Friday 2 February 1918
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There appears to have been some criticism with regard to the results of the school garden scheme inaugurated at Shipley last year. The full details of the work, however, are now to hand and do not leave much room for cavillers. To ten schools there were allotted 3,765 square yards of land to which the spade had not been previously applied. On the whole business there was a slight loss but when we state that the produce was sold at wholesale price and that considerable expense was incurred which will not recur, it will easily be seen that the result is highly satisfactory. Excellent work Furthermore, this result will, no doubt, be greatly improved upon this year. Cllr E W Shakespeare has done excellent work in connection with the school gardens and he well merited the praise which was showered upon him at the last meeting of the Education Committee by Cllr C E Learoyd, the chairman. Excellent work was done last year by the boys and some girls in a number of the schools under the Bradford Education Committee.
For some years gardening has been slowly developing as a useful and interesting form of recreation for the young school folk but the war, with its serious needs, has hastened the development wonderfully. Play at gardening Just over a score of new gardens were opened up last year, bringing the area under cultivation to seven acres or more than treble that tilled in 1916. Mr John Cryer, superintendent under the Bradford Education Committee, who has had control of this work, claims – and not without reason – that the outcome of the past year’s operations satisfactorily disproves the idea entertained by some that the boys only play at gardening. He claims further that the whole character of the work done will compare not unfavourably with any group of allotments in the district tilled by those of older years. Undoubtedly both teachers and scholars are entitled to credit. It is certain that in future years great benefit will accrue from this patriotic work.
Mr Thomas Whitehead of Eccleshill, who is headmaster of the Wellington Road School, is on the right line in saying that it is wrong to judge the school gardens from the economic standpoint. It is true that in order to justify school gardens, education committees are often eager to express such justification to the public in £.s.d. and Mr Whitehead properly protests against the common practice of asking: Does it pay? Nobody can deny that education has too often been measured by examination results or in economic terms and as Mr Whitehead says, “It is high time our education authorities should begin to measure it in character and human terms.” Careful observation The Board of Education state that the object of school gardening and kindred subjects is “to deepen the interest of the child in the world around him and train him in habits of careful observation and clear thinking.” With this object in view the Board make a grant for such teaching. We need to beware, as Mr Whitehead reminds us, lest we, too, join the profiteers in the exploitation of the child.
Nobody can deny that education has too often been measured by examination results or in economic terms and as Mr Whitehead says, “It is high time our education authorities should begin to measure it in character and human terms.”
School gardens prove their worth
Tong Park, writes Jessie M McCay in the Yorkshire Weekly Post, is one of those characteristic villages which cluster around Baildon. It clings like a eyrie to the steep hillside, its cobbled streets winding upward with sudden turns. The rows of utilitarian houses stolidly face the village street but those having any beauties, hide themselves away coyly in the folds and yards and one has to tip-toe to see spacious old houses with diamond panes and ancient dates over the doorway. In tall elm trees, last summer’s crows’ nests are seen, the wily crow having discovered that mill folk are safer than farmers. The old crows who lead the flocks caw reassuringly when the buzzer blows. Baildon Moor lies behind and after one has climbed the steep village street, passed through the mill yard where is heard the groan and gurgle of the imprisoned Titan water, who turns the mill wheel, one is soon on the bleak moorland. Sonsy lasses A great viaduct with many arches spans the valley and every arch is like a framed picture. Halfway on the hillside an elm tree grows whose top branches are on a level with the back doors and an ornithologist might study crow housekeeping from upstairs windows. The mill girls are big, sonsy lassies. In these days they look askance on half-timers and are not so much inclined to vent high spirits in shrieking criticisms of the passing stranger as in some other places.
But Tong Park is subdued. Many lads have marched away who will tread its steep streets no more. Tong Park was hard hit at the beginning of the war. Now there is a lull in the weeping. But soon many young lads will be eighteen, for Tong Park has ebbed and flowed with waves of humanity as the industrial trade winds have blown. Childer together “They were all childer together when work brought us here,” say the women wonderingly. The harvest is now ripe and the reaper waits, sickle in hand. There are sad hearts in the humble homes at Tong Park. It is a peculiarity of the Yorkshire people who have few caresses for the living, that they consecrate the memory of the dead. Many are the enlarged photographs of the boys who have gone under, even of elaborately adorned white crosses in France. Southrons have scoffed at the framed weeping willows and memoriam cards; but like all customs which have grown from the hearts of people, it has seemliness and truth. “Many a time on Sunda’ neets, when they have all gone to chapel, I speak to his photo and I am sure he hears me,” said one mother. Beyond, on Baildon Moor, the wind is moaning of the Baal fires of worship by which men tried to solve the great mystery and so today they look, these mothers, into the dim beyond, saying, like the seer of old, “If haply I might find him.”
Tong Park - stoically dealing with war
TO RESIDENTS OF THACKLEY AND DISTRICT GARDEN ALLOTMENTS At a Meeting held in the Wesleyan School, Thackley, January 29th, it was decided to make application for Allotments at Hill Top. All those desirous of securing Land for Allotments are requested to send in their Names with amount of land required, as early as possible. E Baxter, Secretary of Committee 41 Cragg Hill Road, Thackley
Mr William Claridge of Idle distributed the prizes on Wednesday night to the successful students at the Bradford Commercial Institute. In the course of his remarks he referred to the importance of girls realising that in the future there would be far wider scope for the exercise of women’s talents than ever before. It was full expected that women would, before long, have the opportunity of practising as solicitors. In addition, at a recent meeting of the members of the profession to which he belonged, a resolution was passed unanimously in favour of women being admitted to the profession of accountancy on the same lines as men. Foreign correspondence Girls should therefore remember that even if they started commercial life in the elementary capacities, there was no reason why their efforts should be confined to them. The range of their vision could not be too wide. In suggesting the acquisition of a knowledge of other languages, the speaker remarked that there was no place in England, in proportion to its population, which had so much foreign correspondence as Bradford.
The scope for women to exercise their talents has never been greater
Fined for selling milk that was watered down
Arthur Roberts Thompson of Ravencliffe Farm, Calverley, was summoned at the Bradford City Police Court on Thursday for selling adulterated milk. The defendant pleaded guilty. For the defence, Mr J A Lee said the defendant was a farm labourer and as carrying on the milk round for his brother. He had an assistant, aged 16 years, who on the morning the inspector took the samples fell with the cans and spilt a quantity of the milk. Afraid The boy was evidently afraid of the consequences and filled up the cans with water. On behalf of the prosecution it was stated two samples of milk taken from the defendant’s cans contained respectively 12.7 and 20 per cent of added water. The defendant was fined £10.
The Saltaire Rose Show, which in pre-war days was such a great attraction both from a social and a gardening point of view, looks like again being abandoned. The official of the society again feel that they have no other option in the matter but to cancel the exhibition in view of the conditions arising out of the war.
Rose show off again
The many friends of Mr Arthur Sutcliffe, the son of the late Mr and Mrs John Sutcliffe, who resided for many years at 2 Stanley Street Greengates, will be pleased to hear of his further promotion. It will be recalled that he went out to Australia with the ‘Baxter’ party about eight years ago as an apprentice weaving overlooker. After serving his time at the Australian Woollen Mills at Sydney, he obtained a situation as weaving overlooker at the Queensland Woollen Mills, Brisbane where he made a name for himself as an excellent workman. 2,000 miles journey After a stay of five years with this firm he obtained his present situation as manager of the weaving department of J Aiken and Sons, Tasmanian Woollen Mills, Hobart. On leaving to take up his new appointment he was presented with a gold albert as a token of respect and appreciation and received an excellent testimonial. The 2,000 miles journey to his new situation was greatly enjoyed and en route he called to see his former workmates in Sydney. He reports being quite satisfied with the change. His new master is a Scotchman.
Greengates wool man doing well Down Under
An excellent concert took place in the Tong Park Council School on Saturday evening. A programme of miscellaneous character was commendably sustained by a party of artistes performing under the name of ‘The Dusky Seranaders’ and consisting of Misses Madge Fearnley and Evelyn Hudson, Messrs H Shaw, H C Clegg, H Drak, C Seymour, F Priestley and J Kershaw (banjoist). Moonlight Bazaar The proceeds, which are in aid of the Tong Park and district stall at the forthcoming Moonlight Bazaar, amounted to £10. The event was patronised by a large and appreciative audience, each of the artistes being well received. .
Seranaders prove popular with audience
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