Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting held
at 7 p.m. on 24th November 2015 - at the home of
Mike Dent, Moira Peden, John and June Davison,
Barbara Cock, Joan Davison, Bill Rowntree, Keith
Bell, Joyce Aynsley and Revd Christine Shield.
Welcome - by
Chair Revd Mike Dent and a thank you to Moira
for her continued hospitality.
Opening Prayers - led
by Revd Mike Dent.
Audrey Lamb, Barbara Lamb and Janet Bell
Minutes of the last meeting –
accepted and signed as a true record, with one
amendment: item 08 “Christine Cuthbert” should
read “Claire Cuthbert”.
Matters arising from minutes -
informed the PCC that the recent repairs to the
lychgate have now been completed. He circulated
a financial record of the project as follows:
Grant from War Memorials Trust
….. offered on successful completion
Expected but not
ID Construction (Builders)
VAT on building
Architect’s Fees for inspection
of work and providing a
“Practical Completion Certificate”
The pitched slated
roof on the lychgate was found to be sound so
the builders decided to leave well alone as this
would have incurred a greater cost.
All those who donated to the project were sent
an invitation to the Remembrance Sunday Service
and the majority attended (or sent a
Bill said he would look into the possibility of
obtaining and fixing a small plaque to the
inside of the lychgate which would state when
the refurbishments were carried out.
Mike, on behalf of the PCC, thanked John for all
his work with this project.
treasurer Joan had received a letter from the
Christian Copyright Licensing International Ltd
(CCLI) asking us to consider renewing our PRS
(Performing Right Society) licence as we may be
breeching copyright. Following a brief
discussion the PCC agreed to heed the advice and
renew the licence.
Mike had received publicity about an Advent
Eucharist Service on
Wednesday, 9th December, 10:15am at St Michael’s
The speaker will be
Mrs Barbara Packer, President-Elect of the
Newcastle Diocese Mothers’ Union and the
service is to be followed by
refreshments. Women and men are welcome.
one of our Deanery Synod representatives, had
acquired some Alnwick Deanery leaflets entitled
Thriving Together” which she circulated amongst
members. Mike then highlighted some of the most
important points in the leaflet which focused on
‘Reform and Renewal’ across the Deanery. He
left PCC members in little doubt that there are
radical changes ahead with regard to new ways of
working and church finances.
07 Reports -
informed the PCC that Jim Potts would no longer
be available to cut the grass in the
churchyard. This was a real blow as Jim had
done a very good job and there was no obvious
replacement. Bill said he would be prepared to
take on the task if the church could purchase a
motorised lawnmower. Mike (backed up by the PCC)
thanked Bill for his willingness but felt that
he had enough to do, especially considering his
family commitments and also the fact that we
only have one churchwarden. Christine
recommended Lee from J & T Ground Works (a
Shilbottle contractor) as someone who may
consider the job. It was agreed that she should
contact him for a quotation. Bill would liaise
with Lee and then report back to the PCC.
Mike thanked Bill for his report and for all the
efficient and excellent work he does as
Joan informed members that we have not yet
received any donation from Acklington Parish
Council towards the churchyard grass cutting and
maintenance - despite a letter/email having been
sent to them by secretary Barbara. Recent
income and expenditure included the following:
(a) Beetle Drive with
Pie & Pea Supper £ 300.00
(b) Autumn Fair £1,079.94
Second instalment of Parish Share
Lychgate – Builder’s Invoice
Lychgate – Architect’s Expenses £
(*The full Parish Share of £10,898 has
now been paid)
Barring Service (DBS) Officer
was absent from the meeting but in her absence
Mike informed PCC members that everything
regarding DBS and Safeguarding in our two
parishes was in hand. He stated that Brian
Dobson from Warkworth (who had agreed to produce
a mission statement for both parishes and
organise a meeting for the relevant members from
each church to sort out all that is required)
had been away on holiday but should soon have
everything in place that is necessary.
gave a report on the last two fund-raising
events, both of which had been very successful.
The Beetle Drive with Pie & Pea Supper raised
£300 and the Autumn Fair made the remarkable
total of £1,079.94 – a record for recent years.
Joyce said she would have liked the opportunity
to visit the stalls but, because she was alone
on the scarf stall, she was unable to do so.
She also expressed disappointed that no-one
offered her a hot drink during the event. Mike
said the Events Committee would take on board
her comments, learn from them, and make sure
such oversights would not occur in future.
Barbara then went on to outline the next few
events and activities which were planned,
namely: A Memory Tree throughout Advent; A
Cheese and Wine afternoon at Inglenook on 13th
December; a church stall at ACT’s Victorian
Christmas Fayre on 20th December.
Barbara concluded her report by stating that the
next meeting of the Events Team would take place
on 20th January when they would
discuss a programme of events for 2016.
08 Vicar’s Slot -
Much of what the vicar wanted to say (about the
Renewal and Reform proposals) had already been
covered earlier in the meeting under item 6
“Correspondence”. He did, however, take the
opportunity to re-iterate his views that
Acklington’s congregation was always very
friendly, hard-working, co-operative and
committed. He re-assured the PCC that although
attendance on Sunday mornings appeared modest
(fluctuating in the 20s and occasionally the
30s) he felt that this represented a healthy
percentage of the parish population.
09 Any Other
John informed members that, due to family
commitments, he and June will not be at church
on Sunday 29th November. David
Charnock has kindly agreed to play the organ on
of next meetings –
The dates and times of the PCC meetings for 2016
were agreed as follows:
Wednesday 27th January at 2.00
Wednesday 16th March at 2.00
Wednesday 25th May at 2.00 p.m.
Wednesday 27th July at 2.00 p.m.
Wednesday 28th September at 2.00
Wednesday 23rd November at 2.00
Closing prayers -
led by Revd Mike Dent. The meeting closed at