Backtracking: The Hucknall Dispatch headlines from 24th July 1964

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HEADLINERS -- a suggestion that Hucknall should become part of NOTTINGHAM must be strongly resisted, says town councillor Harold Calladine.

The Local Boundaries Commission is thinking of incorporating Arnold, Carlton, West Bridgford, Beeston and Stapleford urban districts into a Greater Nottingham area, and there are fears that Hucknall could be MERGED with the city as well.

The Dispatch says the very EXISTENCE of Hucknall as it is today will be at stake if the city takes over the town.

Hucknall councillors agree to ask the Government if they can borrow £185,000 to build 88 houses at BUTLERS HILL.

The decision is opposed by Coun Eric Morley, who says an assurance is needed that the houses, to be built in prefabricated sections, will give VALUE FOR MONEY.

A workman had a very lucky escape from serious injury when his SHIRT was caught in the shaft of a concrete mixer at a Bulwell factory, trapping him for ten minutes, a court hears.

The workman was saved by two workmates who ran and turned the machine off, it is claimed.

The firm is fined £50 with 11 shillings and sixpence costs for not securely fencing the machine.

A 51-year-old Hucknall man is cleared by a court of unlawful wounding after he is said to have PUNCHED his sister, knocking her against a stair-post and causing a cut to her head, in a ‘rough and tumble’ at their home.

The defendant claims that earlier the same day his sister hit him with a POKER because she objected to him ‘moving things around’.

He says the injury to her head was caused ACCIDENTALLY.

The head teacher of Highbury Secondary Boys’ School, Harry North, asks for co-operation from parents in an appeal for more pupils to wear the school UNIFORM.

He says this is necessary to convince passers-by that the school, in an obscure location on ALBERT STREET, is as good as its records prove it to be.

“I hope that next year more of Highbury’s green and gold colours will be seen and that light-blue JEANS will disappear forever,” says Mr North.

He adds: “TIDY DRESS is absolutely vital if we are to survive public opinion and criticism.”

Hucknall and Bulwell Labour MP William Whitlock calls for improved access for MOTHERS visiting their children in Nottingham hospitals.

He also claims a reduction is needed in WAITING TIMES at the hospitals’ outpatient departments.

Mr Whitlock presses for FARMERS to get a fair and reasonable return for their produce.

During their honeymoon in Rome after being married at St Barnabas’ Roman Cathedral, Nottingham, Glennis Limpenny, of Bulwell, and Peter Robinson, of Wollaton, have an audience with the POPE at his summer residence.

Hucknall councillor Bernard Simms calls for a blitz on LORRIES running through the town centre with loads that are too big and not sheeted down.

He says a thorough investigation is needed to stop SPILLAGE from lorries.

A Hucknall woman is granted a decree at Nottingham Divorce Court on the grounds of her husband’s CRUELTY.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- Bulwell’s Finest Laundry on Commercial Road, which has WHIRLPOOL do-it-yourself washing machines, is advertised in the Dispatch.

Police close off part of Ogle Street, Hucknall, while a MOBILE CRANE with an 80ft jib lifts two pieces of equipment over Hucknall Co-op Society’s central building.

Two new ROLLS-ROYCE aero engines are on display at this year’s Farnborough Air Show.

NAMES -- an appeal is launched for Canon GEORGE SPRITTLES, who was Bulwell’s rector for 20 years, to get a testimonial in recognition of his services to the local community.

MICHAEL CARSON, of Hucknall, graduates from Cambridge University with a first-class honours degree in geography.

Miss W.J.SMY retires after 21 years as head teacher at Rufford Infant School, Bulwell.

COURT -- a 21-year-old Bulwell man is sent to a detention centre for three months for stealing a police officer’s parked BIKE.

The same man is also sentenced to one day’s imprisonment for a ‘serious’ offence against a 14-year-old GIRL.

A 35-year-old Bulwell man is given a conditional discharge at Notts Quarter Sessions for setting fire to two ARMCHAIRS at his home.

He says he committed the offence while drunk because he wanted to ‘get my WIFE back’.

A Bulwell man who walked into Nottingham Police Headquarters and demanded to see the CHIEF CONSTABLE punched a sergeant in the face, magistrates hear.

SPORT -- David Greaves hits a brilliant CENTURY, including nine fours and four sixes, against Hucknall Cricket Club in a drawn match with Balderton.

David Marshall takes four wickets in two overs, including a HAT-TRICK, for Bestwood Colliery Cricket Club’s second eleven to help them beat Gedling Colliery 2nd in the Notts Amateur League Poyser Cup final.