Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
18th January 2017 - at the home of Moira Peden
1. Present: Revd Mike Dent, Moira
Peden, John Davison, June Davison, Joan Davison,
Audrey Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree,
Barbara Cock and Keith Bell
2. Welcome - by Chair Revd Mike Dent and
a thank you to Moira for her continued
3. Opening Prayers - led by Revd Mike
Dent who included prayers for June’s hip
operation which he hopes will bring great
4. Apologies – Revd Christine Shield,
Revd June Barras, Janet Bell and Joyce Aynsley
5. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted
as a true copy and signed.
6. Matters arising from minutes –
• as yet there has been neither a bill nor a
report from the architect.
• ‘Church Matters’ gave an idea of the sorts of
projects which were successful in the
ecclesiastical competition John had entered on
• Mike had sent for, and immediately received,
an explanation of how the parish share is
calculated. This showed that the more we managed
to raise the more we seemed to have to
contribute. After some discussion it was agreed
that putting any ‘spare’ money into the
restricted account would possibly improve this
situation but it was also noted that this
account must not be for a named event/project or
that would be all it could be used for.
7. Correspondences -
• An email to remind us that we need 2 Deanery
Synod reps by the end of June
• An email from English Churches and Cathedrals
to complete a sustainability review on line
• A thank you from the Children’s Society for
• A thank you was sent to Mr and Mrs McGuigan
for their £40 donation
• A letter is to be sent to the village hall
committee asking for a key to enable the use of
the toilets in the hall if/when needed during
• Mike sent a thank you to Isobel and Len for
hosting the cheese and wine function which
raised £415. He also put a thank you into the
8. Reports -
Church Warden – a builder is coming to
look at the broken brackets on the gutters.
Donation McGuigan £40
Wine and cheese £415
Revd Mike Dent (donation) £150
Wafers £ 14.84
Children’s Society £ 61.95
Joan then presented the end of year accounts and
answered any questions.
Thanks went to John for playing the organ, to
Bill for all his hard work and to Roger Styring
for auditing the accounts.
The thanks of the PCC are given to Joan for
keeping our accounts so well.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) -
all paper work is up to date and nothing else to
Church Events – next meeting of the
events team is on 6th Feb at 2pm. Next possible
event will be a Mothering Sunday themed lunch on
Saturday 25th March.
9. Vicar’s Slot –
7th May will be Mike’s last service with us
He is very conscious that we need another named
person to be helping Bill and it was suggested
that Mike announces this in church to see if
there is any response.
A copy of the fees for weddings and funerals was
circulated and discussed. The PCC saw no reason
why they couldn’t stand.
The APCM will be Sunday March 19th. All reports
need to be to the secretary in time to make
copies to circulate prior.
10. Any other business –
(i) The organ hasn’t been tuned for quite a
while but it was decided to let John determine
when such a service is required. We always have
the electronic keyboard if necessary.
(ii) It was noted that there are probably some
new members of the congregation who could be
approached about gift aiding their donations,
although it was pointed out that Janet is able
to claim on any cash on the collection plate
through the small gift aid scheme.
11. Date of next meeting –Wednesday 22nd
March at 2pm at Moira’s.
12. Closing prayers.
The meeting ended