Minutes of Parochial Church
Council Meeting on 27th May 2015 - at the home
of Moira Peden
Present: Revd. Mike Dent, Moira Peden,
John Davison, June Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey
Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree , Janet and
Keith Bell, Barbara Cock and Joyce Aynsley.
Invited guest Roger Styring.
01- Welcome - by Chair Revd. Mike Dent
and a thank you to Moira for her continued
02- Opening Prayers - led by Revd. Mike
03- Apologies – as Pat is still poorly
her apologies were recorded.
04- Minutes of the last meeting - Bill’s
name was added to the list of PCC members and
the spelling of Barbara Cock’s name was
05- Matters arising from minutes -
• Ideas from our ‘Mission Action Plan’ were
covered by Roger (Vicar’s slot)
• Update on the lych gate-John has completed all
the necessary paper work for the church
authorities and a faculty has been given. We
therefore have the legal right to carry out the
work within the next six months. A letter has
been sent to the ‘War Memorial Trust Scheme’ who
could give us a grant of up to 75% of the cost
(which is roughly £6,000) and a reply should
arrive within 6 weeks of the deadline date May
31st. John has also written to Acklington Parish
Council- no reply, French Company which owns the
prison- no reply, Rev Parker- he would like more
information. HUGE thanks go to John for all the
time he has spent completing forms and sending
06- Correspondences -
• £300 received from the Deanery Synod Fund to
pay for heating which will hopefully encourage
children to attend church.
• Christine Shield’s ordination on July 5th
2015. 13 tickets to be allocated to Warkworth
and 7 to Acklington. Mike went through the
arrangements for the day and anyone interested
to let him know. As most clergy will be
attending it was agreed that there would be no
service at church that Sunday.
07- Reports –
– two roof leak repairs have been carried out.
Grass has been cut three times and Bill to ask
that the new grave yard to be cut more
frequently too. Thanks to Bill for all his work
especially since he is doing the job by himself.
– Acklington has been mentioned and thanked at
the Deanery Synod for now paying the annual
quota in instalments during the year.
- Felton History Society, through David
Bradbrook, has completed a register of St John’s
grave yard and it was agreed to give them a
donation. Copies are available for sale, one is
in church and one will go to Woodhorn for anyone
- Income – Valentine lunch £426.20 / Lemington
Male voice choir £470.50 / 100 Club £610 /
Easter Egg raffle £70 / Deanery Synod Donation
- Expenditure – Extinguishers £48 / Northumbrian
Water £98.50 / Hayes and Finch £65.57 /
Quota £5898 / Oil £419.48 / Bibles x2 £49.98
- 2015 Insurance to be £2523.95
Thanks to Joan for all her work.
• DBS – Janet Bell is now the officer
• Events – Summer Fayre on 6th June need more
help on stalls. Guyzance afternoon tea has been
cancelled due to changes at the hall. Scarecrow
event in August to be advertised in next
08- Vicar’s slot - given over to Roger to
give the PCC his expert help regarding
improvements within church and how to fund such
alterations. Roger has very kindly agreed to
complete a survey and write a report with his
recommendations. Until this has been received no
quotes will be obtained from heating or joinery
firms. Although nothing was decided, the
following are some of the points Roger gave us
to think about-
• Heat deficit needs to be calculated so the
number of radiators can be worked out. The
present heating system could be adapted to
accommodate extra radiators but ultimately a new
system would be needed.
• As a ‘place of worship’ there are restrictions
of grant funding, however, grants are available.
‘Awards for all,’ give smaller grants and have a
six week turn around.
• Adding more radiators would obviously increase
the amount of oil needed.
• Drainage for a kitchen and toilet block needs
to be considered and a septic tank would be
cheaper than taking pipework round the church
yard to the main sewer.
• As a Grade 2 listed building DSE must give
permission for any alteration but that shouldn’t
be a problem.
• HUGE thanks were given to Roger for his time
09- Any other business - Prayer list was
discussed and reduced as many thereon were much
Janet to produce a blank six month sides persons
rota for volunteers to fill in for themselves.
10- Date of next meeting – arranged for
7pm on 22nd July 2015 at Moira’s.
11- Closing prayers - led by Revd. Mike
Dent. The meeting closed at 8.30pm.