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1947 ~ The Managers' Minute Books


Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE Primary School
Managers’ Minute Book 1
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- 1947 -

The minutes of the Managers’ meeting held on January 15th 1943 were entered into the Minute Book, and signed by the Vicar, the Rev. Ernest Mortimer (who had succeeded the Rev. George Derek Barnsley later in 1943) on March 7th 1946, when presumably the next meeting was held.  However, minutes of the March 1946 meeting, and any subsequent meetings before November 13th 1947 have not survived.    

Below we present the record of the meeting of Managers on November 13th 1947.    

Thomas Wilkinson outlined that there were four teaching staff vacancies, with Miss Candish and Mr Beazer both having left to take up Headships.  The Vicar explained that prompt action had been needed to fill these two, one by internal promotion, the second with an outside appointment.  No detail was given about the other two vacancies.  

All other items on the agenda related to the buildings: a boiler, roofing, lavatories, drawing up a development plan (an outcome of the Education Act 1944), level of funds, hall letting charges, chairs for the hall, hall acoustics, and the ‘resignation’ of a Mr Fogarty who, in a voluntary capacity, had overseen the electrical installations and liaised with the Local Authority on such matters.  

The minutes were extensive, probably the result of Mr Dixon-Smith’s comments on poor record keeping over the previous few years (see the introduction to the Minutes of 1934 and his handwritten note on p.174).  These extended minutes were to be the pattern for future minutes in Minute Book 2, which almost exclusively dealt with buildings related issues, funding streams and the like. This minute for Managers’ meeting of November 13th 1947 will therefore be the last given in full. 





November 13th 1947

A Meeting of the Managers was held at the school on Thursday, November 13th, 1947 at 7:30 p.m.


Vicar (in Chair)
Messrs. W.D. Lees, T.W. Hurrell, A. Hanhart, W. Dixon-Smith,
and the Head Teacher, Mr Wilkinson



Teaching appointments

The Head-Teacher stated that there now existed four vacancies on the teaching staff, the main two having been caused by promotion to Head Teacherships of Mr Beazer and Miss Candish.  Supply Teachers were now being employed.  The vacancies had been advertised through the usual channels for many weeks, and some six applications were now before the Managers.  

The Vicar explained that he had anticipated the Managers’ consent to fill two of these vacancies, under the following circumstances:-

Miss Dann

Miss Dann, already on the staff with fifteen years service, has submitted by far the most acceptable application for the post of Chief Infant Teacher to follow Miss Candish.  She had well earned the increase in responsibility and salary this would bring, and had the fullest confidence of the Head Teacher.  It had been desirable to make this appointment at very short notice, and the Vicar had assumed the responsibility of telling Mr Wilkinson that Miss Dann might take up her new duties at the beginning of the current term.




Mr Peter Ward’s application for the post of assistant teacher was literally the only one which promised the necessary qualifications from outside the existing staff.  Both the Vicar and Mr Wilkinson had interviewed Mr Ward as well as studying his credentials, and had been given a highly favourable impression.  The Vicar had intended to submit the application to the Managers recommending its acceptance but two days previously he had learnt that a decision should be made at once.  Accordingly he had authorised Mr. Wilkinson to offer Mr Ward the post.  No reply had yet come.  The Managers were then given the details of this application.



Miss Dann appointed

Mr Dixon-Smith proposed, Mr Hurrell seconded, and it was carried, that Miss Dann be appointed chief Infant teacher.



Mr Ward appointed

Mr Hurrell proposed, Mr Hanhart seconded, and it was carried, that Mr Ward be appointed assistant teacher.



Mr Beazer –

Miss Candish

It was unanimously agreed that letters be sent as from the Managers to Mr Beazer and Miss Candish congratulating them on promotion and thanking them for their services.




Mr Dixon-Smith read a report on the boiler in the Infants’ department showing that it was worn out as well as being too small, and must be replaced.  A new one was on order from Mr Batten, at a cost of £30 plus cost of fixing.



Current expenses


The rubberoid roof, as replaced by Mr Batten some eighteen months before, was quite inefficient and let the rain in everywhere, except over Mr Wilkinson’s room.  Mr Hurrell described the double process required to make this type of roofing efficient.  Mr Wilkinson urged that the advice of the Rubberoid Company should be sought; and stated that very soon the County authorities would carry out the work of re-decoration and making-good war damage.  This would include the setting up of asbestos sheeting ceilings to the corridors and the roof above them should be made water-tight before this was done.




Mr Wilkinson also urged that the lavatories should be boxed in, as their exposure incurred heavy annual expense in burst pipes. 



Approach to County Education Committee

It was finally agreed that in view of the steadily increasing expenses of maintenance and repair, and the indefinite delay of the relief which would be afforded by the operation of the Education Act and the implementing of the Development Plan, a list of works done and requiring to be done, or anticipated, should be drawn up by Mr Dixon-Smith & Mr Wilkinson and submitted by the Managers to the County Education Committee with a view to learning what portion of the cost would be accepted by the County under the heading of fair wear and tear.




On the matter of the funds at the disposal of the Managers, Mr Dixon‑Smith said that while £250 was held, and needed to be kept in reserve, the revenue was not quite meeting the expenditure.



Charges for Hall

The Vicar raised the matter of charges for the use of the Hall.  It was agreed after discussion that charges for theatrical & operatic performances should be unchanged until the seating and acoustics could be improved.  For meetings, the charges of one guinea and one and a half guineas should be raised respectively to £1:5/- and £2:2:0 For Badminton and rehearsals the fee of 12/6 should be raised to 17/6.




The official seating capacity allowed by the authorities was 270 whereas we required 320.  The Managers agreed to assume that the County Council would not be likely to press their lower maximum figure in view of the fact which had been made plain to them on several occasions that their own intrusion of a hot plate and tables for school meals reduced the floor space of the Hall. But the chairs greatly needed renovation.  Mr Hurrell commended application to a big chain firm. Mr Dixon Smith replied that the firm employed was a considerable one.




Mr Lees described the bad acoustics of the Hall.  Words from the stage were inaudible to people seated about 2/3 of the way back, although audible from the very back.   Mr Hurrell suggested that this might be overcome by a microphone on the stage & two box speakers in the Hall.

Mr Wilkinson developed this theme by asking the cost of a loud speaking system throughout the school with a microphone in the Head Teacher’s room.  Mr Hurrell mentioned £30-40 as likely; and Mr Wilkinson said he could find £20 towards this. 



Mr Fogarty

Mr Dixon-Smith read a letter from Mr Fogarty saying in the first place that even after his extensive overhaul & supervision of the wiring system, the County Council were not satisfied on one of two details – smaller switches were to be attached in certain places, and the conductors bound in asbestos cord.  In the second place Mr Fogarty asked to be relieved by a younger man of the work he had voluntarily done for so many years as technical adviser to the Managers on electrical equipment, and as liaison officer with the County Council.  It was agreed that a successor be sought, and that the Mangers record their appreciation of Mr Fogarty’s work, this to be inserted in the Parish Magazine.


Ernest C Mortimer
9th March, 1948





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