Friday 12 May 1916
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Under the headline ‘Women’s Work’, the newspaper reported that Miss Woodhouse of Calverley had sent in one month 12 shirts, 20 pairs of socks, 200 bandages, 25 pairs of mittens, three helmets, one jersey, one pair of pants, ten scarves, 10 knitted floor-cloths, one knee-cap, 16 pairs of operation stockings, nine knitted caps, three pairs of bed socks, 32 walking sticks and some magazines to various organisations. These included the British and French Red Cross, the Mine Sweepers and the Serbian Refugees. She also put out an appeal for games, quoting a letter she had received from a soldier who said, ‘We want thousands of them. Cards, halma, draughts, dominoes, crown and anchor etc. Anything that will pack flat among our books.’
Providing for the troops
With respect to the general need for economy, the following very shrewd notice has been post up at the Calverley Mechanics’ Institute: “The committee would be glad if members would kindly lower lights above the billiard tables when the latter are not in use. “in consequence of the depleted membership, it is necessary to economise wherever possible and all members are respectfully requested to help in so doing.” This lead might be profitably followed in other institutions.
Dim the billiard lights
Fine for wrong light
John Cockshott, a foreman fitter of Shipley, was fined 40s for a breach of the Lighting Order. The court heard a light had been found shining outside the Hall Lane Wesleyan Reform Chapel on the night of a recent air raid. The defendant said that he switched on the wrong light. It was a pure accident.
Columnist Scrutator gave over part of his article to considering Daylight Saving Time which was to be introduced on 20 May. Having been talked about for years, laughed at and derided as the product of a disordered imagination, the question of Daylight Saving has now come with an irresistible swing and momentum which has upset many of its opponents and made them clamour for its adoption. Economy is in the air and as the Daylight Saving scheme is to save hundreds of hours of daylight which has been wasted in the past, millions of units of electricity, millions of feet of gas and millions of tons of coal, it is to be put into practice straight away. All this saving is to result from the
robbing of May of one golden hour and paying it back to September. It sounds a bit Gilbertian and that has been the cause of much of past opposition to the idea. What argument could not do in peace the ruthlessness of war has accomplished.
Just now, when nearly every great organisation in the country is being worked at extreme pressure, anything which tends to economy means the enrichment of the nation and the shortening of the war. Thus it is that Daylight Saving is an English idea but it has gone across the Channel and been put into practice in Germany* and other Continental countries are being adapted to the land of its birth. This is quite in keeping with our national character; we are slow to adopt and adapt new ideas but once having set to work upon them we usually out distance all other nations in our results. *Germany introduced DST a month before Britain.
Once derided idea, now considered essential
For most the young men now serving in the forces, the war was the first chance they had had to travel to new lands and it is interesting to see their reaction. Sam Clough (right), from Eccleshill, wrote to his Sunday School teacher about some of the things he had seen while serving in India. ‘The other Sunday I was one of the guests of an American missionary. After tea we went to the temple where they were holding a communion service. About 400 natives were present, the ladies being seated in the centre of the room and the men down each side. ‘As the service was conducted in the Hindoo (sic) language we were not able to understand it but the natives
seemed very interested. ‘Following this, we were conducted round the city which has a population of 35,000 people. The natives live in mud huts with walls about 12 inches thick. This thickness has the advantage of retaining the heat inside in cold weather and keeping the heat out in the hot season. Hand-loom weaving ‘We saw various native temples that were finely built and artistically painted. ‘At one place hand-loom weaving was in process and we were told the toilers worked 18 hours a day so they are pretty industrious. ‘In one street was an Hindoo wedding procession and the happy couple were
mere children about 12 years of age. The chef thing about the procession was they were trying to make as much noise as possible by banging drums and playing an instrument like a bagpipe. ‘As you may be aware these marriages are arranged by the parents. Widows ‘Hindoos, Brahims and Mohammedans reside here and the latter are very devout. The girls are dressed almost like boys and widows are not allowed to marry again. These widows have their hair cut short and have also to wear either white or red gowns so that they are easily singled out. ‘To conclude our outing we visited the Mission where the natives are taught plain and fancy carpet weaving, and finished by having supper at the YMCA.’
Eccleshill lad’s impressions of India
Selfish parents who limit their families put the country at risk
‘Wanderer’ devoted most of his Long Walk column to the declining birth rate, something he considered would put Britain in jeopardy in years to come. ‘No doubt while we are all interested in the life and death problem of winning the war,’ he wrote. ‘We are at the same time convinced that this war is not, as we at one time fondly imagined, going to be the last of all wars. We may be sure there will be others to follow – that is to say if, in the future, there will be any soldiers to fight and any country to fight for. ‘Unless there is a speedy change in all classes of people – but particularly in the more leisured and “upper” strata – there will not be sufficient men to protect our shores.’ Having pointed out that other countries, including potential enemies, were not limiting their families and so would soon be more powerful in future, he claimed the naked truth was that ‘we are committing suicide as a nation.’ Shrinking from responsibility He recalled the days when it was commonplace for a family to have as many as 12 children and pointed out what the world would have lost if earlier families had followed the modern trend of just two children: no Sir Walter Scott, the seventh son; no John Wesley, one of 19; and no Tennyson, the third of seven children. Wanderer was clear why families were being limited it was because of ‘selfishness, love of pleasure, love of ease, shrinking from responsibility, shirking duty. ‘In the nation generally while the marriage rate increases, the birth rate decreases and the awful fact remains that it is just in those circles of society which are best able to rear children in healthy and happy surroundings, the decrease is greatest, whereas amid squalor, vice and hunger, they always seem to multiply.’ He concludes: ‘What will happen to the country if this continually decreasing birth rate goes on is easy to see – in a few generations’ time we shall be a prey to that people, whoever they may be, who lived according to Nature which is only another way of saying, according to the Law of God.’
During a meeting of the Saltaire Institute a subject came up that will ring bells with some people 100 years later. Replying to an enquiry as to whether the council could do anything to improve the exits of the Victoria Hall, Cllr Hill observed that the council were very shy of starting any alterations in the Victoria Hall because there was so many criticisms by the residents of Shipley. As soon as the council suggested an alteration to the Hall, they began to tread on someone’s corns. He admitted, however that the library committee had started to look into improving the exits and also said that the outside of the building had never been attended to since it was built and required attention, estimated to cost £300. However that would cost money and the Hall was already a burden on local tax payers, costing them £200 last year alone. He added to laughter from the audience, ‘We have a splendid array of patrons for the building but unfortunately none of them pay any rent.’
Fear that Victoria Hall changes will tread on too many toes
Low Volunteer turn-out is embarrassment
The Shipley Volunteer Force hoped to revive their numbers after changes to training days reduced the demands on the men. Since joining forces with Bradford the battalion training days fell between those of Shipley so that ‘again and again the member, alive to the claims on his Sunday of his Church or his family has had the alternatives of being an absentee or of turnout out more or less unwillingly under a sense of having to neglect other duties.’ The writer of the weekly Volunteer Column added: ‘it may be conjectured that the difficulty had something to do with the woefully meagre parade of last Sunday. ‘One is fain to clutch at anything that will help to explain away the handful of men representing a force of well on to two hundred strong. It was a rather humiliating experience for those who did appear.’
A JUMBLE SALE Will be held on SATURDAY, MAY 20th, 1916 in the INFANT DEPARTMENT, SHIPLEY CHURCH SCHOOLS, commencing at 2.30 P.M Admission 2d
Mr F M Jowett’s puppy Irish terrier won four firsts, eight cups and four specials at the Bradford Open Dog show on Saturday. This puppy has now been exhibited three times and its record is thirty-one first and special prizes. it is barely eight months old.
Prize puppy
Donation from abroad
Mr F Rhodes of Bridgeport, USA, sent £50 for local war funds and £25 for Queen Mary’s Needlwork Guild.
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