Minutes of the PCC Meetings
In addition to usual committee matters the following were discussed:
BMap: new cycling and walking group formed, first bike ride arranged for 9th November, weather permitting. Work continuing to improve signage at church; noticeboard at roadside with service times advertised. John Hughes gave a thought-provoking talk about work of The Crossings, operating out of St Johns Church, Hythe, helping with the needs of homeless people in the area. More volunteers are needed, and the project leader will be approached to speak about their work at a Sunday service. It was agreed that the collection at the Crib Service will be given to The Crossings. More information will be made available on the church website and the pew sheet.
Plan to go on the Glastonbury Pilgrimage 11.7.20; more information in due course.
Deanery Synod – report given following latest meeting included information regarding future merging of parishes along the Waterside; no direct immediate impact on our Benefice.
Fabric: Gallery rail – nearing completion.
East Door handrails – fitted and looking very smart. The central (removable) rail to be replaced with one matching the new rails as soon as possible.
Cross on North Elevation of church – has been removed for safety. To be inspected. Scaffolding in place at present.
Church lighting – is an important issue. The committee continues to research solutions to the very expensive lighting. Major fundraising exercise being considered to replace the system before it fails.
Chairs in Church hall – while still fit for function the committee is looking at other possible alternatives.
Finances: Thanks given to Mick Wigfield for establishing the new electronic payment methods in BAC (and via the website). Working well and already made a marked improvement to receipts. Parish Giving Scheme donations also improving; to consider new methods for regular giving bythose using the yellow Gift Aid envelopes. £6800 received as our share of the Beaulieu Village Fete proceeds. PCC to consider how to use monies raised by the Flower Fund (£1000) in the best way and gave thanks to the team for their work. Meeting approved increase in hire charges to come into effect from 1.1.20.
A team to be gathered together to plan smooth management of events in church (advertising, training for sound and lighting, safety etc) and report to next PCC meeting.
Work completed to provide translations in ten other languages on the church website. Sincere thanks to Trevor Ashworth, Linda Waugh, Jamie Cunliffe, Carol Blacker, Rebecca Funnell and Corinna Engelke.
Next meeting: 18.2.20.
Secretary Beaulieu PCC , 14th November 2019