Marconigrams – November 21st, 1942

November 1942

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 21 November 1942


Swinton’s new curate, the Rev. F. Smedley, arrived in the town yesterday (Thursday).

Earl Fitzwilliam has addressed a message of congratulation to his mine managers and workmen on their successful efforts to secure a greater output of coal.

Mrs. L. S. Hunter, wife of the Bishop of Sheffield, spoke to members of Wath Deanery Chapter at Wombwell on Tuesday on the Women’s Diocesan Fund.

A proposal has been made by the Yorkshire Miners that 3d a ton be added to the price of coal to lay the foundation for a pension fund for miners affected by the closing of coal mines.

Mr. Colin Clarkson, of Wombwell, who before the war had studied art for several years at the Slade School, London, has been promoted Lieutenant in the Army in which he is serving in India.

The turning off of the water supply between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. at Mexborough has resulted in a reduction of the average daily consumption of water from 342,000 gallons to 303,600 gallons.

After two weeks of operation under the recent restriction known as ” the 9 p.m. curfew ” the Regional Transport Commissioner (Major F. S. Eastwood) is in a position to assess the economies which are resulting from restricted Sunday services and the nine o’clock last journeys throughout the week. In the North-Eastern Region (the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire), the restrictions are resulting in a saving of 125,000 miles a week—six and a half million miles a year, which shows a saving of 25,000 gallons of petrol a week — one million, three hundred thousand gallons a year. Equally vital is the reduction of wear and tear of vehicles, the saving of engine and lubricating oils, and the immense saving of rubber.

Women are not to be asked to undertake fire watching duties so long as there are men available.

A fair has put in an appearance at Darfield, the first to visit the town, as far as can be recalled, for some twenty years.

Collieries are to be required to employ supports economy officers to prevent waste of supports and to organise salvage of wood and steel.

A Christmas treat is being arranged at Mexborough for the children of men in H.M. Forces who have taken part in the recent victory in the Battle of Egypt.

The Board of Management of the Mexborough Montagu Hospital have appointed a committee to go into the question of post-war extensions at the Hospital.

Arrangements are being made for Professor John Hilton to address a public meeting on the subject of the war effort at the Futurist Hall, Wombwell, on Wednesday, December 16th.

Many young children heard the sound of church belle for the first time in their lives on Sunday morning when peals were rung to celebrate the great victory in the Battle of Egypt.

County Councillor John Potts, of Great Houghton, was on Tuesday presented with a walking stick by members and officials of Hemsworth Rural Council to mark his thirty years’ unbroken membership of the Council.

The Montagu Hospital at Mexborough has benefited this week by the receipt of £208 15s. 10d., a legacy under the will of the late Mr. Thomas Withington. Mr. Withington, a retired publican, formerly lived at 9, road. Wath-on-Dearne.

The Rt. Hon. Tom Williams. M.P., Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, was among those who attended Sunday night’s opening meeting of Mexborough’s Russia Week, which has been held this week to mark the twenty -fifth anniversary of the founding of the U.S.S.R.

The Ladles’ Committee the Montagu Hospital are bolding their annual “Silver Tree” effort at the Hospital on Thursday. December 10th. Gifts will be accepted by the hon. secretary. Mrs. Squires, or any member of the Ladies’ Committee. Last year £332 was raised and the target this year is £400. The “Silver Tree” will be stripped of the gifts by Mrs. Le Brun of Thurnscoe.