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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - September 13th 1935


On Saturday evening the Villa F.C. held a dance in the Drill Hall on behalf of the club funds. It was a gratifying success, nearly 300 being present. The M.C. was Mr. W. Sevens, and Pem Darch's Band provided the music.

Messrs. Pratt and Bradley were the M.C.'s at the Social Service Centre whist drive on Saturday. First and second gent's prized were shared by Mr. Bettison and Mr. J. Clifton. Firs ladies prize went to Mrs. Morley, while Mrs. Whetton and Mrs. Purdy both scored 170.....

On Thursday evening a meeting of the Social Service Council was held at the Centre. Mr. Jackson presided, but the principal business wa of a routine character. A further grant of £20 was reported to headquarters for the handicraft section of the Centre, and a bagatelle table had been sent by the Duchess of Portland. Two sets of shirts and a football had been sent by the Notts. Forest Football Club. The chairman proposed a vote of thanks to the Duchess and Mr. Bond proposed one to the Forest F.C., seconded by Mr. Davies. Thanks were also offered to the Urban District Council for allowing the unemployed to have a football pitch on the Park. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. S. Matthews for filling the place of Mr. Bingham during the latters absence.

The harvest festival was held at the Sherwood Street Church on Sunday, the preacher being Mr. J. Boothby, of South Normanton....

The funeral took place on Saturday, conducted by the Rev. W.L. Boulton, of Mr. J. Farnsworth, aged 58, of 72, Blackwell Road, whose death is reported in another column. Deceased was a native of Huthwaite, and had been employed at the Blackwell Company's coke ovens, first at B Winning, and afterwards at Blackwell for over 25 years, and for many years he had resided with Mr. and Mrs. S. Hill. A service in the Parish Church preceded the interment in the Cemetery. A sister of the deceased, whose address was unknown, did not know of his death until she saw a newspaper announcement, and was therefore unable to attend the funeral. Mourners were :- Mr. Tom Farnsworth (Huthwaite) and Mr. Richard Farnsworth (Sutton), brothers; Messrs. Tom (B Winning), Eddie and Jim Farnsworth and George Wainwright, nephews; Mrs. M. Hill (Skegby), Mrs. H. Armstrong (Sutton), Mrs. E. Marshall (Sutton) and Mrs. A. Shannon (B Winning), nieces. Personal friends were:- Mr. and Mrs. S. Hill, their sons Jack, Harold and Sam and their daughter, Mrs. M Marriott. Messrs. W. Butterworth and J. Truswell. Bearers were Messrs. J. Ellis, M. Brooks, S. Hague and W. Hickingbottom, all friends. Wreaths were sent by:- Workmen of the Blackwell Colliery Company; Blackwell Colliery Company's officials; Mr. and Mrs. Hill; Harold and Sammy; Sam and Maria; neighbours and friends; Brother Dick, Hannah and Mary; Eliza, Jane and Bill; Mary and Dick; Brother Tom, Eddie and Jim; Pals at Shoulder of Mutton; Ada, Jim and Annie; Tom, Nellie and Children (B Winning).


Vegetables of remarkable size and quality were seen at an exhibition promoted at the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, by Mr. A. Thurman. There were only four classes in all, but they attracted 111 entries, the onions creating a record for a a Huthwaite show. The judge was Mr. H. Wilmot, and there were numerous visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

Inquest on Coke Oven Worker

AT the Free Library, Huthwaite, on Friday afternoon, an inquest was held by the Coroner (Mr. H. Bradwell) on John Farnsworth, aged 58 years, of 72, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, who died the previous Tuesday. He was employed at Blackwell Colliery Company's coke ovens, and on returning home from work on September 1st, complained that he had slipped while wheeling a barrow and fallen, hurting his back.
  Mr. E.H. Lowe was appointed foreman of the jury, and Mr. F.H. Jessop attended the inquiry on behalf of the Blackwell Colliery Company, whilst Mr. N.H. Jones, H. M. Inspector of Factories, Derby, was also present.

Complained of Injured Back.

In opening the inquiry, the Coroner said that according to the report he had received it was alleged that on the 1st September, deceased returned home form work and complained that he had injured his back whilst at work that morning. He went to bed and was attended by a doctor, but on September 3rd he apparently became worse and died before the arrival of a doctor. Deceased told the doctor that whiles wheeling a barrow he had injured hs back. A postmortem examination had been made and the doctor would tell the jury his opinion. As far as he (the Coroner) knew there was no evidence of injury or report of any injury or accident, and it would be for the jury to say whether they were of opinion that the condition of the man was brought on by some kind of injury. If they thought so they would say so. They were not county court judges and had nothing to do with compensation, but had to find the cause of death according to the evidence placed before them.

The first witness was Mrs. Emma Hill, of 72 Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, wife of Samuel Hill, who said deceased lived at her house, but was no relation. ... He was a single man, and up to Friday, September 1st., had been in good health, going regularly to work, and not complaining.

No Record of Accident.

Clifford Dimsdale, of Hillcrest, Blackwell, manager of the coke ovens belonging to the Blackwell Colliery Company, said deceased had been employed at the ovens for 20 years. There was no record of any kind in the works or offices of his having received any injury or accident on September 1st. If he had had an accident he should have reported it to an official. From enquiries he had made he could find no record of a report and he had enquired off every man who came into contact with deceased.

Dr. J. Gaston said deceased was a patient of his and prior to September 1st last he had not attended him since 1931. Witness was called to him on Sunday, September 1st., and foud him in bed. He complained of pain on the back of the right side ad said he was wheeling a barrow and slipped and hurt his back. He also said it pained him when he coughed or tried to turn over.
  The Coroner: Was there any evidence of any injury - Witness: None at all that I could see. He was tender.
Continuing, witness said he did not again see the man. His assistant called on the Monday but could not get in and was not sent for. On Tuesday morning his assistance was sent for but on arrival found the man dead. Witness had made a postmortem examination but could find no external signs of injury. The doctor described the condition of internal organs, and said there was a contusion of the right lung, and the right pleural cavity contained an amount of blood. In his opinion death was due to hemorrhage of the right lung into the right pleural cavity.

"Very Unusual."

The Coroner: What was the cause of that? - Witness: A bleeding from the right lung, in my opinion.
  How do you account for the contusion?
I cannot very well explain that myself.
  What could cause that? Some kind of injury? - I took it for that.
  An internal injury on the face of the lung? Could it be caused by coughing violently? - The lung was normal.
  Could it be caused by slipping and hurting his back without any external mark? - I should have expected to find injury to the chest wall as well, but did not.
  If a man slipped on a plate and fell across a rail and hurt his back you would have expected, would you not, to have found something? - I should, but I did not.
  You cannot give any reason why this contusion was there? - The only reason I can give is the history.
  The history is that he was wheeling a barrow and fell, and the symptoms were pain when he coughed and tried to turn, and tenderness. What conclusion do you come to? - I come to the conclusion that this hemorrhage was caused by the alleged accident and the injury he received when he slipped.
  Although you found no external evidence at all of anything of the kind? - No.
Is that very unusual? - I should say it is very unusual.
  There wa no further evidence, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.


THE question of new Council Offices for Sutton was considered at a special meeting of the members of the Sutton Urban Council on Monday evening, when the General Purpose Committee submitted a report on the matter, and it was decided to view similar premises in other towns before further steps were taken in the matter.
  The meeting was presided over by Councillor C. Brown, M.P. (Chairman), and others present were Councillors Mrs. Moore, Rev. L.J. Stamper, A. Walton, E.H. Lowe, W. Baugh, J.A. Percival, J.B. Stuart, T.H. Taylor, A. Thompson, H. Squires, T. Lawrence, G.H. Barker, F.C. Sowter, W. Limb and J. Davies.

Assistant Sanitary Inspector.

The first business was the appointment of an assistant sanitary inspector, the Chairman explaining that the Health Sub-Committee had interviewed three candidates for the position. He did not know if the Council also desired to see the applicants, or, if they would take the recommendations of the Sub-Committee.
  Mr. Limb proposed that the Council should see the applicants. and this having been seconded by Mr. Percival, was agreed to... Mr. Thompson presented the Sub-Committee's recommendation that Mr. Sydney N. Pycroft, of 35, Regent Park Terrace, Leeds, at present probationer sanitary inspector at Leeds, should be appointed in place of Mr. Lyndon Dove, who has taken up an appointment elsewhere. Mr. Percival seconded the recommendation, and the Council unanimously agreed.

Committee's Recommendation

A report of the General Purposes Committee meeting held the previous Thursday was next submitted, and the recommendations with regard to new Council Offices created considerable discussion.
  The Committee also recommended that the Council proceed with the erection of the hut at the rear of the present premises, as originally proposed, and at a cost of £310. The Committee further recommended the acceptance of the tender of Mr. B. Wass, of Mason Street, Sutton, of £15 for six seats in Huthwaite Park.
  Mr. Davies (Chairman of the Committee) moved the adoption of the report, and Mr. Taylor seconded...

Written 13 Sep 1935 Revised 13 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott