Friday 23 February 1917
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By the death of Mr William Hainsworth of 21 Ley Fleaks Road, Idle, which took place on Tuesday, February 19th, after a fall down the chamber stairs on the previous Thursday, a worthy and, in some respects, unique character has been removed from the district. Popularly known as Bill, the old gentleman retained the almost undiminished use of his mental faculties up to the very last and although of late years his physical infirmities had become very marked and he had suffered from acute paralysis of the legs, he was often to be seen in the vicinity of his home, cracking jokes with old friends and refreshing the memory of those whose recollections had become dimmed, with reminiscences of Idle in the days of his youth. He was 84 years of age and by some strange coincidence the anniversary of his birthday occurred on the very day he met with the accident which brought about his death.
Of course, Mr Hainsworth had lived retired for almost a quarter of a century. He made a reputation in the first place as a manufacturer of flannel – ‘Hainsworth flannel’ being known for miles around. At the time he occupied the rooms adjoining the house wherein he died. All his weaving was done on the old hand-looms and so prosperous was his trade that in order to meet the demand for his flannel he had to employ two old men to help him. Writing verses Later on, when the hand-loom was superseded by the power loom, Mr Hainsworth obtained looms at the New Mills, Idle, where he carried on his business for a good number of years. One of his recreations outside his business was cricket and the stories he told about the old ‘top hat’ games were many and interesting. His great hobby, however, was the writing of verses and his fame in this direction spread far beyond the borders of Idle. He was a good reciter and in his convivial way entertained innumerable audiences with his inimitable stories. In his earlier days he was a teacher at the Idle Independent Sunday School.
Fall on the stairs robs Idle of one of its great characters
George Brannon (17), finisher of 15 School Hill, Windhill, and Lewis Holden (19), woolcomber of 113 Briggate, Windhill, were summoned for wilful damage to the fittings of third class railway compartment. The former pleaded guilty and the latter not guilty. Mr R J Turner, solicitor for the company, said that on Sunday 21 January, the defendants with a number of companions had been from Shipley to Bingley. It seemed they were in the habit of going to Bingley, walking about the streets, returning home by the last train in a more or less boisterous state. On this occasion they were jumping on the seats and finally breaking down two luggage or parcel racks by main force. When the train got to Shipley the defendants quietly got out and eluded detection. Amusing themselves When charged with the offence, first they denied it but eventually admitted amusing themselves in the way described. The defendants had rendered themselves liable to a penalty of £5 and as much damage to carriages was done in this way, the proceedings had been brought by the company with a view to putting a stop to such conduct. Holden said that while pulling Brannan’s legs with one hand, he got hold of the rack with the other but he had no intention of doing any damage. The chairman, Sir James Roberts, said: “The railway companies must be protected against such hooligans as you. You will each fined 40s and costs and you will also have to pay the damages.”
Railway hooligans fined
Mr Harry Greenfield, JP, of Shipley has rendered his country a good service by the attitude he has invariably adopted in regard to the question of peace. Whenever he finds himself amongst loquacious peace-cranks whose conduct is always more helpful to the enemy than to the country they call their own, he loses no opportunity of making it clear that the present is not the time to talk about making overtures to Germany. On being elected by the Shipley Trades Council as delegate to the Conference in favour of Yorkshire Federation of Trades Councils, he was instructed to support a resolution in favour of Britain opening up negotiations for peace but as he indicated at last week’s meeting of the Council, he voted against the proposal. That, of course, is just what we should have expected from Mr Greenfield. Lukewarmness Although the motion was agreed to by the Federation, there was, as Mr Greenfield pointed out, much lukewarmness in regard to it and actually less than half of the 39 delegates supported the motion. Those who by abstaining from voting made it possible for the un-British delegates to carry their motion ought to remember that there can be no British neutrals in this crisis. He that is not for Britain is against her. We are at the turning point of the ways in the great war for our national existence and for the existence of the Empire and now is the time for those peace-cranks at Shipley and elsewhere of  the Pickern-Knox- Bullock type to help the country out of its difficult position instead of being nervous lest the feelings of the enemy should be hurt, and instead of putting things in the way of their country’s success.
Independent Harry votes against peace cranks
At Otley Police Court on Friday, a Baildon schoolboy, aged 11, named William Henry Moody, was charged at a Children’s Court with stealing a bicycle lamp, value five shillings, the property of the postmaster general. It was stated that Alfred Burrows, of Shipley, postman, went out on his machine on February 10th and he left it about 8 o’clock outside the post office at Baildon. When he returned the lamp was gone. Inquiries were made by the police and the lad was subsequently seen flashing the lamp in Woodbottom, Baildon. He then said that he had found it under a stone in a field. Been to the pictures The boy’s mother said that her son had been to the pictures in the afternoon and he came home at 5 o’clock after which he never went out. She was bathing him at 8 o’clock, at the time the lamp was said to have been stolen. The defendant said he found the lamp under some bricks in the corner of a field where children came from school. The Bench said there was an element of doubt in the case and the defendant would be given the benefit. The case would be dismissed
Alibi gives boy the benefit of doubt
Those attending the annual meeting of Idle and Thackley District Nursing Association at Free Library Rooms were told that the organisation was in robust health. The audience applauded when financial statement presented by Mrs F Padgett, hon treasurer, showed that there was a surplus on the year’s working of £21 7s 10d despite a slight decrease in the number of subscribers. Mrs H W Hutton, hon secretary, praised the work of the fund raisers who had ‘done splendid work’ and also the support the Association had received from Idle Musical Union who ‘have given a number of musical performances which the committee
regretted had not been better patronised.” Turning to the work of the Association, Mrs Hutton added: “In the early part of the year it was feared
that the committee would lose the services of Nurse Snowden but the difficulties at the time were overcome and unanimous approval was expressed at the fact that she was able to continue her good work in the district. “During the year 3,058 visits have been made by the nurse and there have been 20 deaths “The committee are deeply indebted to Mrs Emmot Butterfield for the services she rendered to certain of the more serious cases when Nurse Snowden was taking her holiday in July.” In his vote of thanks, Mr Fred Padgett expressed the opinion that the Nursing Association was a very good thing indeed. Hospital near home “I am often reminded of the necessity of such institutions by the common spectacle of men moving about dressed in hospital blue uniforms. “It is a strange thing to me that the wounded soldiers cannot be treated in the hospitals near their own homes “Some day, perhaps, our lads will be returning, broken in health, and then there will be plenty of work for the Association to do. “We shall want somebody to attend to them and I know of no institution better able to grapple with the question than the Nursing Association.”
Nursing Association serving the community well
   Mrs H W Hutton            Mrs F Padgett
Money being the deciding factor in this war, Shipley has every reason to be proud of what she has achieved in connection with the War Loan. The sum invested through the banks and the Post Office at Shipley is practically £300,000 but if particulars of all the money from Shipley people had been furnished, it is probable that the amount would have been more than half a million. That this is not an over-estimation is evident from authoritative figures we have been able to secure relative to money which has passed through certain Bradford banks and were included in the Bradford returns. Shipley’s result has not been reached without much self-denying effort.  Much enthusiasm has been put into the work and all who have helped in any way to achieve success have the satisfaction of knowing that thereby they have added a little to that accumulating force which will, before long, deal the knock-out blow to the barbarous Huns.
Shipley can be proud
Following complaints, Shipley Gas Committee admitted that the quality of gas had been reduced by the extraction of benzole required by the Government. During the intense frost there had also been difficulties cause by the deposit of naphthalene in the mains and frozen syphons. The Gas Committee, however, desire to point out that the quality of gas is quite satisfactory for incandescent burners, gas cookers and gas fires, but cannot be depended upon for flat- flame burners and this consumers should bear in mind.
Gas quality reduced
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