|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 4th January, 1946, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Mrs. O. A. H. Muxlow
(Rushden’s Only Woman Councillor)
Maternity Home Needed
Rushden’s first and only woman councillor, Mrs. O. A. H. Muxlow, emphasised that the great need during the coming year would be for houses.
“Babies cannot be born in Grandma’s house,” she said. “It does not work.”
Mrs. Muxlow, who has been on the Council’s Housing Committee for nearly eight years, hoped that more women would take an interest in local affairs and thought that local government was a sphere in which women should be especially active.
“I believe there are some women standing as candidates in the coming election,” she went on, “although I do not think they are in our party.
“I also want to see a nice, up-to-date maternity home, infant welfare centre and ante-natal clinic. We have been in the old one for 15 years now, and it is time we had a new one.”
Mrs. Muxlow said that she was just going to a meeting of the School Managers.
“I do not know if we shall hear any more about the new secondary school that is to be erected in the town,” she said, “but it was certainly needed. Of course, we shall really need a junior school for the Higham-road building estate if the Hayway school is to become a secondary school. The nearest school will be at Higham Ferrers, and there will certainly be a lot of children living on the estate, which will be occupied by young people. Higham School is already crowded.”
Mrs. Muxlow said that another improvement she hoped to see in the New Year was the provision of a water tower under the new water scheme to provide sufficient pressure to lay water on to the houses in the proposed Upper Queen-street estate.