Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
14th September 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 , Barbara
Cock, Joyce Aynsley and Revd June Barras.
1. Welcome - by Chair Revd Mike Dent and
a thank you to Moira for her continued
2. Opening Prayers - led by Revd Mike
3. Apologies – Janet Bell, Keith Bell and
Revd Christine Shield.
4. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted
as a true copy and signed.
5. Matters arising from minutes –
Richard Gascoigne’s visit finally went ahead but
the dates proposed for his sermons weren’t
convenient so arrangements have been made for
him visit to church at a later date.
A letter wasn’t sent to the Parish Council to
enquire about a further contribution towards
grass cutting costs as their chairman had been
in touch with John asking to discuss the issue.
As a result of the discussion it would appear
that there will be no additional funding this
year but that they will hopefully look more
favourably towards us next time.
The £150 grant for mission work which Mike had
hoped might go towards the grass cutting fees
can’t be used for this. However, he has applied
for the money to go towards the cost of new
Morning Prayer books to be used on a Wednesday
Note that the Harvest Festival has been changed
to Sunday 9th October and Mike will be putting a
request in the Pelican for items for the
People’s Kitchen. Tins of hot dogs and packets
or tins of custard along with basic toiletries
are what are most needed.
June pointed out that she wasn’t to be solely in
charge of organising the Northumbrian Evening
and was keen only to help.
6. Correspondences -
i) Open Synod Forum on Saturday 24th Sept at
Northumberland Church of England Academy in
ii) Bishop Mark’s Consecration on Tuesday 18th
October at 11am in York Minster
iii) John received a letter from Mike Hayward re
the ecclesiastical completion to acknowledge his
iv) CCLI form to apply for a licence to
reproduce music – we don’t need
• Warden –we have a mouse so beware of traps
behind the organ. The microphones are still not
working properly but Bill is waiting for someone
to ring him about them. One gutter is in need of
cleaning and taping up and Derek is going to
help Bill with this. The book table is making
approximately £10 a week and Moira was thanked
for her suggestion to have it. To help Bill,
John has kindly agreed to close church each day
at a time which is most convenient.
• Treasurer- Margaret Orr’s mother has died and
left a donation of £200 to church so a letter of
thanks is to be sent.
Expenditure:- payments re Dr B Noble’s
Grass cutting £252
Quota –final payment 2016 £5000
Normal weekly + books
Funeral Dr B Noble PCC £442
Funeral Dr B Noble plate £115
Donation-restricted A/C £200
A SPECIAL THANKS WAS GIVEN TO BOTH BILL AND JOAN
FOR ALL THE WORK THEY DO BEHIND THE SCENES. IT
IS MUCH APPRECIATED BY ALL.
• DBS - an audit is to be completed and kept by
the DBS officer. Mike showed the PCC the
required forms and went through them. Looked at
the suggested role descriptor for PCC members,
specifically the Parish Safeguarding policy.
Each PCC member was given a Church of England
Confidential Declaration Form to complete and
return to the Vicar.
• Events – Autumn Fair is 11am-1pm Saturday 12th
November .Bacon butties, filled rolls, cakes,
mulled wine, raffle, tombola, books, bottles,
gifts and Christmas cake with bottle raffle.
Lists to be circulated in church to sort stall
holders and contributors.
Memory Tree will again be on display for the
Sundays of Advent.
Midnight Mass was discussed and although numbers
are falling it was decided to go ahead again
this year. Mike is happy to perform the service
and will inform the Pelican that it will be an
11.30pm start time.
June is happy to organise the Travelling Crib
and hopefully the Christingle service.
Advent Four will be the Carol Service at the
normal Sunday Morning service. Mulled wine and
mince pies to be served after it.
8. Any other business –
Coquet Churches Together are having a service at
St Mark’s URC on Sunday 18th September.
Prisoner week of prayer is coming up shortly.
Village Hall AGM is 25th October so if there is
anything the PCC want raised they are to let
Revd June Barras know prior to then.
Revd June Barras is responsible for updating the
intercessions and sick list and wonders if there
are any ideas about how to revamp them.
Simon Little has approached John to ascertain
whether the grass cutting contract will be going
out to tender this year. It was decided that the
PCC are quite happy to leave things as they are
so long as there isn’t an increase in cost.
Note is to be made of the work Flora and Derek
have done in the borders outside church. They
have now cleared up to the church wall.
9. Date of next meeting – arranged 23rd
November 2016 at 2pm
10. Closing prayers. The meeting closed