Friday 23 November 1917
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Nurses’ war contribution recognised
Two local nurses were featured after their names had been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for the valuable service they had rendered their country. Nurse Dorothy Forster,who is the elder daughter of the Rev W T Forster, vicar of Idle, has been on the nursing staff of St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, for the past two years and it is there that she has rendered the service which has gained her distinction. Previous to the war, Nurse Forster distinguished herself in her studies at Harrogate College and she was anticipating going to Cambridge. Had it not been for the outbreak of hostilities, she would now have been studying at Newham College. Great promise She is a most unassuming young lady and the news that she had been thus honoured came to her as a great surprise. Her younger sister, Miss Agnes Forster, is also a V.A.D. nurse at the same hospital and she also is exceedingly smart and enthusiastic in the performance of her duties. Nurse L S Sargent was also honoured for her service at St Luke’s where she has been a probationer nurse for nearly three years. She is the niece of Mr and Mrs James E Thomas of 15 Shelbourne Road, Town Lane, Idle. She is a particularly clever war worker and one with a future of great promise.
Nurse Dorothy Forster (left) and Nurse L S  Sargent
A demonstration was held at Shipley on Sunday afternoon with the object of arousing interest in the local branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers. There are about 90 members but it is hoped that before long every discharged man in the district will be connected with the branch. The aim of the association is to protect the interests of all who have been discharged from the army and navy and to promote sociability amongst the members. Trade Union To the discharged man, the association is what a Trade Union was to the skilled worker in pre-war days – it gives him a chance to defend his principles. It will enquire into cases of hardship, educate public opinion to the belief that the maintenance of the disabled man should be the first care of the State and secure adequate pension allowances. It will also endeavour to
secure suitable employment for members. Experience has already shown that such an organisation is a necessity and it will be to the advantage of all discharged soldiers and sailors to swell the ranks. This editorial was supported by an angry letter from Joe Hudson, Workers’ Office, Shipley who said:  “The attendance of the general public and representative bodies fell far short of what one might have been led to expect from the population of a town the size of Shipley and was a poor acknowledgement of the services rendered by these men who have returned broken in the war. “When one considers the enthusiasm displayed at the commencement of the war by many of the prominent people resident in Shipley, the appeals for
recruits which was so readily responded to by those gallant men, who cannot help but think that on their return, after doing their bit, they would be surprised to find quite a different aspect represented. Laces and buttons “Can it be that, after all, we are not much better than our fathers who showed so little interest in the men who returned from the Heights of Inkerman, that they allowed many of them to die in the workhouse? “These men were immortalised in poetry and story as ‘The Gallant Six Hundred’ but did the country not allow these brave men to hawk laces and buttons from door to door? “Again, in the early days of the war, I think many of our pulpits answered the purpose of recruiting agencies, yet on Sunday not one representative of the churches was present to extend a welcome to these lads. Can it be that Shipley is war-weary or has ‘Boloism’ made its appearances amongst us?”
Early stages in bid to help discharged men
“Can it be that, after all, we are not much better than our fathers who showed so little interest in the men who returned from the Heights of Inkerman, that they allowed many of them to die in the workhouse?”
The Shipley War Aims Committee, set up to convince the public that the country should continue to fight the war and to counter the arguments of those advocating peace talks, heard a report of what had been achieved. In every part of the division meetings have been held at the principal works and factories during the dinner hour, all of which were well attended and at which the speakers were well received and attentively listened to. In Shipley over a dozen such meetings were held. In the out districts, from the heights of Queensbury to the plains of Greengates, from rural Eccleshill to smoky Low Moor, we have had thirty such meetings, all of which were a great success.
Literature explaining what the Allies’ war aims are has also been distributed broadcast. In addition every picture house in the division has been visited and addresses given and in Shipley alone, to over 20,000 people the objects have ben explained. We have been fortunate in securing talented and gifted speakers who could effectively set forth the points to be remarked and remembered. The committee were also planning a mass meeting at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, for 27th November and had secured as the main speaker, Mr Arthur Marshall, M.P. for Wakefield and were hoping to also have a United States Congressman address the meeting.
“In Shipley over a dozen such meetings were held. In the out districts, from the heights of Queensbury to the plains of Greengates, from rural Eccleshill to smoky Low Moor, we have had thirty such meetings”
Committee spreading the war aims message
At the annual meeting of the Bradford Band of Hope Union on Saturday, a resolution was adopted on the motion of the Rev W Bowker, vicar of St Luke’s Bradford and formerly curate at Shipley. It declared that the meeting of Band of Hope and temperance workers viewed with dismay and strongly protested against the announcement that barley, which had been recommended for mixture with flour, was to be charged at a higher price when used for that purpose than when used for making intoxicating drinks. The resolution was carried with acclamation and it was decided to send copies of it to the Prime Minister and the Member of Parliament for Bradford and the surrounding district.
Temperance protests over barley
At a meeting of Baildon Council, discussion turned to dung, especially that left by horses in the road. Cllr Wm Holmes said there was a request from several allotment holders that as a special favour the Council’s servants would leave the sweeping at convenient spare places near the various allotments. Cllr Carroll though it absurd and Cllr J Ward Holmes jocularly suggested the advisability of appointing a Minister of Manure. Nuisance Cllr Tindall said that a tip in the middle of the main street had become a nuisance. Cases had arisen where the Council’s men had had to remove manure which was creating a nuisance. Cllr Jowett, speaking as an allotment holder, said that manure from tar- spread roads was a nuisance and he hoped the men would give his holding a miss. Cllr Holmes said allotment holders had taken the manure away in barrows. Cllr Jowett thought that enough time had been spent over the manure question and moved the adoption of the minutes with the addition that the road sweepings should be taken to the nearest allotment.
Baildon Council tackle the manure question
Spenborough Urban District Council visited Shipley on Tuesday afternoon in the course of the investigations they are making with a view to the purchase of a motor fire engine. Earlier in the afternoon they had visited Bradford where they were given a display by the Dennis Motor Fire Engine. At Shipley, the deputation, which was a large one, was met by the Chairman of the Council, Cllr Hill, the chairman of the Fire Brigade Committee, Cllr Moody, and Cllrs Baxter and Hirst. 100ft lift By arrangement with Capt Wilks and the driver of the fire engine, the deputation were able to inspect the Merryweather Fire Engine at Shipley Station. They were taken on the engine to the depot in Ashley Lane where suction pipes were put into the canal and a display given of two-hose, three-hose and single-hose work. The highest lift of the single hose was about 100 feet. The visitors seemed highly satisfied with what they saw and expressed appreciation.
Fire engine demonstration
During the past municipal year the sludge pressing plant at the Esholt sewage works has dealt with 192,000 tons of sludge. From this has emerged 23,627 tons of sludge cake, which is slightly more than last year. Grease has been extracted at a most satisfactory rate and ratepayers are told that the prices have ruled high on account of the war. Fertilisers The sale of pressed cake to manure merchants for the manufacture of fertilisers has now reached the limit of the department’s production. It would thus seem that the danger of the landscape being blotted with huge stacks of cake and giving off a by no means pleasant smell has disappeared. No less than 6,065 cubic yards of crude material were extracted at Frizinghall, that is, before the sewage is sent through the steel pipe to Esholt for treatment there.
No fear of sludge stacks
Dialect columnist Bob Stubbs  was not afraid to be controversial. T’warr trails on. Gets farther off if owt. It’s time sum’dy oppon’d the’r maath. Nivver a week passes but what it’s a temptation to riters like me – us ‘at rites to t’papers reg’lar an’ opens were minds mooar er less – it’s a temptation to say summat strong. We’re hodden bac, nut thru fear o’ libel bud thru fear o’ sayin’ summat, theease seearious times, ‘at might dew mooar  harm ner good. Scot-free Bud as far as aw’m concern’d – me, Bob Stubbs – aw’m commin’ to a stage abart t’warr ‘at aw s’ll hod it back noa longer an’ wun o’ t’first things aw s’ll say it’ll be this: Hah the Hamlet is it ‘at Germans can live i’ Bradforth, scot-free, an’ goa abart same as if they belonged all t’world? Aw knaw rather mooar abart t’Bradforth Germans ner what aw’m at liberty to say bud aw cannot be hinder’d thru sayin’ this here ‘at if aw’d my way, aw’d put all t’Bradforth Germans under lock an’ key afooar to-morn at nine o’clock. Soa they can tak’ t’hint!
I would lock up all Bradford Germans
Mr Laurie Bateson, a member of the chief collector’s department at Somerset House, has recently left the Shipley District Council’s  service to join the wireless section of the navy. Mr Bateson was very popular with his colleagues and on his departure he was presented by Mr Albert Smith with a complete shaving  outfit and a set of toilet brushes with good wishes and the hope that he comes back safely.
Farewell presentation
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