Friday 18 February 1916
Yeoman effort by amateur thespians
PRINCIPALS: Back Row (l-r): Mr J Hardcastle, Mr John Hudson, Mr Fred Pickles, Mr Arthur Wadsworth, Mr Albert S Hull, Mr Jas A Dalby Second Row: Miss M Glover, Miss Annie Lonsdale, Mrs Albert Wilkinson, Miss Winnie Wilson. In front: Mr Gordon Illingworth. Inset Wilfred Knight, musical director
Shipley Thespian Society staged Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard at Victoria Hall, Saltaire and while Shipley Times & Express’s music critic, ‘Musama’, had some misgivings he gave it a good review overall. He realised that the Society faced many problems in staging the production because many of their male members were away fighting for king and country. ‘After taking into consideration the many difficulties the society have this year been called upon to face – principally on account of the enlist- ment of male members – the whole presentation does them infinite credit,’ Musama wrote. ‘The inevitable lack of male voices is seriously felt and the indisposition of one of the principal characters, “Colonel Fairfax,” in the person of Mr John Hudson, was bound to affect in some measure the whole performance.’ Spirit He felt in the early stages of the production ‘the acting and singing as a whole required a little more spirit and power – the thing seemed to drag. But gradually and surely the spirit of the play was grasped in confident fashion and a brilliant second half more than satisfied us.’ He described the chorus as ‘very satisfactory, sparkling, clear and consistently good toned. The male voices deserve a special due word of praise for their plucky work. ‘Fred Pickles as Sgt Meryll, charmed us, especially with his fine vocal
display. Mr Gordon Illingworth as “Jack Point” was eminently successful in perhaps the most exacting part of all, The Strolling Jester. ‘Mr Arthur Wadsworth showed a true conception of the part of “Head Jailor”. ‘The ladies, Mrs Albert Wilkinson, as Phoebe Maryll, Miss Maud B Glover as Elsie Maynard and Miss Annie Lonsdale as Dame Carruthers, were all excellent and it would be unjust to praise one above another. ‘Mr Wilfred Knight as musical director has put in much hard practice with the chorus and he has obtained
good results. The orchestra gave a really good tone and true ensemble. ‘On the dramatic side, Mr J A Dalby has had charge and it is evident that he has done his utmost to secure and all-round excellent presentation of the opera.’ Sadly, the production doesn’t seem to have attracted large attendances. Musama ended: ‘Judging by Wednesday’s audience a pronounced success financially seems doubtful unless, and it is to be hoped it will be the case, larger audiences throng the hall for the remaining performances. Was it owing to the bad weather or the “Economy Campaign” or both?’
Baildon Sanitary and Parks Committee reported to the council that they had inspected houses in William Street and John Street, Charlestown, under the Housing and Town Planning Act and ordered the owners to carry out improvements. ‘The Clerk was ordered to write to Messrs Felvus, Walker & Co in regard to the cost of new disconnecting chamber which will necessary at Victoria Street to prevent any possibility of gas fumes getting back to the houses from the gas plant effluent at Spring Mill. ‘It was further agreed that the Clerk write Messrs Felvus, Walker & Co in regard to their non- compliance with the Council’s notice in respect of the deposit of Engine dross at Victoria Street; that an extension of the sewer be made for draining the two houses at Sunny Bank, at the Glen; and that the Clerk write Mr Kershaw in regard to the planting of trees and shrubs at Roberts Park.’
Sanitary committee warn back-sliders
Recruiter Robinson warns against calling up industry’s key men
Shipley resident Mr W A S Robinson, who was vice chairman of the West Riding Recruitment Association and one of the most passionate speakers at recruiting rallies, warned the government they must get the balance right when recruiting. Speaking to an audience in Leeds, he said: ‘I fervently hope the government will pay due regard to the question of leaving the necessary men in civil life to successfully carry on the industrial concerns. Bunkum ‘In plain words it will never do to call up all the attested men who are proved to be departmental managers in factories and warehouses – to do so would be courting disaster. ‘It is all “bunkum” to say these men can be replaced. I trust their patriotism will never allow a condonement of such a policy. ‘The war has to be won by England and the Allies. Our exports and industries must be helped and not retarded otherwise we shall have financial chaos. To win we must be able to pay our way.’
The ladies of the committee of Idle and Thackley Nursing Association were able to report good news at their annual meeting – there was more than £20 in the kitty and the work could continue into another year. The Association funded the work of a local nurse who provided help to the sick-poor in the district. In the past year she had made 2,504 visits. The bank surplus was very much down to the work of local women who had taken up the fund-raising when men had given up the ghost. Reporting that one speaker said that the ladies of Idle had shown themselves far more capable than the men in carrying on institutions of that character, the Shipley Times & Express added: ‘Be that as it may, the men actually admitted themselves beaten some time ago and the ladies had to step in to save the situation. Real calamity ‘As an indication of the lack of practical interest on the part of the men folk in this beneficent work, only two took the trouble to attend the meeting and one of those was a representative of this journal.’ In moving acceptance of the accounts, Mrs J H Bottomley added: ‘It would be a real calamity to Idle if the Association became a thing of the past. ‘It is bad to be ill when one was well off and can get every comfort but it is infinitely worse when poor people are ill and cannot get the necessary assistance.’ The committee were planning annual jumble sales to replenish the cash ‘but they realise that if the general public began to open their hearts and give as they should do, there would be no need for such an enterprise,’ the newspaper’s editorial added. ‘And no unreasonable sum is asked from anybody. It may be information to many readers to know that if every adult would subscribe one half penny per month to this fund the committee would be in clover every year.’
Idle women show men the way in caring for the poor
‘Mrs A E Bever, of 18 Sherwood Grove, Shipley (president of the War Service Club), asks us to publish an appeal to the more fortunate children of the district for toys of which they have become tired or for which they have now no use. ‘She says: “Dear Children, We are badly in want of fresh toys at the War Service Club. Will you send us those you have done with and so give pleasure to the little ones of our brave men who are fighting for us on land and sea? I shall be glad to receive any that are sent”.’
Appeal for toys
GARDENING TIPS Sturdy, young, short-jointed shoots of chrysanthemums should be chosen for cuttings, and those are always best that spring from the base an inch or so away from the stumps of the old-flowering stem They should be cut clean with a sharp knife just below a joint and the bottom leaves removed. Potting each cutting in a separate thumb pot prevents any check being given to the young plant when it is re-potted. THE WEEK’S WORK Give air to violets in frames Take chrysanthemum cuttings Sow seed of border carnation Prune Clematis Plant hardy ferns Remove weeds from the lawn Sow leeks Divide and replant chives in a new site Plant early potatoes on sheltered borders Sow parsnips Plant onion sets Make new rhubarb plantations Prune nut bushes Provide protection for early wall fruit bloom
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