Parochial Church Council Meeting on 24th May
2018 - held in the church
John Davison, June Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey
Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree, Shirley
Rowntree, Val Sharp, Barbara Cock, Revd June
Barras and Revd Christine Shield.
1. Welcome - by Chair John Davison
2. Opening Prayers - John Davison
3. Apologies – Moira Peden and Peter
4. Minutes of the last meeting accepted
as a true record and signed
5. Matters arising from minutes - Bill
has not been able to purchase plaster for wall
6. Correspondence -
• Certificate to show our Parish Share for 2017
has been paid in full
• Proposed Suspension of Presentation letter
from Diocese- which Revd Christine Shield
explained was an example of church bureaucracy
and basically asked for the PCC’s agreement
during the interregnum to our right of
presentation. The secretary has 28 days to reply
on behalf of the PCC and this will be done.
• Notification that we need to elect a Diocesan
Synod Representative. Secretary to download the
necessary forms, ensure Peter is still willing
to stand and complete and return said forms. If
Peter is unwilling to stand Revd. Christine
Shield has volunteered her services.
• Electronic diary of church events.
• Annual request from ‘Churches Together,’ ( via
Revd June Barras) for a donation of £15
• Wardens – slates have been replaced on the
roof. Chimney hasn’t been cleaned as there are
still nests in it. This should be rectified on
June 6th when a longer ladder will be available
to clear the chimney from the top and then a
guard will be fitted to hopefully prevent future
Water rates for the year £94.25
NE Fire Ltd service extinguishers £54.00
Roof repairs £480.00
Grass cutting x2 £180.00
100 Club total balance £615
Tax rebate small donations scheme £1006.37
• Wise £50.00
• Mcguigan £30.00
• Foster £10.00
• Barras £20
Joan Davison has also received literature re the
annual insurance which runs June 2018 to June
2019 and will be £2,700 this year. She has also
received a template for treasures from Church
House but much prefers her own methods.
Thank you to Barbara Cock for sorting the 100
Club which generates such a good income and to
Joan Davison for keeping the books up to date.
• Deanery Synod Representative- no rep present
but Revd. Christine Shield able to inform the
PCC that the Diocese has had to implement an
emergency budget for the first time ever and
that this may impact on us.
• Village Hall Representative- no report
• Safeguarding Officer- no report
• Ecclesiastical Issues- the Christian Aid
concert held earlier in the month raised
£11,000. The next church rota has been drawn up
to give us regular clergy until September. We
have a new Rural Dean, Alison ?, she will be
based in Embleton.
8. Fund Raising
• May Day sale 26/5/18 from 10am-1pm at which
Bill has a stall for church.
• Summer Fair June 9th 11am-1pm to include a
light lunch. A list will be presented in church
and volunteers will be sort. Barbara Cock has
agreed to take responsibility for the list and
to try to ‘encourage’ support.
• Revd Christine Shield has organised for her
husband’s group, ’The Hot Tap Splutters’, to
perform in aid of church. The hall is booked for
Saturday 15th September and she is suggesting a
charge of £10 per ticket to include a baked
potato. Church members will be asked to supply
potato fillings, salads and raffle prizes. There
can be a maximum of 90 people in the hall so she
is hoping to be able to sell all the tickets.
• Revd Christine Shield has also volunteered to
hold a Summer Supper at her home on Friday 13th
July starting at 7pm. This will be limited to 30
people and members of our congregation will be
given first chance to obtain tickets. The cost
will be £10 per head and Christine asks that
people bring bottles of wine and raffle prizes.
A HUGE thank you goes to Revd Christine and her
husband for such generous contributions to the
• The hall is still booked for Saturday 1st
September and it was felt a good idea to leave
this for a possible simple coffee morning.
9. Any Other Business –
• Barbara Lamb explained that she felt our
donation towards food banks would be better
taken to local centres rather than to the
People’s Kitchen in Newcastle. After some
discussion it was decided that this was a good
idea but that we should possibly still give one
delivery of goods to Newcastle. Revd. June
Barras is to obtain information re the best
place to take good in Amble. Some nappies and
food have already been gratefully accepted at
Coquets Children’s Centre at Hadston.
• Rosemarie Rouse’s funeral will be Friday 15th
June in church at 11am after a crematorium
service at 10am.
• There was some discussion as to the
positioning of the willow cross and after
various points of view and opinions, it was
agreed that it would stay where it was unless
there was an occasion when it was deemed to be
in the way in which case it can be easily moved.
Revd. Christine Shield was also able to explain
that as it wasn’t a permanent feature we didn’t
require a faculty to have it and that during the
interregnum it was up to the church wardens to
make any decisions about its positioning.
• Barbara Lamb wondered if there was any
interest in the idea of producing a poster of
some sort to actually inform the congregation of
how much it costs to keep the church running and
therefore hopefully encourage a few more
donations. After much discussion Revd. Christine
Shield volunteered to produce a draft for such a
poster for the PCC to then decide to use or not.
When the expenses were broken down from nearly
£24,000 per year to £65 PER DAY it seemed worth
sharing this stark information within the
10. Date of Next Meeting - Thursday July
19th at 1.30pm in church.
11. Closing Prayer – led by Revd
Christine Shield. The meeting closed at 3pm.