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LIFE IN SALTAIRE 1939

1939 January | February | March

See also: Life in Saltaire during WW1>

 

Colin Coates writes:

Twenty-one years after the end of WW1, we were again at war with Germany when war was declared, 1 September 1939. This monthly diary will show events in Saltaire throughout the war from January 1939 to the end of 1945.

The primary source of the information is the Shipley Times, which was published weekly
throughout the war. Where possible I have used the exact wording from the newspaper. Where appropriate there are links to biographies on the website.

 
Saltaire Times January 1939

Saltaire Conversazioni – First Evening

[Editor's note: See also Roger Clarke's excellent research on the Saltaire Conversazione, a commentary on its social history, and how the events chronicle changes in fashion, science, technology, etiquette, eating habits, recreation and humour.]

Leaving behind last year’s Diamond Jubilee event, Saltaire Conversazioni now heads for the centenary, and the manner in which the sixty-first series opened in Saltaire Institute, on Thursday (12 January) night, is clear evidence that the brilliant event careers along its zenith, having lost not a whit of its freshness and appeal.

Traditionally the Conversazioni is closely associated with Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., and this close connection is renewed in it’s President, Mr. R. W. Guild, who is managing director of the firm.

The famous “first night” on Thursday was attended by a distinguished company of 323 guests, and although numerically this falls below the record of the past few years, the function proved as popular as ever from a social point of view.

The Conversazioni have been noted for the splendour of the lighting effects since 1882, when electric light was introduced as a novelty and created a sensation, but it is doubtful whether brilliance and good taste have ever been more harmoniously blended than in this year’s scheme.

It is to the great credit of the organising committee that whilst not detracting from the enjoyment of the events, in 1926 they “re-cast” the Conversazioni in an effort – a most successful effort – to provide a yearly contribution to local charities. Since then the Conversazioni have realised about £2,000 for charities.

(It was estimated that approximately 1,780 people attended the three day event.)

Barnardo’s Helpers’ League

The York Room of the Saltaire Institute presented a gay scene on Tuesday (3 January) on the occasion of the Barnardo Helpers’ League (Shipley and Baildon Habitation), Shipley branch children’s party.

Unfortunately, the popular President (Mrs. Frank Feather), and a member of the committee (Mrs. Buckell) were unavoidably absent owing to illness, and the treasurer (Mr. Leonard Leach) could not be present for business reasons.

Under the personal supervision of the committee, the children who were accompanied by some of their parents, had a real enjoyable time. The committee consists of Mrs. Harry Holmes (secretary). Miss Cromack, Mesdames Butterfield, Holdsworth, Carr, E. Parkinson, Olivant, and Leach.

An excellent tea was served in the large Social Room, the youthful guests and adults numbering about 100. Their wants were well looked after by the ladies of the committee.

Afterwards games and dancing took place in the York Room, the most popular dances being “The Lambeth Walk,” with the inevitable “Oi!” which made the welkin ring, and “Under the spreading chestnut tree." The music was admirably supplied by Fred Parker and his Embassy Trio. A cinema show in which two reels of comedy were screened and the activities of the Barnardo’s Homes were shown by Mr. Edward Parkinson and were much enjoyed.

“Myster-E” gave exceedingly clever conjuring and ventriloquial items and amazing display of mental magic which bewildered both the juvenile guests and the adults.

During the evening members’ silver badges were presented to the following members for having made good collections: M. Butterfield, S. Butterfield, A. Buckell, Mrs. Calvert; S. Coventry, W. Hepworth, A. Hattersley, K. Holdsworth, M. Ingham, M. Kermode, S. Mahony, J. Olivant, M. Parkin, B. Ridings, M. Slingsby, A. White, and M. Buckell.

Football – Salts Reach Cup Final

Salts (Saltaire) surprised even their own supporters by the ease with which they beat Wyke Old Boys, on Saturday (31 December) to qualify for the final of the Bradford Senior Hospital Football Cup.

They scored six times during the first half, and as each team scored once after the interval, Salts gained a runaway victory.

Will

Mr Edwin Gore Firth. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., of Enfield, Baildon., Medical Officer of Health for Baildon, left £29, 286 (net personalty £27,582), on which estate duty amounted to £2,878.

He left to Salt’s Hospital, Saltaire, “the money which is lent by me in mortgage or loan to Shipley Urban District Council, upon trust for investment, the income to be used to provide presents to the nursing staff at Michaelmas and Christmas, or otherwise for the benefit of the hospital and the nursing staff in particular, as the Committee of Management think fit.

[Colin’s Note – Edwin Gore Firth – born 29 June 1868. Died 15 November 1938 in Salt’s Hospital.] 

Injured in Road Crash

Wilfred Hillary, motor driver, of George Street, Saltaire, was admitted to the Skipton and District Hospital on Saturday (7 January) morning suffering from injuries to his back, received in an accident on the Keighley-Kendal road between Cononley and Bradford Lane Ends. Mr. Hillary was able to return to his home on Sunday.

The accident occurred at about 8.30, when the road conditions were treacherous. Mr. Hillary was driving a motor-van owned by W. W. Lancaster and Son, bakers, Bradford, which came into collision with the rear of a stationary lorry owned by John Hammond, coal merchant, Keighley.

The van was badly damaged, the front end being wrecked, and its contents, including a large consignment of muffins, were scattered about the road. Little damage was done to the coal lorry.

Saltaire Mills

M. Colban, the Norwegian minister in London, paid a visit to Saltaire Mills, on Wednesday (11 January), accompanied by (Consul-General for Norway in London), M. de Meester (Consul-General for the Netherlands in London), Mr. Banks Fearnley (President of the Consular Association in Bradford), M. Blundell (vice-Consul for the Netherlands in Bradford) and Mr. R.G. Bailey (Finnish Consul in Bradford).

The party was conducted on a tour of inspection by Mr. H. J. Guild (director) and Captain S. B. Brearley (secretary).

Football Club Dance

Gaily decorated with festoons of balloons, the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, presented a gay scene on Saturday (7 January) evening. The occasion was a dance organised by a committee of which Mr. Stanley Armstrong is secretary, of the Baildon Rugby Union Football Club.

Over 500 revellers were present and thoroughly enjoyed a delightful programme of dance music supplied by the Ambassadors’ broadcasting Band. Mr Ernest Midgley and Mr Douglas Gardiner were the M.C.’s. During an interval supper was served on the balcony.

Pantomime

Miss Edith E. Beaver production of “Babes In The Wood,” will be shown in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire throughout next week (23 to 27 January).

For the most reasonable of charges, Shipley, Baildon and district people can enjoy a pantomime the like of which is never surpassed locally in tuneful, humorous, picturesque, and original entertainment.

Moreover, their patronage will enable a contribution to be made to a very deserving cause, Saltaire Division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, in aid of which Miss Beaver and her pupils and friends have done much fine work in the past.

This year, at Miss Beaver’s kind invitation, a party of Basque refugee children will attend the first night of the pantomime.

Saltaire Congregational Church

The Shipley & District Brotherhood Billiards League visit local churches in rotation for the annual Sports Sunday. This year’s event took place at Saltaire Congregational Church on Sunday (15 January) afternoon.

Saltaire Hospital

Report on the hospital’s activities during the five weeks ended 25 January was presented by Mr. Crabtree.

There had been 210 out-patients, making 1,240 daily attendances, he stated. There had been two paying patients in residence, four had been admitted and six discharged. The number of non-paying patients had been sixteen, 51 had been admitted and 59 discharged. Admissions had been from Shipley 28, Saltaire 6, Windhill 6, Baildon 11, and elsewhere 6.

Other details of the report were: -

Massage attendances, 197; X-ray cases, 37; dental cases, 34; sun ray treatments, 83; operations, 36; and no deaths. Motor accident cases had been two, one discharged the same day, and one treated as an in-patient.

Donations for the month included £76 2s 8d., from the employees of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd.

A.R.P. Rally

An important A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions) rally, which will be addressed by Wing Commander E.J. Hodsoll (Director General of A.R.P.), is to be held at the Saltaire Institute on Monday, 27 February.

Coun. John Chippindale, J.P., Chairman of Shipley Council, will preside and the rally will be proceeded by a parade of A.R.P. volunteers. Every phase of A.R.P. work will be represented, and it is intended to invite A.R.P. organisations from surrounding districts to attend.

The following sub-committee has been appointed to arrangements: Mr. W.E. Hardcastle (chairman of the Shipley A.R.P. Association), Mr. C.F.K. Rees (secretary), Mr. A. Morris (treasurer) and Mr. Arthur Jagger.

Shipley Council Meeting

Excerpts from a meeting held on Tuesday 31 January: -

The Libraries Report revealed the number of borrowers’ cards in force as 5,651, and the issue of books as – Saltaire 11,498 and Windhill 6,101.

The Surveyor was instructed to prepare a scheme and estimate for the improvement of the existing facilities for the occasional sale of intoxicating liquor at the Saltaire Institute.

The question of the provision of new lavatory accommodation and other improvement works at the Saltaire Institute was referred to the Works sub-committee for investigation and report.

Shipley Philatelists

A remarkable collection of “Airmail Covers” was shown to members of the Shipley Junior Philatelic Society by Mr. J. Allsop, of Shipley, at their meeting in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Monday (30 January) evening. Vice-President of the society was Mr. J. R. M. Dutton.

Birth

10 January 1939 – Barry, son of Arnold Hague & Lilian Grace, 18 Helen Street.

Death

Alfred Houlden, of 37 Albert Road, died 8 January 1939. Buried two days later in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley.

Saltaire Times February 1939

NEW SALTAIRE HOSPITAL

MR. F. F. RHODES’ ANNOUNCEMENT
PUBLIC TO RAISE ABOUT £15,000
TRADESPEOPLE PRESENT CHEQUE FOR £83.

The welcome announcement that the Governors of the Sir Titus Salt Hospital have nearly £20,000 in hand towards the erection of the new Saltaire Hospital. leaving a balance of some £15, 000 to be raised towards its cost, was made by Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes. J.P. chairman of the Hospital Board of Governors, when attended a pleasant social evening at the Rosse Hotel, Shipley, on Wednesday (22 February) night, to receive a cheque for £83 from the tradespeople of Bingley Road. This sum was the astounding result the traders’ recent whist drive and aid of the new hospital building fund.

Mr. O. S. Wain (chairman of the committee) presided. He was accompanied by Mrs. Wain, and supported by the guests, Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes, J.P., Coun. J. Chippindale, J.P. (Chairman of Shipley Urban Council, Coun. T. J. Gray, J.P. (chairman of the Council's Public Health Committee), and Coun. John Chell, and also by the secretary, Mr. M. Simmons, and Mrs. Simmons, and the treasurer. Mr. A. G. Theobald, and Mrs. Theobald.

Mr. Wain confessed that it was one of the happiest occasions of his life to have the privilege of making this presentation to a representative of the hospital.

He welcomed the guests to their function, paying a personal tribute to each of them. Coun. Chippindale had kindly favoured their effort with his presence, he said; they all knew of the enormous amount of work Mr. Fearnley Rhodes had done for Shipley in various directions; and Councillors Gray and Chell and their work for the town were also well known to them all.

They were delighted with the result of their first effort, and looked forward to next year, when they hoped to organise a similar function and beat this year’s sum, he added. If they all worked with the same harmony as they had on the last occasion they would assured of success.

“We have had a wonderful committee indeed they could not have been better,” he said. “Prizes were given most generously, and the willing work of the secretary and treasurer has been really fine. It has been a great pleasure to work with two such able men as Mr. Simmons and Mr. Theobald.”

Once again Mr. Wain thanked every member of the committee and expressed a hope that they would all be willing to rally round again next year.

Finally, threw out hint that some Bradford friends of his, who had heard of the success of their dance, had come forward and made suggestion him which, if materialised, would materially benefit Salt’s Hospital.

To the accompaniment of the applause of the large gathering, Mr. Wain then presented the Bingley Road traders cheque for £83 to Mr. Fearnley Rhodes.

Mr. Fearnley Rhodes immediately endorsed Mr. Wain’s remarks, complimenting the tradespeople for the wonderful work that had made it possible for them to hand over so fine an amount. Nothing could possibly have given him greater pleasure than coming to receive their cheque, he told them. At first, he had refused as he had two important engagements for that evening, and then he had thought he might attend and tell them a little regarding the new hospital that perhaps was not known to many outside the Board of Governors.

Explaining the origin of the hospital, Mr. Fearnley Rhodes said it had been a wonderful thing for them that when Sir Titus Salt founded it seventy years ago, he had endowed it with £70.000. Sir Titus had made the stipulation that they should accept as patients anyone who resided within three miles’ radius, which meant that they received a large number of patients from as far as one and a half miles into Bradford and treated them willingly and gratuitously.

In his wisdom, Sir Titus had inserted a clause in the Trust Deeds that whenever the balance of the Salt’s Hospital funds reached £500 it had to added to the Trust Funds and put under the control of the Charity Commissioners. In seventy years the Trust had increased by £12,500. Now they had arrived at the time when they wished to build a new Hospital, it was by no means like having an ordinary hospital, he pointed out.

They had to pay every penny the hospital cost before it would be taken over and come under the Trust Funds. And so they had to raise £35,000 to build a new hospital; to raise money by such efforts as that of the Bingley Road tradespeople.

They had applied to the Commissioners for the return of their £12,500, but it had taken exactly three yean to last month to get it. Now it would serve the first instalment on the new hospital.

During those three years they had asked people and organisations to earmark their donations for the hospital building fund.

That night these had reached a sum that would cover the cheque of nearly £4,000 they had given on 31 December for the land, another instalment towards the new hospital.

In addition there were legacies in favour of the hospital which could be used as security to further reduce the sum the Governors were asking for from the public of Shipley and district.

“We have a sum of nearly £20,000 in hand towards the £35,000 we need for the new hospital,” he told the gathering, to be greeted by their prolonged applause. “We are going to have this hospital built, we hope, within two years, and we shall want at least £15,000 when the chairman of the Governors makes his appeal you. We have never appealed in vain on behalf of Salts Hospital, and I am confident we shall not do so on this occasion.”

Mr. Fearnley Rhodes continued that one pleasing thing about the chairman's remarks had been his announcement that their effort must be made every year. Their chairman had promised before he had asked, he said, and if there was any person he liked it was a willing volunteer. The Governors would encourage them and all they could to support them.

On behalf of the Governors and himself as chairman, he tendered to them their most sincere thanks for the wonderful effort they had made as their first event. As their chairman had said, he hoped the could improve every year. He felt sure they would do so, such enthusiasm did they put into their efforts.

The chairman then invited Coun. Chippindale to have a word. When Mr. Wain had first told him they intended to run a whist drive and dance in aid of the hospital it had been anticipated that it would be possible to make about £40, said Coun. Chippindale. They would readily understand how agreeably surprised he had been with the actual result.

Salts Hospital was very dear to the heart of everyone in Shipley. It had served them faithfully and well for seventy years, and it was very fine indeed to know that so much money had been raised towards the new hospital that had become necessary.

“I am quite sure if the new hospital is under the guidance of our chairman, Mr. Rhodes, who has done much for the old one. and his Board of Governors., it will do all Shipley people require of it,” he declared, the gathering signifying their agreement.

He congratulated the chairman and organisers on their remarkable effort. He could not recall during all his years on the Council any other case on a single evening’s entertainment that had yielded so much.

He was followed Coun. Gray, who also expressed his surprise and pleasure at the size of the sum they were presenting. As one of the working class he wished to state suite definitely that they were the people who reaped the greatest benefit from hospitals and such institutions. Salts Hospital, he knew, was held in very high esteem not only in Shipley but throughout wide area for the magnificent work it did.

He was certain that Bingley Road tradespeople displayed such enthusiasm and goodwill that they would increase their contribution next year. Moreover, he hoped others would take up this work. If there was competition between different areas it would be ail to the advantage of the hospital, he concluded.

Finally, Coun. Chell, who is one of the tradespeople, said he had been proud to have served under such a chairman as Mr. Wain, and on such a committee. In all his efforts to help charities, he had never worked with a better committee, he confessed. The secretary and treasurer had worked hard and had kept their working expenses down to the remarkable figure of 7s.

A splendid supper was served by Mrs. Long, confectioner, of St. Paul’s Road, Shipley. She was thanked for her excellent catering by Mrs. Ferguson.

The evening closed with an enjoyable entertainment, which had been arranged by Mr. S. Hudson, Kirkby and Simpson showed their skilful versatility as entertainers, and the last-named played for community singing, a very popular feature.

Salts’ Hospital Board

It was reported the monthly meeting of the Sir Titus Salt’s Hospital Board of Governors, on Wednesday (22 February) night, that the New Hospital Building Fund now totalled £3,406 9s. 1d.

Mr. F. Fearnley Rhodes. J.P. (chairman) presided, and others present were Miss Dunn, Miss Newboult, Mr. W, Crabtree, Coun. H. E. Sucksmith, J.P., Coun. E. Cowgill, Mr. E. Hyde, J.P., Mr. T. Kendall, Mr. J. Wall, and Mr. T. Luxton (Clerk).

Miss Dunn presented the report for the four weeks ending February 22. There had been 896 out-patients, including casualties. The number of non-paying patients in the hospital at the commencement of the month had been 16, 28 had been admitted and 28 discharged. There had been no paying patients at the commencement, six had been admitted, and three discharged. The total number of patients in the hospital at present was nineteen. Admissions had been from Shipley 19, Saltaire 4, Baildon 4, Windhill 2, and elsewhere 5. Other details of the report were treatments 126, X-ray cases 48, dental 22, sun-ray 66, operations 28. There had been no deaths.

One motor accident case had been discharged the same day, and another; treated as an in-patient.

Donations during the month had been West Riding County Council Health Department. £155; employees. Valley Scouring Co., Ltd., £6; employees. West Yorkshire Road Car Co., £4; Bradford Commercial Travellers’ Association (Ladies’ Auxiliary), £2 2s; Wrose Hill Sunday School and Church, £1 1s; employees of Messrs. F. Wigglesworth and Co., Ltd. (in memory of James Handley from his fellow employees), £1 6s. 10d; Messrs. Armitage and Norton, £1 1s; Mr. B. Trueman, £1; employees, Messrs; F. Wigglesworth & Co., Ltd., 18s. 1d; Shipley U.D.C. Electricity and Sewage Departments. 10s; employees, Messrs. A. Bagnall and Sons, Ltd., 8s. 4d; The Gracie Fields' Charity Fund, 1s. 4d; total, £174 0s 5d.

Miss Dunn read letter a received from Mr. Trueman expressing his gratitude for the kindness and consideration the Matron, nurses, and staff had shown his wife during her stay in hospital.

Additional donations to the New Hospital Building Fund were announced as: Shipley Club of Games League, £5 5s; Rotary Club of Shipley, £5 5s; Provident Musical Society, £l2; Baildon Hospital and Charities

Committee, £50; Mrs. C. Fox. £5; and Anon. £l. General accounts amounting to £267 7s. 4d, were passed for payment.

Help For Hospital

Interest in the New Salt’s Hospital Building Fund has seemed to quicken since the announcement recently that the site at Northcliff has been acquired. Practical expressions have been made that all sections of the public are ready and eager to support the Governor’ appeal when launched.

On Saturday (18 February) night the ladies at Shipley Congregational Church repeated the play, “Pearls in Pawn,” they gave with such success a few weeks ago, this special effort being for this worthy cause, the Hospital Building Fund. The schoolroom was crowded, and the large company was delighted with the entertainment provided.

Windhill Fatality

A Shrovetide fatality, the first fatal road accident at Shipley this year, occurred in Leeds Road, Windhill, on Thursday (23 February) afternoon when Brenda Jones, aged 6, of 32 West Royd Road, Windhill was knocked down by a motor lorry, driven by George Brook Lister, of 44 Field Street, Shipley.

The little girl was immediately rushed to the Saltaire Hospital in the lorry, but on arrival there it was found that she was dead.

Shipley Urban Council Meeting 28 February

Report included the following: -

Coun. Cawthorne pointed out that it was proposed to spend £765 on improvements at Saltaire Institute.

The Treasurer and Accountant and the Housing Manager were instructed to submit a report on the letting of the Saltaire Cottages with a view to securing a uniformity of rents.

Saltaire Young People’s Service

A stirring call for moral and spiritual rearmament was sounded by Mr Eric Eccles, when he soke most convincingly to a congregation that crowded Saltaire Congregational Church at the Young People’s Service on Sunday (19 February) evening.

Young people took all the offices, and although the Pastor (Rev. S.G. McLellan) was present, he had no part in the service.

Mr. Jack Holmes, a building society clerk, conducted the service. Mr. Jack Gott, an employee of Messrs. Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., read the Lesson.

Employees’ Dance

Many enjoyable whist drives, and dances are held at the Saltaire Institute during the season, but none a surpass the various events organised by local mills and factories in entertainment value.

The whist drive and dance organised employees of Messrs. Henry Mason (Shipley) Ltd., on Wednesday (22 February) night, provided a most enjoyable time for company some 500 strong.

The organisers were delighted to welcome Mr. H. E. Hazley (Managing Director) and Mrs. Hazley. Mr. R. H. Fitt (Director), Mr. S. J. Coates (Works Manager) and Mrs. Coates, Mr. W. L. Plunkett (Spinning Manager) and Mrs. Plunkett, Mr. R. Edwards (Weaving Manager), Mr. W. Parker (Drawing Manager), and Mr. C. W. Skinner (Chief Engineer).

Cricket Club Dance

Events transpired to help Saltaire Cricket Club make their dance in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (4 February) night, most enjoyable for some 300 revellers. The attractive stage setting of meet at country tavern arranged for the previous evening's Hunt Ball was still in place, and from its centre Arthur Jackson’s Vauxhall Band played programme of popular tunes. Mr. Fred Nightingale was the M.C.

The secretarial arrangements had been made by Mr. A. W. Burgoyne, and in carrying them out be was assisted by the following committee members: Hr. J. C. Lee (chairman), Messrs. W. D. Ogden (treasurer), N. Robinson, H. R. Hutton, J. A. Farndale, E. Lightowler, C. C. Swift, H. Mason, T. E. Partridge, H. Batt, T. E. Lambert, T. Cockerham, and C. Whitelock.

The catering arrangements were most capably made by committee of ladies consisting of Mrs. Lambert (chairman), Mrs. Ward (secretary), Mrs. Drake (treasurer), Mrs. White, Mrs. Gresswell, Miss Sutcliffe, Mrs. Morell, Mrs. Ogden, Mm. Greenwood, Mrs. Batt, Mrs. Whitelock, Mrs. Riley, Miss Procter, Mm. Lightowler, and Mrs. Partridge. The club is holding a flannel dance this hall on 10 June.

Hunt Ball

One of the most spectacular events of the year at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, the Airedale Beagles’ Hunt Ball, was more spectacular than ever on Friday (3 February) evening.

Gay dresses and hunt colours helped to form a delightful spectacle in a hall charmingly decorated in the hunt colours, red and green. The stage at the Shipley end of the hall was transformed into a representation of a meet at “Dick Hudson’s,” Eldwick, with cut-out figures to depict the huntsman, members of the hunt, and the hounds.

The hunt motif was continued round the hall by a panoramic scene showing hounds in full cry after their quarry.

There were over 350 guests present, including representatives from other hunts.

Saltaire Concert

Organised by the Shipley Congregational Church to raise funds for the church and the London Missionary Society a high successful concert was given by The Bluebirds (a talented group of artists under the direction of the Hon. Dorothy Moynihan) in the Saltaire Congregational School on Wednesday evening.

Carnival Dance

A carnival dance, organised by the Shipley Selective Central School Former Students’ Association, was held in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (11 February) evening.

The function, which proved a very enjoyable affair.

Spanish “Food Ships”

Donations to the “Spanish Food Ships Week” include: -

Salt Girls’ High School (per Miss Duckett) £7 12s 0d
Saltaire Congregational Young Men’s Class £1.

Salts (Saltaire) Cricket Club

The annual meeting of the Salts (Saltaire) Cricket Club was held on Monday (6 February) evening. Capt. S. B. Brearley presiding.

A detailed report the year’s activities was presented by Mr. Arthur Doyle, who has occupied the secretarial position for the past fifteen years. He was delighted to state that the club had maintained the high standard set for some years past, he commenced. They had reputation in cricket circles as a very progressive club, and he thought the future would further enhance that reputation.

Regarding the club's playing season some of their players had not touched their best form until mid-way through the season, but irrespective of this some good performances had been recorded.

Mr. Doyle proceeded to give a summary of the club’s outstanding individual performances, and to announce the season’s averages. He recalled that Bert Smith won the batting average with an average of 28.33 for eighteen innings; and Harold Briggs the bowling with 28 wickets for 10.35 runs each, followed by Herbert Smith with 60 wickets for 10.58 runs each.

The second eleven batting average had been won by N. Baldwin (29 for five innings), with G. A. Smith (27.9 for 13 innings) runner-up; and the bowling average by J. Johnson (39 wickets for 8.51 runs each).

The first team had played 24 matches, had won nine, drawn six and lost nine. They had completed the season by winning the Cawthorne Charity Cup.

The second team had played 18 matches, won 10. drawn 4. and lost 4. Most of the games had been of a very interesting character, Mr. Doyle reported. At Scarborough, the home team had given a display of forcing cricket such as he had never before seen in club cricket, and another such case was when in beating Settle at home Salts had to race the clock to complete a double. Cricket of that type was what was wanted to make the game interesting for both players and spectators alike, he claimed. They had enjoyed letter gates, but. of course, would like to see more supporters at their home matches. Everything possible had been done for the comfort of their spectators, and the cricket was the best club cricket could provide, among the visitors being some of the best clubs in Yorkshire. However, they did not draw really large gates,” and appeared to be supported by the same persons each match. Perhaps it was the “local flavour” that was missing.

Continuing Mr. Doyle recalled the interesting games in the “Cawthorne” Cup Competition with Windhill and Baildon Green, culminating in the club obtaining this coveted trophy at the third attempt.

Regarding the third team the secretary commented, “We find that our young players are not progressing as fast as we would like, and with this fact in mind the club has engaged the services of W. A. Shackleton, the Yorkshire “colt.” to act as coach during season 1939.

“This is move in the proper direction, and in due course should be reflected in better results. 1 hope our young players will take advantage of it, get down to the nets on practice nights, and follow the instructions of the coach.”

He continued that he was arranging home and away matches with Saltaire, Windhill, Baildon Green, Bingley, Thackley, Baildon Green United, etc., for the third eleven, and hoped to have a full fixture list for them including visits to the best grounds in the district during next season.

Outlining the club’s prospects, Mr. Doyle drew attention to the fact that they had withdrawn from the Bradford Section of the Yorkshire Council. The clubs they would play would be Sowerby Bridge. Harrogate, Scarborough, Knaresborough, Mexborough, Wath, Settle, Rossington, Scholes, Bullcroft, and Hartshead Moor. They would have a very formidable and attractive fixture list of twenty matches, a programme that for variety and attraction would be the equal of that of any club in the West Riding.

He expressed his personal congratulations to the club in its bold venture. They expected to have several additions to their playing strength for next season, he informed the members, and the club was looking forward to some good cricket.

Regarding the “Snowden” Cup. it had been suggested that these matches should played on Sundays, and delegates had been asked to ascertain the views of their respective committees. He assured them that the Salt's committee would give the matter their very earnest consideration.

Finally. Mr. Doyle recommended the committee to give early attention to the matter of providing extra seating accommodation on the ground. He was sure if they had extra seats at the football end and on the canal side of the ground, they would be repaid by larger “gates.” It was his opinion that the pavilion side was nut the popular side.

In closing he thanked the chairman, the treasurer, and the committee, for their valued services to the club during the past year, and he added a special compliment to the refreshment stewards for their continued support in the tea pavilion.

The financial statement was presented by the treasurer. Mr. W. L. Smith and showed a most satisfactory state of affairs. Among the principal items of income were subscriptions £23 12s, refreshments 10s, and collections £l2 5s. It was reported that there was a most gratifying balance in hand.

The chairman (Capt. Brearley), in the course of a few general remarks paid a glowing tribute to the work of Mr. Doyle as secretary of the club over a long spell of years.

He also paid a compliment to the efficient work of the club’s groundsman.

Mr. R.W. Guild (managing director of the firm) was re-elected President, Mr W. L. Smith was appointed secretary, and Mr. A. Grange treasurer.

The following committee was appointed: Messrs. A. Doyle, McCue, H. Smith, H. Smith, H. Burke, F. Gaukrodger, S. Riley, W. Rawnsley, G. Gracey, G. Henry, G. Grimshaw, A. Gill, H. Briggs, B. Smith, H. Higgins, Hall, Stead, and Perfect.

Women Unionists’ Social

Organised by the officers of the Shipley Division Women’s Unionist Association a successful social was held in the York Room, Saltaire Institute on Tuesday (14 February) afternoon. The President Mrs. Basil Hughes presided.

There were 200 persons present, whist and bridge proved entertaining attractions. Afternoon tea was also served and the social proved exceedingly enjoyable.

Works Social

At the Saltaire Institute on Friday (10 February) evening the employees of Messrs. C.F. Taylor and Co. Ltd., Lower Holme Mills, Shipley, held their 15 th annual social which proved a great success both numerically and socially. Upwards of 700 employees were present and the company included Mr. H.P. Ingram (Director) and Mrs. Ingram, Mr. L. Terry (secretary) and Mrs. Terry, Mr A. Vickers (Works Manager) and Mrs. Vickers.

Shipley Police Whist Drive and Dance

The secret of the success of Police events locally, whether sporting or social, and needless to add, charitable, is contained in the praiseworthy manner in which all members of the Force blend into a splendid working committee.

Each year the Bradford Division West Riding Police disburse a sum of about £200 to Police and local charities, and towards this year’s disbursement a very considerable contribution will be made as a result of the annual whist drive and dance the Shipley Section organised in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (15 February) night.

As usual it provided never-to-be-forgotten entertainment for a huge company of revellers drawn from all sections of the local public, including many of the district’s leading townspeople.

The customary mammoth whist drive was conducted in the York Room by Inspector Hunter and Mr. S. H. Kenyon.

Satisfactory catering arrangements present a difficult problem where so huge a company is concerned, but on this occasion, it was solved to the complete satisfaction of everyone present by Messrs. Ready’s Ltd., the popular Shipley and district confectioners and caterer’s. Mr E. Eccles directed a capable staff.

Nab Wood Rugby Dance

About 250 revellers were present at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire on Saturday evening on the occasion of the Nab Wood Rugby Football Club dance.

The function was arranged by a committee consisting of Messrs, J.T. Twohig (President), J. Mallinson, C. Simms, and E.S. Gill (secretary). The music was provided by Messrs’ Ready’s Ltd., Shipley, whose catering under the personal supervision of the manager (Mr. E. Eccles) gave entire satisfaction.

Old Salts’ Dance

Mr F. J. Fuller, their former headmaster, for whom old boys of the Salt Boy’s High School hold such a deep affection, makes an annual visit to Shipley from Cambridge, where he resides in his retirement, for the occasion of the annual dance of the Old Salts’ Association.

This event took place in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Friday (17 February) and Mr. Fuller renewed friendships with a large number of his former pupil, every one of whom he remembered by name.

Golfers’ Social

The annual social of the Northcliff Golf Club which took the form of a dance and military whist drive at Saltaire Institute last Friday (24 February) evening proved a thoroughly enjoyable social function. The company numbered about 200 persons.

Saltaire Times March 1939

Saltaire Conversazioni allocation of £l72 profits

At the annual meeting of the Saltaire Conversazioni Committee on Tuesday (28 March) night, it was announced that this year's conversazioni had realised £172 in aid of local charities. The proceeds were allocated as follows: -

Saltaire Hospital New Building Fund £65

Shipley Nursing Association £50

Bradford Royal Infirmary. Bradford Children's Hospital, Bradford Eye and Ear Hospital £15 each.

Shipley Cinderella Club, Shipley Boys' Club £4 each,

Shipley Division of St. John Ambulance, Saltaire Division of St. John Ambulance £2 each.

The balance-sheet, presented by Mr. Tom Kendall (treasurer), showed an income of £403 and an expenditure of £361, leaving a profit of £42. The donations amounted to £l30.

Mr. Morris Illingworth, ticket secretary. reported that 1,805 people attended the series compared with 1,818 in I938.

The following officers were appointed for the coming year: Mr. J. H. Naylor (chairman), Mr. T. Kendall (treasurer). Mr. Morris Illingworth (ticket secretary), and Mrs. H. C. Mallinson. Mrs. Thompson, Mr. J. Holmes, Mr. A. Turner, Ur. Dalton, Mr. E. Abley, Mr. W. H. Marsden (executive committee).

Woman’s disappearance solved

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Mrs. Emma Ward, wife of Mr. William Ward, the Saltaire postmaster, on Friday evening, 3 February, was tragically solved on Thursday (2 March) evening, when the body was recovered from the River Aire, near Mason’s Mill.

Mrs. Ward’s hat and gloves had been found on the riverbank at Saltaire, and extensive dragging operations had been carried out by the police, but without success.

The inquest was conducted at Baildon Town Hall, yesterday (3 March), by the District Coroner (Mr. Edgar Wood). The verdict was that Mrs. Ward drowned herself during a period when the balance of her mind was disturbed.

Mr. Ward said his wife was 65 years of age. He had last seen her about five minutes to seven on Friday evening, 3 February when she had left their shop in Gordon Terrace, presumably to return to their home in Grosvenor Road. He had not seen her again until her body was recovered from the river, although he identified the clothing found on the riverbank.

He informed the Coroner that about week after his wife’s disappearance a niece had found note Mrs. Ward had left in a bedroom, but which had been covered by other articles. This he handed to the Coroner.

Asked if he could offer any explanation for his wife’s action, witness said she had suffered from pains in the head and back, and apparently these must have been more severe than he had realised. She had not been attended by a doctor.

P.C. Holden, of Shipley, said that near the clothing on the riverbank had been prints of a lady's shoe leading to the river.

Cecil Berry, greengrocer, of 7 Victoria Road, who saw the body floating in the river, said the body had become entangled in a branch of tree. P.C. R. Tindall, who recovered the body from the water, said the right sleeve had become entangled in the branch and had had to be cut free. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Lower rates association

“As result of our pressure, there is going to be a battle royal in the Bradford City Council on Budget Day next week, such as there has never been before.”

This comment was made by Mr. Gordon Baxter, of Bradford, at a meeting held in the Saltaire Institute on Wednesday (29 March) night for the purpose of forming a Shipley branch of the Lower Rates Association. Mr. Baxter contended that the real cause of the rising rates and assessments all over the country was the heavy burden of loan charges and interest.

Bradford was a particularly impressive example of this fact, with a rate income of £1,573,000 and loan charges amounting to £1.520,000. The Bradford Corporation had an income of something like £6,000,000 from various sources, and it was obvious that if their various undertakings were not burdened with debt charges it would be possible to run the city without a single penny in rates.

The only possible way dealing with the present situation was to tackle this debt problem, obtain new credits from the banks on much easier terms to liquidate the old debts.

Mr. H. M. Ward was appointed temporary organiser, and a further meeting is to be held on Thursday, 20 April.

A memorable day

If more people would visit the Shipley and Saltaire Old Friends’ Tea and Reunion then the band of loyal workers who year by year enthusiastically accept the considerable work and responsibility this grand work entails, would be considerably augmented.

The enjoyment experienced by the aged guests and their appreciation of the work done on their behalf is obvious that Mr. Abraham Kendall and his small but enthusiastic band of helpers are made to feel justifiable pride in the services they render.

On Saturday (4 March) there were animated scenes in the Victoria Hall. A total of 402 guests, all over the age of 65, first enjoyed a very substantial tea catered for by the Windhill Co-operative Society, Ltd., under the supervision of the Bakery manager, Mr. S. Carradice. The tables had been very attractively decorated, and the helpers worked with a will to give their guests a day they would long remember.

Mr. Kendall gives his committee a grand lead in their work as hosts and hostesses. This year, to the delight of the old people, be again followed his practice of singing old favourites to them, to fine accompaniment provided by his friend, Mr. Charles Grainger, of Morecambe. Mr. Kendall’s efforts were enthusiastically applauded.

Besides Mr. Kendall, the chairman, and Mrs. A. Midgley, the collector, the only two remaining members the original committee, who have worked for the Old Friends’ Tea with unflagging enthusiasm throughout the past eighteen years, are now joined on the committee by Mr. J. Walker, Miss E. Beaver, and Mr. T. L. Hordley, the hard-working secretary.

They received valuable assistance from Mrs, I, Lund, Mrs. A. Midgley, Jnr., Mrs, W. Royston, Mrs. H. Noble, Mrs. James Potter, Mrs. D. Meggs, Mrs. Stenson, and Miss K. Noble.

Of the guests each lady received gift 4 oz. of tea and each gentleman 4 oz. of tobacco. Mise Beaver made a present of a tablecloth to the oldest lady present, Mrs. Smith (aged 87), 13, Ferrands Road. Shipley, and a silk scarf to the oldest gentleman, Mr. Thomas Illingworth (aged 85), of 13, Clifton Place, Shipley.

During the afternoon Mr. Kendall and some of the committee paid a courtesy visit to the event that was taking place Windhill.

Invariably fine entertainment is provided for the guests after they have enjoyed their tea, and this year the entertainers excelled themselves. Miss Edith Beaver, who is a hard worker on the committee, is also the talented producer the fine Saltaire pantomime, and her entire pantomime, company of friends end pupils regaled the gathering with musical excerpts, dances, and humorous items from this year’s show, “The Babes in the Wood.”

Their entertainment they supplemented with other old songs that were assured favourites with this gathering, the efforts of Alma Hemsworth, the pantomime’s sweet-voiced fairy. Ethel Schofield (Principal boy), and Barbara Grange (Principal girl), particular being most appreciated.

The pantomime company, addition to those named, consisted of Kathleen Ince, Margaret Stubbs, Ernest Stone (Dame), Dick Hall and Jim Jennings (the robbers), Jean Godfrey and Joan Holdsworth (the Babes), principals, and the choruses: Hilda Alderson, Irene Sharpe, Ivy Sharpe, Sylvia Crowe, Dorothy King, Doreen O’Donnell, Joyce Taylor, Barbara Binns, Joan Wood, Joan Whitfield, Doreen Garrad, Kathleen Ince, Betty Beaumont, Rose Bailey, Nancy Hainsworth, Raymond Godfrey, and the Three Scamps (Fred and Willie Lister and Sam Stead). Mrs. Ward did excellent work at the piano.

In addition. Master Maurice Brooksbank, of Shipley, one of the north’s finest boy soloists, contributed “A brown bird singing” and other popular songs in a charming voice and with fine artistry.

Every one of these many entertainers gave of their best and their efforts ware deeply appreciated, the gathering demonstrated the enthusiastic applause that greeted every item.

Salts’ band success

Now another Shipley Band appears amongst prominent festival winners. Salts (Saltaire) Prize Band, conducted by Mr. H. B. Hawley, carried off three trophies at the thirteenth annual contest of the Harrogate and District Brass Band Association at Keighley on Saturday (4 March).

They secured the association’s shield for the selection test-piece, “Recollections of Weber,” and the Highley Cup, the first award for a hymn rendering. In the march contest they were placed second and secured the York Cup.

Ten bands entered, but only seven completed. Each band was allowed its own choice of march and hymn. The adjudicator was Mr. W. Dawson (Blackhall Colliery Band).

Salt’s Band will be competing shortly at a band festival at Saltaire.

Students’ dance

A most successful innovation at the students dance held in Shipley Technical Institute on Saturday (4 March) evening, was the invitation that was extended to students at the Saltaire Road and Wood End Evening Institutes.

Mr. Vincent Clay was M.C., and company of some 130 persons spent a most enjoyable evening, Norman Pearson's Orchestra providing music. The Principal of the School of Art and Technical Institute (Mr. F, B. Holbrook) had directed the arrangements and attended the event.

Flower Society’s social effort

Baildon and District Flower and Vegetable Society tried a new departure on Friday (10 March) evening last. The whist drive and dance they held in Saltaire Institute was not particularly well attended, but it provided most entertaining evening for the company who were present.

The gathering was delighted to welcome Councillor H. B. Robinson, J.P. (Chairman of Baildon Urban Council) and Mrs. Robinson. Whist was played in the small social room, under the direction of Mr. J. Woodhead, and prizes were presented during the evening by Coun. Robinson.

For dancing, the revellers had the pleasure of having Mr. R. Gledhill, the veteran Bradford dance instructor and adjudicator at countless national and local competitions, as M.C. Mr. Gledhill brought his own orchestra, and he kept the programme moving briskly, interspersing the Lambeth Walk and other new dances with many old-established favourites. Arrangements had been excellently made by the secretary (Mr. H. Prince), assisted by the society’s energetic committee, of which Mr. H. Shearman (chairman) and Mr. W. Northrop (treasurer) are the principal officers.

The social effort provided an enjoyable evening for the gathering, but it will not enable the society to purchase the vases and other show equipment they had hoped for. Any assistance towards this object would be welcomed by the officials.

Football Club dance

At the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (11 March) evening the concluding series of dances arranged during the winter took place. The function, which was attended by about 500 revellers, proved equally successful its predecessors.

Organised by the Social Committee, with Mr. J. A. Larking as aa enthusiastic social secretary, the dancers had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The Ambassadors Broadcasting Band played some delightful dance music and Mr. E. Midgley and Mr. D. Gardiner were capable M.C.’s.

A buffet was under the direction of the Creamery Cafe, Sunbridge Road, Bradford, whose catering gave every satisfaction. It might be of interest to note that the club are organising flannel dance which has been arranged to take place at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on 1 July.

Salts again in dashing form

There is a danger in all this success Salts (Saltaire) A.F.C, are achieving at the present time. It is the very real danger of over-confidence. Although they had little to fear from Harrogate Hotspurs when they entertained them Victoria Road, Saturday (11 March), the way Salts’ forwards frittered away their early chances made their supporters rather apprehensive for them. Despite the County Cup final, Salts early season form was so unproductive of points that they cannot afford to miss any opportunity of improving their league position.

However, it was evident that the position was quickly borne home on the players. After over-eagerness and hasty shooting had alone prevented the homesters from taking the lead during the early stages, they settled down to play most convincing football.

From the kick-off a prominent figure, tireless in his efforts, was Wignall, the centre-half, and Parker, another half-back, also got through a great amount of work.

Booth and Sykes, at full back. never faltered and covered their goal-keeper most soundly. Their sure kicking was of great assistance to the attack, which had the measure of the visitors’ defence in speed.

Two players stood out in the forward line. J. Swallow’s performance could not have been improved upon for cool and calculating football, while C. Metcalfe, a new winger from Laisterdyke, created a very fine impression. A speedy, industrious player, Metcalfe improved as the game progressed until in the closing stage he was probably the outstanding player on the field.

Cultured football was provided on both wings, with Shaw, the dashing type of centre-forward, the ideal link in the middle.

Early in the game Metcalfe on the wing, and Fieldhouse, on the right, got the measure of their respective full backs, and many chances were engineered, but it was not for nearly half an hour that Salts were able to take the lead. Swallow’s neat touches at inside right aroused great admiration. He prompted his winger with perfect passes, and finally it was he who paved the way to the goal. He drew the full back and sliced the ball cleverly past him, to give Fieldhouse a clear run through. Unhampered, the winger put across a low centre, and Shaw tucked it safely away in the far corner of the net, leaving the advancing goal-keeper helpless.

There ought to have been more goals, but hasty shooting spoilt the chances.

Once Shaw broke clear away, but his final shot was off the mark when he appeared to have the goal at his mercy.

There was a shock for the home side soon after the interval. The Harrogate right winger was closing in towards goal when he was tripped in collision with Sykes. The referee had no alternative, but the equalising goal was rather a heavy penalty to pay for what, after all, was only a mild offence. Richardson took the kick and though Salts’ goalie beat the ball down, it entered the side of the net.

There was worse to come for Salts. Wignall, who had been outstanding at centre-half, was injured and for the rest of the game limped along on the wing. Nevertheless he performed some very useful work by carefully positioning himself and participated in practically every attack. Metcalfe was switched over to the right wing and immediately distinguished himself netting the goal of the match. Cutting in he drove home a high shot from long range. The visiting goalkeeper leapt, and got both hands to the ball, but could not prevent it from passing into the top corner of the goal.

From this point Salts were completely on top with Metcalfe playing a storming game on the right. Within a moment or two of scoring he manoeuvred into the position for a perfect centre. Davies came in with his head, but bis direction was wrong.

In the next attack Shaw almost had a goal. The goal-keeper went down to save, and then lost possession of the ball. He was able to draw it back to him in nick of time as Shaw leapt towards it.

So determined were the Salts’ attacks that it was evident the visitors’ goal must fall again. Eventually Davies, the team’s star scorer, netted from long range, and fourth was added by Wignall, who remained in the thick of things despite an injury that made it impossible for him to run.

In the closing minutes Harrogate scored their second goal, but they retired convincingly beaten by- four goals to two.

Running strongly for three trophies

Despite their lowly league position, the revival of Salts (Saltaire) A.F.C. is so timely and so convincing that there seems quite a probability that they will secure three trophies this season. On Saturday (18 March) they defeated Bradford G.P.O. with ease to enter the semi-final stage of the Bradford and District Cup Competition.

Salts have also qualified for the final of the County Cup and the final of the Bradford Senior Hospital Cup.

Salts’ run of success ends
Injuries threaten cup hopes

The “bogey” of injuries has reared its head to cast a shadow over the cup hopes of Salts (Saltaire) A.F.C.

On Saturday (25 March) they had to entertain the league leaders, Guiseley, whom they beat away from home, without the assistance of one of their stalwarts, Wignall, who has sustained a cartilage injury.

Moreover, in the closing stages of the game they lost at Saltaire on Saturday, Booth, the right full back, injured his right ankle in a collision with his partner, Sykes, and took no further part in the game. The absence of Wignall was a serious handicap to them.

Shipley A.R.P. Association enthusiastic annual meeting

Shipley A.R.P. Association, the first organisation of its kind to be formed in the north, held its annual meeting in the York Room of the Saltaire Institute, on Thursday (16 March) night, an enthusiastic gathering of considerably over a hundred persons attending. The chairman, Mr. W. E. Hardcastle, presided, and he was supported Conn. John Chell (chairman of Shipley Council A.R.P. Committee), Police Inspector A. Hunter. Mr. C. F. K. Rees (secretary), and Mr. A. Morris (treasurer).

Oddfellows’ centenary arrangements for next week-end

The entire district will be interested in the Centenary Celebrations of the Shipley District, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Manchester Unity) which have been planned for next weekend, (25 & 26 March).

The celebrations of a notable centenary will commence on Saturday next with a procession headed by Salts (Saltaire) Prize Band from the Friendly Society’s Hall to the Victoria Hall. After tea, a whist drive will be held in the Gymnasium, a concert in the York Room, and dancing in the Victoria Hall. On the following afternoon there will be procession to Saltaire Congregational Church, where a special Centenary Thanksgiving service will be conducted the Rev. S. G. McLellan.

Cookery demonstrations

Shipley U.D.C. Gas Department has enterprisingly arranged gas exhibition and cookery demonstrations to take place in the Social Room of the Saltaire Institute each afternoon and evening during the week Monday, 13 March to Saturday 18 March.

Coun. John Chippindale. J.P. (Chairman of Shipley Urban Council) has consented to perform the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. on the Monday, and each day Miss B. Cobb, N.C.D.S., of the Parkinson Stove Co., Ltd., will demonstrate the astonishing capabilities contained in the use of gas for cookery. There will be an extensive display fires, cookers, and all types of apparatus. Demonstrations will at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.

Shipley philatelists

A combined talk and display was given to the members of the Shipley Junior Philatelic Society by Mr. J. P. Rhodes, of the Bradford Philatelic Society in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Monday (13 March).

Mr. Rhodes’ subject was “Charity issues.” He gave a short but interesting talk, and proceeded to exhibit his display of Charity issues, representative stamps of almost every Charity Issue of every country being exhibited.

A vote of thanks to Mr. Rhodes was proposed by Mr. G. Dwyer and seconded by Mr. E. W. Robinson.

Intending members are requested to communicate with the secretary, Mr. E. W. Kennedy, 42 Kendall Avenue, Shipley.

Talented young musicians; but Shipley public still disinterested

A brief generation ago a sincere appreciation of good music was regarded traditional in these parts, but today that taste would seem to be endangered.

Shipley and District Orchestral Society exists for the purpose of fostering this musical discrimination, what then would be more appropriate that some of the cream of district’s young talent should be presented to the public at one of the Society's concerts.

This is what occurred at the event in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Wednesday (22 March) evening, and nothing could have gladdened the heart of the music lover more than this clear proof that musical talent still blossoms in the district's youth despite the general apathy that has grown towards accomplishments in which at one time everyone took a deep pride.

From the point of view of the artistry of the youthful soloists, and for that matter, of the district’s orchestra also, or the sheer delight it gave the assembled music-lovers, the concert was a complete success.

But of the attendance there is still a woeful tale to tell. Since the Society was inaugurated a few years ago, the support afforded by them the general public has been lamentable, even though soloists of national repute have been brought to sing to them in their own hull, at prices of admission which defy comparison with similar concerts elsewhere.

Three young musicians who possess unusual ability certainly increased the attendance compared with that attracted to previous concerts, but the gathering was nevertheless out of all proportion to the standard of the entertainment provided.

Someday, let us hope it will be before apathy has stifled even the enthusiasm of those who form this fine orchestra, Shipley people will awake to the delights they are casting aside in ignorance, and the Orchestral Society will receive the support they so richly merit.

British Legion women’s section social

The Women’s Section the Shipley British Legion held the first of a series of socials at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Saturday (18 March) evening. The function proved a popular success and much credit for this is due to the enthusiastic efforts of the ladies’ committee comprising of Mrs. Wall (President), Mrs. Fairclough (chairman), Mrs. Jennings (vice-chairman), Mr. Robinson (secretary), Mr. Riley (treasurer), Mesdames Ward, Bloomfield, Porter, McEwen, Whitaker, Murray, Mitchell, and Wilkinson.

Dancing took place in the Victoria Hall to music supplied by Tom Cheetham and his bandits band. Mr. J. Eastell was the M.C.

A whist drive was controlled by Mrs. Bloomfield and Mrs. Goldsborough.

During the evening light refreshments were served by the ladies committee. It was a most enjoyable social function.

New Shipley branch

The Electrical Association for Women is an organisation for all women interested in the proper use and control of electricity from the woman’s point of view.

On Monday (28 March) evening next, at 7.30 p.m. in the Social Room of the Saltaire Institute, a meeting being held with the object of inaugurating a Shipley branch of this useful association.

All women who feel interested are cordially invited to attend. It does not matter whether they possess an "all-electric” house or not, they will welcomed by a society whose only object is to educate women in the uses of electricity.

They distribute information concerning electricity it affects the home, public welfare, hygiene, medicine, smoke abatement, and all social and educative activities. Any further particulars ran be obtained at the Electricity Showrooms, Westgate.

Death of former Saltaire woman

Intimation has been received of the death of Mrs. Mary Alice (Brown) Tiffany, wife Mr. George Tiffany who died at Holgate. Mass., U.S.A., on 28 January. Mrs. Tiffany was born at Saltaire on 19 August 1867.

Death of Mr Henry Sayner

A popular figure among the older generation of Shipley residents, Mr. Henry Sayner, aged 74, of 9 Albert Road, Saltaire, a former inside manager for Henry Mason and Co., spinners, and manufacturers, Victoria Works, Shipley, died last week-end. (26 March)

Mr. Sayner, who was associated with this firm for 38 years, retired in. 1924 owing to ill-health. He had been prominently associated with the Saltaire Angling Association since its inception and had held the offices of secretary and treasurer. He had also been secretary and treasurer of the Shipley Working Men’s Club and was a member of the New Prosperity Lodge of the I.O.O.F. (M.D.). He left a widow, three sons, and five daughters.

The interment took place at Nab Wood Cemetery, on Wednesday, a service being conducted by the Rev. S. G. McLellan. The principal mourners were Mrs. Sayner (widow). Miss Eva Sayner, Miss Ruby Sayner, Mrs. Hoare, and Mrs. Little (daughters), Mr. George Sayner and Mr. Bob Sayner (sons). Miss O. Little (grand-daughter), Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield, Mr. and Mrs. Knight (sons-in-law and daughters), Mrs. Walton (sister), Mr. George Sayner (brother), Mr. Fryer (cousin), Mr. Alfred Firth (cousin), Mr. and Mrs. William Cawthra (nephew and niece), Mrs. Robert Sayner (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sayner (nephew and niece), Mr. and Mrs. T. Sayner, Miss Dunn, Mrs. Lamb, Mrs. Illingworth. Mrs. Rhodes. Mrs. E. West, Mrs. Munro, Miss Nellie Cawthra, Mrs. Kendall, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartley, Mrs. London, Mrs. Overend, and Mrs. Butterfield.

Messrs. Henry Mason (Shipley) Ltd. was represented by Messrs. W. Parker, J. Smith, J. S. Coates, J. Aveyard, and G. Foulger. Representatives of Shipley Working Men's Club present were Messrs. J. Watson, N. Howker, J. O. Jenkins, W. Walsh, J. Excell, and Harry Wilkinson.

Others present included Mr. George Butterfield and Mr. George Foulger (Shipley District, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity), Mr. I. Gott (Saltaire Angling Association), Mr. J. Hudson, M.B.E., and Mr. G. Isles.

The funeral arrangements had been made by Messrs. W. Stephenson, of Saltaire.

Territorials’ dance

The 379 (Shipley) Company of the 49th West Yorkshire Regiment (Anti- Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers) held a successful and well-organised dance in the Saltaire Institute Friday (24 March) evening last. There were about 600 guests, and the M.C.s were C.S.M. Coxhead and Sergeant Emslie (dancing) and Sergeant Hardaker and Sapper Oddy (whist).

 
 
 

 

 

 

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