Friday 1 June 1917
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Scholars who have not missed attending school for the period stated. Back row, left-right: Horace Crabtree, 6 years; Richard Brearley, 6 years; Arthur Long, 4 years; Tom Baxter, 7 years; Harry Baxter, 7 years. Middle row: Emma Thornton, 6 years; Tom Brearley 6 years; Willie Thornton 6 years; Charles Long, 4 years; Kitty Davison, 7 years. Front row: Edith Brearley, 6 years; Jessie Davison, 6 years; Emily Baxter, 6 years. The records given are to the end of December 1916
Columnist Scrutator wrote about women in the workplace. At a certain Church of England girls’ school known to me, the pupils have, both in 1915 and 1916, mown the grass, made the hay, carried it and covered the rick They have tended the two horses and the half a dozen cows on the little home farm attached to the school, also planted and worked the kitchen garden. Many farmers had little faith in women’s work on the land. They now realise its value. They have had experience of the way in which the women can take care of stock, feed calves and lambs, milk, dig, rake and hoe, and do general farm work. Physique, health and character Some who were sceptical now declare that women are better than men, especially with the animals, which are far better done to by women than by men. The women sent out by the Women’s War Agricultural Committee have been carefully selected for their physique, health and character. Many have, after a few weeks’ preliminary training, proved their worth to the farmers of England and have done much to increase the food supply of the country. When victory comes let us not forget to drink to the health of the bright, happy sonsie lasses who have helped to secure our daily bread.
Women prove their worth on farms
Guardians angry at accusations of indulgence
Members of North Bierley Guardians, the body which oversaw the workhouses, were outraged at accusations made over their eating habits by Mr C A Glyde. Mr Glyde who was a member of the Guardians and also of Bradford City Council and the West Riding Asylums Board, complained that his colleagues had lost their perspective on food economy. Monotony He wrote in an article in the Sunday Chronicle, ‘They can only see other people’s appetites with dismay.’ He gave an example from the Guardians claiming that inmates under their care ‘have been deprived of butter, their only luxury, and they endure the monotony of fourteen meals a week on margarine and bread with no variety of any kind.
‘Their diet is weighed to the crumb and dinner consists of one plate of food – no pudding or second helping. And two days a week cheaper food takes the place of beef and potatoes. ‘In comparison, on Board days, the Guardians are served at the institution at a cost of one shilling each with a dinner of which the following was the menu on May 16th    Sirloin of Beef    Leg of Mutton    Bread Pudding    Steak and Kidney Pie    Rice Pudding    Jam Tarts    Baked and boiled potatoes ad lib    Other Vegetables    Bread, Cheese, Butter    Rhubarb Pie    Four jugs of Cream (at 2s a pint)
For a charge of sixpence apiece the Guardians had tea from the following menu: Roast beef, steak pie, watercress, buns, lettuces, Eccles cakes, jam tarts, bread  and butter ad lib.’ He painted a similar picture at the Asylum Board. Mr J A Law, the chairman of the Guardians, led the angry response. Coward’s way ‘Gentlemen,’ he said, ‘a direct untruth can be called a lie and you have done with it, but half-truths are the coward’s way of a stab in the back.’ He claimed that inmates had been served butter until the Guardians were compelled to get margarine because butter was too expensive. ‘They felt that at this juncture those who were not sick, those in the able- bodied lock, could not complain if they had margarine. The needy and sick poor were not deprived of butter. ‘We have 108 wounded soldiers in our institution and we are not allowed to serve them with butter and if soldiers are not to have butter, the inmates cannot complain if they are put on a level with the wounded soldiers.’ He went on to justify the Guardians’ meals: ‘The members of the Board are not asking too much in asking for a joint of beef or mutton. Sacrificing ‘The fact is that every ounce of food has to be weighed by the Master and has to be paid for by the Guardians. The Guardians are paying 1s 3d per head for dinner – 25 percent more than described. ‘The Guardians from Cleckheaton cannot travel to meetings under 2s; then the dinner is 1s 3d. They have to spend the whole day there and then to have a charge like this brought against them that they are robbing the ratepayers is absolutely untrue.’ He concluded: ‘As a body of public representatives the Guardians are sacrificing and not receiving from the ratepayers. The reputation of the Board is justified by the interests of those it seeks to serve. ‘The Board give both humane and just treatment’
A movement is on foot with the object of forming an association of allotment holders in Shipley and all those interested in the matter are asked to attend a meeting at the Council Offices tonight. Cllr H Hirst, chairman of the Shipley Food Production Committee, is devoting himself whole-heartedly to the movement and he assures us that the Council will do everything in their power to make the movement a success and also to help in the maintenance of such an organisation. The object of the promoters is to increase knowledge in horticulture
and encourage the increased production of home-grown food in the hope that the association will continue to flourish even after the exceptional
circumstances created by the war have been overcome. Prevent waste Subjects which such a body might well discuss include the disposal of surplus crops with a view to preventing waste, and the purchase of seed and fertiliser. If an association be formed as the result of the meeting – and we sincerely hope that will be the case – it is likely that a course of lectures by experts will be arranged and that there will be an exhibition, a prominent feature of which will be classes for novices.
Council plan allotment group to help with food crisis
Mrs Wilfred Lawson of Woodbine Terrace, Idle, met with an accident during the weekend whilst on her way to Morecambe. She was travelling in a side-car attached to a motorcycle which was driven by her husband. Just after they had passed Gargrave, something went wrong and the car toppled over. Mr Lawson was not much worse for his experience but his wife was severely bruised. Of such a nature were her injuries that she has since been detained at the Gargrave hostelry. She is, however, making satisfactory progress towards her recovery.
Idle woman injured when sidecar overturns
On an application for the provision of seats in various parts of the town for the benefit of wounded soldiers, it has been agreed that six garden seats should be transferred from Crowgill Park to the grounds in Alexandra Square, Saltaire. Nine other garden seats will also be fixed in suitable parts of town A discharged soldier has been appointed caretaker at the Crowgill Park. Other arrangements included the appointment of a man responsible for the bowling green at Windhill Recreation Ground and the park at Wrose Hill.
Looking out for the men who have served
Brass Bands attract large crowds in Baildon
The band of the 3rd West Riding Volunteers gave selections in Market Square, Baildon, on Saturday evening and a collection was taken on behalf of the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund. A large number of residents were present. On Sunday evening, a miscellaneous programme of choice selections was given on the Moor by the Baildon Brass Band who were ably assisted by members of Parkinson’s Ironworks Band of Shipley. The event attracted a large number of people.
Clayton has many claims to the title of residential suburb and perhaps the chief is the health record. Often have we referred to the longevity of its inhabitants and this point is again emphasised by Dr Stansfield, the medical officer, who points out that last year over 70 percent of the deaths recorded were of people over 58 years of age. Infant mortality Another gratifying feature of the report is the remarkable lowness of the rate of infant mortality. This is especially significant, coming as it does when the value of child life is being so prominently and consistently urged. It speaks well for the mothers of Clayton and denotes the care which is being bestowed by them upon their offspring. In this respect Dr Stansfield also paid a well-deserved tribute to the District Nurse and School Nurse for their valuable co-operation. These officers have been able to impart necessary advice during their visitations. Unfortunately until the war is over Clayton can offer no facilities to would-be residents as there is still a shortage of houses and according to the testimony of the Medical Officer, one removal generally results in many others changing houses to secure additional accommodation for which they have long been waiting.
Clayton’s outstanding health record stalled by lack of housing
Motor preferred to horse
The Isolation Hospital commitee recommended the purchase of a Wolseley motor ambulance at the cost of £550. An amendment in favour of purchasing a cheaper horse ambulance only gained three votes.