Backtracking: Hucknall Dispatch headlines from May 1964

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HEADLINERS -- It is ‘quite frightening’ that the amount of traffic on Britain’s roads has DOUBLED in the last 10 years, says a police chief in a talk to Bulwell Chamber of Trade.

He claims that it would greatly ease the problem if more people travelled to work by BUS instead of in their cars.

Chamber secretary Frank Baines says no vehicles weighing more than five tons should be allowed on the roads, which had not been made for these MONSTERS.

Hucknall Labour MP William Whitlock is ‘very disappointed’ that the Ministry of Transport has recommended the speed limit being increased from 30mph to 40mph on WIGHAY ROAD and part of Annesley Road, where the highway is built up only on one side.

He shares the view of residents that this measure could increase a risk of ACCIDENTS.

Mr Whitlock says the death rate through BRONCHITIS among miners’ wives is higher than among their husbands -- and a likely reason is that many live near colliery tips.

Meanwhile, a letter-writer to the Dispatch says: “I see they are selling AIR from the Scottish Highlands at so much a tin.

“I am thinking of starting a factory at the foot of the LINBY COLLIERY TIP. I can guarantee acute bonchitis for the price of 10 tins!”

An inquest is opened on a 21-year-old Bulwell woman who DIED a fortnight after injuring her spine in a road accident.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a Papplewick man who was managing director of a Nottingham firm of cardboard-box makers is reported to have left £65,946 in his WILL.

In a talk to Papplewick and Linby Village Institute women’s section, Nottingham archivist William Sergeant tells of a servant to LORD BYRON who stole four pairs of black stockings and was transported to Australia for seven years.

In those days, poor and orphan CHILDREN in the district were apprenticed out for people to look after them, says the speaker.

At another meeting of the same group, a demonstation of making SOFT DOLLS is given by Mrs M.McKenzie.

The present-day criticism of YOUTH is not new, says Ray Collins, secretary of Nottingham YMCA, in a talk to Bulwell and Basford Rotary Club.

He points out that 500 years before Christ was born, the philosopher SOCRATES was describing young children as ill-mannered, thoughtless and disobedient, and he was despairing for the future of the world.

Through the Dispatch, a ‘grateful parent’ thanks the police for the way they controlled traffic at a ST GEORGE’S DAY parade in Hucknall.

The parent says: “Many of Hucknall’s roads are bad places to cross at the best of times but thanks to the way the crossing points were CONTROLLED, the parade was enjoyed by all.”

An advert in the Dispatch says all young people under 14 are welcome to attend a GAMES CENTRE at Annie Holgate Secondary School, Hucknall.

NAMES -- a special peal of bells is rung at St Mary’s Church, Bulwell, to mark the completion of 20 years as rector by Canon GEORGE SPRITTLES.

The commemoration comes just two weeks after Canon Sprittles was married to DORIS STONE, of St Albans Road, Arnold.

Mr F.G. HEMINGTON completes 28 years as churchwarden at St John’s Church, Bulwell.

Well-known as district agent for the Prudential insurance company, THOMAS TITMAN, of William Street, Hucknall, dies after a six-month illness.

Another heat winner in a Hucknall Round Table competition for a Carnival Queen is Miss E.BEAUMONT, a 20-year-old bank clerk, of Annesley Road.

A photo in the Dispatch shows her sporting the type of BOUFFANT hairstyle popular at this time.

A ceremony for handing over the key of the 2,000th council house to be built by Hucknall Urban Council is of special interest for one onlooker, Coun HAROLD CALLADINE.

It was Mr Calladine’s father, the late W.J.CALLADINE, who laid the foundation stone of the first council house in the town.

This was on WATNALL ROAD, adjoining St Peter’s Church, and it was erected shortly after World War One.

SYDNEY GODFREY and his wife, who have been staunch members of Bulwell Baptist Church since they first met at a Bible class there, celebrate their golden wedding.

A patriotic touch is that they were married at the church on ST GEORGE’S DAY, 1914.

Mrs D.BROWN, of Broxtowe Drive, Hucknall, is chosen to represent Newstead Colliery in the Coal Queen competition at the Notts Miners’ annual demonstration.

A young Bulwell housewife, GLENYS MORTON, of Keys Street, proves a popular contestant on the TV quiz programme, ‘Take Your Pick’, presented by Michael Miles.

She aims to win a motor scooter for her husband, DEREK, but has to be content with a booby prize of a bunch of old sticks.

COURT -- a 27-year-old Hucknall miner is accused of assaulting a police SERGEANT who was questioning him about another violent incident.

He is alleged to have hit the officer on the nose, knocking his helmet off and BLINDING him for a time.

To get money to pay his board, a Bulwell youth burgled a house with a KEY he found under the doormat, Notts Quarter Sessions is told.

Visiting a neighbour’s house, a Newstead housewife found no-one in and the door UNLOCKED, another court hears.

She went in and, acting on impulse, she took a £5 NOTE which she saw on the mantelpiece, it is alleged.

SPORT -- one of the boots worn by former England footballer BILLY WRIGHT in his 100th international becomes a trophy in an annual five-a-side competition at William Olds Boys’ Club, Bestwood Park Estate.