November 2016 PCC Meeting

Synopsis of the November 2016 PCC Meeting

Lynne Banks came to talk to the PCC about Safeguarding as she and James (Pickerskill) have recently rolled out training for all those working with children in our church.  Each volunteer was asked to sign that they had read the Church’s safeguarding Policy.  It is planned that similar trainings for other groups of volunteers will follow in the New Year.  Safeguarding is very much ongoing and continually being updated.  Lynne & James were thanked for all their hard work in implementing this.

We learnt of the new Archdeacon appointed to Cheltenham, Rev. Canon Phil Andrew, currently vicar of Reigate.  He will take up his new role in March 2017.  His wife Sue is a GP and they have 3 adult sons.

Anna Hay was appointed as a Foundation Governor for Winchcombe Abbey School filling a vacancy and Geof Adlington was appointed as a PCC member to fill the vacancy left by Roger Eckley.  Our new Office Manager, Rachel Merritt, is settling in well, very efficient and very keen to learn.  She works Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.

On the financial side we were told that the 3rd Quarter accounts are on target and the 2017 Budget, based on a 30% increase in Planned Giving, was approved.

The PCC also approved the list of Charitable Donations, which the Charities Group, under John Sutcliffe, has put together.

JP thanked members of the PCC for following up and visiting electoral Roll members following the presentation of the Vision and Stewardship Campaign.  We were encouraged to complete our ‘feedback’ forms and a meeting to evaluate them is planned to follow the 10.30 Service at St Peter’s on Sunday 15th January 2017.  Stewart Aylward reported that so far 63 people/families have now signed up for the Diocesan Parish Giving Scheme.

On the fabric front the quotes for St Peter’s Driveway have come in considerably higher than expected partly due to the increase in size due to a parking area at the back up to the north door.  The funds we have available are now £15K to £20K short and Alan Thomas and others are busy applying to various Trusts to raise the extra money.

Unfortunately the west end seating will not be with us in time for the Christmas Services as, in error, the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) was not sent our updated choice of chairs for their September meeting.  The DAC now has the information and a decision will be taken at their meeting on the 2nd December.

Finally we were told that Jo Andrews has now vacated Teachers House and the business of re-letting it was passed to the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP) to implement.

Margaret Bearne
PCC Secretary

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