Summary of the PCC Meeting held on 5 June 2017

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Summary of the PCC Meeting held on 5 June 2017, 7.00pm, at shire Oak School


Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Angela Birkin; Rebecca Crowson; Glynis Dickson; Ann Dudzinski; Ella Dudzinski; Jane Ferguson; Malcolm Heath; Tom Herbert; Deryck Piper; Alan Parker; Joan Penter

Apologies: Sonya Bushell; Alan Daines; Felicity King; Janet Lewis; Luke Verrall

Report on the School Year 2016-2017: Jane Astrid Devane reported on the school’s 10th anniversary year, mentioning a variety of school events and continuing collaborations with other local schools. The year 6 SATs scores were an improvement on the previous year, and above the national average. The benefits of a cohesive, creative and positive staff team with a low turnover rate were emphasised. The current year’s budget had been balanced, but with a very small contingency. But currently expected funding for the coming year would entail deep cuts in staffing.

Appointment of Director of Music: Howard Seymour, an experienced musician and teacher, has met the choir. He is keen to develop the choir, links with the school, and music in the church. For personal reasons, he is at present only able to commit to a six month contract, commencing August.

Review of events for insurance purposes: An amended list of church events and trips taking place somewhere other than the church premises was approved and accepted by PCC for insurance purposes, subject to the addition of outdoor services.

Proposal to replace some chairs in church with stackable chairs: The following motion was approved unanimously (proposed: RC; seconded AD): this PCC resolves to apply for a faculty to replace a maximum of 150 of the chairs in church with stackable chairs; the design of the stackable chairs will be decided at a later date and a further faculty application will be made in respect of the design.

Team Rector’s comments: The Patronal Festival would be on 24 September, with the archdeacon (Paul Ayers) preaching.

Renewal of licenses for Communion Assistants: It was unanimously agreed that licenses should be renewed for the following Communion Assistants (proposed: RC; seconded AP): Ben Ellis; Jane Ferguson; Jean Forshaw; Jan Kramer; Maurice King; Joan Penter; Gwen Richards; Luke Verrall; Catherine Whatmough.

Treasurer’s Report: A summary of income and expenditure to 16 June was received. There was an £8.2k surplus of income over expenditure; it was noted, however, that this depended on £19k of non-recurrent income (legacies).

Fabric Report: Documents and information had been received from Richard Crooks (church architect), and the Church fabric group has begun work on the grant applications and the Faculty application documents; the Statement of Need and Significance was contingent on the PCC decision regarding seating taken at this meeting (item P2.9).

The annual servicing of boilers in church, Parish Hall and Youth Centre had been carried out, and the organ had been checked and tuned. A churchyard job day had been organised by Green Group on 20 May. Quotes had been agreed for replacing the ceilings and lighting in the Elam and Sugden Rooms, and for decorating the Elam Room.

The problem of unauthorised parking in the Parish Hall car-park was raised; advice would be sought from the police.

PCC Committee Reports:

Parish Hall: Discussed cracks in the Parish Hall, and compiled a job-list.

Budget and Finance: Failed to understand the new Share calculation, and put in hand a revision of ‘add-on’ fees for weddings.

Green Group: Discussed new ideas, and the visit to the waste recycling centre.

Stewardship/Fellowship: The merged committee had drafted a revised remit: ‘To overview social events, to encourage stewardship and to grow and develop fellowship within our existing and emerging faith communities.’ It was agreed that this should be formally proposed at the next meeting of PCC.

Diocesan and Deanery Matters: The first Joint Meeting of Leeds Deaneries was held at St George’s Church on 14 June 2017. An invitation was issued to discuss problems with the new Parish Share at Share Surgeries. There was a discussion of the role of the Anglican Church post-Brexit. Each local synod then appointed their Lay Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The clergy of St George’s gave a short report on the activities of the church.

Dates for 2017/18 meetings:

Standing Committee:

Monday 4th September 2017
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Monday 5th March 2018


Monday 18th September 2017
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Monday 19th March 2018

Annual meetings: Sunday 15th April 2018


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