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Colin Coates writes: The diary shows events in Saltaire from 100 years ago . The primary source of our information is the Shipley Times newspaper which was published every Friday throughout the war years. We have where possible, used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate, there are links to soldiers' biographies, and extra information in the snippets and extra biographies sections.

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After seven happy years living in Saltaire, during which Colin's groundbreaking research recovered countless Saltaire stories, Colin and his wife, Maree, left the UK in February 2018 for Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia, the homeland of Maree. Colin's collaboration with Saltaire continues, and his research can be followed via the navigation links on the left of this page.

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Saltaire Times March 1920


With the object of raising  a sum of not less than £400, to defray the cost of repairs to the School, to pay for a new boiler for the Church heating apparatus, and to clear off a deficit on the Church and School fund, the Saltaire Congregational Church are holding three days bazaar in the Schoolroom, Victoria Road, Saltaire.
The bazaar was opened on Wednesday afternoon (10 March) by Miss Kathleen Hill, second daughter of Mr and Mrs. Arthur J. Hill, of Chellow Dene Bradford, who deputised in place her mother who was indisposed. Mr. J. W. Sowden was chairman, and among those present was Mrs W. Wade (Lady Mayoress of Bradford).
The schoolroom, where the stalls had been arranged, had been transformed into a veritable wonderland. Bright coloured streamers stretched across the ceiling, the stalls and the sides of the gallery had been artistically trimmed with greenery, etc., and electric lights had been temporarily installed.
In the gallery an excellent orchestra played selections of music, and in the side rooms off the main schoolroom, numerous other attractions had been provided, including a Japanese tea room.

(The total amount realised the three days’ sale was the magnificent sum of £852 15s.)


The Saltaire Wesleyan Church are holding a three day Gypsy Bazaar with the object of raising money to liquidate the debts accumulated during the past two years on the Trust and society account; to pay for the repairs and painting of the Church premises; to make a grant of £50 to the National Children‘s Home  on behalf of the Saltaire Branch of the Y L.U. and to assist in the raising of  £100 for the Women's Auxiliary Campaign Fund.
The total sum aimed at is £500, but as the donations received before the opening ceremony on Wednesday (17 March) amounted to nearly £l50, this amount should be easily secured.
The Bazaar has been arranged by Messrs. A Midgley and Cedric Jackson (joint hon. secs) and by Mr. W. A. Burrows (hon. treasurer), the stallholders and other members the Church.


The Bradford Branch of the National Commercial Temperance League held a concert at the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Saltaire, Wednesday, March 3rd. The chair was taken Mr. F, J. Fuller. M.A. (headmaster, Saltaire High School), and an address was given by Mr. John M. Potter (President of the Branch), who referred to the tremendous importance attached to the going “dry" of America, and to the possibility of Britain, doing the same in a few years’ time.
The following artistes contributed to the programme: — Miss Sylvia P. Harvey (soprano). Miss Gladys Tunstill (contralto), Mr. Percy Allott (tenor), and Mr. and Mrs. Max Bradford (comedy duologues and selections). The accompanist was Miss Helen Pollard.


On the river at Saltaire, on Saturday (13 March), two York “fours” met crews from Leeds University. In the initial race the St. Peter School (York) second four beat the University crew by two lengths. The course was from Seven Arches, at Hirst Wood, to the boathouse of the Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, at Saltaire.
The second race was between a maiden crew from York City and a Leeds University tub crew. The course was the same as in the previous race, and the crews finished together in a dead heat, after a most exciting race.


The Shipley Catholic Men’s Society are to be congratulated upon the success of their first St. Patrick's Ball, which is to become an annual affair.
The ball was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire (which had been artistically decorated in yellow and green), on Friday (19 March), when there were about 250 present. The proceeds were in aid of the Men’s Society funds. Dancing commenced at 7.30 p.m. and concluded at 1am., music being provided by Mr. J. Murgatroyd's band. Messrs. J. Alderson and J. Manogue acted as M.C.’s.


The death has taken place, at the advanced age of 83, of Miss Hannah Jowett, late of Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley. A native of Leeds, Miss Jowett came to Shipley about 65 years ago. For over 50 years she was a teacher in the Saltaire Congregational Sunday School, and was a member of the first choir formed in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church.
She was also associated tor a considerable period with the Shipley Branch of the B.W.T.A. and was well-known temperance speaker. She was also connected with the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association. The funeral was on Saturday (20 March) afternoon, at Nab Wood Cemetery.


The members of the Shipley and District Hairdressers’ Association met together at a dinner at the Junction Hotel, Shipley, on Wednesday (24 March) evening, for the purpose of honouring Mr. Thompson Furniss, who recently relinquished the office of President, after having held the position continuously since the formation of the Association, 21 years ago.
Mr. Furniss, who carries on business in Victoria Road, Saltaire, is to be congratulated upon being the oldest member of the trade in the district, and has rendered excellent service to the Association, which the present members decided to reward in a fitting and appropriate manner, with the result that a silver tea and coffee set was subscribed for.
Mr. S. Raistrick presided and was supported by the new President. Mr. A. Tillotson, who also proposed the toast of the health and prosperity of the Association, which was seconded by Mr. Edgar Whittaker (secretary), and heartily pledged. After a few very appropriate remarks, Mr. Tillotson presented Mr. Furniss with the tea and coffee service, and, speaking on behalf of all the members, said he hoped Mr. and Mrs. Furniss would live many years to enjoy it. The service is inscribed as follows: —"Presented to T. Furniss by the Shipley and District Hairdressers’ Association as a token of appreciation, after 21 years’ service as President. 1920.”


A very happy evening was enjoyed by about people at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Thursday (25 March) evening, when a whist drive and dance promoted the workers in the weaving department of Saltaire Mills (Sir Titus Salt Bart., Sons A Co. Ltd.) was held, the proceeds of which are to handed over in their entirety to the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers and Sailors.


Another of the series of dances being conducted by Messrs. W. Raistrick, W. Riley, and L. Shackleton, was held at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire, on Saturday (27 March) evening. As usual there was a good attendance, and a happy evening was spent. During the evening the novelty dance, The Alexandria Fox Trot,” was introduced.


27 March – St Paul’s Shipley
Thomas Clifford Evans, a fireman aged 24, 7 George Street, Saltaire, married Ann Ellen Kendall, aged 20, Dale Street, Shipley.

27 March – St Peter’s Shipley
Alfred Caygill Smith, a spinning overlooker aged 26, from Heaton married Elsie Stephenson, aged 27, 32 Helen Street, Saltaire.
(In 1939 they were living at 34 Titus Street, Saltaire.)


KEIGHLEY— In memory our dear son and brother, Lance-corporal Harry Keighley, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the fields of France. March 3lst, 1918. Gone, but not forgotten.
From Father, Mother, and Family, 63 George Street, Saltaire.

Saltaire Times February 1920

Teaching for 40 Years

A pleasing ceremony took place at the Baildon Woodbottom School last Friday (30 January) afternoon, when Mrs Maria Earnshaw (headmistress of the Infants’ Department), who has been a teacher for 40 years, 28 of which have been spent under the Baildon Authority, and who retired last week.
Mrs Earnshaw, who resides at Victoria Road, Saltaire is a Shipley woman, and was apprenticed at St Paul’s School. Later she became an assistant teacher in various Bradford schools, then returned to Shipley and taught for a time at the Albert Road School and subsequently at the Central School.
When the Otley Road Infants’ School was opened, she was appointed as assistant teacher and she remained several years. She next secured the appointment of headmistress of the Baildon Central Infants School, and after eleven years was transferred as head mistress to the Baildon Woodbottom Infants’ School, where she has remained since.
(Colin’s note – Maria Smith was born c1855. She married Amos Earnshaw 18 August 1879 at Bradford Cathedral. Amos was a grocer at 6 Victoria Road, Saltaire. They had three children. Amos died in 1888. Maria lived at 44 George Street, Saltaire before she got married until after 1915. By 1918 she was living at 28 Victoria Road, Saltaire where she remained until she died 31 October 1933. She was buried in St Paul’s Upper Churchyard.)

Saltaire Congregational Church

The annual supper and “smoker” of the Men’s Circle at Saltaire Congregational Church was held in the Schoolroom on Saturday (31 January) evening, when the Rev. P Drummond Pringle (President) presided over a company of nearly 150. He was supported by the Rev. J W Chisholm, and Messrs J W Sowden (Chairman of the Circle), Chas A Pollard and Harold Paley (Secretaries), W Radford, W Antrobus, W Bailey, G Thornton, M Morrell and A Brear.
Messrs Pollard and Paley made the arrangements and the chef was Mr J W Rawston.
An excellent concert was contributed to by Mr Reginald Illingworth, Mr Fred Moss, Miss Lane, and Miss Doris Illingworth and Mr Wm. Sutcliffe.

Saltaire Institute Society

Described by Mr. Lloyd George as one of the greatest Parliamentary orators in the land. Mr. J. Hugh Edwards, M.P. for Mid-Glamorgan, was the lecturer for the Saltaire Institute Society on Wednesday (11 February) evening, his subject being “The British Parliament, its Men and its Ways.”

(Colin’s note - (John) Hugh Edwards (9 April 1869 – 14 June 1945) was a British Liberal Party politician.)

Whist Drive & Dance

The. Shipley Branch of the General Union of Textile Workers held a whist drive and dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (18 February) evening, in aid of the funds the Moulders’ Union.
The arrangements were carried out by Mrs. M. Kendall, and there was a fair attendance. Mr. W. Town was M.C. for dancing, and Mr. H. Steele for whist, while dance music was provided by Mr. Raistrick’s Band.
At the interval Mr. R. Hainsworth (President), on behalf of the Branch, thanked everybody who had helped in any way to make the affair a success, and Coun. T. F. Doyle commented on the worthiness of the object and said that though the Shipley Branch had not been in existence long it had proved very successful, and he was glad to see them showing their comradeship with other unions contributing to their funds. He added that much the success of that evening was due to Mrs. Kendall, who had worked very hard in her own, time. He expressed the hope that before long every person employed in the textile industry would join the General Union of Textile Workers.

(Colin’s note - The General Union of Textile Workers was founded in 1881 following a strike at Newsome Mills in Huddersfield. Initially known as the Huddersfield and District Power Loom Weavers' Association, it led a major strike of 4,000 weavers for thirteen weeks in 1883. The strike was ultimately defeated; although a pay scale was agreed, this was a maximum rate, and mills could pay lower rates. The union added "Woollen Operatives" to its name, gradually attracting a more diverse membership. It also began accepting members elsewhere in the West Riding, and in 1894 became the West Riding of Yorkshire Power Loom Weavers' Association, with membership over 3,000.
Allen Gee became the union's general secretary in 1888. Under his leadership, it survived through a decline to only 2,300 members in 1898 and changed its name to the General Union of Weavers and Textile Workers the following year. Now seeing itself as an industrial union accepting as members all workers in the industry, this marked the start of rapid growth. Membership rose to 4,500 in 1910, of which almost half were women - unusual for a union of the period - then to 13,400 in 1914, when it became the "General Union of Textile Workers", and 64,000 by 1918.
In 1922, the union merged with the National Society of Dyers and Finishers and the Yeadon, Guiseley and District Factory Workers' Union, forming the National Union of Textile Workers.)

Liquor Traffic

A public debate "Should the Liquor Traffic be Nationalised?” to be held in the Lecture Room of the Victoria Institute Tuesday (24 February) evening under the auspices of the Shipley and District Trades and labour Council. The affirmative is in the hands of Mr. J. H. Harvey (Chester- Held), and the negative is with Mr. G. W. Blackburn, of the United Kingdom Alliance.

Local Elections

Mr. George Birbeck has decided to contest in the West Ward. Mr. Birbeck is standing as a Coalitionist on behalf all three political parties—Conservative. Liberal, and Labour. Mr. Birbeck is a woollen and worsted manufacturer and is popularly known as the president the Saltaire Cricket Club. A local man he spent many of his earlier years at Saltaire Mills. He is a Conservative in politics.

High Cost of Living in America

Mr. Joe Hudson, of 68, Thompson Street, Shipley, Vice-President of the Shipley Branch National Union of Woolsorters, has received a very interesting letter from Mr. Tom Wild, an old member.
Mr. Wild, who served his apprenticeship to wool sorting at Saltaire Mills, was afterwards foreman for number of years at the large Bradford firm, and was very well known in Baildon and Shipley.
In his letter Mr. Wild, who is now a resident in North Andover, America, alludes to the state of the textile trade in the States, and says that it is fairly busy, and that in some places it has been found necessary to work overtime. He also refers to the conditions of labour and says; “A 48-bour week is worked, and the workers are paid time-and-a-half overtime.” The cost of living in America at present, Mr. Wild considers, is very high.

Sugar is 23 cents (about 11d.) a lb. [9d per lb]
Lard 35 cents (about 1s 5d) a lb.  [1s per lb]
Butter 67 cents (about 2s 9d) a lb. [1s 6d per lb]
Cheese 45 cents (about 1s 10d) a lb  
Flour 2 dollars for 24 lb. bag.  
Coal is 14 dollars a ton:  

28 dollars is charged for the making (only) of a suit of clothes. The wages of skilled workers, however, appear to be at least 50 per cent higher than those paid in Industry here.

(Colin’s note – for comparison Prices in Shipley District shown in [square brackets].)

The Eastern Question

At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (25 February) evening, under the auspices of the Saltaire Institute Society, Canon Parfit, M.A., Canon of Jerusalem, and who for over years has been a resident in Baghdad, Jerusalem, and Mesopotamia, delivered a lantern lecture on Baghdad, Babylon, and Nineveh.
The lecture consisted mainly of descriptions of the ancient monuments of Mesopotamia, and among the slides shown were views of the mounds of the burying places of Ur of the Chaldees, the sacred shrines, and of the ruins of Babylon, Nineveh, the ancient ruins of Babylon, and of typical inhabitants of the East. T
The lecturer said that his object was to show in a series of pictures that Mesopotamia was the world’s wonderland. It had a remarkable history of over 4,000 years, and it had contained the capital cities of the world’s empires for a much longer period than the capitals of the world had been situated in western lands.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

The officers of the Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir for the coming year are: Mr. Henry Whitehead; vice-presidents, Messrs. A. Gill, H. E. Gates, E. Waddilove, 11. L. Searle, H. Alderson, F. Fearnley Rhodes, T. F. Doyle, and T. Hill. The secretary is Mr. A Dewhirst, of 3 George St., Saltaire.

Footballer’s Dance

The Shipley Gaelic A.F.C. held dance at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, last Friday (20 February) evening. The attendance numbered nearly 300, and a pleasant evening was spent. Dance music was provided by Mr. J. Murgatroyd’s Band.


Miss Brannen gave a lecture on music and literature at a meeting of the Saltaire Branch of the British Music Society on Tuesday (4 February) evening, and the interest was varied by musical illustrations Mrs. C. H. Smedley, Misses Nellie Atkin. Hilda Cooke, and Maud V. Stell, and Messrs. Charlesworth George and F. G. Wheatley.

Shipley Veterans Association

The 12th annual tea and concert of the Shipley Veterans' Association was held at the Rosse Street Baptist. School on Saturday (7 February) evening. under the chairmanship of Mr. W. D. Stuart. who was supported by the Rev. J. S. Crole (pastor), Mr. Herbert Shaw, and Mr. Wm. Hulme (the Veterans' Chaplain).
Previously known as the “Park Parliament” on account of meeting for social intercourse at Crowghyll Park, the Veterans now assemble at the rooms of the Rosse St. Brotherhood and have done so for the last few years.
There are 34 of them, and their average age is 79 years. The oldest member is Mr. J. Mansfield, of Titus St., Saltaire, who is 91, while sixteen of the others are over 80. Twenty-four are receipt of the old age pension.
Mr. Harry Roberts is president; the vice-presidents are Messrs. Herbert Shaw and Abraham Kendall; the chairman is Mr. E. Holdsworth, the vice-chairmen Messrs. H. Stolworthy and Wm. Jackson; the hon. treasurer Mr. M. Robinson; and the hon. sec., Mr. P. White.
Mr. Hulme was responsible for the arrangements on Saturday, and the tea, to which 266 people sat down, was under the management Mrs. A. Outhwaite and Mrs. Elliott.


14 February 1920 at St Peter’s Shipley – John Appleby, a dyer aged 24, married Jennie Hall aged 26. They both lived at 21 Amelia Street in Saltaire.

(Colin’s note – In 1939 John was a dyer’s labourer living with his wife and four children at 19 Hirst Wood Road, Shipley. John died in 1951)

Saltaire Times January 1920

Saltaire Park

Last Of Saltaire Park
Gift To Bradford Under A New Name.
Sir James Roberts’s Memorial To His Son.

The surprise which, followed the announcement last Friday (10 January) that Sir James Roberts. Bart., had made a gift Saltaire Park to the Bradford Corporation has turned to appreciation in many quarters since it became known that the park is continue for the use of "the public”, though naturally enough the affair has aroused some feeling at Shipley, as had all along been considered that in view of Sir James's business and family associations with the district the offer of the park on the same terms as have been stipulated to Bradford might reasonably have been made to Shipley.
These conditions are: -
1. That a suitable tablet be placed by the Corporation at the entrance to the park stating that the park is gift from Sir James Roberts the Bradford Corporation memorial his late son, Bertram Foster Roberto.
2. That the Corporation are to maintain the park for the benefit of the public at all times.
3. The park is to be named “Roberts Park, Saltaire and that all documents referring to the gift of the park or in which the park is referred to in public notices and the like the park shall always be referred to the “Roberts Park, Saltaire.”
The Corporation accepted the gift at their meeting on Tuesday, following a commendation to that effect at the General Purposes Committee meeting some days earlier.
In his letter on the subject to the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Sir James Roberts said: — '‘Referring to our recent interview I am writing to confirm the offer which I then made with respect to Saltaire Park. I will convey Saltaire Park in fee simple to the Bradford Corporation with everything therein and thereon, including the Park Lodge, the cricket pavilion, the Sir Titus Salt statue. all garden tools and requisites which are in use in the park.
I may say that in acceding to your request to make this offer I am actuated to an appreciable extent by the personal regard with which I hold you, and it would afford me added pleasure to see this matter carried through to completion during your year of office as Lord Mayor of Bradford.
On learning that the Bradford City Council accept I write to my solicitors and instruct them to communicate at once with the Town Clerk of Bradford with a view to the necessary conveyance being executed forthwith.”

Adult School

The Saltaire Adult School is meeting the New Church Rooms opposite the Saltaire Wesleyan Chapel, at nine o’clock every Sunday morning, when the proceedings include an open discussion
Memorial Obelisk

A Tribute From Saltaire Congregationalists

At a recent congregational meeting of the Saltaire Congregational Church to decide upon the form of a war memorial to be erected to the memory of the men connected with the church and Sunday School who fell in the war. it was unanimously resolved erect an obelisk, cenotaph, designed Mr. R. G. Phillip. A.R.C.A., London, a plaster of Paris model of which was on view. The obelisk will of the same stone as the church building. It will be 15ft. 6in. height, and the base will be 9ft. square. On the topmost stone there will be a bronze tablet. 4ft. 6in., about 2ft., surmounted a cross and laurel wreath, and this will bear the following inscription in raised letters “To the Glory God and the unfading memory the men whose names are hereon inscribed, who, in the great war, 1914-1918.”

Henry Mason Ltd.

A pleasing function took place at the Institute, Saltaire, Tuesday evening, (13 January) when Mr. Francis Willey and Lieut.--Col. Vernon Willey, M.P., the proprietors of Henry Mason .Shipley), Ltd., Victoria Works, Shipley, entertained to a tea, concert, whist drive, and dance the whole of their employees. Mr. Francis Willey was on the platform, and was supported by Messrs. Arthur Saville, B. Wooller, H. B. Dean, A. Hall, A. Dickson, S. Humphries, H. Saynor, J. E. Rowe, H. Newall, J. Shackleton, and Miss E. F. Warren.
For the occasion work ceased at the mill at quarter five, and the proceedings commenced at the Institute at 6.30 p.m.., when from 700 to 800 persons sat down to a sumptuous tea in the reading room and gymnasium, which had both been tastefully arranged as tea rooms. After tea an enjoyable concert, which lasted until 9 o’clock, was given in the Victoria Hall. Following this, dancing took place the same room until 11.30, while for those who were not devotees of the terpsichorean art a whist drive had been arranged in the social rooms upstairs.

The Late Mr S Broadbent

The interment of the late Mr. Sam Broadbent, whose death occurred last Friday (9 January) at his residence, 12 Bromley Road, Nab Wood, Shipley, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery Monday afternoon.
The deceased, who was 60 years of age, was for many years the only monumental mason in Shipley and carried on his business at Nab Wood. He was a prominent member of the original Saltaire Wesleyan Prise Choir when it was at its best.
He did a lot of ornamental work on some of the largest buildings the district, including the Prudential Assurance Company’s Office, and he made the bases which were presented to Saltaire Park by the Company’s Office, and he made the bases for the two vases which were presented to Saltaire Park by the Shipley Trades Societies. He leaves wife, a son, and two daughters to mourn their loss.

No Heating

A breakdown in the heating apparatus at the Saltaire Congregational Church has necessitated the services being held in the assembly hall of the school.
It proposed to hold a bazaar in connection with the church in March, to defray the cost of a new boiler, raise funds for the carrying out of school building repairs, and clear off an accumulated deficit on the church and school accounts.
Saltaire Congregationalism

The annual congregational tea and meeting in connection with the Saltaire Congregational Church took place in the schoolroom on Tuesday evening. (20 January). The meeting was presided over by the Rev. Drummond Pringle (pastor), who reviewed the year’s work. Mr. J. W. gave the financial statement, while the reports of the various organisations were given by Mr. O. A. Thornton, Mrs. C. H. Briggs, and Mr. H. Hall. The Rev. J. W. Chisholm and Mr. Henry Williamson also spoke. During the evening musical items were rendered the choir, while solos were contributed Miss Casson and Mr. O. A- Thornton. Mr. W. Sutcliffe was the accompanist.

Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade

The annual supper of the members of the Saltaire Mills Fire Brigade was served at the Royal Cafe. Saltaire, on Saturday (17 January) evening, when the event was given a social emphasis by the presence of the wives and children of the men, while fraternal greetings to the brigade were, brought from the Shipley Brigade by Supt Wilkes. the Whetley Mills Brigade Supt. Firth, Mason’s Brigade Supt F Hall and the Britannia Mills Brigade by Supt. Mitchell.
Altogether it was very pleasant evening, the concert which followed the ample spread, which comprised roast beef and mutton, rabbit pie, sprouts and potatoes, apple tart and custard, mince pies. and biscuits, tea and coffee, being a capital affair.
Mr. Wm. Raistrick was at the piano, and songs were sung Cr. H. Alderson, Messrs. Dewhirst. L. Bateson, and F. Dracup, and Miss Raistrick, while Yorkshire dialect recitation was given by Mr. Craven. There were also duets.
The chair was occupied Supt. George Hall, the popular chief of the Saltaire Mills Brigade, and was supported by Mr. H. L. Searle (Secretary Saltaire Mills). Mr. H. Stolworthy former supt. of the Saltaire Mills Brigade, and a member the North Bierley Board of Guardians, Mr. W. Eccles (cashier at Saltaire Mills), and the other gentlemen previously mentioned.


Sunday night's gale (11 January) worked considerable havoc. A large advertisement hoarding at the top of Victoria Road, Saltaire. was blown down. A henhouse behind the hoarding shared the same fate, while the poultry were pinned beneath the wreckage. All but one. which could not get free all the night through, escaped.

George Hodgson Ltd.

The employees of Messrs. George Hodgson, Limited, Frizinghall, power-loom makers, were entertained to a whist drive, dance, and supper at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Tuesday evening. There were about 200 employees and friends present. Dancing commenced at 7.30 pm and was kept up until 1 a.m.

Victoria Hall

The Victoria Hall at Saltaire is to be re-seated with 550 tip-up chairs to be provided by Messrs. Archer & Tempest of Halifax.

Saltaire Mills Male Voice Choir

The annual Meeting the Saltaire Mills’ Male Voice was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Saltaire Road, last Thursday (15 January) night. Coun. T. F. Doyle was in the chair, and a vote of thanks was given to the retiring officers and Mr. Bradshaw (conductor).
The balance sheet, which was read and passed, showed an income of £127 7s. 3d., and expenditure of £l10 8s. 9d., leaving a balance in hand of £l1 18s. 6d.

Shipley Liberal Conversazione

Previously one of the most important local functions, the Shipley Liberal Conversazione was revived with conspicuous success last Friday and Saturday (23 & 24 January) at the Institute, Saltaire.
The Victoria Hall has been transformed into a charming ballroom and was a blaze of colour. Under the balcony there was a lounge with settees and easy chairs. The colour scheme of the room was yellow and white, and the pillars of the balcony and the sides of the balcony were draped with art muslin, and the stage presented a striking relief in its mass greenery. The decorations were carried out by a number of gentlemen of the Liberal Club, by several ladies of the Women's Liberal Association, and by Mr. George Nettleton. A tea-room upstairs was under the charge of ladies of the same Association, and light refreshments were provided in the ballroom.

Saltaire Mills Ambulance and Nursing Division

Last Friday (23 January) evening the members of the Saltaire Mills Ambulance and Nursing Division were entertained at the Royal Cafe, Saltaire. by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., Sons, and Co. Ltd., to a concert, supper, and dance. Mr H. L. Searle (Secretary of the Company) presided and an enjoyable time was spent. T
The Division was inaugurated in October 1918. Mrs J. H. Potter (assisted by the Misses C. Packett and E. Parker) have instructed the women, while the men have been in charge of Messrs. E. Sutcliffe, H. Carr, and A. Lambert. Classes have been held weekly, and last year over 30 members obtained first aid certificates.   

Saltaire Cricket Club

Th« annual dinner and prize distribution of Saltaire Cricket Club was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, on Saturday (24 January) evening. Mr. G. Birbeck (President) was in the chair, supported by Councillors H. Hirst and T. F. Doyle, and Messrs. J. J. Booth (President of the Bradford Cricket league), J. Farmer, W. Lockwood. H. Hutton, C. S. Barnes, and W. Holmes. Nearly 80 people partook of dinner, and the toast list was interspersed with musical items by Messrs. Goodere (violinist), W. Shackleton (tenor). Jack Edwards (humourist), and T. Dinnett (accompanist).


An interesting story was told to the Express" this week by Mr. Alphonso Bagshaw, a Windhill man, who went out to Victoria in 1911 with his wife, and both of whom are now spending a short holiday at 63 Mountain Street, Windfall. Mr. Bagshaw, who was hairdresser in Bradford, is well known in the district, and especially at Saltaire, as he lived there for 30 years.
Landing at Melbourne. Mr. Bagshaw set up in his old line of business, did well, and when the war broke out, he volunteered for the Australian Expeditionary Force, but was rejected on account of his eyesight. He then joined the “Work or Fight” Association and raised money for comforts for the troops abroad. In addition, he made no less than 2,000 cigarettes for the members of the A.I.F. who were on active service. In recognition of his valuable work Mr Bagshaw. received a congratulatory letter from the Mayor of Brighton (Victoria) and from the medical practitioners, dentists, and nurses connected with the association.
A nephew of Mr. Bagshaw, Mr. Albert Bagshaw, went out to Australia from Saltaire towards 1913, and joined the A.I.F. and served in the war for four years. He recently returned to Australia with a Saltaire lady as his bride.
Mr. and Mrs. Alphonso Bagshaw came " home " on the Orient Line R.M.S. Osterley," and had a most enjoyable trip. There were numerous concerts and fancy dress tell during the voyage, and when entering the Suez Canal the vessel ran quite close to a sunken Italian warship, which Mr. Bagshaw promptly "snapped” with his camera. Asked his opinion of Australia, Mr. Bagshaw said: "It is the best place on earth, and I am looking forward to my return in the middle of next month.”  He also has a good opinion of the Australian as a citizen and a man. At first, he was impressed the big dust storms of the country, but he now regards them as matter of course. When in Melbourne Mr Bagshaw. met an old friend, Mr. Barker, who at one time was prominent member of the Windhill Co-op. Society.

Saltaire Funeral – 3 January 1920

The funeral of Mr. Harold Baker, of 2 Myrtle PlacePlace, Saltaire, whose death occurred on Dec. 30th, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday. The deceased, who was only 29 years of age, was an assistant in the Surveyor’s Department of the Shipley Urban District Council. He was married, and leaves wife and two children to mourn their loss. In addition to the family mourners there were a large number of friends of the deceased present at the funeral. The staff at Somerset House were represented Dr. W. Foster (Medical Officer) and Messrs. A. H. Dawson. H. Daw son, H. Barnes. A. Smith A. England J. Chadwick. A. Tetley, L. Clough, The numerous floral tributes included a from the staff at Somerset House and a spray from Mr. J. Chadwick.


Hirst Wood Cemetery – 27 January 1920 – John Edward Spencer aged 39 of 34 Ada Street.


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