Friday 8 March 1918
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The final meeting in connection with the Saltaire Wesleyan Church Jubilee took place yesterday week when the Rev S Chadwick, president elect, delivered a rousing call to the church to advance and be worthy of its great inheritance. He reminded the Saltaire people that Saltaire was the pioneer of model villages and was known as a well-organised community long before Port Sunlight was thought of and Bourneville was in its infancy. The relationship existing between master and employee in Sir Titus Salt’s was the ideal to which we must work today. Methodism stood to being about such happy relationships. White heat It had a unique opportunity by its constitution of promoting brotherhood but it could do this if it kept at white heat. What was needed was a real spiritual revival. Let Saltaire lead in this respect. The Rev W B Mattinson announced that the total financial result of the service amounted to £353 3s 8d. This, he said, cleared the debt and left a small surplus to go on with the repair and cleaning. Also 200 shirts and 100 waistcoats had been sent to the Saltaire Wesleyan soldiers as a jubilee offering, sent by the old scholars and friends of the chapel from America to Lady Denby who had parcelled the lot and posted them during the week to the boys.
Jubilee call to build on inheritance
Edward Patchett of 8 Smith Street, Shipley, a boatman, was yesterday fined 10 shillings at the Bradford West Riding Police Court for having wilfully wasted 14lbs of flour. He gave as an excuse that he threw the week’s flour over his wife because she was drunk.
Threw flour on drunk wife
Sgt Eli Brooksbank, a veteran of the Indian Mutiny, who now lives at 16 Charnwood Road, and is 86 years of age, and Mrs Sarah Pitts of 87 Wellington Road, aged 91 were the oldest of their sexes present at the Eccleshill treat for old folk on 23rd February.
TWO OF ECCLESHILL’S OLDEST INHABITANTS
The turning point in the unsettled relations between the Bradford Cricket League and the Bradford Central Cricket League has been rounded at last and there is no telling what good may result if the new position is properly handled. The first opportunity for composing the differences has come at a time when the Bradford League could fairly keep the Central at arm’s length, having regard to what transpired a few years ago when the Central were approached on the question of amalgamation. But by burying the hatchet and agreeing to take over into their second teams’ competition four of the Central’s clubs, the Bradford League have set the ball rolling for a good working arrangement in the future. Such generous action must throw the Bradford League up into an even more popular light than they stood in before, for in smoothing away the rough edges of a standing
difficulty, they have shown themselves once more to be real sports with the best interests of cricket as their only object. Soft answer Anyone in doubt as to what the Bradford League would do in the event of the Central relaxing their stiffness can get a key to it in the speech made by Mr J J Booth, the president of the Bradford League, at a meeting of the committee last Friday. In regard to the application of the Central for the Bradford League to fix up four of their clubs with a season in the second string competition, Mr Booth gave ‘the soft answer that turneth away wrath.’ The second teams’ league will now consist of Farsley, Baildon Green, Keighley, Low Moor, Pudsey St Lawrence, Saltaire, Undercliffe, Windhill, Thackley, Girlington Wesleyan, Thornbury and Sticker Lane.
Bradford League offer helps heal old wounds
As a rule the slum parishes of the large cities and towns absorb the clergymen who seem set apart for life among the poor, though occasionally the type can be met with in pleasanter places, as circumstances are not always in favour of men of the cloth branching out as they would like. Affection In both cases, however, the temperament of the clergyman ‘will out’ at some time and his work will be touched with the ideals which keep the more or less hopeless from going altogether adrift. This side of the Rev R Whincup, M.A., M.C., has been very noticeable during his vicariate at Windhill and as
appreciation goes a long way with most people, he will probably feel well repaid by the affection and gratitude the poor have shown him for what he has done in their interests. He has always had a warm corner of his heart for the folk with a few chances of rising and their social betterment as a class is one of his enthusiasms. There was a striking instance of this during the unemployment crisis of 1908 when the courage of his convictions sent him on to the public platform at the old Princess Theatre to
speak at a meeting organised by the unemployed when he could have held back with equal dignity. But it was characteristic of Mr Whincup that he should come forward and the stuff and independence of what he had to say was proved by the wide and critical interest which his address aroused. His relations have been very cordial with the Nonconformists who have no doubt welcomed his efforts to make the Church essentially the church of the people, irrespective of any political and social distinction. Subversive He has tried to break down any such idea as that of a church which calls itself a national church being allied particularly with any one political party because he feels that such a conception in the public mind must be subversive for the church’s power for good and altogether alien to the true spirit of Christ. In his opinion the church must stand quite above all political and social distinctions if real catholicity is to be attained. Consequently, he has welcomed all, both inside and outside the parish who have come into active co-operation with him and it will be a wrench to him and them when their common aspiration separates them as far as furthering it at Windhill goes, for Mr Whincup is leaving in a few weeks to take over the living at Heaton.
A vicar who cares for all the people
“He has always had a warm corner of his heart for the folk with a few chances of rising and their social betterment as a class is one of his enthusiasms.”
J W Hitch, the Surrey County bowler, as joined the Eccleshill Club and will play in the Bradford Cricket League tournament.
Eccleshill CC signing
Boys caught stealing from goods yard
At Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday, four boys from Shipley and Windhill, ranging from ten to 13 years of age, were charged with stealing 144 boxes of matches value 10s 6d, the property of the Great Northern Railway Company. It appeared that about ten o’clock on the night of the 23rd of February, a waggon was brought into the yard of the company at Windhill station. Amongst other goods in it was a case containing a gross of matches. It was subsequently found that the case had been broken open and the matches stolen and from information received, the lads were arrested. Parents Another boy said he was playing at marbles when the defendants came to him and offered some matches. He said, ‘No, take them back or you may be found out.’ They said they had got the matches at the railway station. The defendants pleaded guilty. The parents were bound over in the sum of 40s for the good conduct of the boys who were put under probation. All the boys, with the addition of a fifth, were then charged with stealing a 7lbs tin of corned beef, value 10s, the property of the Great Northern Railway Company. The tin of beef was taken from a waggon at the goods shed of the Windhill Railway Station. Subsequently it was fond in the Windhill Churchyard. All the defendants pleaded guilty and one previously convicted was find 40s an costs. Sound thrashing The chairman, Sir Ellis Denby, said: “if we deal with you leniently this time will you promise to do better?” The boys replied that they would. Chairman: “Very well. Now if you come here again you will get a sound thrashing.” They were bound over.
Allotment holders up by more than 500 per cent
The first annual meeting of the Shipley Gardeners’ and Allotment Holders’ Association was held at Otley Road Council School on Wednesday evening. Cllr F F Rhodes, chairman of the Shipley Food Control Committee, addressed the meeting and impressed upon them the great need at the present time for all articles to be produced at home. Every ounce Shipping was short and if we were to emerge successfully from the war every possible ounce must be produced by allotment holders. He understood that before the war the number of allotment holders in Shipley was 168. It had now risen to 900, a most satisfactory state of affairs.
With reference to the building of the Bradford Temperance Hall, an Eccleshill man writes to a contemporary: “A Mr Denbigh of Eccleshill tells me that he was present at the ceremony which was celebrated by a tea party at which his grandmother presided at one of the trays. “He also tells me that he remembers it very well and also the building of the hall and that he touched the letters which are chiselled on the top of the Temperance Hall. On the ground “When asked how he did this, he says he touched each letter when they were down on the ground ready for being hoisted to their present position. He remembers this quite well although he was only a boy of ten years. “One wonders if there are any other persons living who were present at that opening ceremony. He was born 29th May 1827.”
Recalls touching letters
Headmaster resigns
Mr E T Stott has tendered his resignation as headmaster of the Hutton Mixed School, Eccleshill, a position he has occupied for many years. For some time Mr Stott’s health has not been satisfactory and he is about to take a rest.
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