Friday 19 January 1917
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Mr W E Holland, the new manager at the Pavilion de Luxe, Shipley, is what in popular parlance may be described as “the right man in the right place.” He comes to Shipley from one of the chief picture houses in Bradford. For one of his age – he is only 23 – he has had wide experience in the cinema world and is bubbling over with enthusiasm for his calling. One cannot talk with him without realising that he is determined to do his utmost to satisfy the tastes of the most fastidious picture lover. Steadiness of pictures Himself an experienced operator, he knows the business from thread to needle and a feature of his projections has always been clearness and steadiness of pictures. It would not be fair to judge him on the results achieved during his first few weeks in Shipley; when he has got all the apparatus he requires he may be relied upon to satisfy the numerous patrons of the theatre of which he has taken full charge. He has discharged his military obligations. On his re-examination he was placed in class C3 and, like many others, is perfectly ready for the call of the military authorities.
Enthusiastic new cinema manager
LOST. DIAMOND RING, on Wednesday, between Woodend School and Briggate, Shipley; finder handsomely rewarded on returning same to “Express” Office, Shipley
At a meeting of the West Riding War Agricultural Committee, held at Wakefield on Wednesday, a resolution asking the Board of Agriculture to come to a quick decision with the War Office as to what men were going to be left on the land in order that it might be cultivated. Mr Richard Garnett, formerly of Idle, in supporting the resolution said that the position of agriculture in the West Riding was in a most grave condition and strong measures were necessary. The authorities were heading straight for disaster if more men were taken. No horsemen He had a letter from a farmer who had six horses and no horsemen to take them out. Such cases, said Mr Garnett, were being multiplied all over the Riding. There was, he added, insufficient men on the land to maintain even the production of last year. The resolution was passed with the addition of a rider asking the Government to take no more men from the land. Mr Garnett was quoted again when
he spoke at a large meeting of Wharfedale farmers at Otley on the question of employing prisoners of war in the cultivation of land. Prisoners and aliens He said if they were urged to make a departure from their usual method of farming, they should do so with a desire to make the scheme a success. Mr J W Dacre, representing the Board of Agriculture, announced that the Board had obtained the services of all German prisoners and aliens who
were experienced in agriculture. The Board also hoped to be able to send a supply of motor tractors. In order that this labour might be distributed to the best advantage, the Board wanted to know what acreage should be dealt with at once and what blocks of land, if any, lay compactly together; also what housing facilities there were for groups of men. A resolution was passed pledging the farmers of the district to do their utmost to help the government.
Concerns about the shortage of food were also being addressed away from the farms and the vicar of Shipley said in the Parish Magazine that everyone who owned land ought to use it for raising food. There is a piece of land in the grounds at Hirst Wood Cemetery nearly half an acre in size, where potatoes could be grown. The vicar and wardens feel, therefore, that it is their duty to grow them. The ground must be cleared of scrub and turned over without delay if it is to be fit for planting in April. Labour is the problem. Who will come and give a hand in solving the labour problem? Come and get some good physical exercise and do your bit for the food supply. Parish Church Prize Potatoes The potatoes will be sold for the benefit of the Church. No claim for rent will be made by the Vicar. The Parish Church Prize Potatoes will be good eating. Come and bring a spade with you. When you have got a good backache from digging, you will be quite convinced that you have done your bit. Meanwhile the 1st Calverley Company of Girl Guides were  planning to grow potatoes. Their captain, Miss Irene M Walton, has recently acquired an allotment garden for them to work on till the end of the war and she intends that all their efforts shall be devoted to the production of food. Therefore the whole plot is to be sown with potatoes. Small profit Miss Walton has, as yet, only outlined the scheme very vaguely, her ideas being on these lines: All the ground is to be employed usefully; the Guides are to do all the work themselves; and the produce is to be sold at a small profit so as to make the Guides’ allotment a paying concern. The Guides’ parents are to be given the first chance to buy the produce that has been grown by their own girls. We commend the scheme to captains of other Guide Companies and also to scoutmasters for there is work to be done in a garden that will be of immense value to the country at the present time. Every ounce of food grown at this crisis helps to bring nearer that day that to Englishmen and women means victorious peace.
Lack of labour creating problems on farms
Major concerns at home about how to tackle the growing shortage of food
Vicar and Guides plan to do their bit
The secretary of Shipley Trades Council read a letter from their Bradford counterparts on the question of introducing coloured labour into this country. The writer said that his Council had passed a resolution stating that they viewed such a proposal with great concern both from the economic and the moral standpoint and urged all Labour representatives in the House of Commons to oppose the proposal to the utmost. Mr Pickern said that he thought that they should adopt this resolution. The proposal had been put off for the present, no doubt to see how the workers would take it. Prime minister On behalf of the executive he would propose that the resolution be adopted and that copies be forwarded to the Labour MPs, to the Prime Minister and to the member for Shipley. Mr Greenfield said he was quite prepared to second the resolution although he did not know what was mean exactly by “opposing to the utmost.” There was no doubt that any attempt to introduce coloured labour into this country would cause a lot of trouble in the mining world, the railway world and the transport workers world. What action would be taken he did not know but he thought they ought to pass the resolution and if necessary take drastic steps to prevent the proposal from being carried out The resolution was adopted.
Trades Council willing to take drastic steps to stop coloured workers
The new Grand Master of the Shipley District of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows is Brother James Urwin of Dove Street, Saltaire. Instituted a member of the Loyal Tree of Life Lodge in 1887, he has throughout his career as an Oddfellow taken a very keen interest in the affairs of his lodge in the district. About 18 years ago he passed through the chairs of his lodge and did an excellent work for several years as a member of the Juvenile Committee. Ever since he joined the movement he has given himself heart and soul to the work and he is thoroughly deserving of the high honour which has been conferred upon him. We trust that as an Oddfellow he has still many years of useful work before him.
New Grand Master from Saltaire
We regret to announce the death of Mr Alfred Midgley which took place at his residence in Church Street, Windhill, on Sunday, at the age of 50. Mr Midgley was an enthusiastic amateur musician and secretary to the Windhill Musical Union, a position which he had held for over eight years. He had also been a singing member since the inauguration of the society. Prudential Insurance He was a member of the Windhill Liberal Club and attended the Independent Chapel. For over 20 years he was district agent for the Prudential Insurance Company. He leaves a widow and two children. The funeral took place on Wednesday at Upper Chapel Cemetery, Idle. A short service was held at the Independent Chapel.
Death of musician
Mr Henry Mattinson of Selborne Terrace, Shipley, passed away on Sunday at the age of 69 following an illness. For many years he was principal of the firm of A G Taylor & Co, photographers of Manningham Lane. Up to a few years ago he live at Idle where he and his family took a very active interest in the Parish Church and Sunday School. Mr Mattinson was superintendent of the Sunday Schools for 25 years. He also served as warden of the Parish Church and held many other positions in connection with the church. He exercised a great influence on the church life of the parish and throughout the district was held in much esteem by the people generally.
Photographer’s death
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