Memory Lane

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


June 23 1961

HEADLINERS — a deputation of four women from Brookside, Hucknall meet with the housing committee of the town’s council to complain about the state of the BROOK running along the middle of their street. They claim that although the brook was intended as a thing of beauty, it has become a health risk because of rubbish-dumping.

The council’s planning committee turns down a proposal for an ICE-CREAM factory off Nottingham Road, Hucknall.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — an improvement scheme for Papplewick Lane, Hucknall, which includes new LAMP COLUMNS, is now nearing completion, it is reported at a meeting of the town’s council.

Elvis Presley sings no fewer than ten songs in his latest movie, ‘G.I.Blues’, showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

PEOPLE — the Dean of Westminster, the VERY REV ERIC ABBOTT, visits Hucknall to give a talk on vocation at the Church Hall on Ogle Street.

COURT — an 18-year-old miner at Bestwood Colliery who wanted a BIKE to travel to work from his home in Arnold stole one from the pit’s cycle-rack, Nottingham Shire Hall Magistrates Court is told.

Three men who are alleged to have broken into derelict houses in the Butlers Hill area of Hucknall to steal LEAD PIPING are sent for trial.

SPORT — at the age of only 13, STEWART BURROWS, a nephew of Notts CCC fast bowler John Cotton, takes two wickets for no runs from only four balls to help Newstead Colliery’s second team to a 13-run victory over Ilkeston Holy Trinity.


June 20 1986

HEADLINERS — Welsh miner’s wife Joy Watson, of Hucknall, claims at an employment tribunal that she was ‘SENT TO COVENTRY’ over her refusal to join the Transport and General Workers Union branch at the Sketchley factory in Basford, where she was employed as a folder.

Police investigate a robbery at the St Albans Road post office in Bulwell where one of the two raiders was armed with a double-barrelled SHOTGUN.

In an unprovoked ATTACK on two other men, a 23-year-old Bulwell man knocked both of them out, it is alleged at Nottingham Magistrates Court. One of the victims is said to have suffered a broken jaw.

A new GATE at Bestwood Village’s Hawthorne Primary School does not put children at risk of accidents, insists head teacher Alan Parr. Parish councillors say the gate is hidden by a hedge from passing motorists.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — the swimming water at Hucknall Baths is of such good quality that it is “LIKE CHAMPAGNE”, claims Ashfield District Council’s chief recreation officer, Alex Newton.

Twenty-two members of the 1st Hucknall (St John’s Church) Scouts and Cubs take part in a sponsored WHEELIE-BIN push through the town centre.

On a visit to Bulwell, former residents Colleen and John Powell, now living in California, say they are very impressed by how the TOWN CENTRE has been redeveloped.

COURT — in a weekend of violence at his Hucknall home, a 28-year-old miner ASSAULTED his wife and a police officer and wrecked furniture, Nottingham Shire Hall Magistrates Court is told.

SPORT — Bob Finch hits a CENTURY and Derek Radford poaches six wickets as Bulwell Cricket Club romp to a Notts Amateur League, Premier Division victory over local rivals Hucknall Rolls-Royce, who are shot out for just 57.


June 22 2001

HEADLINERS — the neglected former Hucknall ‘TOP PIT’ site on Watnall Road, Hucknall, which has stood barren for more than 30 years, is to breathe again thanks to a £750,000 cash injection for new industrial units from landowners Bolsover Properties and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

Residents of Cinderhill Road, Bulwell, claim they are living next to a “DUMPING-GROUND FROM HELL” at the back of their homes, with burnt-out cars, a wrecked lorry and a big stack of old tyres.

The Phoenix Leisure and Social Club on Watnall Road, Hucknall, which has been closed for for nine months after going bust, is severely gutted by FIRE.

The £3.5 million project for an INNER BYPASS in Hucknall town centre and part-pedestrianisation of High Street moves a step closer when Notts county councillors give the go-ahead in principle.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE — plans for trains to run every half-hour on Hucknall, Bulwell and Newstead’s ROBIN HOOD LINE, which would help to end the torment of passengers being crammed into overcrowded trains, are announced by Notts County Council.

Ashfield councillors give their blessing for a state-of-the-art OLD PEOPLE’S HOME to be built on the campus of Hucknall’s Holgate Comprehensive School.

PEOPLE — Papplewick super-cook SUE PATTERSON becomes the Midlands regional champion of TV’s ‘Masterchef’’ The popular BBC2 programme is hosted by Gary Rhodes, who took over the role from Loyd Grossman.

Fresh air, long walks and friendships are identified as the key to longevity as three Bulwell sisters all reach their 90s. They are MIRIAM, ELIZABETH and ELLEN HODGES, aged 94, 93 and 90 respectrively.

SPORT — former Hucknall Town Football Club favourite PHIL TOWLE is drafted in to help rescue the flagging fortunes of the town’s number-two club, Hucknall Rolls, whose entire committee has resigned.