Friday 11 May 1917
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Windhill vicar offered Greengates job
Church people in the district will be interested to learn that the living of Greengates, rendered vacant by the death of the Vicar, the Rev W H Power, has been offered to the Rev R Whincup, chaplain to the Bradford Territorials; He has now had no fewer than twelve livings offered to him during his eleven years’ vicariate of Windhill, a striking testimony to the high admiration in which he is held in other places. Should he accept the offer, his removal from Windhill will be greatly regretted, not only by his parishioners but also by Nonconformists and the residents throughout the Shipley district.
Wide support for a total ban on alcohol
Several notable Shipley and district figures, including a number of local clergymen, attended a meeting at Bradford’s St George’s Hall to support a motion to prohibit the manufacture of alcohol. They heard a passionate speech from the chairman, Mr E H Illingworth. We are met, not as teetotallers, nor as representing any particular temperance doctrine but to aid in the one common object of bring victory to our forces at the earliest date possible Our object is to remove, during war and for the period of demobilisation, the greatest source of the country’s weakness. The suspension of the manufacture and sale of intoxicants would give such an impetus to our forces in the field as nothing else could. Our object is to win the war. Victory is the one thought before all else now. Whatever helps to victory
must be done. Whatever hinders victory must be stopped. Essentials Only those industries should be allowed to remain which supply the necessities of our armies in the field and the essentials of the civilians left at home. The Government seems afraid of the people. They think the working man will not stand prohibition and that the stoppage of the sale of drink will cause troubles and disturbances in industrial circles which would be a greater source of weakness than the drink itself. Tonight we are met to show the Government that it is wrong. The people will stand it. The vast majority demand it.
But it must be a clean sweep. There must be no playing or tinkering with the matter. The beer must go and so must the champagne. All classes must be treated alike. Drink or victory A bold line should be taken and the people will support the Government when they know that it is really a question of the drink or victory. The meeting found strong support from the Shipley Times & Express who wrote in an editorial piece: The most convincing prohibition speech was that of Admiral Sir George King Hall who, disclaiming any pretensions to oratory, gave a string of facts showing how harmful to the best interests of the country is the drink traffic. His facts supplied their own argument and fell with the greater force because of the bluff, homely, honest fashion in which they were given.
“But it must be a clean sweep. There must be no playing or tinkering with the matter. The beer must go and so must the champagne. All classes must be treated alike.”
At a meeting held at the Bradford Town Hall on Friday for the purpose of inaugurating the Food Campaign, Mr S P Unwin of Hall Royd, Shipley, said that he hardly thought the meeting apprehended what a difficult question the one under discussion was. As a nation we had never been in such a position as this before. Without any fault of an individual in the nation, everyone was in a serious danger of great scarcity of provisions for the body. Personal responsibility There was no cure for it but they all needed to feel a greater sense of personal responsibility to the community. On the previous day in a club which he was in the habit of using he saw a gentleman put four spoonsful of sugar into a cup of coffee. Yet the man was educated and well to do.
There was no excuse for such conduct. He would have thought that it made a nauseous mixture but he did not take sugar in his tea and what was one man’s meat was another man’s poison. He maintained that a man ought to have sufficient sense of responsibility not to take so much sugar in one cup of coffee. One of the waitresses at the same club showed him another cup with a quarter of an inch of undissolved sugar at the bottom of it. These things made one hopeless. This was not a poor man’s question or a rich man’s question; it was a question for every man and woman. If they could get people to see what a terrible thing it would be to have people starving in the streets, a little progress might be made.
Sweet tooth is no excuse for sugar extravagance
During the present week the cuckoo has been heard on Shipley Glen.
Inhabitants of Clayton Heights had refused to cultivate any allotments the Council created on the recreation ground. They also protested when the Council Allotment Committee ploughed up land on two recreation grounds and planted them with oats. Prime Minister The protestors wrote to the Charity Commissioners and to the Prime Minister asking if this use of the land was in the best interests of the country. We understand that a letter has been received from the Agricultural Commissioners stating than in their opinion the land would certainly be put to the highest national purpose by the course suggested by the council.
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Protesters dismayed
The Calverley Military Tribunal went on strike on March 30th and they did not hold another sitting until Friday night. The reason for the strike was that there still remained in the employment of one of the local manufacturing firms men who had been refused exemption. When that fact came to their attention they declined to proceed further until they received definite information from the military authorities what action was being taken in regard to those particular men. They reasonably claimed to know the local circumstances better than any other authority and rightly wanted their decisions to be final. Resolution The reply they received to a resolution of protest was that the men had now been called up, a reply which was, of course, perfectly satisfactory. If local tribunals are not to say who shall go and who shall remain, it is a waste of time for them to consider appeals at all. It is possible for tribunals to err but they are in a better position to judge in matters of this kind than authorities who have very limited knowledge of the state of things. The Calverley Tribunal had adopted a principle on which to work and were desirous of applying it in every case. It is interesting to learn that all the manufacturers in the district are now treated on a uniform basis.
Military Tribunal strike ends in victory
THANKS Mr and Mrs Daniel McCuen of 32 Park Lane, Tong Park, Baildon, desire to return thanks for expressions of sympathy in the bereavement they have suffered by the loss of their son, Pte H E McCuen, who died of wounds.
Various schools in the Eccleshill district met to consider what steps should be taken in regard to the Whitsuntide treat in the light of concerns about food shortages. The Rev R B McKee opened the discussion by pointing out that the Food Controller had said in Parliament that it was desirable there should be no Whitsuntide treats on the usual scale this year. He added that as loyal people, they should abide by the Food Controller’s decision. “We are up against a most difficult problem,” he said, “and as loyal citizens we must not evade the judgement of those who are fully acquainted with the real facts. If this meeting decides that the children should not be altogether deprived of their usual treat, I hope that the provisions provided will be of the simplest kind.” Buns deprecated Mr Thomas Whithead (Congregational), Mr Seth Goldsborough (Baptist), Miss Atkinson (Primitives), Mr Johnson Dalby (Fagley Mission), Mrs Redmayne (UM Church) and representatives from the Parish Church took part in the discussion which followed. While a diversity of views were expressed, a friendly tone prevailed throughout and eventually, on the motion of Mr Dalby, the following resolution was unanimously carried: ‘That there be a Whitsuntide treat; that there be no procession; that each child be asked to bring from home the usual meal provided there; that this be as simple as possible; that the making of buns be deprecated; that each child bring its own sugar and that each school provide the tea and milk.’ In responding to a vote of thanks, the vicar said it had been a pleasure to preside over the gathering and hoped it would not be the last. He was glad a unanimous decision had been arrived at and felt sure it was the best solution of a difficult problem.
Pariotism demands limited Whitsun
On Friday evening the manager of the Spring Mill, Woodbottom, presented Mr E Myeers with a beautiful set of ornaments with clock, a silver cigarette case and a silver match box. They had been subscribed for by the workpeople as a mark of appreciation of his services as engineer at the mills, a post of which he has now relinquished to occupy a similar capacity at a mill in Idle.
Mill service recognised
Council officer doing his bit in the Navy
This is a portrait of Chief Petty Officer Luther Clough of Shipley, who is stationed in Scotland. He attested under the Derby Scheme and when called up under his group, elected to join the Navy instead of the army. In civil life he was chief of the staff in the Shipley Council’s rates office, of which Mr Albert Smith is the principal. CPO Clough is a member of the Airedale Lodge of Freemasons and was secretary at the time he joined up. A prominent Oddfellow, he rendered excellent service to the New Prosperity Lodge of which he was treasurer.
Temperance stalwart
A memorial service for the late Mrs H Dunn, who was one of the presidents of the British Women’s Temperance Association, was held in the Westcliffe Road Sunday School. Tributes were paid to her by Mrs Rennard, president Mrs Steel and Mrs Peters, vice-presidents and several of the members who have worked with her in the movment for more than 20 years.
The death has occurred in Liverpool of Dr F J Selkirk, formerly of Rock Villa, Kirkgate, Shipley He leaves a widow. Dr Selkirk succeeded to the practice of the late Dr J J Rutherford and took up the duties of Poor Law Medical Officer for the Shipley district, which had been discharged by his predecessor. For some years he was a member of the honorary medical staff at the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire.
Shipley doctor’s death
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