Friday 31 August 1917
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The first list of recipients of the New Order of the British Empire and the new Order of the Companions of Honour was published on Saturday. The Orders are intended as marks of recognition of the manifold services, voluntary and otherwise, that have been rendered in connection with the war and it can be said that they have both made an excellent beginning. The list contains awards for services which it would be difficult to reward adequately with any of the existing Orders. On the whole, the chief impression left by a perusal of the list is one of wonder at the multifarious nature of the services which can be rendered during a crisis like the present. Both Orders owe their origin to the war but it is said that they will survive. If that proves to be the case, let us hope that their expressed purposes – the recognition of valuable national service – will be observed in the future as faithfully as is the case in the first list.
In that way they will mark a new and welcome departure in the formal recognition of service to the Empire. We congratulate Mr Ernest Parkinson of High Close, Moorhead, Shipley, on the distinction conferred upon him by his having been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Munitions As was pointed out by the Chairman of the Shipley District Council on Tuesday, Mr Parkinson has rendered most valuable services to the country in connection with the war and has also taken a large share in the social and industrial progress of the town. Throughout the war period Mr Parkinson has devoted himself whole- heartedly to the task of increasing the output of munitions and since 1915 he has been chairman of the Board of Management of the Bradford National Munitions Factory.
He is also the principal of the firm of J Parkinson and Son, Canal Ironworks, Shipley, which is the largest firm of tool-makers in the Bradford District The honours list has an interest for Thackley for one of the new Order is Miss Margaret McMillan in whose honour the Thackley School for Defective Children is named. Welfare work Miss McMillan did her principle work as a member of the Bradford School Board. She was one of a body of public men and women in the city who during the nineties preached the doctrine that educational authorities should concern themselves not only with the mental but the physical development of children. She might, therefore, be described as one of the pioneers who prepared the way for the splendid welfare work which the education authorities of Bradford have built up. She resigned from the Bradford School Boar in October 1902 and has since been living in London.
“Both Orders owe their origin to the war but it is said that they will survive. If that proves to be the case, let us hope that their expressed purposes – the recognition of valuable national service – will be observed in the future as faithfully as is the case in the first list.”
Shipley man among the first to be awarded the new Order of the British Empire
Air raid influences street light plan
Some discussion took place at Shipley Council Highways Committee meeting with respect to street lighting and the Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Superintendent of Police with regard to increasing street lighting during the winter months. Cllr H Pitts said the committee were unanimous that something should be done but strange to say within five hours of the discussion there was another air raid. That might have made some difference in the opinions expressed. No gas He did not think there was one in the room who thought there would be another air raid. But when he got up that morning there was no gas and he had thought that there was something  wrong with the gas works again. Cllr J Pitts did not see why an air raid should make any difference because they had the assurance of the police that so long as they made satisfactory arrangements for the turning out of the lights, that authority would not take any exception whatever to the lighting of the streets.
About ninety wounded soldiers and nurses from the Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Bradford, were entertained on Monday at Wrose. This is the second occasion on which the residents of Wrose have entertained men from the Bradford hospitals and on both occasions the ladies and gentlemen of the village have done their best to ensure that the wounded warriors should thoroughly enjoy their outing. Fortunately the weather was favourable for the gathering. In the afternoon games and competitions were arranged for the men who entered into the competitions in a sportsman-like manner. Selections were given on the gramophone belonging to Mrs Bedford  and these were highly appreciated. Old barn Tea was served in the old barn near the school where the Wrose Stand-up is usually held, the flags of all nations flying from the ceiling and the tables containing home- baked bread and sweet cakes provided by the ladies. The barn looked a perfect picture and as one of the men remarked, very different from the barns and other farm buildings they had occupied in France. After tea Mr W Edmondson, the secretary of the arrangements, gave the men a very hearty welcome to the
hamlet of Wrose. He remarked upon the splendid manner in which the inhabitants had taken up the work and used every endeavour to make the function a success. Sixteenth century He ventured to observe that there was not one of the workers but had his or her own kith and kin in the great war. Many of these had been wounded and had written home and told of being entertained in various parts of the Empire and they at Wrose were determined to do something to brighten the lives of the men who were stationed in Bradford. After tea, the men had a walk. They visited the park and inspected many of the old houses built during the sixteenth century. During the evening the following artistes gave an excellent concert which the men highly appreciated: Miss Laura Thorp (soprano), Miss M Carter (contralto), Mr Angus Heaton (baritone), Miss Naylor (mimic, soldier entertainer), Mr H Lawton (humourist) and Mr F Ackroyd (elocutionist). Mr C R M Bentley presided. Prizes were awarded for the sports and after light refreshments had been served, the men were given cigarettes, pencils and chocolates. The guests left by motor and special tramcars after an afternoon’s enjoyable outing.
Wrose does its bit to brighten lives of wounded men
Youths fined for gambling
Four boys were summoned at the Bradford West Riding Police Court last Thursday for gaming with cards. The police evidence was to the effect that the boys were found seated on the steps of the Food Kitchen at Shipley on the afternoon of August 5th, playing with cards at a game called banker. One boy, aged 17 years, admitted that he received 30 shillings a week in wages and war bonus; another aged 13 receives 28s; and the other two, aged 14, receive 20s. One of the boys, who had not been brought to the court before was fined 20s and the other three, who had been in court on previous occasions, were each fined £3.
Grocers are taking time by the forelock in the matter of registration for sugar cards. A few weeks ago buyers of sugar only were not welcomed in the shops. Now they are cordially received. Not that the grocer can give them the sugar they want, even though they are prepared to make other purchases, but he invites them to register and when the cards are issued he assumes that every purchaser registered with him will purchase other articles besides sugar. At the present moment there is keen competition among the grocers to secure prospective sugar customers. Ingenious publicity methods are being resorted to by means of circulars which have an official appearance and window cards, and already hundreds and thousands of people have signed forms appended to the circulars and lodged them with grocers. Honey price up As a substitute for sugar, honey is in demand. This being the season, there is a fair supply on the market, chiefly imported. Honey has increased considerably in price, 180s to 190s per hundredweight being the present wholesale quotation This is due chiefly to the difficulty in transport from abroad and the increased cost of glass jars in which honey must be put up.
Grocers wooing folk to sign up for sugar cards
We regret to record the death which took place on Monday of Mrs Watson, wife of Mr Thomas Watson of High Street, Idle. The deceased lady, who had been ill for some months, was formerly, like her husband, an excellent worker for the Wesleyan cause. She is survived by five sons and four daughters. The eldest son, Harold, is studying for a commission in the Australian forces with which for some time he has served on the Continent. Another son, Bert, was wounded on the Gallipoli Peninsula and was afterwards discharged. He however again enlisted and is now a sergeant. A third son has been with the colours and after twelve months’ service was discharged.
Soldiers’ mother dies
Hiram Lamb, aged 41, a farm labourer employed by Mr Lister at West Lane Farm, appealed to the Shipley Tribunal against consciprion on conscientious grounds. He furthered his appeal by the statement that he had been a member of the Bible Students’ Society for eleven years. The military representative declared himself satisfied that so long as the man remained in his present employment, he should not be called up for military service. Conditionally, upon this reservation, the appeal was allowed until December 31st.
Tribunal allows appeal
Play centres to open
The Elementary Schools Play Centres sub-committee set up by Shipley Council recommended that the Crag Road evening play centres for boys and girls be open from 6 to 8 o’clock on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings in each week, the mixed department to be occupied by the boys’ centre and the infants’ department by the girls’ centre. Mr Joseph Wildman and Miss Isabel Troman, candidates for appointment as superintendents of the centres, attended the meeting and submitted schemes of work. They were appointed superintendents  with Mr Wildman to receive 6s per evening of two hours and Miss Troman 5s per evening of two hours.
The entries for Shipley Gardeners and Allotment Holders Association show to be held tomorrow number over 250 and they include exhibits from the best growers in Yorkshire. A specimen of the giant tomato (Ponderosa Red) which has been raised by Mr John Johnstone, gardener to Mr Duncan G Law of Hawksworth Hall, will be on view. This tomato weighs nearly 1lb. A feature will be the exhibits of the novices and many of these will, no doubt, astonish older gardeners. Some of the competitors have expressed their willingness to allow their exhibits to be sold for the benefit of the Saltaire Hospital, consequently there will be an auction at 8 p.m.  The Association’s first lecture will be given in the Otley Road School on Wednesday by Mr John Glavin, who has had practical experience with one of the largest nurserymen in England and is recognised as one of the most popular lecturers on gardening in the North of England.
Ponderosa Red on show
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