Friday 22 February 1918
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The idea that has become prevalent as to there being a sufficient supply of tea available to obviate the necessity of rationing is contrary to the actual facts of the case. Although the Ministry of Food has suggested that a supply of 1½ ozs per head might be regarded as a reasonable allocation, the quantity that is being released is equivalent to less than 1oz per head of the population. According to the Co-operative Press Agency, announcements as to the release of tea for consumption are generally premature, giving rise to hopes that are not realised by the consumer. Equitable distribution In order to secure uniformity among societies in their local rationing schemes, pending the national compulsory system, it has been decided to place co- operators on the 1oz per head basis – a sound weekly allowance on present supplies. It is being suggested that the allocation of supplies to traders on the basis of their 1915 and 1916 requirements is leading to difficulties in many parts of the country and that the allotment of foodstuffs to retailers according to their present number of customers will afford the most equitable distribution in future.
Tea restricted to an ounce a week
Mr and Mrs William Cordingley of The Wicket, Calverley, celebrated their diamond wedding on Thursday of last week, having been married at Leeds Parish Church on 14th February 1858. Mr Cordingley will be 83 on 11th May and for the past few years he has lived a retired life. Mrs Cordingley will be 79 on 18th May. They have lived for close on 58 years at their present address and previously in the late Jonathan Barrett’s fold. They have brought up a large family, eight of whom still survive. Mr Cordingley has not had the best of health lately but he is improving and that they will both be spared many ore years is the wish of all who know them.
Diamond wedding
The newspaper published details of women working on the land across the country. The demand for women’s labour on the land at present greatly exceeds the supply and strong, intellectual women who wish to serve their country in one of the most useful possible ways should apply to the nearest post office or the nearest employment exchange for particulars concerning the Women’s Land Army. An increasing number of women are being placed in charge of tractors. During the past week four more were appointed in Berkshire, six in Cheshire and six in Lancashire for the ploughing. In Wiltshire the women are reported to be doing excellent work both on the land and in the distribution of tractors from the railway stations. One of these women has recently delivered three tractors by road at distances up to 40 miles without mishap of any kind. Plucky A farm belonging to Lord Treowen is being entirely run by women. A year ago when the women took over the place it was in a very bad state indeed. The agent speaks in most glowing
terms of the plucky way in which the women have tackled a very difficult job. A Land Girls’Guild has been formed in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It meets on Sundays in Sheffield at rooms kindly lent by the Workers’ Education Association. The girls are anxious to make a study of agricultural subjects and a qualified librarian has been appointed to advise them in the choice of suitable books. In a separate section, there was an editorial comment piece following up a recent report about the role of women in work after the war. The point which Mr William Claridge of Idle made the other week when he distributed the prizes at the Bradford Commercial Institute is worth developing since it is connected with one of the most popular topics of the day. Predicting a wider scope for women’s talents both in professional and commercial life, Mr Claridge soundly
advised them to look beyond the levels on which they must necessarily start to break new ground for themselves. Refined women This is really one of the touchstones of the whole position in connection with the classes of employment which are absorbing so many refined women who will, no doubt, see the importance of having an outlet corresponding to the opportunities in their callings, for the long view is the thing that matters. It can be expected for obvious reasons that educated opinion will become too strong for large numbers of females to continue their present work after the war but in the higher branches of employment requiring intelligence and scholarship, the general displacement of women will not be such an easy proposition. Even now this new element, touching the world of work at almost every point, has produced its own significant psychology and, if its potentialities are made the most of, the period describes as after-the-war will be very closely followed by people with views on the question of woman and her work.
“One of these women has recently delivered three tractors by road at distances up to 40 miles without mishap of any kind.”
Women at work - now and after the war
Following on a request by the Wharfedale Advisory Committee, a conference of representatives  of golf clubs in the district, including Otley, Ilkley, Bradford, Headingley, Horsforth and Rawdon, met at Otley last Friday and discussed whether a uniform scheme could be devised for dealing with the land occupied by the clubs in regard to increased food production. Mr Richard Garnett, Bramhope, chairman of the local Advisory Committee, said that hardships would have to be borne and financial losses experienced if the policy of utilising all land for the purpose of food production were adopted. He gathered at a conference he had attended at the Ministry of Food that there was more alarm felt for the shortage of milk than any other commodity. Even though there was an absolute famine in pork and bacon, beef and mutton, the supply of milk had not to be jeopardised. Nine holes Wharfedale was a grazing district and the amount of milk produced here was enormous. In the neighbouring cities of Leeds and Bradford they were much alarmed about the outlook. In regard to golf courses, the local Advisory Committee felt that land should not be grazed by both cattle and sheep. He understood that at Shipley, something like 90 acres of the golf links had been grazed last summer without any inconvenience to players.
Mr F T Hunter, Otley, said his club had 105½ acres and of these, 41 acres were devoted to the links, the remainder being set apart for agricultural purposes. The club only asked to be allowed to mow parts of the fairways which were not grazed by the cattle and sheep on the land. The course had been reduced from 18 to nine holes. Sheep Mr G H Blackburn, Bradford, said the Hawksworth Club had two fields, one of 30 and the other of 10 acres and they had agreed with their tenant to allow cattle to be grazed on the larger field. Mr J Waterson, Ilkley, stated that on the links of his club they had grazed between 300 and 350 sheep. He added that golfers generally objected to cattle grazing on their links. The committee recommended that the whole of the links be grazed by cattle, the number of such cattle to be directed by the committee; that the greens should be allowed to be mown; and that if the fairways of the courses were not properly grazed by the cattle, the clubs should be allowed to mow the fairways after consultation with the committee. It was also recommended that sub-committees should be formed from the advisory committee in each area to see that the land was properly grazed and to give such advice as might be required by the various clubs.
Cattle grazing golf courses will boost milk supply
“The committee recommended that the whole of the links be grazed by cattle, the number of such cattle to be directed by the committee; that the greens should be allowed to be mown; and that if the fairways of the courses were not properly grazed by the cattle, the clubs should be allowed to mow the fairways after consultation with the committee.”
The government has taken different measures intended to enable the country in its present food shortage to draw upon various sources of supply that are usually closed for a considerable part of the year. This is the case notably in relation to game birds and certain migratory birds of less common types. This week we are informed by the Food Production Department that the Board of Agriculture has made an Order extending to 31st March 1918 the time for killing in England and Wales a number of migratory wild birds. This includes the curlew, the knot, the whimbrel, the golden plover, the red shank, the godwit, the snipe, the woodcock, the teal, the widgeon, the mallard, the shoveler, the pochard, the white-fronted goose, the pink- footed goose and the grey lag goose. By the same Order the time for the lawful sale, exposure or offer for sale, or possession of any of these birds is extended to 15th April 1918.
Killing migratory birds
New Volunteer rules
Mr Macpherson states that it has been decided that, with the exception of a comparatively small number of men who will be retained to perform definite duties, no Volunteer will be kept in the force after 31st March who does not undertake to serve until the end of the war and attend what the military authorities regard as the minimum number of drills to fit a man for useful service in the event of an invasion
Beginning tomorrow, self-denial week will be observed by Salvationists at Shipley as well as in 1,300 other centres in the United Kingdom. General Booth has fixed the amount to be raised at £100,000 and towards this the Shipley Corps is expected to contribute £100. From camps and trenches Owing to the war, Adjutant and Mrs Lyndon, the local officers, will be without the assistance of valuable workers. Salvationists serving with the colours will, however, forward their own gifts to the fund from camps and trenches, as on previous occasions. Donations will be gratefully received at the quarters of the Adjutant at 11 Alexandra Road, Shipley.
Self-denial week
The mystery concerning the disappearance of Mr John Midgley of 69 Alexandra Road, Shipley, a retired quarry owner, who left home on Monday, is reported to have been cleared up by the finding of his drowned body at Birmingham. He was 71 years of age and married. Pawn ticket The particulars circulated at the time of his absence showed that he was wearing two gold watches, a cap, a grey suit and a dark overcoat etc. A few days ago Mrs Midgley received from her husband a letter which led her to believe that he might take his life and in which were pawn tickets for the watches he had with him when he left Shipley.
Quarryman found dead in Birmingham
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