Milestones

The anniversary of Epworth Wesleyan Sunday School has been very successfully celebrated this week. The special preacher for the occasion was the Rev F Duffill, of Sale, Manchester, son of a former superintendent of this circuit and himself a returned missionary from Newfoundland. Preaching on Sunday morning and evening, Mr Duffill delivered two singularly appropriate and remarkably fine sermons and in the afternoon gave an address on ‘flowers’ which contained some beautiful lessons for the children. All the services were well attended and at night the Chapel was full.

75 YEARS AGO

February 19, 1937

An important step was taken on Wednesday towards a settlement of the dispute at Harworth Colliery, Notts, in connection with the two rival unions in that coalfield. The Executive of the Mineworkers’ Federation met in London for nearly six hours and passed the following resolution: ‘The Executive Committee of the Mineworkers’ Federation endorses the action of their officials in accepting the invitation of the Secretary of Mines to a joint meeting with the Notts Miners’ Industrial Union under his chairmanship and ‘Failing the commencement of negotiations for a settlement of the dispute, the officials arrange that a ballot vote of the coalfields be taken in accordance with the conference decision’.

50 YEARS AGO

February 23, 1962

A catastrophe for a church in a small community is how the Rector of Wroot the Rev H Speakman, speaks of damage which has been discovered at St Pancras Church following the recent gale.

The effects, he says, are considerable and serious.

Nearly 70 slates have been swept from the roof, exposing the timbers, and some of the diamond-shaped glass panes in the windows with their leads have been dislodged. Nearly all the fall pipes and guttering have been broken and the top of the tower has been partially stripped.

The Rector says that while repair work should be put in hand immediately, to preserve the building and avoid closure, the unfortunate fact is that the cost will far exceed the money now in the current expenses account.

He is making a personal appeal for assistance among friends outside the parish who may be interested in the situation but feels that the parishioners themselves will wish to do something to help to renovate their own church.

25 YEARS AGO

February 20, 1987

Vandalism at the Keadby County Primary School was putting back the time when the school could be used by the community. Giving a report to Keadby with Althorpe Parish council, school governor Coun Nigel Hainsworth said that there had been problems with the refuse system and external lights had been damaged by pellets.

Broken glass had been buried, the garden hut has been damaged beyond repair and tools have been stolen from the shed he reported. It was ruining opportunities of making open usage, community usage of the school, said Coun Hainsworth. Every act of vandalism was a setback.