Friday 20 September 1918
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Figuring out how to cope with fuel rationing
Having had to deal with shortages and rationing of food, people now faced similar problems with fuel and lighting. Within the next few days another form will be in the hands of Shipley householders with regard to the fuel and lighting ration. It is a more complicated form to fill up, especially where the use of electricity is concerned. Should any consumer require more gas or more electricity than his allowance, he can have either illuminant by sacrificing some of his coal ration. Too bad for him The gas and electricity ration commenced on 1st July and continue until 30th June next year so that part of the time has now expired and if any consumer has already used a good quantity of gas or electricity it is so much to the bad for him. It has been repeatedly asked how the Fuel Overseer will know what has been used by each consumer. The Order states that a quarterly reading of every meter is to be taken and that where a consumption is being made in excess of a quarter of the year’s allowance, the Fuel Overseer is to be informed and the consumer is warned. In cases where persistent extra consumption is going on, the person is liable to a corresponding reduction his coal supply or may be prosecuted under the Defence of the Realm Act. If a person does not wish to have his coal ration reduced, an opportunity is given him of setting forth on the front of the paper how he wold like to have his ration divided up into coal, coke, gas and electricity.
This is where the difficulty will arise with householders in filling up the form and arrangements have been made for offices to be opened at the Carnegie Library and at the Saltaire Institute where assistance will be given in filling up the forms. In addition to these, the Central Office at 8 Commercial Street, will be open from 9a.m until 8p.m. each day for a short time to deal with all enquiries. The following are extracts from the correspondence of the Coal Controller as to fuel and light waste and the best means of avoiding it. Rhubarb parings A nursing sister says she has kept her clothes boiler going by burning in the furnace a mixture of coal dust, riddled cinders, orange and lemon peelings, tea leaves, nut shells, rhubarb parings etc. This fuel is incorporated by pouring soap suds on the ingredients and thoroughly mixing them. Soap suds poured on coal, she claims, causes it to last longer. Complaint is made of extravagant lighting in large retail establishments during the day time as being unfair to small shopkeepers and householders.
Light and fuel economy in churches is urged. Cases are instanced where two churches of the same denomination in the same locality are being used when one would be more than sufficient. Sawdust fire There is great waste in lighting and heating a church seated for 500 people to accommodate a congregation of 40 persons. It is suggested that during the winter months services should be held in the afternoon instead of in the evening, thus saving lighting. A Yorkshire lady sends the following recipe for a sawdust fire: Line the fireplace with sheet iron, leaving the front partially open for draught. Lay paper and a little firewood and fill up the grate to a depth of six or eight inches with sawdust. Slightly dampen the sawdust. Ventilate the mass by placing a stick like a broom handle down the centre, the stick to be withdrawn when the fire is lighted thus leaving a hole down the middle of the sawdust which will smoulder for hours, throwing out a great heat as the sheet iron becomes red hot.
This week’s advertisment on saving money: How to save on Light Bills Never leave a light burning in an empty room. If you use gas or electric light study the meter when all lights are off. If it still registers there is a leakage somewhere. Have it seen to. Burn candles to the very end by sticking the stumps on a piece of cork pierced through by a darning needle. Try to manage with few lights in the hall and passages. Never leave a candle in a draught. The more it flares and gutters the quicker it wastes away. Early to bed and early to rise – makes your light bill lighter.
Mr F N Fearnley’s report on the financial aspect of the Priestley Charity Cup competition during the past season said the receipts amounted to the record of £1,095. £520 was available for distribution amongst various charities and over £140 was carried to the reserve fund which, with tax rebates and other items is expected to amount to £400. The allocations were as follows: £150 to Bradford Hospital Fund; £125 to Bradford Lord Mayor’s War Fund; £50 to Bradford Prisoners of War Fund; £21 each to Bradford District Nursing Association and to Sir Titus Salt Hospital; £15 to Keighley Victoria Hospital;  10gns to the Army & Navy War Fund per Capt Warner; £10 each to Bingley Cottage Hospital, Bradford Charity Organisations Society, Bradford Lady Mayoress’s War Guild, Pudsey District Nursing Association, ‘Telegraph’ Parcels Convoy Fund, and Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Christmas Comforts Fund; £8 10s to the Bradford Cinderella Club; 5gns to Royal Albert Institution; £5 each to Lupton Memorial Fund, the Bradford Royal Institution for the Blind, Bradford Guild of Help, Bradford Police Orphanage Fund,
Nutter Orphanage Fund, Bradford Army Veteran’s Association and Bradford Convalescent Fund; and 2gns each to half a dozen district nursing associations and to the Baildon Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund. As a result of the two-day match between Capt Warner’s International XI and the League team, a sum of £180 will be distributed equally between the Army and Navy Comforts Fund and the Bradford Wounded Soldiers’ Comforts Fund. 45,000 spectators Mr Fearnley mentioned that at the semi-finals and final of the Charity Cup competition and the Capt Warner’s matches, there were 45,000 spectators and the receipts amounted to £1,230. An application for admission to the league was received from the Brighouse club but in face of the readmission of all the old clubs, it was felt it could not be acceded to. At the same time the committee felt that on some future occasion the application might be favourably received.
Cricket’s generous support for charitites
There was an interesting sequel on Wednesday at a meeting of the West Riding Standing Joint Committee to the smart capture effected through the instrumentality of a tram conductor in July. It may be remembered that the house of Mr Joseph Wade of Aireville, Shipley, was burgled and valuables, including a number of silver cups and trophies worth £280, were stolen. Loitering in Bradford Road The following day John Thomas Smith, Shipley, a tram conductor who was off duty and who had been  informed that a burglary had taken place at Aireville, drew the attention of a police constable to a man whom he had seen loitering in Bradford Road and subsequently caught him as he jumped off a car in endeavouring to escape from the constable. The upshot was that the man was brought to justice and the whole of the stolen property recovered. Special rewards are sometimes given to civilians who assist the police and in this case it was decided to present Smith a gold medallion. The feeling of the Joint Committee, however, was that the act deserved greater recognition and on the motion of Alderman Henry Dunn, it was unanimously agreed to present him with £5 in addition.
Reward for tram conductor
Golf club’s proud record
About 70 wounded soldiers at  St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, were entertained on  Tuesday by the Baildon Golf Club to tea and a picture show. The men went to Baildon Bridge by tram and were taken from there to Baildon in motor cars lent by Golf Club friends. About 1,630 soldiers have been entertained by the club to date.
Otter on the Aire
A large otter was seen on Monday morning on the banks of the Aire opposite F Myers & Sons, Castlefield Mills.
Rising cost of asylums
The North Bierley Board of Guardians on Wednesday adopted estimates for the ensuing half year, involving an aggregate call upon the overseer of the contributing townships of £19,609. This is £412 more than the aggregate for the corresponding period a year ago, mainly due, it was stated, to the further increased charge for the maintenance of asylum cases by the West Riding authority.
Rebulding school would be fitting war memorial
Speaking at Haworth on Saturday, Mr W Claridge, of Thackley, made a statement of considerable interest. The Rector of Haworth had suggested that an institute should be provided in the village as a memorial to soldiers and Mr  Claridge welcomed this idea and said that a gentleman had been to see him to discuss with him a similar proposal for Bradford. Mr Claridge stated that the Grammar School was one of the greatest in the country but still it was unsatisfactory in many respects and the friend to whom he had alluded had suggested that it should be rebuilt and thus forma  fitting war memorial.
Public bequests
An old resident and native of Eccleshill was interred on Saturday at the Undercliffe Wesleyan Cemetery in the person of Miss Mary Lightfoot, sister of the late Mr John Lightfoot of 7 Moorside Road. The deceased lady, who had been in  failing health for some time, was in her 79th year. Her bequests included £50 to the Eccleshill Wesleyan Church, £50 to the Undercliffe Wesleyan Church; £50 to Dr Stephenson’s Homes and £10 to Miss Simpson, her housekeeper.
Church anniversary
The Primitive Methodists of Windhill are preparing a  big re-union for November, on the 17th of which their present church building will have been erected half a century. By the event they are hoping to wipe off the debt which stands at about £220.
The funeral took place on Saturday at Nab Wood Cemetery of Mr Fred Bergan of 17 Leylands Crescent, Bradford. Mr Bergan, who was 63 years of age, was for thirty-three years art master at the Bradford Grammar School, retiring in 1915 in consequence of ill health. He was a Past-Master of the Baildon Lodge of Oddfellows and in his younger days was a golfer.
Funeral of art teacher
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