Minutes of the PCC Meeting 23rd January 2018

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Minutes of the Parochial Church Council Meeting 23rd January 2018

Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Rebecca Crowson; Alan Daines; Glynis Dickson; Ann Dudzinski; Jane Ferguson; Karen Gough; Malcolm Heath; Felicity King; Jan Kramer; Janet Lewis; Joanne Nicholson; Alan Parker; Deryck Piper; Luke Verrall

West End of Church: The faculty application had been submitted, and was considered by the DAC at its meeting on 12th December. We have been informed that the DAC will agree to the proposals as submitted, subject to revision of the plan relating to the iron grilles at the main entrance. AD will meet with the church architect to discuss possible alterations to this aspect of the plans.  English Heritage and the Victorian Society will need to be informed of the revised plans.

The bat survey had revealed evidence of bats. The Bat Conservation Trust recommends a free audit to identify entry/exit points. Natural England will advise on meeting legal requirements regarding the protection of bats in relation to the planned alterations.

Director of Music: Howard Seymour had decided not to remain in post beyond the six month trial period. David Walls was arranging cover. A possible replacement had been identified.

Stewardship Campaign: The working group had met twice. The leaflet was being revised. To introduce the campaign, the first service in Lent would include a dialogue designed to raise awareness of the church’s costs.

Team Rector’s comments:

Candlemas (4th February) would be an All-Age service with Shire Oak School.

The need to ensure appropriate fire precautions for services involving candles, and more generally, was noted. Ecclesiastical Insurance will be consulted.

Figures for average service attendance over the four years to 2016/17 were circulated: a decline in 2016/17 was noted. The most recent diocesan ‘dashboard’ data for St Michael’s was reviewed. Possibilities for making the church more accessible and attractive to the general public were discussed. It was noted that the planned improvements to the entrance would help, and that an opening event when the alterations to the west end of church were complete might attract attention and visitors.

Shire Oak C of E School Report: There had been a successful Christmas service in church, and good attendance from the school at the turning of the Headingley lights. The school was reviewing its collective worship policy and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) provision in the curriculum, with a view to the next Ofsted inspection. It was agreed that the school should be encouraged to bring material for the notice board for the Candlemas service.

Treasurer’s Report: A report on the calendar year 2017 was received. It was noted with concern that, excluding legacies, there had been a shortfall of £36k over the year (income £76.5k; expenditure £112.6k).

The absence of income from magazine advertising was noted.

Fabric Committee would discuss earmarking of funds for future projects (including organ, bells) in preparation for grant applications for the alterations to the west end of church.

Fabric Report: A heating survey has been carried out by a diocesan heating consultant as part of the re-ordering of the west end.

The heating in the Parish Hall broke down in the week commencing 8th January, due to a fault in the electrical circuits controlling a system of sensors. Quotations had been received for rectifying the fault, and for follow up work to ensure the system’s future reliability and flexibility. Parish Hall Committee and Finance Committee were consulted by email, and it was decided to proceed with the recommended work.

It had been established that Leeds City Council is to provide regular maintenance to the garden in front of the parish hall, without charge, though the Council has no responsibility for the garden. The work carried out appears to be satisfactory. The Parish Hall committee will consider this at their next meeting.

Fellowship and Social Committee: The committee had worked on plans for the Burns Supper (20th January), a bun decorating competition after the morning service on Mothering Sunday; an event connected with the royal wedding; and a Student 18+ events.

Churches Together: An oral report was given on Unity week and the Lent Lunches. St Michael’s would be hosting on 9th March.

Diocesan and Deanery Matters: A written report of the Deanery Synod on 4th October 2017 was received. Bishop Paul Slater had talked about plans to resource churches to revitalise and plant new churches. John Battle had given a talk on Leeds Citizens, a diverse independent alliance if civil society organisations collaborating for the public good. This talk had been discussed at the local synod immediately following the joint meeting; John Swales had also given a talk on the Lighthouse charity.


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