PCC MINUTES  22nd July 2015

Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting held at 10 a.m. on 22nd July 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, Keith Bell, Barbara Cock, Revd Christine Shield and Joyce Aynsley.

1. Welcome - by Chair Revd Mike Dent and a thank you to Moira for her continued hospitality.

2. Opening Prayers - led by Revd Mike Dent.

3. Apologies – Janet Bell

4. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted and signed

5. Matters arising from minutes -

• John reported that we are still awaiting confirmation from the War Memorial Trust as to whether or not we are eligible for a grant. Further information has been sent to them as requested. The prison has given £300 and Guyzance Hall Eastates £100. There has been no response from the Parish Council yet. All monies are being carefully recorded in the event that they may have to be returned if the grant is not forthcoming.

• Roger Styring has not had time to complete the heating survey at church.

6. Correspondence -

• Reform and Renewal Programme in the Church of England booklet- Mike explained again that this was called, ‘the biggest shake up since the reformation.’ Although its aims are to ‘Develop Discipleship’, ‘Simplify legislation’, ‘Resource Ministerial Education’, ‘Resource the Future’ and ‘Nurture Senior Leaders’ . The key issue appears to be the change in distributing monies. In 2017 the Church of England will begin to lose its funding from the Church Commission. The £1.4m will be reduced to nothing by 2027 and any funding requests will have to be put forward as a bid for and then justified if given.

• ‘Adding Value’ the Parish Share Guide booklet

7. Reports -

• Warden – church front door key has been returned by Pat’s daughter.

• Treasurer -
Vicarage coffee morning £187
Summer Fair £783.60
Lychgate £100
NPower £122.18
Roof repair £260
Grass bins £52
Raffle tickets £10.75
Boiler service £81
Insurance 1st instalment (of 5) £504.79
Candles £28.14
Felton Hist Soc £25

• DBS - Janet and Mike have been to very intensive meetings. ‘Vulnerable Adults’ are now to be known as ‘Adults at Risk’. There is already an easily accessible list of important contact numbers and these need to be accompanied by a photograph of the vicar, the DBS contact officer and the Parish Safeguarding Officer. Although clarification will be sought at the final meeting to be attended, it was decided that Janet would be the PSO and John the contact officer.

• Events – publicity for the Scarecrow event would begin to be circulated this coming weekend. A Beetle Drive and Pie and Pea Supper are being planned for later in the year.

8. Vicar’s slot -

A new Village Hall representative is required and this will be announced in church and included on the notice sheet. Having a rep. has the advantage of reducing the amount of rent paid and the ability to use both rooms for functions.

Our Mission Statement is fine but we need to develop ideas for the Mission Action Plan which will determine our goals for the next three years. Possible objectives are:-
• Develop the heating system within church
• Tidy the children's corner and develop the area into a prayer space
• Explore possible links with the staff at Acklington First School

9. Any other business

Barbara was able to inform the PCC about what was happening with the school..
• 53 replies to consultation letters, 27 in favour, 5 neither way (or not completed), 21 against Acklington First School federating with JCSC
• Some of those against were for reasons which were unfounded (eg some staff objected to having to work on Acklington site but this was never to be the case)
• Diocese insisting that there are two foundation governors – there are
• Duke of Northumberland’s office is happy with the arrangements
• Uniform to remain the same for the foreseeable future
• Neil Rogers is the Executive Head Teacher, Claire Cuthbert is Head of Acklington
• Mrs Sue Ford has been appointed as a part time classroom teacher
• The new governing body voted unanimously to go ahead with the hard federation

Mike explained that a retired priest had given him a considerable amount of ‘church stuff’ which included some chasubles which are now in the vestry. He was also given 14 large paintings of the Stations of the Cross and he is bringing them to church for the congregation to decide whether or not they may like to have them displayed within the building.

10. Date of next meeting – arranged 23rd September 2015 at 2pm

11. Closing prayers - led by Revd. Mike Dent. The meeting closed at 11.30am.