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the nottinghamshire FREE PRESS

a weeks news dated - September 27th 1935


The usual whist drive was held at the Social Service Centre on Saturday night. It says a good deal for the popularity of these gatherings that they have been held all through the summer without a break, under the supervision of Messrs. Bradley and Pratt. Saturday's winners were: Mrs. Nicholls; Mrs. Cutts; Mr. G. Radford; Mr. W. Ellis. Hidden number prizes were won by Mr. G.W. Gunby and Miss Gent.

On Saturday the annual celery show was held at the Railway Inn, Whiteborough. In size and quality the exhibits were rather better than previous years, and the entries were more numerous, three dozen sticks being staged. The judge was again Mr. H. Johnson, of Pilsley, and the secretarial duties were carried out by mr. J. Limb. Both the judge and the secretary have been connected with the exhibition for a long period. The awards were:- 1, H. Briggs, 4lbs 8oz; 2, I. Keeling; 3, L. Keeling.


The Rev. W.L. Boulton officiated at a pretty wedding at Huthwaite Parish Church on Saturday. The bride was Miss Hilda Grattage, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Glasby Grattage, of 15 Morely Street, Stanton Hill. The bride was formerly a Sunday School teacher at the Parish Church Sunday School, and has been for the past 4.5 years employed at the C.W.S. factory Huthwaite. Both the contracting parties are well known in their respective districts, and there was a considerable gathering of relations and friends to witness the tying of the nuptial knot.
  The ... bride was given away by her brother, Mr. Herbert Grattage. The only bridesmaid was Miss May Glasby (sister of the bridegroom),... The best man was the brother of the bridegroom, Mr. Wilfred Glasby, and as the bride left the Church she was presented with a wooden spoon as a lucky token by Master Geoffrey Glasby (Teversal), cousin of the bridegroom. The reception was held at the home of the bridegroom's parents, about 40 guests being entertained. The health of the happy couple was proposed by Mr. J. Chapman (Teversal), an uncle of the bridegroom. The newly married couple received many costly and useful gifts, including an oak expanding curb, and wicker bedroom chair from the bride's associates at the C.W.S. factory.
  Mr. and Mrs. Glasby will reside on the new Healdswood housing estate.

Huthwaite Player's Successful Career

(By G.G.M.)

SOME few weeks ago the columns of the "Free Press" contained an interesting resume of the professional cricketers of other generations born in the town and district. The writer hastens to admit that, though he belongs to the land of their birth, his generation does not permit a personal knowledge of those stalwarts, nor could he account for their prestige. But he could claim to have some of those Jonothans and Davids in the flesh, though past the meridian of their powers, and could write a profitable time spent in listening to those who could tell of their contributions to the game on the grand scale.

Evidence of Individuality.

What a difference from that time until now! The number of professionals was many, but to-day numerical strength could be counted on one hand with fingers to spare. The reason is for private solution. As regards the later players there was the regretable death of Jack Clowes the Fife professional, and the retirement of George Edgar Wharmby, and one can only recall at the moment two professionals from the locality - Cyril Whetton, who is now with the Longsight Club in Lancashire, and Bert Marshall, who is at Perth Scotland, with the Perthshire side.
  Bert has had another successful season and in the Scottish counties he has given valued assistance in winning the championship convincingly. Again he has topped both batting and bowling lists, and the Scottish newspaper states "That hi-haul of wickets would probably have been larger had he not been handicapped to several weeks by a bad shoulder."

South African Team's Visit.

During the visit of the South African team Bert was selected for the two matches, but owing to a county fixture he was only able to play in one game. This was at Dundee, but bad weather caused the abandonment of the game.
  It was with New Hucknall Colliery that he began his cricketing career, and in the year 1922, playing against Sutton Town the writer in the cricket columns of this paper made reference to him as follows;- "B. Marshall, quite a youngster, brought off a remarkable bowling performance. Marshall secured nine wickets for 20 runs, and he hit the sticks eight times. There should be a big future for Marshall."
  Before the season had concluded Bert had verified the writers candid opinion. For two seasons he was attached to the Notts. Club, and it will be recalled that John Gunn, Richmond and Matthews were still holding their places. From then Bert has enjoyed the remaining years with success and satisfaction to the Perth club and its supporters.
  Going back to the match in which New Hucknall beat Sutton on the Unwin Road ground, two interesting factors are worthy of at least mention in passing. The writer recalls, after the match, holding conversation with that great sportsman, John G. Ellis. He suggested the advisability of acquainting - to use his own words - "Jimmy Ironmonger of Bert's performance with the ball." This I did, and that is only one of the many incidents in John's cricketing career which I could tell of his appreciable interest in newcomers to the game.

Memorable Afternoon.

Here are the teams on that memorable afternoon, with the scores:-
  New Hucknall.- A. Bird, c Allsop b Fletcher, 9; Gascoigne, b Maltby, 13; J. McIntyre, b W. Shore, 3; J. Watkinson, b Maltby, 8; B. Matchett, 0; O. Wass, b Matchett, 9; G. Searson b Matchett, 0; W. Brailsford b Maltby, 1; W. Hartley b Maltby, 1; extras 6; total 52. - Sutton Town total 45.
  Sutton Town gained second place to New Hucknall, who won the championship of the Notts. League, and this proved to be the last season of the Sutton Club.
  The other incident in the game is another personal reference. Owing to the fact that one or two players were engaged in football the Colliery could not muster eleven players. During the close period the League executive had decided to economise upon the handbook which contained the number of players registered by the respective clubs...

The Wages Campaign


The statement that the campaign which had been conducted for an increase in miners' wages had been very successful up to the present was made of a meeting of the council of Notts. Miners' Association, held at the Nottingham Road Offices, Basford, Nottingham, on Saturday, and presided over by Mr. H.W. Booth.
  Mr. Val Coleman, the secretary, presented the report, said that the success of the campaign was reflected in a substantial increase of membership, indicating appreciation of the part of miners of the efforts made for an increase in their wages.

Thanks for Assistance.

The council returned thanks for the assistance given by individuals and organisations, stating they they were desirous that nothing but the truth should be made known and their only intention was that the general public should try to appreciate to the full the conditions under which the miner lived to-day.
  The council further expressed regret that the owners "still refused to meet the representatives of the men in order that the wage claim could be analysed in a perfectly friendly spirit, and thus prove to the public that the miners had only one ambition, to prove their case."
  County Ald. W. Bayliss, delegate to the Trades Union Congress, said that the case for the miner had been presented to the T.U.C., which body had unhesitatingly decided to lend its support in the interests of the miners' claim.

"Absolute Limit."

Addressing a miners' meeting at Mansfield on Sunday, Mr. H. Booth, president of the Notts. Miners' Association, expressed the view that there was no hope of any improvement in the present system of district ascertainments, which merely oiled up the accumulated deficiencies in wages. It could not be argued that, after three years' continuous pleading with the coal-owners for a meeting, the miners' had not taken a reasonable course. Reasonableness had, in fact, reached the absolute limit, and whatever might be the result of the present campaign, he hoped that the Notts. miners would stand solidly with the rest of the country.
  "Miners are the worst paid class of industrial workers in the country," he declared, " and owing to the divisions which exist in Notts., thousands of men are forfeiting their minimum wage every week."
  Mr. W. Betty, the miners' agent for death, said that the feeling was such in South Wales that, whatever might happen nationally, the miners there intended to do something or "they might as well die." He declared that before the miners made any sacrifices to protect the black races of Abyssinia they had their own interests to defend. "Another black race is being exploited," he declared, "and whatever may be the attitude of miners in other districts, something seems to tell me that before South Wales throws in its lot, the miners there will want to known what is to be done to improve their lot."

Selling Price of Coal.

Speaking at a meeting at Hucknall on Sunday, Mr. F. Seymoor Cocks, M.P. observed:-
  "If patience is a virtue," then the miner must be the most virtuous person on earth for he labours amongst the dangers of gas and dust het has not the wages of a scavenger." it was agreed on all hands that the miners deserved higher wages, but the reply was the at the industry could not stand an increase from an economic standpoint, because the profit was only 5d. per ton for the whole of the country. It was more than that in Notts. The selling price of coal for the whole of England was 13s. 4d. but he produced a list sent to him in the south of England showing retail prices from 45s. to 56s. a ton. In the light of these prices he failed to see why 2s. extra a shift could not be paid to the miners, who in his opinion were being 'diddled.' why did not the Government exercise the compulsory powers they possessed and put sanctions into force for the miners?

Written 27 Sep 1935 Revised 14 Feb 12 © by Gary Elliott