MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE BASQUE CHILDREN'S ADMINISTRATIVE SUB-COMMITTEE HELD ON TUESDAY MARCH 7th, 1939, AT 27 MARSHAM STREET, S.W.1. AT 5 p.m.
PRESENT: Dr. Ellis (Chairman)
Dame Janet Campbell
Mr. Fuller Bryant
Dr. Betty Morgan
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Received from Miss Rathbone
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING : The Minutes of the last meeting, having been circulated, were taken as read and signed.
3. MATTERS ARISING ON THE MINUTES:
i. Dr. Camps' report
a) Bray Court - Dr. Camps said that the root of the difficulties at Bray Court lay in the fact that the Warden had all the responsibility of running the Home and none of the freedom of a Warden. All the ordering was done by the House Secretary and the Warden had no check. Since Dr. Camps had been at Bray, stores had been checked up on one or two occasions and had been found short. After the checking, matters had improved. The Accountant had not yet been to the Home but the matter was in hand. Miss Hawes had withdrawn her resignation at the meeting of the House Committee and Dr. Camps had promised that if she needed any assistance at any time the Central Committee would be glad to help.
The other problems were due to the fact that the children were not sufficiently occupied, and to the Spanish staff. Dr. Camps had interviewed all the older children, many of whom said they wished to prepare in some way for their future.
With regard to the Staff, it was a little difficult to change them at this stage - many of them were very unsettled at the moment owing to the political situation. Mr. Sanchez was doing good work. Mr. Bates, who was also giving valuable assistance was unfortunately leaving the home on March 18th.
Dr. Ellis suggested that Mr. Bates might possibly be replaced by Sr. Segurola Aristi, father of one of the Bray Court boys. Sr. Segurola was at present in Boulogne. It was agreed to try and get Sr. Segurola to this country. Dr. Camps said that the Bray Court House Committee had asked if some older girls might be sent to the home to replace the 10 younger children who were to go to Montrose. Mr. Rickards asked that some assistance be sent immediately to Miss Hawes. At present there was not enough free time for any of the staff.
Mr. Rickards proposed that the present House Secretary be asked to resign. Someone would then be needed to take his
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