Summary of the PCC Meeting held on 18 November 2015,

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Summary of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 18 November 2015,

Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Rebecca Crowson; Alan Daines; Ann Dudzinski; Jane Ferguson; Nick Gough; Malcolm Heath; Felicity King; Ashley Marshall; Alan Parker; Joan Penter; Deryck Piper; Anita Shaw; Luke Verrall.

Apologies: Cefin Lewis; Janet Lewis.

Mission Action Planning: The focus from January would be an increase in the size of the congregation.

West end of church: AD was liaising with Richard Crooks over corrections to the revised plans; it was expected that these would be ready for the January meeting of PCC. Comments from the Victorian Society and Historic England were awaited.

Parish Magazine: The December issue would return to the A5 format. A potential overseer of advertising had been identified at St Chad’s.

Team Rector’s comments: The Diocesan Synod had passed motions encouraging people to become blood donors, and to consider how they could contribute to support for refugees and asylum seekers.

It was agreed that the proliferation of books and papers presented to members of the congregation was not user-friendly. An ad hoc group should meet to consider ways to rationalise this.

Share Review meeting: The new diocese had been consulting on the structure of unified and simplified arrangements for allocating Parish Share. The current proposals are for each parish to pay pro rata for scheduled stipendiary clergy plus a fixed sum (£3k) for diocesan overheads; the total would be adjusted according to each parish’s standing relative to the diocesan average on the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Treasurer’s Report: It was reported that CL had resigned as Treasurer. JL was acting as interim book-keeper in consultation with the Churchwardens and Standing Committee.

A new Treasurer would need to be found. There was a possibility of dividing the role.

A motion authorising Standing Committee to revise the list of bank account signatories .

The meeting expressed its wholehearted thanks to CL for the work he had done in this demanding role.

Fabric Report: The Churchwardens presented a written report.

Various minor works had been carried out or were in progress.

Work on the church roof and high-level gutters, and also on the Parish Hall gutters, was planned; this was likely to incur significant costs.

A problem with refuse collections was being pursued with the Council.

The predominantly positive report arising from the Archdeacon’s quinquennial visitation was received with satisfaction.

Fellowship and Social Committee: The Welcome leaflet was almost ready.

Parish Hall and Youth Centre: A list of fabric issues, with priorities and likely costs, had been reviewed and forwarded to Fabric Committee.

Green Group: A request to Fabric Committee regarding bases for the bug hotel had been approved in principle; the location needed to be agreed.

Shire Oak School: The carol service would be at 1030am in church on 15 December.

Diocesan and Deanery Matters: The recent meeting had provided an open-ended invitation to think about what members would like to see happening in their churches, facilitated by activities and opportunities for reflective silence.

Churches Together in Headingley: Dates had been set for carol singing, lent lunches and joint services.


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