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1916 ~ The Managers' Minute Books


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1
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- 1916 -

Below we present the record of meetings the Managers held during 1916.  

In 1916 the issue of a new school in the area had receded somewhat, the war, no doubt, being the main focus of everybody’s attention.  There were references to the need to implement economies and likely shortages. Probably the marking of Empire Day, though less celebratory than in some earlier years, provided an important focus, When time was potentially short for those fighting overseas, Miss Swyer was permitted leave of absence to celebrate her brother’s return and marriage.

There had been requests in the past for an alteration in the date of the summer holiday to allow families to work in the hay fields (cf. 19/06/1908). While we might see a level of ‘self-interest’ in William Lavender’s request that this be done in 1916 (his proposed date was not entered), given that much of the man-power would have been fighting in France and Belgium, it was a sensible proposal. However, the Log Book recorded the more traditional date of late July (28th) was retained. It is possible that the June week long Whitsun holiday proved sufficient for farming families to carry out the work. The following year Ralph Youens was to note in the Log Book that the summer holiday was to be adjusted to allow for haymaking, by bringing it forward by three weeks and lasting five weeks.  He made this note on restarting after the Whitsun holiday which in 1917 was only two and a half days and two weeks earlier.




June 5th 1916

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom at 6.30 p.m. on Monday, June 5th 1916

Present:      Miss Warrender, Mrs Gorchen, W Lavender
                  & the Vicar in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.




Letters were read from

Mr Gott re school roof

Mr Bane for permission to Mr Tracey to give lecture on Australia

Mr Gott to say prize money would not be allowed, & limiting allowance for school materials

Also, re Mess Gusuly & Ewer’s account for repairs

Miss Groome for permission to be away on account of her sister’s death

Mr Youens re burst water pipe

Mr Gott re scarcity of paper & advocating economy

Also, asking if we could spare an infant teacher owing to scarcity

Also, about observing Empire Day

& from <Ruislip & Northwood> Urban District Council announcing reappointment of W Lavender as a manager



Diocesan Inspection

The Diocesan inspector’s report was read & considered satisfactory Divisions 1, 2, & 3 were classed “very good” 4 & 5 “excellent”




The Vicar presented a statement of accounts (which were passed) shewing receipts £21.5.5. and expenditure £12.8.3

leaving a balance in hand of £8.17.2.

He explained that there were outstanding accounts which had not been received.




Mr Lavender thought it was desirable that the date of the holidays should be altered so as to enable the children to help in the Hayfields and suggested Monday <omitted> June as a convenient date.

The Vicar undertook to consult the Education Authorities & it was decided that if no objection was raised the alteration should be made.


William A.G. Gray




(Entered in red ink on second half of page:)


Return of Teachers salaries with increases from Oct 1


Mr Youens





Miss Grist


+£4 =

£  99


Miss Swyer


+£4 =



Miss Holden


+£4 =



Miss Clough


+£4 =

£ 92


Miss Groome


+     =

£ 50











September 22nd 1916

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom on Friday, September 22nd 1916

Present:      Miss Warrender, W. Lavender
                  & the Vicar in the Chair.




The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed




Letters were read from Mr Gott & other correspondents re the summer holidays – one from Mr Bane re teachers’ salaries & one from Miss Groome asking leave of absence in consequence of her mother’s having had an accident.




The Vicar presented accounts total receipts £18.17.2 and expenditure £13.3.1 leaving balance in hand at this date of £5.14.1.

The Vicar presented accounts shewing a sum of £12.14.6 due to him from the Education Committee for payments made by him on their behalf for cleaning the school lavatories &c.


William A.G. Gray




November 29th 1916

A Meeting of the Managers was held at ‘Sigers’, Eastcote, on Wednesday, November 29th 1916 at 4 p.m.
when there were present:      Mrs Goschen, Miss Warrender
                                           & the Vicar in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed




There was no correspondence



Half Term holiday

Mr Gray reported that an application had been made to him by the Head Teacher for a half term holiday – He had replied that the matter must be settled by the Managers, so the application was deferred.



Miss Clough

Miss Clough reported that she was not allowed to teach any scripture lessons, all her children being taught by Miss Grist.  It had occasioned a little unpleasantness between her & the Head Master.  The Vicar had given her permission to remain away from school, till Christmas, till 9.45 a.m. & asked the Managers to enforce his action.  They accordingly did so.



Miss Swyer

Miss Swyer applied for leave of absence for a day for her borther’s wedding on his return from the Front.  This was granted.




The Vicar stated that since the last meeting two collections had been made in church for the school funds amounting together to £6.0.7. which, with £5.14.1. balance in hand, gave a total of £11.14.9. 

There had been no expenditure.


William A.G. Gray





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