A précis of our meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2019
A new PCC secretary is needed for Woodstock as Marion is stepping down from this voluntary role (while remaining as Clergy Secretary). Aidan is stepping down as Assistant Churchwarden and another PCC member is now being sought to take on this role.
Aidan presented the Finance item. The accounts are being prepared for the independent examiner ahead of the APCM in April. When sufficient funds are available another £5K will be paid off on the Blenheim loan. The new Parish Giving Scheme was discussed, with a stewardship campaign to take place very soon.
The meeting received an update on the votive candle stand from Polly – we hope to have it in place for Easter. Music in church was discussed and application for a TENS licence for selling alcohol at events held here. Ruth gave an update on work to attach the kneelers to the back of the chairs.
Under Churchwardens Business Chris Wallworth reported that Gill Morris is willing to act as Electoral Roll officer for one more year. There will be a bring and share lunch in March in aid of the Oxfordshire Night Shelter. A water boiler urn will be purchased to improve catering facilities. We now have a night shelter helpline number on display in the porch and at the rear of church for anyone seeking help. The church roof is leaking in several areas. All possible repair work has been carried out and the only solution now is for a completely new roof – financially unviable at present.
Alice informed the meeting under clergy business that she will be running confirmation classes through Lent. Several Lent groups are being run by church members. Parochial fees for 2019 were approved and will be displayed in church. Tables will be set up for post-service coffees and a fundraising project to purchase new tables will begin. Church attendance numbers are falling, and Alice asked that people are encouraged to be in church more regularly.
Standing Items included feedback on the recent SIAMS inspection at Woodstock Primary School, who were given a special award for excellence and are to be commended. Both Woodstock Primary & Marlborough School are looking for candidates for school governors. Our new Rector may take on one role. Matt Bodinham now works full time in Woodstock Youth Work Trust and works very closely with the schools.
Mike reported under AOB that he has heard from Adrian who is extremely happy in his new role at Cambridge. Musical Banquet will return on 23rd March to give a pro bono concert in aid of the redevelopment fund.