Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
24th May 2017 - at the home of Moira Peden
Moira Peden, John Davison, June Davison, Joan
Davison, Audrey Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill
Rowntree, Barbara Cock, Peter Wright and Revd
1. Welcome - by Chairperson John Davison
for the first meeting in the interregnum with a
special mention for our new church warden Peter.
Thanks to Moira for her continued hospitality.
2. Opening Prayers - led by John with a
particular reference to the terrorist attack in
Manchester earlier this week.
3. Apologies – Revd. Christine Shield,
Val Sharp and Joyce Aynsley.
4. Minutes of the last meeting – Revd
June Barras to add to the list of apologies.
Minutes agreed, signed and dated.
5. Matters arising from minutes –
Val and Peter need the disclaimer forms to
complete as members of the PCC. Bill knows where
these are and will sort them out.
As far as we are aware, Janet will still be
the DBS representative and a member of the
Moira is to check Margaret Hammond has the
fabric painting to display.
6. Correspondences –
information about ecotoilets was passed on
from Mike and is to be filed until required.
Bill had various letters re the burse and veil
for Mike’s ‘leaving present’. He was thanked
both for ordering the set and for the actual
presentation in church. Revd June Barras is in
the process of adding a dedication to the burse.
• Wardens – Peter was asked to say a few words
about himself by way of introduction. This he
did and the PCC found it most useful.
Bill reported that there had been a meeting with
Revd Christine to begin to sort rotas for the
interregnum. Revd Margaret Hobrough is now
Christine’s mentor but she is still the main
person to contact if anyone has a query.
Bill had a meeting with the Area Dean and as far
as he can tell we could have a long wait for a
new vicar and they will probably have more
churches to cover. The vicarage is to be rented
out in six monthly slots asap. No one knows when
an advertisement will even be issued. Revd Peter
Robinson, the Arch Deacon, is in charge but
unwell at present.
Peter and Bill went to Belford for their
visitation and to be sworn in as church wardens.
On the fabric… Bill has the materials required
to sort the floor tiles. The gutters still need
to be looked at but he is having difficulties
finding someone to do the job. We still need
nets on the chimney to stop the birds building
nests, but everyone approached says they will
need scaffolding and this will make the job
Palm Crosses and candles 50.03
Vicar’s retirement 255.33
NE Fire Ltd 103.20
Vicar’s expenses 182.33
Grass cutting 168.00
Income:- Normal weekly
Wise (envelope) donation
Burial of ashes –John Taylor 113.00
Donations x2 from Vicar
Spring Fair net profit 809.63
• DBS- nothing to report
• Events Group –Summer Fair Saturday 3rd June
11-1pm. It was noted that we need to ensure we
have a plan as to what happens to any leftover
bric-a-brac to avoid any complaints. Advance
notice for the Scarecrow competition is in the
Pelican, it will be a week earlier than usual –
August 5th. The next events meeting will be June
5th at Barbara’s at 2pm.
• Village Hall Representative – Revd June Barras
explained this would be her last report as she
is moving soon. (John is to ’advertise’ the
position on the Redemptorist sheet.) The request
for a key for the hall was again lodged and we
are still no further forward. School had asked
if they could have a key so that in the event of
a serious health and safety issue they could
evacuate to the hall. June pointed out the
church is always open and it is closer.
8. Chairpersons Slot –
John had copied chapter 13 of the quinquennial
report, which gave a summary of the repairs in
order of priority, to distribute to members of
the PCC. Category A repairs are urgent and they
were looked at in more detail. The slates have
been repaired, the guttering is in hand, we need
scaffolding to tackle the chimney and Bill can’t
find an electrician to sort the boiler
house…..but is still working on this issue.
John then raised the consultation which has
begun for the possible closure of the village
school. He read some of the points on the
documentation (available on line at the school’s
website) and made everyone aware of the meeting
which is to be held in the Village Hall on
Thursday 25th May with a view to develop a plan
to save the school.
9. Any other business –
Revd June Barras told us of her move to Alnwick
and the fact that she will still be able to
attend and fulfil her obligations within the
parish. John thanked her for her efforts both as
the PCC village hall rep and as a member of the
10. Date of next meeting – Wednesday 19th
July at 7pm.
11. Closing prayers. Meeting finished at