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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. At present I am not sure when indoor meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I decided to re- schedule the visits due in 2020 to 2021 which means Richard lll is set for March 17th 2021 – and remember money already paid for the trip is safe in the U3A bank. Please cross fingers, toes and anything else you can – that the visits will go ahead. Doddington Hall will be on 16th June. I am still waiting for Sharpes Pottery to reply. I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

No-one came back to me objecting or otherwise when I mentioned re-booking the speakers from this year for 2021 which means I will go ahead. (See booking list) However at present I feel booking a speaker for February is still a bit iffy so if we can meet I will think of something history based we can do to entertain ourselves.

I went to a day school years ago about writing articles. The tutor told us if using a computer “Never rely on the spell checker picking up miss-spelled or wrong words”. The following poem is (I think) interesting; what do you think?

Eye have a spelling chequer
Witch came with my pea sea
It plainly marques for my revue
Miss steaks I kin knot sea
I strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it to say
Weather eye am wrong oar write –
It shows me strait a weigh
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee four to long
And I kin put the error rite –
It’s rare lea ever wrong
Eye have run this poem threw it;
I am shore your pleased two no
It’s letter perfect awl the weigh –
My chequer tolled me sew.

How many corrections can you find? This poem went through my computer without showing any red lines.

Happy new and better year to all members. T.T.F.N. & God bless from Maureen

2021 HUCKNALL & DISTRICT U3A HISTORY GROUP

Meeting dates 3rd Wednesday of the month except July August & December. Venue for Indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church. Time 2.00pm prompt. This year early meetings do depend on the Covid situation, government tiers and vaccines. All dates have been booked.

January 20th 2021 ?????

February 17th 2021 Members Meeting. ?????

March 17th 2021 Visit to Richard lll Centre & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am; Leave Leices. 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £18 If this visit does not happen I will try to re-arrange it later in the year. July or August or November. Alternatively we may have an indoor meeting????

April 21st 2021 Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about ‘When the Balloon went up’.

May 19th 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (Kieran Lee) coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

June 16th 2021 Visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30 am: Leave Doddington 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £20 – Price cut to the bone.

July and August – holidays.

September 15th 2021 Robert Mee is coming to talk to us on Bradshaws and an early railway Tour. (He says it is the famous railway timetable and a mystery tour.)

October 20th 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11. I am still awaiting confirmation from the museum and will book a visit elsewhere if there is a problem.

November 17th 2021 Members Meeting – Christmas theme.

December 15th 2021 No meeting. Close to Xmas.

I will photocopy this list for the ‘first’ meeting we can attend.

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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. At present I am not sure when indoor meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I decided to re- schedule the visits due in 2020 to 2021 which means Richard lll is set for March 17th, 2021 – and remember money already paid for the trip is safe in the U3A bank. Please cross fingers, toes and anything else you can – that the visits will go ahead. Doddington Hall will be on 16th June. I am still waiting for Sharpes Pottery to reply. I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

No-one came back to me objecting or otherwise when I mentioned re-booking the speakers from this year for 2021 which means I will go ahead. However at present I feel booking for January and February is a bit iffy so if we can meet I will think of something history-based we can do to entertain ourselves. I have heard nothing about the idea for a book – Hucknall A – Z either and there have been no comments from anyone who has; or is; considering writing about their own history. I have nudged my brother to make an effort so it will be interesting to compare his memories with my own.

A while ago, I wrote about some bottles which had been found. Brenda Morris contacted me recently telling me what she knew about them. Brenda used to live on Albert Street and remembered the Walters dairymen bringing milk; she thinks at first with a horse and cart. Later they used a motorbike with not a sidecar, but a box on wheels attached, containing churns of milk. Customers went from their homes with a jug or container to the vehicle where long handled measures were used to dip into the churn and pour into the receptacle. This reminded me of Buckleys ice cream van coming round on Sunday afternoon and rushing out with a basin to be filled with ice cream to go with the tinned fruit for Sunday tea. Brenda also remembered playing with friends on Co-op Avenue. If they felt thirsty they knocked on the door of Mrs. Whyatt for a bottle of pop and she went to the ‘factory’ to fetch a bottle for the children. Would you like to bring any bottles you have to our first indoor meeting and I will bring mine? (Empty would be best? – or perhaps not!)

A member of the Catchpole family who lives away has contacted me asking for information. Catchpoles were in business as butchers on Annesley Road. One on the corner of Brook Street as a pork butcher and another general butchers shop. Can anyone remember them?

I have just realised that we will not have another U3A Newsletter before Christmas so I would like to wish every U3A member a happy, healthy and safe festive season hoping Santa brings us all a vaccine jab soon.

T.T.F.N. and God bless from Maureen

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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 2.00 pm. At present I am not sure when indoor meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I decided to re- schedule the visits due in 2020 to 2021 which means Richard lll is set for March 17th, 2021 – and remember money already paid for the trip is safe in the U3A bank. Please cross fingers, toes and anything else you can – that the visits will go ahead. Doddington Hall will be on 16th June. I am still waiting for Sharpes Pottery to reply. I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

While I am thinking ahead would you like me to re-book the speakers from last year for 2021?

It is fairly recently that academics have considered the history of ordinary people and families worthwhile and have discovered how important this can be especially when they are researching more recent times. This is often called ‘living history’ which can date back 150 years or more. I noticed that the main U3A have suggested a few things to consider we do during the wait for a vaccine and one of them is to write about your own history. Have you tried? I have written what I remember up to being a teenager so far. If you have a piece of paper nearby you can jot down a word or two as reminders, when you think of them, as you wash up, cook meals or watch TV. Then write up a better record a little later. If there are memories from your parents or grandparents to include that is even better.

Something else which has come to mind when a friend in Forest Town U3A gave me a nudge is a new book/leaflet for Hucknall. They have done an A – Z book. Could this be an idea for an A – Z for Hucknall? Your thoughts would be very welcome. Any suggestions/ideas for a letter would be great and you would not have to be a member of the History Group.

No-one came forward last time with any news about ‘Hucknall’ bottles they own. I will bring those I have to the first indoor meeting.

Shall I say ‘Ask Me Another?’ If you have any questions I am happy to try helping by searching my own archive of memorabilia, photographs or records of Hucknall.

T.T.F.N. Maureen

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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. At present I am not sure when meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

No-one came back to me with information about the football teams or all the goal scorers from last time. I thought that maybe a couple of readers would recognise sport playing family members.

I have acquired some of the books written by Eric Horriben “Hucknall: Of Lowly Birth and Iron Fortune”. If you would like one you can email me through the Hucknall U3A website form below and we will arrange a socially distanced handover for £3. The cost if you would like one by post will be £5.

Eric was born in Hucknall in 1917 on Lambert Hill beside Spring Street School and was the son and grandson of coal miners. He was educated at Spring Street and Beardall Street Schools before going on to higher education with a scholarship to Henry Mellish School in Bulwell. In 1940 he married Kathleen Parr and the couple made their home on Winchester Street, Sherwood. Most local people knew him as Rates Officer in the local council offices for Hucknall UDC on Watnall Road. More than six years war service in the Devonshire Regiment fostered his interest in local history and maybe the idea of a book was probably born in a Toc H Canteen in India when the author was told of ‘a little place near Nottingham’. Later he decided to do a Local History course at Nottingham University and his lovely book came eventually from the thesis for the course. Other interests included walking, youth work, being a local preacher and part-time lecturing for the WEA. Eric became chairman of Hucknall Heritage Society when it began in 1984 and continued for many years. He died some years ago now but we should be grateful that much of his work remains for us to enjoy today. I remember him especially for his kindness and encouragement to beginners like myself as I began looking seriously at Hucknall’s history.

A TALE OF TWO BOTTLES

(A query during lockdown)

This tale 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 for milk with a white 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 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. This residential street 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, also 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. Avenue. By 1925 Percy and Sydney were running the business as herbal brewers and this carries on up to a directory mention 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 readers 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 readers more about the family? Do you have any of these, or any other, Hucknall bottles?

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

Shall I say ‘Ask Me Another?’ If you have any questions I am happy to try helping by searching my own archive of memorabilia, photographs or records of Hucknall.

T.T.F.N. Maureen

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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 2pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. At present I am not sure when meetings will restart – but – watch this space! I look forward to seeing everyone but in the meantime please take care and stay safe.

HUCKNALL GOAL SCORERS

The Dispatch kept a list of goal scorers for Hucknall football teams. I didn’t realise how many teams were playing then – did you? These are for December 1920 one hundred years ago. Are any of them family members or people you knew? Please let me know.

Name – Team – Goal

W. Worrall – George Street – 11
Ellis – Byron – 10
G. Williams – Primitives – 10
W. Burton – Hucknall Town – 8
G. Hopkinson – Byron Villa – 7
Goddard – Byron – 7
Calladine – Adult School – 7
Breadon – Olympic – 7
L. Bailey – Primitives – 7
Otterwell – George Street – 6
L. Taylor – Mission Reserve – 6
Hayes – George Street – 5
Dolman – Byron – 5
Bell – Discharged Soldiers – 5
L. Latham – Mission Reserve – 5
J. Griffin – Byron Villa – 4
S. Braybrook – Hucknall Town – 4
J. Chamberlain – Byron Villa – 4
W. Knight – Adult School – 4
Tyler – Linby Colliery – 4
T. Peck – Adult School Reserve – 3
L. Braisby – George Street – 3
H. Worrall – George Street – 3
Kiddy – Discharged Soldiers 3
A. Bird – Byron Villa – 3
Somerfield – Olympic – 3
T. Hallam – Primitives – 3
Hayes – Discharged Soldiers – 2
L. Nathan – Adult School Reserves – 2
Latham – Mission Reserve – 2
Nathan – Byron – 2
Sutton – Byron – 2
Hunt – Adult School – 2
G. Smith – Linby Colliery – 2
W. Smith – Linby Colliery – 2
Savage – Adult School – 2
Bramley – Olympic – 2
Dennis – Olympic – 2
J. T. Guest – Hucknall Town – 2
S. Granger – Hucknall Town – 2
Tasker – Adult School – 2
G. Fletcher – Byron Villa – 2
A. West – Byron Villa – 2
G. Thornley – Byron Villa – 2
E. Stevenson – Primitives – 2
Mabbot – Byron – 1
Wren – Discharged Soldiers – 1
Priestley – Discharged Soldiers – 1
Thornley – Adult School – 1
Feebury – Linby Colliery – 1
Edwards – Olympic – 1
A. Rawson – Byron – 1
W. Wright – Adult School – 1
E. Johnson – Byron Reserve – 1
H. Smith – Byron Reserve – 1
F. Raynor – Mission Reserve – 1
E. Taylor – Mission Reserve – 1
Jennings – Byron – 1
Godson – George Street – 1
L. Braisby – Olympic – 1
F. Bramley – Olympic – 1
Chamberlain – Olympic – 1
W. Shaw – Adult School – 1
W. Bond – Linby Colliery – 1
A. Swain – Linby Colliery – 1
G. Reeves – Linby Colliery – 1
A. Elliott – Mission Reserve – 1
Les. Allen – Mission Reserve – 1
H. Brearley – Mission Reserve – 1
L. Shelton – Adult School Reserve – 1
Wilkins – Linby Colliery – 1
Belcher – Adult School – 1
Lawson – Olympic – 1
J. Dexter – Primitives – 1
J. Fellows – Primitives – 1
H. Pegg – Primitives – 1

SOURCE:- Hucknall Dispatch 30th Dec. 1920

T.T.F.N. Maureen Newton

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