Friday 26 July 1918
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Flash floods as storm hits the district
Remarkable storm scenes were witnessed at Shipley and in the district between seven and nine o’clock on Saturday night when the thunder and lightning were accompanied by very heavy rain. Altogether it was one of the worst storms experienced for many years, the lightning being of a most alarming description. In Redburn Road the Red Beck, which comes from Heaton Royd, was choked from some cause and as a result the Bradford Road opposite Norwood Crescent became impassable. Tramcars and other vehicles were held up. Gushed The flood stood as deep as three or four feet for some distance and it gushed into several of the houses in the crescent. Then it swept down into Fearnley’s dam and on to the river. Gardens and cellars were awash for over an hour and in some cases the water steamed through the houses and out by the low-lying back cellars. The Silver Streak, which is also known as the Black Beck, was very swollen, many houses round about were flooded and various materials, including planks, floated down the beck.
Part of a brick shed at J R Fyfe & Co’s fire brick manufacturers gave way during the storm and towards midnight a stone fell off the Rosse Street Baptist Church chimney into Rosse Street. Passengers could not use the subway at the Shipley Midland station owing to the flood and they had to cross the metals to get to their platforms. A big slice of footpath was torn away near Baildon Bridge and people had to take to the roundabout walk through the fields. Every street with a sharp incline became a deep stream and no end of loose stone was carried away. It can readily be imagined that the Urban Council’s workmen had a busy time carting away the debris on Sunday. Pony A pony belonging to Mr J B Jennings of Clarke House Farm, Baildon, was struck by lightning and killed.
Stony Ridge and Sandy Lane, standing high, emptied a torrent into Cottingley where houses were flooded, allotments were soaked and streams were swollen. At Cottingley Bar and over a part of the main road to Bingley there was a big gulf, the footpaths were obliterated  and at the Bar itself the tram track was a mass of stray boulders and mud. The people at the Sun Inn were trapped and several of them tried to get on to the tables to escape a wetting. Discharged soldier Similar scenes occurred at private houses and cottages in the district and a discharged soldier named Neal, who works at Scott’s at Saltaire, rescued several people. The wall surrounding the Sun Inn was literally borne down by the tremendous force of the flood which then found room for itself in the beck. But for the collapse of this wall the locality would have resembled a moat and it would have taken days to bale the water out of many of the houses. The Cottingley Moor allotments were extensively damaged. During the short and sharp storm about four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, the lightning wrecked a chimney and damaged a bedroom fireplace of a house in Manor Lane, Shipley. During the week, collections have been made to assist the people who have lost through the flood.
“The wall surrounding the Sun Inn was literally borne down by the tremendous force of the flood which then found room for itself in the beck. But for the collapse of this wall the locality would have resembled a moat and it would have taken days to bale the water out of many of the houses.” The local storm which occurred on Saturday night has left a sequel both at Shipley and Bingley that indicates how extraordinarily severe it was. During the week a collection has been taken at Bingley to relieve the residents whose furniture and houses were damaged by the flood. And at the tail end of the meeting of the Shipley Urban Council on Tuesday night, a deputation described how the inhabitants in the deluged part of Bradford Road had been put to loss and asked the council to become identified with the public effort that is on foot to assist the people who suffered damage through the storm. It is estimated that some of the residents’ homes were damaged to the extent of £50 each and that several other folk will not be anything into pocket if assisted up to £20. The Council naturally sympathised with the affected residents and promised to do what they can to make the benefit event a real success.  Council back flood fund-raising efforts
Outing spoiled by storm
The United Methodist Sunday school teachers held their annual outing on Saturday, journeying by car to Thornton, walking over Ogden Moor and visiting the reservoir. Tea was served at Causeway Foot and the teachers then proceeded by car to Halifax where their ramble was curtailed by the thunderstorm. They trained back to Bradford
The Rev T Chadwick, curate of Emmanuel Church, Preston, Lancs., who becomes curate at the Shipley Parish Church sometime next month, applied for a commission in the army in August 1914 but was rejected on medical grounds. Last year his name was forwarded by his Bishop to the Chaplain General and he went up to London for an interview and medical examination only to be informed later that in view of his medical certificate he should only be called up if required. Manchester University From 1905 to 1910 he attended the Leigh Grammar School and for two years of that time he held a scholarship. After passing the Oxford Senior Local (3rd Class Honours), he passed the Northern Universities Matriculation in 1910. From 1911-1914 he was at the Manchester University,
being resident most of the time at Hulme Hall and he took his BA in 1915. While at Manchester he was a member of the Officer’s Training Corps for two years and was with the corps in camp at Ilkley for a fortnight in 1913. In 1914-15 he was a student at St Aidan’s Theological College, Birkenhead under the Rev Dr Guy Warman. There he won two prizes – a 1st class in the Terminal Exam and tieing with another candidate for first place. He was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Manchester in September 1915 and priest in September 1916. Since September 1915 he has been curate at Preston. For the first seven weeks of this year he was appointed curate in charge until the present vicar commenced duties. The parish is a large one and a year ago contained 15,000 people.
New Shipley curate on his way from Preston
Fred Barraclough, a grocer of Leeds, and Charles Rhodes Currie, a butcher of Sheffield, were charged at the Bradford West Riding Police court yesterday with having committed burglary at Aireville, Shipley during the night of 21st July and with having stolen silver plate, cutlery etc., of the value of £280 and the property of Mr Joseph Wade, gentleman. Only evidence sufficient to justify a remand was given and the accused were put back in custody until Monday.
Two men held on Shipley burglary charge
A cricket match in aid of Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital was played at Saltaire Park on Wednesday night between th Undercliffe Ladies and the Saltaire Ladies. Saltaire batted first and opened poorly. It was not till towards the close of the innings that the Misses A Firth and E Lamb, and afterwards Misses E Jeffries and J Russell, made a stand. However the side were dismissed for 42 runs, Miss Firth the top scorer with nine. Miss Hutton For Undercliffe, Miss A Wilson and Miss A Hutton shared the bowling, the former taking five wickets, including three in one over, for 25 runs and the latter four for 16. Undercliffe won by five wickets, their principal scorers being Miss V Hutton, 21, and Miss A Wilson, 14 not out. Miss R Sayner (Women’s Land Army) took three of the five Undercliffe wickets.
Lady takes three wickets in an over
Mother’s Day is catching  on around the world
Letter to the editor Sir – We again wish to remind your readers of Mother’s Day, to be celebrated on 8th August. This ideal idea is being adopted throughout the world and during the year thousands of letters have been received thanking the founder, Mr J A Whitehead, for the suggestion. Mother’s Day is not a flag day. It is simply a day set apart to do homage to one who is very often overlooked. The beauty of Mother’s Day is that it may cost you nothing at all; merely a kind act. Day of pleasure Or you may give of your plenty, like hundreds are doing and in honour of your mother you can organise a day of pleasure for five, ten, twenty or a hundred mothers. Fete days are being arranged all over the country. Ten thousand sermons will be preached on the Sunday previous referring to 8th August. Thousands of our men in France will write to their mother for that day through the good services of the chaplains who have taken it up heartily. The various colonial representatives are co-operating and the idea is becoming universal. Those who want further information should communicate with J P H Bewsher, Hon Sec., Rydal Lodge, 61 the Avenue, Kew Gardens
Gardeners to be used to gather the harvest
As there are a considerable number of men over military age employed in keeping lawns and pleasure grounds in order, and as this kind of work could be reduced so as to allow the men to assist in agriculture up to the end of the harvest, the Ministry of National Service have come to the conclusion that the work in which they are now engaged is not at the present time of national importance. Knowledge As they possess some agricultural knowledge they would be better employed in helping in the harvest. Having regard to the food position and the crisis through which the country is passing, it is hoped that employers will do all in their power to release such men for the harvest.
It was reported to Shipley Council that the wages of carters in the employment of the Council had been advanced to 50s per week, this rate having already been paid by the horse owners in the town.
Pay rise for carters
Volunteers prepare
Members of the Old 3rd Battalion Bradford Volunteers, under Major Hazley and Major Longbottom, D.S.O., spent a day on the moor on Sunday drilling, trench digging, erecting wire entanglements and making main attacks. They started back at four o’clock in the evening.
Teachers’ pay
The Shipley Education Committee decided that the salaries of uncertif- icated assistant mistresses who have served more than eight years in elementary schools be further increased. Served Salaries of teachers who have served under them for more than eight years and less than 11 years, to be increased to £90 per annum as from 1st April 1918. And that salaries of teachers who have served more than eleven years be increased to £100 per annum.
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