Friday 25 August 1916
A letter from the Peace Negotiations Committee suggesting that the time was right to open peace talks with Germany, found little support in Shipley Trades and Labour Council. The PNC included ‘representatives of upwards of eighteen progressive organisations in the country’ and said that ‘the object of the Committee is not a mere attempt to end the war at any price but the outcome of a deeply rooted conviction that negotiation ought at least to be tried ‘There are countless indications that the German people are desperately anxious for peace and that the German Government dare not refuse a reasonable offer to discuss the terms of peace. ‘Moreover, it is quite clear that Germany has now discovered her aggressive aims are impossible of fulfilment and the recent speeches of the German Chancellor and the Prime Minister of this country have narrowed down the issue to such a point that discussion is possible. Sacrifices ‘The Committee would not for one moment entertain any basis which did not include the full and complete restoration of Belgium and the withdrawal of German troops from French territory, but if Germany is willing to concede these, it would surely be a crime to incur further sacrifices by a prolongation of the war.’ Some members of the Trades and Labour Council, meeting held at Trades Hall, Briggate, were sympathetic. Mr A Pickers said: ‘When we consider how many lives we have sacrificed, I think it is just about time to talk about matters of that kind. It is high time that we endeavoured to come to reasonable terms with the enemy. ‘If we allow the war to go on until we are in a position to dictate terms, we
must expect that Germany will harbour feelings of revenge, as did France against Germany, and in that case will take the earliest opportunity to attack us again. ‘If we dictate terms of peace we are not likely to get that lasting peace which we could get by other methods and if and when we are attacked again, we may have to fight Germany by ourselves and therefore not be in as fortunate a position as we are today.’ Last shilling Mr J Bullock agreed, saying ‘I am too old to fight and I am not going to say when others are fighting for me that we must fight to the last man and the last shilling. ‘It is to our advantage and also to that of the other nations engaged in the war for hostilities to terminate at once.’ Mr W H Naylor disagreed. ‘Talking about peace at this stage means prolonging the war,’ he said. ‘After all the sacrifices we have made, it is foolish to expect us to accept Germany’s conditions. We must wait until they begin to ask for peace in Germany. Then, and not before then, will be the right time for us to consider peace and to tolerate peace proposals.’ The chairman, Mr Newton Harrison, said: ‘We are making satisfactory progress from a military and naval standpoint and we ought to do our best to support the government in the difficult work they have before them. ‘I do not think much about all this peace bunkum. It will be time to talk about peace when the Germans have been brought to their senses.’ The most passionate speech came
from Mr Harry Greenfield who said that he thought talking about peace would be seen as a sign of weakness. ‘Happily very few people talk of peace at the present,’ he said. ‘Even the lads in the trenches, who have already sacrificed much, are prepared to sacrifice more rather than we should allow Germany to dictate the terms of peace. ‘We shall have to give the aggressors a sounder thrashing than they have received up to now. Once they are driven over the Rhine, they would begin to talk of terms of peace and that would be the time when we should discuss the matter in this country.’ Mr Knox thought the PNC were simply asking for overtures to be made to see if it was possible to make a settlement. ‘There will have to come a time when negotiations will be entered into; why not now?’ Mr Greenfield responded that to do so would be to show deplorable weakness. ‘Nobody knows that better than the Germans and it would be signal for them to start dictating terms of peace.’ He added: ‘The Germans have forced us to make the sacrifices already made; now we must be prepared to make further sacrifices and force them to sue for peace. White feather ‘All sensible people are against a war but at this stage it is not for Britain to knuckle under to Germany by saying we are ready for peace. ‘What have Germany done to lead us to suppose that they will accept our proposals for peace as anything but utter weakness? ‘If we were to do any such thing, we should be showing the white feather and the Germans would urge their men on a thousand times more than they are doing at present. ‘We have lost much but we must lose more until we get on top of the aggressors.’
Shipley Trades Council reject ‘peace bunkum’
“Even the lads in the trenches, who have already sacrificed much, are prepared to sacrifice more rather than we should allow Germany to dictate the terms of peace.”
Tuesday was a red letter day in the annals of the children of the Bradford Nutter Orphanage. They were driven from the orphanage in motor cars to Langley, the residence of Mr and Mrs Whitehead of Baildon, through whose kindness they were entertained. Tea was provided in a large marquee. After tea a number of games were freely indulged in, prizes being awarded for the winners. Before leaving for home, each child was given a box of chocolates. The officials of the orphanage were in charge and the headmaster, Mr Townend, played with them despite his age of 70 years. A most enjoyable time was spent by all. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr and Mrs Whitehead by the young people who lustily cheered their host and hostess. The event was fortunately, attended by good weather.
Baildon couple entertain orphans
The Windhill Church people have just been celebrating the 47th anniversary of the dedication of the Parish Church and the services have been particularly successful. Windhill was in the ancient parish of Calverley and was formerly part of the ecclesiastical district of Idle. The cause originated in a cottage in what is now known as School Street at Woodend. There the Rev Henry Harrison, vicar of Idle, opened a Sunday School, probably over 60 years ago, and he was assisted in the work by Mr William Greaves and Mr John Firth. Cheerful old dame It would be interesting to know how many of the original scholars still
survive. We have been able to find only one, a kind and cheerful old dame, who expressed a desire  that her name should not be divulged. In 1861 the present school was erected. The cost, £1,900 was defrayed by subscription and Mr J Atkinson Jowett gave the site The late Rev Richard Keeling laboured untiringly to secure the erection of a church and success crowned his efforts. The present church, which occupies such a commanding position, was erected and opened in 1869. It cost
£4,500 towards which contributions of £250 each were made by the late Sir Francis Sharp Powell, Sir Matthew William Thompson and Mr Benjamin Wood These gentlemen later gave additional amounts and a grant of £500 was received from the Ripon Church Building Society and a further grant of £120 from the Incorporated Church Building Society. Since the appointment as vicar of the Rev R Whincup, a remarkable progress has been made in every department of the church life of the parish and now Mr Whincup is
serving as chaplain to the forces in France, the whole of the work devolves upon the Rev H A Moreton (left), the vicar’s energetic colleague. Zealous Few young clergymen could have tackled the work in the way Mr Moreton has done and he deserves the highest praise for the able way in which he is performing an exceedingly difficult task. Happily, he is supported by a band of zealous workers and when the vicar returns, although he may find plenty of work to do, he will not find that things have been allowed to lag. No, Mr Moreton is the one to keep things going and we compliment him on what he has already accomplished.
Anniversary celebrations show church is in good shape despite vicar’s absence
A number of Shipley people were summoned at the Bradford West Riding Police Court for offences under the Lighting Order. The defendants were: James Whitaker Hall, tailor, 37 Back St Paul’s Terrace; Thomas Fearnley, oil merchant, 20 Scarborough Road; Joseph Rennard, gas worker, 54 Scarborough Road; Nellie Hawley, confectioner, Avondale Buildings; and George Henry Hayward, warehouseman, 2 Shipley Fields Road. PC Hardisty stated the case in regard to Hayward. He said that the defendant had told him he did not care for the King, Zeppelins or the police. He was fined 40s Evidence was given in the remaining cases by Police Sgt Cockshott. Hawley was fined 20s, Fearnley 10s, and Rennard was ordered to pay costs. In the case of Hall it was pointed out that he had received his papers to join the army and the Bench allowed the case to be withdrawn on payment of costs.
Joining the army proves better defence than not caring about King, Zeppelins or police
Overstayed his leave
Pte Wallace Skinner of Stubbings House, Wrose Hill, was handed over to a military escort after being found guilty of being absent from his regiment. The court was told that Pte Skinner, who was with the 12th Labour Battalion, had overstayed his leave and was arrested by PC Alfred Brown. When asked by the chairman of magistrates at Bradford West Riding Court for an explanation for his conduct, Skinner said he had sent word why he was staying away.
It will be good news for the old age pensioners that the question of increasing the weekly grants is being considered by the government. By some authorities it is computed that the cost of living today, compared with July 1914, has increased by at least 50 per cent, while others put the increase at 65 per cent. Eke out Many workers have received advanced wages or war bonuses which have helped them to meet the growing expenses. Pensioners, however, have to eke out an existence as best they can on small amounts which were fixed in the pre- war days. 10s per week How an aged couple can manage to live in these days on 10s a week is difficult to understand. The North Bierley Guardians on Wednesday passed a resolution calling upon the government to increase the pension to 7s 6d per week – a by no means unreasonable sum. The suggestion has been made that power should be given to local pension committees to grant a sum not exceeding 7s 6d a week to individual pensioners and this, we are told by the Premier, is receiving attention.
Hope for pensioners struggling to cope with war-time inflation
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