Snippets from the PCC meeting – 22nd January 2019
Among the items discussed at the January meeting of the PCC were:
Due to the problems in getting our proposals for the improvements to the Lady Chapel approved we have decided to seek the assistance of a pew expert so that we can demonstrate the extent to which the pews which are not fixed are of significance to the building.
We are also researching the history of the Lady Chapel and those pews. Once we have that information we will resubmit our plans to the diocesan authorities with a better prospect of them being approved.
The Bells Run is being brought forward to Sunday 6th October so that it does not clash with the Birmingham Half Marathon.
We are conscious that the sale of the Patshull Estate may cause difficulties in the future unless we get the same support from the new owners as we did from the Crown Estate but we anticipate that we will be able to hold this year’s run on that day.
The first Bells Run was in 1990 so this year’s will be the 30th. Last year’s run made a profit of just over £1,900, which was divided between the church and Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The Harvest Festival this year will be on Sunday 22nd September, which is the fourth Sunday but not the last Sunday in the month.
We had hoped that there would be a Scarecrow Festival the same weekend but, as you will see elsewhere in the magazine, the Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee have decided that as the availability of fields for car parking cannot be guaranteed it cannot take place.
As a church we are very grateful for the hard work put in by the Steering Committee (and others) over the years and hope that a way can be found to hold a Scarecrow Festival in 2020 as it is a huge community event.
Anna Davies has volunteered to take over from Kate Hore as Fete Organiser. She will be looking for volunteers to help out in various ways in making the fete succesful.
Maintenance of the church and the churchyard continues. Tiles on the south roof have been repaired, deadwood is being removed from lime trees in the churchyard and the stonework of the lych gate is being repaired.