Parochial Church Council Meeting on 19th July
2018 - held at 20 Acklington Village
John Davison, June Davison, Joan Davison, Audrey
Lamb, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree, Shirley
Rowntree, Val Sharp, Revd June Barras, Peter
Wright and Moira Peden
1. Welcome - by Chair John Davison who
expressed how delighted all present were at once
again meeting at Moira’s and seeing that she was
well enough to accommodate us.
2. Opening Prayers - Revd June Barras led
3. Apologies - Apologies were received
from Barbara Cock and Revd Christine Shield.
4. Minutes of
the last meeting - accepted as a true record
arising from minutes -
• Chimneys have not been repaired due to bad
weather on the day the workmen came. The boiler
needs to be inspected and this will coincide
with the re organising of the chimney repairs.
• Peter has agreed to be our Deanery Synod
representative and Moira has asked to be
relieved of her role.
• The Rural Dean is Revd Alison Hardy, she lives
in Embleton and prefers the title Area Dean.
• Revd Christine Shield had not got back to the
PCC with a draft for a poster for church so John
produced one to send for her approval. It
starkly explains what it costs to keep the
church running and all felt it should even be
displayed in the Pelican.
6. Correspondence -
• The wardens have received a time frame for the
appointment of the new incumbent- 14th Sept
closing date, 24th Sept short listing and 15th
Oct interviews. It is probable that only one of
them will be on the interview panel.
• The letter which suggested we wouldn’t be
getting a new vicar for five years was to be
ignored. It apparently should never have been
sent so it was felt best to just pretend it had
• Wardens – two paving stones within church have
been levelled, a new sign is to be positioned to
the right of the lych-gate (the old one has
rotted) and Bill has begun to polish the
• Treasurer- Joan has spent approximately four
hours on the phone to NPower trying to negotiate
a new cheaper contract. Although this has been
agreed verbally, nothing concrete has been
received as yet. Joan has also been sent
notification from the music licence body that in
future all correspondences and payment will be
electronic. As this is not something Joan does,
we are waiting to see what alternatives the
Coquet Churches Together £40
Grass cutting x2 £180
Newcastle Diocesan Boards Finance
i. Funeral Rouse £130
ii. Funeral Miller £116
iii. Quota 1st instalment £7992
NPower (quarterly) £192.75
Church stall at ACT’s £30.85
Summer Fair £797.60
Funeral Rosemarie Rouse
i. PCC £207
ii. Plate Collection £228.30
Funeral Harry Miller
iii. PCC £497
iv. Plate Collection £582.91
Paper round £265
Cremation Barton-PCC £29
Summer Supper £376
Joan thanked Bill Rowntree for his wonderful
donation from his paper deliveries.
It was agreed that a letter of thanks to be sent
to Revd Christine Shield on behalf of the PCC to
formally thank her (and her husband) for hosting
a splendid supper.
• Deanery Synod Representative - no meeting
• Village Hall Representative- nothing to report
• Safeguarding Officer- nothing to report
• Ecclesiastical Issues- Revd June Barras
reported that she and Sheila Pearson from
Warkworth has been consulting on ideas to
promote and develop Coquet Churches Together
into the two parishes. This will hopefully make
us more proactive within the scheme.
8. Fund Raising –
• Coffee morning 1st Sep 10am-12noon. It was
agreed to have the same stalls as at the
February event with the addition of a donations
dish for anyone wishing more refreshments.
• Revd. Christine Shield has organised for her
husband’s group, ’The Hot Tap Splutters’, to
perform on Saturday 15th September. £10 per
ticket to include a baked potato. Church members
to be asked to supply potato fillings, salads
and raffle prizes. Maximum of 90 people in the
hall. ACT’s will be manning the bar.
9. Any Other Business –
• There had been a school closure service on 18
July at which Revd June Barras gave the address
• There will be a Celebration to mark the last
Day of Acklington First School on 20th July.
• There was some discussion about what would
happen to the Honours Board from the school
hall. Bill was asked to try and ‘save’ it for
the village and its final resting place could be
decided once it was safe.
10. Date of Next Meeting - Thursday
September 20th at 1.30pm at Moira’s.
11. Closing Prayer – led by Revd. June
Barras. The meeting closed at 2.45pm.