Peter’s Parish Council Meeting
20 March 2019 7.30pm to 9pm
1.1 Attendance & apologies for absence
Suzanne Bullimore Apologies, Terry Dixon Present, Clare-Marie Burchall Present, Phil Dorning (Chair) Present, Keith Burke Presen,t Claire Fish (Safeguarding Officer & Deputy Chair)) Present
Gertrude Chikwekwe Present, Anne Martlew (Secretary) Present, Hilda Cooper Present,
John Murphy Apologie.s Also present: Alicia Mejia
1.2 Notification of items for AOB: Fr. Michael’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination; Parish Council membership – included under Parish Matters.
1.3 Minutes of previous meeting (16 January 2019) accepted without any amendments
2 PARISH FINANCES
Derek Lowson (Finance Council Chair) had sent his apologies and provided a summary which was read to the Council by the Secretary.
2.1 “The Receipts and Payments account shows a surplus of £9,397 as at 28th February 2019. There was a bill paid in March, of £3,080 in respect of gas boiler servicing and a new boiler in the presbytery. It also looks likely that the gas fire in the house will need to be replaced at a cost of around £1,000.
2.2 The above are mitigated by a delayed tax refund of £2,900, due in February, received in March.
2.3 We also intend to give our usual support to the Nicaraguan parish by donating £1,000.”
3 HEALTH AND SAFETY
3.1 Hall chairs (Keith): Poster showing the correct way chairs need to face when stacked on the stage is now in place in the hall.
3.2 Gent’s toilet doors (Terry): Fixed, doors opening more easily now.
3.3 Coconut mats (Terry): Sourcing of the rubber inserts in the floor strips is problematic due to the width of the strip; it is wider than those available in local stores.
3.4 Dyson cleaner (Terry): Upright Dyson cleaner has been serviced and new motor fitted. Additional filters purchased to enable filters to be changed fortnightly.
3.5 Garage door (Terry): Was not closing properly – repaired.
3.6 Fence (Terry): Damaged fence behind garage repaired and painted on St. Peter’s side. Painting of the other side proposed for later in Spring. Volunteers needed as task will take ~ 20 hours.
3.7 Snow (Terry): Gritting ineffective due to amount of snow on 1-3 February 2019. Replacement grit stocks purchased. Proposal to advise parishioners via the Parish website if the car park and drive are not accessible due to snow.
4 PARISH MATTERS
4.1 Year of Prayer (Clare-Marie): What should St. Peter’s do for the Year of Prayer?
4.1.1 Parish Council meetings will start with a short reflection and end with the Diocesan prayer.
4.1.2 Additional Year of Prayer booklets to be ordered by Clare-Marie.
4.1.3 Other ideas included a course in October/November; hold a retreat; purchase the books referenced in the Year of Payer booklet for the Parish library.
4.2 Eucharistic Ministers (Phil): One new Eucharist Minister enlisted as a replacement on rota. No update available on the proposal that the dates be included to facilitate replacements being found when people are away or not available.
4.3 Parish Council Membership (Phil): Alicia Mejia has volunteered to join the Parish Council. Election of officers is deferred until Fr. Michael’s return.
4.4 Global Healing (Clare-Marie): ~30 people attended the thought-provoking and meaningful Lent event “Putting Faith into Action” on Thursday 7 March 2019 which included a display and update on the Nicaraguan project. Good participation from young Parishioners. Thanks to those who provided the refreshments. “Everything you do is a little act of worship”.
4.5 Incense (Phil): E-mail from Mick Bray (Parish Master of Ceremonies) read to the Council by Phil explaining the root cause of the overpowering use of incense on the Feast of the Epiphany. Series of unfortunate events resulted in the thurible not being able to be closed. The use of the open thurible resulted in more smoke that usual being dispersed into the church. Corrective actions to prevent any issues at the Easter services have been put in place.
4.6 Easter raffle (Hilda): Tickets on sale from 23 March 2019. Draw on Palm Sunday.
4.7 Parish BBQ (Phil): 16 June 2019 to celebrate Fr. Michael’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination.
4.8 Nicaraguan Project (Claire-Marie): Fundraising event on 20 September 2019.
4.9 Easter 2019: Cannon Noakes will officiate at Maundy Thursday (8pm) and the Easter Vigil (9pm). Good Friday - 11.30am (Children’s Stations of the Cross) and 3pm.
Items covered elsewhere in the minutes.
6 NEXT MEETING
On Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7.30pm in the hall