The proceeds were shared by the Band and the Church funds...

The funeral took place on Wednesday of Mrs. M.J.W. Taylor, who had lived for the last 23 years at Cambridge Villa, Blackwell Road. She had not been able to walk since an illness over 40 years ago, but was often to be seen out in an invalid carriage. The late Mrs. Taylor was 78 years of age, and was born at Old Blackwell, her husband passing away at Westhouses many years ago. Her younger son Mr. J.W. Taylor, was lost in the war. He was the leader of the Parish Church Bible Class, and Mrs. Taylor was selected to unveil the stained glass window in the Parish Church which was erected to him and his comrades. The other son, George, has also died. The interment took place at Blackwell, the Rev. T.S. Hudson conducting the simple service. The mourners were:- Messrs. Luke Ball (Huthwaite) and John Ball (Fulwood); brothers Mrs. M. Taylor, daughter-in-law (Huthwaite); Harold and Edna, grandchildren; Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Ball, Mr. Edward Ball, Mrs. Annie Morrell (Newton), Mrs. Lancaster and Mrs. Tomlinson (Huthwaite), Mrs. Jackson (Melbourne) and Mr. and Mrs. S. Beresford (Fulwood), nephews and nieces.


The funeral of Mr. D.T. Barrows, of Unwin Street, Huthwaite took place on Sunday, the Rev. A.L. Boulton officiating. The late Mr. Barrows, who was 49 years of age, was a native of Mansfield, but had resided in Huthwaite over 20 years. For 10 years he was manager at Messrs. Betts and Broughton's, and afterwards was in business on his own account. He was a well known figure in the district, but never took any active part in public affairs, though he was often urged to offer his services to the local electorate to whom his business knowledge and moderate views would have been of value. He had been ill since Christmas, and had spent three weeks in Nottingham Hospital, passing away after an operation. He leaves a widow, one son and two daughters.
  Prior to the interment, a service was held at the home of the deceased, and the mourners present were:- the Widow; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Barrows, son and daughter-in-law (Mansfield); Mildred and Miriam daughters; Mr. and Mrs. B. Barrows (Sutton) and Mr. and Mrs. C. Barrows (Mansfield) , brothers and sisters-in-law; Sister Edith (Mansfield), Aunt Sue and Uncle Wilf (Mansfield), Mr. Stafford (Mansfield), and Mr. and Mrs. Miller (Sutton), brothers-in-law; Mr. Tom Miller (Sutton), nephew,; Messrs. F. Robotham and P. Smith (personal friends)...


At the annual meeting of the Huthwaite Women's Unionist Association, an address was given by Mrs. Armstrong, of Clipstone. She was introduced by Mrs. Simpson, and speaking on the European problem, remarked that residents in England were so happy and comfortable that they mud do all they could to conserve their country. Britain stood for everything that was humane, and wanted a world peace with honour...

Resignation of Chairman.

Mrs. H.C. Wright (Sutton) said she was pleased to be amongst Huthwaite members, but was sorry to hear that Mrs. Hill was resigning.
  The resignation of Mrs I.Hill, after being Chairman for ten years, was a source of regret to all, and Mrs. Kay was nominated to the vacant position, and accepted it pro. tem.
  Mrs. Simpson proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Hill, who was not present, having accompanied the Mothers' Union to South Normanton.
  Mrs. Simpson was re-appointed secretary, and Misses Searson and Farnsworth joint treasurers. A committee of 12 was re-elected.
  A vote of thanks to the Secretary and Treasurer was moved by Mrs. H. Ensor and endorsed by Mrs. Dickens. A balance in hand was disclosed.
  Miss Farnsworth was the M.C. at the whist drive which followed and the winners were:- Mrs. J.R. Wright; Mrs. Keetley; Mr. Hayes; Mr. White. Lowest score, Mrs. R. Bailey. Refreshments were provided by the ladies' committee.


The annual meeting of the New Hucknall Colliery Cricket Club was held in the Institute on Monday evening, when Mr. H.B. Stevens presided. The Secretary (Mr. C.H. Turner) submitted his report, first paying tribute to officials. In their President (Mr. Stevens) they had one who was willing to help them at any time to further the interests of cricket. Their Chairman, Mr. W. Jackson, and their Vice-President, Mr. J. Hodgkinson, were two hard workers in the interests of the club. As they all knew, cricket was a costly game, and required a great deal of money to provide kit, etc., for each season, and they tendered best thanks to those who had given their time in the interests of the club. He referred mostly to Mr. J. Watkinson (official collector), who spent a lot of time in collecting donations for the club, also the scorers (Mr. A. Barker and Mr. J.H. Weston) and gatemen (Messrs. Jess Thompson, H. Hunt, H. Chadwick, J. Rawson, J. Watkinson, A. Else). The Committee had worked hard to maintain the prestige of the club, and he hoped the Club would enjoy a successful season during 1935. He would like to see them gain the League and cup. He tendered best thanks to Capt. Muschamp, J.P., for handing over the handsome sum of £7 9s. 4d. from the New Hucknall Colliery Sports Committee.

A Hopeful View.

With regard to the balance sheet, Mr Turner said they had paid out for new kit this season £23 9s. 9d., also £4 8s. for marl to renovate the ground, and £4 5s. for two lots of prizes. Ordinarily these items would have gone into the 1935 balance sheet, but instead of doing this and showing a big balance, it was decided by the chairman and committee to pay up all possible accounts, and they would commence this season with £9 8s. 1d. to the good

A hopeful view was taken of the season's prospects and it was agreed that last season was a slight improvement on the previous one, and that the coming season held greater possibilities still. Among the expenses kit accounted for £39, and travelling £14 10s., though £4 7s. 3d. could be set off against the latter item. £8 10s. had gone in prizes to players and water cost a guinea. On the income side were £5 from the New Hucknall Company and £3 from the Office Staff Sports, £2 from Messrs. Shipstone and Son, £1 from the President, a guinea from Drs. Young and Anderson. Vice-Presidents and members subscribed £16, and gates totalled £17 12s. 5d. varying from £2 s. 5d. to a shilling.

Election of Officers.

It was decided to run teams in both divisions of the Notts. and Derbyshire Collieries Alliance.

The players topping the averages last season were:- 1st team; Batting, W. Slack; Bowling, T. Grice. 2nd team: Batting, A. Buxton ; Bowling, H. Barker : Catching, W. Keeling.

The election of officers resulted as under:- President, Mr. H.B. Stevens ; Vice-President, Mr. W. Jackson ; Vice-Chairman, Mr. J. Thompson ; Captain 1st Team, Capt. P. Muschamp ; Acting Captain, 1st Team, Mr. A.P. Bacon ; Vice-Captain, Mr. J. Thorpe ; Scorer, Mr. A. Barker ; Captain 2nd Team, Mr. A. Bird ; Vice-Captain, Mr. L. Oliver ; Scorer, Mr. J.H. Weston ; Committee, Messrs, J. Rawson, J. Watkinson, C. Blow, H. Ford, J. Wilbraham, J. Hodgkinson, H. Else, J. Thompson, S. Meakin, A.P. Bacon, L. Draycott, A. Barker, A. Bird, T. Platts, R. Beighton, V. Booth, J.H. Weston, J. Waterall, H. Hunt, H. Chadwick ; Groundsman, Mr. H. Else.


ON Saturday the Huthwaite Social Service Centre was opened with every indication of a successful future in its aim to lighten, as far as sympathetic regard and healthy recreations can do, the burden of the local unemployed.

The opening ceremony was undertaken in an informal fashion by the Duchess of Portland, who has shown great interest in the social service schemes over a wide area, and has assisted them all in a practical way, and by constant visits has kept in touch with the progress of the work. At Huthwaite, as is well known, she had furnished a comfortable rest-room, and added the final touch on Saturday by bringing the cushions for the bay-window seat.

Representative Gathering

The gathering, a very representative one, included Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Coupe, Mr. and Mrs. W. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Tomlinson, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Simpson, The Rev, W.L. Boulton, Mrs. A. Walton (Sutton), Miss Searson, Mr. J. Iball, Mr. and Mrs. A. Fidler, Mr. and Mrs. Wigginton, Commander Salow (Birmingham), Mr. France (B.B.C. Unemployed Educational Department), Mr. France, junior, Mr. J. Davies, C.C., Mr. and Mrs. R. Bond, Mr. C. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. A. Dickens and Mr. T. Goodall, a former resident of the town. Mrs. Irvine, who had heard of the project was unable to attend, but sent three guineas and her best wishes for its success.

Preparations for the event had been carried out under the supervision of Messrs. Bradley, Dobb, Bingham and Pratt, and the subsequent tea was served by Mesdames Kay, Betts, Dobbs, Thompson, Bradley, Bingham, J. Ensor and Miss Marjorie Ensor.

The Duchess in declaring the centre open, said it was a perfect room. There was not a social centre anywhere in the county so perfect, and she had visited nine. She congratulated all the members and asked them to keep good friends with one another. She wanted the Centre to be the best in the county, and with all her heart she wished the members every success.

Prominent Workers.

The Rev. W.L. Boulton remarked that as Her Grace was there it was only fitting to recall that she laid the foundation stone of the Parish Church. In connection with the Centre and the work that had been done, the two most prominent workers were Messrs. Bradley and Bingham. They were pioneers, and deserved all the credit as originators of the Centre. The Vicar thanked her Grace for attending, and said they were all very pleased to see her.

Mr. Coupe (chairman) said he must say he was very pleased to be there, as it was one of the most joyful days he had had in his public life. Referring to the origin of the Centre, he said that owing to about a dozen men who had kept on with the work the unemployed had now a place of their own.

Mr. H.A. Simpson (secretary). said it was satisfactory to know that the men had built the place almost on their own. He must admit that there was a very strong Committee. The grant of £150 from the unemployed headquarters had been very carefull spent.

Mr. Goodall introduced a novel feature by presenting, from the local League of Nations, six ash trays to the Centre. He remarked that all the nations should smoke the pipes of peace.

Commander Satow said the men had worked well for others and that spirit must go on all the time. The be-all and end-all was the service of work, and he wished all success to the endeavor.

Mr. Jackson thanked the previous speaker and promised to carry out his advice. He also expressed thanks to the visitors and to the twelve men who had worked so admirably. Their greatest joy would be when the unemployed received the results of their work.

Thanks for Helpers.

Mr. J.A. Tomlinson endorsed all the previous sentiments, and Mr. T. Bradley said he wished to remind them that Mr. S. Wood, who was unfortunately ill, was one of the instigators of the building. They would endeavor to carry on as they had started, and he thanked all the men who had helped in any way. They had all done their best.

Great assistance was rendered by the C.W.S. in loaning crockery, table linen and other appointments, and Mr. Dobb superintended the cutting-up. Over 60 sat down to a meat tea, which was followed by a concert, the artistes being :- Madame Jones, Miss L. Moore, Miss Bingham, Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. C. Burrows; Messrs. C. Renshaw, E. Whilde, H. Hoult and W. Fox (pianist).

During her visit the Duchess was made aware of a crippled girl in the gathering, who is unable to walk. Her Grace made enquiries about the case and give instructions for a special chair to be made for the girl, which will allow her a greater amount of physical comfort and make constant attention less necessary.


The funeral took place at Huthwaite on Saturday of Mrs. Mary Ann Sheppard, of Newcastle Street, who had attained the age of 70 years. Deceased was a native of Sutton, and for the last two years had been in indifferent health. She was widely known and greatly respected, having made many friends. The Rev. W.L. Boulton conducted the last rites. Deceased's husband died many years ago.
  The following were the mourners:- Jesse and Katherine, Harry and Gilley, sons and daughters; Mrs. B. Sheppard, daughter-in-law; Mr. J. Clarke, son-in-law; Mr. S. Ellis and Mrs. Ellis, brother and sister-in-law; Mr. Jesse Sheppard, Mr. H. Clarke, Miss E. Clarke, Mrs. M. Boot, Mr. J. Ellis, Mr. R. Ellis, Miss A. Ellis, grand-children; Polly, Lizzie, Lily, Annie, Dolly, nieces; George and Ernest, nephews. Mr. G. Ellis, brother, was unable to attend through illness. The bearers were Messrs. G. Heathcote, C.A. and J. Allsop, A. Allen and J. Walters and there were wreaths from Jessie, Beat and Grandson; Harry, Katherine, Joe and family; Gilley, Mary and Winnie; Lizzie and Polly; Florrie and family; George, Mary and family; Bob and May; neighbours and friends in Newcastle Street.


Mr. John Weston, the well know Huthwaite musician, has been appointed official conductor to the Mansfield and Sutton Co-operative Prize Choir, out of a fairly large number of applicants.

Mr. Weston, who was born in Huthwaite, has been associated with both choral and instrumental music all his life, and should give a good account of himself in his new duties. At 15 years of age, he was organist of the Huthwaite Wesleyan Church, where, as a boy, he had sung in the choir, and later he became a famous bass soloist, and was heard at many places in the Midlands, in both sacred and secular music. He also took part in forming the Sutton Harmonic Choir, and still acts as church organist when occasion requires.

Mr. Weston has also composed several songs, of which "Abide with me" achieved gratifying success. Although he was the possessor of a wonderful voice, he only entered three contests as a vocal soloist, and won three first prizes. He has sung the bass solos in the "Messiah" at Sutton, and has taken part in innumerable events locally as a singer and accompanist.

When he conducted the Mansfield and Sutton Co-operative Choir some little time ago at a contest, in the absence of a regular conductor, first and second prizes were won, and that put the seal on Mr. Weston's reputation as a musician of allround ability. Many people in local musical circles, as well as distinguished musicians over a wider area, will wish him every success.


SUTTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION - Councillor E.H. Lowe wishes to thank the Electors who voted for him on Monday last, and all friends who worked on his behalf. - Advt.

Congratulations are extended to Mr. J.E. Simpson on his success in the second examination of the Conjoint Medical Board. Mr. Simpson is now to enter St. George's Hospital where he will complete the final phase of his medical training extending over another 2.5 years.

During the week the examinations for the Evening Institute subjects have been held by the E.M.E.U. There was a record number of 23 hosiery candidates, other tests being held for mining, science and cookery classes. The examinations were under the supervision of Messrs. Goodall, J. Pegg and C.H. Turner.

The South Normanton Mothers Union members received a visit from members of the Huthwaite branch on Tuesday evening. Mrs. F. Weston gave a Bible reading, and Mrs. A. Evans recited ...

A variety concert given in the Drill Hall in aid of the Social Service Centre on Wednesday night was a great success, and was highly appreciated by a large audience. Every kind of talent was provided by Mr. Clem Renshaw and his party, and all the artistes were at their best in diverting humour, high-class singing and speciality dancing. A surprise item was Lewis Hallam, a five year old entertainer of astonishing musical attainments, and the programme altogether was of unflagging interest. Mr. Clem Renshaw, the producer, deserves high praise for his effort on behalf of the unemployed, absolutely free of obligation....


A well attended meeting of the Huthwaite Parish Church Council was held on Tuesday evening in the Common Road Schools, the Rev. W.L. Boulton presiding. The question of installing the electric light in the Common Road Schools was considered but it was eventually deferred for a month, as there were other expenses which had to be met.
  The Chairman reported the receipt of a letter from the Huthwaite Unemployed Workmen's Association asking for the use of the Blackwell Road Schools as a social centre. The Vicar pointed out that there was a social centre in the town which was well managed and well equipped in ever way for the unemployed. Apart from that, the School Managers were opposed to the schools being used for the purpose mentioned. He intended to run a boy's club and was going to make it a success.
  The resignation of the organist was received, and it was decided to advertise for a successor.
  The question of third party insurance to cover personal accidents which might occur within the church or churchyard, was also discussed, but no decision was reached.

Written 29 Jan 12 Revised 15 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott