With the school canteen at Gallows Bridge in disuse, the Shipley Urban Council have at hand one of the chief means for establishing a national food kitchen.It is only a matter of conversion and there is every reason to feel that when the local committee set up by the Council bring in its report on the question that it will be unanimously in favour of going forward with the scheme.Apart from the advantage of having a building on the spot, the necessity cannot be ignored for doing something in view of the coal shortage and the difficulty that will be experienced during the winter of providing hot meals for people.Free of interestThe Ministry of Food will lend the capital sum free of interest which can be repaid in ten equal annual instalments to any local authority setting up a national kitchen.In the preparation of a scheme the local authority is requested to take into account the facilities which are available, including the equipment in premises now closed, in their area for the supply of cooked food through the medium of restaurants, eating houses and other catering agencies.
Co-operation with the proprietors of those existing establishments may materially assist and expedite the establishment of a local scheme on a broad basis.Some Food Control Committees are already operating kitchens and the experience they have gained will no doubt be taken into consideration by the local authority in the initiation of a local scheme.In the conduct of national kitchens the aim is to avoid all taint or appearance of charity and to maintain them on a business-like and self-supporting basis.This end has been attained in the kitchens already established by the Ministry as well as by local authorities in different parts of the country.It is expected that the income of the kitchens will not only meet the current expenses but will enable a sufficient sum to be provided annually for the redemption of the capital outlay.
With good organisation a self-contained kitchen providing 1,000 portions a day, representing a turnover from £40-£50 per week, should be made self-supporting without the help of voluntary assistance.A financially successful kitchen with a large cooking centre and distributing depots, as yet to be produced.The supervision of a central kitchen is more costly than in smaller kitchens while the expense of distribution and the increase of labour add much to the weekly outlay.Minimum standardExperience in London has shown that it is difficult to make kitchens pay their way if serving less than one thousand portions a day and this is recommended as the minimum standard to be adopted in populous areas.Space should be provided for additional equipment, should necessity arise, enabling the business to be increased to 2,000 portions daily.Up to the present time this has been found the maximum figure attained by any one centre, either kitchen or depot. The ministry make a strong point of this. In selecting a site for a kitchen, an existing structure should, if possible, be utilised as the cost and scarcity of material and labour at the present time almost prohibit the erection of new buildingsAdditional expense must add to the prices charged for food which may soon be increased beyond the cost of supplying meals at home with a consequent heavy fall in the number of customers.Buildings supplied with steam give a great advantage to kitchens, as the additional steam required is produced at an infinitesimal cost; it offers the best means of cooking vegetables and pudding and saves the expense of putting in a hot-water service.
Sanders takes Skirrow Cup
The Skirrow Bowling Cup competition at Eccleshill concluded on Saturday. Thirty-nine members had entered and the semi-finalists were Harry Wood, James Sanders, Ben Hobson and Walter Irving.The game opened with Wood and Sanders, both players being scratch men. The contest was a one-sided affair and Sanders ran out an easy winner by 21-10.The next bout was between Hobson and Irving, the former receiving four points. Good shots were registered by both and Hobson won by 21-13.Long throwsThe final was the most exciting event of the afternoon. Sanders had to concede four points to Hobson, who scored two in the first round and kept the score going, opening up a 16-8 lead.On securing a single point at this stage, Hobson took up the running with long throws and passed his rival’s total by one but on possessing the jack again, Sanders kept the scoring to himself.In the last session, Sanders made a beautiful shot and Hobson, in trying to bowl at the jack, knocked the outer bowl of his rival into a scorer and Sanders came out champion by 22-17.
Girls and women boost Technical School classes
A good commencement has been made at the Shipley Technical School winter session. In several classes attended by women and girls, larger numbers of these pupils have been enrolled than for several years past.These include classes in millinery, cookery, dressmaking, ladies’ and children’s tailoring, and embroidery. For the last named subject there is a record entry.Numerous applications are still being received for admission to the classes in dressmaking and additional classes are being formed.Physical trainingAn increased interest is also being taken in physical training, a considerable number of students, women and girls, men and boys, having joined the classes conducted by Mr E Hirst at the gymnasium.The number of students who have attended the art department during the last two years has also already been greatly exceeded and the numbers admitted to several other departments are good, notwithstanding that the percentage of male studens over 18 is necessarily very small.
Famous poet to lecture
The Saltaire Institue Society have arranged their lectures for 1918-19 and Mr John Masefield, the poet is to lecture on ‘Britain and America. It is a splendid syllabus, as will be seen by reference to it in our advertising columns.
SALTAIRE INSITUTE SOCIETYVICTORIA HALL SALTAIRESYLLABUS1918Oct 16 – Rev JOSEPH CLARE B.D. (Pastor of Petrograd) ‘Russia’s Dark Hour and the Coming of Dawn.’ Lantern Slides.Oct 23 – Mr W M CLARIDGE M.A ‘The Regeneration of Denmark.’ Lantern Slides.Oct 30 – Mr FREDERICK DAWSON, England’s premier pianist, Pianoforte recital.Nov 6 – Dr WOODHEAD, of Huddersfield, ‘Plants of the Sea Coast.’ Lantern Slides.Nov 13 – Major A CORBETT-SMITH R.F.A. M.A. ‘With our Navy.’Nov 20 – Prof ARMITAGE, M.A. ‘Akhnaton, the Heretic Pharaoh of Egypt.’ Lantern Slides.Nov 27 – Lieut LOUIS BIGHYNI, ‘Alscace-Lorraine: Past, Present and Future’ Lantern Slides.Dec 4 – Dr WARMAN, ‘An evening with Charles Dickens.’Dec 11 – Mr JOHN MASEFIELD, ‘Britain and America.’1919Jan 8 – Mr RICHARD KEARTON, ‘Wonders of Wild Nature’ Lantern Slides and Bioscope.Jan 15 – Mr G K HIBBERT, M.A. ‘Mr H G Wells and his Message of Today.Jan 22 – Mr ALEXANDER WATSON, ‘Platform Plays, serious and humorous.’Jan 29 – Mr ALEXANDER KEIGHLEY, ‘Pictures of Egypt.’ Lantern Slides.Feb 5 – Miss BENNETT BURLEIGH, ‘Twice through the German Lines.’ Lantern Slides.Feb 12 – DEBATEFeb 19 – Mr HAROLD FEBER, ‘Germany’s Secret Preparations.’ Lantern Slides and Bioscope.Feb 26 – Mr PERCY LUND, ‘Some old-fashioned fairy tales, their origin and meaning.’ Lantern Slides.Mar 5 – Mr PERCY ALLEN, ‘The Great German offensive in France, 1918.’ Lantern Slides.Mar 12 – SOCIAL EVENING.Members’ Tickets for the course: First seats, £1 1s; Second seats 10s 6d.