Friday 20 April 1917
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‘Fickle’ April has been an appellation for the month which is fast closing for many a long year but was it ever so suggestive as in this year of our Lord? Snow and rain and alternately bright sunshine and warm gleams of golden light across the moors and athwart the low-lying pastures where the young lambs bleat as the hail descends again, for the weather has been indeed remarkable in its variableness. Among the flora that April should bring along – for the old adage runs that ‘April comes with hack and bill and plants a flower on ev’ry hill’ – is far from being borne out this season. Yet the thrush and the blackbird sing of the promise of spring and by and by the daisies and buttercups will fill the fields in countless numbers. Rowland Thirlmere wrote of ‘Maid April’: Ah April, April thou canst do So much with morning gold and blue, But canst thou with thy dear, divine, Sweet necromancy bring a sign – A primrose or anemone – Unto my soul’s wild wood; give me The thrush’s faith, the blackbird’s hope – Bring back from boyhood’s morning slope The lark’s pure outpouring of joy, The morning freshness of the boy!
Reflections on a fickle April
Under the heading of ‘No Hurry Tribunals’, the Daily Mail published the following paragraph on Tuesday: No hurry for the Army appears to be the motto of the Shipley Tribunal. At a sitting recently the exemptions granted to a large number of mill hands were freely extended to September 30th. These are a few of the persons exempted to that date: - Willie Kaye, 23, order clerk; J Collinson, 27, Class A, overlooker; T H Manners, 30, B1, stock-keeper; Thos Hewitt, 29, B1, spinning overlooker; A E Bingham, 26, B1, yarn clerk; Fred Milner, 26, B1, drawing overlooker.
Wail from the Mail over Shipley Tribunal verdicts
Boys, teachers, civil servants and women needed to ensure the farms can function
“Upon the farmer rests, in a large measure, the final responsibility for winning the war.” These words, spoken by Mr Houston, Secretary for Agriculture in the United States, do not apply only to the American farmer, it is hardly necessary to state. Upon the British farmer rests a great and immediate responsibility; and there is abundant evidence that the fact is thoroughly recognised throughout the country. The pressing demand for agricultural workers, both male and female is being vigorously met by the Agricultural Section of the National Service Department and by the Women’s Section of the Department in collaboration with the Board of Agriculture. Male labour For male labour several sources are being drawn upon. Apart from soldiers in the Home Forces
temporarily released by the Military Authorities for work on the land at the instance of the National Services Department, an organisation has been started which is to cover schoolboys – such of them at least, as are big and strong enough for the work – over the whole country, wherever their services may be needed. Distributed Another source of labour is that of civil servants and school teachers when not engaged in their ordinary duties. These are being distributed in the same way as the boys. Again, a large number of municipal corporations and local authorities in England and Scotland are lending employees with agricultural experience to work for fixed periods on the land. With regard to the women, the National Service appeal for them to enrol in the Women’s Land Army is
bring in a steady stream from the very class of strong and healthy young women required. 10,000 milkmaids Ten thousand signed enrolment forms have been received at the St Ermin’s Hotel headquarters alone and, in addition, many hundreds of applications by letter have reached both headquarters and the offices of the Woman’s War Agricultural Committee throughout the country. The demand for their services is such that, of milkmaids alone, 10,000 are wanted at the earliest possible moment. The training of women for farm work is proceeding all over the kingdom, the organisation of the various centres being very thorough and the housing and welfare of the workers being very carefully attended to. It is hoped to keep these training centres fully supplied with suitable fresh batches of students as earlier batches are placed with the farmers and also to send direct to the latter those who have experience of farm work.
For several years the Co-operative Society have had a thriving branch store at the junction of Chapel Street and Victoria Road, Eccleshill, but this has been quite inadequate to meet the increasing trade for some time. The Co-operative committee after careful consideration decided to pull down the old premises and erect a new structure on the same spot and the work is now in the hands of the builder. Mr Harry Wilkinson of Shipley is the manager of the store and Mr Lewis Oates is the secretary and  general manager for the society
Work started on building new Eccleshill Co-op
Miss Hannah Mitchell, matron at Sir Titus Salt Hospital, arranged a concert and dance at Victoria Hall to raise funds for the soldiers being treated at the hospital. ‘The Victoria Hall had been tastefully decorated for the occasion and presented a charming appearance. The platform was embellished with choice plants, whilst prominent in the bunting with which the room was adorned was the national colours of the Allies.’ In her welcoming speech, Miss Mitchell, who was in the chair in the absence of Sir James Roberts, said “We Shipley people are honoured by having the wounded soldiers in our midst and we must see that they are well treated.” No encores allowed And among those she thanked for helping her with the arrangements were “The workpeople at Saltaire who have collected in their different departments, sufficient money to defray all the ordinary expenses this evening.” She then warned: “Our programme is rather long, when we consider what has to follow. No encores will be allowed. We must run though as quickly as
possible so that the dance may commence promptly.” During the interval, Miss Mitchell added a few more words: “We hear a lot about food control these days and indeed it behoves us all to see that we are patriotic enough not to go to excess in feeding so that there may be enough for us all. “So far as our wounded men are concerned, they have had some controls and when you see a man with every tooth broken off with eating hard biscuits you feel that now he has got to Blighty, we must do something to compensate him for all the privations he has endured to save our country from horrors worse than death. “They come to us with their weight much below the normal. They need building up to take their place in either the ranks or to return to civil life. “You, in helping our Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund are putting us into a position of being able to supplement the Government allowances by good, nourishing food and other things to make the men
strong and well. “Your kindness to the men is proverbial and they carry away from Shipley many very pleasant memories of the practical sympathy shown to them during their stay with us. Three handkerchiefs “The men are most grateful for all that is done but it seems to me to be more fitting that we should show our gratitude for all they have done, are doing and will have to do before this terrible war is over. “On behalf of the ‘boys’ I thank you for all your kindnesses to them, for kindly words spoken and for kindly acts done. “I have also to return thanks for certain acts of violence towards the ‘boys’ as when the barber ran after one of them with his razor when he offered to pay for a shave. The good shopkeepers who will not be paid for rubber tips for crutches and drapers who give them three handkerchiefs when they go to buy one.”
Matron’s gives thanks on behalf of, but mainly to the ‘boys’
“When you see a man with every tooth broken off with eating hard biscuits you feel that now he has got to Blighty, we must do something to compensate him for all the privations he has endured to save our country from horrors worse than death.”
The Rev T Beresford Hope, vicar of St Peter’s, Shipley, reviewed the previous year at the annual vestry meeting. He said it had been far from a normal year owing to the war adding, “Over 400 members of the parish are serving in His Majesty’s forces, including 40 communicants and four Sunday School teachers. Encouraging response “An effort has been made to keep in touch with the lads who have gone from the parish. Parcels and letters have periodically been sent out to the front and very encouraging response received in reply.” He added that he had been giving a great deal of thought to the vexed question of whether it was all right for people work on a Sunday during war time. He said he felt a little concerned about Sunday labour on the land. He did not object to it, however, if it was absolutely necessary and he thought it possible for anyone to put in two or three hours on Sunday afternoon and yet honour God by their attendance at church. Ten years of Sundays “The Sabbath is wholly made for man and in the ordinary lifetime of seventy years there are ten years of Sundays and the manner in which a man spends Sundays will make a deep impression on a man’s life. “The hope of the future rests with the individual and we must realise our own responsibilities. “If the war makes a demand upon our soldiers to live a new life, surely we must do our duty and live our lives to a better advantage.”
St Peter’s vicar on Sunday Observance
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