Parochial Church Council

Thank you to all those who have supported St Andrew’s Church over the past year. The PCC very much appreciate the dedicated support of volunteers who continue to make our church a place of welcome and to you for supporting church services and other activities. The following points were reported at the recent Parish Council Annual Meeting:

·         The Rector formally retires on 31st May. An advert is in the Church Times to advertise for a new incumbent. The interviews date is set for 25th June. It is anticipated that a new rector will be in post by this Autumn.

·         Attendance at All Age Services on the 3rd Sunday of each month continues to be popular. We are keen to improve these family orientated style services: any feedback, suggestions for improvement and/or help would be welcome.

·         Local events during 2017 including Open Village/Open Gardens and the Christmas Tree Festival were very successful raising approximately £2,500 for church funds. Thank you to all those who supported these events.

·         Our intention is to put the money raised towards the new toilet/servery in the church as part of a programme of restoration and improvement. Detailed designs from the architect are imminent. This will enable us to initiate an invitation to tender from contractors, application for a grant from heritage lottery and a faculty application. A key feature of a successful grant application will be community involvement: we will be announcing suggestions soon including a request for giving to restore St Andrew’s for the benefit of our community today and for future generations. Please look at the display in church of the intended design.

·         In a joint initiative between the PCC and Heritage Group, the memorial commemorating those men from the village who fought in World War I and came home was restored last year following damage from damp ingress. A rededication service will be held on 4th November 2018. Please speak to Maggie Ashcroft or Colin Blagrove for further details.

Previous minutes from PCC meetings are filed below. Earlier minutes may be viewed in the church vestry records. Please contact the PCC Secretary for further information.