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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - November 22nd 1935


On Thursday afternoon the Duchess of Portland, with several titled friends including Lord and Lady Harlech paid a surprise visit to the Social Service Centre. It happened to be Ladies' Day, and for the first time Her Grace saw the Women's Section in operation, over 30 members being busily engaged in various useful' pursuits.
Her Grace pointed out the "rest room" to her friends, and the visitors made a tour of the Centre, conducted by the Steward Mr. J. Bingham. with the exception of the Duchess the members of the party had not seen an Unemployment Centre before and all were impressed by its clean and orderly condition. Mr. Bingham pointed out that between 80 and 100 men used the Centre daily, and that the contributions were a penny a month. All agreed that excellent value was given for the money. the visitors made a number of enquiries and displayed great interest in all they saw.
The Duchess had not come empty handed and left a supply of writing materials and playing cards, with a promise to pay another visit shortly.
It will be remembered that some little time ago Her Grace provided an invalid carriage for a crippled Huthwaite girl. On Thursday she enquired about the patient and was pleased to hear that she was making satisfactory progress, and had derived great comfort from Her Grace's gift.
The Women's Section has become very popular and the membership increases every week. Contributions are a penny each, but a cup of tea is now given free of charge, as the Committee ladies provide the wherewithal for this concession.


The funeral too place on Thursday of a well-known Huthwaite figure, Mrs. Elethea Roberts, of 63, Sampson's Yard, who passed away at the age of 66, after an illness of four months. The late Mrs. Roberts was a native of Pinxton, but very early in life she came to Huthwaite, where she had resided ever since. She was a member of a well-known family and was well-respected for a kindly, unassuming disposition, and a readiness to assist a good cause. She had been a widow for 36 years and leaves a daughter and two sons.
The burial service was held in the Sutton Road Methodist Church, and conducted by Mr. C. Mann...The organist was Mr. J. Weston (brother-in-law of deceased). The family of the late Mrs. Roberts have always been associated with this church.

Mourners and Flowers.

The mourners were:- Daughter Sarah, Bert, son-in-law; Son Ben and Florrie; Son Sam and Annie, daughter-in-law; Mrs. G. Beardsley sister; Mr. G. Speed, brother; Mrs. G. Brooks, sister; Mr. W. Speed, brother; Mr. S. Speed, brother, Mr. and Mrs. T. Riley, of Tibshelf, sister and brother-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. A. Speed, of East Kirkby, brother and sister-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. J. Weston, sister and brother-in-law; Mrs. S. Edwards, aunt; Miss A. Buxton, cousin; Mrs. D. Caunt, cousin; Miss Connie Speed, niece; Miss Sarah Riley, niece...


Seventy-six years in her native place was the span allotted to Mrs. Sarah Ann Goddard, who passed away at 68, New Street, Huthwaite, ending an instance of four living generations. She was born in Sampson's Yard, afterwards lived in Wright's Yard, and spent 30 years in New Street. She had been ailing about two year, but had only been confined to bed for the last six weeks. She had always lived a quite and unostentatious life. She had been a widow eight years, and leaves a son and a daughter.
Mr. C. Mann senior conducted the funeral service in the Free Church, the mourners being:- Mrs. S. J. Brooks, daughter; Mr. and Mrs. L. Thompson (Newton); Mr. J. Thompson (Belvidere), brother; Mr. and Mrs. Higginson, grand-daughter; Leonard Higginson, great-grandson; and Oswald Watts (Stanton Hill), grandson;..


Harlow Wood

Mr. W. Clarke, secretary of Huthwaite Hospital Committee, presenting cheque to the Duchess of Portland at Harlow Wood Hospital. Also on the photograph are Mrs. F.W. Beeley, Sutton and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham.


The marriage took place at Huthwaite Parish Church on Saturday of Miss Mary Joyce Smith, daughter of Mr. W. Smith and the late Mrs. Smith, of 31, Lime Avenue, Huthwaite, and Mr. George Norman Eric Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Smith, Oxford House, 33, Huthwaite Road, Sutton.
The Rev. W.L. Boulton (Vicar) officiated, and the bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law (Mr. W.H. Brailsford),... Mr. Arthur Smith (brother of bridesgroom) was best man.
Numerous presents were received, these including a clock from the bridegroom's workmates at Messrs. George Walton and Sons, High Pavement, Sutton, and a tea set and silk cushion from the bride's fellow workers at the C.W.S. Factory, Huthwaite.


With the object of raising £100 for the Church organ, tuning and repairs, a three days' bazaar was opened on Wednesday in the Huthwaite Sutton Road Church Sunday Schools. The rooms had been brightly decorated, and with the well-laden stalls presented a cheerful spectacle. There was an encouraging number present, despite the dismal weather.
Mr. G. Adlington (Worksop) was the chairman, and after prayer, and the hymn.. the chairman, in a short speech, recalled old associations and friends.
Councillor Mrs. Jeffries (Kirkby), who opened the bazaar, said that she appreciated the people of Huthwaite and could comfortably settle amongst them. They were gathered there because of their love and loyalty to the Church. The Church at Huthwaite was displaying its part in establishing right, truth and justice. There should be no difficulty in visitors to the bazaar choosing their Christmas gifts, and she hoped the effort would be most successful...


The expected speaker for the Mother's Union meeting on Monday was unable to attend and the need was met by Miss J. Kitchen, who gave an excellent address on...

Many people will remember Mr. Robert Green, who formerly was a member of the Sherwood Street choir, being a gifted bass vocalist. He was employed at the C.W.S. factory and was a member of their Fire Brigade. Eventually he returned to Leicester, where he died in hospital last week at the age of 62. As a tribute to him and also to a fellow chorister, Mr. E. Purseglove, who passed away last summer, Mr. Norman Evans gave an impressive rendering of Chopin's "Funeral March" on the organ on Sunday evening.

At the Social Service Centre whist drive on Saturday night, the M.C. was Mr. T. Bradley, and the winners were:- Gent.'s 1, C. Bradley; 2, A. Purdy. Ladies, shared by Miss E. Buckley and Miss M. Vardy. Recent improvements at the Centre include the fixing of a set of book shelves in the rest room to accomodate the numerous volumes which the Centre possesses, while a corner of the common room has been partitioned off and fitted up as an office so that records may be conveniently kept and secretarial work efficiently carried out.

Ideal conditions were provided at a dance held in the Drill Hall on Saturday night, and a gathering of about 200 had an enjoyable time. The event was in aid of the funds of the West End F.C. and had been capably organised by Mr. J. Elliott (secretary of the Club). Messrs. S. Stones and H. Thrall made very efficient M.C.'s and old and new dances pleasantly diversified the programme, the music being provided by Tom Burton's Orchestra. Interest was added to the proceedings by a 'spot waltz' competition of which the winners were Mrs. M. Reeves and Miss Laitt.

A variety concert was given at the Gospel Mission, Huthwaite, on Monday, when Mr. J.H. Brailsford, of Sutton, presided, and expressed his pleasure at being present... Mr. D. Burton was the accompanist for many of the items, Mr. J. Peace, Sunday School Superintendent, thanked all who had contributed to the entertainment. The proceeds were for Church funds.

Choir sermons were preached at the Sherwood Street Church on Sunday by Mr. J. W. Murphin. A feature of the musical programme was the visit of Mr. Fred Hill (Leicester), a former member of the choir, who was in excellent voice,...


Details of the proposals for the reorganisation of Sutton Schools were made known to the Managers on Monday evening, when a special meeting was held to consider the scheme which has been prepared.
Mr. J.E. Scott (chairman of the School Managers) presided, and others present were the Rev. L.J. Stamper, Rev. R.P. Tinsley, Mrs. Brown, Miss Allcock, Mrs. Burrows, Mrs. Moore, Messrs. G.H. Barker, F.C. Sowter, G.G. Bonser, T. Barnes, A. Thompson, H.C. Wright and J. Davies (Sutton School Managers), Mr. G.W. Brigs (Sutton Church Schools). Rev. H.J. Stamper and Mr. C. Hickton (Skegby Church Schools), Mr. B.W.L. Bulkeley (Director of Education for the County), Mr. J. Bramley (Assistant Director of Education), and Mr. W.H. Cullen (School Correspondent).

Comprehensive Scheme.

The scheme, so far, as can be gathered, deals with the schools in the area of Sutton, Huthwaite, Stanton Hill and Skegby, and is of a comprehensive character, but it is understood the proposals may undergo alterations before being finally adopted. The various aspects of the proposals were explained in detail to the managers, and one of the main points which emerges is the suggestion that all the senior schools shall in future be non-selective, and, further, that the sexes shall be separated.
That will entail a considerable alteration for at present the senior schools are selective and mixed, and known as higher standard schools. The scheme opens up the possibility of a new senior school for boys, also a new school for girls, but these matters, as other matters, will be subject to further consideration...
One thing the scheme does not appear to have made provision for is the possibility of the raising of the school age to 15, but it is understood that if this becomes law certain suggestions are ready for consideration to meet the position....

Written 09 Feb 12 Revised 09 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott