Friday 3 November 1916
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We are pleased to be able to inform our Customers that notwithstanding the war troubles our Laundry is WORKING AS USUAL and Linen can still be collected, Laundered, and returned home as hitherto. We may also state that we have recently had the Laundry RE-ORGANISED AND FITTED THROUGHOUT with the most recent sanitary applications for dealing with all work entrusted to us. We have also secured the services of a Superintendent who is THOROUGHLY CONVERSANT with all Departments of Laundry work and the comfort and well-being of women and girls employed. Therefore, we earnestly hope our customers will make as little change as possible in the quantity of linen they send. Hundreds of small homes of RESERVISTS AND SOLDIERS are kept going by the wages of Laundry women and it would be the truest patriotism to assist in keeping them employed and thus prevent them from being thrown on the “unemployment fund,” the resources which will be strained to the utmost in meeting cases of dire necessity. THE COMPANY FEELS SURE our customers will do all in their power to help our workers in this time of difficulty an anxiety. THE LAUNDRY IS OPEN FOR VISITORS any Wednesday or Thursday Afternoon when the superintendent will be pleased to show them over the premises.
At the end of the latest Shipley Council meeting, the chairman presented a voucher for a year’s free swimming at Shipley baths to 12- year-old Ben Ross. Ben, who lived at 7 Herbert Place Windhill and was a pupil at Windhill Church School, won the prize for collecting the most marks for swimming during the year. Ben, the son of a serving man in France, had attained 53 marks from a possible 60 in a test that required him to swim 80 yards, consisting of 20 yards each in four different styles.
Ben rewarded with one year’s free swimming
Miss Hermione Unwin, a member of Shipley Education Committee, led the opposition to a suggestion that the school leaving age should be raised to 16. While in favour of the idea in principle Miss Unwin said she didn’t think it was the right time. “In the first place there are far too many children in the schools aged 14 who get very little benefit from their last year at school,” she said. “In Shipley we have practically no children over 14. If we kept them until they were 15 it would be a step in the right direction. “Until quite recently the children in the seventh standard were taught along with those in standard six. What was the use of children remaining at school after they reached standard seven?”
She moved an amendment the leaving age be 14 instead of 16. The chairman said he did not think that anyone would vote for the leaving age to be 16 years except on the understanding that proper provision was going to be made for the training of the children to that age. Miss Unwin’s arguments therefore amounted to a plea that proper facilities for training should be provided. Miss Unwin replied by saying that even if the central government enforced the change, it wouldn’t be able to put it into effect. “For one thing there are not enough
teachers in the country today and it takes considerable time to train teachers. Why then should the children be kept at school until they had got the teachers? “If they were to begin with something lower, they could get up to the higher age in time. “I am certainly in favour of the proposal but it would mean an enormous expenditure of money and neither the children nor the parents would get the benefit. “In a very large proportion of the schools there is room for improvement with the facilities already in force. We should do justice to those we have at present and then consider the question of going further.” Her amendment was carried eight votes to four.
“We should do justice to those we have at present and then consider the question of going further.”
Wrong time to raise school-leaving age to 16
Pulling down the Old Chapel would be nothing short of sacrilege
The great debate raging in Idle about whether the Old Chapel should be pulled down to allow road widening at Town Gate had even reached the trenches in France. Pte Arthur Shuttleworth, formerly of Idle, who appears to have moved to Canada before returning to fight for King and Country, wrote to his friend, Tom Wright: “Dear Tom, referring to your letter in the Express on October 20th, I admire your defence of the Old Chapel and the way in which you slate (to use a Canadian expression) those know-alls who sit on the seats of the mighty at the Town Hall. “The Old Chapel is certainly the best preserved historical building in Idle. To my mind, it would be nothing short of sacrilege if it had to be pulled down. Undoubtedly it has been the meeting place for centuries. As I well remember the late vicar, Mr Marshall, telling us years ago, it was the site of a much older church. Quaint old floor blocks “I would just like to know what Bradford folk would have to say if there was talk of pulling down the old hall at the top of Otley Road, as you turn to go down Church Bank. “To my mind it is the other side that which should be destroyed if for nothing else than ridding of a squalid corner (or I should say the Town Gate). It would cost more but the difference to traffic and safety would amply compensate. “Why, the quaint old floor blocks would rattle and rise with horror at the thought of such sacrilege! What finer site for a library than that! “I thought it must be you who wrote this article when I saw that technical trade expression, ‘Called Swan Neck.’ I could not help but congratulate you on your letter. I think the Old Chapel should be defended at all costs. Yours etc, Pte T A Shuttleworth”
Despite darkened streets and inclement weather, the Workers Educational Association series of winter lectures got off to a successful start. Mr W J Forrest of Bradford gave the first talk at Carnegie Hall on ‘Rambles with a Gamekeeper,’ illustrating it with “about 150 slides, many of which were taken showing the natural colours of the surroundings. “Mr Forrest dealt not only with much of the bird life of the country but also with much of the animal life of the fields and woods which come under the view of a gamekeeper in the discharge of his many duties.” Racy lecture An appreciative audience ignored a hurricane to attend the Musical Union Rooms “to hear Mr Frederick James give one of his racy lectures on ‘Some interesting aspects of music’.” As well as illustrating his talk with his own playing, he was assisted by the singing of Miss E L Sanders of Bradford and both performers were greeted by hearty applause.
Lecturers beat black out and foul weather
Harry Daniel, a teamer, living at Leeds, was charged at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday with having been drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart. The defendant pleaded guilty and added that he had ‘nobbud hed a little drop ta mich.’ P.C. Hayhurst said that he was on duty in Leeds Road, Windhill, on the 28th of October when his attention was drawn to the defendant. He spoke to him and found he was in a very drunken condition Defendant now said that he was very sorry. There was nothing previously recorded against him. A fine of 40s was imposed or, in default, one month’s imprisonment.
Carter had ‘nobbud hed a little drop ta mich’
Absconded from hospital
At Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday, J Frear of Shipley was charged with being an absentee from the West Riding Regt. The defendant who appeared in hospital uniform, pleaded guilty. Inspector Burgin said that the defendant broke out of hospital and assaulted an orderly sergeant. He was apprehended and afterwards sentenced to four months imprisonment. He had not yet served the term. He was seen in Shipley the other day by a police officer and asked to show his passport. This he failed to do so he was taken into custody. The defendant was remanded to await an escort.
At Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, a dyer’s labourer called Ashley Warrell, residing at Bingley, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Shipley on October 28th The defendant pleaded guilty. He said he had just lost a lad and in consequence had been very much worried He had not been in the public house long. There were four previous convictions against the defendant, three of which were for stealing. The Chairman, Sir James Roberts, said: “Unfortunately your record is a bad one but in this case the circumstances are exceptional and the Bench are inclined to take a lenient view of the case. “Their decision is that you come up for judgement when called upon. You will be bound over to be of good behaviour for six months.”
Bereaved labourer finds court in lenient mood
New Inn celebrations
Mr and Mrs James Haley, mine host and hostess at the New Inn, Charlestown, attained to the 25th year of their wedded life on Saturday when they were recipients of many hearty congratulations They have been at the New Inn for about thirteen years. Mr Haley’s father, Mr John Haley, of the Alma, Bradford Arms, Shipley, is the oldest landlord in the town.
A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Windhill Wesleyan Mission on Saturday, the contracting parties being Mr Benjamin Bland, son of the late Mr George Bland, and Miss Ethel Braithwaite, third daughter of Mr B Braithwaite. The bride was accompanied as bridesmaids by her two sisters, Miss Matilda Braithwaite and Miss Rosa Emily Braithwaite. As both parties were members of the choir and workers in other departments of the church, there was a large congregation.
Pretty Windhill wedding
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