ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH
The Minutes of a meeting of the Parochial Church Council held in Patrick Brompton Schoolroom
on Tuesday January 17th. 2017, at 7 p.m.
Present : Mrs.M.O'Grady(chairman), Mr. A. Clark, Mrs.J. Craggs, Mrs.E.Crossley, Mr. J.Cole, Mrs. C. Iveson,
Mrs. P. Johnson, Mrs. J. Norman, Mr. W.Parker, Mrs. O. Ryder, .
Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. Hilary Clark, Mrs. B.Jobling, Mrs.A.Ropner.
The meeting was opened with a reading from 1.Corinthians Ch.13 v.4-8., and prayers led by Penny Johnson.
Minutes of the meeting held on November 8th.2016 Having been circulated and read, the minutes were unanimously approved, and signed as a true record.
Matters Arising : The Christmas Fayre and Christmas tree festival had been a great success. Charles Ropner will be providing a mobile ramp for the church steps, but needs to carry out some maintenance work on it first. The faculty for the automatic mechanism for the clock is awaiting approval from the diocesan chancellor, who returns to the registrars office on January 23rd. having been away since the beginning of December.
Treasurer's Report : The treasurer's report for the calendar year 2016 was distributed to all members present. The main points being, St.Patrick's had paid £13500 of the 2016 share request of £15651; grass cutting costs for 8 cuts had been reduced to £1152, the previous year's costs were £2400. The roof repair in the north aisle was £700, this was taken from the Roof Account. Diocesan booklets and notice of our share calculation were circulated. The treasurer reported that this was a much fairer system and there is an 8% reduction in our annual share which is now £14,399 and this figure will remain for the next 3 years. Barkers, the accountants in Leyburn have agreed to audit our accounts again this year, and this was approved by members present. The treasurer will present the annual accounts to the next PCC meeting, for approval prior to the A.P.C.M. The treasurer's request to move St.Patrick's accounts over to the internet banking system, was unanimously approved by the P.C.C.
Fabric Report : It is hoped that soon the faculty for the automatic mechanism for the clock will be approved by the diocese, so the Cumbrian Clock company will be able to commence the work. The churchwarden will be contacting them anyway, as the clock's chime is intermittently unsynchronised. G.C.H. Garden Maintenance would be contacted to cut the grass again this year. One of the floodlights is faulty and requires attention. The roof repair in the north aisle has been attended to, but the repairers reported that more work and attention needs to be given to the downpipes. The asbestos in the organ is awaiting removal. The lightning conductor is due for a test. The gate at the east end of the churchyard requires replacement. Mr.. Norman Iveson had carried out work on the lime trees at the west side of the churchyard, and the P.C.C. are very grateful to him for carrying out this work. Sale of garage : The churchwarden reported that the delay in the sale was due to the diocese insisting on a restrictive covenant on the garage, however they agreed that the garage could become a double garage, which was the sole desire of Mr. & Mrs. Chapman. The covenant would be attached to the deeds. The churchwarden had the deed which was to be signed by the chairman, churchwarden and two others P.C.C. members. The churchwarden had received a letter from Mr. & Mrs. Chapman stating the amount of solicitors fees they had paid, but requesting that the P.C.C. pay the land registry fee of £74, and this was unanimously agreed by all present. Resolution : That the deed relating to the sale of the garage should be executed and that Mr. and Mrs. Chapman should be reimbursed for the land registry fee of £74. All P.C.C. members present were in favour of this resolution.
Correspondence : Correspondence had been received from the diocese regarding more frequent issues of the diocesan news sheet, and 30 copies will be delivered to the church. Elections to the deanery synod are due this year. St. Patrick's are entitled to have two representatives.
Joint meeting of PCCs of the Benefice : The archdeacon strongly urged each P.C.C. in the benefice and their congregations to meet to agree the appointment of a benefice administrator, the future pattern of services and the streamlining of benefice administration as well as challenging us to consider the content of our P.C.C. agendas. All this in order to encourage a future priest in charge to apply for the job. It was decided that a meeting will be held in the schoolroom, following the Sunday service on January 29th.
Fundraising: Mr. Bernard Liddle has offered to give an illustrated talk of his travels,entitled 'There's more to life than milking cows', and this has now been booked for Friday March 3rd.and will be held in the schoolroom. Sandwiches,tray bakes and coffee will be served. Tickets at a cost of £5 to be made available, and there will be a raffle. The possibility of a 'Hymns & Pimms' evening sometime in the summer would be discussed at the next meeting.
Date of next meeting : Tuesday March 7th. 7p.m. Date of A.P.C.M. : Tuesday April 4th. 7p.m.
The transfer deed relating to the garage sale was signed by the chairman, churchwarden and two members.
The meeting closed with the Grace
A parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity.