Pontefract and Castleford Express – Extracts 1938

Extracts – May to September 1938

13th May – DID NOT STOP – At the Leeds West Riding Crown Court, two Methley men, John Hickson (31) miner and Jack Banham (17) labourer were fined 10/- and 7/6p respectively for riding bicycles and failing to conform to a halt sign at Methley on April 19th. The reason for the difference was that Banham wrote expressing regret whereas no letter was received from Hickson.

3rd June – A COSTLY TOW – At the Leeds West Riding Court on Tuesday, Jack Seage (21) labourer, Methley was fined 7/6p for riding a bicycle being towed by a lorry.

10th June – PIGEON RACING – Leeds & District Federation (Reading Race). Thirteen Methley Homing Society members sent 79 birds – Results:-
Simpson 1919 and 1877,  Wilby 1872,  Thompson 1868,  Kaye 1864,  Dodsworth 1862,  Gallagher 1855, Hill 1848,  Bailey 1823 and Wright 1832.

2nd September – CRICKET – Methley end their season on Saturday when they entertain Headingley in a friendly fixture, which match is an annual game.

FOOTBALL  KICK OFF – Scholey Hill Athletic opened their season on Saturday when they entertained Bottomboat in a County Benevolent Fund match . A good exciting game was witnessed with the visitors the superior side. Although great praise must be given to Scholey Hill for their splendid performance in losing only 2 – 1.

POACHERS -At the Leeds WR Court on Tuesday, Leonard Lindley and Harold Grayson both of Methley were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game on land near the Iron Bridge, Methley, owned and occupied by Messrs. T and W Bower.  Both defendants sent letters pleading guilty. Evidence was given by F W Peacock, estate agent and Robert Goodall, farm labourer, both of Astley, Swillington, that on August 6th they saw Lindley on the land in possession of a gun and three wild duck which he admitted having shot. Grayson was also present and admitted he had been with Lindley when the ducks were shot. Lindley was fined £2 and Grayson 15/-. They were also ordered to pay 4s.3p costs each.

TRIP OF THE SEASON – On Saturday the Methley WMC held it’s annual children’s treat. The venue this year was Cleethorpes, and a grand day marked the occasion. The party comprised of about 500 which included 250 children all of whom received free travel, a free lunch and 2s.6p. The start of the return journey was 8.15pm and the tired but happy party arrived back in Methley at midnight. The arrangements for the trip were carried out by Mr GH Booth (secretary) and the Children’s Treat Committee.

SAD BEREAVEMENT – Much sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs E Shillito of Holmfield Cottages through the death of their only daughter, Olive aged 26, who died yesterday week at the Castleford and Normanton Dist Hospital following a serious operation necessitated by a long illness. Floral tributes were paid by a host of friends, organisations, dignitaries and members of her family.

16th September – CUP DRAW – The preliminary round of the WR County Cup Competition has been made and Scholey Hill Athletic go to Selby to meet Brayton on October 1st.

RAILWAY TRIP – Morecambe Illuminations was the venue of an evening trip organised by the LMS last Saturday. A good number left Methley shortly after 4pm returning back about 10pm after enjoying three hours viewing the lights.

RUNAWAY VICTORY – Entertaining Seacroft Harriers on Saturday, Scholey Hill got a great shock . In the opening stages of the game the visitors led by 3-1, to make matters worse Thackray failed with a penalty shot but after the interval the home side quickly levelled the score and went on the win by 7-4. A great victory after an unexpected start. Scorers were Jones (3), N Lumb, J Lumb, Castle and Sidwell.

ODDFELLOWS CENTENARY – The Loyal Earl Mexborough Lodge, Methley of the Independent Order of Oddfellows celebrated it’s centenary at the Old Bay Horse Inn,when there was a large gathering of members and friends. Present were Bro Fred Cundall of Leeds (Grand Master) along with Methley notables Rev. F Northrop, Dr. EWL White, Dr. JWA Dennis. Tea was served in the lodge room followed by a musical evening which included selections on the piano-accordian by Mr W Gettings (Publican)

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