A great effort is being made in Shipley and Idle this week in support of the scheme for providing a permanent Y.M.C.A. memorial to the heroism of the men from Bradford, Shipley and district who have fallen and taken part in the war.For the purpose of the scheme this week, the Y.M.C.A. Council have purchased the Hotel Metropole, Bradford, as it stands and hope to enter into occupation in the course of a few weeks.The cost of the building, with furnishings, including warehouse in the rear, is £18,500. It is anticipated that the necessary alterations etc will cost after the war about £5,000 and the provision of facilities for work among the soldiers and sailors of the city will cost as a beginning, probably £3,500, making a total of £27,000.National War WorkIt is hoped that further extension work may be carried into effect and that the sum of at least £10,000 should be available to initiate this work as the opening occurs.Funds are also urgently required for the maintenance and extension of the national war work of the association and it has been decided to
endeavour to raise at least £50,000 in Bradford and district, of which a substantial portion will be allocated to war work at home and abroad.The memorial is to take the form of new headquarters for the Y.M.C.A. movement in Bradford and, if the funds permit, similar premises in Shipley.StationeryThe work of the Y.M.C.A. among the men in the army and navy is well known; it stands first for moral uplift; correspondence with home is encouraged by the free distribution of over 25 million pieces of stationery every month; it provides for clean and healthy recreation of mind and body; good refreshments at reasonable prices; bright warm huts and marquees. All these things are provided for at home and abroad in over 2,000 centres.In addition, the Y.M.C.A. cares for the friends of seriously wounded men who visit the base hospitals in France and provides canteens for munition workers, dockers and other labour organisations in this country and abroad.In their letters home, many soldiers have highly praised the work and have spoken of the great
comfort of visiting a hut after a day under fire or many hours’ toil. 23,000 officers and men on leave sleep in the London and Provincial Station Y.M.C.A. Huts every week. Two million hot drinks are served weekly in the Y.M.C.A. centres behind the firing line. Twenty cinemas in France provide nightly amusement for thousands of men and four travelling cinemas visit the troops up at the front.Thousands of concertsThousands of concerts have been given in Y.M.C.A. centres at home and at the front and their libraries provide hundreds of thousands of books in camp and trench.It is considered that the value of the memorial cannot be over-estimated and strong committees in Bradford, including Idle, and Shipley have been formed to carry it through. Additional helpers are, however, required to distribute literature and collect subscriptions and in consequence of the tram workers’ strike it is probable that the work will be continued until the early part of next week.Ladies willing to assist are requested to send their names and addresses at once to the hon sec of the Shipley Committee, Mr Walter Popplestone, Education Office, Saltaire Road, Shipley.
Funds needed as YMCA buy Metropole Hotel as memorial
Mr Arthur Gregory, Royal Flying Corps (Kite Balloon section), who was secretary of the Saltaire Cricket Club, is in a base hospital with a severe chill.
Secretary in hospital
Two fines of £20 were imposed yesterday at Bradford West Riding Police Court on William Verity, a Shipley farmer, who had pleaded guilty to having sold adulterated milk on 10th February.The chairman of magistrates, Dr Ellis, said it was one of the worst cases of milk adulteration the magistrates had dealt with as the evidence showed nearly 25 per cent of water.At the outset Mr Catterall, for the West Riding County Council, said that at 8.15. a.m. Inspector Duce and a milk dealer named Smith, who was a purchaser of milk from the defendant, visited Verity’s farm.ChurnThe inspector bought two pints of milk – one from a churn and the other from a milk pail. In the case of the first, the analysis made of the sample was to the effect that the milk fat was above the limit but Mr Catterall thought that could be accounted for by the fact that, although the inspector requested the defendant to mix up the milk, he simply put a pint measure and just turned it round at the top two or three times. The defendant had not mixed it properly.
The added water was 21.8 so that the adulteration in that sample, as compared with the limits set by the Board of Agriculture, represented 25 pints of water to 15 gallons of milk, which was a very bad case.In the second sample added water was shown to be 22.2.At 5 a.m. on 14th March the inspector saw the cows milked at the farm where he purchased a pint of milk. This was analysed and found to be perfectly genuine.Despicable fraudThis was a bad case, as to adulterate milk in this way was a great fraud on the public and more particularly on the young children who were dependent on the supply.It was a despicable fraud on Mr Smith, the milk dealer, because if the milk had got into his possession and a sample had been taken from him, he would have been liable to prosecution although perfectly innocent.
Following the evidence by the Inspector, Mr W I Crabtree for the defendant said that increasing years and other causes had led to the mind and the mental faculties of the defendant becoming impaired and he responsibility of carrying on the farm had weighed upon him.Fit state of mindThe amount of milk he had to supply and the shortage of farm labour had all affected him and he had scarcely been in a fit state of mind to carry on the business.He had been a farmer on his own account in Shipley 32 years, he had been in the milk business 38 years and this was the first time a charge of this kind had been made against him.The milk was adulterated and all he could ask was for all the circumstances on the side of the defendant to be taken into consideration.The chairman said the defendant had to bear in mind that many children, whose fathers were away doing their duty to the country, had to depend on milk supply for their food. It was a most wicked fraud upon them.
Farmer fined for watering down his milk
Church’s short services for gardeners- come in your working clothes
At the Menston Parish Church on Sunday, the vicar, the Rev E R Dawe, held the first of a series of services for gardeners and allotment holders.These services commence at 9.15. in the morning and only last a quarter of an hour.The men are asked to come to church in their working clothes and they may subsequently proceed to work on the allotment.
Under the scheme of the Bradford War Agricultural Sub-Committee, it is expected that 1,500 additional acres of grass land will be turned into arable this year and about a fortnight ago five more ploughing teams were put to work in the Idle, Bolton and Eccleshill districts where three teams had already been busy.All occupiers of ten or more acres of holdings have been asked to set aside a certain portion for cultivation and in some cases occupiers with as low as two acres have been brought within the scheme.
More land to arable
Joining the W.A.A.C.
Summoned yesterday at the Bradford West Riding Police Court for not having sent her son of 11 to school, Isabella Trueman of Shipley, wife of a soldier, said she was due to report in London today as she had joined the W.A.A.C and was to be employed as an Army cook. She added that her sister was going to look after the children.
Letter to the editor.Sir, Many inquiries have been made at this office by parents and it will no doubt be of interest to many of your readers to learn that some provision is to be made by the Government in these cases of soldiers enlisted during apprenticeships.Recently Mr Jowett, M.P. Bradford, asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether any decision had been arrived at with regard to the granting of separation allowance to the parents of soldiers enlisted during apprenticeships and if so, to what effect.Mr Hodge replied: ‘The parents of soldiers enlisted during apprenticeships can now be granted a special separation allowance under the amended regulations (Part II) of the Special Grants Committee, in cases where the allowances can be regarded as necessary for the upkeep of the home.’The amended regulation, which is now in course of issue, is in substitution for the former regulation 9 (b) by which parents were placed under the necessity of pleading hardship as a condition of the allowance.I am etc., J Hudson, Workers Office 38 Saltaire Road, Shipley.
Boost for ‘Prentice lads in khaki
Across the generations
Mr William C Hutton of Old Stone Hall, has presented a framed photograph of the late Mr W H Hutton to be hung in the members’ room of the Eccleshill Cricket Club.Mr William, as he was well known locally, was a member from 1860 to 1916 and never missed a county match.To foster local talent at the club, an old resident has given the secretary, Mr J W Overton, 20 boy members’ tickets for disposal.Application for these should be made to the head masters of the various schools or to Mr Overton, not later than 8th April.Each ticket entitles the holder to all the Bradford League matches on the Eccleshill ground and to the privilege of practising there.
Plans for new league for young footballers
It is probable that in the next few days an effort will be made by local enthusiasts to form a Shipley and district league for junior association football clubs, there being a strong feeling that such an organisation could be maintained in this district.If the league is set afoot, a couple of divisions may be started for players between 15 and 17 years of age.