ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH
The Minutes of a meeting of the Parochial Church Council held in Patrick Brompton Schoolroom
on Tuesday September 20th.2016, at 7 p.m.
Present : Mrs. M. O'Grady (chairman), Mr. A. Clark, Mrs. H. Clark, Mrs.J. Craggs, Mrs. C. Iveson, ,
Mrs. P. Johnson, Mrs. J. Norman, Mrs. A. Ropner, Mrs. O. Ryder, .
Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. E. Crossley, Mr. J. Cole, Mrs. B. Jobling, Mr. W.Parker
Pre Meeting : Graeme Shepherd and David Woodward came to explain about the damp in the west wall of the Schoolroom, which borders on to the churchyard. and to ask permission from the PCC to dig a temporary trench outside the wall in order to install a drain & soak away, once installed, the trench would be filled in again. The PCC were unanimous in their decision to allow this, but permission would have to be sort from the diocese first. The secretary to contact the diocese about this.
Penny Johnson opened the meeting with a reading from 1 Corinthians Ch.13 v.4 followed by prayers for our meeting, reflecting on the reading.
Minutes of the meeting held on June 6th. Having been circulated and read, the minutes were unanimously approved, and signed as a true record.
Matters Arising : The Gateway parishes profile had been completed and an advertisement for a Priest in Charge was now in the Church Times.
Correspondence : Two matters from local correspondence, regarding the damp in the schoolroom wall and an ash tree sapling in the Vicarage garden were being dealt with. Diocesan correspondence was presented and reported on.
Suggested Questions for new priest in charge interview : Two suggested questions from members present and two that had been sent in, were noted and given to Margaret O'Grady to discuss with the other 5 parish reps. at their joint meeting prior to the interview for a new priest in charge.
Safeguarding : Penny Johnson reported that she had attended a safeguarding training day at Leyburn, which had been led by Jenny Price, the diocesan safeguarding officer. This training day had focused on safeguarding adults. Church of England safeguarding booklets were returned and redistributed to those who had yet to read them.
Treasurer's Report : Copies of the Treasurer's Report (filed), for June, July & August were circulated. £8,000 of our requested share contribution of £15651 had now been paid. John Cole has agreed to take on the Gift Aid officer role from Bridgette Ormston and will be meeting with her in October, to learn about this task.
Fabric Report : The organ is due to be serviced on Monday 26th. September. The central heating will be serviced on Friday 23rd. September. A quotation from Stephen Smith to repair the leak in the roof on the north side, had been received and accepted. Alistair will make enquiries as to when Stephen Smith can commence the roof repair. THE CLOCK : A quote of £456 +V.A.T. had been received and accepted, from E & P electrics to provide the power supply for the automated clock, and they will be ready to do the work anytime. The Cumbria Clock Company will take 6 to 8 weeks to deal with the installation of the automation for the clock. The secretary to contact the diocese to check if a faculty will be needed for this. SALE OF GARAGE: A surveyor from the Land Registry will be meeting with Alistair to inspect the garage, for a decision prior to the sale, and if the conclusion is satisfactory, it is hoped there will be a date for completion before the end of the year. PLOT OF CHURCHYARD LAND : The diocesan surveyor thinks that the valuation for the land of £2,750 is extremely cheap and feels it could possibly be worth double this amount. He has offered to get involved at no extra cost to the P.C.C. and obtain a valuation from the diocesan surveyors. It was proposed by Avie Ropner and seconded by Penny Johnson that we should follow the advice of the diocesan surveyor,to have a second valuation from the diocesan surveyor's office. This was agreed by the majority present. CHURCHYARD: George and Maureen Dawes had sprayed the weeds on the church path and removed ivy. They have offered to attend to the church path again, when required. A letter of thanks had been sent to them. Offers of help with tidying the churchyard had come from Patrick Brompton Village Committee, and they will be contacted for individual working parties when convenient. Norman Iveson has offered to attend to the laurel growth on the west side. John Watson would be approached about the removal of branches piled up against the back wall. It was suggested that a list of churchyard tasks be put in the porch. The rubbish situation had improved.
Future Church Services : Harvest Service, this Sunday September 25th. Harvest gifts will be taken to Richmond Food Bank. A Service for Commemoration of the Dead Sunday October 30th. at 4pm. will be held at St. Patrick's Remembrance Sunday November 13th. will be at 10.45am. Johnnie Johnson to be asked to lay the wreath.
Fundraising: The Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th. November will be held in Church again this year. Judy Norman, as our representative on the Village Committee, reported that the village committee has offered their help with the Christmas Fayre. The idea of a Christmas Tree Festival was discussed, and the village committee would like to help organise this. A suggested date for this event, is the weekend of 10th. /11th. December. Judy will report to the village committee and several P.C.C. members volunteered to help with this event.
Date of next meeting : Tuesday November 8th. 7 p.m.
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.