The public will probably be interested to learn some details of the scheme for the distribution of butter and margarine, the work of which has, for the past few weeks, been putting heavy responsibilities upon the Shipley Food Committee of which Cllr F F Rhodes (pictured) is chairman, and its officials.The first step was to prepare a register of consumers. For this purpose the five Council Schools were kindly placed at the disposal of the Food Committee and residents in Shipley were asked to attend there at specified times during last week.Sugar ticketsA form of application was filled in on behalf of each individual stating the name and address and age, if 13 or under.The name of the retailer from whom it was desired to purchase was also inserted on the form.Applicants were requested to produce their sugar tickets or sugar ration papers and on this being done, a
butter ration card was immediately issued.The earliest date on which it was hoped to bring the scheme into operation was the week commencing Monday next, the 18th inst., but we are informed by the executive officer, Mr T H Higson, that two or three weeks may elapse before all arrangements can be made by the Ministry of Food for equalising supplies in the various areas so as to secure uniformity in the amount of ration.The Shipley Food Control Committee have, however, decided that their register shall be made use of at once and all persons purchasing butter or margarine this week will be required to show their butter cards, which will be marked in such a manner as to prevent another purchase being made by the same person this week.The maximum amount allowed per head will be 4ozs.Persons who obtain butter from farmers and other sources outside the
town will not be allowed to purchase butter or margarine in shops except to make up their allowance to 4ozs per head.This experiment may be described as a full-dress rehearsal of the scheme and it is hoped that the public and retailers will do all in their power to make it a success.TeachersSome shops may not get their supplies till late in the week but every endeavour will be made by the Food Committee to ensure everyone getting a ration.The work of registration has been carried out under the supervision of the Chairman of the Food Control Committee and the Executive Officer, assisted by other responsible officials of the Council and Education Committee.Special mention must be made of the splendid work done by the Shipley teachers, to the number of 80, who offered their services voluntarily as enumerators.Their cheerful demeanour, courtesy and patience under trying conditions were unfailing.
Shipley’s dress rehearsal for rationing
Saturday last was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs Abraham Powell of 41a Briggate, Shipley, who were married on 10th February 1868 at Chesterfield Old Church.Mr Powell, who is in his 72nd year is a native of Worsop, Nottinghamshire, and Mrs Powell, who will attain her 69th birthday next month, was born at Handley in Derbyshire.Three surviving childrenMr Powell has been employed by the Shipley District Council in the street cleansing department for over 25 years.Both enjoy pretty good health. Of a family of ten only three survive, two daughters and one son, who are married. The son and one grandson are serving with the Colours and a son-in-law, John Willie Brook, of Baildon, a soldier, has been missing since 3rd May 1916.
Golden wedding celebrations
At the Idle Parochial Gathering on Saturday night, the Vicar, Rev W T Forster M.A. referred to certain improvements which they hoped to bring about at the close of the war.The principal was the pulling down of the old buildings on the north side of the church, the opening out of the land and the erection of a new school in place of the Old Chapel, which would have to come down because of the widening of the roadway.Dignified and distinguishedThe clearance of the old buildings would improve the present splendid position of their parish church and make it even more dignified and distinguished than it was today.Another scheme of the future was a new road to the schools in which they were assembled. They were hidden away from everything and everybody and it was not an unknown thing for strangers getting off tramcars at Town Gate to lose themselves between there and the schools.If they could bring these improvements about and he had no doubt they would, then the unique position of their parish church and schools would be considerably enhanced.
Plans for post-war changes
Mr A C Conder in his speech accepting the presidency of Shipley Golf Club, stoutly defended the playing of golf in war time.He said he was sure the men at the front would approve the notion of those at home doing so in order that business might be carried on efficiently during their absence.He was certain that he would not be as ‘fit’ as he was at his age were it not for golf. Sport had always had an important influence on the English character and to it he was sure we owed much of our success as colonisers.
We are right to play golf
Enthusiastic gardeners needed again this year
Passengers in the tramcars will have noticed the request for 5,000 persons to take up allotments with a view to securing a satisfactory amount of food stuff.The local authorities round this district are giving every advantage possible to would-be cultivators.Extreme perilLast spring there was a wonderful wave of enthusiasm for the cultivation of allotments all over the country and over half a million new plots were dug up with the result – we make so bold to say – that the country was rescued from extreme peril.The need is no less great this year and we hope that everybody will encourage the cultivators in every way possible so that the enthusiasm of last year shall be surpassed by that of this year.
Last week the 25th Royal Fusiliers, the Frontiersmen’s Battalion, reached England after having been about three years in East Africa.We mention the circumstance for the reason that so many men in this battalion have their homes in Shipley, Baildon, Windhill, Idle, Eccleshill, Undercliffe and Bradford and are now on leave, enjoying the comforts of a civilised existence after serving in the pestilential wilds of a fever-stricken country for so lengthy a period.These men return with a proud record. The Frontiersmen, it is acknowledged by high military authorities, have done a very great work, have fought with every gallantry not only the Germans but the wasting and constitution-ruining diseases of a sun-baked land.Flesh-bleaching sunThey have endured personal hardships which according to no less great an authority than General Smuts, have been almost past human endurance.The fighting and the difficulties which the Fusiliers have had to face during the past year have been particularly severe and all the men of this battalion who returned to England last week are suffering from the effects of one or other of the diseases which the white man contracts in the malaria-infected swamps of that land of illimitable bush and flesh-bleaching sun.The victorious close of the East African campaign sees the end of the task of Lieut-Col Driscoll, DSO, and his men and they are thus enabled to have an opportunity of recuperating from the fevers etc., which are the lot of the European who would force his way into these equatorial wastes.Unique has been their experience even in the World War – unique and unprecedented in itself – and of exceptional interest are the experiences they can describe.Nerve-trying fighting in the bush against a desperate enemy and heavy odds, long treks on scant rations and precious little water, the ravages of disease, encounters with wild animals, the strange customs of the semi-civilised tribes – these are but a few of the themes which would make a detailed history of the 25th Battalion’s expedition from the mountain of the British East Africa to the virgin bush area in German East Africa, immediately North of the Portuguese East African frontier, one of the most romantic narratives of this deplorable war.During the past three years over 2,000 men have been under Lieut-Col Driscoll’s command. Of this number only some 500 were left to return by the transport which brought the battalion home.WastageThis big wastage is due to casualties on the field and the severe effects of tropical diseases in one form or another.For his distinguished leadership and his genius in bush warfare, Col Driscoll has been awarded the Croix de Guerre.Early in the campaign, Lieut Dartmall won the V.C.; on 12th June 1917, Lieut Buchanan’s bravery resulted in his obtaining the Military Cross; the late Capt Ryan has been granted a posthumous M.C. for exceptional daring on 18th October; whilst amongst the rank and file a dozen D.C.M.s etc stand to the battalion’s credit.
Triumphant Frontiersmen return from battling the enemy and conditions
The Coal Control Committee have this week consulted with representatives of the coal merchants in regard to their application for an increased charge for cartage in consequence of an advance of wages conceded to carters and ‘fillers in’ of coal at the depots etc.After hearing the views of the representatives of the coal merchants, the committee were agreed that the application was, in the circumstances, a reasonable one and have fixed the additional charge for carting at a halfpenny per hundredweight for the Shipley area, such increase to operate as from Monday next, the 18th February.