Mexborough and Swinton Times March 6, 1896
Notes from Conisborough
Bravo! Mr Chambers. Hearty congratulations to you, for the manner in which your brought forward the footpath question at Denaby Main. It is high time something was done. The roads and the footpath about Conisborough are in a wretched state of repair.
Depopulation on the Denaby Road is 4,252, but that does not represent the traffic that passes along the footpath. There are 1500 employees at the colliery, who have to pass on that road twice a day, to get to and from work, besides perhaps 1000 men who pass both ways to other works not on the road.
Mr Chambers told the District Council that “if they wished to retain such populous places as Conisborough, which contributed largely to the common fund, and keep them from having separate councils of their own, such matters of urgent necessity as that should receive consideration.”
Mr Norwood, the representative of Conisborough on the district council endorsed all that Mr Chambers said.
Conisborough is a progressive place, and there should be a progressive policy pursue with regard to it. Two years ago a curb stone was putdown and a footpath was made of road scrapings. In wet weather this newly met footpath of road scrapings was over the boot tops in mud. The road is much better than the footpath, and many people prefer to walk there.
The youths of Conisborough and Denaby are no doubt mischievous, but I don’t think they will pull up asphalt when once it is put down. There are a good many kind of asphalting, but for a footpath, it should be of the best quality, and it will last the longest.
Mr Norwood must keep his eye on the Conisborough roads and footpaths, and report to the District Council. Conisborough must not be left out in the cold.
As you were informed last Sunday was the Infirmary Sunday, and that collections were made at the Parish Church on behalf of the hospitals. The special club service in the afternoon was a great success. Every thing had been done by the Vicar to make the service bright, attractive, devotional and impressive. The choir was present, and in addition to the organ, there was a string band of 12 performers, which greatly added to the musical success of the service. The Vicar gave one of his sterling addresses, which quite riveted the attention of the large congregation present.
There was not many members of the club’s present, as they should have been, but it was a grand sight see so many men present in church, who had assembled there with the one common object of helping their brethren, who were lying in the hospital.
The first general meeting of the Church Institute was a great success. Mr Walker was unanimously re-elected president. The sec’s report was good. There are already 80 members, an evidence that the Institute has been a long felt want.