Memory Lane

A LOOK back in time at the news that made the headlines in the Dispatch 50, 25 and ten years ago.


December 7 1962

HEADLINERS — a warning is given that changes in local government areas could result in Hucknall losing its status as an URBAN DISTRICT and beccoming merely part of Basford rural district.

Stage and TV comedian HARRY SECOMBE presents a £100 cheque for a building fund for a proposed youth club in Bulwell.

But Bulwell Chamber of Trade turns down an appeal to make a contribution to the youth club building fund during 1963. One member says he objects because ‘it is time youngsters do something for themselves’.

An intruder takes advantage of FOG to break into a house on Nottingham Road, Hucknall, putting a spade through a conservatory door and smashing a grandfather clock in the process.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — the Bulwell branch of the British Legion holds a social evening at its new headquarters, the Percy Andrew Social Club off Main Street.

Officially opening the annual Christmas bazaar at St John’s Church, Bulwell, local businessman Ewart Steggles says he is a great admirer of the vicar, the Rev CHARLES YOUNGE, because he is not afraid to speak his mind.

A warning is given to members of Bulwell Chamber of Trade to make sure their business interests are protected in view of the impending REDEVELOPMENT of Bulwell.

In ‘Jailhouse Rock’, showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall, Elvis Presley serves a prison sentence for accidentally killing a man and, on his release, makes a name for himself as a record star.

PEOPLE — tributes pour in for JUNE PARFREMENT, owner of a ladies’ hairdressing salon on Highbury Road, Bulwell, who has died suddenly at the age of 32.

COURT — four Hucknall men who took it into their heads to steal a FOWL each from a field late one night appear before Nottingham Shire Hall magistrates.

SPORT — a meeting to discuss the formation of a NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE is held at the Percy Andrew Social Club in Bulwell.


December 4 1987

HEADLINERS — police praise Lorna Cotton (74), sub-postmistress at the office on Beauvale Road, Hucknall, and her assistant, Angela Goodman (24), for the ‘very courageous’ way they foiled two ARMED RAIDERS.

A ballot of miners at LINBY COLLIERY will decide whether British Coal shuts the pit by March 1988 or whether the fight goes on to save the unit and up to 800 jobs.

Hucknall’s biggest entertainment centre, HUCKNALL-LINBY MINERS WELFARE on Portland Road, is to close on Boxing Day because of its dilapidated condition, it is decided.

Bulwell mum Jean Buckley tells a public meeting she still takes her son, aged ten-and-a-half, to Cantrell Primary School because she is worried about him having to cross the busy ST ALBANS ROAD, with fast-moving traffic.

Thieves snatch a large haul of Christmas toys and a SANTA SUIT from an estate car parked on Stock Well in Bulwell.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — a plea for parents and governors of HUCKNALL NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL not to opt out of local education control is made by head teacher Christopher Budden at the school’s prizegiving.

A disco and cabaret night held by Hucknall Dramatic Society and Hucknall Round Table raises £2,500 for CHILDREN IN NEED.

An idea to set up a RADIO STATION in Bulwell is explored by workers at the Resource Centre on Merchant Street.

Pupils of Bulwell St Mary’s Church of England Primary School wear VICTORIAN attire for a special project about the history of the school.

A request by Bestwood Parish Council for signs warning drivers to look for elderly people crossing the road to the village POST OFFICE is controversially turned down by Notts County Council.

SPORT — professional boxer ERROL MCDONALD, formerly of Bulwell, chalks up two decisive wins to strengthen his hopes of a British title challenge.


December 6 2002

HEADLINERS — heartbroken Bulwell man Desmond Stapleton (72) says he is mystified by a tragic hospital BLUNDER that caused the death of his wife, Brenda (69), who failed to survive a routine operation.

An alarmed parent warns that SEX OFFENDERS could swoop and snatch a child from Edgewood Primary School, Hucknall, because of a major loophole in its security.

Police warn pensioners in Hucknall to be on their guard after a 78-year-old woman is MUGGED on an alleyway next to the town’s Beauvale Court.

Hucknall’s annual Christmas Carnival starts 15 minutes late because a marching band leading the procession is held up in a TRAFFIC JAM after an accident on the M1.

Hucknall Fire Station on Watnall Road is not in danger of closing, says Sub-Officer Mark Haywood. He is responding to a claim by a Fire Brigades Union chief that Nottinghamshire fire stations would come under review if government plans for modernisation go ahead.

A large fire destroys thousands of pounds’ worth of wrapping and packaging for CHRISTMAS GIFTS at the warehouse of E.H.Caswell on The Aerodrome site off Watnall Road, Hucknall.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — a claim is made at a meeting of Bestwood Parish Council that nearly all the villagers would like to see 14 newly-installed traffic-calming HUMPS on Moor Road ripped out.

A case has not been made for a ban on the sale of FIREWORKS to the public, Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen is told by Melanie Jackson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Consumers and Markets.

‘Strong and improving’ are words used to describe Hucknall’s WHYBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL after an inspection by government education watchdogs.

PEOPLE — Hucknall couple LES and OLIVE HADMAN, who are celebrating their diamond wedding, recall that they had to obtain special permission to get married at the former Church of Christ on the town’s Watnall Road because the building was not licensed for weddings.

SPORT — Hucknall Town Football Club’s hunt for a top striker ends with the signing of their first-ever full international player, CLINT MARCELLE, who has won caps for Trinidad and Tobago.