This issue of the newspaper, the week after Easter weekend, contained reports of the services held at most of the churches in the district.For St Peter’s Church on Moorhead Lane, it read: ‘The communicants at St Peter’s Church on Easter Sunday numbered no less than 320 being almost a record, this total, having only once been exceeded. Offertories‘This state of affairs speaks volumes for the energy and ability of the Vicar, the Rev F B Hope (right). The offertories amounted to £18 19s and 4d.’And as if to support the contention about the vicar, a profile of him appeared on another page. It gave his background as Exeter College, Oxford, followed by ordination as deacon ‘in 1896 and was priested in the following year at Salisbury Cathedral.’Curacies followed at Sherborne,
Fulham and Penge before he moved to Shipley in 1910 where he met and married Miss A L Burton, ‘only daughter of Mr J A Burton, J.P. Glenholme, Shipley.’ The couple had two children aged one and one month at the time of the article.The article went on: ‘Mr Hope, of course, is the first vicar of the parish of St Peter’s. Since he came in the parish great progress has been made and many important additions and
improvements made to the church. The pews have been furnished with rug seating, hassocks and umbrella stands at a cost of £112. Organ‘The most important perhaps of the additions has been the installation of a new organ at a cost of £1,100. It was built by Messrs Burnley and Foster of Sheffield and was dedicate by the Bishop of Ripon, Dr Drury, on May 1st 1914. ‘In addition to raising all the money required for these improvements Mr Hope, no doubt ably assisted by an energetic body of workers, managed to reduce an outstanding debt of £1,037 on the church buildings. ‘Today there is in the bank something like £300 which is gradually growing and which is to be eventually used for extending the Church Hall and the building of a vicarage. But for the war, these schemes would have now been in progress.’
Easter was a holiday filled with traditional activities which were widely reported in the newspaper.‘Under the leadership of the Rev W J Lampard, a large party of scholars from the (Eccleshill) Congregational Sunday School had a ramble to Ilkley on Good Friday.‘They took the car to Cross Flatts, lunched at Upwood and walked over the Keighley Moors to their destination.‘After visiting several places of interest at Ilkley, train was taken to Guiseley and the party then walked home.Trench digging and bomb throwing‘Though from a rambler’s point of view the weather left much to be desired, the outing was greatly enjoyed. ‘On Monday, Mr Charles Myers acted as leader and they intended reaching Lindley Reservoir but upon arriving at Otley, quite a number stayed at that spot, watching a large body of soldiers trench digging and bomb throwing.‘The few who went forward were charmed by the natural attractions of the Washburn Valley.On Tuesday another party went to Bingley and the outing proved a splendid treat.’Shipley GlenMeanwhile, the Shipley branch of the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild decided to make use of the popularity of Shipley Glen.They raised funds for wounded servicemen by ‘selling flowers to a large, good-humoured holiday crowd.‘As a result of the effort, which was a sort of preliminary to the greater effort to be made tomorrow (Saturday) for the same object, about £26 was raised. It is hoped to make £80 tomorrow.
Plenty to do at Eastertide
Among a number of topics considered by council committees was the need for renovation work to be done on Saltaire Institute and Victoria Hall.It was raised in the Libraries Committee, whose report revealed that there were 2,813 borrowers’ cards in force and that in March 3,023 books had been borrowed in Saltaire and 2,470 in Windhill.Turning to the renovation, it was recommended that a sub-committee should inspect the two buildings and ‘report as to the work required in the painting, cleaning and decorating both inside and outside these premises.Supporting the setting up of the sub-committee, Cllr Cowgill said he did not think that ‘any member of the council or very few people outside who knew anything about the Institute would deny the necessity for a thorough renovation. ‘They would all agree, of course, that it might be questionable whether the present was the proper time to put the scheme into operation.’
He added: ‘It had been pointed out to the Libraries Committee more than once that the stonework required attending to. It was weathering considerably and he might add that special attention had also been drawn to the condition of the stone lions in front of the Institute. They were weathering badly in certain places.Ornamental‘It was advisable that some work of a protective character should be done, particularly to that ornamental part of the building.’ The plan was adopted.Meanwhile the Highways and Buildings Committee turned down a request from Messrs Parkinson and
the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Company that the council should share in the cost of improving a stretch of canal tow path.A surveyor had estimated the cost of paving the tow path from Shipley Bridge to Lower Wharfe Street, which was the approach to Parkinson’s works, as £500 using granite or £310 using Yorkshire Sett Paving.Lead cisternThe two companies not only wanted the council to contribute to the cost but also to then take the road over and maintain it as a public highway but ‘after considerable discussion the committee decided that they could not recommend the council to entertain any scheme which involved the maintenance of a road which was part of the canal towing path.’In another report, the Baths and Fire Brigade Committee ordered a notice to be served on the owner of a house in Moorhead after receiving a letter to say there was lead in the property’s water supply because of the use of a lead cistern. The owner was told to stop using the cistern.
Saltaire landmarks in need of repair
One of the Shipley Recollections concerned ‘an old gentleman in Shipley (I forget his name but he was a naturalist) who was reproved by a tee-total friend of his for getting “over the mark.”‘The temperance advocate was Mr John Mortimer, the butcher, who said, “Water’s the best. Pure water’s the finest thing.”‘The reveller replied, “Listen to this then:Pure water is the finest thing,That man to man can bring;But who am I, that I should haveThe best of everything?Let Princes revel at the pumpPeers with the pond make free,But whisky, gin or even beer,Is good enough for me.”
The willing sacrifices of a modest man
‘Fuddled’ farmer fined for stealing coke
‘William Verity, farmer, of Copy farm, Shipley, was fined 40s at the Bradford City Police Court on Wednesday for stealing two loads of coke of the value of 30s, the property of the Bradford Corporation.‘The defendant said he was “fuddled” at the time the offence was committed.‘Mr S Newman, who appeared for the defendant, stated that his client was 60 years of age and had never been summoned before for anything worse than drunkenness.’
Widow’s pension cut after death of husband
The Old Age Pension Committee meeting at Guiseley, considered two cases from Baildon.‘It appears that an old couple had enjoyed the full pension for some length of time but the husband having died, the old lady it was decided was entitled to merely 4s per week.Separation‘The other Baildon case was awarded the full pension of 5s per week.’Six army and navy separation allowances were also considered. After consultation the amounts recommended for confirmation by the War Office varied from 3s 6d to 10s weekly.