Friday 9 February 1917
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Sometimes the language used in the early part of the 20th century is a bit startling 100 years later  Mr Walter Popplestone, Director of Education, has prepared the following return, giving particulars of mentally defective children in the Shipley Schools. A) Children who are merely dull and backward and who are able to benefit by the education given in an ordinary Elementary School (45 boys, 17 girls) B) Children who are of the ‘border-line’ class, i.e. the retarded normal child or the potential feeble-minded child, who are not able to properly benefit from the education given in the ordinary Elementary Schools but who may be expected to make progress in an Intermediate or Special Class attached to an Elementary School (21 boys, 17 girls). C) Children who are definitely mentally defective and who are unable to profit by the instruction given in an ordinary Elementary School, but who may be satisfactorily dealt with in Special Day Classes or in Residential Institutions (4 boys). The Education Committee have instructed Dr Forster to examine the children in Class C and report on the form suggested by the Board of education.
Children with learning difficulties
The paper couldn’t resist the opportunity of a little dig at Shipley’s neighbour. Can any good come out of Nazareth – or rather Shipley? Considering the way in which certain papers usually refer to anything appertaining to Shipley, we may be pardoned for asking such a question and supplying the answer by giving a quotation from a contemporary: Bradford might take a useful tip from Shipley in respect to one method of advertising the daily contributions to the Victory War Loan. Our neighbours have had fixed to the tram standards at the important junctions, illuminated notices setting forth the amount to be aimed at and leaving a blank space for “Today’s total.” There is scope in the city for some advertising genius. The inference is, of course, that there is, after all, genius to be found at Shipley. What a discovery! We had always been led to believe that genius began and ended within the boundaries of our powerful neighbour. But times change! It may interest Bradfordians to hear that the originator of the idea was Mr Ernest Parkinson and that  that and other excellent advertising methods were worked out in detail by Cllr Thomas Hill, chairman of the District Council, and Mr Harold Barnes, who has charge of the Information Bureau.
Bradford may not have all the genius after all
There was an enormous campaign to persuade people to loan the government money to keep financing the war, reflected in this editorial comment piece. This is not the time for smooth sayings, or self- congratulation. We may well ask ourselves what will happen if ratepayers shelter behind their municipalities and shareholders behind their companies. The big corporations of all kinds have given the lead, have sounded the advance. Now it is ‘over the top’ for the rank and file. In the majority of cases the individual is playing up to the lead of the corporate bodies. But time is short and every man, woman and child able to do so must come forward and lend money to the nation. Sheer necessity The word ‘must’ is used not as a threat, for we are a free community. It is the ‘must’ of sheer necessity. Five and a quarter millions of Germans have had the public spirit to put down their money. If this can be done in the cause of aggression, to crucify mankind, and to bring upon Europe the darkness of Calvary, what shall not we do safe in our own homes? To appeal to the wage-earner in terms of £.s.d. would be an insult. There are many who, like the fisherman’s wife, are prepared to send their all to the Chancellor of the Exchequer without interest or publicity. We are not asked to do that. Therefore, every Briton who wants peace must pay the price by self- denial and economy. Peace for which they all are longing,
is being purchased already in the trenches at the price of sickness, pain and death. Let us warm ourselves at our comfortable fires and eat the bread that our Navy guarantees. But if there be any heat in our blood, let it not end there. Every individual must lend, lend, lend. The amount raised for the Loan in Shipley had, when we went to press, reached the total of £135.000 which is all new money; so that £115,000 more is still required to bring the sum up to
that at which it was decided to aim. Let everyone do his or her duty and there need be no fear as to the result. The house to house canvas has been commenced in three wards whilst a meeting was held last night to make arrangements in regard to the other two. As the amount invested by Shipley people increases, it is indicated in various manners in the principal thoroughfares of the town but we notice that there is no result indicator in one of the most important places, namely the Midland Station. Arrangements for one to be on view there should be made without delay. The banks will again be open on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. for the convenience of those who want to do their ‘bit.’
Time for public to step up and lend, lend lend!
“Peace for which they all are longing, is being purchased already in the trenches at the price of sickness, pain and death. Let us warm ourselves at our comfortable fires and eat the bread that our Navy guarantees. But if there be any heat in our blood, let it not end there. Every individual must lend, lend, lend.”
Cllr John Garnett, who on Monday night was re-elected president of the Idle Constitutional Club, is a strong believer in such institutions and in his speech at the annual meeting he had much of interest to say regarding their value. The chief reason for the existence of such a place should be, of course, the inculcation of the principles of the cause for which it stands, and the promotion of sociability amongst its members. Cllr Garnett lays great stress on the first-named object and with a view to making a club that great educational power which it undoubtedly can be made, he would have a room set apart solely for conversation and debates. Little more than drinking dens Much valuable time is wasted at clubs simply because they are not put to the uses for which they were established. Many political clubs are little more than drinking dens whilst in others, men do nothing but lounge or play billiards. The educative influence of clubs is far too small and the
problem of making them what they might be = and what every right-thinking person desires them to be – should not prove too difficult of solution for those responsible for their management. The dividing line which must always exist between clubs and ‘pubs’ was pointed out by Cllr Garnett, who did not hesitate to say that of the two he preferred the former. This is how he spoke of the difference between the two institutions: “While at a club a man may have a glass of beer and finish at that, even if he stays there the whole day; it is only natural that in return for the accommodation provided he should be constantly spending at a pub.” In other words, the difference lies in the fact that while the supply of liquor is the primary object of the pub that is merely a secondary object of the club, its primary purpose being as stated above. Cllr Garnett would be the last person to level criticism against properly conducted pubs. All he wants to do – as is evident from his speech – is to emphasise his preference of clubs because under ideal conditions they may be made of high educational and social value.
Beer supply is key difference between clubs and pubs
A Benzole (coal tar) Plant has been installed at Shipley Gasworks and is working satisfactorily, the benzole produced being of standard quality. The production of benzole is satisfactory and there has been little or no deterioration in the quality of the gas supplied to consumers The cost of the supervision of the plant was high at the start but this will be reduced now that the plant is in working order.
Benzole plant installed
Glee Union planned
In connection with the Eccleshill Church Institute, a movement is on foot to form a Glee Union of male voices. The movement is being well supported by the male members of the Church Choir. An appeal is being made for alto voices and if this request is met, the district bids fair to be enriched by another choir whose services will be well worth securing. Mr E S Hird, of Idle, the choirmaster, is to be the conductor and with such an able musician at the head of affairs, success is assured.
Little demand for electricity in the avenue
Shipley Council’s electrical engineer, Mr Redman, recently enquired into the probable number of consumers of electricity in Beechwood Avenue. It appears that only one can be obtained at the present time. The council have therefore decided they will incur the necessary cost of laying the cable as long as the consumer will agree to pay a percentage of the outlay.
Council official in serious motor accident
An accident of a serious nature befell Mr J Myers, surveyor of the Baildon District Council, on Saturday afternoon whilst riding his motorcycle up Browgate. In passing a mineral water waggon at the bend in the road immediately below the Primitive Chapel, the side- car apparently lifted and the machine overturning, he was thrown underneath. He sustained concussion and other severe injuries, especially about the head, which will probably confine him to his house for several weeks.
Arnold Cordingley of Greenates is to receive a prize from the Education Committee for his record of nine and a half years’ unbroken school attendance. It is certainly a record of which any boy may be proud and a prize is well deserved.
Exemplary school record
The Local Government Board have asked Shipley District Council to appoint a full-time Health Visitor and in accordance with instructions, Mr Isaac Lindow, the clerk, has replied that the Council is still of the opinion that the time was inopportune for making such an appointment and suggested that the matter should be deferred until qualified nurses were available to fill the position
Wrong time for Council to appoint health visitor
Road plans blocked
The West Riding Highways Committee decline to agree to the Shipley Council’s application for wood block paving to be laid in Saltaire Road in front of the Central Schools.
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