Monday, 15 December 1941
For the Hucknall and District Warship Week, HMS Vimy
a destroyer has been adopted. The target is £210,000, and 14-21 March 1942, the week allotted to raise the sum.
Wednesday, 18 February 1942
Seeing the “big guns" are difficult to get for the opening of Hucknall
Warship Week to commence 14 March, the committee have agreed upon a
novel ides tor the occasion. All the naval man who happen be on
furlough at the time will be marched to the ceremony at the Byron
Cinema, and the person to declare the decks cleared for action will be
determined by a draw. Mr. F. Seymour Cocks, MP, and local councillors
will be present with military units, sea cadets, and other
branches of the Services.
Friday, 13 March 1942
Hucknall WW opens tomorrow. The target is £210,000, representing the hull of a destroyer. The ship adopted is Vimy
and the town is gay with displays linking ‘Vimy with Victory’.
The area covered by the week is Hucknall, Papplewick, Bestwood and part
of Annesley. The opening ceremony will be performed by a local
naval man home on leave, but the actual personage will not be decided
until a short time beforehand.
Saturday, 14 March 1942
The opening ceremony was on unusual lines. Conspicuous in front of the
platform were six local naval men, along with a lady of the. V.A.D.
attached to the Royal Navy. From this list Ordinary Seamen R. D. F.
Hodgkinson was selected to declare the Week open, and he wished success
to the effort. Another boy was called upon to announce the promises so
far, and these amounted to £105,250. The target is £210,000 for the
adoption of HMS Vimy
. To each
of the men in the silent service, Councillor G. E. Goodall, chairman of
the Committee, presented a Savings' Certificate. The chair was occupied
by Councillor O. Smith, who said that the target meant £30,000 a day,
but by pulling their weight he felt they would achieve their object.
During the afternoon there was a parade of various detachments through
the town. Up to last night the Carlton campaign had realised £105,000.
A Comforts Fund dance the Western Tennis Club, Derby Road, last night,
was well attended.
Monday, 16 March 1942
The Hucknall Warship Week, the target for which Is £2l0,000 - opened on
Saturday at the Byron Cinema on unusual lines. Conspicuous in the
front the platform were six local naval men along with a member of the
VA.D. attached to the Royal Navy. From this group O/S R. D. F.
Hodgkinson was selected to declare the Week open and wished success to
the enterprise. Another naval man was called upon to announce the
promises, and so far these totalled £105,250. To each of those in the
“Silent Service,” Councillor G. Goodall, the chairman of the committee,
presented a Savings Certificate. The chair was occupied by Councillor
Oliver Smith, chairman the Council. Councillor. W. Reynolds
described the Navy as ‘Their Salvation’ and he hoped that Hucknall
would raise the money not only for the hull of the destroyer Vimy, but
a good deal of its equipment. Mr. F. Seymour Cocks, M.P. tor the
Division proposed vote of thanks to the committee, the group secretary
and the various helpers.
Monday, 26 March 1942
Including a few interest-free loans, the latest returns show that
£192,350 was realised by the Hucknall Warship Week against a target of
£210,000. Last May during War Weapons Week the town and district
reached £230,000 or £80,000 beyond its target, so to raise nearly
£423,000 within ten months is regarded as a notable contribution.
Saturday, 20 February 1943
Plaque For Hucknall First £1OO for
H.M.S. Vimy’s Crew “Presented by the Lords Commissioners of the
Admiralty to Hucknall Urban District commemorate the adoption of H.M.S
Vimy during Warship Week, 2 March. 1942." Such was the inscription upon
plaque given to Hucknall last right by Admiral Sir William E.
Goodenough in exchange for one from the town. There was a good
muster of townspeople at the Church Hall to witness the ceremony which
was presided over by the chairman of the District Council Mr. Oliver
Smith,' who spoke of the successive efforts made by the town since the
commencement of the war, and handed to the Admiral the first cheque of
£1OO for comforts for the crew. Mr. G. E Goodall, who is chairman of
the Savings Committee, also eulogised Hucknall people for their
contribution of £239,000 and £194.000 in respective weeks, added to
which there were weekly Savings to the extent of £5,000. After
the exchange of plaques, Admiral Goodenough gave an address in which he
mentioned that the Navy was bringing across the water 13oz out of every
lb of flour. A dance followed the presentation.