Friday 21 July 1916
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Windhill Liberals celebrate their coming of age
The Shipley Times & Express devoted a whole page to a report of the 21st birthday celebration of Windhill Liberal Club and backed it up with this glowing editorial comment piece. An epoch-making event took place at Windhill on Saturday, for on that day they celebrated the coming of age of their present club. Regarding the formation of the club, it is interesting to note that a meeting of influential Liberals in the Windhill district was held at the Old Blue Bell in 1872 at which it was decided to form a club. Premises opposite the present club were rented from Mr John Moorhouse and the active work of the club was commenced there. A large body of workers enrolled themselves as members, with Mr James Shaw as president, Mr John Davy and Mr Greenwood Sutcliffe as secretaries, and Mr John Hall as treasurer. Launch out The members, however, soon came to the conclusion that they ought to launch out and larger rooms were taken at Booth’s warehouse in 1888, the membership at that time being 180. These rooms were afterwards required by Webster’s Cabinet Works
and it was decided to endeavour to raise funds to build a special club premises. Subsequently the idea was realised, the present building being erected and opened by Dr Joseph Wright of Oxford, a native of Thackley, in 1895 The four members who have the longest connection with the club are Mr Squire Longbottom, Cllr Alfred Linley, Mr William Murgatroyd and Mr Tom Spencer of Shipley. For more than 25 years Mr Longbottom was curator at the Woodend Council School and in 1910 – on the school’s twenty-fifth birthday – he, along with Mr R Denison and Miss Firth, was the recipient of a
present from the old scholars. This week Mr Longbottom celebrates the completion of his fiftieth year as an Oddfellow. Staunch supporter Cllr Linley has twice served as secretary and has also filled the presidential chair. He had been a representative of the North Ward on the Shipley District Council. In Mr Murgatroyd, the Liberal cause has always had a staunch supporter. For many years Mr Spencer resided at Windhill. He was one of the early secretaries of the Liberal Association and has had a hand in many a stiff political fight.
This picture was taken in front of Oak Field, Carr Lane, Windhill, at one time the residence of the late Mr James Masker and now the home of Windhill Conservatism. It shows those who were members when the headquarters of Windhill Liberalism were at Booth’s Warehouse. These premises were taken to celebrate, in 1889, the 80th birthday of Thomas Oddy, middle of the second row, of whom it is said that he married and passed away on the anniversary of his birthday. It was these stalwart who kept the flag flying in what was perhaps the most difficult time in the history of the cause at Windhill. Of the 21 persons shown in the picture, ten survive. Back row: James Masker, Tom Spencer, Joseph Marshall, Squire Longbottom, John Watmuff, Cllr J W Moody, Cllr John Midgley, Dawson Booth, Tom Cordingley, Robert Preston. Middle row: W B Woodhead, Levi Deacon, Greenwood Sutcliffe, Thomas Oddy, George Deacon, Wm Murgatroyd, Tom Rhodes. Front row: Tom Spencer, John Rodgers, John Davy, Cllr Alfred Lindley.
When Mr and Mrs Joe Hudson celebrated their silver wedding anniversary, the paper paid him a tribute and also reminded people of his famous uncle. ‘As is well known,’ they wrote, ‘Mr Hudson has rendered yeoman service to the Friendly Society movement in Shipley and there are few lay men who have a better grasp of the provisions of the National Insurance Act. Mine host ‘Mr Hudson’s grandfather was, eighty years ago, “mine host” at Dick Hudson’s and the original Dick Hudson was uncle to Mr Joe Hudson. ‘Only four of the Hudson family survive and these include Mr J Hudson and his son. In many ways Mr Hudson is endeavouring to serve his day and generation.’
Wedding celebration for Dick Hudson’s nephew
Girls’ Friendly Society picnic in Shipley Glen
St Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society candidates, which numbered about 20, spent a most enjoyable time last Saturday afternoon. Miss Stead and Miss Cutler took them on a picnic over the Glen. After a good walk, tea was served outside; games etc., were afterwards indulged in. The weather was in every way favourable and this added to the pleasure of all. In many ways the children showed their thankfulness and returned feeling bright and happy after a very pleasant outing.
John Wadsworth, a labourer of no fixed abode, chose the wrong house when he knocked on the door of P.C. Hardisty in Clifton Place, Shipley and asked for money. He was now before the Bradford West Riding Police Court charged with begging and Supt Keel informed the court that he had previously been convicted 25 times. ‘He is a stupid fellow and the prison doctor says the man is not fit for prison discipline,’ the superintendent added. Nevertheless, the court sentenced Wadsworth to three months in jail.
Beggar jailed despite the advice of doctor
Theodore Linck, the six-year-old son of Mr Gustav Linck of Sleningford Road, Hirst Wood, was fatally injured in a motor accident. The evidence showed that the child and his mother arrived at Brooklyn, Threshfield, on Friday evening. An hour later the child ran in front of a motor car driven by Richard Hawley and was knocked down, receiving serious injuries from which he died on Sunday. An inquest jury exonerated Mr Hawley from all blame.
Six-year-old boy fatally injured in accident
Not for a long time past has so much interest been taken in a new play as that which is centred in Mr Bernard Shaw’s delightfully witty five-act romance, “Pygmalion” which will be seen for the first time in Bradford at the Theatre Royal next week. Here we have “G.B.S.” in his most benign mood – he cannot find it in his heart to give anything sharper than a good humoured thrust at his dearest enemies. For once he lets of the middle classes, even morality, with merely a caution. The play is certainly one to be seen; in fact, it must on no account be missed, for it is unlike anything we have seen before or likely to see again – it is unique, it is undescribable and it will live. The fun consists in the high-handed way in which Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, subjects Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, to a sort of forcible feeding with orthoepy. By sheer willpower this benignant Svengali trains her to speak like a lady and he passes her off as a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party. On its original production by Sir Herbert Tree at His Majesty’s Theatre, London, “Pygmalion” met with instantaneous success. The company visiting the Royal next week is under the well-known management of Mr Charles Mardona. There will be a matinee on Saturday at 2 o’clock.
Mr Bernard Shaw’s new play
An outbreak of fire occurred yesterday afternoon at the premises of Messrs Benjamin Ackroyd and Sons, flannel manufacturers, Bowling Green Mills, Thackley. Two floors and half the roof were burnt through and a good deal of wool destroyed. The damage cannot at present be estimated but it was considerable. The outbreak was discovered about 1.45 in the drying room of the store warehouse, a large building of three
storeys detached from the mill. The stock consisted chiefly of wool which had gone through various processes and the fire extended rapidly amongst the material. Pressure The Idle Brigade with Station Officer Bower in charge was the first on the scene and they immediately got a line out from a hydrant. For some reason or other, however, the pressure was very bad and what was obtained had little effect.
Taking advantage of the mill dam, they got the turbine pump to work and were quickly playing on the flames. The Bradford Brigade soon put in an appearance and ran out another length of hose from the pump and before long the fire was under control. The local firemen are of the opinion that if there had been sufficient pressure from the hydrant they would have been able to deal with the outbreak in that way.
Thackey mill fire causes extensive damage
Mrs M A Fletcher, 161 Leamington Terrace and Mrs Hinchcliffe, 15 Fourlands have been appointed “local counsellors” in connection with General Booth’s Widow’s Counselling Scheme for assisting widows and orphans. The most recent social endeavour of the Salvation Army is making splendid headway and has already accomplished work of great practical value among those afflicted through war. The object of he Widows’ Counsellors is to provide sympathetic and practical advisers who will help them with their affairs and guide them in their difficulties.
Idle women take on counselling role to help war widows and orphans
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