Summary of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 21 November 2016

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Summary of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 21 November 2016


Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Rebecca Crowson; Alan Daines; Ann Dudzinski; Malcolm Heath; Tom Herbert; Felicity King; Janet Lewis; Alan Parker; Deryck Piper; Luke Verrall

Apologies: Jane Ferguson; Joan Penter

Matters Arising:

West End of Church: The display of AP’s model had produced an almost unanimously positive response from the congregation. The model and notes on the proposals would be available at the Christmas services. Richard Crooks would prepare revised costings with a view to grant applications; AD would start to prepare the Faculty application.

Appointment of Director of Music: The group was to meet on 1 December, with a view to advertising early in the New Year. The church was being well served by visiting organists in the interim.

Team Rector’s report:

Audio-visual installations: Recommendations for the installation of a permanent dropdown screen with projector had been received from a specialist company. Information on similar work performed for other churches was awaited; but none were conveniently local. Details would be sent to Richard Crooks. In the light of the recent unreliability of the radio mike, the possibility of a comprehensive upgrade at the same time as the visual work was mooted; a quotation would be sought from the same company.

Advent course: The Advent course would begin on Tuesday 29 November, in the Parish Hall.

Curate: A curate would be appointed in summer 2017, serving St Michael’s, St Chad’s and All Hallows. Angela Birkin would be a self-supporting minister, working part-time (Sundays and three other days).  

Treasurer’s Report: Reports of receipts and payments for August-September and August were circulated. The Share had now been fully paid. The balance of the main account stood at £55,167, and of the Parish Hall account at £6,168.

A legacy of £1000 had been received in September, and one of £40,905 in October; Pat Whittington’s legacy was still pending. The legacies would restore capital reserves and enable capital projects; the balance between these two opportunities would need to be considered carefully in the light of the need to underpin the financial security of St Michael’s for future generations.

The charity of the season in the period up to Christmas would be the Children’s Society.

Fabric Report: LED ‘warm white’ floodlights have been fitted in the south and north transepts; similar replacement lights will be installed in the Lady Chapel; a floodlight at the back of church will be replaced with an LED floodlight, and a failed mercury vapour light on the top of the chancel screen will be replaced. There had been a ‘Job Day’ on 15 October, tidying the churchyard. The path to the main entrance has been treated with a spray to remove the slippery surface. Continuing work in the Parish Hall and Youth Centre included a replacement ceiling and new light fittings in the Youth Centre; new stage lighting; and various repairs. The low iron railings surrounding the Parish Hall garden had been damaged, apparently by a car hitting the railings. The railings are listed. A quote for the repair is being obtained.

Diocesan and Deanery Matters: FK had circulated a paper on the Diocesan Green Energy Saving Scheme. It was agreed that it should be discussed by Green Group, and brought back with more detail to a future PCC meeting.

Dates of future meetings: It was noted that AP would begin the distribution of responsibility for contributions to the annual report at the next meeting of PCC.

Standing Committee:

Tuesday 10th January 2017
Thursday 9th March 2017


Monday 23rd January 2017
Thursday 23rd March 2017

Annual meetings: Sunday 30 April 2017


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