St. Peter’s Parish Council
1 May 2019 7.30pm to 9.05pm
1.1 Attendance & apologies for absence
Suzanne Bullimore Present, Phil Dorning (Chair) Present, Clare-Marie Burchall Present,
Claire Fish (Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Chair) Present, Keith Burke Present,
Anne Martlew (Secretary) Present, Hilda Cooper Present, Alicia Mejia Present,
Terry Dixon Present, John Murphy Apologies
Also present: Derek Lowson (Finance Council Chair)
1.2 Notification of items for AOB: New cooker – included under Parish Finances; Disabled
seating – included under Parish Matters.
1.3 Minutes of previous meeting (20 March 2019) accepted without any amendments.
2 PARISH FINANCES
2.1 Receipts & Payments Account, which reports actual transactions for the year to date
(Derek): Surplus = £73,984 at April 2019
2.2 Payments for the gas boiler and fire completed.
2.3 £1,180 from Good Friday collection for the Holy Place still to be sent to the Diocese.
2.4 Confirmation from Nicaraguan Parish that £1,000 donation has been received.
2.5 £250 donation paid to the Sisters of Divine Love.
2.6 Stipend will be £2,300 for next year.
2.7 Upcoming expenses of ~£600+ for new cooker in the hall.
2.8 Parish will be audited on 10 May 2019.
3 HEALTH AND SAFETY
3.1 Dyson cleaner (Terry): Upright Dyson repaired. Additional Dyson donated by
3.2 Outside tap (Terry): Not working.
Action: Phil to liaise with Fr. Michael on repairs.
3.3 Grass cutting (Terry): Electrical socket needed outside.
Action: Phil to liaise with Fr. Michael on potential locations.
3.4 Car parking (Terry): Still problematic at busy times. Need to find a long-term solution.
4 PARISH MATTERS
4.1 Year of Prayer (Clare-Marie): This month’s meeting started with a reflection from St
Thérèse of Lisieux. Pre-Advent course (Head to Heart) will run on three Thursdays in
November 2019 and lead into the Year of Communion. Topics will be “Knowing God’s
Love” (14th), “Knowing the Father” (21st), “God the Father, Almighty” (28th).
4.2 Parish Council Membership (Phil): Gertrude Chikwekwe has resigned from the Parish
4.3 Quiz Night (Hilda): Planned for later in the year.
4.4 First Communion (Clare-Marie): 19 May 2019. 20 candidates this year so the Church
will be busier than usual that day. Recommended that Parishioners be asked to
consider attending the Saturday evening Mass on 18 May 2019 instead.
4.5 Work Day (Terry): 8 June 2019. Work day to complete outside maintenance jobs.
Clare-Marie to compose item for inclusion in the newsletter asking for volunteers.
4.6 Parish BBQ (Phil): 16 June 2019. All preparations under control.
4.7 Easter 2019: Thank you to all for a successful Easter at St. Peter’s. Compliment
received from neighbour about the organisation of the parking. Parking in the
emergency access route is still a problem.
4.8 Disabled seating (Terry): Parishioners who are unable to go forward to the altar to
receive Communion asked to make themselves known so that Priest can identify their
location around the church to be able to give them Communion at their seats.
Items covered elsewhere in the minutes.
6 NEXT MEETING
On Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 7.30pm in the hall.