Friday 28 September 1917
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Fine specimens in canal
In the canal at Apperley Bridge, Mr E Davison of Calverley has recently caught some fine samples of roach. His best fish weighed 15oz, another 11oz and another 10oz.
Mr and Mrs T H Bedford, the Grove, Idle have recently celebrated their silver wedding. They take a prominent part in the social life of the district. They have a son and a daughter – Mr Powerbey Bedford, who is an articled clerk and sits for his final examinations in accountancy in December, and Miss Dorothy Bedford, who is in training at the Gloucester School of Science  as a teacher of domestic science.
Silver wedding in Idle
Bradford Cricket League president, J J Booth, presented the champions trophy at Roberts Park to Saltaire who had won the league by two points from Windhill. Heading the Saltaire batting was R Outram whose 433 runs came at an average of 27.06 but by far the most dominant performer was England’s Sidney Barnes who had taken 116 wickets at an average of 5.32. Pioneers In his speech, Mr Booth said that the Bradford League was the first organisation of its kind in the country and he congratulated Saltaire on having proved beyond doubt that they were the premier club in the premier English League. Saltaire were the pioneers of the new policy of professionalism which had made for the further progress of the League and which would ultimately reduce professionalism.
And he wanted them to be leaders in the spirit of real amateurism which put sportsmanship before selfishness, gentlemanliness before grumbling and virtue before victory. When club captain Schofield Swithenbank (pictured) was receiving the cup, the Canal Ironworks Band, who played selections on the field, struck up the tune “See the conquering hero.” First time Saltaire’s popular captain, who was received with cheers, said he was delighted to receive the cup. Although it was the first time they had won it, he hoped it would not be the last. At any rate, they wold do their best to retain it next season. Mr E Butterfield, chairman of Saltaire Club’s committee, observed that the past year had been a strenuous one for them; the cup had not been won without very hard work but for the efforts they had put forth they had been well repaid.
Premier club in the premier English League
Price of war too high for peace
Columnist Scrutator used the Idle Tide to reinforce his often stated view that peace talks should not be considered until Germany had been crushed. The church people of Idle celebrated their annual feast in such a way as it has never been celebrated before. They organised an effort on behalf of the Lady Mayoress’s War Guild and invited one hundred wounded soldiers to join in the proceedings. I talked with several of those brave lads, many of whom were minus a leg or an arm. They were all bright, cheerful and happy, and all spoke as victors. “We have them beaten,” was their cry. Optimists every one of them as has been every soldier to whom I have spoken. Cost him his right arm One of the lads I spoke to at Idle belonged to Aberdeen. He was only about thirty. He had to sacrifice a little business when he joined up but he assured me he did not regret it, neither the fact that the war had cost him his right arm. “We are winning,” said he, “and we must win. We must never let our children go through what we have gone through. Peace must not be made until the Germans acknowledge themselves beaten. “In honour bound are we to those who have made the great sacrifice. Their lives must not have been laid down in vain. “We and they have fought for peace and that peace must be a lasting peace. To secure that, Germany must be made to feel and acknowledge that war does not pay.” The price of war is too great for peace to be made for the sake of making it. This is what our soldiers say.
Idle Tide has been celebrated during the weekend and large crowds have as usual visited he fair ground in Thorpe Garth. The irrepressible youths who in ordinary times are wont to keep things lively were unfortunately missing, they of course being absent on duties of national importance. Remain away Those who were left at home, however, and especially the juveniles, entered into the rejoicings with great zest and they at least will be pleased to learn that the bulk of the feast paraphernalia is to remain at Idle today and tomorrow. The Bradford Education Committee decided some time ago that the children should not be given holiday
but a large number of them remain away as usual. The cricket match on the Cavendish Road Ground between Idle and a team selected by ‘Bobby’ Peel, was a very interesting one despite the unfavourable weather. The visiting team, batting first, compiled 61 runs and Idle replied with 53 without losing a wicket. J B Hobbs scored 49 not out in his inimitable fashion. One of the umpires was Mr Charlie Brayshaw, who was formerly a well- known cricketer.
This brief report was given colour by some memories from dialect columinst Bob Stubbs. Idle Tide’s getten past ageean – wunce mooar an’ wunce less. They’re like milestones is theease ‘ere tides an’ we seem to fly past ‘em faster as we grow owder. Aw remember t’ time – it seems ages sin’ – when t’ Tide, at leeast some on it, wor hodden on Idle Green, opposite t’ White Swan. T’ Green wor covered wi’ likeness shews an’ stalls an’ buzzars. There ewsed to be a likeness takker come ivvery Idle Tide – Wallett, they called him – an’ yo’ can goa into scooars o’ Idle hooams to this present day an’ see likenesses hinged up on t’ walls ‘at Wallett tewk. Wood donkey At that day a lot o’ likenesses wor ta’en on glass an’ ther’s a glass likeness on ahr bedroom shelf at this present moment as aw sit mer darn to rite mi bit o’ Nowt Much, ov a chubby-cheeked little lad in a velvet suit, wi’ a tassel hung darn t’front, an’ a little Scotch cap on, an’ a wood donkey stood anent him, ‘at wor ta’en on Idle Green nearly fifty yeear sin’ bi Wallett an’ that little chap wor Bob Stubbs! A’a what a lot o’ things has happen’d sin’ that far-away Idle Tide. What changes! No trams Theer wor noa trams at that day, ner noa trains. No railway brig ta car under when it rained. Theer wor noa New Street at that day. New Street wor cloises then. Yo’d to goa darn Britt Loin to get to t’ Cross Keyhs. An’ that just reminds mer ‘at Nanny Yates – her ‘at keep a spice an’ drapery shop at Cross Keyhs till shoo wor long past eighty yeear owd – shoo tell’d ahr Nanny just afooar shoo deed, a tooathery yeear sin’, ‘at theer wor Idle Tides when shoo wro a lass, soa yo’ can set it darn ‘at ther’s been Idle Tides gettin’ on for ninety yeear to be sewer on.
“There ewsed to be a likeness takker come ivvery Idle Tide – Wallett, they called him – an’ yo’ can goa into scooars o’ Idle hooams to this present day an’ see likenesses hinged up on t’ walls ‘at Wallett tewk.”
The Idle Tide, today and in days long gone
Some easing of the black-out restrictions produced a rather barbed letter to the Editor: Sir – It is very cheering news to find that our Council has decided (and wisely decided, I think) to give us benighted Shipleyites a little more light for these coming dark winter nights. They have already lighted a few of the centrally situated lights but have decided to light two hundred more. We gratefully recognise that this is in the best interests of our town and people will be able to move about with a much greater sense of security and comfort. Now if we can have this increase of light in our streets what about our shop windows? And if the law allows the one and prohibits the other then we are forced to the conclusion that the law is an ass.
I venture to assert after visiting London, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester etc and some smaller towns, they can have lights in their streets, shops, public houses and places of pleasure with apparently no interference, but poor benighted Shipley has to grope along in unrelieved gloom, although no air raids have ever been known and not likely to be. It is a puzzle to me where our authorities have got their instructions from and why Shipley is singled out among all the little towns in the West Riding for this exceptional treatment. Hoping at once to see a sensible relaxing of the too severe restrictions upon our use of light so that our town may be brought into line with others, both great and small. Yours etc., John Senior, 23 Westgate, Shipley.
Plea to ease restrictions on ‘benighted Shipley’
During August, 5 tons of waste food was collected and sold for pig food. About 7 tons 5 cwts of waste paper was collected during August, this included 1 ton 17cwts from factories. The Engineer, Mr Redman, reports that 388 tons of refuse had been destroyed at the Destructor Works, producing 129 tons of clinker.
Waste recycled
The chairman of Shipley Council’s Library Committee referred to the complaints of the theft of newspapers and magazines from the reading room at Saltaire and he reported that the caretaker had caught one of the offenders with a newspaper taken from the reading room in his possession. The committee had the offender before them and they ultimately agreed not to bring the case before the magistrates if they received a satisfactory written apology, which would be posted in the reading room. Cllr Cowgill said it was a very serious matter when persons could not go into the library and use the property provided rightly and properly. Filthy language Time and time again had complaints been received of missing papers and magazines and of scribblings and drawings having been made on papers which he was just as annoying. Sometimes very filthy language was written on the magazines. It was simply diabolical that respectable persons should go there and have their minds offended by the scribbling in papers of these filthy- minded persons.
Library clampdown
The petition for the establishment of a bowling green club at Crowgill Park was acceded to for the bowling season 1918 despite some objections. Cllr Learoyd said he considered it against the public interest that a private club should be put into a public green. Public money was spent on the green and surely the public had a right to the green as against a clique. Cllr Cowgill said the club only wanted the green for two hours on seven Saturdays out of about 31 and urged that this was not exhorbitant.
Bowls club gets go ahead
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