Friday 4 January 1918
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In a letter to his parishioners the Rev B Herklots, after remarking that Mrs Herklots and he will ‘leave Shipley with many regrets and always look back to our time here as one of the pleasantest and most interesting periods of our very cheerful lives,’ makes a few critical observations concerning the charge he is shortly to relinquish. ‘We shall always follow with much interest the affairs of Shipley Parish Church,’ he says, ‘especially if it learns to concern itself less with the select few and more with the masses of this populous town; less with the handful within its fold and more with the ninety and nine who remain outside its influence. Decay ‘It is the growth of the missionary spirit within the Church that alone can save the situation for Shipley Parish Church. If it lives unto itself it will decay; if it lives unto God and unto others, it may prosper. May God send you a vicar and a vicar’s wife who will lead on your church to further and wider missionary adventures in this town.’ Since he came to Shipley, Mr Herklots has laboured assiduously to secure unity amongst all denominations in the parish and a short time ago he brought himself into the ‘limelight’ by preaching in a Wesleyan pulpit.
Barbed warning from departing vicar
The newspaper published a review of Baildon trade, with the news that in most of the mills and workshops there has been a considerable amount of work done in the past year, though in many cases the orders have been executed under difficulties, chiefly owing to the scarcity of raw materials. They then went into some detail about individual firms: William Denby & Sons of Tong Park Mills have been busy during the whole year, their products being chiefly Government shell cloth, the spinning of khaki yarn and the manufacture of dress goods. Many changes  have been enforced during the past twelve months owing to heads of different sections of work responding to the call of the colours but business has been strenuously continued with the appointment of extra help by older men and women etc. Export trade has suffered somewhat from the difficulty in obtaining raw materials which has necessarily curtailed the output in goods for foreign markets, consisting of dress materials. They trust to have a successful year in 1918 despite these disadvantages. W P Butterfield & Co Ltd of the Galvanising Works, Woodbottom, have experienced a successful year, their output of goods comparing favourably with other years when the number of men available for this work has been considered. Most of the tanks etc produced are made to comply with Government orders.
Robinson & Bairstow of Providence Mills, have had a rather quieter time than in previous years, chiefly owing to the great difficulty experiened in securing raw materials. This has necessarily compelled them to leave some of their machinery idle. A large percentage of their male employees of military age are serving with the colours at home and in the various war theatres, one of their late workmen, L Cpl Tom Mann, having recently been awarded the Military Medal. C F Taylor & Co Ltd of Lower Holme Mills, Woodbottom, have had a very busy year. Most of the work has consisted of war orders. The manufacturers concerned have also ben able to supply a good proportion of civilian requirements. A highly successful War Savings’ Association has been established and thriftiness encouraged among the employees whilst their hostels at Baildon Royd and Laurel Mount continue to be popular with the large number of girls who have come from country districts to find clean and remunerative employment in the mills. They receive a good comfortable home at one of the hostels where everything is done by the enthusiastic matrons and their staff of domestic servants to ensure a bright, hygenic life amid peaceful and harmonious surroundings and of a high standard moral character. Social and other forms of interesting events are continually arranged to brighten their otherwise slightly monotonous lives.
“Their hostels at Baildon Royd and Laurel Mount continue to be popular with the large number of girls who have come from country districts to find clean and remunerative employment in the mills.”
Businesses doing well despite the handicaps
Windhill was one of several local churches that held special memorial services over the Christmas period to remember the men from the parish who had died in the service of their country. During his sermon, the Rev Richard Whincup said there was a feeling of thankfulness that so many of the young men of England had responded in such a magnificent manner to the call of their King and country. Eternal credit There were those people who before the war said England was a decadent country and that our people had no power to rise to high ideals. But it would stand to the eternal credit of the present generation that millions of our young men responded voluntarily to the call of duty. The vicar emphasised the fact that no district was more prominent in that respect than the parish of Windhill. Speaking at a gathering in the vicarage grounds in 1915, a well-
known public gentleman congratulated Windhill on having at that time sent more men into His Majesty’s forces in proportion to the population than any other part of the Shipley Parliamentary Division. The response from the parish was indeed a great cause for thankfulness and he felt proud of the parish. There was also the note of pride because of the heroic way in which the men had fought and died and yet there was present the distinct note of grief and sorrow. Deepest sorrow We English people did not always show our sorrow as did the people of other nations. It was often the case that we carried neither our feelings nor our religion on our sleeve. Vast numbers in Windhill who were in a state of the deepest sorrow
because of the loss of brave sons and husbands and brothers, yet bore their bereavement with wonderful courage and fortitude. All they could do was simply to leave these men in the hands of God, confidently believing we should join them again in the life to come. Grandest of sepulchres The vicar then read the following quotation from Thucydides: “So they gave their bodies to the common- wealth and received, each for his own memory, praise that will never die and with it the grandest of all sepulchres, not that in which their mortal bones are law, but a home in the minds of men, where their glory remains fresh to stir to speech or action as the occasion comes by.” He concluded by saying that we might regard those words as symbolical of the way in which we should look upon our fallen heroes and of the deep respect and affection which we should feel towards them. The vicar then read out the names of the 110 men from Windhill who had so far fallen in the war. Similar lists were read in churches in Idle and Eccleshill.
Remembering the men who gave their lives
“Vast numbers in Windhill who were in a state of the deepest sorrow because of the loss of brave sons and husbands and brothers, yet bore their bereavement with wonderful courage and fortitude.”
Boy, 2, dies of burns
An inquest was held at Saltaire Hospital on Friday respecting the death of Frank Hird, aged two years, son of Charles William Hird, a soldier whose home address is 95 Briggate, Windhill. The mother had occasion to leave the house for a few minutes on the previous afternoon and on her return found a neighbour wrapping a rug round the boy who was badly burnt about the body. When she left the house the fireguard was before the fire. There was no evidence to show how the child’s clothes had become ignited. A verdict of accidental death was returned.
A welcome announcement was made at last week’s meeting of the North Bierley Board of Guardians in regard to soldiers who have been mentally disabled in the war. Cases of this kind have been admitted to homes for the mentally afflicted and Poor Law authorities have been called upon to pay the cost of maintenance. Demands In turn, the Guardians have made demands upon the relatives of the men to contribute towards the expense incurred. At the meeting referred to a letter was read stating that the cost of such cases will in future, subject to reservations, be borne by the Ministry of Pensions. This decision cannot fail to meet with general approval.
Welcome financial news for families of soldiers suffering shell-shock
Eviction order highlights shortage of houses
The lack of houses in Baldon was exemplified at the Otley Police Court on Friday when application for an ejectment order was made by Mr Amos Ibbetson of Baildon against J W Easy, who resides in a house at Oak Place belonging to W Denby & Sons, Tong Park Mills. It was stated that the house was required for some employees at the mills and another house in Shipley had been offered to Mr Easy who had refused it. Mr J H Atkinson of Shipley, representing Mr Easy, submitted a letter from W Denby & Sons asking the defendant to remove from another house to the one he now occupied and offering to pay any reasonable expenses which would be caused by the removal. Wife’s health These expenses, said Mr Atkinson, had not been paid and Mr Easy contended that it was not the proper thing that he should now be asked to remove again. The reason why Mr East had not gone to Shipley was because the house in which he resided suited his wife’s health better. In reply to Mr Wade, Mrs Easy, who gave evidence, admitted that the firm gave her something towards the expense of attending the first removal but they did not pay all that it cost her husband. The Bench said they were satisfied that the premises were reasonably required and they therefore made the order asked for.
In giving medicine, never use a spoon in measuring as the ordinary household spoons vary very much in capacity. Use a graduated measure glass and always rinse immediately after use. Castor oil is best taken in milk, coffee or brandy. It may be made into a tasteless emulsion by adding a little cinnamon water or orange flower-water, a few drops of liquor potassae and a drop or two of oil of lemon. This is as palatable as milk if properly made. Close the nostrils Epsom salts may be disguised with peppermint water, quinine or cinchona by milk, senna by cloves and aloes by liquorice. A pinch of salt on the tongue previous to taking it will effectually disguise the taste of salicin or salicyclate of soda but in the majority of cases, by closing the nostrils tightly with the finger and thumb during the process of swallowing medicine, not taste whatever is appreciable.
Helping medicine down
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