July 2016 PCC Meeting

Synopsis of the July 2016 PCC Meeting

We learnt that lots of progress is being made with various Fabric projects; we could soon have 40 new upholstered chairs, 8 with arms, and four new pedestal tables at the west end of church. 

The sale of Gretton Old Tower to the Gretton Tower Trust is proceeding and the Parish will be able to use it 3 or 4 times a year.

Work on the Driveway is progressing well.  Richard Basnett, the Church architect, has done an excellent job with the plans and drainage and has discovered an old pathway on the north side of the church.  This means that it may be possible to extend the parking area if boreholes show that there is sufficient foundation.  There is also no reason why the work can’t go ahead over the winter if necessary.

Following the resignation of the PCC treasurer in May, Stewart Aylward, one of our Churchwardens, has been busy revamping and streamlining the Parish accounts and was gratefully thanked for all the work this entailed.  The regular general-purpose account is now on-line while the original Lloyds account is for Stewardship/Planned Giving and is being administered by Anthony Mason, our Planned Giving Secretary.  Geof Adlington was appointed the new Treasurer and will be administering the regular account.

JP told us of the Vision Planning which has been going on over the summer.  David Thomas has been leading a group of 6 people discussing and building on the work that was carried out for the Parish Profile.  They have been looking at 4 topics – Discipleship, Evangelism, Young People & Families and Pastoral Outreach – to work out our priorities and projects ahead of the Stewardship Campaign in the autumn.

The summer fete was discussed and felt to be a successful day and a good part of our church’s outreach.  It was agreed that the venue of church and churchyard worked well.  Next year it is hoped that a committee of 4 or 5 people can take this forward.  Margaret Bearne was thanked for her work in planning and overseeing it.  A sum of £2,253.00 was raised.

Finally we were told that our Archdeacon, Robert Springett has been appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury designate.  He will be ordained and consecrated as a Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 30th November in Canterbury Cathedral.  There will be an official service of welcome on Sunday 11th December in Gloucester Cathedral.

Margaret Bearne

PCC Secretary

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