Jottings from the St Lukes Milland PCC Meeting on 22 August.
In the last few months Milland church has experienced some problems with the roof tiles disintegrating, which has resulted in the tape and notices that you will have seen around the Memorial garden at the side of the church.
At our recent PCC meeting John Dawes reported, on behalf of the Church Fabric Committee, on the Coping Stone (ridge tiles) Delamination and the current position, following recent further falls of masonry. The PCC agreed to the erection of scaffolding with protective planking over the Memorial Garden, whilst the situation was reviewed. This will be done in June and the costs will be £850 for an initial 12 weeks, if an extension period is required it would be at a cost of £42.50 per month. This would provide protection for the area over and around the memorial Garden and allow the current tapes etc. to be removed.
A further initial estimate of costs for the scaffolding and repairs to the Coping Stones at both the East and West ends of the roof has been supplied being ££25,000; however it is difficult to provide a detailed cost until the areas of concern can be inspected in more detail.
The PCC would ask for peoples’ understanding AND CARE when around the church as the combination of a wet/cold winter and now the air temperature rising is likely to result in further bits of ridge tile and plaster falling.
The other repair work being managed by the Milland Fabric Committee is the repair to the windows at the west end of the nave/tower which have corroded plus 4 new windows in the South Porch where the present glass is cracked or bowed and needs renewal. We have a quotation of £8,000 for this work, but the project is on hold whilst the coping tile issue is addressed. Lastly we need to waterproof the inside of the bell tower and to repair/replace the door and frame at the top of the tower as the wood is rotten, the church Fabric Committee estimate a cost of £1,500 for this work and the PCC have agreed that this work should proceed.
As people will have seen in the accounts presented at May’s APCM (copies available at the back of the church) we currently have £25,900 in the Church Fabric Fund and a further £11,263 a donated (legacy) ‘Rainy day Fund’ which could be allocated to the fabric work required, but would leave the church with little reserve should any further major works be required on the church building and, of course, the PCC is exploring grants which be applied for, recognising that the church building (and roof) is now 140 years old and has survived to date with minimal repair and maintenance required, thus we may expect to incur more such expense over the coming years.
If anyone would like more information on this situation please get in touch with one of the Churchwardens, Bob Ireland or John Dawes.
St. Luke’s Milland Jottings from the P.C.C. meeting on 16th May.
o The meeting started with Anne Alderman and Bob Ireland being elected as Hon Treasurer and Hon PCC Secretary respectively. Michael Cartwright welcomed Lynne Collard as the new (second) Churchwarden.
o Sheila Pim confirmed that she had received some very positive feedback about the magazine with the new subscriptions, this included a letter from the Dunhams now happily settled in their new house in East Grinstead. Trish also had received very good feedback about the afternoon Good Friday Service at Milland, this will be repeated in 2017.
o Sam Pope had provided a Churchyard Report from which included a number of ‘Suggested Improvements’ which were discussed.
o There was also extensive discussion regarding the current issues with the church fabric, which are described in a separate article in this magazine.
o Bob Ireland confirmed that he has requested quotations for the installation of a sound/amplification system, and is waiting for suppliers to respond and visit the church to scope out the requirements.
o Sheila Pim reported on the OFSTED inspection at Rake School in April which had just received, classifying the school as “Good”, which is an excellent result. There were only two negative comments, one regarding the teaching of phonics, which has been addressed, and one about unauthorised absences, an issue recently of national public interest. The PCC asked Sheila to convey congratulations to the Headmaster and staff on this excellent outcome.
o Sheila also confirmed that the School Leavers Service would be on Thursday 21st July; and leavers will each be given a Bible from the church.
o The PCC reviewed events which the parish and benefice are involved:
o Rural Fair/ Sunday 5th June: The theme for the Church presence at the Milland Rural Fair on 5th June would be to show what the Churches in Milland and Linch offered to the local communities, especially for children, but a cake stall would be there as usual; a list for cake contributions is in the church; Janet Werner had provided a summary of the administration and organisation. Lynne Collard raised the issue of provision of St Lukes Milland bags, tea-towels and mouse mats, to be offered for donations,
o JSD’s son Jeremy is riding in the LIBDA Bike Ride, sponsorship is progressing with forms being circulated, £2-300 has been committed.
o Tuxlith Art Festival: Janet Werner is organising activities around the Festival (17th-19th June 2016) on a benefice basis, Milland church will be well-decorated and volunteers to man stalls are requested for the plant and bric-a-brac stalls. Sheila Pim reported that Rake School will be converting the church window opposite the South door into a ‘stained glass’ window with cellophane.
o Ride and Stride: is on Saturday 10th Sept; the church will be open and unmanned with forms available for signing.
o There will be ‘Pimms and Hymns’ at the Rectory at 3.00pm on June 11th
o 12th June, prior to the Milland Street Party, normal services at each church.
o Benefice ‘Back to Church’ Service 31st July 10.30 Tuxlith Green a drink will be offered after the service (ACTION: LC), +bring a picnic. Invites to go out to all on email on Electoral Roll – past and present (needs design).
o Services 3rd & 10th July – Milland on 3rd Eucharist Service at 10.30 (no bell ringer available) and at Linch on 10th at 10.30, Communion service.
o Evensong 28th August @6.00pm and Evensong 25th September @ 5pm in Tuxlith (St Michaels)
o Harvest 2nd Oct, followed by lunch in Milland Memorial Hall
o Benefice Christian Aid Service 30th October 10.30am at Milland retiring collection for Christian Aid
o Remembrance 13th November (preacher TBA); JSD proposed Tony Halsie, retired vicar from Bramshott, to be discussed further.
o It was confirmed that the Benefice website will go live on Wednesday 1st June , TB proposed the ‘strap-line’ – “Together for the Community” which was supported by the PCC; RI will confirm web address, details in pewsheet and magazine, plus leaflets etc. in both churches.
o John Ablitt indicated that the bell ringers continue to be short of ringers and asked all to be watchful for possible new recruits.
o The next meeting of the PCC is scheduled for 8.00 p.m. 22nd August in the church
Jottings from the Milland APCM
All present at the APCM were delighted to start proceedings with the election of Lynne Collard and re-election of Michael Cartwright as our two Churchwardens. The PCC members remain the same for the coming year.
Within the main APCM Peter Collard reported that there were 74 people on the Electoral Roll at 17th April 2016, an increase of 6 over 2015.
The Rector expressed thanks to all who work so hard to keep the church, in all its elements, working as a resource to the local community. She emphasised the importance of the church building, churchyard and the related facilities of Tuxlith Chapel and Green as means of outreach to the wider community and the need to continually think about the use of these resources for activities such as Messy Church, which is a new form of worship involving 20 children and over 20 adults, organised outside the normal Sunday service environment, and is ‘their’ church service. The fact that we keep the church open during the day as a place of peace and comfort is also important, and needs to be communicated to the local community effectively. We must consider new ways in which these facilities can be offered to, and used by, the local community.
Anne Alderman, the Hon. Treasurer, presented the accounts for the year January 2015 to December 2015, as approved by the PCC and Independent Assessor. The key point for the past year was that the finances had been better than the budget and close to a breakeven position. Following her detailed explanation of the finances and the 2016 Budget, which is a conservative estimate indicating a £2,800 deficit for 2016 (and also available at the back of the church) Trish expressed her thanks to Anne, Leslie, Elizabeth Cartwright, and all who worked on the finances and fundraising for the Parish.
Michael Cartwright gave a Churchwarden’s report including thanks John Dawes for all his, and the Fabric Committee’s, work on maintaining the church buildings, recognising that there were recent issues with coping tiles of the roof which were currently being investigated. Michael also confirmed that Sam Pope had agreed to oversee the works required in the churchyard and expressed thanks to Robin Quinnell for her work in recent years in the churchyard.
The distributed reports also included reports from the Deanery Synod’ Rake School, the bell-ringers, the choir, the Friends of Tuxlith and the George Street Trust.
Bob Ireland as PCC Secretary provided a short report on the 5 PCC meeting held during 2015 confirming that the major issues of consideration by the PCC continue to be the concerns of congregation numbers, engagement with the wider community especially outward mission and building a Christian Community, finances and maintenance and preservation of church building and the churchyard.