Held on 19/04/2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the church.
Thea Oliver opened the meeting with a prayer and took the chair.
John Cartwright Wendy Cartwright
Victor Skinner Wilf Lacey
Minutes of 07/03/2005 meeting were agreed as accurate, subject to corrections of minor typographical errors.
(not covered in Agenda)
6 c. (RD’s letter re. LMGs) Has been sent.
6 d. (APCM agenda, reports) Done.
7 a ii. (New baptism service) This has had 2 drafts- the final result has been used in the last baptism, where it was well received.
7 b i. (Access for survey) Completed.
7 b ii. (Contacting Mr. Moulton) Done- he will get in touch with Stanley.
7 c ii. (New radio microphone) Purchased- £116. Thank you Wendy.
8 b. (Asbestos risk assessment) VS has contacted Mr. Chedburn but not yet received a reply.
8 d. (Electoral role letter) Richard is composing something that he will let us look at.
(to be raised at the end).
· Deanery Synod. We need to reappoint representatives this year. Sylvia Dingley agreed to be a representative again, and Wendy Cartwright volunteered to be the other one. Their names would go forward to the APCM.
General members: Tricia Heckbert might be willing to
stand, but she is not yet on the electoral role.
ACTION: RD to drop a form round to her.
received a letter from the chair of governors, Jane Hampton, describing the
requirements for new appointments this year (i.e. by 1st Sept.). On
the one hand, there is the requirement for 3 new foundation governors; on the
other, that a third of the governors be parents of children currently at the
school. We have already appointed Lorne Talbot, whose child will be leaving the
school this year (i.e. before September). Since only one of the current
governors is a current parent, both the new governors should have children at
the school to achieve our quota.
ACTION: the PCC noted this requirement, whilst pointing out that it was also important to us that foundation governors be practicing Christians, or at the very least sympathetic to the Christian ethos of a church school.
have left, but when empty the vicarage becomes our responsibility (even though
the rent does not accrue to us when it is occupied!). The key is currently with
the plumber. Normally the key is with Cluttons in Wells, but since they are
closing down it will need to be given to Anagrams
ACTION: Wardens to discuss with incumbent.
Stanley had received a letter from
Tim Mowat of the Fisherman’s Mission that he had asked us to discuss. Whist
asking us for financial support Mr. Mowat offered to talk to us on the subject.
Were we interested in this? Several viewpoints were expressed, including: a).
we had enough commitments (including charitable) without initiating a new one;
b). this was not a natural area for us to be involved with, as the parish had
not previously taken any interest in this it, and c) there were initiatives
that might have priority over it, such as the ‘make poverty history’ campaign,
which seemed to be achieving some momentum at the moment and had a global
ACTION: Put this to one side for the present. We need to complete the review of our giving principles and priorities before going into a new area such as this.
We discussed arrangements for access to church keys whilst Audrey was away and came to a workable solution.
Our revision of worship (as agreed in previous PCCs) is in progress. NB. in May, there will be 3 joint services with Rodney Stoke. Also – the May rotas for Draycott will be a separate insert in the newsletter.
i. Will the boiler need servicing? Possibly later in the summer, after the controls have been moved.
ii. Overflowing drain outside the back door? Seems to have settled- but we need to keep a watch on it.
i. Current position- on separate sheet.
ii. Covenants- several have lapsed, but 3 new ones have been gained. We are claiming back £1,904 in tax this year.
iii. We have not paid any further parish share since the last meeting.
i. Due to the late arrival of Mr. Chedburn’s letter (with builder’s estimates for the next phase of church repair) we had an extraordinary meeting of the PCC to agree our submission to English Heritage (this took place on Easter Sunday). As agreed at this meeting, Victor went ahead with the plan costed at £70,000. Normally 25% of this would come from our own funds, and taking into account our contribution to the project since English Heritage became involved we are still about £11,000 short. However Victor has made the case that we have already spent more than this from our reserves before English Heritage’s involvement. We will have to wait for their response.
ii. VE celebrations. We are expecting about £1000 from this fund raising event. We will need to pay £35 for a lottery licence renewal, for the raffle. At the moment raffle tickets and admission tickets are selling slowly, but these generally pick up nearer the time. Please look out for the lists of items still needed- items for the food hamper raffle prize, and desserts for dinner on the night. We are also selling VE aprons and tea towels for further funds. NB. we have also decided that the ‘family ticket’ should not exceed £30.
iii. Village response to the bookstall appeal has been disappointing, but we project income of £300 from book sales.
A group had been convened and had two meetings. We were preparing something to present to the PCCs at a later date, but it was currently at the stage of being planned and costed.
had been presented at the last Deanery Synod by Brian Cooper. The plan
presented put Draycott in the ‘Cheddar Valley’ LMG with Rodney Stoke, Cheddar
Wedmore, Theale, Blackford, Axbridge, Shipham, Rowberrow, Bradgworth,
Biddisham, Christon, Compton Bishop, Loxton and Weare, covered by 3 ½ clergy
(full time equivalent). We had previously expressed our dismay at such a large
LMG (see PCC meeting of 17/03/05, item 6 c). RD said that this only had the
status of a proposal and we should not get too concerned at this stage of
ACTION: none further at the moment- we have already made our opinion clear.
For information- they have moved back to the memorial hall after an unfortunate accident. We regretted this and hoped that the church would be more welcoming (and perhaps safer) once it had been redecorated.
For new business at our next meeting.
Sunday 24th April- APCM. 6:30 in church. (Following PCC meeting- 6th June)
The meeting was closed with the Grace.
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