Friday 17 November 1916
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Idle couple celebrate silver anniversary
Mr and Mrs Frank Patrick of New Street, Idle, celebrated their silver wedding on Saturday when they entertained about eighty friends at the Idle Liberal Club. Mr and Mrs Patrick were married on Nov 14th, 1891 at the Morton Parish Church by the Rev J Weedow. By trade, Mr Patrick, who is a native of Idle, is a tailor but for over twenty years he has been a member of the postal staff at the Idle Post Office. He is a member of the committee of the Idle Liberal Club, in connection with which he has rendered much useful service. “Tinner” Berry Mrs Patrick is a daughter of the late Mr Frederick Berry, of Windhill, better known to the older generation as “Tinner” Berry, a famous Crag End cricketer in the seventies. She is actively associated with the Baptist Church and the Women’s Liberal Association of which she has been a vice president and is now a member of the committee. Mr and Mrs Patrick were the recipients of many choice presents.
SHIPLEY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL  Soldiers and sailors on leave and those who, having served and are now discharged, are invited to attend the solemn Memorial Service to be held in the Parish Church on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, at 10.30a.m. for all (and particularly those from the Town of Shipley) who have given their lives for the Empire in the present war. Assemble at the Church not later than 10.10a.m
The annual meeting of subscribers to the Bradford Cat Shelter was held at Gordon House, Idle, on Friday evening, Mrs T B Mason presiding. Miss Isitt, the secretary, in presenting her report, thanked all subscribers for the generous support they had given during the year. Cats had suffered greatly and will suffer more as a consequence of the war. Difficult A much larger number than usual had been destroyed in many cases because the homes of their owners had been broken up and it is increasingly difficult to find homes for a very large number that are brought for the committee to deal with. The boarders at the shelter during the
year have been large in number which shows the need for the useful work it is doing. During the year 406 cats have been brought by their owners to be destroyed; 126 have been taken care of during the absence of their owners from home; 66 stray cats and ten dogs have been destroyed. Miss Martin Smith, the treasurer, in her statement said £13 15s had been received in subscriptions and £32 1s 11d from boarders. This, with a balance of £28 19s 1d made the income for the year, £74 16s 0d. The expenses for the year were
£49 0s 6½d, leaving a balance in hand of £25 15s 5½d. In the discussion which followed the reading of the reports and the balance sheet, it was unanimously agreed that the work in connection with the Shelter had been carried out satisfactorily and the committee felt greatly encouraged by the support and help given them. Supported The work was a labour of love – all being voluntary with the exception of one paid servant at the Home. They felt sure that the more the Shelter is known and the good work which it is doing, the more it will be supported. Miss Martin Smith, of 9 Apsley Crescent, Manningham, the treasurer, will be glad to receive small subscriptions and to arrange for persons who would like to visit the Shelter and see the good work for themselves.
“During the year 406 cats have been brought by their owners to be destroyed; 126 have been taken care of during the absence of their owners from home; 66 stray cats and ten dogs have been destroyed”
Shelter coping with big increase in abandoned cats
The Shipley Trades and Labour Council received a circular from their Bradford counterpart saying “There can be no doubt in the minds of the organised workers that the time has arrived when a drastic improvement should be made in our Educational system. “Too long have the workers’ children had to suffer educationally whilst the middle and upper classes have received all the advantages of endowment for Educational purposes which have been filched from the poorer classes.” Bradford had passed a resolution in three parts: Administration: Such alterations of the Education Act of 1902 shall secure full public responsibility for the maintenance and control of all grades of schools, colleges and universities. Abolition of all education fees. Raising of the school leaving age to 16 with increased number of maintenance grants, grades according to age and circumstances. Universal free compulsory secondary education; no partial or half time exemption before fulfilment of regular secondary course, and not then unless agreed to by the school doctor. Education authority to have equal jurisdiction over part time factory employment as over non-factory employment. Larger proportion of local education
costs to be borne by National Treasury. Pensions for secondary teachers as in case of elementary teachers in England. Hygiene: Hygienic conditions in elementary schools to be brought up to minimum standard of best secondary schools. School doctor to be certified surgeon for the half-timers and young persons in employment. Full scheme of free medical service to expectant and nursing mothers and their children; in the case of the latter, to be continued up to school age and properly co-ordinated with the school medical service. Swimming baths, gymnasia and the best known scheme of physical training for every child passing through the schools. A scheme of physical instruction for all young people from 16 to 20 years of age. Amendment of Provision of Meals Act so as to provide meals out of public funds for all school children certified by the school doctor to be
improperly or insufficiently nourished. Educational: Higher scale of teachers’ salaries and higher minimum standard of equipment for teachers with fuller provision of facilities for intending teachers and more generous public help for all accepted candidates. Reduction of size of class in elementary schools to that of secondary schools. Playing fields to be provided for elementary schools. All higher forms of education, technical and university, to be co- ordinated under public control and entirely free to all pupils desirous of undertaking the courses provided. Principle of open-air schools to be adopted for all schools at earliest possible moment; a great increase of the system of camp schools, vacation centres; travel studies by sea and land. No specialisation until last year of secondary school course when bias given in direction technical, professional or commercial as part of general education.
Radical proposals to improve education for all
In a piece he wrote in connection with the National Mission which churches were running, Shipley vicar, Rev Bernard Herklots, included his thoughts on the effect it could have on girls and young women. “The lads and young men are many of them having their Mission in the war,” he wrote. “Its lessons and experiences are teaching them much which our sermons have failed to convince them. “The manhood of the nation is as a whole more serious than it was before the war and owing to absence on service or preoccupation with work, is less accessible for our influence. “But there is a huge field for the church’s activity in the mass of girls and young women in our towns and if they are not effectively reached by higher influences than those which now surround them, the consequences to themselves and to our men when the return after the war will be appalling. Our men’s sake “The salvation of the girlhood and young womanhood of the nation for its own sake and for our men’s sake afterwards should become at one the most pressing concern of every awakened church. “There lies the problem and the machinery for dealing with it lies ready to hand in the Girl’s Friendly Society.” He went on to describe how his wife and some helpers had transformed the local Girls’ Friendly Society from “a small, select and rather dull collection of girls, some of whom might have been more accurately described as ‘old girls’ into a lively, popular group. Mills “My wife with some young lady helpers (who looked as if they could smile) went to the different mills at the time when the girls were returning from their dinner hour and gave away more than two thousand cards of invitation to ‘Happy Tuesdays’ as someone has called the meetings. “The result has been that week by week, in spite of the dark streets, a large number of girls of the very kind we wanted to reach have been coming, thoroughly enjoying themselves and going away with a new idea of what the Church stands for. “An hour is spent in games and music and after that they are glad to settle down for a hymn or two and listen attentively to a ten minutes’ address on ‘things that matter’ and kneel reverently for the closing prayer.”
Vicar urges mission for salvation of girlhood
We understand that statements have been circulated that officials of the Shipley Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund are being paid for their services. Mr W V Ambler (Hon Sec) and Mr J A Leedal (Hon Treas) have been officially responsible for the fund ever since it was started and the whole of their work has been done voluntarily. In view of the splendid services which these two young gentlemen have rendered to the town it is only fair that we should give an absolute contradiction to such rumours which have not the slightest foundation in fact
Scotching false rumours
Successful social
More than 200 people attended a social and dance in the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Saturday last when a party of wounded soldiers were entertained to supper. The affair was arranged by a party of winders employed at Saltaire Mills. During a short interval, Miss Smith of Windhill gave a Highland song and dance and responded to an encore with a Dutch song and dance. In moving a vote of thanks Sgt Woolley said that he and his pals had had a most enjoyable evening The proceeds which have been handed over to Shipley Soldiers Comforts Fund, realised £8 7s 6d
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