Although the usual Shipley fete and gala which used to be so popular in pre-war times, has been abandoned, the Shipley Horse Owners’ Association and the Shipley Carters’ and Motor-men’s Union have organised an annual procession in which smartly turned out horses and newly painted vehicles form a prominent part.One of these demonstrations was witnessed by a large number of people on Saturday. The procession included tradesmen’s turn-outs, the Shipley and the Saltaire Fire Brigades, the local Boy Scouts, wounded soldiers from Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, and representatives of the Women’s Land Army.PropagandaThe route was through the main streets of Windhill, Shipley and Saltaire. The procession was headed by the president of the Friendly and Trade Society, Mr William Robinson; the secretary, Mr William Leach; and the constabulary.A propaganda meeting in connection with the Women’s Land Army was held on the Shipley Market Place where Cllr T Hill, chairman of Shipley Urban Council, presided.A collection taken en route realised £70 4s 7d for local charities.
The remains of the late Mr John Bracewell of 45 Hall Royd, Shipley, took place at Hirst Wood Cemetery on 4th July.The services at the house, the Parish Church and by the grave were conducted by the vicar of Heaton, Rev R Whincup, who referred to the family’s connection with that church.A large number of relatives and friends were present in addition to the family mourners; also deputations from Shipley Bowling Club, Shipley Liberal Association, Shipley Unionist Association, the Oddfellows and business circles. Numerous floral tributes were received.Two of the deceased’s sons were unable to be present owing to being with the colours.Cryer Bros Ltd, Market Street, Shipley, carried out the funeral arrangements..
Shipley businessman’s funeral
Welcome for tramways climb down
The better judgement of the Bradford Tramways Committee has saved a situation between Thackley and Saltaire that no amount of economic necessity could have justified.To have persisted in their original intention to curtail the service of cars between Thackley and Shipley from twice to once an hour and to make Shipley the terminal instead of Saltaire, would have exposed it to some sound criticism, not only on the ground of public inconvenience but also on the score of bad finance.CommonwealthIt does not seem sufficient to us to scrap a thing because the expenditure of it is disproportionate to its income.And in regard to such commonwealth affairs as public undertakings, we should require a lot of convincing that a service ought to be dropped because a reduction of outlay appeared the handiest way out of the position at the moment.We look at the matter in this light: The trams are run for the convenience of the public and so long as the
people are prepared to pay, the system should be continued. If it is remunerative then utility and profit are combined. If run at too close a margin, it is fair commercialism to increase the fares, but as these were raised on 1st June all over the service, it would be rather overreaching to want more again so soon.Travelling facilities are not so great between Idle and Saltaire that even a slight reduction would pass unnoticed and in the surprising absence of any complaint from public men at the Thackley end, the successful protest of the Shipley Urban Council is all the more interestingThis Council lost no time in electing a sub-committee to interview the City tramways manager in regard to the proposal affecting the service between Shipley and Saltaire.But they have not had to go further in the matter as before they could carry
out the instruction to interview the tramways manager, the Council received a communication from the Clerk to the Bradford City Council stating that it had been decided to run the trams as at present.UnconsideredThe decision also applies to the service between Thackley and Shipley so that in the first place the proposal to curtail and cut the system between Thackley and Saltaire appears to have been hasty or unconsidered.The governors of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital had also entered a protest against the idea of terminating the service at Shipley, their contention being that the curtailment would not only be a great drawback to the soldiers in the hospital but that it would also be most unfortunate from the point of view of many out-patients who use this section of the tramways.Children attending the Salt Schools from the Thackley and Windhill side of the district would also have been inconvenienced.
A party of Land Army workers stationed at Esholt took part in the procession arranged by the friendly Societies Gala Committee on Saturday at Shipley and in the evening a women’s recruiting meeting was held in the Market Place, the chair being occupied by Cllr T Hill.Miss Cox, assistant organising officer for women’s work at the Ministry of Labour, appealed for women and girls for Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps.She said that Mr Lloyd George at the beginning of the war stated that three things were required to enable us to win – men, munitions and money – but he might have added also women.Fewer than a millionThe women had already done splendid work but they were still asked to do more. Some people suggested conscription for women, the same as for men, but it must
be remembered that before the men were conscripted an Army of nearly five million had been raised voluntarily.So far, not a million women had come forward and the least the women of England could do was to help and in some measure pay back the men for all the sacrifice they had made. Women should come forward and enrol for some branch of women’s war service, though her appeal was not directed to women now engaged on important work.A tent was erected in the Market Place where information and printed leaflets and forms could be obtained.Several women in the course of the evening came forward and it is hoped that more will offer their services before the war is out.All enquiries should be made to the Local Employment Exchange, Otley Road, Shipley.
Women urged to join the Land Army
Mr and Mrs William Flaxington of 22 William Henry Street, Saltaire, should have celebrated their golden wedding on 28th June but, as reported in this paper last week, Mr Flaxington, aged 75, who had been ill since Easter, passed away on that date.
Died on 50th anniversary
The governors of Salt’s Charity have presented to Mrs Davison of the Old Bank House Shipley, who was until recently matron at Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, an illuminated album address bound in morocco.It is in recognition of her much appreciated service as matron and also in commemoration of her marriage a few weeks ago to Mr J I Davison, the esteemed manager of the Shipley branch of Barclays Bank.Mr B Allsop, chairman of the hospital governors, made the presentation on Tuesday night.The address is as follows: “Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital, Shipley – Dear Miss Mitchell, On the occasion of your marriage the board of governors are desirous of setting on record the valuable services rendered to this institution by you as matron for a period of nearly 20 years.Buildings enlarged“Since you were appointed the volume of work has largely increased, including many major operations; the buildings themselves were enlarged in 1909 and in 1914 the hospital was offered as an auxiliary military one, and many of our brave soldiers have passed through the wards.“In all these additional circumstances your skill and capacity for work and organisation have equalled all demands with results most gratifying to the Board.“At their request and on their behalf, I desire to express the wish that your future should be surrounded with every blessing.“I am, dear Miss Mitchell, H Allsop, chairman, Shipley, June 1918.”On Wednesday Mrs Davison was presented with a piece of silver by the Bradford Catholic Women’s League of which she is president.
There have been very few marriages lately at Idle Parish Church but on Saturday 22nd June there were no less than three and two of these were ‘Khaki weddings’ says the Idle Parish Magazine.
Sudden burst of weddings in Idle
Bandsman buried with his youngest child
The death took place on Sunday of Bandsman Ralph Nellist of Haigh Fold, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, after a brief illness.He had been bandmaster of the local Salvation Army Corps for five years. He was 42 years of age and leaves a widow and nine children.Four monthsThe funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Eccleshill churchyard, bandsmen and mourners from Shipley, Idle, Laisterdyke and Bradford as well as from the local corps were present.The deceased’s youngest child, aged four months, was buried at the same time.
On Thursday 27th June a number of the members of the Shipley and District branch of the Workers’ Educational Association visited the natural history section of the Cartwright Hall where they were received by Mr Fred Rhodes, assistant curator. He conducted the party and described the many specimens in the section. SpecimensThe visitors were surprised to see the beautiful collection of butterflies and moths, especially the specimens which have been fully dealt with by Gene Stratton Porter in ‘The Limberlost.’Mr Rhodes was heartily thanked for his services.
Delighted by butterflies
Presentation to former matron on her wedding
At the Guiseley Fur and Feather Society’s show on Saturday, Mr George Halliday of Baildon obtained the first prize and special for the best blue English rabbit, beating the renowned ‘Idle Sensation’ which was recently sold to Mr Percy Sharp, a discharged soldier, for £35.