Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
20th September 2017 - at the home of Moira Peden
Present: Moira Peden, John Davison, June
Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey Lamb, Barbara
Lamb, Bill Rowntree , Peter Wright, Val Sharp
and Revd June Barras.
1. Welcome - by Chair John Davison and a
thank you to Moira for her continued
2. Opening Prayers - led by Revd. June
3. Apologies - Barbara Cock and Revd
4. Minutes of the last meeting - accepted
as a true copy and signed.
5. Matters arising from minutes -
• The PCC had voted to reopen church and Bill
reported this had caused no issues. He’d
discussed this with the insurance evaluator who
assured him that closing for two weeks had been
the correct thing to do as it alerted the thief
that we were aware of their activities but also
assured Bill that the building was insured even
if open as this is what would be expected.
• John had emailed Roger Styring about Revd June
Barras being omitted from the church rota. The
rota has now been redrafted to everyone’s
6. Correspondence -
• A meeting for treasurers on 25/09/17 in
Newcastle re: payments to visiting clergy.
• An invitation from church ecclesiastical
insurers to encourage people to use them for
home insurance. They will donate £130 for
everyone who does.
• Bill had a phone call from the stone mason for
permission to put an inscription on the
gravestone of Mrs G Williamson – there are no
objections to this.
7. Reports -
4/8/17 – boiler was serviced but we are still
awaiting a part so heating can’t go on at
9/8/17 – painted memorial seats
24/8/17 – gutters were finally repaired
26/8/17 – levelled paving slabs in church
17/8/17 – power washed the lych gate and paving
8/9/17 – electrician checked church for a quote
19/9/17 – insurance evaluation inspection was
carried out with the following findings:
o We must have a notice of who the safeguarding
officer is on display on the noticeboard
o We must have a health and safety policy --- to
be downloaded from the insurers website and
o Need a electric safety test certificate --- in
o Need a boiler safety certificate--- in hand
o Must get rid of rubbish behind organ and old
door from lean to beside the boiler house ---
Bill given permission to throw what he feels is
rubbish, Barbara L to enquire whether Ivan could
use or lose the doors
o All electrics (hoovers, water boiler, small
heaters) must have test stickers--- Bill to ask
electrician to do this
o Need regular checks on gravestones as there
have been lots of claims for injures --- wardens
have done and do this regularly.
Thanks went to both wardens for all they have
done and continue to do.
Grass cutting £168 x 3 = £504
Funerals (4) Hazel Renton, David Coils, Gladys
Williamson, Malcolm Pritchard
Donations £100 cheque (Pickering)
Thanks went to Joan for all her efforts keeping
Deanery Synod Representatives – as Mrs
Truman didn’t send Moira a reminder and then
rang her on the day of the meeting, there is no
report. It was suggested that we ask for minutes
form meeting to be sent and that Bill will
enquire who from Warkworth will be attending
meetings and whether a lift could be arranged in
future. We still need a second representative
and John will ‘advertise’ the vacancy on the
Events Group – no rep present. John
reported on the scarecrow event which had done
extremely well especially considering the
weather. There was the usual struggle to get
entrances and it may become a biannual event to
try and regenerate interest. The next church
event is a Northumbrian Evening in the Village
Hall on 7th October.
Village Hall Representative – there was
nothing to report from Mary.
Safeguarding Officer – there was nothing
to report from Janet.
* Revd June asked if she could be regarded as
our Ecclesiastical Representative to report back
(under this agenda item) on such issues as
Coquet Churches Together. This was agreed.
8. Parish Profile -
John firstly thanked all for attending to
meeting chaired by Area Dean Jim Robertson at
which we were told we’d need a new parish
profile. The congregation had been invited to
add/offer their views and comments for be
included. John has put together a draft profile
to present to the PCC for discussion.
Everyone was very impressed with the document
and extended their thanks to John for his
efforts. Some small amendments were suggested
and will be included.
After seeing the initial ideas from Warkworth,
it was decided that we would rather submit our
own profile as we are a separate church body
with our own unique characteristics and
requirements. Bill is to discuss this suggestion
with Rob Collins with the additional view that a
joint letter should accompany the profiles.
9. Any Other Business -
• Revd June Barras gave two posters to the
wardens to display in church. Both are related
to the prison, one being about Angel Tree which
is a scheme to provide presents for prisoner’s
children and the second highlighting the fact
that 8th-14th October is a prayer week for
• The PCC were updated on Jenny Styring and were
saddened to hear that her condition has
deteriorated so much. This also explained why
Roger has not necessarily done all his usual
jobs for church which may result in no
redemptorist sheets for a few weeks.
• Harvest Festival will be Sunday 1st October
and John is to invite any/all to help decorate
church on Saturday 30th September.
• It was suggested that anyone who reads in
church be encouraged to move the microphone as
• Secretary was asked to send a letter to the
Parish Council to ask for a donation towards
10. Closing prayers - Led by Revd June,
with a particular mention for Jenny and Roger.
11. Date of next meeting - November 22nd
at 4pm- the meeting closed at 8.45pm.