Wingerworth, near Chesterfield, was once a sleepy village. In the 1960s three large housing estates were built, along with a parade of shops. For many years the only pub in the village was the Barley Mow.
The pub was crowded in the evenings and weekends, a bit cliquey, but friendly enough. The landlord in the 1970s was a stickler for keeping to licensed hours. Absolutely no chance of a drink after 10.30PM. Eventually a second pub was built in the village, opening in the 1990s. One day a woman came down the path to my house carrying a clipboard and informed me that I had to sign the petition she had on the clipboard. The petition was to oppose the new pub. She seemed somewhat put out when I refused to sign and even more so when I informed her that I was the Founder of the Wingerworth Drinking Society and would be initiating a rival petition is support of the proposed pub. She demanded more information about the Society. 'When was it formed?'. 'When I saw you coming down my path' I replied.
Sometimes I would escape the overcrowding by jumping into the car and visiting the Hunloke Arms.
Never a busy pub in the 1970s the Hunloke is on the A61. The disadvantage of the pub is that the car park is opposite a lay-by frequented often by police cars. There was a risk of being pulled over and being delayed by a breath test, even if under the drink-drive limit.