Friday 29 June 1917
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Each week the editor of the Shipley Times & Express was interviewing J J Booth, the President of Bradford Cricket League, as he visited grounds around the area. This week they included a photo taken at the match between Windhill and Keighley in which Mr Booth is seen relating how Windhill had always had a special attraction for him. “There was a certain chapel at Windhill, attended by certain girls, with sweet voices and sweeter faces,” said Mr Booth. “But that is not what I am to talk about.” Thinking that it might yield some interesting copy if Mr Booth continued in this strain, the interviewer, like Oliver Twist, asked for more. But with a characteristic gesture, the President remarked with a merry twinkle in his eye, “No, I am divulging no names. Let that pass. It is a happy memory.”
Happy memories of Windhill girls with sweet voices and sweeter faces
Owd Abe included some  thoughts on war and cricket in his dialect column Well, hah are ya likin’ t’cracket matches? I’m nearly ‘shamed ta say it, bud I havn’t seen a match this year. Somehah, when I’ve gotten hoam thro ma wark at Setterda’ an’ had me dinner, I’ve felt ta tired an’ stalled an’ hed sa mitch ta dew, to wesh mesen an’ don up. It isn’t like me, that. Bud I’ve felt soa lat’ly. I can’t acchant for it. It must be t’blamed wahr or I’m gettin’ owder. Last year they couldn’t ha’ kept ma at hoam if a gooid cracket match wor on abaht here. i’ yer mind T’whar, hahivver, is on t’top o’ ivverythng. Ye can’t shack it off. Wheerivver ya goa or whativver ya dew it’s allus i’ yer mind. An’ I suppose it’s touchin’ me like it’s touchin’ moast fowk. Onnyhah, this year, astead o’ goin’ an’ seein’ t’matches for mesen, so far I’ve had to be satisfied ta read what’s said abaht ‘em ‘i t’Express, ‘specially what J J’s said ta t’editor. I’ my opinion there’s been nowt better ner J J’s talk wi’ t’editor abaht t’last Setterda’s matches. I’ve injoyed it reight weel.
I reckon it’s the war and old age that keeps me from the cricket
One of the results of the war, which affects a very young section of the population, is the greatly reduced supply of toys, especially dolls. These treasures contributed so much to the happiness of all in our early days that the present deprivation under which our youngsters are suffering will, I think, be appreciated by many. Very large quantities of toys are made abroad and these, particularly dolls, are now practically unobtainable. Dilapidated objects Large numbers of little pupils in the Shipley Schools are, therefore, compelled in their endeavour to satisfy their instincts of play, to put up with worn-out and dilapidated objects which they endeavour to regard as toys. “Some of the so-called dolls which are now sold are ugly,
mis-shapen and most easily broken,” said a Shipley teacher the other day. “And the imagination of even bright youngsters is sorely taxed to consider them dolls at all.” It has therefore occurred to us that some of our well-to-do townspeople who may have lying idle toys which have served their purpose with children who have since outgrown them, may be willing to give the toys for the use of children in some of the infants’ schools in the poorer parts of Shipley. Such gifts would be very greatly appreciated and would add much to the happiness of the little ones of from four to seven years of age and to the efficiency of their training. Mr Walter Popplestone, Director of Education, will gladly receive parcels of toys at the Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley, and will undertake to see that they are put to good use in the schools most in need of them.
Appeal to share toys that are no longer wanted
Nearly 12,000 acres of allotments are being handled under the Cultivation of Lands Orders in England and Wales and it will be apparent that the value of the crops more or less intensively grown on this area is considerable, alike in terms of cash and in terms of food for the people. The area occupied by allotment men otherwise than under the Orders is, of course, much greater. There are 13,800 allotment holders for instance, holding land from a single railway company and 8,000 from another. Prison The problem of protecting the crops on allotments has been considered by the Food Production Department. Circumstances differ so widely that it is not possible to give advice equally applicable to societies or authorities all over the country on the best means of guarding allotment crops. It is desirable however to point out to all concerned that where land has
been taken under the Cultivation Orders and a notice of the provision governing the matter is conspicuously exhibited, any trespass thereon becomes an offence under the Defence of the Realm regulations and anyone injuring or stealing his neighbour’s crops is liable to a fine of £100 or a long period of imprisonment. As a rule, the patriotism and good sense of the citizens will doubtless prove a sufficient protection for crops on unfenced plots but it should be made clear to other persons that they cannot illicitly tamper with our food supply without being visited by the severities of the law. Although allotments not taken under the Cultivation Orders are outside the scope of the Defence of the Realm regulations, magistrates may be relied upon no doubt to do
their best to safeguard general and specific interests against evil doers. Patrols of members of allotment societies doubtless will be arranged as crops increase in value; in some cases the special constables will keep a watchful eye on the local allotments. Day guards of schoolboys have been suggested and some of the older lads might be utilised, although the ordinary small boy has his defects generally as a sentry. Elderly men There are obvious objections to the use young people as guards at night and it is after dark that supervision is most needed, especially in districts where men work in shifts and there is much ‘broken time.’ In most places there are elderly men who would help guard either for patriotic reasons or in return for a small payment and large allotment societies might very well consider the desirability of subscribing funds for this purpose, the cost of which would probably be small.
“Day guards of schoolboys have been suggested and some of the older lads might be utilised, although the ordinary small boy has his defects generally as a sentry.”
Need to protect growing number of allotments
We are sad to announce the death after a short illness of Me Sam Tattersall of Shipley Glen. He was the principal in the firm of Wilson and Tattersall, worsted spinners of Waterpits Mill, Shipley. Originally from Bowling, Mr Tattersall was an enthusiastic horticultur- alist and was the pioneer of the Allotment Scheme in Bradford, which he started 16 years ago. Having also lived in Eldwick, about
four years ago Mr Tattersall built Rugby Dene, Shipley Glen, and took up residence there in September 1913. He quickly became the pivot on which practically all the affairs of the Glen revolved and he became vice president when residents formed the Ratepayers’ Association in 1915. His leanings to horticulture found a ready response from his neighbours and many an amateur gardener on the Glen can look back
and thank Mr Tattersall for his advice and his generosity regarding plants. His genial manner and affable nature went a long way towards creating the good fellowship and brotherly feeling among the residents of the Glen. Open spaces He recently bought land round about for the express purpose of keeping open spaces around the area and to prevent it becoming congested with property. He purchased Crook Farm and estate and had already partly stocked it with cattle and put fields under cultivation whereas previously the farm was only used as a pleasure resort and refreshment house. Mr Tattersall was also a very enthusiastic supporter of amateur rugby football. He was elected to the Yorkshire Rugby County Council and acted as secretary for a number of years.
Death of Sam Tattersall, a Shipley Glen stalwart
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A cricket match of a novel character has been arranged between teams representing the Wounded Soldiers and the Shipley Veterans with the object of benefitting the Sir Tutus Salt’s Hospital and the Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund. The match will take place on Wednesday afternoon on Saltaire Park Cricket Field, kindly lent for the occasion by Sir James Roberts. The soldiers with characteristic  wit, have given nom-de-plumes to the players of their team and the reason for the appendages will become more evident to those who visit the match. Fees If any doubt should then be felt as to the reason for the titles, the spectators will be given full explanation on application to any of the wounded soldiers. Any fees that may be charged for this information will go to swell the funds, The wounded soldiers team will be: Pte Mackenzie (Charlie Chaplin in character), Pte Bolton (Run Far Jack), Pte Sargeant (Lord Devonport), Pte Walker (Harry Lauder), Trooper Jones (Lloyd George), Gunner Doe (Glow Worm), Sgt Parker (Jimmie Shrapnel),  Driver Geddes (Father Xmas), Pte King (Henry VIII), Pte Collins (Weary Willie) and Pte Heath (Tired Tim).
Charlie Chaplin, Lloyd George and Henry VIII will bat for charity
Bottling without sugar
The Shipley Food Control Committee has ordered 100 dozen bottles for fruit preserving without sugar. These will be available at a reasonable price. The secretaries of the Food Control Committee will be able to give fuller particulars at a later date.
On Saturday, the Bradford Branch of the United Kingdom Commercial Travellers’ Association held their annual picnic and sports on the cricket field at Idle. There was a large attendance of members with their wives, children and friends and the function was a decided success. The prizes were presented by Mrs P Needham, wife of the president.
Commercial travellers picnic in Idle
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