Marconigrams – December 05th, 1942

December 1942

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 05 December 1942


A two days’ fair organised by Wath W.V.S. realised £200 for the Red Cross.

A war-time nursery for the children of mothers engaged on war work was opened at Swinton on Monday.

The death occurred on Friday at his home at Elsecar of Mr. Watson Wrightson, well known as schoolmaster and sportsman in the Hoyland district. He was in his 83rd year.

More than 350,000 railway workers in England and Wales have now contributed £166,749 to the Red Cross Penny-a-Week Fund. Some 300.000 miners have contributed £135,519. #h

There is a great demand, which is ever-growing, on local hospital services. Extensions at the Barnsley Beckett Hospital and the Montagu Hospital at Mexborough are foreshadowed.

For wasting bread a Bolton-on- Dearne woman was fined £2 at Doncaster on Saturday. It was stated that 19 ounces of bread was found near the dustbin and Mrs. Baxter admitted she had thrown the bread there for the pigs.

High hopes are entertained that by the week-end the supplementary supply of Sheffield and Rotherham water via Rawmarsh will be available for Swinton and that the anxieties of the harassed householders will then be at an end—we hope for ever.

Captain Wilfrid Leggott, headmaster of Goldthorpe Junior Boys School and Commander of the Mexborough Sub-Division of the West Riding Constabulary, collapsed and died within a few minutes while attending a dance at Goldthorpe late last Thursday night. He was 59.

The trustees of the Oxford Road Church at Mexborough, recently destroyed by fire are appealing to the public for financial help to enable them to rebuild the church in a manner worthy of its past 92 years history as an Independent Church. We hope the appeal will find a prompt and generous response.

The numerous friends throughout the district of Mr. and Mrs. R. Dayson, Church Street, Mexborough, will learn with regret of the illness of Mrs. Dayson, who is .entering the Royal Hospital at Sheffield to-day to undergo an operation. We hope soon to see her completely restored to health and strength. Mrs. Dawn has done a large amount of charitable work, as a local representative of the Soldiers and Sailors Families Association. Her husband, Mr. R. Dayson, is well known as the Mexborough manager of the National Provincial Bank, treasurer of the Montagu Hospital and also of many other charitable organisations.

The women workers at Messrs. J. Baker and Bessemer, Ltd., have contributed this week £180 to the funds of the Montagu Hospital.

An appeal has been made for seasonable cheer, or donations with which to provide it, for the patients who will spend Christmas in Mexborough Montagu Hospital.

Civilians killed in the two heavy air raids on Sheffield on December 12th and 16th, 1940, numbered 624. Three hundred German bombers are said to have taken part in the raids.

At Mexborough Parish Church Gift Day on Saturday, which realised £238 with more to come in, the youngest donor was aged ten months and the oldest aged 88 years.

“It is still good manners, and will probably long continue to be good manners for women and girls to wear hats in church.”—From an article in Wath-on-Dearne Parish Magazine.

Mrs. Skipworth, of Loversall Hall opened on Thursday at the Empress Ballroom, Mexborough, a sale of work on behalf of the Red Cross Fund. There was a crowded attendance.

Next Thursday afternoon the Ladies’ Committee of the Montagu Hospital, Mexborough, will hold their Silver Tree effort. The host and hostess will be Mr. and Mrs. le Brun, of Thurnscoe.

A defendant fined at Barnsley on Wednesday for using an unscreened hand torch, was stated to have said when challenged by a police constable—” It should be all right. Our head warden made it.”

At a special meeting of the Dearne Urban District Council held to consider the question of re-organisation of local government, it was resolved that ” a more up-to-date system Is absolutely necessary on the lines of regionalisation.”

Mr. A. Laycock. Secretary-Superintendent of the Montagu Hospital has issued to ex-patients only an attractive Christmas stocking with an appeal to them to remember the 110 residents who will be compelled to spend Christmas in the wards of the Hospital. “Will you help to make their stay a little happier by hanging up the stocking or passing it round your table at Christmas Day dinner.” Mr. Laycock reminds us that friends other than ex-patients may have a stocking if they so desire and make application to him.