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Review of 1931 – Quarter 1  – January to March

January 1932

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 01 January 1932

How 1931 Treated South Yorkshire,

A Local Review

Quarter 1  – January to March


2–Seventy-sixth annual meeting of Wath Mechanics Institute; presentation to Mr. Frank Palfreyman, retiring secretary, on removal to Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Bill promoted by South Yorkshire Colliery and By Product companies for the purchase and supply of gas throughout the area, deposited in Parliament.

9– Houghton Main disaster inquest: verdict of death by misadventure; jewellery made recommendations for increased safety in shot firing.

10– Shop at Goldthorpe gutted by fire.

19– Wombwell District Education’s subcommittee invited Ellis Trust to provide nursery school at Hemingfield.

20 – Bolton Urban Council abandon municipal Cricket owing to lack of public support.

24 – Pithead baths opened at Houghton Main by Mr E Shinwell, Ministry of Mines.

25 – Fire at Manor farm, Brampton Bierlow, the tenant, Mrs Martha Anne Downing, widow died from shock

27 – Mr Franklin, Mexborough, elected president, Rotherham Grocers and provision dealers Association.

28 – Governors of Wath Secondary School asked permission to rename the school, “Wath Grammar School.”


5 – Ministry of Health enquiry into Mexborough bar scheme: Council instructed to set out fresh scheme.

11 – Damage to substantial portion of Harlington Lane, Mexborough.

Conisbrough U.D.C. turn down suggested to absorb unemployed by establishing a seven hour day for Council workmen with reduction in wages.

17– An old man William Heeley, and three horses burned to death in fire Denaby Main stables and garage

25–Retirement of Miss K Whiteley after 30 years as head teacher at Garden Street School, Mexborough


2– First Public performance of Goldthorpe Operatic Society, “The Mikado.”

5– Presentation, at annual dinner of Wath Athletic Club, of seven trophies, three cricket, three tennis, one bowls.

12— Wath Joint Hospital Board adopted a resolution asking for amendment of Compensation Act to cover nurses in Isolation Hospitals

Presentation to Mr. Samuel Parker by St. Michael’s (Swinton) Church people, on conclusion of his charge of the church.

14 –Presentations to Mr. J. W. Fairhurst in appreciation of long service to Wesleyan Reform Church, Wombwell.

16— Action for personal damages suffered by William Bolton (9), Thurnscoe, against Hickleton Main  Colliery Company for alleged neglect to keep their railway sidings fenced, decided in favour of the. Company.

28—Institution of Rev. L. E. Meredith, M.A., vicar of Wath.

29—Over £1,000 damage by fire at premises of Conisborough Woodworking Company.

30— Fullerton Hospital reported almost clear of debt at annual meeting of governors and subscribers.

Mr. Hugh Leslie Watkinson, M.A., headmaster of Salt Boys’ High School, Shipley, appointed headmaster of Mexborough Secondary School.