The value of the new buildings, fittings and military adaptations

7th February 1919

War Hospital Displacement Purposes: Poor Law Institutions

The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Divisional Officer, Royal Engineers, Reading, stating that he had been instructed to enquire as to the local feeling regarding the handing back of the Institution to the Guardians, and also whether the Guardians would be prepared to take over at a valuation any of the new buildings, fittings or adaptations to military requirements, which had been constructed.

Also reporting the receipt of a letter from the Reading Education Committee, stating that the Committee wished Grovelands School to be handed to them at the earliest opportunity.

Recommending that steps be taken for the return of the Institution to the Guardians, that the Clerk obtain a schedule showing the value of the new buildings, fittings and military adaptations, and that Mr W R Howell be engaged to prepare a list of the dilapidations to the original premises, such schedules to be submitted to a further meeting of the Committee.

Report of Emergency Committee, Reading Board of Guardians (G/R1/58)

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Permission for a brass tablet

On 27 June 1918, we heard that former school teacher Frederick George Sheldon had been killed. His old school did not forget him.

6th December 1918

Copy of letter:

Education Office, Blagrave St., Reading, 6th Dec. 1918.

Dear Sir, Your request for permission to place a brass tablet in the Hall of the George Palmer Sch. in memorial of the late Mr F.G.Sheldon is readily granted.

Yours truly,

Henry. F. Pugh, Clerk to the Committee.

Reading: George Palmer Boys’ School log book (89/SCH/8/1, p. 154)

Sleeping accommodation for the soldiers in the winter months

Groups associated with an Earley church were homeless after their premises were taken over for soldiers to sleep at.

The Military Authorities have taken over the use of the Mission Room, Cumberland Road. This means that the Sunday School, Mothers’ Meeting, Clothing Club and Scouts have to find a home elsewhere. Their purpose is to provide sleeping accommodation for the soldiers in the winter months who have been bivouacking in the College grounds on Whitley Hill, and so far we are glad that they should be undercover. But for ourselves it is not very convenient. Application has been made to the Education Authority for the loan of a hall or classroom in the New Town school and if this is granted our trouble will be ended.

Earley St Nicolas parish magazine December 1917 (D/P192/28A/14)