PCC MINUTES  - 24th January 2019

Minutes of Parochial Church Council Meeting on 24th January 2019 - held at 20 Acklington Village

Present: Moira Peden, John Davison, Joan Davison, Barbara Lamb, Bill Rowntree, Val Sharp, Barbara Cock and Peter Wright.

1. Welcome - John welcomed those who could attend and thanked Moira for her continued hospitality.

2. Opening Prayers - Bill offered the opening prayer.

3. Apologies – June Davison, Shirley Rowntree, Revd June Barras, Revd Christine Shield and Audrey Lamb.

4. Minutes of the last meeting - accepted as a true record and signed

5. Matters arising from minutes -
Point 5 – Peter is still trying to locate the school honours board.
Point 10 – Bill assured us that the prayer lists were in hand.

6. Correspondence -
Thank you sent to Inglenook for the cheese and wine afternoon they hosted.
Apologies email received from Rev June Barras explaining she will be unable to attend meetings or services for the foreseeable future.
Peter read the response form the Parish Council to our letter about the lack of representation at the Remembrance Service. They were obviously not impressed with the correspondence but as a result Peter has proposed he will attend a Parish Council meeting and liaise with them to organise a service towards the end of this year to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WW2. All present felt his was a splendid idea as we need to keep close ties with the Parish Council.
Joan had various correspondences including thanks from the Children’s Society for the Christingle money, a run down of the 2019 budget from the Diocese, a credit letter from Npower and reimbursement for the expenses of visiting clergy.

7. Reports

• Wardens – Bill explained that an advert for a new vicar has been placed, shortlisting will take place at the end of March, interviews to be 11/4/19 and hopefully an appointment made before the end of April.
The chimney is now sorted thanks hugely to the efforts of Matthew Curry. The PCC decided that he was to be given a £50 M&S voucher along with the boxes of biscuits Bill has already bought. Matthew is to be asked if he will take on the annual task of checking the chimney. Peter is to write to the chimney sweep to explain the difficulties we had after his three visits and to try and recoup some of the expenses he claimed.
Thanks to the wardens for all they do to keep church running smoothly.

• Treasurer- Joan presented the annual accounts. She went through the main points and answered any questions. Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Moira, seconded by Peter and unanimously agreed by the rest of the PCC.
Special thanks go to John for continuing to play the organ free of charge. Thank go to Roger Styring for auditing the accounts and for refusing payment for all the photocopying he does.
Gutterman 435.00
Boiler service 2017/18 291.50
Grass cutting 360.00
Oil 552.75
Quota (final payment) 5000.00
Normal direct debits
Numerous contra transactions
Fair stall (v.hall) 48.20
Extra Autumn Fair 5.00
Wine and cheese 237.00
Christingle (contra) 61.75
Normal weekly

• Deanery Synod Representative- no meeting
• Village Hall Representative- nothing to report
• Safeguarding Officer- nothing to report
• Ecclesiastical Issues- no representative present

8. Fund Raising –100 club numbers are now being sold
February Coffee Morning proposed for Saturday 16th 10 till 12. Same stalls as last year.

9. Any Other Business - the Parish Profile needs slight alterations – the school had to be removed and Mr Styring is now Lay Canon Roger Styring.
Bill then announced that he would be stepping down from his position as church warden as of the AGM. This was something of a surprise so little was said other than for members to express their understanding and many thanks for all Bill has done.

10. Date of Next Meeting - AGM Sunday 17th March
Next PCC meeting Thursday 21st March 1.30pm at Moira’s.

11. Closing Prayer – the grace was shared. Meeting closed at 2.45pm.