PCC Minutes - October 2014

A Meeting of the Parochial Church Council of St Mary's Barnard Castle with Whorlton held on Monday 6th October 2014 in the Vestry at 7.30pm.

The Vicar opened the meeting at 7.30pm with a prayer.

1. Present

Rev Alec Harding (Chair), Jane Goldberg (Secretary), Margaret Miles, David Bailey, Louise Hosey, Jean Tallentire, John Emerson, Ann Woodward, Keith Miles, Rev Andy Miller, David Blakely, Frances Stenlake, Robert Stenlake (Treasurer), Christopher Cotton.

2. Apologies

From Linda Alderson.

3. Declarations of Interest

None.

4. Items for Any Other Business

Leading Church into Growth, charities for next year.

5. Barnard Castle Quinquennial Report

The PCC welcomed Mr Christopher Cotton who had prepared the Quinquennial Report. He proceeded to present the report to the PCC. The church is generally in good condition but Chris identified a number of areas that need to be kept an eye on. Some are maintenance issues for the PCC to consider, but some are larger projects which Chris will be able to help lead. He suggested grouping the works into projects and Chris would be able to provide specifications for faculty and tendering. The PCC agreed that Mr Cotton be commissioned to prepare such projects for further consideration. The wardens are to consider the issues and will review and report back to the PCC. The PCC thanked Chris for the presentation and the work undertaken in the preparation of the report.

6. Minutes of Previous Meeting held on September 8th 2014

After a couple of minor amendments, these were approved and signed.

7. Matters Arising

a) Barnard Castle Church

(i) Lighting – all but one of the lights are now working. Envirolux will be asked if they can leave a spare which could be used to replace the faulty light if after Mode Control have re-programmed the light it still does not work.

(ii) Bell Chamber Repairs – repairs not needed.

b) Whorlton Works

Electrics/Heating – Mark Winter met with Ann, Alec and Astley. He has been aasked to schedule the work after the village Harvest weekend.

c) Barnard Castle Parish Hall Lease

Meeting to be held on Monday 13th October 2014.

d) Whorlton Village Hall Request to Install Solar Panels

George Stastny confirmed that the PCC would inherit the panels and income if there were changes to the lease in the future. Paul Stringer confirmed that we would not need to clear the installation with the Diocese. The PCC agreed that it had no objections to the Village Hall Association carrying out this work if it saw fit: Alec would communicate this decision to the Chair.

e) Pew Cushions and Pew Lengths

After some discussion this issue will be considered at a later date.

8. Go Large Youth Event

No one will be attending from Barnard Castle.

9. Finance

(a) Finance Report – waiting for data for the Quarter End Report.

(b) Local Giving Officer Report – there is to be an article each month in the Pilgrim about Generous Giving.

10. Committee and Group Reports

(i) Wardens – November 1st is church cleaning day in Barnard Castle, 10am – 12 noon.

(ii) Funsoc – Harvest Supper at Whorlton on Friday 10th and Harvest Lunch at Barnard Castle on Sunday 12th. The Big Bang Bash is to be held on Saturday 18th October 2014.

(iii) Communications Group – new website is live. The group will welcome any comments.

11. AOB

The charities to be considered for Mission Giving will be discussed at the next meeting. Information about previous Mission Giving will be circulated with these minutes.

LYCIG – this is supported by Bishops Mark and Paul. There is to be a meeting on November 22nd at St Aidan’s for clergy and 4 others from each Parish.

We are to host a day conference for the Society of Protection of Ancient Buildings on Thursday November 6th 2014.

12. Date of Next Meeting

November 3rd 2014, 7:30pm.

The Vicar closed the meeting at 9:05pm with the Grace.

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