Friday 5 May 1916
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At the meeting of the Gala Committee of the Shipley and District Friendly and Trades Society held on Thursday evening, it was decided that owing to the war the usual annual gala given in Saltaire Park should be abandoned this year. The meeting further decided to substitute in its place a house to house collection, the nett proceeds of which will be devoted to the Saltaire Hospital and other local charitable organisations. Convalescent homes The society has also made arrangements to hold their annual street collections in aid of the Saltaire Hospital and for the purchase of recommends for convalescent homes on Saturday May 13th where it is hoped that everybody will wear the chosen favour – the Jesmain flower.
Annual Gala in Saltaire Park cancelled but collections ensure funds
Shipley schools were encouraged to mark the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. ‘A beautifully arranged and prettily designed copy of a suggested programme published with the approval of the Shakespeare Tercentenary Committee had been issued to each head teacher and the anniversary was made the occasion for bringing especially to the minds of the scholars the remarkable and little known life of Shakespeare and the marvellous works of his immortal genius. ‘The programme included the singing of Shakespearean songs by the scholars and the reading of passages from the Proverbs and the Book of
Ecclesiastes, setting forth the advantages of learning and the praise of famous men. ‘Pictures of characters from Shakespeare were shown in some schools and explained by the head teacher and scenes were recited by the scholars. ‘The head teachers also gave special addresses upon Shakespeare’s life and works and the whole occasion was made one which will be long remembered by the pupils. ‘At the Central Upper Standard Boys’ School a lantern lecture was afterwards given to the scholars, dealing with particular incidents in the life of Shakespeare and the observance closed with the singing of the National Anthem.’
Schools celebrate the Bard
A wounded soldier, ‘who was evidently more adept at billiards,’ raised a laugh at Baildon Golf Club when he asked for some chalk for his golf club. He was one of 60 wounded men from Woodlands Convalescent Home at Rawdon who were being given tips on the art of golf as part of a day of entertainment at the club. The soldiers were driven to the club in a fleet of cars offered by the National Motor Volunteers of Bradford and started their day with a visit to Baildon Mills to see the process of weaving and spinning. Substantial tea A substantial tea was served by the lady members and after their introduction to the joys of golf, the soldiers returned the club house where they were entertained with songs from a number of artistes. ‘Soon after eight o’clock the warriors were again conveyed to their destination, the departure of cars being witnessed by a large number of people A most enjoyable time was spent by each soldier.’
Caddie, I think I need chalk on my putter
A prominent local economist warned Trade Union delegates they were going to have to adjust their approach after the war. Acknowledging the progress working men had made in recent years Arnold Shimmer urged them not to get a false sense of security: ‘Politics is extremely changeable and in the politics of the present moment it is impossible to guarantee the standing of any one section of society after the war. ‘We must remember that there will be no such thing as the status quo as it is called, no going back to where we were. The individual will not be what he was in August 1914.’ A lecturer on economics at Leeds University, Mr Shimmer was addressing a joint conference of Shipley and District Trades and Labour Council and the Shipley Branch of the Workers’ Educational at the trades Hall, Shipley, which was attended by 70 delegates, representing 50 Trade Unions. He said he disagreed with economists who believed that the country’s
resources were so great that the cost of the war could be borne without too much trouble. ‘We were living now at a rate far beyond our normal rate and spending money which normally would go to the building up of our national capital,’ he said. ‘If we spend for any length of time £5,000.000 a day on war, even although part of it might come back in the long run, we still have to face a bill far greater than any bill we have faced before. Living wage ‘We have to face it through heavy taxes and the raising of loans. What does that mean? It means there is less and less in actual circulation and the less one has under his control, the lower becomes his standard of living.’
That would mean a change in Trade Union priorities: ‘They must revive the conception of the living wage and also work for a new system of industrial control and the building up of a new relationship with the State.’ That would require union members to have a greater understanding of economics and also ‘that means increased responsibility for Trade Unions and above all a sense of social responsibility on the part of the individual trade unionist.’ Friction He urged the individual Unions to work together, to reduce the inter- union friction and to co-ordinate their policies. ‘Co-ordinate your Trade Unionism,’ concluded Mr Shimmin. ‘Cultivate it, make the most of your individual member and make him act up to his responsibilities. Strive for adequate representation in the State and adequate consideration. ‘Let the Trade Unions move from the old numerical basis of bargaining to the teaching of Trade Union principles to their members.’
“If we spend for any length of time £5,000.000 a day on war, even although part of it might come back in the long run, we still have to face a bill far greater than any bill we have faced before.”
Unions will need a new post-war approach
Even though the newspaper was four pages shorter than normal, they still give over a whole page to their regular fashion and gardening features, a few of which are included here.
WOMAN’S WORLD THE THING THAT COUNTS The thing that really counts is personality; the soul that shines through the features, the spirit within you that makes you do this thing or the other; that influences your speech, your actions, yes, and your very looks themselves, a writer in the Girl’s Own Paper says. All history, both ancient and modern, proves this. The women who have been most prominent in every age have owed their ascendency first of all to their personality, not to their looks alone. They may have been beautiful – some were, some were just the reverse – but it was not their beauty alone that gave them pre- eminence among the other women of their day; in every case there was an unusual force of character, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, but always a personal power that contributed far more to their success in the life they chose for themselves than mere mindless beauty could have done.
Pretty Dress for Tiny Girl The delightful little frock in the sketch is smocked very daintily, as indeed are nine out of ten of the models both for children and grown-ups just now. It is made of white cashmere and is embroidered in scarlet – a combination that is certain to delight its small wearer. There is plenty of scope for the amateur worker in garments of this kind, for embroidery may worked on to the little turn-back collar, the dainty cuffs and even all round the skirt if so desired. The smocking in this particular example is done under the collar and at the long waistline and the results in a loose and comfortable effect in both bodice and skirt. The waist belt is brought from back to front and is mitred off at each side of the smocking, being completed by a pretty button.
THIS WEEK IN THE GARDEN Put arum lilies out of doors Prune flowering currants that have done blooming Divide and mulch summer-blooming chrysanthemums Plant out East Lothian stocks Ventilate greenhouses more freely Increase dracaenas Continue sowing hardy annuals Plant yew and holly hedges Sow musk Remove weak and superfluous shoots from roses Sow beetroot Earth-up early potatoes Pollinate tomato flowers Sow corn salad Sow ridge cucumbers Prepare beds for vegetable marrows on sunny sites Thin grape bunches Stir the ground around newly planted fruit-trees Mulch gooseberry bushes
Next Saturday is “Viola Day” and the proceeds are for that worthy organisation the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Fund. It is hoped to set up a record on this occasion and those who cannot work should give. All those desirous of assisting the committee may obtain a supply of boxes and flowers by calling at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire, Somerset House in Shipley or Carnegie Library, Windhill. Next week a further batch of parcels will be sent out to the local lads with the colours and the task of packing and dispatching will be carried out under the supervision of Mr W V Ambler, secretary.
Ready for Viola Day