Minutes of the P.C.C. Meeting held on 18 March 2019,

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Minutes of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 18 March 2019,

Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Revd Angela Birkin; Sonya Bushell; Rebecca Crowson; Alan Daines; Glynis Dickson; Ann Dudzinski; Ella Dudzinski; Karen Gough; Malcolm Heath; Tom Herbert; Janet Lewis; Alan Parker; Joan Penter; Deryck Piper; Anita Shaw; Luke Verrall

Apologies: Jane Ferguson; Felicity King

Matters Arising:

Stewardship: The Stewardship Campaign had been launched on the previous day. The meeting expressed its thanks to all who had been involved in producing the leaflets and noticeboard, and who had contributed to developing the programme of events.

Fair Trade Registration: There was no update. It was, however, confirmed that the shop from which we had been receiving supplies had now closed.

Membership of Deanery Synod: Ben Ellis had resigned from Deanery Synod. It was agreed that the casual vacancy for one year should be filled by appointment. Anita Shaw was elected unanimously.

Team Rector’s comments: .

It was unanimously agreed that Heather Grieves should be licensed as a Communion Assistant.

There was discussion of the Charity of the Season after Easter. Christian Aid would be followed by the nature reserve. Further suggestions were invited; it was noted that the availability of an associated speaker would be advantageous.

The Rector reported that Tom Lusty would be replaced by a Team Vicar, expected to become Team Rector in due course. St Michael’s would have a Self-Supporting Minister. All Hallows would in due course become a full member of the Team. There was an intention to appoint a curate if new Team Vicar / Rector designate was able to take on the training role. Representatives from St Michael’s and All Hallows would be involved in the appointment. The question of whether there should be one or three PCCs would be open for discussion. These developments would be communicated to the congregation at the APCM and in the newsletter.

Preparation for APCM:

The revision of the Electoral Roll had been completed: there 35 Resident and 79 Non-Resident members, giving a total of 114. The minutes of the 2018 meetings and the agenda for this year’s meetings were approved, including a proposal that Readers licensed to the parish should be appointed to PCC ex-officio. The Treasurer’s Annual Report and Balance Sheet were received: the meeting expressed its appreciation to the Treasurer and Auditor. The draft Annual PCC report for the APCM was received.  The Churchwardens’ Annual report on the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the Church and the Presentation of the Terrier and Inventory was received. Nomination papers for the election of Churchwardens and members of PCC were ready: there were four vacancies to fill.

Treasurer’s Report: A written report on income and expenditure from 1 January to 17 March was received..  

Fabric Report: The grants sub-committee has had a number of meetings and is working on applications for grant funding. The tendering process is underway.

David Simpson (audio technician) is working to correct the problems with reception occasionally experienced when the batter- operated microphones are being used. A.S. Electrical have fitted new LED light fittings in the main (north door) porch, above the font, in the clergy vestry, in both toilets and in the vestry corridor. External LED fittings also installed by the belfry door and the vestry door. The gas supplier’s offer to instal an AMR (Automatic Meter Reading, a.k.a. ‘smart’) meter was declined, as currently some AMR meters are not interoperable between suppliers.

M.D. Builders Various carried out works in the Parish Hall and Youth Centre. British Gas were called out (as per service contract) to deal with the Parish Hall boiler, which was overheating.

Committee and Group Reports:

Green Group: There had been two work days in the churchyard. There had been a joint Team Green Group meeting, instigated by All Hallows. Energy providers were still under consideration.

Finance Committee: The committee had considered the possible use of card readers in church, and concluded that there would be no advantage at present, though this might change with future developments in the technology.

Shire Oak C of E School Report and nomination for Foundation Governor:

JK is going on a course to prepare for the Ofsted inspection (which is likely to happen during the summer term); TW had been involved in the school’s audit of their safeguarding policy and procedures, and in preparing for the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools) inspection (which will take place shortly after the Ofsted inspection). AD is a member of the committee dealing with performance management target setting and reviews for the head teacher. The July meeting of our PCC will take place in school, the date of which has been confirmed. A good turn out of Shire Oak pupils, parents and staff had attended our Candlemas service, joining in with the readings, and giving us a drama of the Candlemas story. 

Churches Together: Lent Lunches were in progress, and there would a Walk of Witness on Good Friday. On Maundy Thursday a joint evening service at All Hallows was planned.



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