PCC MINUTES  23rd November 2016

Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on 23rd November 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 and Barbara Cock.

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 with a particular mention for both Rev June and Rev Christine who were unable to attend due to various pains.

3. Apologies – Rev June Barras, Keith Bell, Rev Christine Shield and Joyce Aynsley.

4. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted as a true record and signed.

5. Matters arising from minutes – although Mike had emailed the Pelican with information about Midnight Mass, it has not been included in the latest edition. He will therefore arrange to have some A3 poster produced and displayed to rectify this situation. It was suggested that the school Parish Christmas Card would help advertise the event and it was noted that Claire Jones would need a reminder to have the competition at school asap (Claire has been reminded)

We were unsuccessful in our application to Mike Haywood's ecclesiastical competition but John was thanked for his time and efforts in applying.

6. Correspondences -
• Thank you from the People’s Kitchen (read out in church and now on file)
• Letter form Parish Council re grass cutting and a £250 contribution towards the cost. This was discussed and it was agreed that if they wish to compare the amount charged by NCC that would be useful for us. We have already agree to keep Mr and Mrs Little for next year to do 18 cuts between March and October.
• Email of diocesan Prayer Diary to download if required.
• An invitation to participate in ’ Leading your Church into Growth’. A three day residential course in May.
• There was no interest on the restricted account.
• Childrens' Society literature. It was decided we will just send a donation as usual. June and Pam to organise the Christingle service for which 50 oranges have been ordered.

7. Reports
Warden – quinquennial inspection been taken and we are awaiting the report. The architect commented on how tidy the churchyard is. Hopefully, the report shouldn’t highlight too many issues although it was noted that the west window is beginning to bow. This is probably because of the lead weakening and should be alright for another 5 to 10 years.
The microphones are now fixed and operating well.
Bill thinks he has ‘got rid’ of the mice.
Treasurer- the new Wednesday morning prayer books have been purchased with the money Mike received from the deanery.
Grass cutting £168
Microphones £132
Contra wedding £189
Contra Deanery cheque £150
Raffle tickets £6.60
Grass cutting £252
Normal wedding PCC fees £343
Plate £49.94
Deanery (prayer books) £150
Autumn fair net profit £1042.69
Second hand books to date £288.60
DBS - the National Audit for DBS is occurring this month and all our PCC form are in the vestry safe.
Events –.Cheese and wine on Sunday 11th December at Isobel’s from 2pm onwards.
It has been a very successful year and thanks went to all events committee members. It was noted that our events are getting a very good reputation particularly for the food produced.
ACT have cancelled the forthcoming table top event so we wont be having a table.

8. Vicar’s slot -
Mike circulated the letter and spread sheet explaining the new parish share and then went through the rational. After much discussion it was agreed that he would write to the deanery for further clarification as to how the new figures had been reached and why Acklington’s increase seemed higher than some others.(This email has been sent and a reply is on file for the next meeting).
Basically the ‘reduce and reform’ initiative will reduce the amount churches receive from the central funds. This will slowly impact over the next 10 years and churches will be asked to find more of the money needed to run the churches year on year.

9. Any other business
Dates for PCC meetings 2017:-
Jan 18th 2pm
March 22nd 2pm
May 24th 7pm
July 19th 7pm
Sept 20th 7pm
Nov 22nd 2pm
Midnight mass service... Tessa has kindly agreed to play the organ and John is to remind her.
Policy for Christmas cards in church…only for church attenders and not a free postal service.

10. Closing prayers.

The meeting closed at 3.50pm