March 2017 Meeting Summary

A précis of our meeting on Wednesday 15th March 2017

Following prayers, and the usual formalities, we made plans to take a tour around the churchyard with jenny Atkinson to see some of the wonderful work she has been doing and Jenny is always looking for new help, do get in touch with her!). We also thanked Alicia and Alice for working on the cards for distribution around the parish for Holy Week and Easter.

Under the redevelopment/re-ordering item, we reviewed our current position; we are still short of the funding we need to do everything, but are praying and hoping that the grants and generous giving we seek will come to fruition. We are still working to the plan to begin work in mid-May, when we shall move out of the building for some months. Our own services will be held at the Methodist Church and The Marlborough School, with pastoral offices at Bladon. On the third Sunday of every month we shall not be holding an 11am service, and encourage everyone to worship at another denomination in Woodstock, or further afield. The chairs are selling well. We meet again on April 19th to review the tenders form contractors which are due in on April 7th.

Aidan, as Chairman of the Finance Committee, presented the 2016 accounts to the PCC, which were formally approved. They are on public display prior to the APCM.

In Clergy Business Adrian spoke again about Lent, Holy Week and Easter; he also reviewed the splendidly successful visit from our friends in Gränna. Alice presented a draft of our new welcome card, which was admired by all. They will soon be available. 

In Churchwarden’s Business Gill reported on the broken bolt on the door, which is a health and safety issue which would be sorted. We agreed a date of 5th/6th May to invite people to come and help us de-clutter the church prior to our moving out. 

The Benefice Draft Schedule was presented – this is the legal mechanism which dissolves the Blenheim Benefice and returns it to its original two benefices. This was approved unanimously (as it had been at Bladon and Shipton already). It is likely to come into force in the late summer.

Our schools are a standing item on the agenda, and Adrian reported on, and praised, the work of Foundation Governors, asking for prayers for them and the work of our Diocesan Education departments. 

Having agreed to hold a PCC Strategy Day on July 8th, we repaired to the Chancel where 20 of us celebrated Compline together: a wonderful way to end our meeting, ‘leaning on God at the end of the day’.