Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
22nd March 2017 - at the home of Moira Peden
Present: Revd Mike Dent, Moira Peden,
John Davison, June Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey
Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree, Val Sharp,
Joyce Aynsley and Revd Christine Shield.
Welcome - by Chair Revd Mike Dent and a
thank you to Moira for her continued
hospitality. A particular welcome extended to
new members Val and Peter (in his absence).
1. Opening Prayers - led by Revd Mike
2. Apologies – Barbara Cock and Peter
3. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted
and signed as a true record.
4. Matters arising from minutes - none,
but as this was the first meeting since the
APCM, the following representatives needed to be
officially appointed and recorded.
Lay Chairman – John Davison
Lay Secretary – Barbara Lamb
Treasurer – Joan Davison
Independent Auditor – Roger Styring
DBS Officer– Janet Bell (Mike to check since she
is no longer on PCC)
School Governor – Barbara Lamb
Electoral Role Officer – Flora Steele
Gift Aid – Janet Bell ( Mike to check)
Village Hall Rep. – Revd June Barras
Sides persons - to remain the same.
Refreshment list – to remain the same.
John to add an item to the reading sheets to
explain if anyone wishes to be included or
removed from any lists they are to inform the
Events group – Janet Bell, Barbara Cock, Mary
Guy, Joanne Halliwell, Margaret Hammond. There
is at least one vacancy as Fran will be leaving.
5. Correspondences -
Parish Giving Scheme information received prior
to a seminar in Alnwick attended by Barbara.
Mike explained that it is basically a way of
trying to increase the amount people give on a
regular basis. Ideally, the church would like
giving to be done using direct debit and then to
have that linked to the annual rise in
inflation. The meeting was also trying to
encourage the clergy to ‘invite’ the
congregation to consider leaving legacies in
Neither of these suggestions was accepted with
any enthusiasm but the PCC needed to be made
aware of these issues which will continue to be
‘pushed’ especially in the light of the
reduction from central church funds to be felt
over the next nine years.
6. Reports – not much to add since APCM
• Warden –A Memorial stone to Brian Barras is to
be installed on Wednesday 29th March.
Bill was thanked for his newspaper deliveries which is adding £12
per week to church funds.
• Treasurer -
Garden bins x2 £62.00
Hayes and Finch £18.68
Music licence £35.46
N Power £116.99
100 club £620
Shank’s funeral 14/2/17 £165.80 plate
Shank’s funeral PCC £174
Monument PCC £118
Tax rebate re Gift Aid £1767.04
• DBS – it was hoped that Janet would continue
in her role and Mike will confirm this. Peter
and Val will need to complete declaration forms
to be added to those in safe keeping.
• Events Group - Saturday 25th March is our
Spring fair with soup and stalls in the
7. Vicar’s slot - as it was Mike’s last
PCC he was keen to point out how well church was
doing and how much the congregation had grown
over the four years he’s been with us. We now
have 40+ regular attenders. He is sure that
everything will be left in good stead when he
retires in May.
8. Any other business –
June asked that if the school are using the
church for Easter could they be asked to leave
it in a tidier state than they did at Christmas.
Mike to pass this on.
John asked if there was anything urgent to be
addressed in the architect’s report. Mike said
there was nothing urgent so not to rush into
Moira had been given the name of a recommended
organ tuner/repaired for whenever it was felt we
needed a visit - Harrison and Harrison. It was
also thought that the huge expense of ever
repairing the organ could be better spent buying
a new electronic option. A decision not needing
to be made yet.
We have been given a hand painted fabric
painting of the Last Supper. It comes from Dawn
Shaw who was given it by a group of disabled
Indian children with the intention it be
displayed in our church. Margaret Hammond is to
be asked to back it and mount it. Once on
display a letter of thanks will be sent.
9. Date of next meeting – arranged 24th
May 2017 at 7pm
10. Closing prayers.
The meeting ended at 3.15pm