Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
25h May 2016 - 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 Bell,
Keith Bell and Revd June Barras.
1. Welcome - by Chair Revd Mike Dent and
a thank you to Moira for her continued
hospitality. A particular welcome to Revd June
Barras who was invited by the PCC so can attend
meetings even though she is retired clergy.
2. Opening Prayers - led by Revd Mike
Dent… which included a thank you for Janet’s
much improved health.
3. Apologies – Barbara Cock, Revd
Christine Shield and Joyce Aynsley.
4. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted
and signed as a true record.
5. Matters arising from minutes - none,
but as this was the first meeting since the APCM,
the following representatives need to be
Lay Chairman – John Davison
Lay Secretary – Barbara Lamb
Treasurer – Joan Davison
Independent Auditor – Roger Styring
DBS Officer – Janet Bell
School Governor – Barbara Lamb
Electoral Roll Officer – Flora Steele
Gift Aid – Janet Bell
Village Hall Rep. – Revd June Barras
6. Correspondences - Bill has received a
pack from SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project
which aims to help people identify things which
need to be done within a church and how some of
these jobs can be done ‘in house’. It has
probably been introduced to cut down on the need
for faculties and the red tape they generate.
The church architect still needs to be contacted
and consulted if any repairs are to be carried
Joan has received the Ecclesiastical paper
‘Church Matters’ which includes a competition
with a winning prize of £10,000. The aim is to
submit a paper outlining what your church does
to help the local community. Although it was
felt more likely to apply to inner city
churches, John has agreed to take it away and
decide whether it would be worth his time to
produce an entry.
Joan has also completed a survey for church
• Warden – the boiler has been fixed. The birds
nest has been removed from the chimney. The
birds have been chased from the lychgate. Bill
attended the Archdeacon’s visitation and was
again asked if he was the only church warden.
Being able to assure the archdeacon that our
congregation is growing seems have satisfied
We recently calculated that we have a nucleus
congregation of 42 and that is very good when
the size of the population is considered. June
also added that those who visit, especially as
one off visitors, always comment on how friendly
and welcoming we are.
• Treasurer -
Water rates £92.30
Plaque lychgate (restricted) £26.77
Refit roof slates £75.00
Hayes and Finch £34.00
Quota 1st payment £6089.00
Music licence £34.88
Sweep (boiler) £175.00
Churchyard grass £336.00
Easter fair £883.15
St. George’s Tea £504.30
Books- ongoing over £20
Tax rebate ‘extra’ £860.03
It was suggested that a letter be sent to the
Parish Council to explain how much the grass
cutting is now costing, how much this improves
the look of the village and inviting then
(persuasively) to donate more towards this.
It was mentioned that the area of the church
yard where the graves of David Hammond and
Roland Sharp are situated, had not been cut.
This is probably because the daffodils in this
area haven’t died down yet. Bill will quietly
enquire about this issue when the cutters next
• DBS - Janet reported that Julia Roberts, the
head of the diocese DBS, had unexpectedly died.
• Events –. The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea on
June 4th was all in hand. More bottles and cakes
would be gratefully received. Janet was liaising
with Alison by phone and ACT will be doing a
house drop to advertise the event. Depending on
how successful the event is, we will give ACT a
donation of up to £15.
• Village Hall- nothing to report but to be
aware that any issues are to be passed on to
June to raise on our behalf.
8. Vicar’s slot -
Bishop Christine will be visiting Alnwick
Deanery at the end of June. There will be an
open Deanery Synod at St. Michael’s to which two
extra church members are invited. Mike will be
hosting the Bishop for an hour and a half and it
will be up to her as to how this visit develops.
The service at Embleton was very good and
Acklington was well represented.
Richard Gascoigne, at the Bishop’s request,
wants a stewardship campaign to be initiated.
Mike has suggested that the four Advent sermons
be used for this. Richard will be coming to
present a sermon sometime in July.
9. Any other business –
Could the heating be turned off now? Yes, so
bring a jumper.
Can the next two meetings be in the evening so
that Joyce can attend? This was agreed and there
is a change to the date of the September
Wednesday 27th July 7pm
Wednesday 14th September 7pm
Revd June informed us that the village raised
over £162 for Christian Aid, that she has some
ideas for the presentation of the Years Mind
book and that she is becoming involved in the
Restoration for Justice Scheme at the prison.
10. Date of next meeting – arranged 27th
July 2016 at 7pm
11. Closing prayers. 3.20pm