The Parish of St John The Divine, Acklington
Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
of St John The Divine, Acklington held on Sunday
17th March 2019
01. Present: John Davison, June Davison,
Barbara Lamb, Joan Davison, Bill Rowntree, Mary
Guy, Barbara Cock, Flora Steele, Derek Steele,
Shirley Rowntree, Peter Wright, Myra Johnson,
Bill Johnson, Janet Bell, Keith Bell, Anne
Craig, Joyce Miller and Val Sharp.
02. Opening Prayer: Revd John Holland led
03. Apologies: Revd June Barras, Moira
Peden, Audrey Lamb, Pam Coils, Anna Coils, Val
Atkinson and John Atkinson.
04. Vestry Meeting:
William Rowntree has stood down from his role
and was thanked for all his sterling work. Peter
Wright is happy to continue in the role as
church warden and has completed the necessary
forms-proposed by Bill Rowntree and seconded by
05. Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church
The 2018 minutes were unanimously accepted as a
true record. Proposed by Bill Rowntree and
seconded by Peter Wright. Signed by John
06. Matters arising: None
07. Presentation of the Accounts-
Accounts had previously been audited, presented
to and accepted by the PCC and circulated to the
congregation. There were no questions for Joan
but she was keen to explain why we were over
£3,000 down. There has been less collected on
the plate and through covenants which is a
reflection on the small numbers in the
congregation during the last year. Fund raising
events generated less that the previous year and
general running costs have gone up with
Special mention to go to Roger Styring for
auditing accounts for no fee and especially to
John Davison for being our organist for no
08. The Reports-
(a) a report on changes in the church electoral
roll since the last APCM- new forms had been
available before the meeting and 33 had been
completed and returned. Although this was a huge
fall it does represent the actual congregation
and therefore gives a truer record. Although a
fall there were four forms from people not
previously on the roll.
(b) a report on the proceedings of the PCC and
the activities of the parish generally- as we
still have no vicar. John Davison gave a report
in his position as lay chairman and this is
available on file.
(c) a report on the numbers giving gift aid and
covenants- 21 gift aid.
(d) a report by churchwardens upon the fabric,
goods and ornaments of
the church- Bill Rowntree read his report and it
is available on file.
(e) a report on the proceedings of the Deanery
Synod- there have been no meetings to report on
(f) a report from the Safeguarding Officer-
there have been no incidents recorded to the PCC
during the year.
09. The Elections-
Deanery Synod Representatives (2) Peter Wright
has agreed to continue in this role but there
were no other interested party.
PCC members elected- Joan Davison, John Davison,
June Davison, Moira Peden, Barbara Lamb, Audrey
Lamb, Barbara Cock, Val Sharp, Shirley Rowntree
and Bill Rowntree.
Sides Persons election would be completed at the
next PCC meeting
Independent Examiner of Accounts- this
appointment would be finalised at the next PCC
meeting but Roger Styring had agreed to continue
in the position.
10. Any other business-
Peter was able to inform those present that
three strong candidates had been short listed
for the position of new vicar. At present one is
a parish priest, one is a priest at St Paulís
Cathedral and one is a priest at Wakefield
Cathedral. They will be escorted on a parish
visit on 10th April followed by a buffet for
those invited to meet the candidates more
informally. Interviews will be held on 11th
April and the PCC are asked to suggest some
The next PCC would be held at Moira Pedenís
1.30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019.
11. Closing Prayers-
John led closing prayers and the Annual
Parochial Church Meeting ended at 12.20 pm.