Present: Revd Robin Alderson
The meeting opened with a prayer.
1) There were apologies for absence from Miss Leach
2) Minutes of the meeting held on 22nd January 2008
These were approved.
3) Matters arising from the minutes.
Mrs Woodland still has two maps, She will contact Mr and Mrs Harris.
The projector and tablecloth from the vestry have gone to Abbotts to be sold.
We do not yet need to worry about reading banns in the other parishes of the benefice. The new procedures will come into force soon.
4) Accounts and Annual Report
Graham Rice, our Independent Examiner, has completed his work on the accounts for 2007. He has made some changes to reflect more accurately how much we made as a parish. The income tax recovered, including that for the gates, has been directed into the Fabric Fund along with any donations that were received. This has had the effect of reducing the income in the General Fund. Mr Rice wanted to show that we paid the exact amount of the quota, including £2000 from the previous year. This shows that, over the year, we made a loss of £900. This was taken from the General Reserve. This arrangement should make things clear to the Diocesan Board of Finance.
The parish share for 2008.
Easton have already agreed to pay a 10% rise to £6897, Kettleburgh will pay all their £7000, a large increase, so we will be left with an increase of £132, just 1.4%.
The Caring Fund is not being used very much. Mr Alderson will consider possible uses.
The annual report was corrected and an article on bell ringing will be inserted.
Mrs Woodland proposed and Mr Garratt seconded the adoption of the report and accounts. Everyone was in favour.
5) Mortuary Chapel Report
We have received a verbal estimate of £325 from Jeff Hogan to tidy up the tomb. We will be able to use the original bricks. The family will be informed that the work is being done. Mrs Baker will write to them. It was agreed that we should use the remains of the Cemetery Fund and the balance from elsewhere, to pay Mr Hogan.
6) There has been no meeting of the Deanery Synod.
No restoration work has taken place.
8) Fund Raising and forthcoming events
The evening of ghost stories will take place next year, possibly in the Mortuary Chapel in the autumn.
Miss Leach and Mrs Moore are organising another
Chris Parfitt talk - this time, on his trip to
We need someone to help with the organisation of the bike ride. Mrs Woodland will help with rotas and we will speak to local bike riders e.g. Karren Piper, Marion Hutson and Helen Fletcher.
We are still hoping to have a musical event, organised with the Chapmans.
There will be a planning meeting for the fête (21st June) on Wednesday 7th May. Mr McArthur will speak to Sue Thurlow.
A wedding, with flowers by the church arrangers, will take place on 18th July.
9) Benefice Meeting
Please come to the meeting of the three PCCs on Monday 12th May. Mr Alderson will supply the theme and the agenda.
10) Child Protection.
Mrs Jeffery is willing to take on the responsibility for vulnerable adults in addition to children and young people. Mr Alderson will see Miss Leach. Mr Drummond proposed that we approve the policy but include the word “procedures” in the title.
11) Annual Parochial Church Meetings
Weds 16th April
Please bring nibbles and a bottle of wine each.
Mary Moore will speak about Orkney and the Italian Chapel.
June 21st Fête
Pictures from the vestry have been reframed by Mr Garratt and Brandeston Hall. Mr McArthur will frame a photograph of Reverend Graham Vellacott and “Jacko”, the donkey, at the Rogation Sunday service.
Date of next meeting: Monday June 2nd at Office Farm House at 7.30 pm.
Election of Officers
Position Nominated person Proposed by Seconded by
Vice chairman Chris McArthur John Garratt Eileen Leach
Secretary Mary Baker Robin Alderson Wilda Woodland
Treasurer Paul Baker Alison Molyneux Clemency Cunliffe
Trees Officer John Garratt Kelly Jeffery Alison Molyneux
Electoral Roll Officer David Risk Anthony Fletcher Eileen Leach
There was only one nomination for each post so those nominated were elected unapposed.
The PCC received the approved annual report from the APCM.
Mr Alderson explained the new marriage laws regarding the freedom to marry in churches other than one’s own parish.
The next meeting will be a joint meeting of the benefice PCCs on May 19th in the Village Hall.
The next PCC meeting will be Monday June 2nd at Office Farm House at 7.30 pm.