"STOCKTAKING TIME THE VILLAGE AS VILLAGERS SEE IT"
S TO C K TA K I N G TIME THE VILLAGE AS VILLAGERS SEE IT In this first issue of yet copy which we hope will save In this issue FOR THE SIXTH another new year, with "resolution" reasonably a lot of trouble. REMEMBERING Distribution TIME, FOLKS: fresh in many minds, it CLIVE WOODS seems timely to announce Distribution is monitored interesting developments – Plus with availability to local peo- by way of an appraisal of A NEWCOMER’S VIEWS HAPPY ple always the priority. Of how this publication defines course, we welcome our Plus the two words Community many other readers; visitors, FRIENDS OF COLLEGE and Newspaper. and people of no small influ- Plus ence – but their attention NEWS YEAR It is extremely important that readers feel involved with the Sentinel to the extent of what makes it all the more impor- tant that we give them a ALL OUR USUAL UNUSUALS is nowadays known as 'a realistic 'inside view''. sense of ownership'. Conse- Reporting setting department as well as CONCERT SEASON quently, 'the team' will be out writing articles, while Roger and about more in future We hope, "with all contribu- AT St PAUL'S asking for people's thoughts Clarke remains our ace re- tions gratefully received" to porter and interviewer in ad- on local current affairs do more in the way of report- dition to taking responsibility St. Paul's Church, Kirkgate, (particularly those on which ing events after they have for distribution. Shipley, (the parish of the wider press presents only happened. One role which which extends into the Vil- an outsider's view) and put- the Sentinel has always un- Your participation is always lage) launches a season of ting them, with names where dertaken, so relevant to our welcome. Oh, and my role? : monthly Friday evening desired, in the paper. Mean- special setting, is the recall- while, this newspaper will ing of history. Now, we like James Duncan, Editor concerts on January 25th with a visit by the popular have a more visible presence to think we can combine Miscellany. Billed as "A at various public gatherings these aspects in an even light hearted concert by and plans are being drawn more exciting way because, serious musicians", the up for some special Sentinel with copies going into the ROGER CLARKE events; of which more news Saltaire Archive, we are re- OUR MAN ON THE TELLY programme will include as it develops. One particu- cording history, for readers "song, cabaret and even a larly exciting venture here of the future, as it happens. Locks and Quays, the series hint of Music Hall" and will be take production "onto promises "an evening to made by 'Centini' for ITV, the streets", using a laptop to Theme beat the winter blues". comes to the screen this month let everyone see - and be on Thursday evenings at Forthcoming attractions One theme runs clearly physically part of – how the 7.30pm, with the episode fea- include an organ recital by through all the points above: Sentinel is put together. turing Saltaire – and well the accomplished Stephen This newspaper is by no There are all sorts of great known personality Roger Mott (Feb 22nd), and a definition a tourist brochure. initiatives being undertaken Clarke - due to be broadcast If we tend to take a positive celebration of early vocal by various different bodies in on 17th. Although we all view of most things, that is and instrumental music Saltaire and the point has learned a lesson about over because we are a community under the heading 'Pastime been made more than once enthusiasm from the BBCs of positive people. The role of visit last year, and although with Good Com- that a little more 'networking' the Sentinel is to present to there is already a disappointing pany' (March 14th). might benefit all. While the anyone who is interested The 'leak' that Roger will not be Tickets for the concerts, Sentinel needs to retain its Village as Villagers see it. appearing in his much loved independence, it also needs which begin at 7pm, cost role of the Revd. Cowan, there to be recognised by all as a Team £5 (accompanied children is a strong likelihood that our vehicle potentially at their under 12 free) and can be disposal. So this year Pamela The Sentinel is put together star reporter will be seen as reserved by ringing will be inviting all likely par- by a small, dedicated team: himself in shots of the canal 595416. The season con- Pamela Reynolds brings her bank. "We recorded for about ties to join our 'e-mailing tinues until May and Senti- thirty minutes there," says list', so that they will receive technical expertise, already nel readers will be kept fully Roger, who promises a regular reminder of our familiar to visitors to the "Autographs later". informed. deadline and a pro forma for Village Website, to the type- WHATEVER IT IS – SAY IT IN THE E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR use the form to be found on the website: www.saltairevillage.info FEBRUARY 08 deadline: 20th JAN Roger Clarke's SALTAIRE FOLK SPECIAL Following Clive’s funeral at Nab Wood, there was an In January, 2007, Clive Woods was featured in this col- equally well attended Wake at umn. It was difficult to “interview” Clive, who was Victoria Hall. Memories and most at home discussing the Salt family history, or the anecdotes were shared, and pressing issues of the day which affected the Village. He gave us all a poignant picture was surprised that anyone would be interested in him as of the personality of this an individual. He always set himself to one side in order unique figure in our commu- to focus on the issues which he was passionate about. A nity. Clive's nephew John good example came after he suffered his stroke, when he and niece Jackie talked affec- was amazed by everyone’s reaction to his illness. He was tionately about his intellectual deeply touched by the concern which was shown, accept- abilities, and of his huge heart ing with feigned resignation that he “had” to report and passion for his work. every day to Anne and Roger at the Information Centre, Friend of 44 years, Larry where a special chair was reserved for him, “just to make Anderson reminded us that R E M E M B E R I N G sure that I’m still alive,” and laughing that he’d scared Clive was always different Phil Fluke, who also kept a close eye on him, by forget- from the herd. For example, CLIVE WOODS ting to let him know that he’d be away in Wakefield do- as a 17 year old student he About eighty people ing some historical research. He refused to acknowledge dressed like a middle aged don gathered at Nab Wood the severity of his illness, dealing with his residual symp- in tweeds and cardigans Crematorium on the cold toms with impatience because they got in the way of his (nothing changes then!). He but bright afternoon of work. When I asked him about the consequences of his also fought a duel in an hon- Monday, December 10th stroke, his reply that it was “a year’s lost research” re- ourable cause (the rights of 2007 to bid farewell to Clive flects his single minded approach to his life in Saltaire. black South Africans), with Woods, who died on real swords – and won. Phil November 22nd aged sixty- Clive was first and foremost a historian, totally dedicated Fluke recalled how Clive and one. to making an accurate and authenticated history of the he travelled all over Britain Salt family and the Village. His view of history was that Aware that he was and abroad with Phil and his it is simply a record of what men and women do in their harmoniums. Clive often addressing a very mixed lifetimes, and by this token Clive “made history” with audience, in terms of faith, acted as a hurdy-gurdy man, his efforts to conserve and protect Saltaire in the 1980s as well as being chief Harmo- The Revd. Paul Breeze, and 90s. minister of Saltaire United nium Shifter. Eddie Lawler Reformed Church, I asked him about the essential qualities of a local histo- recalled Clive’s alternative hu- conducted the service with rian. “Curiosity, a refusal to accept received opinion, and mour. When a party conver- a degree of religiosity which being prepared to go to any lengths to discover a new sation turned to earliest few would dispute was connection” was his prompt reply. These qualities suited memories, Clive claimed to be appropriate to the occasion. his personality well. He was his own man, with very able to remember the moment definite ideas about most subjects. He was also tenacious that he was born. He said He was not totally that his first words on entry to and obstinate, sometimes to the exasperation and frustra- convinced, he said, by the world were “Oh, no – not those who claimed that tion of his friends and colleagues when he neglected himself rather than giving up on an enquiry. He would again!” Richard Freeman of Clive had been a Humanist. follow any lead to make connections, usually resulting in the Shipley Glen Tramway Clive may have turned his him having a number of interconnected strands of re- talked about Clive’s seclusion. back on organised religion search at any given time. Clive was a weaver of ideas, Frustrated by an inability to but there remained about him a deep spirituality and and his unfinished product was always going to be a contact Clive (no doorbell, there was good reason for perfect understanding of the enigma which was his great phone or computer), Richard all, notwithstanding the bought him a mobile phone. hero, Sir Titus Salt. As a result, conversations with Clive sadness which united them After a week or so, Clive were usually long and convoluted as he was constantly at his death, to celebrate switched it off – he said that sidetracked by fascinating side issues. It was his passion with thanks the goodness the problem was that people for his subject which drove him on, and which made him with which he had touched were ringing him up and dis- so engaging. their lives. Following the turbing his life – “so this is the simple, but very moving Inevitably, like most single minded people, he was seen last call”, and he never service, a large number of as a little eccentric. I thought that I was taking a risk switched it on again. Contri- those present proceeded to when I broached this with him, but to my surprise he butions from the floor in- Victoria Hall (see column 4, took it as a compliment. He noted that Sir Titus had been cluded one from a fellow book- opposite) at the invitation of similarly single minded, and his other great hero, shop owner who recalled Clive's relatives, who had Charles Waterton, a naturalist, (and a friend of Sir Titus) Clive’s generosity towards travelled from Lancashire was certainly an eccentric. It was his brilliance and thor- other traders, providing poten- and further afield. oughness as a scientist which Clive so much admired, as tial competitors with informa- well as his rather unorthodox methods. Waterton was tion and carpentry skills to As they left the crematorium, many paused also an accurate and keen observer of animals. Clive help them with their busi- at the coffin, on top of commented that “his description of a three toed sloth nesses. Messages had also which was a photograph of almost brought me to tears”. been received from Denys Salt Clive sporting a magnificent These heroes had another appeal – their quirky sense of and Lord Wallace of Saltaire, auburn beard which, it both acknowledging Clive’s humour, which Clive shared with them. At a personal seems, he had cultivated contribution to Saltaire. De- level, that is the impression of Clive that I treasure the for some competition or nys described him as most, when his face relaxed into a grin with mischievous other in 2003. “irreplaceable”, and none of and child-like humour, and I could see the thing which the gathering would disagree [Photo courtesy of Richard Clive had most difficulty in seeing - that so many people with that. Roger Clarke Heald] loved him for himself. SALTS FIRST IMPRESSIONS DAVID FORD'S RACHEL NOBLE, who moved into the Village a few SALTAIRE BOOKSHOP MILL months ago, shares her observations: I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn, when I say that Saltaire is a 217 Bingley Road Open Mon-Sat. 10– 5 Opened 1853 and still strange little place. A bit like stepping back in time, Late opening Thurs. till 8 but still having to access to a 24 hour supermarket New and second hand books Open Every Day and an off-licence. The reason why I feel it is particu- EVENTS THIS MONTH Attractions include larly strange however, came to me when reading an Thurs, Jan 24 SALT’S DINER article claiming that a fifth of people don’t know the Bob Swindells, names of their neighbours. The article was demon- children's author. Cafe in to the strating that community spirit as we know it, no longer Winner of the Opera existed, but I think Saltaire is living proof that it is alive and well. Some communities are led by a major Carnegie medal. SALTAIRE HIS- £2.50 for adults includes employer (Bourneville, Port Sunlight), or by a shared a glass of a wine. 50p for TORY EXHIBITION goal (Greenham Common) but Saltaire seems driven by under 16s, includes a a pride for the place we’re living in. The fact that the 1853 Gallery cup of squash or juice. village is a UNESCO World Heritage site certainly gives Tel. 589144 AND MUCH MORE Saltaire an identity, but the community aspect of the email@example.com village extends to more than simply Sir Titus’ buildings ADMISSION FREE and a sense of history. 01274-531163 Projects such as the Advent Calendar, Saltaire Festival MAGIC and Village Society seem to show that residents have a NUMBER THREE real sense of passion for where they live and for those VICTORIA they share it with. 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If we can do this, there’s no telling what food for thought. 9 V ICTORIA R OAD else we can do… ________________________________________________ ADVERTISING POLICY PETER COLLEGE AT HEART OF COMMUNITY Staff and Governors at Shipley College have long A small number of local concerns enjoy regular, if modest, advertising in shown their commitment to Saltaire and its history. RANDALL The Salt Archive is housed there, and there is a strong these pages. These are all establishments which link between the Salt family and the College Principal, Gentleman’s Jean McAllister, who is acutely conscious of the leg- serve as outlets for the newspaper. To that extent Hairdresser acy of educational excellence which she has inherited. only, there is an element OFSTED reports confirm that she is succeeding. of business in the ex- AND MORE ! change. Far more impor- FRIENDS OF SHIPLEY COLLEGE: The College is keen 205, Bingley Road to discover how you feel that it can be more effectively tantly, however, carrying involved with the Saltaire community. It invites any- the Sentinel involves an 01274 – 597140 understanding of its com- one to complete a short questionnaire about this which munity ethos by which, in will shortly be available for you to download from the a sense, outlets advertise The SPA www.saltairevillage.info website. There is also a special group of the Friends of Shipley each other. No money changes hands. Advertis- College who are interested in local history. It supports ing space in the Sentinel 21 Titus Street the presence and maintenance of the Salt Archive at is not for sale. Other busi- the Resource Centre in Exhibition Road. 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M ORE - N OTICES - N EWS - A NNOUNCEMENTS - N EWS - N OTICES - M ORE SALTAIRE VILLAGE WEBSITE THE GRAND SWITCH ON BRACKEN HALL Here I am - typesetting the Sen- December 2nd 2007 saw the Grand Switch On of the Sal- COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE tinel for it to go to press before taire Community Christmas Tree Lights by Eddie Lawler’s Glen Road, Baildon, the Christmas holidays - and I’m magic umbrella. Over 200 people turned out on a wild Shipley writing this piece on 17 th Decem- Friday 19th and wintry night to join in the carol singing with Bradford ber, if truth be told. The Sentinel Festival Choral Society, and enjoy mulled wine and mince Guided walk to will be available from 2 nd Janu- pies. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time to sup- Cliffe Castle ary, so our readers will know if it’s been a White Christmas (or port this event with special thanks to all those who con- (9 miles) not!) - or if World Peace broke tributed. A total of £809.70 was raised by the community Return from Keighley. out suddenly on New Year’s Day towards the overall cost of £1026, with the remainder covered by the Saltaire Festival Arts Group who organized Train fare and lunch re- (pray to God). If only I had a quired. time machine, I could write the event. Gordon and Harriet Mathie Meet at Bracken Hall about these events. In the event 10.30am. Friday 26th of a White Christmas - I’d tell you that I was out with Patrick Family walk to LOCAL ARTISTS' CHARITY EXHIBITION Hirst Wood and our two dogs and we had taken photos and that there was Paula Dunn and Steve Simpson, two of the artists who (3 miles) a new gallery of snowy Saltaire opened up their houses as part of the hugely successful Bring along a drink on the website. If World Peace Saltaire Arts Trail, are teaming up for a joint exhibition of and a snack. really had happened, I wouldn’t their latest work, to be staged over the weekend of Febru- Meet at Bracken Hall comment - no one would care ary 9th and 10th, with a preview evening on Thursday what I felt about it, though 10.30am. Sunday 28th 7th from 7pm. The exhibition, which will raise money for Fungi Foray in heaven knows, I’d be a different the Candlelighters charity for children diagnosed with woman to the one I am now, who Shipley Glen leukaemia, will be situated in the reception areas of Sal- feels pressed with worry about (2 hours) taire Orthodontics at No.4 Victoria Road, generously the future of my grandchildren, Meet at Bracken Hall made available by owner Sandeep Sharma. Anyone inter- and their children to come. Have at 2pm you ever heard of Medina S. ested in attending the preview evening should contact email@example.com to request an invitation or tele- 584140 Griffiths, the first Headmistress of Salt School for Girls (1876— phone 581375. ____________________ 86)? I got to know about her from Sally Rackham, an indirect SHIPLEY RETIRED descendant of Medina’s who CALLING ALL EVENTS ORGANISERS! MEN’S FORUM wrote to the website from Tas- Meetings, with a guest mania. Sally inspired me to find Bradford Council has recently re-launched its Visitbrad- speaker, on alternate out more about Medina’s life. I ford.com website, which is the principal source of tourist Wednesdays in Shipley ended up writing a presentation information for the District. All businesses wishing to Library at 10.15am for the Saltaire History Club on attract tourist trade are encouraged to take a look at Medina, and co-presented it with New members welcome www.visitbradford.com and contact jac- my daughter, Elizabeth Lock- firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like add further 591745 wood at the Christmas meeting. details. A powerful new feature is the Guest Link, a facil- ____________________ There was mulled wine, mince ity that allows organisers to upload their own event infor- pies, a fabulous talk on Women’s SHIPLEY ROTARY CLUB mation which is automatically made available on sites Education by Hattie Townsend, such as visitbritain.com and yorkshire.com, as well as Every Tuesday 12.30 – and thoughts of Medina, sup- visitbradford.com. Training is required to use Guest 2pm ported by a PowerPoint presenta- Link, but if you are interested in a future workshop in Lower Hall, Otley Road tion, of course! She was an in- spirational woman and, heck, Saltaire contact email@example.com for more call Arthur Smith: was Saltaire lucky to have her information. Craig McHugh 01535 270615 input! She emphasised the im- portance of character and kind- ness above all else - the ability STORM IN A TEA MUG WORLD HERITAGE to problem solve, to think inde- January, 1890: Weavers and spinners in Salts Mill WHEELIE pendently, to be honourable and threatened to strike when a notice was posted to prevent Does NOT talk rubbish “true in all womanly relation- ships”, never forgetting that fam- them taking food and drink into the Mill. They said that ily responsibilities often domi- it was an attempt by the firm to force them to buy food in nate women’s lives. In one of her the dining hall, which was run by the Bradford Coffee speeches she welcomes her girls Tavern Company. Mr Edward Salt intervened and said back to school and asks them to: that hands would be able to use the dining hall unre- “Begin the year with increased stricted, and that they would have every privilege which hope, for hope is energy begun, they had possessed in the times of the late Sir Titus Salt. and energy - success!” And The notice had been posted to prevent time wasters that’s what I’ll leave you with. warming their meals before the bell for meal time had Before the holiday is over, I’ll been rung. In future, facilities would be made for hands make sure that Medina’s words to do everything which they used to do inside, on the out- are published on the website. side of the workplace. As a parting shot, the workers com- The next History Club meeting plained that the tea which was served in the dining hall will be on 31 st January, 7.00 was undrinkable, receiving the reassurance that in future pm at Shipley College, Exhibi- only good food and tea would be provided. Roger Clarke tion Road. All Welcome! Wishing all a Happy and Peace- CONTACT SALTAIRE "I always get too much ful and Hopeful New Year. Based at the entrance to Salts Mill. Wednesdays, inside me over the Pamela Reynolds 10am to 2pm. Come and talk about community www.saltairevillage.info issues. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org festive season!" The Saltaire Sentinel is written by the people of Saltaire and photocopied by Shipley College in the heart of Saltaire EVERY MONTH. It is not affiliated to, nor in any way controlled or influenced by any group, society or organisation. Sadly, sooner or later you will dispose of this copy of the Sentinel. Please do so with care for our World Heritage Site environment.