ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH
The Minutes of a meeting of the Parochial Church Council held in Patrick Brompton Schoolroom
on Monday June 6th. 2016, at 7 p.m.
Present : The Revd. Bryan Dixon (Chairman), Mrs. J. Craggs, Mrs. E. Crossley, Mr. J.Cole, Mrs. C. Iveson, , Mrs. P.Johnson, , Mr. W. Parker, Mrs. A. Ropner, Mrs. O. Ryder, .
Apologies for absence were received from Mr. A.Clark, Mrs.H.Clark, Mrs.B.Jobling, Mrs.J.Norman, Mrs. M.O'Grady,
The Rev'd Bryan opened the meeting with a reading from 1 Kings Chapter17. This was followed by prayers.
Minutes of the meeting March 15th. Having been circulated and read, the minutes were approved, with one amendment.
Matters Arising : It was noted that the two notices for the churchyard, requesting that rubbish to be taken away, were now in place. With thanks to Norman Iveson & Walter for arranging this. The Weaving Womens' Wisdom exhibition and concert with the N-leW choir had been an excellent evening and raised over £700 for the church.
Correspondence : A letter had been received from Mr. & Mrs. Chapman, enclosing a donation for the floodlighting. They requested that proceedings for the purchase of the small plot of land behind their house, should commence, considering the time delay of the garage purchase. Also, would it be possible to use solicitors other than the diocesan firm? Could we check the cost of the conveyancing? as the initial quote was £2,500, which they feel is way too much. Also, they asked if they could use the garage, until the sale is completed, to store their ride-on mower, which is used to cut the grass on the green. The P.C.C. agreed to the mower being stored in the garage, as long as Mr. & Mrs. Chapman agreed to be responsible for it. Re the garage sale, Alistair reported that the diocesan solicitors are still awaiting the outcome of their application to the Land Registry, for the legal title to the garage. Re the plot of land,the present value should be ascertained, as well as the procedure, and which solicitors to use.
Correspondence from the diocese had been received, encouraging all churches to become 'Fairtrade certified'. This will be discussed at a future meeting.
Mission & Outreach : Dates for Joint P.C.C. meetings had been circulated. These meetings are to discuss, plan & approve the parishes profile, to be used in advertising the post for a vicar. Tuesday June 21st. 7.30pm. at St. Gregory's, Crakehall, Tuesday July 19th. 7.30pm. at Harmby Village Hall, Thursday 1st. September 7.30pm. A Parish profile form for St. Patrick's, is to be completed before the meetings, which will then be included in the Benefice profile. During the interregnum, there may have to be a degree of flexibility with dates & times of church services.
Safeguarding Policy Statement (copy filed) : Penny Johnson presented the new diocesan 'Safeguarding Policy', which is much broader than previously, and which had been passed by Diocesan Synod. The diocesan safeguarding team had been increased. All P.C.C.s to discuss the new policy. Copies of the policy were handed round, as well as Guidance booklets, to be passed round, and handed on, to P.C.C. members to read. The new Safeguarding Policy Statement was signed by Rev. Bryan, and will be displayed in the porch.
Deanery Synod : Minutes of the last Deanery Synod will be sent out. They include an update on the proposed new share formula, which should be ready for application in 2017. The Church 'On Show' at the Wensley Show, 27th. August. Deanery Pilgrimage to Ripon Cathedral, 18th. September. It had been proposed at the 'Home Group', that a 'Food Bank' should be restarted at St. Patrick's. A special box had already been provided for this, items to be taken to the Food bank in Richmond, and reminders given out in the notices from time to time.
Fabric Report : The Jonathan Ropner family have kindly agreed to meet the cost of the installation of an automatic mechanism for the Church clock, in memory of Jonathan. A suitable brass plaque will be displayed. Alistair has informed the Cumbria Clock Company that we wish to accept their first quote. E & P electrics in Bedale will speak to the Clock Company & provide a quote for a power supply for the clock, and the P.C.C. agreed to pay for this.
A leak in the roof was discovered recently, on the north side, this was inspected by Stephen Smith, who will provide a quote. A number of tiles are missing. It was agreed that the cost would be met from the 'Roof Account'.
The removal of asbestos from the organ box is still to be done. The heating engineer is to service the heating at some stage. A delivery of oil was made this week, at a cost of c.£156.
Treasurer's Report (copy filed) : John Cole presented his report for April & May 2016, copies were circulated to all present. £3,000 of the share had been paid, of the £15651 due for the year. More than £200 as donations to the floodlighting, had recently been received. The new electricity contract, with Ecotricity had commenced, and also John had met a representative in church, from 'Green Journey', an energy provider recommended by the diocese, to provide a better deal for energy for churches. There will be a report in a few weeks.
A Gift Aid Officer is yet to be appointed. John Cole will ask Bridgette Ormston how much work is involved with this task, and report back.
Future Church Services : The Harvest Service at St. Patrick's will be on September 25th.
Events & Fundraising : The monthly coffee mornings at the Schoolroom are going well. Plans are in hand for for the Queen's Official Birthday weekend.
Date of next meeting : Tuesday September 20th.
The meeting closed with prayers.
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.