Held on 19/05/2009 at 8:00 p.m. at 9, Barnett’s Well, Draycott.
Sue opened the meeting with a prayer. Tricia Heckbert took the chair.
Tricia Heckbert Colette Jeff
Minutes of the 23/03/2009 meeting were agreed as accurate.
Meeting of 23/03/09
6 c (Sound system) The microphones have been given new batteries and are now working OK. They are now being kept in the safe as agreed.
7 d (Candidates expenses) David had raised this at last night’s meeting.
(items received and added to agenda- 6g, h; 8c, d)
CG offered his apologies but was otherwise engaged. Those taking part will meet on Sunday after church.
The magazine editor in Cheddar is Margaret Gelder. Should we consider a joint newsletter, as mentioned at the APCM?
· To bring up idea of combined magazine at the joint PCC meeting.
· Write to Newmans asking to continue for the moment and explaining that we are considering options (NB. also bring up the advertising revenue) (CG)
ACTION: Thea and David to update- Key inventory must also be taken in hand (Thea).
Light could be changed, or leave switch alone and switch on and off at the wall.
ACTION: TO will speak to Ian Patch to get this done soon.
As agreed at the annual meeting, funds should go through the church and not through Linda Whittles personal account. This will not need a separate bank account, only another column in restricted payments.
ACTION: DC to set up new restricted fund within existing accounts.
As agreed at the annual meeting, the account name would be changed to the Draycott PCC Fabric Fund. Sue Rose will become a signatory. Since the bank only allows 4 signatures, RD will drop off. Authorised signatories to be DC, CG, TO, SR.
ACTION: DC to request name and signatories changes.
We have a request to reappoint Mark Rickard as a foundation school governor. All were agreed. Also Nikki Devitt has just received her reappointment from the diocese.
ACTION: CG to return form to diocese on behalf of School and Mike Rickard.
NB. Tomorrow’s school assembly would be in memory of Jane Hampton. (Nikki to confirm to Sue whether this would take place at the usual time of11:30).
At funerals the cabling for the lectern gets in the way (when using N Transept).
ACTION: VS to look into additional microphone cabling to allow re-routing.
Main topic of conversation at the joint warden’s meeting last night was the pattern of services. Currently Sue is doing Draycott twice and Rodney Stoke once in the month. Cheddar has 2 services to cover (8 and 10). Cheddar will probably lose 2 of its 8 am services; the time of the Draycott service would need to go forward to 9:15. Rodney Stoke may need to be more variable.
It might not be possible for communion at The Laurels to continue, at least at its current time.
Although this was provisional, the PCC formally approved the move to 9:15 am for our main Sunday service (proposed: CG; seconded: TL; all were in favour).
The downpipes are inadequate. We really need an architect to assess the requirements.
ACTION: DC to ask George Chedburn to look at them.
We are not sure which is the most critical cause of damp in the church- the earth (banked up around the chancel end) or the guttering. NB. the earth has become more difficult since MDC tarmacked the path. It may be their responsibility to do something about it.
General funds: £10,800; fabric funds £8,600.
We have sufficient funds to pay part of our parish share and also to consider works for some of the most pressing fabric questions.
Proposed: pay £500 per month towards Parish Share until further notice (DC proposed, CJ seconded; one person abstained, the remaining 5 were in favour).
Covenants- quite a number are from folk who do not come to church, and have been giving the same amount for a long time. Should we send a letter encouraging them to increase their giving?
It was thought this was not the right time, although it would be done some time in the future.
Event- joining with Mendip Players on 10th October in a murder mystery. Will need to host a table each and dress according to the theme. Watch this space!
Open gardens- 12th July.
The Lent quiz made £160.
TL is organising the ice pop distribution, our contribution to the Father’s day festivities. She would call on our help as required.
This is winding up for the summer, and the numbers have dropped. This needs fresh ideas and a relaunch, to bring in new people and draw on other parishes. Michael Taylor in Rodney Stoke suggested that we start with a book (such as one of the Marcus Borg ones, that have proved popular with such groups) and use this as the basis of a study group. He was prepared to host the group. We would discuss further over the summer.
The PCC was supportive of these ideas.
(Mainly covered above in 7 a).
ACTION: SR will mail Nicola with a list of dates of Draycott PCC meetings.
Could be a day in church with tea & biscuits supplied. NB. a social but not a fund-raising event. Perhaps the pub would be better?
ACTION: SR to think of a day.
Proposed by BR (through DC). Saturday lunchtime (complete with lunch?). We liked the idea- ‘St. Peter’s Proms’. BR to organise (DC will pass this on).
21st May- Ascension day. NB there are 2 services RS (top of tower), Cheddar (p.m.- Bible Society, organised by Judith Rose).
31st May- joint service (5th Sunday) at St. Andrews, 10 a.m.
30th June, 1st September, 13th October, 17th November (all at 8 p.m. at the Jeff’s house).
Preaching team- one will be selected from 11th June, 19th June, 26th June. Sue will ask the Cheddar team and let us know.
Pulpit exchange- 15th November.
The meeting was closed with the Grace.