Minutes of the APCM 2017

 

 

Minutes of the Vestry and Annual Parochial Church Meetings

held on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.30am in the Church.

 

PRESENT: Revd. Nicholas Gandy OGS (Chairman), and 33 members of the 2016 electoral roll, with the Revd’s James McDonald and Sylvia Lafford and 3 guests.  

 

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The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

Apologies were received from: - V Angood-Morse, M Ayers, I & R Bell, I Billingham, G Butler, J Caton,  A Dixon, T & J Dunn, C Dunning, L Edge, M Garrett, A Guess, E Kenwood, J Knight, B Lazenby,

J & J Lewis,  A & J Mellor, J & J Mortimer, K Murfet, J Oddy, J Peckover, P Powell , G Strevens,

P & I Whitney,

 

 

VESTRY MEETING

 

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Minutes. The minutes of the 2016 meeting were accepted as true record. Proposed by Jacky Adams seconded by Revd. Sylvia Laffford.

 

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Fr. Nicholas gave his thanks to the current Churchwardens for their work during the last year he explained that it was possible to elect four churchwardens, but this year we had three nominees.

 

The nominations received for the post of Churchwarden were: -

 

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Val Lynam

Beverly Bigmore

John MacMahon

Alan Perkins

Marilyn Israel

Sandie Bates

Paul Wiltshire

Alan Perkins

Simon Marsh

 

The Chairman stated that as there were no further nominations the above were duly elected.

 

 The Vestry meeting was closed at 11.35am.

 

 

 

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

 

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Minutes. The minutes of the 2016 meeting, having been circulated were proposed by Rosemary Leeper and seconded by Joy Eastwood for acceptance this was duly passed and the minutes were signed as a true account.

 

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Electoral Roll. The electoral roll officer, Beverly Bigmore reported that in 2016 there were 145 names on the list, with 11 additions and 3 removals the number now stands at 153. She also confirmed that it had been displayed in the Church as legally required. 

 

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Reports: -

 

 

  1. PCC.  The PCC secretary, Beverly Bigmore, reported that the PCC had a membership of 21, in May 2016 It was good to see “new faces” join the council. There were 9 meetings held during the PCC year with an average attendance of 16. Reports were received at all meetings from the various committees. A new Social Committee was formed and they managed to keep us entertained and well fed. They would like new members and ideas, if anyone wishes to help. Copies of all PCC minutes can be found in the folder in the foyer for anyone wishing to read them, and on the website. There is also a report to be found in the current edition of the magazine. We issued a new Growth Plan after much discussion and thought, and are reviewing this monthly.

We continued to discuss financial matters and the upkeep and maintenance of the church and grounds.

A summary of significant developments are in the Vicars report, to be given later.

 

  1. Treasurer. John Carter started by explaining that the cost of £44,500 to repair the extension roof was pretty much the amount which expenditure exceeded income during the year. We received £116k and spent £162K. Although standing orders are down by £1,500 (due to a number of people leaving) the receipts from envelopes, collections and donations all increased. The FOFFEE donation of £8,500 was again crucially welcome. The Open Day/Fun day raised £1,000, but with no Fete we were down on 2015 by £1,300, although the team are now doing a good job at fund raising. With the drop in weddings and funerals this all added to a fall in income of a little over £6,000 over 2015. As mentioned earlier the payments were dominated by the partial repair of the extension roof, without this repair the hall would eventually become unusable. Virtually all other costs were reduced from last year (including £500 less on gas and electricity) He thanked all those for their control and restraint in spending.

What of the future? We will have a fresh stewardship campaign starting in June and our fund-raising activities have been revitalised. Gas & Electricity will increase by about 20% this year, but I hope we can break even in 2017 but with a little bit extra from current contributors and maybe a few more parishioners we could even start to rebuild our reserves.  

      

 

  1. Fabric, Goods, Ornaments & Extension. Val Lynam gave the report as follows: -

Unfortunately, 2016 proved to be an expensive year due to the following works being carried out:

The immersion heaters in the extension finally gave up the ghost early in the year and were replaced at a cost of £160.00.  Hopefully the new ones will last if the original ones – 18 years.

The extension roof has been partially repaired at a cost of £44,340 plus £650.00 for the architect’s bill.  As with most old buildings more damaged tiles were found once the work started which added to the bill. There is still more work to be done as and when we can raise the £10,000 required to do so.

In April, we had the Quinquennial Inspection, a five-yearly report which examines the whole building and invariably finds something that will need repair.  Overall the church and extension are in good condition and well cared for but there are some building works to be carried out. Some immediate repairs have been done to the church roof, removing shrubs and moss from the roof, replacing a rotten crawler board between the two roofs and clearing blocked down pipes and gullies, at a cost of £384.00. Electrical repairs have also been carried out at a cost of £928.00.  There is more to be done to the roof, windows, drainage and electrics over the next five years and a list to prioritise this work is to be drawn up.

Problems with the hot water in the extension resulted in a new timer being fitted at a cost of £177.44.

Unfortunately, we had a series of thefts of personal belongings, handbags, purses and mobile phones, earlier in the year, all of which have been reported to the police.  I would remind everyone to be vigilant and to keep personal possessions to a minimum when coming to the church, especially if you are here on your own.

The Goods and Ornaments remain as last year.

A big thank you goes to the two very generous donors who have enabled us to purchase three benches for the Memorial Garden and a defibrillator in the extension foyer.  A training DVD has been given to the Ministry Team and Wardens and a training session is to be planned.

Much appreciation must go to Grantham Builders, Gilberts Electricals, our churchyard team and cleaning teams who help to maintain our building for us.

 

  1. Deanery Synod.  In Caroline Dunning absence, the secretary read her report. This year has seen a varied and interesting range of deanery meetings. In February, we met here at St Peter’s the subject being ‘Is Parish Share a tax?’. We were addressed by the Archdeacon of Northampton, The Venerable Richard Ormston. He pointed out that tax can be a wonderful way to help others and that we should remember that all things come from God of his own do we give. Parish Share allows individual churches to pay for ministry over the whole diocese and to pay for mission.  The archdeacon concluded that parish share is and is not a tax.    In May, we visited All Saints Church at Middleton Cheney for an evening of prayer to share and thank God for what each parish has achieved during the year and to seek blessing and prayer support for the coming year. The July meeting was held at St Michael's Church in Aynho where Rev. Ian Holdsworth gave a very interesting talk on the use of Religious Icons in Worship.                                                                                                October saw us at St Mary's Church at Culworth to celebrate the role of Lay Ministry in our Church in many forms. Jenny Opperman the Diocesan lay vocations advisor spoke to us to encourage us to become involved in Lay Pastoral Ministry and what it involves. Both Marion and Connie took part in the service. The evening ended with a light supper served in splendour at the Old Rectory.

 

  1. Guest Speaker. The meeting welcomed Roger Hiley. Who gave an interesting talk on School Governance
  • Introduction: -
    • Who am I?
    • How long have I been a governor?
    • What did I think it would be like? 
  • What is the role of a school governor?
    • Critical friend to the school,
    • Reviewer of policy
    • Setting the schools direction with the SLT
    • Responsible for the reputation and overseeing the performance of the school,
    • Strategic oversight of the school
    • Manager of different stake holders (pupils, staff, parents, LEA, Ofsted, National Government, community)
    • Different types of governor (Foundation, Community, staff, parent)
    • What a Foundation Governor does so that the school has a distinct Christian ethos. 

 

 

  1. Vicars Report. Fr. Nicholas read from his extensive annual report, which has the following sub-headings: -

 

Our Purpose:

to glorify God through holy and welcoming worship

Worship

Ministry

to nurture fellowship and faith in Jesus Christ

 

 

to share the good news of his saving love with others

 

Our Vision

to grow in numbers and

to increase our influence & effectiveness as a worship-centred, outward-looking,

mission-minded Christian community:

The PCC's Growth Plan for 2016-7 was presented to the congregation at the Patronal Festival Eucharist on Sunday 24th July.

Ecumenical Relations

 

Contact with Brackley Schools

 

The Year ahead

The PCC will promote an action plan for the coming year with a particular focus on how we might facilitate the growth of the congregation in depth and breadth.

 

A full version of the report can be found in the Annual Report and Financial Statements 2015 which is displayed in the church and on the website.

 

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Election of new members to the Deanery Synod

The following were nominated for election to the Synod for a period of three years.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Caroline Dunning

Joy Eastwood

Judith Perkins

Marion Jones

Judith Perkins

Joy Eastwood

John MacMahon

Val Lynam

Beverly Bigmore

Sylvia Pyott

Beverly Bigmore

Marilyn Israel

 

The Chairman declared the above duly elected.

 

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Election of new members to the PCC.

The following were nominated for election to the PCC for a period of three years.

Nominee

Proposer

Seconder

Beverly Bigmore

Val Lynam

John MacMahon

Naomi Brown

Beverly Bigmore

Paulk Wiltshire

Roger Hiley

Joy Eastwood

Judith Perkins

Les Edge

Beverly Bigmore

Pam Pell

 

The Chairman declared the above duly elected.

 

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Appointment of Sides people.

There had been no requests to join the sides teams but at the meeting Ray Smith agreed to be added to the list.

The full list of sides persons is as follows: - Sandie Bates, Beverly Bigmore, John Carter, Connie Coleman, Caroline Dunning, Angela Guess, Roger Hiley, Elizabeth Kenwood, Joan Lewis, John MacMahon, Philippa MacMahon, Simon Marsh, Ray Miles, Clive Morse, Jim Mortimer, Jacky Mortimer, Joan Peckover, Alan Perkins, Judith Perkins, Ray Smith, Terry Stokes, Peter Swift, Elaine Wiltshire, Paul Wiltshire. 

 

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Appointment of an Independent Examiner. John Carter proposed that M.R. Salvage & Co. Chartered Accountants of Bourne End, to continue in the position of Independent Examiner, and was passed unanimously.

 

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The Vicar thanked everyone who puts anything into the work and life of St Peter’s.   

Alan Perkins then proposed thanks for the work and guidance given to the congregation by Fr. Nicholas.                            

 

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Open Forum.

  • Jacinta Holden gave thanks for Fr. James’ input into the music at St Peters.
  • Rosemary Leeper queried the cost of the new service/ notice booklets. John Carter and Beverly Bigmore assured her that these booklets actually save money.
  • Rosemary Leeper also queried the Pastoral Network and was it in operation. Fr. Nicholas reported that some members were now unable to help in this initiative but Revd. Sylvia and Connie Coleman were still very aware of any need and suggested that if anyone had concerns they should contact either of them.
  • Jacky Adams asked if we are trying to cut down why are the lights on in church even on bright days. Fr. Nicholas reported that this was a churchwarden issue.

 

          The meeting closed at 12.30 pm with the Grace being said together.

 

 


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