A war Bonus, which may not be continued after the War

The absence of men at the Front meant younger boys were more useful than ever in church choirs.

The Choir Fund … is just about able to meet expenses, but it can do no more. The Rector, however, feels that the payment made to the Choirboys ought to be supplemented in these days of War, when the purchasing power of money is so much lower. At present the three leading boys receive 3s 9d a quarter, and the others 3s, ie about 3d a Sunday. We propose to institute a system of War Bonus – starting at the quarter beginning September 25 – which will be an addition payable to those boys, and only those boys, who make good attendances. The system will be as follows:

5s per quarter to each boy who never misses attendance at either Church Service or Choir Practice.

4s per quarter to each boy who only misses one attendance at either Church Service or Choir Practice.

3s per quarter to each boy who only misses two attendances at either Church Service or Choir Practice.

2s per quarter to each boy who only misses three attendances at either Church Service or Choir Practice.

1s per quarter to each boy who only misses four attendances at either Church Service or Choir Practice.

No excuse for absence from either Service or Practice will be accepted unless it be due to illness, or unless leave has been obtained from the Organist or the Rector. Parents and boys will understand that the War Bonus is independent of, and additional to, the regular payment, that the above regulations will be strictly carried out, and that this addition is a war Bonus, which may not be continued after the War.

Remenham parish magazine, September 1918 (D/P99/28A/4)

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