Friday 22 November 1918
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It is fifty years since the Bethel Primitive Methodist Church at Windhill was opened and to celebrate the event and at the same time to liquidate the remaining debt of £220, special services were held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. A scheme had been organised whereby it was hoped to obtain 1,760 half-crowns and success in this direction was to be marked by the burning of the mortgages. The proceedings on Saturday took the form of a bazaar and a re-union to which all old scholars, friends and helpers, past and present, were invited. The response was all that could be desired and the schoolroom where the bazaar was held was crowded. 100 half-crowns During the evening the original trust deed of the church property was exhibited and it was announced that Prof Joseph Wright, D.C.L. LL.D. of Oxford University had sent 100 half-crowns as an old scholar’s thanks offering for ‘peace and victory.’ On Sunday, which was Communion Day, the Rev John Morrison of Leeds was the special preacher. In the afternoon Cllr T Hall presided at a musical service, Miss Clara Baxendall being the soloist. The bazaar was re-opened on Monday afternoon by Mrs H Taylor who said that this was the greatest financial year in the church’s history. On Monday evening the thanksgiving meeting was
presided over by Mr John Cousin Ogden who had generously given £100 on condition that the debt on the premises was cleared. He said he had watched their brave struggles and it was because he admired their toil and was in fullest sympathy with them that he had been led to open the way to the clearing of the debt. Committed to the flames The treasurer, Mr B H Hall said that the effort up to that point had made £203 of the £220 needed to redeem the mortgages. It was then decided to destroy a copy of the mortgage and amid much excitement the chairman committed it to the flames. As the flames died away the organ pealed forth the Doxology and the congregation joined in with great heartiness. The chairman then handed the original title deeds to Mr Thomas Hall, the oldest trustee who said that the toils of his best days had been given to this church. For years, while the financial burden had been so heavy, they had looked forward in hope to this day. To receive these deeds, free of all encumbrance, was one of the most joyful moments of his life. The treasurer announced at the close that they still needed about £9 to complete the transaction and this was subscribed by friends and members present so that with the close of the jubilee the debt was completely liquidated.
Church celebrates 50 years by wiping out debt
The coroner, Mr E W Norris, returned a verdict of death due to influenza at an inquest at the Shipley fire station on Monday morning on Albert Berry, aged five months, who died on Sunday morning. The child’s father, John Clifford Berry, of 24 Belmont Crescent, Shipley, stated that it had been delicate from birth and Dr Emerson had attended it from that time till 24th October. The child did not appear to be very well on Friday but as it seemed quite all right on Saturday the doctor was not called. On Sunday morning, about 4.40, the witness woke and found that the child was very feverish and he thought it was ill. He went for the doctor but the child was dead when he arrived between 5 and 5.30 a.m. His wife had had influenza but was nearly better. Jessie Stephenson of 7 Taylor Terrace, Green Lane, Baildon, a nurse, said she was present at the birth. The child was a twin and the other child, a girl, was still alive.
Five-month old twin succumbs to flu
The influenza epidemic is still laying many people aside from business and causing numerous deaths. It is singular, however, that the districts of the Bradford Arms and the Valley Road are comparatively free. Fatal cases In the early days of the epidemic it was noticeable that deaths occurred largely among children and young people but there are several fatal cases in Shipley this week among
adults from 50 to 60 years of age. Undertakers, cab proprietors and grave diggers are nearly run off their feet and postponements of interments are common. In one case a victim to the disease on  Tuesday cannot, it is said, be buried until tomorrow owing to the great pressure on those who carry out the funeral arrangements. One day this week there were into the teens of interments at Shipley.
At Idle and Thackley it is computed that there are between thirty and forty fresh cases. Five in a house In short there is an active adaptation of the old saw that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and in some of the homes there are even three people laid up. In one case at Greengates five persons in a house are affected. Particularly sad is the case of Mr and Mrs George Mawson of Park Road, Thackley, who have lost a child this week and are themselves down with the complaint. There is also a case in Park Road of a young woman and her brother, both rather seriously affected. Saturday matinee The management regret that owing to a restriction imposed by the health authority, they must refuse admittance to the Shipley Pavilion De Luxe to all children of 14 years of age and under but they will give notice to the public as soon as the restriction is removed. Owing to the influenza epidemic, the usual Saturday children’s matinee will not take place.
Influenza epidemic continues to hit area
Six-hour working day is enough for England
The coal difficulty in Shipley became aggravated at the beginning of the week and several poor families were without a supply for a day or two. In some cases there was sickness in the house and in others the mothers had to keep the children bed while they went to work. However, the position is being relieved, though it is still very serious and all consumers are urged to exercise the greatest care in the use of coal. Few trucks of emergency coal The supplies coming into the town are much restricted but Mr Reynolds, local Fuel Overseer, has managed obtain a few trucks of emergency coal which has been distributed by dealers and merchants to the most necessitous cases. Any householders who are absolutely without fuel should let Mr Reynolds know so that he can assist them to get a supply. A letter has been received from headquarters with regard to the need for economy and Mr Reynolds says he has confidence that the people of Shipley will do their best to carry out the wishes of the Coal Controller.
Families hit by coal shortages
Last night the Rev R Roberts of Bradford concluded his course of three lectures on the Industrial Revolution under the auspices of the Shipley Education Association. Mr Roberts said that under the factory system congested towns sprang up and men, women and children were swept into industry. Penalty Their survivors were the miserable subjects of a wage slavery system which paid them as low a wage as they could be induced to accept under a penalty of unemployment. In the regulation of wages the parties were unequal. A refusal to accept led to suffering and want on the workman’s part though the employers suffered nothing. As it was then, so it was even still, despite some progress in the direction between labour and capital. Unjust pay Wages varied not with industry, skill or fidelity but with the condition of the market. This compelled workers to accept unjust pay and it resulted in industrial and social unrest, in strikes and lockouts. He could not attempt to justify every sort of strike or lockout but when all other means failed and justice was denied, what was the dissatisfied wage earner to do? The setting up of the apprenticeship system was another injustice. Regarding trade unionism, the lecturer said that in its beginnings it was not the well-defined and capably led movement it was now. Union Lord Mayor Who would have thought thirty years ago that they would ever see a great trade union leader as Lord Mayor of Bradford? He was within the mark when he said that the vision of Alderman Joseph Hayhurst as Lord Mayor would have seemed the dream of a madman. The industrial legislation of today would proceed along the lines laid down in practice by Lord Leverhulme, of Sunlight Soap fame. A six-hour day would really produce all that Great Britain required at the hands of its workers.
In connection with the Shipley Branch of the British Workers’ League, a meeting was held on Sunday evening when Mrs Rose Elsdom, women’s organiser, spoke and held that the government that had brought the country through the war was the government to carry the country through the period of reconstruction. She urged her hearers to see to it that the Germans never touched the British key industries and also said that the Germans must be prevented dumping goods at undercutting prices. Solos were sung by Mrs Gardner, Miss Charnock playing the pianoforte accompaniements.
Coalition should ‘carry on’
Money for prizes
A social gathering took place in the Baildon Moravian School on Saturday evening to raise money to purchase prizes for the Sunday School scholars. Vocal and instrumental items were given by Miss M Horsfield, Miss G Winpenny, Miss M Taylor and Miss E Mackway. Nursery rhymes were given by the scholars of the primary department.
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