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