Friday 14 April 1916
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The following day marked the start of the new Bradford Cricket League season and ‘it is expected that if the weather be suitable, large crowds will assemble on the various grounds and prove beyond doubt that there is a real demand on the part of the masses, who must under any circumstances remain at home, for national recreation. ‘Strong criticism has been levelled against the League because of their engagement of the best players obtainable but the officials of the clubs concerned and also of the League consider this policy justifiable.’ Anxiety and suspense In his pre-season message, the President, Mr J J Booth, said: ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This is as applicable to adults as to young people. ‘No one I venture to think, will deny that the people of this district are passing through an exceptional period of hard work. In addition, anxiety and suspense are producing an ever increasing nerve strain which, without periodical relaxation, will end in nervous disaster.
‘The law of the land proclaims Saturday half-day holiday for the workers as a time of recuperation. It is left to organisations like the Bradford Cricket League to provide opportunities for such rational recreation as will reinvigorate body and mind.
‘We are also, ipso facto, keeping alive the very organisations which our young men will require when they return. We dare not do less. Otherwise we should be unfaithful to the past, present and future. Greater Britain ‘There will be a greater Britain after than before the war and, as in the past, manly British sport will be a part of the Britishers’ larger life. We must keep all “home fires burning till the boys come home.” ‘Away with carping criticism of cautious critics. Our reply to them, if they deserve any reply, is that so long as the public support us and enable our organisation to render such valuable assistance to our local charities and war relief funds through out Priestley Cup competitions, so long shall we endeavour to serve the public by providing the best cricketers and therefore the best class of cricket within our power.’ ‘Our clubs are making special efforts this year to this end and they are deserving of special support.
Ready to start: Sydney Barnes of Saltaire (left) and Jack Hobbs of Idle OPENING DAY FIXTURES Bingley v Baildon Green, Idle v Bankfoot, Bowling Old Lane v Low Moor, Lidget Green v East Bierley, Eccleshill v Pudsey St Lawrence, Laisterdyke v Farsley, Pudsey Britannia v Great Horton, Keighley v Undercliffe, Saltaire v Queensbury, Tong Park v Windhill.
New season under way despite criticism
Although there was no story attached, the newspaper published a picture of Baildon hockey team. Top row (l-r): M Hines, Doris Ellison, Barbara Whittaker, Margaret Hines, Dorothy White. Second row: E V Tindale, Olive Davy (capt), Irene Cundall. Front row: Ruth Hickson, Fernanda Solomon, Peggy Holmes, Alice Tindale.
Baildon Ladies Hockey Team
There was much discussion about the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s new tax on entertainment to help cover the rapidly growing cost of the war. A special meeting of the Emergency Committee of the Bradford Cricket League was held at the Market Tavern to discuss the new tax. They felt optimistic the public would ‘cheerfully meet the fresh demands upon it’ and decided on the following scale of charges. Adults 3d plus 1d tax Boys ½d plus ½d tax Ladies ½d plus ½d tax Second XI games 1½d plus ½d tax. These charges meant that in the case of boys entrance and second XI games, the total price was the same as the previous year so the club would be shouldering the cost of the tax. ‘The position in regard to ladies is different. In past years their contributions toward the “gate” takings has have been purely voluntary.’ Babies and hat pins Cinemas were also hit by the new tax. Mr F Siegel, proprietor of the Pavilion de Luxe cinema in Shipley, accepted the government’s need to raise money but regretted the tax ‘because the cinema trade have always striven to provide amusement at the least possible cost to patrons.’ He went on to point out, ‘There are so many other things untaxed: 1 Babies; 2 Hat pins; 3 Chancellors of the Exchequer, and if I can manage to think of any more I shall let you know next week on my adverts and programme bills.’
No eggs for Easter
As Easter approached, the National Egg Collection for the Wounded group urged everyone to make a resolution: “No eggs in Easter week for me but all for the wounded.” Urging readers to support the campaign, the Shipley Times & Express wrote: ‘We all know the value of new laid eggs to the sick, we also know the value of what our Tommies have done for us and no organisation more deserves help than that which is collecting eggs for the wounded. ‘Since the scheme was started sixteen million eggs have been collected and supplied to the hospitals whilst £10,500 has been given in subscriptions for the purchase of eggs.’
Getting to grips with new entertainment tax
William Keighley, ‘a well-known stuff merchant’ from Idle, had his conviction for trading with the enemy quashed on appeal. In his original trial in December he had been found guilty of trying to circumvent laws forbidding trading with Siam by using a middle man. He was fined £250 with the alternative of three months’ imprisonment. But ‘in reviewing the evidence, the learned Recorder said that the appellant had done his best to keep within the four corners of the law, as was shown by his having submitted the matter to the Board of Trade and the Bradford Chamber of Commerce. ‘He had come to the conclusion that Mr Keighley had not attempted for proposed to trade with the enemy.’
Idle stuff merchant has trading with the enemy conviction quashed
Fined for not telling authorities he had changed his Mercedes
George Camille Waud was fined 12s 6d for failing ‘to notify change of circumstances affecting his motor car, numbered C1130.’ Mr Waud, a manufacturer of Ferniehurst, Baildon, did not appear in court. Supt Warburton told the court that the ‘defendant’s car was registered as being a 28-h.p. Mercedes with a brougham body, painted dark blue and upholstered in red. ‘About four years ago this body was taken off and a shooting body put on, painted light brown or oak colour. But Mr Waud did not notify the authorities of the change ‘It was absolutely necessary when a man changed the construction of his car to notify the registration authorities of the fact.’ Mr Waud had told the police he was under the impression that he only had to notify the changes when the chassis was altered.
An ongoing dispute over arrears of rent between landlord Shem Hodgson of Cosy Nook, Browgate, Baildon and his tenant, watchmaker and jeweller Herbert Hartley was settled at Otley County Court. Hartley said he had a letter from the landlord saying that if he provided surety for the rent, which was four shillings per fortnight, he could stay in the house, 6 Ada Street, Charlestown, Baildon, for twelve months. He claimed he had handed over a typewriter for which he had paid 13 guineas and jewellery making a total value of £18 and that he had paid most of the £11 6s arrears and promised the rest when he received £25 he was expecting from his father. Taking advantage But Mr Hodgson disputed the value of the goods and said that Hartley had gone back on his promise to redeem the surety within seven days.
The case had already been in court once and now the registrar said ‘it was clear that Hartley had been taking advantage of his landlord merely to warehouse his furniture and he kept out of the way so that he could not be served with a summons. That was not the right way for a tenant to treat his landlord.’ He ordered that Hartley should hand over the key to the court bailiff. He must sleep somewhere else that night and the next day could meet the bailiff who would allow him to remove his furniture. The key would then be handed to Mr Hodgson so he could rent the property to a new tenant. He also made an order for payment of £2 in arrears.
Tenant evicted but given time to remove his furniture
Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell, West Yorkshire President of the Queen Mary Needlework Guild, praised the work done locally at a tea-party attended by 600 Shipley members of the Guild. She added: ‘It is a fine thing that so many women are today working wholeheartedly in the national service. ‘And yet, could they do less when they remembered that it was due to the bravery and heroism of Englishmen that this country had not suffered the fate which had befallen other nations at the hands of a cruel enemy ‘When I visit the military hospitals and see the patient way in which acute suffering is borne, I feel that nothing is too good for our heroes, that no sacrifice is too great. ‘In this supreme crisis the women of England must try to live quietly and soberly and save as much of their means as possible, wherewith to alleviate suffering after the war.’
No sacrifice too great in support of heroes