Friday 2 November 1917
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SILVER WEDDING CELEBRATIONS
Cllr Thomas Hill, chairman of the Shipley District Council, and Mrs Hill, who on the occasion of their silver wedding entertained on Monday the members and officials of the Shipley Council and other bodies with which Cllr Hill is associated.
Remembering how Ypres saved the Empire
The host at the Idle Liberal  Club’s ‘At Home’ on Saturday night made the remark that in 1914 our homes were in greater peril than ever we realised and England was nearer her doom than ever she had been in her whole history Although the observation came as a surprise to some it is, in the view of leading historians of the war, perfectly true. Slender thread An officer, who was formerly on the editorial staff of the Express and who is now home on leave, said
practically the same thing a day or two ago “It is well known in the army,” he observed, “that at one time in the war the future of the British Empire hung as it were on a very slender thread.” He had in mind,of course, the first battle of Ypres. Wednesday last was the third anniversary of that memorable battle in which the heroes of our gallant little Regular Army
“gathered the spears of the Prussian Legions into its breast and in perishing, saved Europe.” Contmptible That fight will always be regarded as one of the decisive battles of the world. In that encounter the ‘contemptible little army’ succeeded in preventing the Hun from carrying out their great plans of conquest, thus saving not only the British Empire but the whole of Europe. It is well that we should forever honour that crowning glory of sacrifice and hold the 31st of October sacred to the memory of those who died that we might live.
“It is well that we should forever honour that crowning glory of sacrifice and hold the 31st of October sacred to the memory of those who died that we might live.”
Services are to be held at the Baildon Parish Church on Sunday in memory of the local lads who have fallen in the war. Many lads from this township have given their all in the fight for freedom and it is fitting not only that a tribute should be paid to their memory but also that words of encouragement should be given to those who are still carrying the good old flag. Hardship They have far greater hardships to go through than we imagine but they realise that come what may, the Huns must be defeated. A local officer told us Tommy may ‘grouse’ or he may be ‘fed up’ but there is not one who would care to come home again and think that Germany remained unbeaten.
There is no wobbling about that; it is British. The same cannot be said of a Shipley gentleman who, in a speech on Monday night, said he did not know what to think of peace. He ought not to need telling that it is high time he did. Surely he does not need reminding what peace at any price would mean – victory for the German war lords and the modern Huns. They set out to rob every nation and they want a peace that will sanction
and condone their unspeakable crimes. Dishonour Such a peace would leave Germany immensely more powerful and ready, after this war, again to take up her campaign against the nations of the world; it would compel every nation to burden itself with a rushing weight of armies and armaments; it would dishonour the memory of all who have died for us in the great war and be a heritage of shame for generations yet unborn.
Honour the fallen but not the time for wobbling
There were exceeding good congregations at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday evening on the occasion of the re- opening of the organ after renovations and additions. The work, which has entailed expenditure of above £160, has been somewhat extensive. The organ has been cleaned and renovated throughout. The reeds have been re- voiced throughout with new harmonic trebles and on heavier pressure, new tuning slides have been fitted to pipes, there is a new pneumatic chest with new octave and sub- octave couplers; the keys have been rebushed and the pedals built up and re-filled. Two new stops have also been added. The work has been done to the satisfaction of Mr Gordon L Salt and the Finance Committee by Mr W Andrews, organ builder, Bradford. Mr Salt presided at the organ morning and evening and included in his performance Handel’s First Grand Concerto in G.
Saltaire organ re-opened
Advantage was taken at a meeting of the Shipley Council on Tuesday evening to present two Shipley boys, Tom Cox and Jack Alderson, free swimming passes to the baths. In making the presentations, Cllr Hill, chairman of the council, said that was a very pleasing duty. Instead of giving one free pass the committee had found it desirable to present two. There were five competitors and the tests were exhaustive. The boys were called upon to swim 250 yards in seven minutes; to dive from the top diving board and to then swim 70 yards, using several different and specified strokes. Monetary present Two of the boys had obtained 52 marks out of a possible 60. He thought it was a wise decision that each of these boys should be given a free pass. Cllr Hill then generously and quietly added a small monetary and personal present to the prizes. Cllr Rhodes said it was very necessary that in an island like ours every boy should learn to swim. We were bound by the sea in all directions and we were a seafaring people. Our trade and commerce depended largely upon our overseas enterprise and it was essential that we should have boys coming along who were ready to deal with the sea. He hoped the boys would continue in their efforts. It was a useful pleasure and it had the further advantage of affording them the opportunity of saving life.
Boys rewarded with swimming passes
Cllr John Garnett of Idle has, for the second time, made an attempt to secure better lighting of tramcars. The reply of the Tramway Committee’s Chairman, that the subject is under the control of the Watch Committee and that body must act under Home Office orders, was not considered satisfactory. In vogue One member said that as the Home Office and the Board of Trade offered no opposition to such lighting as was in vogue before the war, the Tramways Committee should not have restrictions imposed by the Association of Chief Constables – a body with no executive power. When the restrictions in regard to the lighting of streets have been somewhat relaxed, it seems to us that there is no good reason why there should not be much more light in our cars.
Councillor urges better lighting in tramcars
The arrangements for carrying on the work of the Eccleshill District Nursing Association, which for over a quarter of a century have been in the hands of the Eccleshill Congregational Church, are about to cease. It is proposed to hold a public meeting for the purpose of considering whether the organisation shall become a joint effort of all the churches of the district or whether it shall be established on a still broader foundation so that the whole township of Eccleshill may share the responsibility. For over twenty years Nurse Bradbury has rendered excellent service as district nurse and under the existing arrangements her duties cease in March.
Meeting to discuss future of district nursing
At Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday last, Annie McGinn, described as a pedlar, was charged with stealing a purse containing money and treasury notes belonging to Clara Shackleton of Shipley. She was also charged with the theft of five cotton shirts, collars etc, the property of Jonas Greenwood, Shipley. A gold chain and silver watch was also found in her possession. She had lived at Manchester, Liverpool and St Helens. Suspicious On October 22nd, Mrs Shackleton was in the cellar washing clothes. On coming upstairs the prisoner was found in the house. Asked what she was doing there she replied, “I have brought the washing.” As Mrs Shackleton did not take in washing, she became suspicious, gave information to the police and the prisoner was apprehended with the purse and money in her possession. In the other case, Mr Greenwood left the articles to send to the laundry and on his return they were missing. Prisoner was arrested with the clothing in her possession. The prisoner, who pleaded guilty, was committed to prison for three months on the two charges.
Woman pedlar jailed for thefts in  Shipley
Munitions worker
George C Crooks, junior partner in the firm of Geo Dalton & Co, Shipley, and stepson of Mr Geo Dalton, ‘Ben Mercato,’ the well-known hon member of our literary staff, has been promoted to full corporal at one leap in the A.P.C of the Royal Artillery. Where he is located there are employed about 1,500 men and 500 women clerks. Madge Crooks,  his wife, is also upon munition work as a clerk in the same unit.
The death occurred on Wednesday morning of Mr Thomas Lawson of 45 Bradford Road, Idle. The deceased, who was 71 years of age, had been in failing health for a few years. For over twenty years he had charge of the public clock – the clock at the Parish Church – and he only relinquished those duties when he was unable to climb the spiral steps in the tower. His favourite sport was cricket and although he never handled a bat or a ball, he followed the doings of local clubs with keen interest. He was a staunch Liberal but never became a member of a club. The late Mr Lawson is survived by a widow, a son and two daughters. The funeral takes place today.
Death of clock keeper