Friday 1 March 1918
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Mr H S Tempest sold by auction at the Empress Hotel, Bradford, last Friday, the residence, Ryburn House, No 1 Norman Drive, Eccleshill, together with the five terrace houses Nos 3 to 11 Norman Drive, Norman Lane. The estimated net rental was £111 10s and the amount realised was £2,000.
Six houses sold at auction for £2,000
The long arm of the food queue was shown at the meeting of the Shipley Education Committee on Monday night to have affected the school attendance during the past month. Cllr C E Learoyd, the chairman, said the standing of children in these queues for pats of butter or margarine was most alarming of the causes which had hit the attendance records. The percentage of average attendance for all departments at the elementary schools during the four weeks ended February 1st was 76 and this figure led Cllr T F Doyle to remark that the committee was doing its best to remedy the lowness of the percentage which was below what it liked to see. They would all be aware, however, of the manifold causes which contributed to the depressed school attendances nowadays Financial Cllr E Reynolds said it was a most serious matter and he did no remember the average ever having been down to 76 since he became a member of the committee. He had never seen it below 80. It was serious from a financial standpoint as well as from the point of view of the education of the children. He had suggested that they should go back to the old days of giving prizes for attendance and attainment and he thought an item for the provision of prizes should be included in the estimates. Prizes were given in the higher schools and why not in the elementary schools? It would repay the committee and be beneficial all round.
Cllr T Hill suggested that when the committee took out summonses against parents for the irregular attendance of their children, they should be prepared with a doctor’s certificate as to the child’s health at the time or immediately before, as every case that came before the magistrate made one wonder how such children could walk about let along exist. Prosecute They got all sorts of tales and he thought it was in the interests of the commit when they decided to prosecute that they should have a medical certificate on the case. Miss Hermione Unwin, vice chairman (sic): “it is a most serious matter and I never expected to see the Shipley attendance so low. I never remember it below 80. “I don’t agree with the giving of prizes as I don’t think they have the desired effect. Prizes don’t touch children who come irregularly and they will not draw children to school whose parents are careless. “I don’t think we ought to reward people for doing their duty but we should get them to do their duty because it is their duty. “Perhaps we might adopt some other means and take the matter into serious consideration.” Cllr E Cowgill considered it would be a retrograde step to give prizes for this sort of work and he thought they ought to try and spring up the magistrates a little.
As for medical certificates, he would first like to point out that they were not dealing with children who were medically unfit. There must be some great element of carelessness that was responsible for their being kept away and if they only had a little more stringent co-operation from the Bench he thought they could improve the attendance. The chairman said the committee had gone into the causes of the low attendance and he did not think the question of the magistrates entered into the matter at all. During the last month they had suffered from a variety of small but abnormal causes which had had a cumulative effect on the attendance. Slippery The first and most alarming of these causes – and he hoped it was a passing cause – was that children had had to stand out in the queues for pats of butter or margarine. Another thing was that children who were regular attenders had stayed at home for little festivities to father or brother returned from the front. Then there was a week of exceedingly bad weather when the ground was so slippery that good attenders were not allowed out of doors by their parents. In the case of the children kept at home to welcome relatives from the war or the colours, they did not want to be harsh and they had to wink at such things. In fact, they had very few real cases of irregular attendance.
“In the case of the children kept at home to welcome relatives from the war or the colours, they did not want to be harsh and they had to wink at such things.”
Butter queues hit school attendance figures 
The recent shortage of butter has brought a certain Shipley firm into prominence and incidentally, has given them an advertisement which they well deserve. Mr Smith, the genial director of John Smith (Shipley) Ltd, told the Express man many years ago, before the building of the fine premises which the firm now possess in Windhill, that there were scores of towns in other countries whose population did not reach that of Shipley, where the sale of their jams easily surpassed the sale in the town where the jams were made. Rumour Not many weeks ago, there was a rumour that Mr Smith – to relieve the shortage – was willing to supply jam to those who could not get butter and before very long a queue, hundreds of yards long, formed up before the doors of the factory. To avoid disappointment, the firm waived their rule not to supply retail and piles of jam went out. Arrangements have since been made so that a reasonable weekly supply may be obtained from all the leading grocers in the districts and if any difficulties arise in this respect, the firm are willing to investigate genuine complaints. Meanwhile another Shipley man was sharing his thoughts on jam The following letter, signed C Womersley, Shipley:
 “It is to be hoped the announcement just made to the effect that sugar ‘may’ be allowed to fruit growers is not the last word on this important subject. “The powers that be must be made to see that every ounce of fruit possible shall be made into jam and every person willing shall be allowed to make jam, whether they grow the fruit or buy it in the shops. “Now that rationing is the thing, all that is necessary is a jam and sugar ration. Given the amount of sugar available, the amount of jam made by the factories last year and the sugar allotted to fruit growers and we have a basis to work on. “Having arrived at the amount of jam available from all sources, ascertain the per head quantity and ration the nation on that basis, giving the consumer the option of buying the jam or taking the pro rata amount of sugar to make his own. Concession “For example, assuming that the amount of jam works out at ¼lb per head per week, a family of eight persons would be entitled to 2lb of jam or 1lb of sugar per week. “Thus in the year, 32lb of sugar would be available, making over 100lb of jam. This concession would ease the strain on the factories, help the fruit growers and distributors and enable people to make home-made jam at a reasonable cost.”
Jam company helps fill the butter gap
The Rev N H Harding Jolly, M.A. of Liverpool has been appointed to succeed the Rev B Herklots, M.A. as vicar of Shipley.
New vicar appointed
It was reported that at a meeting of the Food Production Committee on 19th February, the committee had before them a petition from residents at Crag End asking for allotments to be provided in that part of the district. Inquiries had been made but a suitable area had not yet been found. The chairman and the clerk were authorised to interview the owner of a field in Wrose Brow Road with a view to putting the land into cultivation and also for reserving a portion for the use of children attending the Wood End and Windhill Church schools. A report was made that new areas of land had been taken over by the committee and the following allotments provided: Manor Lane, 16; Saltaire Road, 28; Albert Road, 70. There were also 45 additional plots available on the Redburn Estate. The committee agreed to place a plot of 100 square yards in Saltaire Road at the disposal of the  Education Committee for a class of mentally defective children.
Call for allotments at Crag End
At a meeting at the New Inn, Idle, on Monday night, new society called the Idle and District (Poultry) Utility Association was formed with shares at £1 5s. A working sub-committee was elected to inquire into the purchase of poultry and pig foods and the next meeting of the association is fixed for 8 o’clock on Monday night at the Great Northern Hotel, Thackley.
New poultry association
Bank notes lost
In an Idle shop window last week was a notice to the effect that £22 in notes, including a £5 Bank of England note, had been lost in the district.
Sister Hester Agnes Onions, attached to Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., second daughter of the late Mr G F Onions of Bradford and of Mrs Goodliffe of Baildon, has been awarded the 1914 Ribbon and Star.
Ribbon and Star
To entertain wounded
Ex-Pioneer F Lambert of 22 Low Fold, Baildon, desires it to be known through the Express that he will be pleased to give his good-conditioned melodion to any hospital for the enjoyment of the wounded.
During the past year 75 in-patients and 395 out-patients were treated by the Bradford Royal Eye and Ear Hospital. It was stated at the annual meeting on Wednesday that among the places showing in reduced subscription was Shipley, the deficiency in this case £164.
Shipley deficiency
Brass band on song
The Shipley Brass Band, conducted by Mr P Ambler, rendered sacred glees, part songs and marches at a concert given the other night to wounded soldiers in the Y.M.C.A. Concert Hall, St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford.
The monthly magazine issued by the Sixth Form boys at Salt’s School, Saltaire, continues its interesting features and good work is done for the production by the editor, Norman Tetley, the artist, a boy named Brooks, and the ‘printer’, Norman Dixon.
Boys’ latest magazine
Choral Society fun
The Co-operative Choral Society spent a pleasant evening on Tuesday at the Co-operative Hall, Shipley. Various competitions evoked interest and amusement. For instance, a solo contest in which the audience were judges; a butterfly competition made with dabs of paint on a folded sheet of paper; and hidden names of towns in which the name with the letters disarranged was given to each person. The prizes were won by those who found out the most towns and were handed to the winners by Mrs Calvert, hon sec.
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