BACKTRACKING - Taking you on a trip down memory lane

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February 22 1963

HEADLINERS - a 29-year-old Hucknall man is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old woman with intent to RAVISH her. He is said to have grabbed the victim by the throat from behind, dragged her into an entry and thrown her to the ground.

A Hucknall Market trader broke a man’s nose and bruised his left eye in a FIGHT outside a Nottingham pub, Nottingham magistrates hear.

An 18-year-old apprentice electrician who FELL from the top of a locomotive at Babbington Colliery two years ago loses a claim at Nottingham County Court for damages against the National Coal Board.

Arthur Haskey, a Bulwell sewing machine dealer, is unanimously adopted as LIBERAL candidate for Bulwell in the Nottingham City Council elections, even though retiring Liberal councillor Stanley Thomas refuses to support him.

A government spokesman promises a statement within a fortnight about plans for improvements to the flood-prone RIVER LEEN in Bulwell.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- work on the fine new MINERS WELFARE centre on Portland Road, Hucknall is nearing completion and it is expected to open in April.

Papplewick Methodist Church, located beside a stream, is set to CLOSE and merge with churches in Hucknall.

The league of friends at HIGHBURY HOSPITAL in Bulwell has raised nearly £1,800 during the past year to finance amenities for staff and patients, it is reported at the league’s annual general meeting.

Walt Disney’s ‘Old Yeller’, in which a stray mongrel dog rescues a boy from a bear, is showing at the BYRON CINEMA in Hucknall.

SPORT -- after the winter recess, BESTWOOD COLLIERY MOTOR CLUB resumes with a 20-mile drive.

Linby Colliery Football Club inside-right CHISSEM is selected to play at centre-half for Notts FA against Lincolnshire FA at Gainsborough..


February 19 1988

HEADLINERS - Coun Shirley Robbins, a Hucknall Conservative member of Ashfield District Council, claims that British Coal has shown a ‘shameful’ attitude by refusing to accept liability for SURFACE WATER problems on the town’s Beauvale Estate.

A Bulwell man is jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Nottingham Crown Court for what a judge describes as ‘perhaps the worst case of CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE I have ever dealt with’.

A Bulwell miner began to STRANGLE his ex-wife and told her ‘You are going to take your last breath’, the Crown Court is told.

Hucknall businessman Dick Black offers a £200 reward for information after his car is VANDALISED, apparently with a brick.

Bulwell alloment holders dig in for a hard fight to save their GARDENS as Nottingham City Council plans to extend the neighbouring Blenheim industrial estate on the land.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- Ashfield councillors are annoyed because a TREE felled without permission on Portland Gardens, Hucknall in 1986 has not been replaced.

Council house rents in Hucknall and the rest of Ashfield are increased by nearly £1 a week from next month, which is the highest rise in recent years.

PEOPLE -- well-known Hucknall toy shop owner DERYCK BULLOCK dies at his Papplewick home at the age of 58.

DAVID BELL walks the Pennine Way to raise money for the Hucknall Air Training Corps squadron, in which he is a cadet,Le

COURT -- a Hucknall postman denies stealing £700 worth of GIRO CHEQUES in a ‘systematic course of dishonesty’.

SPORT -- Bestwood Village weightlifter Wayne Buck powers his way to two British and Commonwealth RECORDS.


February 21 2003

HEADLINERS - Terrified residents demand action and answers after a FIRE at the St James’s Court flats in Hucknall, which have been labelled a ‘death trap’. Residents praise firefighters for leading them to safety.

Angry householders in Hucknall claim they are suffering a backlash after Ashfield District Council is fined £5,850 for having overloaded bin lorries -- because they say staff are now refusing to empty wheelie bins so full that their lids cannot be shut down.

Leonardo’s Italian restaurant on Watnall Road, Hucknall is broken into for the SECOND time in three weeks.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE -- opinion is divided in a Dispatch survey about whether Britain should go to war with IRAQ.

Parents, teachers and social workers must share their responsibility for tackling CRIME in Hucknall, along with the police, claims Chief Suprintendent Ak Khan, head of Mansfield and Ashfield Police Division, at a public meeting.

Police are still seeking help from the public in their hunt for a MASKED RAIDER who robbed Barclays Bank on Hucknall High Street.

A DUCK injured in a Hucknall road accident is healed by the expert skills of staff at the town’s Buckley House vets’ surgery.

Calls are made for urgent action to give Hucknall’s struggling FRIDAY MARKET a new lease of life.

A burnt-out car is pushed down an embankment into the RIVER LEEN near Holborn Place car park in Bulwell.

The former JET service station on Annesley Road, Hucknall continues to be a major blot on the town’s landscape, it is claimed.

Crime-fighting bollards are put in the doorway of the Woolworths store in Bulwell after a devastating series of RAM RAIDS.

A community TRANSPORT scheme, run by volunteers in Newstead, has benefited people in wheelchairs and with baby buggies.

COURT -- a Hucknall teenager could have been blinded when he was hit in the eye with an UMBRELLA in the town centre, magistrates hear.

SPORT -- Hucknall Water Polo Club are drawn against mighty MANCHESTER in the first round of the National Water Polo Cup.