Friday 2 June 1916
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The light touch of the weekly correspondent of the notes for the Shipley Volunteer Force was needed for his report of an exercise that didn’t live up to expectations. The plan was that the Shipley force, made up mainly of men too old to enlist in the army but who wanted to be prepared in case of an invasion, would establish ‘a line of pickets with communications and supports to protect a main body encamped on Rombalds Moor, the enemy being in the direction of Baildon.’ They had set out on a fine summer day, ‘but the thunder clouds gathered over the scene of the proposed operations and when the column, some 200 strong, swung off from Dick Hudson’s towards the Gaping Goose, the prevalent opinion in the ranks was that we were “asking for it,” ‘In any case, we certainly got it! ‘Thunder, lightning, drenching rain
and hail followed in quick succession until the C.O. had to give in and announce that the operations would have to be postponed to a more favourable occasion and the Battalion would return home. Wet through ‘Seeing that five-sixths of the men were without mackintoshes and consequently wet through, this seemed the obvious thing to do. ‘After proceeding for about a mile on the return journey, the clouds had rolled away and the sun shone with such brilliancy that it was decided to try again and a modified scheme was undertaken from behind the road leading across the Moor to Ilkley ‘There were, however, two further
heavy thunder showers before the force dismissed at Saltaire so that we can fairly claim a battle with the elements won, there was no panic and the force retreated in perfect order.’ Having put on a good front so far, the writer couldn’t resist a reminder that some allowances should be made for members of the force who were giving up their spare time to help the war effort ‘It is not for us in the ranks to criticise the decisions of the higher command,’ he wrote, ‘but we may be permitted to wonder why the force was marched into the heart of a thunderstorm when there was such abundant promise of a fine afternoon out Bingley way. ‘And why, oh, why were men, mostly on the top side of 40 kept hanging about for an hour in soaking garments in a chilly moorland air instead of being given brisk continuous exercise?’
When the column, some 200 strong, swung off from Dick Hudson’s towards the Gaping Goose, the prevalent opinion in the ranks was that we were “asking for it,”
Volunteer Force face a battle with the elements
On Saturday, the members of the Shipley Bowling Green Club entertained a number of wounded soldiers from St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. Excellent arrangements had been made for the enjoyment of the guests, who were not slow to show their appreciation of the kindness which was meted out to them. A bowling handicap was provided for which prizes were awarded, after which tea was provided, followed by an entertainment.
Bowling Club entertains wounded soldiers
For Windhill boys
The thirty-four old scholars of the Congregational Sunday School serving with the Army and Navy at home and abroad are not being forgotten Each of the lads will be the recipient of a copy of the Whitsuntide hymns and a cheery letter. For some time past, principally through the instrumentality of Mr Glover, parcels have been forwarded to the men containing various little “comforts” and the letters of appreciation that have been received in return are very numerous and expressive.
Original worshippers celebrate 50 years of Rosse Street Church
During the extensive celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rosse Street Baptist Church, the minister, the Rev C E Shipley, asked how many people present had been at the opening ceremony. Thirty-six people stood up. It should have been thirty-seven but one lady later explained that she didn’t think she ought to stand up because she was only a six-week-old baby at the time. The church was built because Bethel Baptist Church, the first place of worship opened in Shipley, didn’t have enough room as the congregation grew with the expanding township. ‘Mr Shipley said it must be a great joy to these people to feel that they had been associated with the place so long and that each in his or her own way in some measure contributed to the success of the cause. What a lot of “old fogeys” ‘Whether they were thinking of the past fifty years or twice fifty years of the Baptist faith in that town, they went back in thought to Joseph Gawkroger, who in his own quiet way began his work in a little house in Windhill. Bethel exerted a wonderful influence upon the public life and character of the people of Shipley and that had been followed up by the work done both there and at Rosse Street.’ Veteran Rosse Street worker Mr J T Riddiough of Frizinghall amused the audience as he noted that ‘today I have met so many old men whom I knew as lads that I have been quite astonished. The change has been so great that I am beginning to wonder if it has actually taken place in me as well as in my friends. I said to myself, what a lot of “old fogeys” and then the thought struck me, “Perhaps they are thinking the same of me.” ‘When I attended Sunday School in the old days, there was as superintendent a man who lived in Briggate. He was a kind old man who used to stand at the door on a Sunday morning and if the scholars did not get here in time, he used to help them in with his foot.’
Mr Alfred Cousin published a history of Rosse Street Baptist Church to mark the 50th annivers- ary of its opening which was met with much approval. ‘Not only has Mr Cousin a deep love for the church – a love which we opine he would not deny he inherited from his father, Mr James Cousin – but he delights in hunting up old records and has the happy knack of picking out just the information which is of value and worth preserving.’
Historian acclaimed
Good will arise
In his speech to those celebrating Rosse Street Church’s jubilee, council chairman Thomas Hill said that the churches were going to have a big part to play after the war. He described the conflict as ‘the most terrible the world has ever experienced’ but added that while there was ‘an enormous amount of misery and suffering, I am convinced that ultimately good will arise out of the struggle. He had recently seen a letter that a soldier had sent from the front line in which he said that he ‘felt as though he might at any moment be ushered into the presence of God,’ Cllr Hill added: ‘That is one instance out of many. Thousands of these young men are thinking as they have never thought before and when they come back will be disposed to turn more readily to spiritual matters.’
At the monthly meeting of the Sir Titus Salts’ Hospital Board, the chairman, Mr B Allsop, reported that there were currently 96 out-patients. Since the last meeting 11 new in-patients had arrived with fifteen discharged leaving seven currently in the wards. As other business was discussed, ‘dissatisfaction was expressed with the condition of the laundry but it was recognised that owing to the shortage of labour, it was not possible to effect any improvement at the present.’ Phone Mr Walter Cryer raised a question on behalf of the local police who would like the Matron to phone them each evening and tell them how many beds she had vacant. ‘This information would greatly assist the police in case of a raid by enemy aircraft. ‘In a remark made by a member that an air-raid in Shipley was scarcely probable, Mr Cryer said that air- raids were like an outbreak of fire and occurred when least expected.’ After some discussion the chairman said that if the police wanted the information they could obtain it from the Matron.
Police on hospital alert in case of air-raid
James Hammond, a Bradford warehouseman, was fined 7s 6d for riding bicycle in Baildon without a rear light at 1.30 a.m. He had been stopped on Otley Road by P.C. Smith and claimed that his lamp had been stolen in York and he was not going to walk home. ‘He rode off without a light.’ In another case, Esholt farmer, Maudsley Bullough was fined 6s for allowing his dog to be at large without having its name on its collar.
Meat Inspector, Mr S Bradley, said in his monthly report that he had examined 835 carcases at the slaughterhouse in the five weeks up to 20 May. Of those, 830 were found to be perfectly sound. ‘The inspection of the shops which do not use the slaughterhouse and the market showed everything to be in a satisfactory condition
Clayton Baptist choir had their annual outing, ‘when a visit was paid to Ilkley. ‘The party travelled by train to Burley and then walked forward to Ilkley. ‘A substantial tea was partaken at the Rose and Crown Hotel and in the evening many of the interesting places in the neighbourhood were visited. ‘Fortunately rain kept off nearly the whole of the time thus enabling the party to have a pleasant outing.’
Price of a stolen lamp
Meat passes inspection
Choir outing to Ilkley
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