Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on
22nd November 2017 - at the home of Moira Peden
Present: Moira Peden, John Davison, June
Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey Lamb, Barbara
Lamb, Bill Rowntree 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 – Val Sharp and Barbara
4. Minutes of the last meeting – accepted
as a true copy and signed.
5. Matters arising from minutes – item 7
re the insurance inspection:- the safeguarding
officers photograph is now on display, a health
and safety policy has been produced, electricity
and boiler safety certificates are in hand ( and
we have 6 months to get them) and the rubbish
will be disposed of when the weather conditions
Bill asked about the synod representative from
Warkworth giving Moira a lift to meetings and
has had no response. He will contact Roger and
if there is no answer he will take her to the
next meeting himself.
A thank you to Mrs Hammond for supplying a
sympathy card which the congregation signed for
Roger after the very sad death of Jenny.
6. Correspondences - various electronic
messages sent to the secretary including a
regular Prayer Diary, notification of
Safeguarding Training Calendar 2018 and forms to
complete at the end of the year to report back
on Statistics for Mission 2017.
A letter was sent to Mr Newton, chair of the
parish council asking for an increase in the
donation towards grass cutting. He visited
Barbara and explained there were very limited
funds available and that the parish were still
looking into what it would cost for the council
to cut the grass. John has since had a follow up
email which seems to suggest that we may not
even receive the usual donation. It was agreed
that John would seek to have a quiet word with
Mr Newton to try and resolve the situation and
point out that there has been no donation since
Joan has received a thank you for paying all our
quota and information about next year’s share
which doesn’t appear to be sorted yet.
• Wardens – they have a meeting with the
Archdeacon on 4th December but don’t know why.
Expenditure:- Funerals etc to Diocese
Wine /wafers/candles £285.81
Income:- after 20/9/17 Normal weekly
Monument (Woodhead) £ 13.00
Donation McGuigan £ 30.00
Northumbrian Evening £276.50
After Baptism Plate £ 59.00
Autumn Fair £962.56
• Deanery Synod Representative- nothing to
• Events Group– no representative present but on
behalf of the PCC thanks went to them for all
their efforts. The fair had been their last
event and it had been a great success. There is
to be a Cheese and Wine at Inglenook on 17th
December from 2-4.30pm with a suggested donation
of £5. John to get a poinsettia as a thank you.
The PCC will now have to arrange events and need
to ensure the village hall is booked well in
advance. Joan suggested we reverted to just
having tea/coffee and biscuits to save on the
work load. Check that Barbara C is happy to
carry on running the 100 Club.
The Leamington Choir is booked for the new year
and it was suggested that we organise a Soup
Kitchen in February.
• Village Hall Representative- nothing to
• Safeguarding Officer- nothing to report.
• Ecclesiastical Representative - although
Coquet Churches Together focuses more on Amble
churches, they are happy to publish dates and
times of our seasonal services. Sunday December
24th 10.45am sung Eucharist, 6pm Christingle and
Blessing of the Crib, 11pm Midnight Mass.
Revd. June Barras has completed a course about
Helping Others To Create A Safe Place and
received a certificate. Village Christmas card
is in hand and Roger will be printing them as
usual. The Travelling Crib should be sorted in
time to set off on its journey, although the
actual crib is still missing.
8. Chairman’s Slot – as we needed a
Health and Safety Policy, John had drafted one
for the PCC to agree so he could sign it on
their behalf. Bill is to be named as being in
charge of First Aid arrangements and will check
the box regularly. Barbara L named as having an
up to date First Aid Certificate. Thanks to John
for preparing this document.
John informed the PCC that he had sent a
personal letter to the Bishop to express his
personal disgust at the total lack of support
given by the diocese to school during the
proposed closure procedure.
Carol service arrangements – Bill suggested that
we organise such a service as it has been
requested by some people who don’t normally
attend church. John has produced a list of
possible carols and Barbara L has some ideas for
readings. Revd. June Barras and Barbara L are to
liaise and put together the final programme.
Revd. June Barras has happily agreed to lead the
service at 6pm on Wednesday 20th December.
9. Any other business – ACT are
organising a Victorian Christmas Market on 9th
December from 11-3pm and Bill has volunteered to
have a stall for the church. He will check
whether anyone else is having a tombola and/or
whether there are any items left from the recent
gift stall. The congregation will then be asked
for any contributions to furnish either
10. PCC Meetings 2018
Wednesday January 24th 2pm
APCM Sunday March 18th 11.45am
Wednesday March 21st 2pm
Wednesday May 23rd 7pm
Wednesday July 18th 7pm
Wednesday September 19th 7pm
Wednesday November 21st 2pm
11. Date of next meeting – January 24th
12. Closing Prayer - led by Revd June
Barras. Meeting closed at 6.10pm.