The Annual Parochial Church Meeting took place at All Saints’ on Sunday 24th April at 10.30am, and formed part of the service of Morning Worship. Ninety parishioners were present and Andrew Sargent, ChurchWarden, chaired the meeting.
Elections took place and the following people were elected to serve:
Churchwardens: Katie Foot and Andrew Sargent
PCC Members: The following will serve from 2016 to 2019:
Kate Butcher – Julie Campbell – Elaine Cox
John Hignett – Ibby Southerden – Peter Southerden
The following are currently-serving members of the PCC:
Rosemary Kirk – Jeni Summerfield – Wendy Tynan—until 2017
David Barber – Jon Chamberlain – Geoff Edgington—until 2018
Our Deanery Synod Representatives are:
Peter Foot – John Seedell – Margaret Starr
Julia Burn, our Electoral Roll Officer, reported we now have 190 people on the Roll. This will be displayed on the notice board by the Servery. Application forms to become a member at All Saints’ are available from Julia.
David Wilson, in his Financial Report, said we are in a stable and improving financial position, following the building of the Barber Rooms. However, there are still challenges ahead and loans to be paid back. He urged all those who have pledged donations for the Barber Rooms to keep them coming in. We were also urged to Gift Aid donations where we can.
The Annual Report was presented, alternating with prayer for those leading and taking part in the many activities which enrich the lives of our Church family.
The first meeting of the newly formed PCC took place on Tuesday 17th May when the following appointments were made:
Deputy Church Warden: John Seedell; Treasurer: David Wilson; Secretary: Beryl Begg; Safeguarding Officer: John Seedell; Safeguarding Administrator: Linda Ritchie; Children’s Advocate: Helen Wilson
The maintenance of the Churchyard around All Saints’ has been under review, and, as the churchyard is now ‘closed’, the Town Council will continue to mow the grass and care for the trees and the wall fronting onto Church Street. Coach Lane Cemetery remains the responsibility of the PCC, and now has new gates, and a professionally drawn up plan of the graves, which will shortly be accessible via the Church Website.
The arrival of Stephen and Wendy Bellamy is now imminent, and in preparation, the vicarage has been redecorated and the garden tidied.
The Church will join with the town in celebrating the 90th Birthday of the Queen. The Church will be full of flowers, and refreshments will be served in the Barber Rooms during the weekend of 11th/12th June.
The maintenance of the garden around the Barber Rooms is becoming a huge task now that the growing season is really underway, and the PCC are increasingly aware, and appreciative, of the enormous amount of time and work that Jo Harbour put into keeping the garden so lovely for us all to enjoy.
Our CMS Partners, David and Liza Cooke, will soon be leaving, and we will enjoy a bring-and-share lunch with them, after the morning service, on 29th May. Our new CMS partner, Lynn Treneary, will be with us on 5th June and you can chat to her over coffee after the service. She will be leaving for South Sudan shortly afterwards.