Friday 25 January 1918
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A controversy has arisen over the vacancy on the Shipley District Council consequent upon the death of Cllr Thomas Barker. The cause of the trouble was an observation made by a member of the Shipley Trades Council. There is some disagreement as to what body of ratepayers Cllr Barker represented. According to the minutes of the Windhill Liberal Association, Mr Barker was adopted as the Liberal candidate at his first and second elections whilst on the third occasion although not officially adopted by the Association, no fewer than 22 of the 28 persons who signed his nomination papers were Liberals. Labour Mr A Pickern said that at the time of his last election, Mr Barker was an Independent Labour candidate and he was of opinion that the new
councillor should come from the Labour Party. He seemed to have the impression that Council chairman, Cllr Hill (pictured), had said the late member’s successor should come from the Labour Party but we have searched in vain for a public utterance to that effect. Working class Doubtless in saying that they had Cllr Hill’s own words on the subject, Mr Pickern had in mind the following tribute made to the late Cllr Barker by Cllr Hill: “Mr Barker was understood to represent especially the working-class portion of the community but his actions on the Council were at all times influenced by a desire to serve the interests of the community generally and not any particular section.” There is nothing in that remark which can be construed into a declaration
that the new member should come from the Labour Party. Indeed, Cllr Hill denies he has ever said anything  which can be so construed and what we should like to know is how Mr Pickern has arrived at such a conclusion. Whips Another query might be put to Mr Pickern: Are Trades Council and Labour Party synonymous terms? Cllr Hill is far from being pleased at his having been dragged into this controversy for ever since he became chairman of the Council, he has entirely refrained from political action. Mr Barker, he informs us, had always accepted the ‘whips’ of the Liberal Party and he, Cllr Hill, had always regarded him as an Independent Liberal. It is suggested that the difficulty may be got over by the election for the period of the war of the popular Vicar of Windhill, the Rev R Whincup.
Council controversy as Labour claim vacant seat
Letter to the Editor On 17th December 1917, the Archibishop of Canterbury introduced a Bill in the House of Lords where it passed its first reading and it was read for the second time on the 19th, passed through committee on 8th January and was read for the third time later in the same week. The Bill is a Joint one and entitled the Bishoprics of Bradford and Coventry. The Bills are very similar; the income is the same, £2,500, the well-known church of St Michael, Coventry, is to be Cathedral for the See, the equally well-known Parish Church of Bradford the Cathedral for Bradford. Bishopric committee There is no mention in the Bill of any legal arrangement for the division of the bishop’s income but as is well known, the Bradford Bishopric Committee are unanimously of the opinion that the bishop’s official expenses – i.e. the expenses which must of necessity be incurred to the discharge of his Episcopal and Diocesan
duties – ought to be paid by the Board of Finance or by a special Diocesan committee, and that for this purpose a part of the endowment should be paid by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners direct to such committee and should not pass through the Bishop’s hands at all. Bradford Scheme Although the Ecclesiastical and Parliamentary Authorities have considered it inadvisable to insert any such clause in the Bill, the Bishopric Committee still adhere to the principle and there is good reason to think that the scheme – known now as the ‘Bradford Scheme’ – will be carried out by other means that the new Bishop of Bradford will be the first to give the experiment a practical trial. The scheme has been very favourably received through the country and by some of the Bishops of the older Sees and we hope that Bradford will prove the pioneer of a new departure in this matter. F S Guy Warman The Vicarage, Bradford.
New Bishopric hails novel accounting system
At Bradford, Michael Slavin, an elderly man residing in Baptist Place, was summoned for failing to pay a tramcar fare when demanded. Mr G W Leathem said the defendant boarded a car at the Branch Hotel, Shipley, and paying a penny received an overlap ticket which would take him to the park gates. Threatened He travelled beyond that point and when asked for another penny he refused to give one. It was alleged that he threatened to strike the conductress but the driver came to her protection. The defendant stated that he had paid 2d for his ticket. He was indignant at what he described as a paltry case. He was fined 5s.
Aggressive fare dodger fined
A funeral took place on Saturday of Mr Abner Denton, who resided at 219 Ripon Street, Bradford, and was for the past 14 months the esteemed choirmaster of the Eccleshill Baptist Choir. Though he had not enjoyed good health for some time, he conducted a performance of the ‘Messiah’ on 16th December at the Baptist Church and soon after contracted a severe chill which eventually closed his career. Bessies-o’-th’-Barn Band Mr Denton was a native of Bramley. He joined the Bramley Brass Band when quite young and later became a member of the renowned Black Dyke Band and also assisted the famous Besses-o’-th’-Barn Band in numerous engagements. Mr Denton was a fine cornet player and was greatly interested in both vocal and orchestral music, being the promoter of many musical competitions. Since taking up his residence in Bradford he has been conductor of various choirs. For 15 years he officiated as secretary of the Bramley Temperance Society and for 14 years was on the staff of the Adel Reformatory School. The deceased was 51 years of age and had been twice married and leaves three daughters and one son. The Rev F Allsop conducted the last rites and Mr J W Hodgson offered prayer at the chapel. The full choir was in attendance and sang several of the late conductor’s favourite hymns. The interment took place at the Zion Baptist Burial Ground.
Messiah was muscian’s finale
At Shipley yesterday morning, the Executive Officer of the Food Control Committee, Mr T H Higson, commandeered a consignment of margarine which was intended for a multiple shop and allocated it to sixteen shops, including four branches of the Co-operative Society.
Margarine spread around
By order of the Ministry of Food, butchers are now permitted to purchase in the markets only half of their usual number of cattle and sheep. As the available supplies of meat are thus considerably curtailed, the Shipley butchers have agreed to pool their purchases and it is the desire of the local Food Control Committee, of which Cllr F F Rhodes is chairman, that the public should assist them in their efforts to ensure an equitable distribution. Purchasers are therefore requested to ask for not more than half their usual quantity of meat and to obtain it from their usual butcher.
Public urged to halve their normal meat order
Bakers in court for overcharging for bread
Emma Mary Hawley and Gertrude Hilda Wood, bread bakers of Shipley, were each fined £3 at the Bradford West Riding Court on Monday for selling bread at a price higher than that allowed by the Bread Order issued under the Defence of the Realm Act. Mr Wilfred Dunn, who appeared on behalf of Mr Isaac Lindow, Clerk to the Shipley Food Control Committee, explained that under the provisions of the Order, bakers might sell 1lb loaves at 2½d but they must have ‘G.R.’ bread on sale at the same time at 2¼d per lb, so as to be sold at 4½d for two 1lb loaves or one 2lb loaf. Warning In both cases 5d had been charged for two 1lb loaves in spite of the fact that notices had been issued warning bakers that in case of contravention of the Order legal proceedings would be taken Both defendants pleaded guilty but in the first case it was stated that the bread was sold by a girl who had only been employed for a week.
Stole £4 from his uncle
At Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, Benjamin Brear, aged 19, of Shipley, pleaded guilty to stealing four £1 treasury notes, the property of his uncle, Frank Whitley, manager of the Shipley branch of the British and Argentine Meat Co. Coat pocket Supt Fairbairn explained that the notes were taken from the pocket of the prosecutor’s coat which was hanging in a room behind the shop. After at first denying the theft, the boy admitted having hid them in a dustbin behind the shop where P.C. Atkinson found them. The prisoner was remanded for medical examination.
Eccleshill and  District Poultry Keepers’ Association Ltd, of which Mr A Dewhirst is president, is to hold a show at the Wellington Council School on the 2nd February. The secretary, Mr A Holmes and the members of the committee are working hard in order to make the event a success.
Poultry show planned
Fancy dress fund raiser
At Somerset House on Friday evening, a private fancy dress dance took place which had for its object the raising of money to assist our wounded heroes. A large company assembled and the majority being in fancy costume, made quite a picturesque party. The M.C. for the occasion was Mr R Blamires and the pianist Mr Charles Bottomley. The promoters were Mrs L Halford and the Misses Coulton, Collinson, Hodgson and Dixon. The effort raised £7.
William Robert Troman, ironmonger of Shipley, was fined £5 and costs at the Bradford West Riding Court yesterday for a breach of the Defence of the Realm (Firearm) Order. It was stated that the defendant sold a second-hand revolver to Eric Watkin without ascertaining whether the purchaser had a permit from a competent military authority and without making a record of the sale. Satisfy whim Mr Eldred Oliver, who defended, said that his client purchased the revolver for 2s 6d and had spent 5s on repairs and as he had disposed of it for 7s 6d he had made no profit on the transaction. He had been in business in Shipley for 23 years and previously no complaint had been made against him. He had disposed of the revolver merely to satisfy the whim or fancy of the youth who had purchased it.
Ironmonger fined for selling revolver to youth
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