Friday 24 November 1916
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A united service in memory of the loyal soldiers and sailors who have lost their lives in the war is to be held on Sunday morning at the Shipley Parish church. Notwithstanding that services have been held at various places of worship for individual men who previous to the outbreak of hostilities were associated with those bodies, no united assembly has been held with a view to paying a well- deserved tribute to the whole of our stricken brave. Cllr Thos Hill (pictured), chairman of the District Council, has therefore taken the proper course in inviting the members of local governing bodies and representatives of the numerous organisations in the town to show their appreciation of the services our gallant defenders have rendered to the country. Nearly 150 men from Shipley have sacrificed their all in the fight for freedom, justice and honour and if we add to these the men who have been disabled, the figures reach ten per cent of the total enlistment from this district. The people of Shipley should attend in large numbers to do honour to the heroes who have fall in the laudable endeavour to crush Prussian militarism. A collection will be made for the help of the dependants of soldiers and sailors and it is to be hoped that the general public will contribute towards this most deserving cause.
St Paul’s service to honour the dead
A large number of serving men, dignitaries and volunteers gathered for the opening of the YMCA funded Soldiers’ Institute in the Masonic Hall in Spurr Road, near Shipley Market Place. It was officially opened by Mr J Banks Fearnley, of Red Beck House, Shipley, an enthusiastic supporter of YMCA work. He assured the soldiers that while “it is a Christian organisation which has started the institution, soldiers need not fear that there would be any attempt to thrust religion down their throats. Refreshments “It is the Christian spirit which has prompted us to do all we can for the soldiers and the sole object of our work is to minister to the comfort and welfare of the soldiers in every possible way.”
He went on to explain that the institute would be open from 11a.m. to 9.30p.m. and that ‘refreshments, tobacco and all those things which soldiers require will be provided at cost price, for there is no desire on the part of the YMCA to make a profit.” Two nights a week there would be concerts with someone playing piano on the other nights. There was a supply of games including a billiard table donated by a Mr Fearnley. On Sunday evenings there would be a social hour Mr Fearnley concluded: “I want men to look on this place as their home away from home and to make use of it as such.” The institute was to be run mainly by volunteers with one paid organiser,
Mr W Haxby (pictured) who was profiled in the newspaper. “Mr W Haxby, is one who has rendered yeoman service to the YMCA movement, he having had previous experience both at Bradford and Harrogate. Scoutmaster “He has been a member of the committee of the Bradford district and is now on the governing body. “As a scoutmaster he has been a great success. His troop has carried off the only three shields offered in Bradford for competition. They have had the honour of securing one of the trophies on three occasions. “Mr Haxby is just that kind of worker who will win the hearts of all the Tommies who come in contact with him.”
Shipley’s ‘home from home’ for serving men
Ebony disks cheer up the ‘boys’
This is an extract from a report on Salts Hospital, which was catering for a number of wounded servicemen. We think the ‘Express’ must have a considerable influence for it was only last week it mentioned that the boys had had the loan of a gramophone and that extra records would be welcome. No sooner had the paper got circulated than a number of these ebony disks were wheeling their way to the hospital, these having been started on their way by Mrs Marshall, 19 Highfield Terrace, who must feel very gratified in knowing they are providing excellent entertainment. The Expedtionary Force The writer heard the record called ‘The Expeditionary Force’ and noted how the boys’ eyes brightened with memories of the past as the record gave out the cheers and the music of the embarkation; and other records equally stirring. The gramophone never tires or gets out of breath and does not mind a change so anyone having records that have got pushed to the back of the case and feeling lonesome, can bring them out into cheerful company by sending them to the Salts’ Hospital.
A few days ago, Mr John Lockwood, better known as ‘owd John’ – reached his eightieth birthday and in celebration of the event a suitable presentation has been made to him by the those of his many friends who, like him, are followers of the Airedale Beagles. Mr Lockwood first followed the hounds sixty-seven years ago in the Honley district and has hunted regularly ever since. His acquaintances include almost all the masters and huntsmen within fifty miles of Saltaire. Eight children each He is quite active and still holds the reputation of being ‘first over the wall.’ At the ‘convivials’ he is invariably called upon to sing the famous ‘Rockwood Hounds,’ a Denby Dale ditty with no fewer than 43 verses. The old gentleman has been twice married and each partner has borne him eight children, all of whom are still living. His second wife had six children before her marriage to John. So well does he like hunting and so much good has it done him that this is one of his favourite sayings: “Huntin’ ‘ll cure owt; if mi head wor hawf way off an’ I went aht wi’ t’ Beagles it ud be reight on when I com’ back.”
Huntsman ‘owd John’ celebrates 80th birthday
We regret to record the death which took place on Sunday of Mr Gersham Shuttleworth of Westfield Lane. The deceased gentleman, who was seventy-two years of age, was a native of Idle. He came of a musical family and he himself was well-known in local musical circles. He was a member of the Parish Church choir and later was a tenor vocalist of no mean order. Amongst the choirs in which he sang were those of Shipley and Bramley churches. There are only two persons now living who were choirboys along with him. These are Mr George Stansfield and Mr Marshall Scott. He was one of the first members of the
Airedale Brass Band which was formed in Idle in 1865 and in which he played trombone. The late Mr Edwin Scott was the first conductor of this band and his successors were Mr Jack Whipp of Shipley and Mr Geo Stansfield, the last named holding the post for about ten years. Piano player He was also a clever piano player but when his occupation interfered with the suppleness of his fingers, he had to relinquish playing on that instrument.  To the end he had a strong passion for music and he was a valued member of the Idle Musical Union. He started life as a hand-loom weaver
afterwards becoming a dresser. When things got slack in the worsted trade he secured work at a stone quarry. For some time he was curator at the Unionist Club and he was always regarded as a staunch supporter of that political party. Musical son He leaves three sons and three daughters. One of the former, Mr Fred Shuttleworth, has made a name for himself in the musical world. He was formerly organist at the Idle Parish Church, accompanist for the Idle Musical Union and is now a popular musician in Canada. The funeral took place on Wednesday when a large number of friends attended to pay a last tribute.
Death of a leading figure in Idle’s musical circles
Mr J B Graham of the Goods Department, Midland Railway Company, Bradford, who resides at 12 Hall Royd, Shipley, has been compelled by failing health to relinquish his situation with the company after 41 years’ service. Mr Graham joined the L and N W Railway at the age of 15 but after four years left them to join the Midland Company in 1875 and has been with that company since then until his retirement on November 10th. On Saturday his colleagues marked their good wishes by presenting Mr Graham with a barometer and also an umbrella for Mrs Graham, both suitably inscribed.
Ill-health forces railway worker to retire
Move to stop jewellery of kingfisher feathers
At the annual meeting of the Yorkshire Wild Birds Protection Acts Committee, held at Leeds on Saturday, under the chairmanship of Mr W H St Quentin, Mr A Haigh- Lumby of Shipley mentioned that he had seen in a jeweller’s shop window a large number of brooches decorated with kingfisher feathers and he promised to get further information with a view of seeing if this modern tendency could be stopped.
Fined for being drunk
There was only one Shipley case at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Richard Pickard, joiner of 10 Melbourne Street, was charged with having been drunk. P.C. Potter, who stated the case, said he found Pickard lying across the footpath in a helpless condition and he had get the assistance of P.C. Atkinson to carry the man to the police station. Pickard, against whom no previous convictions were recorded, was fined ten shillings.
Fined for unlit road hole
Thomas Brown was fined 40 shillings for leaving a pit in Norwood Road, Shipley after sunset without a proper warning light. The police told Bradford West Riding Police Court that there had been ‘a pretence of railing the excavation round with planks, which were about two feet high. Anybody who stumbled over the planks would have fallen into the hole and there was no light to warn people of the danger. ‘The hole was 7 feet long by 3½ feet broad and 4½ feet deep.’ The defendant admitted there had been no light. “It was properly barricaded, however, and as it was moonlight there was no danger.” He claimed he had to finish off the job his workman had failed to finish and “When I finished I was too tired to go seek a lamp but I had previously made an unsuccessful attempt to get one.”
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