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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard III will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers). Watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

A HUCKNALL HERO

The email was a complete surprise from a man called Jim Whitworth. He had found me via Herbert Buzzard court; the manager had kindly passed my address onwards. Years ago his parents had bought a needlework ‘tapestry’ done by Herbert Buzzard from a shop in Chester and would like to give it back to the family, if possible, or Hucknall if not. Could I help? Of course I could! I remembered Kay Burton had given a talk to History Group members about her grandfather Herbert Buzzard and contacted her. Kay was delighted because after messages back and forth from myself and Kay it seems the work will eventually come ‘home’ to Hucknall. When it does she is going to bring it to show members. A short summary of Herbert’s life follows.

Charles Herbert Buzzard was born in 1889. He served as a private in the 1st battalion Lancashire Fusiliers from 1914 – 1918 and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. “Charles Buzzard of Victoria Street, Hucknall, rescued a badly wounded comrade despite the fact that two men had been killed in previous attempts. For this and earlier single-handed capture of six Germans he was decorated for bravery in the field. The wounded man had lain for several hours in front of the German snipers. Private Buzzard got flat on the ground and after crawling up to him by inches, dragged him safely into the British lines, notwithstanding that German sharpshooters were popping at him all the time.” He was secretary of the British Legion for 21 years and Herbert Buzzard Court; originally accommodation for ex-serviceman and women was named after him. He worked at Players in Nottingham and after that went to the Legion to deal with the vast amount of work there. The present headquarters were largely acquired due to him. He died in 1947.

Acknowledgement to Kay for information about her grandfather.

Hot News – Hucknall Library is to re-open on 6th July. It means those of you who have been chafing at the bit to do some local research can go for the burn. Good luck.

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers) Watch this space!

I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

A TALE OF TWO BOTTLES

This story is about two bottles one found on a walk and another in a garden. The question was could I help with any information?

The first one looked like a pint sized bottle and had a circle on the outside – inside which was printed G. Walters, Dairyman, Hucknall. I had never heard of a Walters in this trade but looked through my directory copies dating back 150 years and eventually found a listing. The directories of 1925, 1928 and 1941 note G. Walters, Dairyman, at No.2 Carlingford Road. It seemed an unusual place for a dairy. Surprisingly I found nothing else so if you know any more about this business or are related to the family I would like to know.

The second bottle pint sized had Wyatt & Co., Brewers, Hucknall, Notts. embossed on the glass. Directories first mentioned this business in 1910 giving W. Whyatt & Co., Botanic Beer Manufacturers, 51, Co-operative Avenue. The census for 1911 tells us that William Whyatt with wife Millicent, sons Sydney and Percy and daughter Kate were all born Hucknall Torkard and lived at 51, Co-op. Ave. By 1925 Percy and Sydney were running the business as herbal brewers and this carries on up to my last directory copy in 1941. I was interested enough to search for this family in earlier years discovering that William Whyatt was a butcher in 1891 living with his family on Watnall Road. By 1901 William was a brewer living on Woollaton Street. Do any of you remember drinking these botanical beers? I did enjoy the Dandelion & Burdock but didn’t like the Horehound which was known in Hucknall lingo as ‘orahnd’. It did seem quite a change for the family from butchering to brewing. Can you tell members more about the family? Do you have any of these, or other, Hucknall bottles?

SOURCES:– Kelly’s and White’s Directories and census returns from findmypast online.

Isn’t it surprising though what you can discover from a small clue?

Digital News. The British Museum is showing a digital collection while the museum is closed. Check out britishmuseum.org/collection.

This information came from Frank Donald:-
Saturday 23rd May was the 80th anniversary of the evacuation of 20th Guards Brigade and supporting troops from Boulogne by the 19th Destroyer Flotilla. Ships taking part were HMS Keith (Captain D J Simson), HMS Whitshed (Commander E Conder), HMS Wild Swan, HMS Windsor, HMS Venetia, HMS Venomous, HMS Vimiera, and HMS Vimy (which was later adopted by Hucknall during Warships Week). Altogether 4500 troops were rescued under fire.

For further information please see:

http://vandwdestroyerassociation.org.uk/Operations/Boulogne.html and

www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/Buttercup.html

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers) Watch this space!

A PICK; A PICK; MY KINGDOM FOR A PICK?

Tony bought a pick which included the legend – Hucknall (Torkard) Mining Tool Manufacturing Co. Ltd. The question was by email – can you tell me anything about the company?

No Archives or libraries are open at present, neither are unnecessary journeys allowed. So – what can I find in my own archive of Hucknall Data? The earliest data found was in Kelly’s Directory of 1904 which gives information that it is located on Annesley Road and High Street; followed by the 1905 one which says 113, Annesley Road. By 1908 the company is down Wigwam Lane and this continues until the last directory record I have found, listing the company there, in 1936. It is possible that the trade directories didn’t print so regularly then as telephones and directories were used more often. (The company telephone number was 41) I thought to try the 1911 census hoping to find a company owner perhaps but problems arose due to the fact that there was no number 113. At 111, Annesley Road lived William Hayes age 61, blacksmith, with his family and at No. 115, lived Joseph Knighton age 35, coal miner, a hewer and his family. Why was there no No. 113? Was it an open space?

I am hoping that one of HU3A members can help if a family member worked for or even owned this company. It would be nice to have a name. Please contact me via the form below.

MOTHER JULIAN OF NORWICH

Years ago I discovered Mother Julian who lived from 1342 to approximately 1416 which covered the time of the Black Death. She was an anchorite devoting herself to prayer and wrote the earliest surviving book written by a woman called ‘Revelations of Divine Love’. One of her ‘sayings’ seems to be very apt for the present time of the Covid 19 virus. “All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well”. What do you think?

It was March 2020 …

The streets were empty, the shops closed, people couldn’t get out.

But spring did not know, and the flowers began to bloom, the sun shone, the birds sang, the swallows would soon arrive, the sky was blue, the morning arrived early.

It was March 2020 …

Young people had to study online, and find occupations at home, people could no longer go shopping, or go to the hairdresser. Soon there would be no more room in hospitals, and people continued to get sick.

But spring did not know, the time to go to the garden arrived, the grass greened.

It was March 2020 …

People have been put in lockdown. to protect grandparents, families and children. No more meetings or meals, family celebrations. The fear became real and the days were therefore similar.

But spring did not know, apples, cherry trees and others bloomed, the leaves grew.

People started reading, playing with their families, learning a language, singing on the balcony inviting neighbours to do the same, being supportive and focusing on other values.

People realized the importance of health, of suffering, of this world that had stopped, of the economy that has plummeted.

But spring didn’t know. the flowers gave way to the fruit, the birds made their nest, the swallows had arrived.

Then the day of liberation came, people found out on TV, the virus had lost, people took to the streets, sang, cried, kissed their neighbours, without masks or gloves.

And that’s when summer came, because spring didn’t know. He continued to be there despite everything, despite the virus, fear and death. Because spring didn’t know, he taught people the power of life.

Everything’s going to be fine, stay home, protect yourself, and enjoy life.

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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers) Watch this space!

SHAWLS & FALLS

I think most of you know that I was invited to speak to you after the April AGM when the title given was ‘Stories from in and around Hucknall’. I did ask if some of you would think of questions to help me decide what to talk about. Now – let me ask you a question- do you think Hucknall had a connection with Siberia – if so what?

A member did ask why orenburg shawls were made in Hucknall. Is orenburg a place I wondered? Checking the internet I discover that Orenburg is a Russian city, on the river Ural, on the boundary between Europe and Asia with a bridge connecting the two sides. It is close to the border with Kazakhstan in the south Siberian forest steppe. The city is famous for its Orenburg shawls of the thinnest lacy design knitted by hand and cobweb-like kerchiefs called pautinkas. Interesting facts – Yuri Gagarin – Cosmonaut was born there and it is twined with Orlando United States.

In the 1850s a hand knitted fall was brought to Hucknall from Shetland and the local framework knitters were asked if they could make something similar. Of course these skilful artisans were able to adapt their machines to this new type of work and Shetland shawls continued to be made here for 150 years. Then, about 1884, Henry Rhodes introduced the manufacture of Orenburg Shawls imitating the knitting of the peasant women in Western Russia. (Had he been to Russia?) “So fine is this work that a shawl measuring 2 yards square can be pulled through a finger ring”. Again Hucknall work people took up the challenge and altered machinery to create inimitable new textile designs.

Note:- In the Shetland Islands a ‘fall’ (see above) was a lacy veil to keep flies off babies faces.

SOURCES:- Internet for Orenburg; History of Hucknall Torkard by Beardsmore; Factories & Fabrics (Hucknall Textiles) by M. Newton

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All meeting are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July, August and December. Indoor meetings are held at the Central Methodist Church at 2.00 pm prompt.

It was interesting at the February meeting to hear what Cathy Mahmood had to say about the new project for Bulwell. She seemed to have crowds of members around her at the break so I think she had a good day.

18th March, 2020, is the visit to Richard lll Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30 am; Leave Leicester 4.00 pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 (ish) Cost £18. At Leicester Cathedral there will be a service from 12.45 to 1.45 pm if you wish to attend. Afterwards you will be able to do a self-guided tour with a booklet about the Cathedral. Could I suggest we wear our U3A badges which will enable them to know who we are as we tour the buildings. The coach is fully booked and we have a reserve list so, if it happens that you are unable to make it on the day, please let myself, Kath or Kathy know as soon as possible. Thank you.

The next meeting at Central Methodist is 15th April 2020 when Malcolm Darroch is coming to tell us about ‘When the Balloon Went Up’.

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