BACKTRACKING: Take a trip into the past with the Dispatch

Welcome to our weekly trip down memory lane to see what happened this week 50, 25 and 10 years ago.


28h June 1963

HEADLINERS -- owing to the vigilance of a Hucknall police officer, two men who stole more than £300 worth of cigarettes from a shop in the town were traced to Staffordshire, a court hears.

Tenants of council houses on Bulwell Hall Estate send in a protest petition against Nottingham City Council’s RENT REBATE scheme.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a new Nottingham Co-operative Society supermarket opens at the former HIGHBURY CINEMA on Highbury Road, Bulwell.

A new outward-looking approach is needed to meet the needs of the new world of ‘VIOLENT CHANGES’, Dr F.R.Barry tells Hucknall parishioners in his farewell address as Bishop of Southwell.

Notts county councillors refuse to allow ARCHERY as a sports activity at schools in Hucknall and the rest of the county.

Members of the Communist Party hold a ‘Tories Must Go’ meeting at Hucknall Co-operative Hall.

Dispatch district miners say they are being overcharged for MILK in colliery canteens.

Bestwood Colliery ‘Black Diamonds’ Band win the trophy for the BEST BAND on parade at the miners’ gala at Berry Hill, Mansfield.

Leslie Caron gives an award-winning performance as a single mum-to-be in ‘The L-Shaped Room’, showing at Hucknall’s BYRON CINEMA.

SPORT -- Bulwell Cricket Club make their exit from the Notts Amateur League POPKESS CUP, losing by three wickets to City Police in an exciting match922.

25 years ago

24th June 1988

HEADLINERS -- Hucknall Conservative MP Andy Stewart says he has received hundreds of letters of complaint about British Coal’s attitude to mining SUBSIDENCE claims.

Three-year-old Lee Handley is nearly blinded by a steel pole when he falls from a ROCKING-HORSE on a playground in Bulwell..

Despite being partly disabled, Douglas Cantrill (38), of Hucknall, SAVES THE LIFE of a trapped woman motorist after her car ends upside down in a dyke. He is recommended for a special bravery award.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- tenants of BRADGATE COURT on Bulwell’s Crabtree Farm Estate come out strongly against plans by Nottingham City Council to sell off their homes.

Hundreds of people die every year in industrial accidents for which employers are often fined ‘PEANUTS’, claims Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen.

Ashfield District Council acts quickly after receiving complaints from a Hucknall woman about the WEED-RIDDEN state of an old railway line at the back of her home.

Demonstrations of SHEEP SHEARING, spinning and weaving are highlights of the Papplewick and Linby Churches’ summer fete.

A full-scale campaign is needed to oppose the government’s POLL TAX, says Bulwell councillor John Peck.

Members of Bulwell Spartans Corps host this year’s ROBIN HOOD youth band championships.

PEOPLE -- the wedding takes place at Hucknall Parish Church of JUNE BRAISBY and RICHARD GAASBEEK, who met in Canada.

SPORT -- Hucknall’s KEVIN COOPER is Nottinghamshire Cricket Club’s top wicket-taker despite still recovering from a broken leg he received while playing football.


27th June 2003

HEADLINERS -- a six-year-old boy has to be rushed to hospital by HELICOPTER after a life-threatening accident on a quad bike on the outskirts of Hucknall.

Under-age drinking triggers VANDALISM and anti-social behaviour among young people in Hucknall, claims the town’s police chief, Insp Sean Konsek.

A drunken Bulwell man landed himself in hot water when he climbed through a NEIGHBOUR’S bedroom window by mistake, Nottingham Crown Court hears.

A man claiming to be armed with a KNIFE grabs and indecently assaults a teenage girl as she walks through Bulwell.

Trains stop running on Hucknall, Bulwell and Newstead’s Robin Hood line after an ARSON ATTACK sparks the threat of an explosion.

A JUNGLE FAIR featuring trees and animals helps to brighten up a fun day at Sunshine Corner day nursery in Hucknall.

A new SUMMER HOUSE at Newstead Primary and Nursery Schools is given the names of Three Bears’ Home and The Woodcutter’s Cottage.

A new scheme to help homeless young people in Hucknall to find a BED FOR THE NIGHT holds its official opening ceremony.

COURT -- a judge says he is ‘appalled’ by a 16-year-old Bulwell youth’s ATTACK on an 83-year-old neighbour.

A woman’s 91st birthday celebration was ruined by a teenage DRUG ADDICT who burgled her home and ransacked it, Nottingham Crown Court is told.

SPORT -- athletics legend Colin Jackson heaps praise on Hucknall hurdler ANDY TURNER, who is aiming to follow in his footsteps.