Friday 13 October 1916
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Choir picture will be inspiration and memorial
Officials of Upper Chapel Choir, Idle, L-R: Mr F Hoyle (longest service), Mr C B Emsley (deputy organist), Mr A Sutcliffe (Treasurer), Cllr J Townend (choirmaster), Rev C P Tingling (president), Mr F W Illingworth (secretary 21 years), Mr C Tankard (A.R.C.O, organist), Mr H Roberts (deputy choirmaster).
The pictures of the officials of Upper Chapel, Idle, were published together with an article about a presentation to the choir. A highly successful café chantant was held at the Congregational Sunday School, Idle, on Saturday night and during the proceedings a large handsomely-framed picture containing the portraits of all who were members of the Upper Chapel choir at the outbreak of the war was unveiled and presented to the choir by Cllr Jasper Townend who has been choir master for a good number of years.
After praising the choir members, Mr Townend said he hoped the picture would interest generations to come and that if at any future time the choir were rather slack, that picture would be pointed to as an incentive to the slackers to come up to scratch. It would also serve another purpose for it would be an ideal roll of honour. The lads who had left the choir and had gone to serve their country might not go back to the choir although it was sincerely hoped they would all return safe and sound when peace was declared.
Golden wedding anniversary
Mr and Mrs John Cockshott of Ashgrove, Greengates were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary with a party for their family,  at Greengates Wesleyan schoolroom. Both were natives of Yeadon. Mr Cockshott had started work, aged 10, as a mule spinner in Crompton Mills, Yeadon and even though he was now over 70 he was still working at Oak Lea Mills in Greengates. The couple had eight sons and three daughters, nine of whom were still living, and 22 grandchildren. Three of their sons lived in the USA while another was serving in France.
A good deal of misapprehension appears to exist on the question of government allowances to soldiers and sailors in respect of dependants and not infrequently, dependants are the losers thereby. A number of cases have been brought to the notice of the Shipley Pensions Committee which show that the want of information has meant serious hardship to deserving families. Complaints The regulations issued by the War Office at the outbreak of war are responsible for the complaints which are now being brought before the committee.
When men enlist they are requested to fill up a form stating to whom they desire the government allowance to be paid. 3s 6d allotment In a number of cases the men have signed the declaration that they do not require anything for their dependants and the latter have, therefore, only received the 3s 6d allotment pay and nothing from the government. Only after long correspondence can a mistake of this kind be rectified. Then the dependants receive only the government from the date that the soldier makes the new declaration.
It was a regulation at the War Office that if the allotment of pay was not made within one month of enlistment, no allowance could be paid to a dependant. This regulation has now been withdrawn and the dependants are entitled to the government allowance from the date on which the allotment started. Where dependants find that they are receiving only the soldiers allotment and no government pay, they should communicate with the Clerk to the Pension Committee, Mr I Lindow, who is always ready to furnish more particulars.
Deserving families of serving men are missing out
Upper Chapel, Idle was featured for a second time, but this time in an editorial that took them to task. If ever there was a time when Englishmen and women should think impartially and not parochially, that time is now. Yet at the meeting held at Idle on Tuesday one could not but feel that the spirit of the Parish Pump pervaded the atmosphere. The Upper Chapel has a scheme in hand for the sending of parcels to its own lads who are serving with the King’s army and navy. Cllr Stringer and Cllr Townend, both officials of the chapel, pleaded that this might be put on one side for the time being and that the Upper Chapel should throw in its lot with the rest of the religious bodies in Idle in a whole-hearted endeavour to make the Idle contribution to the Bradford City scheme a huge success. Pharisee While giving credit to the Upper Chapel authorities for looking after their own, we cannot but feel that in the attitude taken up on Tuesday night by some of its officials, there was more of the Pharisee than the Samaritan… We have no wish to deprecate the effort of the Upper Chapel but it is easily seen that if the people attached to their place of worship have their energies divided between the two schemes they cannot give such support to either as if only on called for their assistance.
Chapel Xmas gift scheme is too parochial
An inquest was held at Menston Asylum on Wednesday on the body of Miss Ada Helliwell, aged fifty-two of Windhill. It was stated that the woman had lived with a relative at Windhill but owing to her condition had to be removed to the Asylum on September 19th. Before being taken there she was left alone in the house for a short time and had got on fire. It was surmised that the woman had been sitting in front of the fire reading the paper when it got alight. Walter Scott, a Windhill greengrocer, said that he was passing down the street when he saw the woman standing in the doorway in flames. He went in, wrapped a rug round her and called in the neighbours. Verdict: Accidental death from burns.
Windhill woman dies from burns on day she was being committed
Hospital plea for aid
Sir, - We are again attending to wounded soldiers and have at the moment eighteen at the hospital. They will greatly appreciate any comforts additional to the regulation diet and any gifts of luxuries, money to buy cigarettes etc., or offers of motor drives may be made direct to the matron at the hospital. When one remembers the generous response to my last appeal, which amply sufficed for that time, one knows that the present appeal to add to the pleasures of our brave boys during their convalescence will be readily answered. Yours etc., E Clifford Fry, Hon Sec, Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital,
Idle Cricket Club celebrated winning the championship of the Bradford League by holding a smoking concert at the White Swan Hotel on Friday evening. Mr J J Booth (right), president of the league and vice president of the club presented the ball which was used to win the play-off with Lidget Green to Fred Hollings, the captain. The ball, a gift from Mr Booth, had been mounted on a pretty plinth of silver plate, suitably engraved. During his speech Mr Booth spoke of the need for clubs to improve their grounds and particularly the need for special accommodation for ladies.
Souvenir ball to mark Idle’s cricket triumph
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