BACKTRACKING - Taking a trip down Memory Lane


January 24 2003

HEADLINERS - shocking figures reveal that hundreds of pensioners in Hucknall and Bulwell are thought to be living in POVERTY. They are said to be not eating properly and cutting back on heating to save money.

More than 150 passengers escape injury when a TRAIN travelling on the Robin Hood line ploughs into a dustbin lorry near Newstead and Annesley.

Hucknall police chief Insp SIMON NICKLESS quits the town after only 10 months in the job. He has been promoted to chief inspector and is to become head of Nottinghamshire Police’s performance review and inspection team.

Council-tax payers in Bulwell face a staggering rise that is THREE times the rate of inflation.

A security guard is attacked during an ARMED ROBBERY at the Highbury Road post office in Bulwell.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- preparations are made for the official opening of the new £2.4 million state-of-the-art JUBILEE COURT home for the elderly, which has been built on the campus of Hucknall’s Holgate Comprehensive School.

Two pet GOATS are stolen from an allotment in Bulwell and the 12-year-old boy who owns them is left heartbroken.

The seemingly doomed WILL SCARLET pub on Watnall Road, Hucknall is given an 11th-hour stay of execution when Ashfield councillors defer their decision on a plan for the site to be redeveloped.

The Bulwell BOGS recreation area near the River Leen is set for a £95,000 upgrade, Nottingham City Council announces.

Outraged residents hit out at the ‘heartless’ way a young Hucknall mum was EVICTED from her council home.

Hucknall Orthopaedic Clinic on Derbyshire Lane celebrates 75 YEARS of nursing local people back to health.

Hucknall local history bursar Maureen Newton reveals that the town lost the TORKARD from its former name because postmen got confused with Hucknall Huthwaite, just 10 miles away.

COURT -- items stolen in a ROBBERY were found four hours later at the home a Bulwell mother-of-three, Nottingham Magistrates Court hears.

SPORT -- Hucknall Town Football Club boss Phil Starbuck remains tight-lipped about a controversial decision to scrap the club’s RESERVE TEAM.


January 22 1963

HEADLINERS -- a decision by Ashfield District Council’s refuse collection department not to take EXTRA RUBBISH during the Christmas and New Year holiday brings hundreds of complaints from Hucknall householders.

After 25 years in the town, Canon DAVID WILLIAMS announces that he is to retire at the end of July.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a plan for Hucknall to have AUTOMATIC TOILETS would mean users having to spend 10p instead of just the proverbial penny.

The new chairman of Hucknall Council of Churches, the Rev Gareth Jones, calls for a new sense of CONFIDENCE among the local churches to continue.

Hucknall Conservative MP Andy Stewart says he will be voting for a controversial ABORTION BILL, which plans to cut the upper limit for abortions from 28 to 18 weeks of pregnancy.

For the first time in Linby’s history, the parish council is to levy more than the traditional PENNY RATE. Village ratepayers must now find 1.7p in the £.

A plan for a HOT FOOD takeaway on Portland Road, Hucknall is turned down by Ashfield councillors after 230 people sign a petition against the proposal.

PEOPLE -- Hucknall nursing cadets GAIL SCOTHERN and REBECCA WILLIAMS are invited for tea at Buckingham Palace as guests of Princess Anne.

COURT -- a Hucknall man lost his temper and ATTACKED a 17-year-old youth he claimed had made an insulting remark about his girlfriend, Nottingham Shire Hall magistrates hear.

A Bulwell Hall Estate man committed two burglaries and an assault on his wife because he was going through a BAD PERIOD and suffering from depression, another court is told.

SPORT -- Hucknall Town Football Club manager Ted Mullane is punched in the face and KNOCKED OUT while playing for the Chequers Inn team in a Sunday morning match.


January 25 1963

HEADLINERS -- a start could be made “in a few years’ time” on plans for redevelopment of Hucknall town centre, including a new INNER BYPASS, Hucknall Urban Council is told. The scheme has been phased over 15 years and will cost more than £1 million.

A Linby building surveyor has an amazing escape from serious injury when his car OVERTURNS after hitting snow piled up on a roadside.

The go-ahead is given for 252 new HOMES to be built in the Butlers Hill area of Hucknall after extensive slum clearance.

Bulwell Chamber of Trade strongly denies that it is helping to finance one of its leading members who is standing as a Liberal candidate in the forthcoming Nottingham City Council ELECTIONS.

A prolonged WINTRY SPELL has cost Hucknall Council £1,100 in labour and materials to keep the town’s roads free and safe for traffic, it is reported. Since Christmas, 70 tons of salt and 300 tons of grit have been used.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- a shining new Austin A35 VAN is presented to Hucknall Women’s Voluntary Service for its ‘Meals On Wheels’ scheme.

Bulwell Methodist Youth Club launches an initiative to raise £100 towards a TRACTORS FOR THE HUNGRY scheme, sponsored by the International Aid organisation.

A powerful story of love and rebellion, set in Ancient Rome, ‘Spartacus’ is showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

PEOPLE -- a memorial service is held for the late SAMUEL SPENCER, who was a member of Bulwell Salvation Army Band for 50 years.

COURT -- a New Year’s Eve celebration leads to a 25-year-old Hucknall man being fined £20 for driving while under the influence of DRINK.

SPORT -- centre-forward Page scores FIVE goals for Bestwood Colliery football team in their runaway 6-1 victory over local rivals Bulwell Forest Villa in the Notts Alliance’s first division.