Parochial Church Council Meeting on 1st February
2018 - held in the Village Hall
Present: John Davison, June Davison, Joan
Davison, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree, Val Sharp,
Barbara Cock, Revd June Barras and Archdeacon
the Venerable Peter Robinson
1. Welcome - by Chair John Davison
followed by introductions to and of Revd Peter
2. Opening Prayers - Revd June Barras -
with particular mention for Moira Peden
recovering in hospital.
3. Apologies – Moira Peden, Audrey Lamb
and Peter Wright.
4. Archdeacon’s Address –
Revd Robinson began by thanking those
responsible for the compilation and publication
of the parish profile which he felt would
interest potential applicants for the position
of vicar for this parish. He also commented
positively on the increased number of
communicants in church.
He explained that he had come to explain the two
options we had regarding the role of the new
vicar and that he came with the good will of the
Bishop and the Mission and Ministry Team.
Option one – to stay as we are with
Acklington and Warworth sharing the vicar and
Shilbottle having a House for Duty Priest.
Option two – to create a new Benefice
which includes Shilbottle which would still
include three parishes, three churches, three
sets of church wardens and three PCCs. There
would be a team leader supported by the duty
priest and have a pool of retired clergy and
readers to work together across the benefice.
John asked who would make the final decision as
we were aware that both Warkworth and Shilbottle
PCCs had already been consulted. Rev Robinson
assured us that it would be up to the Bishop who
would take all views into consideration before
June asked why it had taken so long to get to
this point in the appointment process and was
assured that we weren’t much behind the usual
timetable but that such issues as having two new
Bishops had slowed down recruitment rates plus
the fact that Rev Dent had retired sooner than
expected. There are also more jobs than
applicants within the church so there are fewer
We were then made aware that at present the
benefice of Acklington and Warkworth was not a
full time post and a vicar would only be
employed for 0.7 of a week. The diocese couldn’t
guarantee to make up the rest of the 1.0 and
this could put applicants off.
The second option would result in a pastoral
vicar leading a team of ordained and lay persons
across the new benefice. A House For Duty priest
would work three days a week with one of these
being a Sunday and they would probably be based
If option two was to be selected the post would
be for a vicar with a team leadership and
development brief. The post would initially be
for the present benefice of Acklington and
Warworth to be developed to include Shilbottle.
Rev Robinson felt this would be the better
solution as we would gain a variety of ministry
by having the opportunity to have more of a pool
of skills and experiences to call upon.
It was suggested the three PCCs meet as soon as
possible to share thoughts and views so help the
decision making process and get a new vicar as
quickly as possible. Rev Robinson said he would
coordinate such a meeting. John thanked him for
his time before he left.
5. Minutes of the last meeting - accepted
6. Matters arising from minutes –
Lemmington Choir performance has been cancelled
as Janet Bell thought it was best as there is no
longer an events team. The PCC have asked John
to see if he can reinstate the event as it’s a
good money raiser.
7. Correspondences -
Joan has had notification of the new Parish
share which is going up to £12,992.
A thank you has been received from the
A letter from Mr and Mrs Little informing us of
the proposed increase in grass cutting fees from
£84 to £90 per cut. This was agreed to and one
of the compost bins is to be returned to save
some of this increase.
John has received an email from the Parish
Council which suggests we will be getting a
donation towards the upkeep of the church
John has had a reply to his personal letter to
the Bishop and she has indicated that she would
like to come a preach on 6th May to meet the
congregation and show her concern for the impact
that the school closure is having.
8. Presentation of 2017 Accounts -
The treasurer explained that overall we have
made a loss but this is mainly because of the
expense of the quinquennial report, the gutter
work and the times some larger bills are
Joan wanted to make a special mention of the
sundry donations as Bill has contributed an
amazing £616 by delivering papers and £460 by
organising book sales. Bill in turn wished to
thank Mr Cock for covering the paper round when
he wasn’t available.
Special thanks also go to John and Roger Styring
neither of whom will accept any payment for
their much appreciated efforts.
The thanks of the PCC go to Joan for all the
work she does to keep and present the accounts
on behalf of the church. The annual accounts
were accepted by the PCC.
• Warden – still waiting for boiler and lighting
• Treasurer- 22/11/17-1/2/18
Oil £483.27 + £513.14 £996.41
Grass cutting x 3 £252.00
Sundries- admin etc £120.00
Numerous contra transactions re PCC fees etc
Victorian Fair stall £61.20
Wine and cheese £210.00
Carol service £23.50
Christingle for Children’s Society £89.50
Midnight Mass £70.05
Inscriptions –Taylor £13.00
Funeral David Currie
PCC fees £497.00
½ plate collection £213.00
• Deanery Synod Representative- Peter has agreed
to be the new synod rep.
• Village Hall Representative- no report
• Safeguarding Officer- no report.
• Ecclesiastical Issues - Coquet Churches
Together AGM is April 18th. Women’s World Day of
Prayer is Friday 2nd March at St Lawrence’s.
10. Fund Raising Planning – Coffee
Morning Saturday 17th February 10-12 noon.
Raffle, cakes, books, mugs, tombola and quiz. A
quick meeting to be held after the service this
coming Sunday to sort finer details.
11. Any other business – thanks to
Margaret Hammond for organising the flower rota.
Reminder the APCM will be Sunday 18th March 2018
12. Date of next meeting – Wednesday 21st
March 1.30pm in church.
13. Closing prayers. The meeting closed