Friday 6 April 1917
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TOMMY’S DEPUTY MISS E A WALKER of Daisy Place, Saltaire, a lady porter at the Saltaire Station.
A case in front of the Military Tribunal gave an insight into the attitude to women and also the problems faced by men trying to combine running their business with contributing to the war effort. A man named Harold Broadbent, monumental mason, had appeared previously and been put back to find work of national importance. He was now being employed 40 or 50 hours a week as a cartridge dipper at the rate of 7d an hour. Mr Burton, the military representative on the Tribunal, said: “You could find a more exacting job than that, could you not?  One hears of girls doing that kind of work and a girl should make a typical dipper, you know.” Exploited Mr Broadbent: “They could do the work but they will not have it. Girls have been employed on the job and they come a day but when they find it is dirty, they leave.” Cllr Learoyd felt the man was being exploited by his employer to which Mr Broadbent said that he had experienced great difficulty finding suitable employment. He was asked if his sick father was any better and replied: “He will never be better again, sir, I am finding it exceedingly difficult to carry on at all. “It is the money that is troubling me. I am going to the bad every week and it requires £4 or £5 a week at our house.”
War worker struggling to survive
During the course of a meeting of Calverley District Council the Clerk reported that a letter had been received from the Women’s Municipal Party drawing attention to the fact that women were eligible for election on local governing bodies and asking the Council that the claims of any woman should be considered as vacancies arose. The Chairman said: “That may be all right but we won’t discuss it now” (laughter).
Women’s rights on hold
The previous week the newspaper had published a report in which Mr E C Newbould, the Clerk to the Wharfedale Guardians had criticised Rev C E Crane, vicar of Esholt, for comments he had made about the Board’s treatment of a soldier’s family. The soldier had been committed to an asylum and Rev Crane said the Guardians were taking too much of the family’s allowance for his care, putting the wife and children in poverty. Pension Mr Newbould had made a stinging response, accusing the Rev Crane of inaccuracies, but now the vicar hit back. He quoted a War Office minister’s letter which spelled out that the soldier had been granted a pension of 20 shillings a week, of which the Guardians were taking 12 shillings for his maintenance in the asylum. The wife was to be left
with the other eight shillings plus 2s for each of her two children. After answering other accusations of inaccuracies, Rev Crane concluded: “It seems from the remarks which were made at the meeting of the Wharfedale Guardians that the ratepayers are not on any account to question the work of the Guardians but it is a strange guardianship when a soldier’s children have to live on the generosity of relatives. Workhouse “These children would have been compelled to go to the workhouse had it not been for the grandparents. “In conclusion, I ask the following question: Have the Guardians no power to raise a special rate pending settlement? Are all the public statements that were made at the beginning of the war that the soldiers’ families should never go wanting to be taken as a scrap of paper?”
Esholt vicar hits back in support of soldiers’ families
Pte T Thornton of 156 Highfield Road, Idle, was the first soldier to be put on agricultural work in this district. He is engaged at Pudding Hall Farm. Two others who have recently taken up similar work locally are Pte Willie Spencer and Pte R Taylor, both of Walter Street and both employed on a farm at Eccleshill.
Soldiers on the farm
Cllr E Reynolds, chairman of Shipley Council Finance Committee, made a long presentation on the annual accounts in which he announced the rates would stay at the same level and that Shipley was in a financially ‘glorious position.’ At the end of his speech he turned to what might lie ahead: “After the war is over there will be the revival of the schemes which the Council have had to keep in abeyance, such as the housing schemes and the new public offices scheme.
“In addition to these, there will be undoubtedly greater cost of the present service which the Council render to the public. Steady level “In my opinion and in the opinion of all the members of the Council, it is wiser to keep a substantial balance in hand to meet any emergency which may arise and to keep the rates at a steady level rather than lower them one year and put on twice as much the next year.
“I believe that the big majority of ratepayers of the town are sharing in the prosperity of the times and are able to keep up their payments as evidenced by the fact that the rate returns are so satisfactory. “The Council feels that it is in the interest of the ratepayers as a whole that the rate should be kept at its present level in the hope that should a time of depression come the Council’s accounts will be in such a position that it may be possible to then afford some relief in the shape of a reduction in the rate. “That is my answer to critics outside who argue that we could and ought to have lowered the rate 6d or 8d. Tramways “For the coming year the estimates have been carefully considered by the various committees and show that with the same rate as last year the Council will be able to meet the growing demands on the rate for loan charges (which are increased by £954), the first instalment on Somerset House of £425, to put £500 to tramways reconstruction reserve and also to provide for full street lighting if required next winter and leave a balance of £3158 at the end of the year.”
Council look forward with financial confidence
Mr T A Booth of Idle has been appointed captain of the Bingley cricket team for the approaching season. For 17 seasons he played with the Idle team and has long been one of the finest cricketers of whom the Bradford League could boast. He was ‘skipper’ at Idle for a good number of years, including that year when Idle won both the League and the Charity Cup competitions. Last year he played with Pudsey St Lawrence with whom he established the highest average in league matches. His highest score for the season was 98 not out against Pudsey Britannia. On several occasions he topped the half century. He is hoping to have the services of Mr Frank Smith, whom he claims to have discovered, along with other well-known exponents of our national game. Asked the reason why he was not prepared to play with the club of his native village, Mr Booth replied: “It is because of a letter which I received from the committee two year ago. I shall not turn out with Idle again until that letter has been cancelled in writing.”
Former skipper turns his back on Idle
The postal arrangements for the holidays are as follows: Good Friday – Hours of attendance, delivery and collections same as on Sundays. Easter Monday: Head Office opens for telegraph business, sale of stamps and registration of letters from 9a.m to 12 noon. Delivery at 7a.m. Collections about 6p.m. The Sub-offices will be close all day except Baildon which will be open from 10.30a.m. to 12 noon. Easter Tuesday – There will be two deliveries, at 7a.m. and 12 noon. Collections from the pillar and wall letter-boxes will be at 11a.m., 1.30p.m. and 7.30p.m.
Easter postal services
On every hand now there are signs that the Volunteers are taking their training in a far more serious spirit. This is as it should be. Despite the inclement weather there was a strong muster of Volunteers and Tribunal men last Sunday morning. They marched from Albert Road School to the Colleseum, Duckworth Lane, Bradford and were there examined on their knowledge of military drills etc. The Shipley men were put throught their paces first and left for home again via Moorhead about 2.30 p.m. It is understood that the Shipoley men came successfully through the examinations. During a halt on the way back, however, Capt Williamson warned the men there waas still a lot of work to be done to further improve their training and requested that ever member should turn up regularly.
Shipley Volunteers pass examination
In Sunday’s whirling snowstorm, 19 members of the Ecleshill Ambulance Division journeyed to Bradford on foot to attend to another convoy. This arrived at the station at 6.15a.m. bringing 100 cot cases and 40 walking cases. The ambulance men were in charge of First Officer H C Crapp who complimented the men on their excellence. Their names are Sgt A Morley, Pte C Morley, Pte Charles Parratt, Pte Fred Moorhouse, Pte J Greenwood, Pte B Stephenson, Pte W Holroyd, Pte T Slingsby, Pte C Wood, Pte A Smith, Pte F Clough, Pte M Thornton, Pte Denby, Pte Brickley and Pte Stead.
Ambulance men brave snow to help wounded
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