Held on 26/02/2007 at 7:30 p.m. at 9, Barnet's Well, Draycott.
Stanley opened the meeting with a prayer. Tricia Heckbert took the chair.
Tricia Heckbert Colette Jeff
David Cheetham Richard Dingley Sylvia Dingley
Minutes of the 15/01/2007 meeting were agreed as accurate subject to minor amendments.
6 a. (Reply to Mr. Binning's letter) Done, published in Mid Somerset Newspapers.
6 b. (Study Group) Organised- we are doing the York course previously recommended.
6 d. (Mr. Thorncarr's request) Message sent.
7 a. i. (Wafer supply) Ordered.
7c. ii (Drains) Steve Wall
has not got back to us
ACTION: TO to repeat the request.
7d. (Envelopes) VS- existing
ones are adequate. We just need a suitable notice to advertise their presence
and explain the system.
ACTION: VS will prepare a notice, CJ will laminate it. VS writing article in the newsletter.
7e. (End of book selling). Announced in newsletter.
7g. (Risk assessment) Not done- carry forward
7i. (Thanking Barry & performers at concert) Done.
Thea announcement, Harvest, Correspondence.
CG read out Jane Hampton's letter, suggesting that some governors stand down early in order to spread out the re-appointment cycle. We were broadly in favour, although we should consult the foundation governors on this ourselves.
ACTION: CG to reply to Jane. SP to visit governors.
CG had bought these at a cost of £27-50. To be reimbursed.
Sacristan training not done; should it be rescheduled? NB. CJ has already shown DC & SP; will show others when the occasion arises.
We also debated what kind of
present to get David in appreciation of his long service.
ACTION: SP to visit and find out what he needs/ might appreciate
TO reminded us that she had been a churchwarden for a few years and it was time for her to stand down. She would make an announcement to this effect at the APCM.
The meeting accepted this regretfully, with grateful thanks for all she had done.
i. Worship group- 12th Feb.
· Joint service on 1st July at St. Peter's; this would also be the 21st anniversary of SP's ordination. We are planning to invite everyone who has been baptised by him. The St. Peter's day picnic will be the Friday before (29th June).
· Preaching- the preaching team will be preaching a series of 6 sermons on the Lord's Prayer, each sermon addressing a section. This will take place on the 1st three weeks of August, followed by the 1st 3 weeks of September.
· The next meeting of the worship group will be a social gathering on 3rd September.
ii. The Ash Wednesday service had an attendance of 10- better than in recent years.
SP reported on a series of meetings on the theme of 'discovering your gifts'.
list- as far as we know, this still needs to be prepared by Mr. Chedburn and
sent to West Country Tiling. We cannot pay what we owe WCT until they have this
list and can submit their final invoice, and we won't get the balance of our
English Heritage grant until we can submit this invoice to them. This is
NB. SP was not happy with the last quinquennial survey, which had ignored rising damp. We should finish our current works and consider employing a new architect.
ACTION: CG to write to WCT to ask whether they have received the snagging list- if so, they need to get on with the works; if not, please contact Chedburn.
ii. Electrical survey has been done- we are awaiting their report
iii. Boiler- SP has found someone capable of servicing it (Melhuish of Cheddar)- will visit on 8th March. SP has also asked him to estimate for a new one.
Received by e-mail from DC and read at the meeting- the following is an excerpt.
We have at the moment £3673 in the general account and £7975 in the roof account.
I have sent £250 towards the 2007 Parish Share in January and again in February, but I can of course stop doing this if the PCC wishes. So far I have not sent anything to Nepal.
I am slowly ploughing through the 2006 accounts, still trying to understand the various codes used and add up mountains of figures (most of them very small!). It is a much more demanding job than I had envisaged.
I hope I am following the PCC’s instructions by
i. Treating the 2006 parish share as closed, and
ii. Paying the DBF £250 every month towards our 2007 share.
Comments of meeting-
1. Nepal is ring-fenced money contributed for this purpose..
2. We had agreed to pay £250 per month as long as we have it in the account.
Mike Parsons proposed to SP that we could have the use of his farm for a fund-raising event (such as the barbecue) any time we wanted it. Sadly we don't feel we have the manpower to put on an event like this at the moment.
There were no forthcoming fundraising or charitable events.
We have received a newsletter, which will be put at the back of the church.
Thea will not organise the harvest supper this year. Tricia Lumley will lead on this.
A letter was received from John Reed (archdeacon) concerning the non-payment of the parish share.
Notice had been received of a 'school of formation' for new ministries- with courses on a variety of subjects.
SP had received a request for spare camping equipment..
We have been asked for volunteers to man the church tent. This
will involve 2 training days and 2 nights and days of the festival.
ACTION: TO has already e-mailed but without a response. Will try again.
Thornbury Baptist Church- 13th and 16th March- seminars advertised.
Current permissions are void from 16th June. There is
a process to agree new ones that we must understand.
ACTION: SP will find out more
Somerset Police have a 'home safety action group' that can train others to pass on good advice- Monday 23rd April (e.g. how to resist bogus callers).
Do we have a verger (mainly for funerals)? Victor was willing to be one.
5th March: next PCC meeting: special meeting to discuss font (7:30, in church)
2nd April: next regular PCC (7:30, at the Jeff's, 9 Barnett's Well)
22nd April: APCM (6 for 6:30 in church)- NB. public notice needed
The meeting was closed with the Grace.