Report of the Annual Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting 22nd April 2013
48 parishioners, more than last year, were at the Annual Vestry meeting at which Tracey Eves and Derek Millbank were unanimously re-elected as Churchwardens for the coming year. Derek thanked the Deputy wardens for their support during the year, in particular Jean Miller who was retiring and welcomed Donna Gaukrodger who has agreed to take Jean’s place at St. John’s alongside Chris Kerry and Ann Louise Robson. June Eccles and Rosemary Howard at St. Martin’s and Ross Astin and Albert Fazackerley at St. Peter’s are also continuing as Deputy wardens. This meeting was chaired by Barry Townsend. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting followed immediately and was chaired by Father Timothy Lipscomb, the Area Dean. He gave an outline of the stages and timings of appointing a new incumbent for the Parish.
Treasurer, Jim Titterington thanked all who had contributed to the collection and recording of monies and towards the church’s income. However, Jim pointed out that Broughton’s ‘achilles heel’ continues to be Direct Giving. Our deficit again causes concern. The PCC had decided to create a new Finance Committee to address the issues of fundraising and stewardship. Perhaps professional help would help the new committee to deal with the low level of direct giving. The Parish does have reserves which exist as a fund for major financial obligations. Investment of these reserves has produced ‘paper profits’ of several thousand of pounds this year, but to deplete the reserves by selling shares to meet revenue deficits is not the way forward. Losses over the past two years of between £50 and £100 a day suggest that we need to adopt a different approach to the financial management of the Parish, more along the lines of a business – to aim to create a surplus in Direct Giving in order to enhance Mission and Worship. This would mean that the legacies and gifts, such as those of David Hoggarth and Cynthia Hodge, may be safeguarded for the purposes for which they were intended.
Main items on the PCC agenda during the year were the approval of a reviewed Parish Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People using the more concise Diocesan Policy. Thanks to Pam Kay who continues her role in the Parish as Under18s Co-ordinator. PCC unanimously agreed to adopt the Diocesan Policy of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults. Preston Guild was ever present on our agenda. We were grateful to Ian Cherry, Paul and Susan Cross and the Rev. Graham Nelson who attended meetings and kept us informed. Our parish’s participation in a fantastic week of celebrations was blessed with wonderful weather.
Chris Couper, Secretary of the Land & Buildings with Parish Hall Management Committee, explained the Committee’s main responsibilities were to act on behalf of the PCC for Parish Health & Safety matters, for the Maintenance of the Parish Buildings and grounds, and the Management of the Parish Hall Complex. It had met 6 times during the year but members had been involved in the arrangement and management of projects in the Parish Hall Complex and the Parish Church. He thanked everyone who had contributed both practically and financially to the upkeep of our Parish buildings and grounds and the volunteers who help with the maintenance of our buildings and assets. This included a team from HMP Kirkham.
Chris reminded the meeting that the Broughton Bypass Review Group members, Robert Sparks, Jean Miller and himself, representing the Church and School continue the campaign against the construction of the Bypass in such close proximity to our primary school, church and cottage museum. Chris expressed the committee’s thanks to the Parish Hall Manager Eric Hodgson and Assistant Manager Dave Fisher for all they do, and June Eccles who processes the Invoicing System. During 2012 25 Northway has been let and the PCC are now the Letting Agent as well as Landlord. The committee continues with the Worship & Mission List working to priorities and future budgets set and agreed by the PCC. Special thanks were given to Sidney & Sue for all their help during the year.
The Electoral Roll stood at 556 in December. The new Roll for 2013-2018 had been completed two weeks before this meeting. The new roll is 476, 332 are resident in the parish and 144 non-resident.
Barry Townsend read the last report on behalf of Rev. Canon Sidney Fox, in which he thanked everyone who makes the worship possible in our three worship centres. Many activities had taken place during the year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with celebrations both in the Parish Hall and away on the Parish Holiday in Yarmouth and Sandringham, participation in the Preston Guild being quite an experience with thanks to Ian Cherry and then Paul and Susan Cross who got us together for the Procession. Other events were a Barn Dance, Proms Night and Intersection Quiz. To conclude, he said “it has been a privilege to serve in the parish since May 2005 and to preside over the regular worship. My time with you is held close to my heart and I wish you well for the future.”
Canon Andrea Titterington and Jim Gibson, as Readers licensed to the Parish, were confirmed by the meeting as ex officio members of the PCC.
Six people were elected to serve 3-year terms on the PCC namely Charles Carefoot, Gill Kerry, Kath Morris, Anne Louise Robson, Jim Titterington and Doreen Wilkinson.
The list of Sidespersons was read and proposed to the Meeting and unanimously accepted
The meeting ended at 9.30pm with a Blessing.