Friday 20 October 1916
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Amongst the many good services rendered by the people of Shipley to the men who have sacrificed their home life and donned khaki or the blue, not the least has been the care and sympathy bestowed upon the wives, mothers and children they have had to leave behind them. Since the early days of the war, steady quiet work has been done by a group of ladies who have, by private voluntary efforts, maintained a club room where soldiers’ and sailors’ dependants could meet for a social hour and find recreation, instruction and sympathy to help to cheer them through the lonely months of waiting. When the club was first founded in March, 1915, a cottage in Hargreaves Square, where members could foregather, was kindly offered free of rent by the vicar of Shipley. Co-operative Society Hall This soon proved too small for the growing membership and more commodious premises were required. The Co- operative Society then came to the assistance of the committee and placed their large and pleasant hall at the disposal of the club at a merely nominal rental. And here twice a week, on Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, may be found one of those unique gatherings unknown before the war: an assemblage of women who – how like their men-folk they are! – bring a smiling face to cover up the heart-aches and the anxious minds that they are too brave to show to the world, firm in their determination to ‘carry on’ until their dear ones return. Through the efforts of Lady French and Lady Jellicoe, 112
clubs of the kind for soldiers’ wives – known variously as Tipperary or War Service Clubs – have been formed in different parts of the country and have received the official support of the War Office and Admiralty. Undoubtedly these clubs have definitely helped the women to help themselves and to become better citizens, wives and mothers. Best garment for 6d The winter programme of the Shipley War Service Club shows that an earnest effort is being made to follow these high ideals for in addition to fortnightly concerts, the syllabus offers the following interesting items: A lantern lecture on Mesopotamia and Baghdad, demonstrations in cookery, in cutting out simple garments and in home nursing, and a competition evening when prizes will be awarded for (a) the best garment produced from 6d, (b) the neatest darning and patching and (c) the most cleverly trimmed hat from simple material. The concerts are excellent and no difficulty is experienced in providing talent of the highest order. The women themselves have also organised entertainments which have revealed remarkable talents. Thrift is encouraged by means of a Savings Bank and industry is fostered in various ways. The response of the people of the district to the Flag Day held in aid of this excellent cause was a worthy one and shows that Shipley does not forget the women and children of our gallant defenders.
“An assemblage of women who – how like their men-folk they are! – bring a smiling face to cover up the heart-aches and the anxious minds that they are too brave to show to the world, firm in their determination to ‘carry on’ until their dear ones return.”
Care for the women and children of our gallant defenders
Our readers will be pleased to hear that Sir James Roberts, Bart., (right) is improving in health. He is feeling better he says than he has felt for a long time. As regards the rumour that a number of Bradford gentlemen have bought the business and mills as well as the village of Saltaire, Sir James says it has no foundation in fact. Although he has had over fifty years of strenuous occupation in the worsted trade, he declares that it would be a great grief to him to sever his connection with the Saltaire firm. When he began his association with Saltaire, Sir James had four sons but now he has only one and he has donned khaki; still there is no prospect of his selling out or closing down.
No prospect Sir James will sell Saltaire
BAILDON WESLEYAN CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1st, 2nd and 4th A GRAND Patriotic Fair Will be held in the Schoolroom, Westgate, Baildon.  The Fair will be opened on Wednesday, November 1st at 3 p.m. by LADY DENBY Chairman - E PARKINSON ESQ On Thursday, November 2nd at 3 p.m. by MRS HENRY WHITEHEAD Chairman - THOMAS DENBEIGH ESQ J.P. On Saturday, November 4th at 3 p.m. by JOHN METCALFE ESQ Chairman -  E B HOYLE ESQ High-Class Entertainment each evening. Cafe Refreshments. Smoke Room, various stalls and numerous attractions PRICES OF ADMISSION Wednesday and Thursday, November 1st and 2nd, 1s 2d, after 6 p.m. 7d Saturday November 4th 7d all day. Season tickets 1s 6d Three fourths of the gross proceeds will be handed over to the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund and one-fourth retained for the Wesleyan Comforts Fund.
Robert Rhys Mainwaring, described as an engineer, of American nationality, at present residing in Shipley, was summoned at the Bradford West Riding Police Court for failing to register. The accused pleaded guilty Mainwaring came to Shipley a month ago. Inspector Foulkes, of Shipley, interviewed him and said that he would be reported. The man pleaded ignorance. He had been resident in England 30 years and had registered under the Act. The accused was fined ten shillings.
American fined for failing to register
Six Shipley boys whose ages ranged from eight to twelve years, appeared before the magistrates at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, on charges of stealing three pounds of biscuits and biscuit tin of the total value of 3s 6d, the property of Mr Arthur Horner, grocer and confectioner of Kirkgate, Shipley, on the previous Friday evening. P.C. Church of Shipley said he was on duty in Rosse Street at about half-past eight when he saw a number of boys with a tine of biscuits who, on seeing him, ran away. One of them was afterwards apprehended when he admitted the theft. A Turner, shop assistant for Mr Horner, said that she left the shop and went into the kitchen when she heard a noise and returning to the shop, although no one was there, the biscuit box was missing Four of the boys were discharged and the other two were ordered four strokes of the birch.
Boys given birch for stealing biscuits
Wife dies two weeks after her husband
Mrs Joshua Gaunt of 2 Tower Street, Eccleshill died just two weeks after the death of her husband. Both were aged 73. The Rev H Crowther-Alwyn took the funeral service at the home and the interment took place at Calverley Church.
Arthur Emmitt, a 24-year-old boot machine hand of Shipley, was charged at Bradford West Riding Police Court with being an absentee under the Military Service Act. He pleaded not guilty. An officer from the Bradford Recruiting Office said that the prisoner had been called up four times. He had made a series of appeals against conscription but each one had been refused. Conscientious objector He now claimed that he still had an appeal outstanding so could not be called up and that one tribunal had recommended him for non-combatant service. He added: “I am not guilty of the charge brought against me because I am a conscientious objector to military service. “I can accept the right of no man or any law to compel me to take the life of a fellow human being.” Emmitt was fined 40 shillings and remanded to await an escort.
Failed attempt to avoid conscription
Fire in grease works
A fire broke out about a quarter past five on Tuesday morning at Isaac Holden’s grease works, Powell Road, Shipley. The outbreak originated in the extracting tank. The Shipley and Bradford fire Brigades with motor engines were quickly on the scene and with the aid of chemical devices and water drawn from the dam close by, soon extinguished the fire. Damage to the extent of about £20 was done and this is covered by insurance.
A fatal accident occurred on the Otley Road at Charlestown on Wednesday evening. An old woman named Phoebe Thackery, well known in the district for her jovial and eccentric disposition, was walking along or crossing the road when she was docked down by a motor car. The driver of the car obtained assistance and later conveyed the unfortunate woman to Saltaire Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries without regaining consciousness. The woman was deaf and as the road was very dark it is conjectured that she was walking along the road or was the act of crossing and did not notice the approach of the car.
Eccentric woman in fatal car accident
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