Friday 1 September 1916
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Dr Isabella Campbell, the medical inspector to the Local Government Board, visited Shipley to urge the council to appoint a full-time lady health visitor to oversee child welfare. Dr Campbell talked about schemes that had been undertaken in districts similar to Shipley and said she thought the Board would not be satisfied until Shipley followed suit. ‘She agreed that the Council ought to be empowered to assist families where material help was needed but this could not be done at present, although she was of the opinion that before long the regulations would be amended to give authorities very extended powers.’ Shipley Council said they would wait her detailed report but meanwhile directed the Medical Officer of Health and the Health Visitor should carry out as far as possible the requirements of the Board.
Shipley Council urged to appoint health visitor for child welfare
Shipley suspicious of Bradford power share
In their battle to economise on the use of coal, the Board of Trade were urging Shipley and Bradford to combine their electricity supply. But Shipley was resisting with the passionate support of the Shipley Times & Express who were deeply committed to keeping the two towns separate in every way. ‘In their determination to avoid entering into any arrangement which will mean the transfer of the supply of electricity from Dockfield to the works in Bradford, Shipley Council will have the heartiest support of the ratepayers,’ the newspaper claimed in an editorial. They had recently campaigned against a Bradford town-planning scheme which would have included some Shipley territory on the boundaries, and they were going to fight this too. Low prices The editorial claimed that there would be no economic saving, nor would it benefit the Shipley consumer as the local electricity price was ‘low and for a place the size of Shipley probably the lowest in in England.’ Although such a link-up had worked elsewhere in the country, they believed ‘the position at Shipley is exceptional in that the supply of electricity is continuously required for the pumping of sewage and there are users at Shipley who could not, except after heavy expenditure, be supplied from the Bradford electricity works.
‘Furthermore, the Shipley committee could not overlook the fact that quite recently they invested a large sum in the installation of plant and the Council are now in a position to supply the demand for some years to come without much further extension.’ The newspaper believed Bradford were keen because their own system was struggling to cope with demand and agreed the council was right to be cautious. ‘Shipley had to look ahead; they realised that in addition to their plant being put to considerable strain in giving assistance to the Corporation, there would be an awkward position to face after the war when, presumably, the Corporation, having carried out their extensions, would be in a position to provide for all their own requirements without any assistance from Shipley.  ‘A scheme for linking up the two systems is not at present in the interests of Shipley, neither will it be so in the future. ‘Bradford are not unaware of that. We have no doubt Bradford would “jump” at an opportunity to purchase the Shipley plant and undertake the supply of the whole of the district, but Shipley people know that such a procedure would be not only against
their interests as consumers but also against the interests of good government.’ Underlying the whole debate was the suspicion that Shipley was in constant danger of being swallowed up by its bigger neighbour and the electricity scheme would be, in the words of one councillor, like “the lamb lying down inside the lion.” Promising future The editorial concluded: ‘The demand for electricity, both for power and lighting purposes, is growing and the undertaking has a promising future. ‘There is no doubt about it that if Bradford could get linked up with Shipley it would enormously strengthen the hand of the Corporation in any scheme they might propound in future for bringing Shipley within the city boundaries. ‘In matters of this kind, however, the Board of Trade is supreme and there is always the possibility – though perhaps remote – that the central authority might insist upon the interlinking of the two systems ‘Shipley people should always be on the alert. If Bradford once became the distributing authority for electricity purposes, self-government on which the people of Shipley pride themselves, would soon be a thing of the past. ‘Linking up in short, is a way – and Bradford know it – in which they might come to that time when in reality “the lamb will by lying down in the lion”.’
“Shipley people should always be on the alert. If Bradford once became the distributing authority for electricity purposes, self-government on which the people of Shipley pride themselves, would soon be a thing of the past.”
PUBLIC NOTICE M RS SCHULER, 14 Market Place, SHIPLEY Begs to inform the inhabitants of Shipley and District that the rumours that she has Mr and Mrs Andrassy staying with her and helping her, are entirely false. The man engaged since Mr Schuler joined the Army is Mr Young of Bradford, whose character will bear every and any investigation necessary. C SCHULER   
A correspondent writes: The oldest road in Baildon the old bridle path from Bradford to Otley, a portion of which is Cliffe Lane, is in a fearful state owing to the recent heavy rainstorms. During Bowling Tide week, many Bradfordians who had tender feet and females with corns, have uttered lots of oaths and blessed the local authority responsible for the maintenance of the road. It is high time they paid attention to it.
Road is bad for tender feet
Windhill’s flagging flag
People in Windhill have been asking why the flag has been at half-mast all the week at the Parish Church. The reason is that when it was being taken down the rope slipped off the pulley at the top and now it will neither go up nor down.
The School Attendance and School Canteen sub-committee recommended to Shipley Council that a circular or handbill should be issued to parent of children at the Elementary Schools, calling attention to the very great importance of regular attendance at school. This was both in the educational interests of the children and in the interests of the ratepayers as the grants for schools were largely based on the number of children attending. The circular, which would also remind parents of the importance of children using their savings to buy War Savings Certificates, would ask parents ‘to assist the committee in making the attendance of scholars better and thus make for a higher state of efficiency. They would also be assisting in the matter of rates.’
School attendance boost for learning and savings on rates
Scourge of Tuberculosis
Rev W Bowker told a meeting that public bodies were not taking enough notice of cases of tuberculosis. He told the Shipley & District Friendly Society and Trade Union Insurance Council that he had visited a TB sufferer in Hargreaves Square and found the patient had been away in the trenches for eight months without the authorities being aware. In another house in Saltaire he discovered that five people had died from TB since 1912  which ‘showed the ravages of the “white scourge” and the necessity for doing everything they could to wipe out the disease.’
A new pulpit, given to the Idle Parish Church by Mr Charles Hepplestone of Bradford in memory of his late wife and father-in-law, Mr Wm Clapham, is to be dedicated next Sunday morning by the Rev F T Wood, bishop-elect of Peterborough. The pulpit, which has been made by Messrs Archer & Co, Bradford, is of oak, elaborately carved in the Gothic style, in keeping with the architecture of the church. Most people have been of the opinion that the old structure was too high and almost without exception visiting clergymen have declared their dislike for it. Such an unusual height was it in fact that the vicar, Rev W T Forster, has hardly ever felt at home in it. Brimful of human sympathy The one by which it has been replaced, however, is much lower and gives the sacred edifice a more ecclesiastical appearance. This is only one, but an important one, of course, of many generous gifts which have been made to the church since Mr Forster became vicar. The rev gentleman is very popular among his flock and only those who are aware of the nature of his ministry can realise why that is the case. As one parishioner recently observed, “Not only is he a fine preacher but he is also brimful of human sympathy, which is necessary to win the people of Idle.” In other words, he is a parson and a man.
New, lower pulpit should suit vicar
Rev W T Forster
Dr Worrall of Guiseley resigned his post as public vaccinator for the Baildon district as he was leaving the district. The clerk to Baildon Council, Mr E C Newstead, told a council meeting that there were no fees owing ‘as he had not vaccinated any children this year.’ Mr Newstead suggested the council held off from advertising the post until he had had the chance to approach one or two professional men in person to see if they would accept the post.
At the council meeting on Monday, a letter was read from Shipley Volunteer Corps asking for electricity to be installed at the rifle range in Ashley Lane. In view of the fact that this would require a long length of new cable, it was decided not to undertake the supply at present.
Vaccinator resigns
Too much cable needed to light rifle range
Cemetery report
The Registrar of the Cemetery reported that there had been 22 inter- ments (11 residents and 11 non- residents during the month, making a total of 138 interments (53 residents and 85 non-residents) since the 1st April, 1916
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