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.