Snippets from the Annual Church Meeting – 15th April 2018
The church’s annual meeting was held after Evensong on Sunday 15th April. 28 people attended the meeting and watched an audio visual presentation covering the events of 2017. Written reports had been available before the meeting (and they are all still on the church website) so the meeting lasted well under an hour.
Both churchwardens were re-elected for another year, although this will be Iain Coleman’s last year as Churchwarden. 4 of the 12 elected PCC representatives are elected each year and this year there was also another vacancy. Carol Broxton and Colin Ringrose were both re-elected but there were no other nominations so there are still 3 more vacancies, which can be filled by the PCC if suitable candidates come forward. Those who are communicant members of the church and are on the church electoral roll are eligible and we do need more members of the church to join the PCC so that it is representative of the whole congregation.
In the Vicar’s report Maureen referred to the installation of the new heating system and the other work on the church fabric. She expressed thanks to all who had been involved in supporting the work and life of the church over the year. She concluded “This is an amazing church in which to minister. You are an amazing bunch of people; highly gifted, generous with your time and financial support, welcoming and supportive to me. But we are all subject to the effects of time. Before long I will be celebrating my 10th Anniversary with you – although it hardly seems credible that the years are passing so quickly. And as several people have commented, when you look around our congregation – especially the regulars – we are ageing. There is still much vitality, for which I give
constant thanks, but we cannot afford to be complacent. Unless we continue to reach out to our community and attract and give a voice to younger people, the future begins to look bleak. The PCC and I are directly addressing some of these issues, but we cannot do it alone. Thank you for all your past support but please redouble your efforts to keep this church at the heart of the community, not only physically, but spiritually too.”
The Annual Report and Financial Statement is a lengthy report which has to be in a prescribed form and so is not easy to understand. Our treasurer, Graham Tritton, wrote a brief report and also provided a financial summary, both of which were easy to understand. He said that the PCC finances are sound with an overall surplus in 2017 of £10,533 on day-to-day activities. That is significantly more than in previous years partly due to fees for a record number of weddings and funerals and significantly reduced expenditure on heating while the new system was being installed.
In addition to the General Fund, which deals with day-to-day activities there are also other funds which are used for particular purposes. Those benefited from part of the profit from the Scarecrow Festival and also generous legacies received from David Baxter and Stuart Jones.
There were also reports about the Sunday School and Young Church, the Youth Group, Deanery Synod, safeguarding as well as other aspects of church life. They are all available on the website here.
The membership of the PCC after the 2018 APCM is:
- The Vicar
- Revd Preb Maureen Hobbs
- Iain Coleman
- Gena Richards
- Kenneth Scott
- Deanery Synod Representatives:
- Gordon Bramall
- Geoffrey Dann (PCC Secretary)
- Anthony Taylor
- Elected members
- Anthony Ainsworth
- Carol Broxton
- Robert Colin-Stokes
- Jonathan Derbyshire
- Henry Ibberson
- Gladys Jones
- Elaine Lavender
- Colin Ringrose
- Graham Tritton (PCC Treasurer)