|Rushden Echo, 15th & 29th March, 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
29th March, 1918
War-Time Cultivation of Food
Wednesday, present Councillors John Spencer, J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, The Ven. A. Kitchin, M.A., T. Swindall, and J. Hyde, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
The minutes of the Committee Meetings were first dealt with.
War Savings Committee
A meeting of the War Savings Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 13th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), J. Claridge, and C. W. Horrell.
Northants Tank Week
A circular letter was received from the Hon. Secretary of the County Committee calling attention to the special Tank Week campaign commencing on February 25th and asking for the co-operation of this Committee.
It was resolved to invest all monies received from the various Associations in the town in the purchase of Certificates at the Tank and that the subscriptions for the next two weeks be retained and used for this purpose. It was also resolved to make a special appeal to the Associations to increase their subscriptions as much as possible for these two weeks. Mr. Horrell undertook to bring the matter before the local Shoe Manufacturers’ Association with a view to the members investing as much as possible in the purchase of Bonds at the Tank.
An invitation was received from the Mayor of Northampton for representatives to attend a meeting there on Saturday, February 16th, to discuss arrangements, and the Chairman and Mr. Horrell undertook to attend this meeting.
The Secretary reported that the total receipts since January 1st of the various Associations amounted to £1,098 9s. 8d., and the total value of Certificates purchased up to date to £18,751 18s. 0d.
Business Men’s Week
A circular letter was received from the Chairman of the National War Savings Committee asking this Committee to take part in a “Boom” week for the sale of National War Bonds and War Savings Certificates, to be known as “The Business Men’s Week,” to take place in the first week in March, but, having regard to the County Tank Week of the previous week, the Committee felt unable to promise any great exertions for the “Boom” Week.
A further meeting of the Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Friday, February 22nd, 1918, when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), J. Claridge, H. Lack, J. T. Colson, F. L. Heygate, and C. W. Horrell.
The Chairman reported that he with Mr. Horrell attended the meeting at Northampton on Saturday last, when arrangements were made in connection with the proceedings during the week. Friday afternoon, from two to four, was set apart for Rushden, Irthlingborough, Finedon, and Raunds. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Chairmen of the Raunds, Irthlingborough, and Finedon Councils expressing the satisfaction of this Committee on being associated with their towns on this occasion.
It was resolved that hand-bills be circulated throughout the town appealing to the inhabitants generally to support the effort being made during the week.
The Chairman reported that the Shoe Manufacturers were offering to their employees 2s. for every Certificate to a maximum of ten.
The Treasurer undertook to attend at the Council Buildings on Thursday, the 8th instant, from 6 to 8, to give information and accept contributions.
The Chairman said the result of the Tank Week was very satisfactory.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Allotments Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Friday, February 22nd, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), Thos. Wilmott, J. Claridge, T. Swindall, J. S. Mason, L. Baxter, H. Smith, W. Gutteridge, and J. S. Clipson.
EARLIES The Surveyor reported that the four tons of early seed potatoes ordered had not yet been delivered. It was resolved that immediately upon delivery an advertisement be inserted in the local papers that they were available for sale in similar manner to last year:-
Sharpe’s Express, 16s. per cwt.
Eclipse, 14s. per cwt.
MAIN CROP It was resolved to order six tons of seed potatoes for the Main Crop, viz., three tons King Edward at £9 15s. per ton, delivered, and three tons of Arran Chief, at £8 15s. per ton on rail in Scotland. These to be advertised for sale in due course. All applications to be made within 14 days from the date of the advertisement.
The Chairman said that Mr. Miller had agreed that the allotments in Victoria-road should remain in the occupation of the holders until Christmas next. He was glad that more allotments were being taken up.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Monday, February 18th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, and Fred Knight.
The Clerk submitted a statement showing the estimated receipts and expenditure up to March 31st, showing an estimated cash balance of £1,846. It was resolved to invest £1,000 of this balance in the five per cent War Bonds repayable in 1922.
The report was adopted.
Council In Committee
A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 27th, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, and F. Knight.
were presented for:-
A leather store for Messrs. Radburne and Bennett, Ltd., near their factory on the Irchester-road, and passed.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Report of the Medical Officer for the month of February was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 27 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.
Four books belonging to the Free Library and one book belonging to the Athletic Club Library found in infected houses had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
Two lots of infected bedding had also been destroyed after deaths from consumption and the houses disinfected. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d. in each case.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work since the last meeting.
An application was received from Mr. Arthur Okins for renewals of his Carbide and Petrol Licenses, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that 33 notices had been sent to factories relating to the giving out of outwork, 23 lists had been received containing the names and addresses of 71 persons employed within this district and of 27 employed outside the district.
An application was received from Mr. Bainbridge for an increase of salary.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase his salary from 16 to 20 guineas per annum dating from the 1st proximo.
National Registration Acts, 1915 And 1918
A memorandum from the Local Government Board was received calling attention to the general principles to be observed in the maintenance of the National Register as amended by the Act of 1918.
A circular was received from the Food Production Department appealing to local authorities to increase the number of allotments in their district in order that as much food as possible might be grown this year. The Committee were of opinion that everything possible was being done in this district.
Parliamentary Local Elections (No. 2) Act, 1917
A memorandum from the Local Government Board was received stating that the above Act provided that the next Statutory Election of District Councillors be postponed, or, in case of elections already postponed by the Elections and Registrations Act, 1915, be further postponed for a year, and that accordingly the term of office of the existing Councillors be extended for one year.
The Committee expressed their regret at this further postponement and a strong wish that some steps should be taken whereby the active number of members of the Council might be brought up to the normal, and instructions were given to the Clerk with this end in view.
A circular from the Royal Commission on Paper was received inquiring (a) What arrangements had been made for the collection of waste paper; (b) whether the collection was undertaken by the local Authority or by private enterprise; (c) whether household refuse was sorted with the object of re-claiming paper; and (d) in the event of no organised efforts existing, whether the Council would be prepared to undertake a system of collection.
The Clerk was instructed to reply that the waste paper in this district was collected by the local Printing Offices. No collection was undertaken by the local Authority, who had no staff available for the purpose, and further that the Council were of the opinion that everything that was possible was being done.
A memorandum was received from the Chief Constable giving details of the modification of the present plan of obscuring street lamps that might be adopted.
The Surveyor was instructed to write to the Quarries usually dealt with asking for quotations for the ensuing year’s supply of Road Materials required for the scheduled roads.
A letter was received from the County Surveyor inquiring if the Council would be prepared to renew the Contract for the maintenance of the Main Roads in this district for a further year upon the same terms.
The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.
An application was received from Mr. W. W. Smith for an increase in the rate paid to him for team labour, from 10s. to 12s. per day.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.
The Surveyor was instructed to arrange with Mr. Smith for the hire of a horse and cart without driver.
The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had met at the Cemetery and decided to recommend that the laying-out of additional land be deferred until next year.
They also recommended that all unused grave spaces in Block “C” be charged ordinary fees for purchased graves.
The Committee agreed, and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.
Inspector of Nuisances
A letter was received from Mr. Allen resigning his Office as Inspector of Nuisances to this Council on his appointment to a similar office for the Borough of Warwick.
It was resolved to accept the resignation, and the Clerk was instructed to advertise for a Successor at a salary of £150.
Mr. Bates asked if anything had come out of the suggestion that the “active members of the Council might be brought up to the normal.”
The Chairman: Yes, but the matter is not yet complete.
The reference to the Inspector of Nuisances was sent back to the Committee.
Mr. Bates urged that the time had come for the Council to do the scavenging of the town direct.
The report was adopted.
Finance & Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, March 5th, 1918, at 10a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, and J. Claridge.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the following balances were in his hands:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £355 4s. 11d. were examined and passed for payment.
It was resolved that a special meeting of the Finance Committee be held on Friday, the 22nd instant, at 7 p.m., to clear up the accounts for the year.
The report was adopted.
Mr. H. Lack submitted a report of the work of the overseers for the year (Messrs. John Claridge, J. T. Colson, L. Baxter, and T. W. C. Linnitt).
Mr. Bates moved the re-election of the overseers.
Mr. Clipson seconded, and it was carried, thanks being passed to the overseers on the proposition of Mr. Swindall.
Mr. Claridge said that he did not think the Assessment Committee of the Union had paid sufficient deference to the wishes of the overseers. It was a thankless office, but the overseers had tried to do their duty.
29th March, 1918
Seed Potatoes for War-Time
A special meeting of the Council was held on Friday evening last, when there were present Councillors J. Spencer, J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).
The special business was to sign cheques to the amount of £736 to wind up the accounts for the year.
The Clerk said they had in hand a good stock of seed potatoes for sale to the public, both of the early and the main crop varieties.
Mr. Bazeley thought there would be a good demand for them. The season was still young, and a good lot of the ground was not yet ready.
The Surveyor said that the early varieties were Sharpe’s Express and Eclipse, and the later potatoes were Arran Chief and King Edward.
Mr. Bazeley moved that the heartiest congratulations of the Council be extended to the Chairman (Mr. John Spencer) on the honour which had been conferred upon him in his appointment as a magistrate for the County. It was an honour which was well deserved. Mr. Spencer had done a lot of honorary work for the town, and he (Mr. Bazeley) was very pleased at the honour which had been conferred upon him.
Mr. Knight said he had great pleasure in seconding the proposition and in supporting the remarks of Mr. Bazeley Mr. Spencer had done a great amount of work for the town; in fact, it was a question whether he had not done more than his successor would care to follow. A great deal of work fell to the lot of the Chairman of the Council for the time being, but Mr. Spencer had done a great deal outside the Council as well. The members of the Council were only too pleased to congratulate Mr. Spencer upon the honour which the Lord Lieutenant had recommended should be conferred upon him. They congratulated him upon his appointment as a magistrate, and hoped he would be spared many years to render further service, not only to the town, but to the county.
The proposition was carried unanimously.
The Chairman, in reply, said he very much appreciated the kindness and the congratulations of his colleagues. He had been struck with what he had seen when he had been on the Bench, and he had been exceedingly pleased to sit on that Bench under the chairmanship of Mr. F. Knight and to see that justice had been administered there in a very careful manner indeed. He was very pleased also with the Superintendent of Police and that officer’s attitude towards the prisoners in the dock. The Superintendent, if he could possibly say a good word in favour of a prisoner, had been glad to utter it. He (Mr. Spencer) had had a good many congratulations from friends outside, but he appreciated most of all the good wishes and the compliments paid to him by the members of the Urban Council. One of the chief things was that they should try to temper justice with mercy, and he thought the Bench of Magistrates in that division had always tried to carry out that injunction.