Friday 16 February 1917
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While addressing a meeting of employees about War Loans, Sir James Roberts, owner of Salts Mill, pointed out that the wage bill at Saltaire had gone up by £1,000 per week as compared with the amount paid before the war, although much of the machinery was idle for want of workers. While it was admitted that food had become much dearer, it was stated that rents at Saltaire, an important item of domestic expenditure, were no higher than they were sixty years ago when the houses were built.
Saltaire Mills workers faring better than most
The Windhill Old Folks’ Treat Committee is busy preparing for their 24th annual gathering. The Sunday Concert in aid of their funds will be held on 25th February. The principals are Miss May Changer, Miss Annie Lonsdale, Mr Frank Wheatley and Mr Charlesworth George with Mr W Dracup as conductor, Mr A Hall accompanist and Sir Ellis Denby chairman. Food is very expensive From the number of tickets already sold there is certain to be a large audience. Some of the Old Folk were a little concerned as to whether they would have their treat this year, seeing that food of every kind is now very expensive, but I am told that the donations of provisions and cash are coming in as liberally as ever. The people of Windhill are determined that the aged shall not miss their annual gathering.
Windhill generosity reassures old folk
Master Harry Frear of Baildon won the fifth prize in the choirboys’ competition at the Mrs Sunderland Musical Competition at Huddersfield on Saturday. Master Frear has generally done better in these competitions but he was suffering seriously from a cold
Cold pushes Harry down the field
Co-op sales increase
.At the half-yearly meeting of the Greengates and Apperley Bridge Co- operative Society Ltd it was stated that the net sales for the half year amounted to £12,533 16s 4d, making for the year £23,613 17s 10d, being an increase of £4,291 5s 8½d over the year 1915. The net surplus after all expenses had been provided for, including interest on share capital, small savings and the depreciation of property, amounts to £1,566 4s 5½d. The past year having been exceptionally trying and expensive, a dividend of 2s 6d in the £ on members’ outstanding accounts was recommended, absorbing £1,533 1s.
A much respected Eccleshill resident has passed away in the person of Mr William Norton, late of 397 Harrogate Road, after a long illness. For over 40 years he as employed at the Old Mill as a master spinner and for 30 years was a member of the Eccleshill Cricket Club. He was one of the founders of the Eccleshill Glee Union and officiated as its treasurer for 14 years. The deceased passed away in his 59th year and left a widow and one son. The funeral took place on Saturday and was largely attended The Rev W J Lampard conducted the last rites and the interment took place in the Congregational Cemetery.
Eccleshill stalwart dies
Idle girls do their bit
Idle Parish Church Girls’ Guildry, of which Miss Annie Shuttleworth is the Guardian, has sent a parcel of comforts to D1 Ward of the St Luke’s Military Hospital in which Miss Dorothy Forster, the vicar’s daughter, is a nurse. The members of the Guildry meet on Wednesday every week and make comforts for our soldiers and sailors.
Speaking at a meeting of Shipley Independent Labour Party, Cllr Thomas Blythe referred to the very important position which the branch had achieved and maintained up to perhaps 18 months ago. Since then, however, some considerable disintegration appeared to have set in which was very much to be deplored. Deterioration No doubt the calling up of the young men of the party would account to some extent for this deterioration but he failed to see why the members of the ILP should form separate organisations such as the Women’s Humanity League or join outside movements such as the Union of Democratic Control. Both of those might be very useful in the way of propaganda for the
achievement of their own special objects but hey were all included in the socialist movement of the ILP itself. For this reason he had declined to join these unnecessary institutions and recommended the members to use their efforts in urging these reforms within their own organisation of the  ILP which had been ever since its inception, the greatest Humanity League and advocate of Democratic Control. In an editorial on the subject, the newspaper wrote: “It is quite evident that the Shipley Branch of the Independent Labour Party is not at the
moment a very happy family and Cllr Blythe, who for many years was the president, has though it advisable to appeal for a closer unity among its members.” It went on to lament the fact that Cllr Blythe was no longer in a leading position in the party and concludes: “We are aware that the Branch possesses neither the numerical strength nor the prestige on which it could pride itself a few years ago. Muddle “The real reason for that is difficult to find but we actually heard the remark the other day, ‘What a muddle t’young bloods made o’things!’ “For this we can vouch, however, that one or two of the ‘young bloods’ turned out to be conscientious objectors.”
Crisis in Shipley branch of Labour Party
“It is quite evident that the Shipley Branch of the Independent Labour Party is not at the moment a very happy family “
Mr R Garnett of Bramhope and formerly of Idle, at a meeting of the Wharfedale Agricultural Society on Friday, criticised the Military Authorities for calling up men employed on the land. It had been agreed, he said, that men engaged on dairy farms should not be called up before April 1st, yet many of these men had received their calling-up notices and were now in khaki. Muddle He advised those farmers whose sons or servants had received the same notices to return them to Keighley. The military authorities seemed to have got into a hopeless muddle and the policy of the Government in regard to this matter was bringing farmers to a state of desperation. It was utterly impossible for the country if Government persisted in their present policy. Apparently the Minister of Agriculture was overruled by the War Office at every point.
Anger over call-up of farm workers
Mr Albert Smith, chief assistant overseer of Shipley, appeared at West Riding Police Court in support of a summonses issued for the recovery of the poor rate The only ratepayer who put in an appearance was Francis Joseph Chad, an Alsatian by birth and a member of the Ligue Patriotice d’Alsace Lorraine, who lives at Hopedale, Carlton Road, Shipley. One of Mr Chad’s sons is fighting with  the British Forces and another is a prisoner of war in Germany Mr Smith explained that the defendant had not paid the rate for two years and while no proceedings had been taken against him last year, the auditor persuaded the overseer to bring the matter to the notice of the magistrates this year. Mr Smith also stated that the overseers were of the opinion that as Mr Chad was still in possession of the house which was worth £45 per annum, he ought to make arrangements to meet the charges. Mr Chad was asked by the chairman, Sir James Roberts, if he was following any employment and the reply was that he had not yet been able to get work. The bench agreed to issue a distress warrant for the recovery of the amount owing. Mr Chad has been advised to enrol for service under Mr Chamberlain’s National Scheme.
Court orders payment of poor rate
At Otley Police Court on Friday Mrs Eliza Heaton, a widow from Baildon, was summoned for not obscuring the light in her home on January 23rd. The defendant did not appear. P.C. King stated that at 10.30 p.m. he was with P.C. Cooper in Otley Road, Baildon when he saw a bright light shining from the defendant’s dwelling-house in Station Road. It was an incandescent light from a bedroom window. There were three windows but only one blind was drawn He knocked at the door and the defendant answered and asked them to call on the following day. They did so and the defendant then said she was responsible for the light and had forgotten to draw the two blinds A fine of six shillings was imposed.
Widow fined for forgetting  to draw blinds at night
JOSEPH LEE, (Successor to the late Henry Lee) BUILDER AND JOBBING MASON 47 RHODES STREET and Holdsworth’s Yard, Saltaire Road, SHIPLEY Jobbing Work promptly     attended to Estimates given
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