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LIFE IN SALTAIRE 1921

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Colin Coates writes:

My research covers WW1 years, 1914 - 1918 and post war life in Saltaire as it was 100 years ago. The primary source of this information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday.

This diary is updated monthly.Where possible, I have used the exact wording from the newspaper. There are also links to biographies.

Please feel free to contact me on with any comments or queries.

Email: colincoates@saltairevillage.info

Saltaire Times January 1921

Saltaire Conversazioni – First Evening

[Editor's note: For further information see The Saltaire Journal, The Saltaire Conversazione written and researched by Roger Clarke: a commentary on social history, changes in fashion, science, technology, etiquette, eating habits, recreation and humour.]

Never before has the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, presented so animated appearance as on Wednesday (5 January) evening, the first day of the Saltaire Conversazioni, and not only was it in keeping with its undoubted standing as one of the premier social events in the West Riding, but it was perhaps unparalleled in its patronage. The local authorities of Bradford, Baildon and Bingley, as well as Shipley, were officially represented.

There were 250 guests present on Wednesday evening, the same number as attended in 1884, the first occasion on which the conversazioni extended over four evenings, and this year a return has been made to that custom And the object which has long been aimed at of attaining the distinction and success which attended conversazioni in the days of Mr. and Mrs. Titus Salt, could said to have been realised Wednesday evening.

Right from the time one entered the Saltaire Institute at the Lockwood Street doors one was impressed by the lavishness of the decorations. The reception hall was hung with art green and white draperies, and at one side was a scene representing an Egyptian street. Upstairs, in what is the main hall, divans and chairs had been arranged. Japanese lantern lighting effects were used throughout the building and harmonised well with the warm colour of the decorations.

The porch at the main entrance was set out conservatory with scenery, plants, and seats.

The reading-room was transformed, and being used as a dining room, presented the appearance of a West End restaurant. The windows were draped with white and green, heightening the effect of the pretty cretonnes. The tables were lighted by candles in silver candlesticks, while from the ceiling hung electric lights with gaily coloured shades. The floor, like the stairs and the lounges, was richly carpeted.

The walls of the ball-room were covered with green and white hangings, and the pillars were decorated with pink, behind an artificial trellis-work which extended to, and round, the balcony. Here, on a white background, hung festoons of red and white artificial flowers. In the centre of the ceiling, a powerful electric globe lighted up the hall, together with hanging electric lamps similar to those in the dining-room. From the central globe, branching in all directions, like the tentacles of octopus, were suspended broad green streamers.

The platform was one mass of green plants and evergreens almost hiding from view the garden scene which formed the back-ground. Round the room and under the balcony, seats were arranged.

The staircases were hung with pretty yellow and white hangings, and maidenhair plants were arranged at intervals. At the head of the top staircase a lounge had been contrived under a marquee of dark pink and white, and opened on to the balcony.

The scene in tbs ball-room when dancing was at its height was brilliant, and the beautiful gowns of many of the ladies created a riot of colour.

The social success of the affair was greater than ever, and the guests, received Mr. Ernest H. Gates (Chairman of the Saltaire Institute Society) included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Lieut. Col. A. Gadie and Mrs. Gadie). Sir James and Lady Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Whitehead, Miss Whitehead, Mr. Arthur J. Hill, Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman of the Shipley District Council) and Mrs. Rhodes, Mr. P. L. Carroll (chairman of the Baildon District Council) and Mrs. Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Mr. H. A. Gates, Mr. Walter Scott (president the Saltaire Institute Society), Mr. and Mrs. L. W. P Gates, Mr. Welch, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Pepper, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Boyce. Mr. A. Hall, and Miss Hall. Mr. H. Norman Rae. M.P., was prevented by a call to the Continent from being present.

Dancing, for which Mr. E. P. Smith’s band played the latest and most fascinating music, took place fill two o’clock. Mr. W. Knight Plunkett was the M.C., and the stewards were Messrs. M. Akam, G. L. Armstrong, H. L. Atkinson. George H. Boardman, S. Binns, G. Birbeck, E. Clifford Fry, F. Feather, W. N. Finlayson, A. K. Gardiner, H. Gill, A. Haigh Lumby, C. E. Learoyd, J. H. Naylor, T. E. Power, F. C. M. S. Rhodes, H. C, Smedley, J. W. Sowden, C. W. Stephenson, H. M. Sutcliffe, H. B. Vero, J. Walker, and H. S. Williamson. Mr. C. H. Ingham was the hon. secretary, and Mr. Lawrence hon. treasurer.

A similar gathering was held on Thursday evening, while tonight (Friday) a children’s evening is being held. Handsome prizes have been given by Mr. Gates for a children’s fancy dress competition. Mr Gates hopes to be present to present these prizes to the winners.

Saltaire Conversazioni – Children’s Fancy Dress Ball

The marked success which attended the two opening days of the Saltaire Conversazioni was no less on Friday (7 January) last, when the children’s fancy dress ball was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Fully six hundred people were present, there being about 370 adults and over 200 children in fancy dress costumes.

The president (Mr. Walter Scott) of the Saltaire Institute Society attended, in the wig and gown of a barrister. Others present were Mr. E. H. Gates, Councillor F. and Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor C. E, and Mrs. Learoyd, and Mrs. Lindow. Several of the stewards wore fancy dress. Mrs. H. C. Smedley, in white smock, check trousers, and brown velvet tam o’shanter, made a convincing artist, while Councillor G. Birbeck wore the “Coster’s” pearlies like a real live “Arry.” Miss Cowie appeared as a Domino, and Mr. C. H. Ingham, the secretary, bustled about in a picturesque Japanese coat with a beautifully worked pattern in silver. Mr. E. Clifford Fry wore a weird nondescript costume labelled “Peter Jannaway” (from “Arabian Nights”). Mr. W. Knight Plunkett, the M.C., wore the 18th Century costume of an Old English gentleman, which is so great a favourite for fancy dress functions. Other stewards were Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. S. Atkinson. Mrs. Clifford Fry, Mr. W. N. Finlayson, Mr. H. Gill, Mr. A, Haigh-Lumby, Mr. G. Hall, Mrs. C. H. Ingham, Miss Johnson, Miss Kemp, Miss Lambert, Mrs. C. E. Learoyd, Mr. F. C. M. S. Rhodes, Mrs. H. M. Sutcliffe, and Mr. H. S. Williamson.

The first item was a march round to popular airs and the bright colours of the pretty and comic dresses showed up well. One tiny toddler, with a mass of fair curls, dressed in white, with the bow and arrows and wings of Cupid, led the procession.

The dresses were of great variety. Cupids, fairies, and butterflies were favourite costumes for the little girls, while for the smaller boys the costume of jester afforded scope for great variety in the colour of the “motley.” Amongst the costumes most noticeable was that of a vivandiere with red cap, white blouse, and red, white, and blue skirt. Several boys wore the powdered wig, and knee breeches costume of the time Queen Anne, and even here the costumes were not alike, the usual blue velvet coat, in one case, being substituted one of grey satin to match the breeches.

Other striking dresses were “The King of Hearts,” “Golliwog” (6 ½ d.), and “Bubbles,” with a string of multi-coloured balloons. Very topical was the costume adopted by one young lady, who had disguised herself a “House to Let.” It was not stated whether it was one of the new Council houses. Two boys in white turbans and green coats, brown pantaloons, and browner faces, made excellent Moors, but the best disguise as a foreigner was by one boy dressed ns Chinese. Spectacles added to long drooping moustache and pig-tail heightened the effect.

A farmer’s boy, in red handkerchief and smock, and that character made familiar by the illustration on a well-known patent breakfast food, with his pig-tail, knobbed stick, red coat and yellow trousers, “Sunny Jim,” were present.

One other character, who looked just as if he had stepped out, of a “Wild West” film, was a cowboy with a pack of cards in one hand and a “six-shooter” in the other. There were not a few pierrots and clowns, one of the latter, who might have passed for an imitation of Greek, sporting a monacle. Of the butterflies, one had red, white and blue tinted wings, and a contrast was the green wings and brown dress of a “brownie,” perhaps from Cottingley, or why not Shipley Glen? There were two exceedingly pretty pantomime costumes, Aladdin in gilt hat, and blue costume trimmed with gold braid, and a principal boy in wide brimmed hat, white tunic, and shorts. A reference to the “Ashes” was inscribed on the sash of a boy in white “ducks” carrying a cricket bat.

Other characters were “Good Luck,” Gipsies, and Uncle Sam, with beard, red and white striped pants, and star spangled coat. Among the historical costumes, one little maid in the bonnet and crinoline of the Early Victorian period was very dainty. One tiny tot was dressed as a Christmas Tree, and there were two boys in hose and doublet of the Elizabethan period.

The music for the dancing was provided by Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra, and the programme included several of the latest popular airs. Waltzes to “Blowing Bubbles” and “Wyoming,” a one-step to “Swanee,” and a fox-trot to “You’d be surprised,” were on the list. A special item for the tiny tots was “Ring a ring o’ roses.” But in the dances the little ones could give points to many of the adults for grace and correctness of style.

A parade for the selection the winners was held. Mr. P. A. Lennon (of the Bradford Alhambra) and Mrs. Lennon officiating as judges. The competitors were divided into three classes (for the best costumes worn by children under 14), and four prizes were awarded in each class. The classes were Historical or National; Original or Topical; and Comic.

The following is the list prize-winners, which included two sisters and two brothers, the latter being the sons of Mr. Harper, the well-known Bradford tradesman, a daughter of Mr. George Charlesworth, the popular local vocalist, was also a prize-winner.

Historical or national: -

Rhoda Hinchcliffe, “Early Victorian”
Muriel Hinchcliffe, courtier
Tolo Harper, Austrian peasant
Brian Crossland, Chinaman.

Topical or original: -

Dick Hollingworth, “flags of victory”
Mary Trinity, “house to let”
Bonnie Binns, cowboy
Herbert Haigh-Lumby, Sunny Jim

Comic: -

Geoffrey England, French Pierrot
Stacia Harper, jester
Edward Gill, jester
Kathleen Charlesworth, pantomime principal boy.

Mr. Fry announced that Mrs. Gates had been unable to be present, and Mrs. Lennon had, therefore, kindly officiated as judge in her place. He called for three cheers for Mr. and Mrs. E. H, Gates and Mr. and Mrs. Lennon.

Mr. Gates (the donor of the prizes), responding on behalf of his wife and himself, said that he was extremely sorry his wife had been unable to be present. He hoped he and his wife would present on many future occasions.

Mr. Lennon, responding, remarked that the judging had been very difficult owing to the great number of similar kinds costumes.

After a grand march, with the winners leading, the dancing continued until 10 p.m.

The Conversazioni was brought to a close on Saturday by a public dance at the Victoria Hall. There was good attendance, and a full programme of dances was gone through to music of Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra. The programme included the “Tea-Time Tango,” Jazz Twinkle, Eulalie Waltz, Indianola, Fox Trot, and the popular “Lovely Lucerne” waltz.

The following were the stewards: —

Councillors G. Birbeck, T. F. Doyle, C. E. Learoyd, N. G, Morton, H. M. Sutcliffe and J. Walker, Messrs. G. L. Armstrong, H. L. Atkinson, S. Binns, J. A Cliffe, E. Clifford Fry, P. Feather, H. Gill, A. G. Hall, and P, Normington.

Dancing was continued till 11.30 p.m., when the proceedings closed with the National Anthem.

The Anti-Incorporation Crusade

The anti-incorporation crusade, so far as the Shipley protest is concerned, was launched at Saltaire on Tuesday (25 January) night under the most favourable auspices. To repeat a proposition which we have made more than once in this column, it will be difficult conceive how such a tribunal, composed of three members, as the Ministry of Health propose to appoint as virtual adjudicators in Bradford’s application for the incorporation of other districts, can fail to be influenced by the arresting array of arguments which are likely to be put forward in opposition to the city proposals.

The Victoria Hall was well filled, and it was evident throughout that the feeling of the gathering was unmistakably in favour of the corporate independence of Shipley. This point was conclusively proved when the vote on resolution of protest was taken, for there were less than a score of dissentients, and even some of these timidly lowered their uplifted hands when a count was about be made.

All this is to the good. The first appeal has been made to Shipley ratepayers in regard to incorporation; and the result will be anything but cheering news to the Bradford bounders who, by their lust for city extension, have rendered their own ratepayers, and the ratepayers of other districts, responsible for the payment of a pretty bill – a bill, we should say, which will lose the epithet we have attached to it when it is presented to the ratepayers of the city. And for this a certain junta on the City Council will be to blame, for, as Mr. C. E. Learoyd pointed out at Saltaire, there was even a section of the City Council itself which sought to show their opposition, if not their positive resentment the incorporation policy, by memorialising the Lord Mayor to that effect. Thus, within the City Council we find a lack of unanimity in this wild venture for expansion; on the other hand, the members of the Councils of all the threatened communities have shown a marked unanimity in opposition, and, further, these Councils have received the unqualified support of righteously indignant ratepayers in the respective townships. It will be remembered that emissaries were sent by the City Council to conciliate, convince, or even cajole the residents in the outlying districts; and they invariably received a “warm” reception, but the warmth was certainly not of the welcome kind. Where on earth (which includes Bradford) is the City’s case?

We are pleased to observe that Mr. C. E. Learoyd, who was the principal speaker (and chairman) at the Saltaire meeting, launched at once into what may he regarded as a historical review, and the genesis of this particular matter. He showed that so early as 1899 an undertaking—which we shall call a promise—was given by the Bradford Corporation that on no future occasion would Bradford seek to incorporate Shipley without the consent of the Shipley people.

Parenthetically, it may be recalled that Mr. W. Leach, as the leader of the Bradford missionaries who addressed a small gathering in an upper room in Shipley, on behalf of the annexationist policy, when confronted with this “undertaking,” admitted that he knew nothing about it.” Crusaders engaged in any mission whatsoever should have the historical instinct; in other words, Mr. Leach was not conversant with facts. And at that particular time he ought to have been.

We repeat that Mr. Learoyd did a good thing, and a wise, when he started from the base, as it were; and emphasised the fact that Bradford had given a solemn assurance that no move in the incorporation way should be made unless the Shipley people acquiesced in the annexationist arrangement. The same promise, it may be pointed out, was repeated many times subsequently. How, then, in the face of such an undertaking, can Mr. Leach and his henchmen (many of whom, by the way, have been kicked out of the Council by the ratepayers in the interval) stand the test of a cross-examination on point like this?

If the Shipley public men who, on behalf of the Shipley people, are fighting the battle of independence, had no other argument than this, they would, indeed, have a “case.” But why, why should Mr. Leach have confessed to ignorance of the existence of such undertaking? We have repeatedly called upon Mr. Leach to answer this question. But Mr. Leach is apparently engaged in looking the other way. Where, O, where is Bradford’s “case.”

Saltaire Male Voice Choir

An interesting ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Saltaire Male Voice Choir, in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, on Friday (7 January) evening, when Mr. A.H. Martin, one of the patrons of the choir, presented the choir with a framed photograph of the report of the Summerscales Contest at Keighley.

On Monday evening (10 January) the choir received a visit from the Shipley Working Men’s Club Glee Union, who rendered an interesting programme.

On Wednesday (12 January) a social evening and supper was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel. An enjoyable time was spent by a large company.

On Monday (17 January) the choir received a visit at their headquarters from the Greengates

The annual meeting of the choir is on 25 January, when the chair will be taken by Mr Henry Whitehead (Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons & Co. Ltd.)

Concert in aid of Saltaire Hospital

The first annual charity concert organised by Mr. W. E. Holland, manager of the Pavilion De Luxe, Shipley, was held on Sunday (9 January) evening. There was a large attendance, all tickets having been sold days before the event.

Among the audience were the chairman of the Shipley Urban District -Council (Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes) and Mrs. Rhodes, Councillor C. E. and Mrs. Learoyd, Councillor J. Walker, County Councillor G. H. and Mrs. Boardman, and Mr. I. Lindow (clerk to the Shipley Urban District Council). The managing director of the Pavilion De Luxe, Mr. G. F. Lunn, with Mrs. Lunn and friends, made the journey from Huddersfield for the concert. There were also present 48 members of the Shipley Musical Union, including the president, Mr. J. T. Kendall.

About £27 was realised by the sale of tickets, and no fewer than 514 “sympathisers’ tickets at twopence each were bought by people unable to be present, thus enabling all who wished to attend the concert to do so. This excellent scheme, devised by Mr, W. E. Holland, manager of the De Luxe, brought in no less than £4 5s. 8d. Artistic souvenir programmes, the generous gift of Mr. J. Walker, Shipley, realised £4 13s. 8d. The total proceeds, £35 8s., will be handed over to Sir Titus Salts’ Hospital, the management of the Pavilion giving the hire of the film, and meeting all expenses. Hospitals, like all similar public institutions are having a hard struggle nowadays, and the magnificent effort of the “De Luxe," for the management of which Mr. Holland, his staff, and the artists, are to be congratulated, very timely.

Offer of Land

For some weeks past the Shipley Urban District Council has been in correspondence with Sir James Bart., of Strathallan Castle (formerly of Milner Field), with regard to the purchase of certain land at Saltaire which the Council considers very suitable for public schemes, the provision of allotment gardens, sites for houses, and playing fields.

The result of this correspondence was disclosed when, at a special meeting of the District Council Wednesday (12 January) evening in last week, a resolution was unanimously adopted accepting an offer from Sir James Roberts under which the Council become the owners of the whole of the remaining portion Sir James’s estate, south of the River Aire, and extending from Saltaire Mills to the boundary of the district at Hirst Wood, an area comprising approximately 95 acres.

In the correspondence which passed between the Council and Sir James, the latter intimated his willingness to sell, but was very averse to the selling of the estate in small lots and expressed his desire to make one bargain of it. This had reference to lands bounded by Hirst Lane, width were part of the estate acquired Sir James from the trustees of the late Sir Titus Salt, the estate purchased by Sir James at the sale of the Rosse properties not being then under consideration.

A special committee was appointed by the Council to make full inquiries into the matter and to consider whether a public utility scheme could be formulated and adopted, under which the Council could usefully become the owners the estate Sir James was willing dispose of.

While the matter was receiving consideration a further letter was received from Sir James, who was anxious that the question should be settled, stating that, should the Council decide to purchase what is known as the Saltaire estate at a price which he named, he would make the Council a free gift of the estates which he purchased in 1911 at the sale the Rosse properties.

The Council, as have stated, has unanimously decided to accept this offer of Sir James, and intimation to that effect has been conveyed to him.

The purchase price for what is described the Saltaire estate is £13,000. This estate consists of certain allotment plots in front of the Saltaire Mills, in Caroline Street, Saltaire, the Albert Road allotments, the land extending from Albert Road to Hirst Lane, the land lying between the railway and the canal west of the Saltaire Congregational Church, the land lying between the canal and the river extending from Victoria Road to Hirst Mill, and the boathouse situate on the opposite bank of the river to Roberts Park. The total area of this estate is 52 or 53 acres.

The portion of the Rosse estate which the Council receives from Sir James as a free gift has an area of just over 43 acres and extends from Hirst Lane to the river boundary at Seven Arches. It comprises the whole of the area between the Midland Railway and the river west of Hirst. Mill.

The lands which the Council become the owners of comprise a total area of about 95 acres, and this area includes a considerable amount of rent-earning land and buildings which are also at present rent-earning properties. The annual income from the estate is reported to be between £300 and £400.

At the special meeting of the Council referred to the above and at which the decision to accept Sir James’ offer was arrived at. Councillor F. Fearnley Rhodes (chairman) moved the adoption of the resolution and acceptance and expressed his satisfaction at the generosity which had been shown by Sir James in his gift of the Rosse estate. Mr. Rhodes expressed the opinion that the Council would not be doing its duty to the present and future generations of Shipley if the offer was not unanimously accepted.

General satisfaction was expressed at the offer, which, as we have stated, was accepted by a unanimous vote.

No scheme in regard to the lay-out of the estate has yet been finally prepared by the Council, and when the plans are completed the schemes will have to be submitted to the Ministry of Health, which will be asked to grant the necessary borrowing powers. The general public Shipley, will, in the meantime, however, be gratified to know that they have secured the control of a valuable estate, a considerable portion of which will be available for all time tor public recreative purposes.

When Shipley possesses such lands of public usefulness this estate, and the portion of the Rosse estate recently given to the town by Mr. H. Norman Rae (M.P. for the Shipley Division), it is no wonder that Bradford looks with envious eyes upon Shipley, and Sir James’ generosity should add stimulus to Shipley people to try at all costs to maintain the independence of the town, and to resist the annexation proposals of the city of Bradford.

(Colin’s note - £13,000 in 1921 is worth c£680,000 in 2021)

Gift of Land - Editorial

The gift of some forty-three acres of land, part of the Rosse estate, which hast been offered to Shipley by Sir James Roberts, has been accepted by the District Council.

The gift is a contingent one, and it is only to be vouchsafed on condition that the Council purchase about 53 acres of land, which is part of the Saltaire estate.

For some time past the District Council have been casting their eyes Saltairewards, in the hope that they might be able to secure a chunk of territory for public purposes. It may be that the gift with its qualifications was accepted because the fulfilment of the desires of the Council for the possession of the desired “lands” in the Saltaire district. We say this may be so. At any rate, we have said, the gift has been accepted.

The Council powers in the role of purchasers are hedged round with limitations. A scheme will have be formulated showing the useful purposes for which this land can be utilised; and such a scheme, again, will have to be submitted to the Ministry of Health, who will, just cause being shown, grant authority for the application borrowing powers.

There can be no doubt that the Council would have little difficulty in making out a good case for the acquisition by purchase the portion of the Saltaire estate; and this is shown by the practical unanimity with which the local authority have agreed to accept, the gift and agree to the purchase of the Saltaire property. It is a bad policy to look a gilt horse in the mouth, even without the aid of a microscope.

One would be churlish, indeed, to do otherwise; nor could one question the public-spiritedness of Sir James Roberts in making his contingent' gift. Under our present system a man can, after all, “do what he likes with his own,” But it is suggested that when the generous donor had the gift of such a prized enclosure as Saltaire Park in his mind, he might have remembered the township in which the Park is situated, and not made’ present of the plessaunce to a neighbouring city.

The territorial boundaries of city and township are in all conscience already very complicated; a Shipley resident is never quite sure whether, when he steps out a few yards, he is the territory of the city or on his own municipal domain.

We have no desire to belittle the latest gift of Sir James, but we do believe that the majority of the Shipley people regret the decision which he made a little while ago in giving to Bradford what was meant for Shipley. There is a communal, just there is an individual pride in possession.

The defining of the boundaries which separate Shipley and Bradford—for the two places are yet separate self-governing communities, and the portents point to their being likely to remain so—would be a difficult matter indeed.

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

It was a happy thought on the part of the members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade to invite to their second annual dinner and children’s party, held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday (15 January) evening, the members, their wives, and children, of the old fire brigade which existed at the mill.

The function was presided over by Mr. G. Hall Superintendent of the Brigade), who, in addition to Mrs. Hall, was accompanied by Mr. H. Searle (Secretary, Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd.) and Mrs Searle, and by Messrs. H. Stolworthy, E. Thornton and C. Smith, old superintendents of the brigade.

After an excellent dinner, provided and served by Mr. C. Spavin, the proprietor of the Royal Cafe, Mr. Hall briefly welcomed those present, expressing the hope that both the children —-whom he was sure had long been looking forward to the event —and the adults would spend a pleasurable evening. An enjoyable programme of songs, recitations and character sketches was then given, and following this the chairman proposed “the health and long life of our worthy masters, and long success to our fire.”

Pianoforte Music

Under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, a lecture recital on “Pianoforte Music” was given at the Victoria Hall Saltaire on Wednesday (26 January) evening, by Mr. Frederick Dawson, the famous pianist.

Appointment

The Shipley Chamber of Trade has appointed Mr. Albert Brear, of Saltaire Road, to attend as their representative at the official inquiry into the Bradford extension proposals.

Mr. Brear is the only son of the late Mr. Amos Brear, who conducted the oldest drapery shop in Shipley, founded by him in 1866. Mr Albert Brear took over the management in 1898. Mr. Brear is also a prominent member of the Congregational Church, Saltaire.

Total Abstinence Propaganda in Shipley Schools

An interesting gathering was held at the Saltaire Congregational Church Sunday School on Tuesday (18 January) evening last week, when prizes won by scholars of the Shipley elementary schools for writing essays upon a course of lectures delivered in the schools under the auspices of the Bradford and District Band of Hope Union, were distributed, and when address was given on the influence of alcohol upon individuals, and upon the welfare of the country, the Rev. Dr. Weeks (late Captain, R.A.M.C.).

Councillor C. E. Learoyd (Chairman Shipley Education Committee) presided, and there were also on the platform, in addition to Dr. Wholes, Councillor T. E. Doyle (vice-chairman Shipley Education Committee), Mr. Walter (Director of Education), Mr. F. W. Richardson (President Bradford and District Band of Hope Union), Mr. C. A. Pollard (finance secretary), Mr. A. J. Rowles (secretary and lecturer). Mr. W. Bell (treasurer) and Mr. W. Outhwaite.

The Chairman, in his opening remarks, said it was both a duty and a pleasure for him to make public recognition on behalf of the Shipley Education Committee, of the valuable work done for many years past in the elementary schools of Shipley by the Band of Hope Union.

During the past year, nine lectures had been delivered by members of the Union in the Shipley schools. These had been attended by 1,054 children, and essays had later been written on the lectures by 644 children. He was pleased to announce that 54 of these essays had been awarded prizes, while 387 essays had reached a sufficiently high standard to be awarded certificates. Mr. Doyle was that evening going to present the prizes, and the certificate won would be distributed to the winners later by the head teachers at the various schools.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The annual tea in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church was held in the Victoria Road Sunday School on Wednesday (19 January) evening of last week. Fully two hundred sat down to tea, an increase on last year, the ladies of the church catering.

The following ladies were tray-holders: -

Mesdames P.D. Pringle, J.W. Sowden, C.H. Briggs, H.H. Hall, W. Popplestone, P. F. Laycock, Thos. Thornton, C. Holgate, A. Riley and Clarke.

Child’s Sudden Death

An inquest was held at the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday (25 January) afternoon by the District Coroner (Mr E.W. Norris) on Alice Margaret Bolton, the five and half month daughter of Mr and Mrs. G.E. Bolton, of 40 Whitlam Street, Saltaire.

The child, it was stated, appeared quite well when put to bed on Sunday evening, but at 8 o’clock on Monday morning was found dead.

Dr. Sharpe, of Saltaire, stated that death was due to a convulsion brought about by commencing bronchial pneumonia of both lungs, and a verdict of “death from natural causes” was returned.

Saltaire Hospital Board

The total donations received by the Saltaire Hospital Board during December was £119 6s 3d.

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

A very pleasing and enjoyable function took place at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday (28 January) evening, when the annual chorus, social and dance of the Saltaire Philharmonic Society was held. The large company present included Mr. Whitehead (president of the society.

Lecture on Emily Bronte

In connection with the Shipley Branch of the Workers Educational Association, Mr G.H. Morris, of Ben Rhyding, gave the second of a series of lectures on the Brontes, taking as his subject, “Emily Bronte,” at the Saltaire Institute, on Thursday (27 January) evening of last week.

Mr. Pullan (president of the branch) occupied the chair.

Marriages

St Peter’s 22 January – Thomas William Humphrey, an engineer aged 23, of 4 Fern Place, married Winifred Hogan, aged 25, of Shipley.

St Peter’s 31 January – Thomas Kitchen, a postman aged 22, of 49 Titus Street, married Lilian Flowers, a comber aged 20, of 29 Mary Street.

(Thomas served in WW1).

Saltaire Times February 1921

Saltaire Institute Club

A deputation from the Institute Club, at the Institute, Saltaire, recently attended a meeting of the Libraries Committee of the Shipley Urban District Council to ask the Council to state the conditions under which the Club could have the use the billiard room at the Institute.

As things are, there is no written agreement, but there is an understanding that the Club shall pay a nominal rent of £10 per year and shall hand over the Council the available surplus on the working of the Club, at the end of each year.

For the past year the Club has paid the Council £75 out of the profits on the working of the Club, and the previous year a sum of £25 was paid. The deputation asked for a written agreement giving them absolute control of the club premises at a fixed rental, and the right for the club committee to decide any applications made for the use of the billiard room. Special reference was made to the recent occupation of the billiard room by the Conversazione Committee. The deputation also asked for the club members to be given a separate entrance to the billiard room from Mawson Street, so that the present entrance from the Victoria Hall would not be the only available access.

The Chairman (Mr. E. Cowgill) reminded the deputation that the Council in the past had given the club committee a free hand and had not interfered with their privileges or imposed conditions beyond requiring the billiard room to be at the disposal of the Conversazione Committee the first week in January. The Council were considering a scheme for the re-arrangement of the rooms at the Institute with a view to making the best possible use of the buildings for public purposes, and this scheme had not yet been prepared.

After the deputation had left the meeting the matter was shortly discussed, and a recommendation was agreed to, on the proposition of Councillor Learoyd, seconded by Councillor Birbeck, that, until further consideration had been given to the alternative scheme for the rearrangement of the rooms at the Institute, the present arrangement for the occupation of the Club premises could not be altered. The Chairman gave an assurance to the deputation that immediately the Council had dealt with the matter a further conference would held with the members of the Club.

Saltaire Institute Society

Dr. Francis Ward gave an interesting lecture last night (3 February) on “Rambles by Rill and River,” before a large number of members of the Saltaire Institute Society. Mr. Walter Scott (president of the society) occupied the chair.

Dr. Ward described life during rambles along streams on the Broads, and on ponds, showing beautiful illustrations of dippers, kingfisher, and the water hen seen both from above and below the water.

The latter portion of the lecture was occupied by the life history of the otter with a series of illustrations of its fishing grounds, etc., mainly taken from the Hodder and Lune in Lancashire.

About 100 slides were shown, all beautifully hand coloured by the new Japanese transparent colour process.

Annual Meeting of the Ilkley Motor Cycling Club

Excerpt from a report on the meeting 31 January: -

It was agreed that Bingley should be formed into a separate section, that the Saltaire section should be wiped out, and that its members should be incorporated into the Bingley section or the Shipley and Bradford section.

Oldest Member

At the 13 th annual meeting of the Shipley Veterans’ Association held at the Rosse Street Baptist Schoolroom on Saturday (5 February) evening, it was reported that the oldest member was Mr J. Mansfield, of Saltaire, in his 93rd year.

Earl Haig Fund

£500 has been subscribed by Sir Titus Salt (Bart.) Sons and Co., Ltd., to the Earl Haig Fund.

Saltaire Post Office

A telephone call office is now available to the public at Saltaire Town Post Office. The hours of business will be: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; early closing, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Sundays, no attendance.

Death of Former Saltaire Resident

News has been received from Jamestown, New York, that Mrs. Dinah Shaw, who emigrated from Saltaire 42 years ago has passed away after a few days illness at the age of 77. During the period of the Great War she was a member of the Soldiers’ Relief Society, and though its oldest member made 80 sweaters, more than any other member.

Saltaire Cricket Club

This year the club celebrates its jubilee, and on Saturday (5 February) evening a pleasant and successful social gathering was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.

There was an attendance of about 300 persons, and the proceedings took the form of a whist drive and dance. The whist prize winners were Mrs. Humphreys, Mrs P. Horsfall, Miss Hutton, Mrs. Lamb, Mr T. Robinson, and Mr. S.F. Barnes. The M.C.’s for dancing were Messrs. W. Riley and N. Alderson.

In Aid of Saltaire Hospital

A dance organised by the employees of the spinning department of Saltaire Mills was held in the Royal Café, Saltaire, on Tuesday (8 February) evening.

Over 300 persons attended, and as a result of the function a handsome sum has been raised for the Saltaire Hospital and the spinners’ benevolent fund.

The arrangements were made by Mrs Maggie Holmes (secretary), assisted by a committee of young ladies from the spinning department, and the treasurer was Mr. H. Kendall.

During the evening songs were sung by Miss O. Denison and Mr. H. Scott. Mr O. Denison presided, and the M.C.’s were Messrs. G. Fawcett and H. Drake. Mr. W. Raistrick’s band played the latest dance music.

Women’s Unionist Association

The annual whist drive and dance the members of the Shipley Women’s Unionist Association was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance. and the function proved very successful. The M.C. for whist was Mr. F. W. Rowley, and the prize-winners wore Mrs. Garton. Mrs. Coates, Mrs. Abbott. Messrs. T. H. Fearnley, A. E. Curran and R. J. Robinson. The prizes were distributed Mrs. G. Birbeck, wife of Councillor G. Birbeck. For dancing the M.C, was Mr. A, Robson, and stewards were Messrs. S. Rhodes, J. Rhodes. F. B. Parkinson. A. Fallowfield, W. Sinton. H. Pitts. W. Sewell, E. Sladen, H. Shackleton. J. A. Cliffe. P. and E. Clifford Fry. Dance music was provided Mr. A. Slingsby’s orchestra.

Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel

For the first time in the history of the Wesleyan Chapel at Saltaire, a clergyman of the Church of England is to preach within its walls. The preacher is the Rev. Canon Purfit, M.A., Canon of Jerusalem. It is indicative of the times in which we live that such a fraternal visit should be made by a clergyman to a Nonconformist place of worship. The Canon has lived in Jerusalem, Damascus, and Baghdad for over 20 years.

Saltaire Male Voice Choir

On Friday (11 February) evening at their headquarters the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, the Saltaire Male Voice Choir received a visit from the Shipley Musical Union. Mr. George Hall (Superintendent, Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade) presided.

Mr. F. Bradshaw (conductor of the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir) proposed a vote of thanks to the visitors.

Saltaire Philharmonic Society

During the short period of its existence the Saltaire Philharmonic Society has presented some fine concerts to the public of Shipley, but what it its finest achievement yet was the concert given in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Tuesday (15 February) evening.

The interest taken in the concert is evident when it is stated that about 500 persons were unable to obtain admittance.

Saltaire National Spiritualist Church and Lyceum

On Sunday (20 February) the speaker was Mrs. Kendall, of Bradford. At the afternoon service a short address was followed by clairvoyance. At the evening service the subject was “The human race as fellow workers with God.” At the after meeting the platform was occupied by Mrs. Kendall and a lady friend. The organist was Mr. G. Brook.

Gardeners’ and Allotment Holders’ Association

An interesting lecture on “Small Fruit for the Allotment” was given by Mr. E. Moorby, of Roberts Park, Saltaire to the members of the Shipley Gardeners’ and Allotment Holders’ Association at the science room of the Central Boys’ school, Saltaire Road, Shipley on Wednesday (23 February) evening.

Club to Disband

At a meeting of the Saltaire Ladies’ Cricket Club, it was decided to disband the club, handing over the funds, £5 to the Saltaire Hospital, and £2 5s to the Saltaire Men’s Cricket Club.

“Hunt Ball”

The first “Hunt Ball” of the Airedale Beagles was held at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Friday (18 February) evening, when 200 persons, including several gentlemen in full hunting dress, attended. The luncheon was a great success, and it is intended to make the ball an annual event. The company included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford (Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Gadie and Mrs Gadie).

Social Evening “Auction”

Mr H. L. Searle, secretary of Sir Titus Salt, Bart., was seen in a new role at the Royal Café, Saltaire on Saturday (19 February) evening, when at a pleasant social evening held by the Saltaire Male Voce Choir and the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade, he sold and re-sold for the benefit of Saltaire Hospital a bag of confectionary.

The total sum realised by the “auction” was £2 7s., and the manner in which Mr. Searle worked up the bidding was a revelation.

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES SALTAIRE CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL.

The annual concert and prize distribution of the Saltaire Congregational Church Sunday School was held in the schoolroom on Saturday (26 February) evening. Mr. W. Morrell (superintendent of the school) presided over large gathering, Mr. Albert Brear presented the prizes follows; -

Girls

Class 1: Special—Marjorie Newsome, Ivy Ella Preston, and Doris Newsome. First —Phyllis Slade, Amy Finder, Nellie Bullock, Irene Popplestone, and Nora Riley. Second —Alice Bullock, Laura Tompkins, Edith Wallage, Mary Evans, and Isabel Oxley.

Class 3: Special—Florence Excell and Jane Rowston. First—Edith Holgate, Marion Radford, Olive Proctor, Hilda Priestley, Edna Fawkes, and Ida Wade. Second—Ellen Dodgson and Eleanor Brearley.

Class 5: First—Nellie Dracup, Carrie Sedgley, and Mabel Popplestone. Second —May Benson.

Claes 7: Special—Marion Hirst. First Mary Bolton and Hilda Jackson. Second—Elsie Thackeray.

Class 11: First —Phyllis Hustler and Marjorie Tillotson. Second —Cissie Holmes,

Class 13: Special—Elsie Hirst. First —Annie Hill. Second—Annie Crabtree

Class 15: Special—Edith Doyle. First —Elsie Holdsworth and Julian Sutcliffe.

Boys

Class 2: Special—Arthur Wilkinson. First—James Naylor and William Naylor. Second—Harold Paley, John Naylor and Frank Naylor.

Class 4: Special—Jack Sanctuary, Eric Riley, and Sidney Hustler. First —Arthur Trotter, Harry Rhodes, and Clarence Judson. Second —Frank Murgatroyd.

Class 6: Special—Frank Feather.

Class 8: Special—Ernest Lockwood, Edward A. Bolton, Harold Antrobus, and Norris Proctor. First—George E. Doyle and Harold Ainsworth. Second— Irvin Clow.

Class 12: First —Stephen Trotter and Arthur Hayes. Second —George Moss.

Class 14: Special—Willie Doyle. First—Harry Armstrong.

Class 16: First —Norman Robinson. Second—Edward G. Morrell.

Class 20: Special—Leslie Hainsworth and Gilbert Holdsworth. First—Frank Moss.

Primary Department. Girls: Kathleen Tillotson, Alice Booth, Mabel Hirst, Winnie Antrobus, Barbara, Johnson, Hannah Johnson, and Alice Raye Boys: Jack Hirst, Jack Armstrong, Stanley Chew, Frank Bolton, Arnold Bolton, Charles Turner, Harry Baxter, Maurice Booth, Richard Durhill, Jack Gott, Norman Ollerenshaw, and John Stillings.

During the evening, an excellent programme was sustained by the Sunday school choir.

A vote of thanks to Mr. Brear was accorded, on the proposition of the Rev. Drummond Pringle (pastor).

Burning Fatality

Alice Maud Light (23), a single woman, of 9, Thackley Old Road, Windhill, who was admitted to the Saltaire Hospital on Friday (25 February) suffering from burns on the body caused by her dress becoming ignited, died in the institution on Saturday. An inquest was held Mr. E. W. Norris (District Coroner) on Monday morning at the hospital.

Robert Light, a joiner, and the father of the deceased stated that his daughter had kept house tor him. On Friday, before going to work, witness took his daughter a cup of tea up to bed. He returned about five o’clock in the evening and found his daughter in bed with her face very much discoloured. Witness asked the girl what the matter was, and she replied: “My dress front has caught fire, father.”

Witness had formed the opinion that his daughter had been asleep in a chair downstairs and had been too near the fire, and her dress had become ignited.

The Coroner: Did she say anything about that to you? — Witness; No. Witness, continuing, said his daughter had told him that she had tried to put the fire out, and he had found evidence that she had been in the bath. The girl had been wearing a cotton overall. Witness thought his daughter had been alone for about two hours after she was burnt. The house where he lived was about 100 yards away from the next house, and, naturally, it was not possible for the girl to get assistance.

Dr. Anderson, who attended Miss Light on Friday evening, stated the girl was very severely burned all over her body. The shock of the burns must have been intense, and witness was surprised the girl was alive when he saw her.

Susie Rogers, matron of the Saltaire Hospital, said death was due to shock from which Miss Light never recovered.

The Coroner, in returning a verdict of “Accidental death,” commented that the fact Miss Light was by herself for two hours after the burning took place, during which time she had received no attention, coupled with her jumping into cold water, must have brought on very intense shock. The burns were severe, and even if Miss Light had received immediate attention the case would have been practically hopeless.

Shipley Church Worker’s Death

Whilst Mrs. Mary Ellen Thompson (62), wife of Mr. Thos. Thompson, retired cashier, 120 Northcliffe Terrace, Shipley, was in the reading room at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on Saturday (19 February) evening, she was taken ill, having a recurrence of an old complaint—heart trouble. Her two sisters, who were with her, assisted her on the way home, but on getting into Victoria Road she collapsed, and was taken to Saltaire Hospital.

Mrs. Thompson left home about 7 o'clock, she was at the library at 7.30. but eight o’clock she had passed away. She had a heart seizure several months ago.

Mrs. Thompson was a prominent worker connection with the Shipley Palish Church and was very popular in the district.

The funeral. which was largely attended, took place on Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. W. J. Pearson (curate of St. Peter’s) conducted the service at St. Peter’s Church. Shipley, and the committal service at the graveside at the Hirst Wood Cemetery.

Saltaire Times, March 1921

Alterations at Victoria Institute

The report of the Libraries Committee (of Shipley District Council) was largely devoted to a report of a joint meeting held at the Victoria Institute, Saltaire, on 14 March, with representatives of the Libraries Committee, the Institute Society, the Saltaire Philharmonic Society, and the Saltaire Institute Club, to consider proposals for alterations at the Institute to increase the accommodation there for public purposes.

A plan of the proposed alterations had been submitted, and an explanation given by Councillor Cowgill that the only object of the Council’s scheme was to make the premises more serviceable for the public. The scheme comprised of the transfer of the billiard tables to the room in the basement known as the Lecture Theatre, the intention being to give the Club members additional accommodation for a committee room in the basement and to provide new seating for their use.

A private access door from Mawson Street would also be provided, and if the scheme were carried out the Council would then possess a suite of rooms the first floor for a large variety of junctions which at present had to be held in the Victoria Hall, which entailed a constant removal of the plush chairs from the floor at the Victoria Hall.

The Council’s proposals apparently were favourably received. After the report had been considered a recommendation proposed by Councillor Parker and seconded by Councillor Denison, that the scheme of alterations be approved, subject to detailed particulars being acceptable, had been unanimously agreed to.

A further recommendation had been adopted that the Council's Surveyor should be instructed to prepare a plan showing the alterations both of the first floor and in the basement; with estimates of the cost of the scheme. Other matters under consideration by the Joint Committee were improvements to the ladies’ and gentlemen’s lavatories in the basement, dressing rooms in the Victoria Hall, re-seating in the galleries, and alterations to the proscenium in the Victoria Hall. It had been agreed that these should be considered at further joint meeting of the Institute, when the Surveyor’s, detailed plan and estimates would be before the Joint Committee.

In aid of local charities

The Shipley Ladies’ Hockey Club held a very successful fancy dress ball at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday (1 March) evening. The hall presented an attractive and charming appearance and had been tastefully decorated by the members of the club. When dancing was in progress, the dancers, in their fancy costumes, presented a striking and pleasing ensemble. The M.C. was Mr. W. Riley, and the dance music was provided by Mr. W. Raistrick’s orchestra. Four prizes two for ladies and two for gentlemen, were given for the best fancy dress costumes, and the winners were: —Ladies: 1, Miss Madge Illingworth (as a flying bat); 2, Miss Saunders (Welsh national costume). Gentlemen: 1. Mr. Edgar (an old-time English gentleman); 2, Mr. J. Smith (Pierrot).

The proceeds, which amounted to a handsome sum, are being distributed among local charities.

Butchers' Competition

The result of the weight-judging competitions in connection with the Shipley and District Butchers’ Association was the annual dinner of the Associate on Tuesday (1 March) evening.

The silver cup for the nearest guess was presented by the president. Councillor A. Waugh, to Horace Feather, who during the war acted district allocator of stock to the Government. A medal was also presented with the Cup.

In responding, Mr Feather said that during the time had acted as Government allocator 13,114 animals had been dealt with by him. For this work he had had the princely pay of 4 ¾ d. per animal. And then the Income Tax people took ½ d. out of it and charged him for £70 for more than he had received.

Mr. Fred Lunn, who was second, was also presented with a medal. Mr Northrop, on the two sheep, was only seven lbs. “off the mark,” and was awarded a medal. Mr. John Greenwood won the second prize.

Whist drive and dance

The Saltaire Mills Nursing Division of the Shipley Corps of the St. John Ambulance Brigade held a whist drive and dance at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Friday (4 March) evening. A large company assembled, and a pleasant time was spent.

Mr. H. L. Searle (secretary Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons, and Co., Ltd.), was unable to be present through indisposition, but Mrs. Searle attended and admirably carried out the duties of chairman. Mr. Henry Whitehead (one the directors Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons and Co., Ltd.) was present at supper, and others who attended were; Corps secretary J. H. Potter, Lady Corps Superintendent Mrs. J. H. Potter, Lady Superintendent Miss Packett (in charge of the Saltaire Nursing Division), Dr. and Mrs. Walker, Miss Richardson and Mr. and Mrs. F. White.

Mrs. Searle, at supper, expressed her husband’s disappointment at his being unable to attend. It was, she believed, the only function connected with any the organisations attached to Saltaire Mills which Mr. Searle had been absent from.

Mr. Whitehead complimented Mrs. Searle on the manner in which she had deputised for her husband. That night’s function was, he understood, the last function of the season. Next winter he hoped such enjoyable evenings would be revived, and he expressed the hope that both his wife and himself would be again invited to attend the gatherings. His wife and daughter were away from home or they would have been present that evening. The excellent supper, to which about 130 persons sat down, was provided, and served by Mr. Spavin, the proprietor of the Royal Cafe. The whist winners were; Ladies – Mrs. Cliffe. Gentlemen—Mr. E. Morley. Mr. S. Wallage was the efficient whist M.C.. and Mr. J. H. Potter M.C. for dancing. Dance music was provided by Mr. W. Raistrick’s Orchestra.

Nominated as Chairman of Yorkshire Union

The Rev. P. Drummond Pringle, pastor of the Saltaire Congregational Church, is to be nominated by the Bradford district for the Chairmanship of the of the Yorkshire Congregational Union. Nominations will be voted on at the annual meeting of the Union at Ilkley next month.

Mr Pringle has been pastor at Saltaire for nearly 24 years. He has for a long period been editor of the Bradford Congregational Magazine and chairman of the Bradford & District Congregational Union. He is a governor of the United College, Bradford, secretary of this college, and has been a vice-chairman of the Board. Next year he will be the chairman of the Bradford Congregational Council.

Presentation to Rev. G. C. Fry

The Rev. G. C. Fry, son of the late Mr. William Fry, who for many years was secretary of the Salt Schools Shipley, and chief librarian at the Saltaire Institute, has been presented with a cheque for £70 subscribed by the members of the congregation of St. Peter’s Church, Ilfracombe, and friends, on the occasion his leaving Ilfracombe to take up his duties as curate-in-charge of St. Anne’s Church, Taunton. There were 276 subscribers. Both the Rev. G. C. & Mrs. Fry are well known in the Shipley district.

Saltaire Choir

The Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir, at their headquarters, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire road, on Friday (4 March) evening, received a visit from the Idle Musical Union.

Mr. F. Bradshaw (conductor of the choir) welcomed the Idle Union and commented on the fact that it was the first visit the Saltaire choir had received from them. His choir, however, well remembered meeting the Union on the “battlefield” at the Keighley Summer Scales Contest.

Mr. F. Dracup proposed vote of thanks to the Idle choir for their singing, which he termed a splendid “musical treat.” Mr. H. Sutcliffe seconded and expressed his pleasure at seeing young singers among the Idle choir. The vote was carried by acclamation, and Mr. Norman (conductor Idle Mill) briefly responded.

The arrangement for the evening were made the efficient secretary of the Saltaire Male Voice Choir (Mr. A. Dewhirst).

Shipley War Memorial (Cenotaph)

The Shipley Ladies’ Committee are asking for names and particulars of all Shipley Officers and Men who lost their lives whilst serving with His Majesty’s Forces in the Great War.

Will relatives be kind enough to render assistance by supplying Name in full, Regimental Number, Rank and Regiment; also Home Address in Shipley before joining the Forces.

For convenience, boxes are placed at the Saltaire Institute and Carnegie Library, Windhill, in which the particulars may be placed.

It is asked that the details may be given by Friday, 25 March.

Information, if available, will be readily given to anyone in doubt about detail at the office of the Local War Pensions Committee at Somerset House.

Saltaire National Spiritualist Church

This church is placing some of the most prominent workers on its platform Sunday by Sunday, and this week was no exception to the rule. The speaker was Mr W. Harding of Wakefield, and in the afternoon according to custom, the service was devoted chiefly to clairvoyance.

Saltaire Institute Society

The winter session of the Saltaire Institute Society was brought to a close on Wednesday (16 March) night at the Victoria Hall, when the programme comprised of dramatic and humorous recitals by Mr, Ernest Denny. The programme was divided into three parts, and each item was received with marked appreciation.

At the conclusion of the performance the members of the society held a meeting at which the work of the session was reviewed.

Mr. Walter Scott (president) and Mr. E. Clifford Fry addressed the gathering, and invited members to bring forward suggestions at the annual meeting as to the best means of continuing the work of the society.

For Dr Barnardo's Homes

With the object of raising funds for the Shipley Stall at the coming bazaar Bradford for Dr. Barnardo's Homes, a whist drive and dance was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Thursday (17 March) evening. There were over two hundred present, Mr. Sewell was M.C. for the whist, the prizes for which, at the close, were presented Mrs. F. Fearnley Rhodes to the following winners: —

Mrs. Sharpe, Miss Marshall, Mrs. Snow, Mr. P. B. Parkinson, Master H. Roberts, and Mr. W. E. Ruffe.

The prizes were given by Mrs. G. Birbeck, Mrs, Roberts, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Millington, Mrs. Cockburn, and Mr. W. A. Butland. Mr. W. K. Plunkett was M.C. for the dance and the stewards were Messrs. G. Harland, C. Stephenson. W. N. Finlayson and J. Illingworth, The orchestra was provided by Mr. Birbeck. The arrangements for the evening were the hands a local committee, the president being Mrs. J. P. Walter, and the secretary Mrs. Geo. Birbeck. It is hoped to raise. £300 for the Shipley Stall at the bazaar.

Local Elections - List of Norminations

WEST WARD

THOMAS FRANCIS DOYLE, spinning overlooker, of 30 George Street, Saltaire —nominated by Fred Fearnley Rhodes, George Birbeck, Fred Shackleton, Arthur Sykes, John E. Stringer, Hugh Percy Town, John Norman Keighley, Fred Baxter, James Chapman, Enoch Milner, Joseph Lamb, Wm. Hird, Henry Edward Sedgley, Frank Scurrah.

Local Wedding

A wedding which aroused considerable local interest was solemnised at the Saltaire Congregational Church on Wednesday (30 March), between Mr Cyril F. Lane, youngest son of Mr. & Mrs T. Lane, late of Nab Wood, Shipley, and Miss Doris Illingworth, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Illingworth, of Montreal House, Shipley. The Rev. P.D. Pringle officiated.

The Late Mr Robert Thornton

The funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Monday (14 March), of Mr. Robert Thornton, 8 Lockwood Street, Saltaire.

The deceased, who was 76 years of age, was superintendent of Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade. The mourners included Mr. and Mrs. George Lincoln and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jowett Thornton, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Walton, Mrs. T. Thornton, and Messrs. Thackray, Ellison, Cryer, Smith, Bailey, Holworthy, and Winpenny. Mr. and Mrs Arthur Preston (daughter) and family, Miss Ivy Ella Preston (granddaughter), Mr. and Mrs Broderick (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. John Thornton (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. Arthur Thornton (sister-in-law) Mr. B. Badland and Mr. Fred Smith (Old Pals).

The members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade acted as bearers, under the supervision of Superintendent George Hall.

Funeral of a local "buff"

The funeral took place of the late Bro. Joe Carver, K.O.M., of Dove Street, Saltaire, on Tuesday (8 March), at Charlestown Cemetery.

The following R.A.O.B. Lodges' were represented: Prince of Wales, Virginia, Old Ash Tree, Baildon, Progress, Pride of Queensbury, Southfield, Ashfield, Subscription, Good Hope, and Peace.

Bro. Benj. Halliday (Old Ash Tree), lay reader, Baildon Church, officiated in the church and at the graveside, gave a very impressive address after reading the lesson.

The last rites and ceremony of the R.A.O.B. Order was performed the worthy chaplain, Bro. Thos. Wm. Gardner, K.O.H.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Bradford were represented by Bro. Craven Waddington, C.P., P.G., A.B., and Bro. Wm. Beere, C.P.. P.G., Cons.

The late Miss Sallie A. Preston

The death took place at her residence, 9 Lockwood Street, Saltaire on Thursday (31 March), of Miss S. A (“Sallie”) Preston. The deceased lady, who was exceptionally well known in Saltaire and Shipley, had been in delicate health for some time.

She was a valued member of the Saltaire Wesleyan Sunday School, and had done much work for the church. For many years she was a teacher in the Sunday School, and later was secretary the Young Women’s Bible Class and secretary of the Cradle Work in the Primary Department. She was also a member of the old prize choir.

Her general disposition had won her many friends, and much sympathy is felt for her three sisters in their sad bereavement, and for her sister and brother and their families in U.S.A.

The funeral took place Monday (4 April) at the Guiseley Parish Church. Prior to the interment the Kev. G. E. Bailey, in a brief address, spoke the work Miss Preston had done in the church to which she had belonged. The funeral was largely attended. and wreaths were sent by the following:

Beatrice, Janie, and Amy; Brothers and Sisters in U.S. America; Louie and Ted; Joe and Ida: Capt. and Mrs. Wright, Bridlington; Ella, Annie and Margaret; Mrs. and Miss Craven, Shipley; and Walter; Friends at Shipley Glen; Misses Dawson and Stubbs; Mr. and Mrs. Lister, Heckmondwike; The Society Class; Young Women’s Bible Class; Mrs. Milnes, Ilkley; Miss Lamb, Mrs. Burdon; Misses Leach; Miss Florence Rhodes; Miss Shackleton; Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford; and her fellow Workers.

Marriages

26 March 1921 St Paul’s Shipley – Thomas Walter Bathy, a mechanic widower aged 25 of Shipley, married Emma Elizabeth Abrams aged 25 of 40 Titus Street, Saltaire.

26 March 1921 St Peter’s Shipley – Martin Hansell, a labourer aged 38 of Tinsley, married Susan Elizabeth Horne aged 32 a drawer of 18 Edward Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times, April 1921

Shipley War Memorial

With a mingled feelings of sorrow and pride, between 2,000 and 3,000 persons gathered at the Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, on Saturday (23 April) afternoon, to pay their solemn tribute to the glorious memory those men from Shipley who died for the cause of freedom in the Great War. The occasion was the unveiling of the Shipley Town War Memorial, the cost which has been defrayed by public subscription, thanks to the efforts of the Shipley Ladies’ Committee who have worked under Mrs. A. Simonds.

The memorial, a Creetown granite Cenotaph 20 feet high, is of beautiful design, and has been erected on a raised mound opposite the Cemetery chapel. In a cavity in the vault of the Cenotaph on parchment are deposited the names of all the men from Shipley, Windhill and Saltaire, who were killed in the war. The monument bears the inscriptions: “To the memory of our glorious dead,” and “Erected by the people of Shipley, Windhill, and Saltaire, memorial to the men who lost their lives in the Great War 1914-19.

The unveiling ceremony was performed by Lieut.-Col. A. L. Mowat, D.S.O., M.C., of Cleckheaton.

(Colin’s note – these are the opening paragraphs of a lengthy report in the Shipley Times.)

Saltaire Mill sort time working

From Saturday (16 April) practically all the departments of Saltaire Mill will be working systematic short time and will be employed only three days a week.

Mr H. L. Searle (Secretary Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons and Co. Ltd.), informs the “Times and Express” that the short time has had to be introduced on account of the coal strike, and the consequent shortage of fuel. “It is not due to slackness of trade,” says Mr. Searle, “and we hope to resume full time shortly safter the strike has finished.”

Saltaire Mills to close down

Owing to shortage of coal, Messrs. Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Son and Co., Ltd., closed down their works on Thursday (28 April) evening, with the exception of the finishing department, until further notice.

Unemployment in Shipley

Figures as at 10 April were: -

Wholly unemployed

Ex-Servicemen Non-Disabled 178
Ex-Servicemen 27
Civilian men 387
Women 364
Boys 21
Girls 39
Total 1016

Short Time Workers

Men and Boys 1982
Women and Girls 1641
Total 3623

(Colin’s note – figures do not exist for Saltaire as Saltaire was included in Shipley.)

Saltaire Hospital Board

The members present at the annual meeting of the Saltaire Hospital Board on Wednesday (27 April) evening were: —Mrs. Titus Salt, Miss Dunn, Messrs. B. Allsop, E. L. Baumann, E. Cowgill, T. W. Cryer. T. Kendall, C. E. Learoyd, F. Lister and J. Pitts; also Mr. T. Luxton (clerk).

Mrs. Salt proposed that Mr. B. Allsop be re-elected chairman, Mr. Kendall seconded, and the proposition was unanimously agreed to. Mr. Allsop, taking the chair thanked the members for the renewed confidence placed in him, and said he would always work for the best interests of tire Board. Mr. P. Lister was re-elected vice-chairman, on the proposition of Mr. Allsop, seconded by Miss Dunn.

The Clerk announced that the sum of £69 14s. had been received in donations during the month, including subscription of £20 from the Shipley and District Billiard League and £5 5s. from the Shipley Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Comforts Fund. There had been 88 out-patients during the month, and there were 8 inpatients. Nineteen operations had been performed. It was stated that the Matron (Nurse Rodgers), who has been seriously ill for some time, showed no signs of improving.

Victoria Hall Concert

Although the audience was not quite so large that which assembled a weeks ago when, “Cavalleria Rusticana” was presented, there was a large company present at the Victoria Hail, Saltaire, on Tuesday (5 April) evening, when, under the able direction of Mr. J. Douglas Smith, the Saltaire Philharmonic Society concluded the season with a rendering of the concert version Edward German’s “Tom Jones.”

Although “Tom Jones” was announced as the final concert of the season, it is possible that in the near future “Carmen” will be again produced by the Society.

Shipley Urban District Council Elections 1921

TO THE ELECTORS OF THE WEST WARD

Ladies and Gentlemen – I wish to take the earliest, opportunity expressing my great appreciation the honour you have conferred upon me, for the second time of, allowing me an unopposed return for the above-named Ward. I desire especially to thank all those to whom I am directly indebted for this privilege, and to assure them of my constant efforts for the welfare of our town and people.

I am, ladies and gentlemen. Yours sincerely, T. F. DOYLE, 30 George Street, Saltaire.

Honour for Rev. P Drummond Pringle

At meeting of the Yorkshire Congregational Union. at Ilkley, on Tuesday (5 April), the conference elected the Rev. Drummond Pringle, of Saltaire, as chairman of the Union for next year.

In acknowledging the honour, Mr. Pringle said that his election would be a source of pleasure to his congregation at Saltaire. Election to a position of that kind was a compliment to the church the minister represented.

Cancelled recital

The Shipley and Saltaire Branch of the British Music Society have unfortunately found it necessary to cancel the Phillip Wilson Song Recital announced for Wednesday next, 20 April, owing to the unsettled state of affairs.

Roberts Park

At the meeting of the Bradford City Council on Tuesday (12 April) some discussion ensued as to the terms on which the Roberts’ Park Tennis Club, Saltaire, should be granted the privilege of using the three tennis courts at the Roberts Park.

The discussion was initiated by Ald. Brown on a minute recording a decision of the Parks Committee that the Roberts’ Park Tennis Club should be granted the privilege of using the tennis courts at the Park, under conditions similar to those obtaining under the former ownership of the Park.

“It looks,” remarked Ald. Brown, “as if Mr. Horsfall has arranged some very privileged terms for Saltaire and is striking too onerous terms for the Bradford ratepayers.”

Ald. Horsfall, after Ald. Brown’s utterance, withdrew the minute in order that the matter might be presented with details that would enable the members to understand the proposal.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Fifty years ago, in the Congregational Church, Saltaire, Mr. & Mrs. Francis W. Jowett, of 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, were married, and they celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday, when a large company of relatives and friends met together in the Saltaire Congregational schoolroom to offer congratulations to the couple, and to wish them continued happiness in their later years.

Mr & Mrs Jowett were married 15 April 1871 and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. D. R. Cowan.

They received on Saturday, a regular “mail bag” of letters of congratulations, and presents, including a token of good wishes from Deganway, near Llandudno, Wales.

Mr & Mrs Jowett have had ten children, eight of these (seven daughters and one son) are still living, and they have 24 grandchildren.

Two of the grandsons served in the war, and one of these, George Birkett, died a short time ago, as a result of an illness brought about by his war service.

Mr. Jowett, was born in Leeds 12 November 1844, and he lived with his parents in Leeds until 1854, when he accompanied them to Saltaire, where he commenced work, at the age of 9 ½, as a half-timer in the spinning department of Saltaire Mill.

It was this year that, he first went to school, and attended school at Shipley, the master of which was known as “Old Haigh.” This school was situated in Commercial Street on the spot now occupied by the premises of Mr. A. Watson. Later, when the school was removed to Hall Lane, Mr. Jowett went to the Cottage House School at Saltaire, and then to a school conducted for half-timers by Mr. Samuel Madding, at the now Royal Cafe, Saltaire.

At the age of 13 Mr. Jowett was “passed out” as being capable of working full time, by the late Dr. Newstead, of Eccleshill, and he was employed full time in Saltaire Mills until he was 22 years of age, when he left to take position with a Mr. W. Mossman, a Bradford manufacturer. Mr. Jowett remained in this gentleman’s employ for a number of years, and on leaving to again work at Saltaire Mills, he was presented with a copper kettle and electro-plated teapot.

On resuming his employment at Saltaire Mr. Jowett worked in the wool warehouse, and when, through ill health, he retired some eight or nine years ago, he was “supplying the drawing” in the tops department for the drawing department. Altogether, Mr. Jowett was employed at Saltaire Mills for a period of 55 years, .and for over 30 years he acted as a temporary watchman at the Mills on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and occasionally at nights.

He is one those employees who has received the Bradford Daily Telegraph Roll Honour for continuous employment with Sir Titus Salt. Bart.. Sons and Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jowett is by politics a Liberal, and for long period he was a member of the Shipley Liberal Club, while his father was for many years secretary of the East Ward Liberal Club, at Leeds.

He has always taken a keen interest in sport, although he has not been active participant.

Mr. Jowett still enjoys fair health. He likes a quiet pipe and a read, and when seen by an “Express” representative, also confessed to enjoying smoking a cigarette. A

Although, Mrs. Jowett, who, before her marriage, was Miss Emily Ann Stead, is not as old as her husband, she has nevertheless attained the allotted span of three score years and ten, while actually appearing to be far younger.

She is a very active old lady, as may be judged from the fact that she took parr in the play “The Old Village Wedding” which was recently produced by the Congregational Women’s Own, in aid the funds of the Saltaire Hospital.

She was born in Bradford, and previous to her marriage was in service. For over 30 years she has been actively connected with the work of the Saltaire Congregational Church, and she is still a member the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association, with which body she has been long associated.

Mr. and Mrs. Jowett have been living in the house where they at present reside for over 20 years, and during the whole of their married their residence has been in Saltaire.

There were from 70 to 80 guests at the excellent tea which was served in the Congregational Schoolroom on Saturday afternoon, and the gathering was of a most happy character. After tea, a pleasant musical evening was held. Songs were rendered by Miss Elsie Hill. Mr, W. Nutter, Miss F. Jowett, and others, whilst the accompanists included Mesdames H. Raynor, A. Howard, E. Proctor and Mr. W. Jowett. Among the numerous guests were the Rev. P, Drummond Pringle (Pastor, Saltaire Congregational Church), Miss S. Baldwin, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Robertshaw. The whole of the arrangements for the entertainment and the tea were excellently made Mrs. P. E. Jowett.

Marriages

St Peter’s Shipley

11 April – Ernest Lee, plumber, aged 22 of Shipley, married Tamar Simpson, aged 19 of 34 George Street, Saltaire.

16 April – Edwin Harry Jones, railway porter, aged 24 of Shipley, married Maria Watts, aged 27, of 29 Shirley Street, Saltaire.

 
 
 

 

 

 

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