Friday 27 October 1916
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Plans were already being made on how to reinstate the soldiers and munition workers, into permanent jobs at the end of the war. Among the munition workers were included ‘large numbers of women and even juvenile workers, who have proved themselves to possess, special aptitude for that which before the war was performed only by men’ Millions of people would be involved and it was thought that success would depend on ‘whether an agreement can be come to between the Trade Unions, employers and the government for the maximum production of goods for home and export at a price which will enable this country to recover its industrial position in world markets.’ Living wage Labour MP George Henry Roberts (pictured), Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, thought ‘unless ensuing on peace we can establish a reasonable period of industrial harmony, then the British Empire will ultimately rest on
very shaky foundations. He went on that it would mean changing society and urged ‘accept the principle of a living wage, recognise that the workman desires time for rest and leisure, and having done that, I am prepared to say to my class anywhere and everywhere, when you are fairly treated you are expected to render of your very best without regard to restrictive conditions.’ Friendly hand A pamphlet published by the Demobilisation Committee Social Welfare Association called for administrative bodies to be formed throughout the country so that ‘a soldier, immediately upon his return to this country, finds himself, if his place had not been kept open for him, within reach of a friendly hand by which his case will be taken up and, subject to reasonable effort and response from him, no stone be left  unturned until he has once more found his footing and taken his place as a working member of the community.’
And they went on to remind their readers that the returning men would not be civilians in uniforms but the military experience would have altered their outlook. Easy-chair men It was a subject dialect columnist Bob Stubbs took up, suggesting that society was due a massive change: ‘There’s barn to be less hoil an’ corner warrk when this warr’s over, dooan’t ya forget it. ‘We’ve been rule bi t’bar parlour men an’ easy-chair men too long. ‘Thoase chaps at’s goin’ to f   eight, they’ll come back ageean moost on ‘em an’ when they come back they’ll want to knaw a thing or two ‘For one thing they’ll want to knaw who causes theease wars. They’ll want a voice an’ they’ll get it, willy nilly. ‘Aw’m tellin’ t’top lawyer summat nah: they’d better be climbin’ darn throo t’top o’ the’r pedestals, getting’ ready for t’fall cos us workin’ class fowk, we arrent barn to be packed off to feight afooar we knaw who we’re feightin’ for an’ what.’
There will be many changes when the war is over
The response to the appeal made by the Shipley Naval and Military Pensions Committee for subscriptions to the local fund for the assistance of the families of soldiers and sailors and to help discharged men who are unable to earn their living, has not been satisfactory and in view of the demands which are certain to be made upon the fund during the coming winter the public should see to it that the necessary funds are forthcoming. Blot on the fair name of the town A number of individual subscriptions have been received but there appears to be no general desire on the part of prominent industrial classes to help the families of the men who are risking their lives for a mere pittance. A special appeal is shortly to be made to employees who are earning good wages in factories and workshops and it is to be hoped that the response will be a generous one. Any other result would be a blot on the fair name of the town and an insult to the men in khaki or in blue.
It is common knowledge that the factory hands and men employed in engineering shops are earning better wages than ever before and the very least that can be expected from them is that they will provide funds which will enable the families of men serving in the army and navy to live in moderate comfort during the winter months. The large number of cases which the committees have had before them go to show that while the government allowances may provide food and perhaps rent there is no margin for clothing or footwear. Patriotic Surely the well-paid workers of Shipley who have no risks to run, are sufficiently patriotic to respond to an appeal on behalf of those whose breadwinners are taking a bold stand for freedom and honour. If they have, let them show it by the unquestionable generosity of their response when the appeal is made.
No-risk, better paid workers should support troops
Horse wanders across the road with driver asleep at the wheel
Kelita Townend, a Bradford carter, was fined 12 shillings at Otley Police Court for having no control of a horse at Baildon on October 6th. P.C. Cooper told the court that at 9.15 in the evening he was on the Otley Road at Baildon when he saw a horse and cart going towards Shipley on the wrong side of the road. Sorry He went up to the cart and, finding the driver was fast asleep, he took charge of the horse and put it on the proper side of the road. He then awoke the driver who said he was sorry it had occurred.
On Wednesday, the interior of the Wellington Road Council School, Eccleshill, presented a picturesque appearance for the scholars were celebrating their harvest festival. Plants, flowers and the children’s offerings had been tastefully arranged and the gifts amounted to over 2,000. These included 880 cigarettes, 511 apples, 118 lettuces, 33 cabbages, 83 tomatoes, 31 tins of fruit, 42 bunches of grapes, 19 tins of tea, 19 sweet loaves, 30 teacakes, 6 jars of ham, 13 bunches of flowers and a large assortment of other useful articles. In the morning the Lady Mayoress’s working party paid a visit and Mrs John Guy made a neat little speech. In the afternoon some of the soldiers stationed in the area attended and Cllr John Guy addressed the scholars. Through the kindness of Mrs Bennett, the gifts were afterwards conveyed to St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford.
Children’s gifts for wounded soldiers
A serious accident occurred yesterday morning at Airedale Mill Company’s works. A youth named Shirley Hartley, 17, got both hands fast in a machine and before he could be released his left hand had been taken off and his right arm up to the elbow. The unfortunate youth is now lying at the Saltaire Hospital. His father was a market gardener and for a long time lived at Little Beck Hall where he died about nine years ago, leaving a wife and three children, of whom Shirley is the eldest. Mrs Hartley is the daughter of the late Ben Preston, the poet.
Youth seriously hurt in factory accident
Reynard makes short work of Idle ducks
Foxes continue to raid poultry runs in the neighbourhood of Idle. On Sunday night Reynard, in the course of a visit to Town Lane, made short work of five ducks but apparently he was prevented from making an absolute scoop of his night’s work for he only managed to cart two of them off to his den. Warnings Of course, if poultry keepers will not, after so many warnings, lock up their fowls etc at night, they must be prepared for the consequences. The Idle district would seem to be attacked by foxes from two sides. They have been traced to a disused quarry at Bolton Woods whilst the Esholt woods are known to be the home of another lot.
Row over plans to knock down Old Chapel to widen Town Gate
There was great controversy in Idle over council committee plans to knock down the Old Chapel in order to widen Town Gate. Protesters claimed that the New Inn opposite should be knocked down instead. Local councillor John Garnett admitted he had changed his mind and was now inclined to the view that the Chapel had to come down. He went on to explain that the camber of the road meant that for widening to take place on the other side would require a major reconstruction of the road involving the purchase of property from opposite the Old White Horse. Dangerous “It would need an expenditure of £6,000 or £7,000 to secure the property necessary for carrying out the widening on the New Inn side, whereas it would require an expenditure of only £1,500 on the other side.” He concluded: “The place is so dangerous, especially for children, that I will not take the responsibility for any further delay in an improvement of this kind. “There is no question about the necessity for widening the road and those who know the facts will agree with the committee who have come to the conclusion that the proper side for widening is the Old Chapel side.”
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