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ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1st JANUARY 2015 TO 31st DECEMBER 2015

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS AND THE MOTHER OF HIM WHO HUNG
THEREON

Administrative Information

Crediton Parish Church is situated in Church Street, Crediton and is part of the Crediton Benefice
Community which covers three parishes and eight churches within the Cadbury Deanery of the Diocese
of Exeter. The correspondence address is the Parish Administrator, Parish Office, Boniface Centre,
Church Lane, Crediton, EX17 2AH.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a body corporate (PCC Powers Measure 1956, Church
Representation Rules 2006) and registered with the Charity Commission. PCC members are elected by
the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in accordance with the Church Representation Rules 2006 and
during the year, the following served as members of the PCC:-
Incumbent: Revd Preb Nigel Guthrie
Assistant Curate: Revd Paul Fillery
Churchwardens: Jacki Hayes; John Musty; Karen White (Vice Chair from APCM
2014)
Ex Officio (Deanery Synod) Sue Barker; Anne Jerman; Carol Price; Isolde Summers
Ex Officio (Diocesan Synod) Revd David Francis
Ex Officio (General Synod) Jack Shelley
PCC Treasurer Martin White (co-opted for 2015)
PCC Secretary Anne Jerman
Elected Members Ernie Heard (until APCM 2015) Joanna Lunnon (until APCM 2015)
Stephen Mitchell (until APCM 2015)
Keith Barker, Eileen Brassington, Paul Bright, Gill Lee, Mike May, Ted Staite – served all year
Linda Bennett-Smith (from APCM 2015)
Judy Menzies (from APCM 2015 to resignation in July 2015) Mandy Tomlinson (from APCM 2015)
Co-opted Ernie Heard (as Governors’ and Health & Safety Representative)
Independent examiner Stapletons
Structure, Governance and Management
The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules 2006. The
membership of the above PCC consists of the Incumbent, the Assistant Curate, the Churchwardens, Ex
Officio due to membership of Deanery/Diocesan/General Synod and members elected by those persons
whose names are on the electoral roll of the church.

The PCC held eight meetings during the year together with one Joint PCC meeting.

Unusually, Crediton Church Corporation owns and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of
the church, its artefacts and the churchyard.

The Electoral Roll stands at 200 names. Following the annual revision in the period leading up to
the APCM 2016, there were 3 removals (either through death or because the person had moved away
from the parish) and 8 additions.

Aim and Purpose
The PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent, Revd Preb Nigel Guthrie in
promoting in
the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and
ecumenical.

Objectives
The PCC, as part of the Crediton Benefice Community, commits itself to carry out God’s will through
prayer, worship, learning and action. We will develop our life together as we reach out to others;
affirm individual strengths; value diversity; nurture growth, vocations and leadership; work
towards accessibility and respect and sustain our environment.

Reports from PCC Sub Committees and Other Church Groups
Children and Young People
Children and Young Families (report Eileen Brassington)
Following the completion of the Baptism Booklet last year, we have prepared just under thirty
families for the Baptism Service. The formation of a Baptism Support Group is on the “to do“ list
for 2016. This year I have also helped with the preparation of the young Confirmation candidates.
The children’s guide book, endeavouring to combine the main features of the Church with their
spiritual purpose, is in final draft stage and should be ready for printing this summer.
Messy Church attracts about 40-50 people each session and is blessed with a loyal team of
volunteers to provide the catering and activities.
The inspirational Diocesan course ‘In Their Midst’ has led to the production of various activity
mats to involve children in spiritual activities within Church during the Communion Service. Many
thanks are due to Jacqui Hayes for her skills and time in making these so beautifully. A liturgical
calendar is already in use, with a forgiveness box, Gloria Mat and Triquetra (to accompany the
Creed) ready to introduce.
Involvement continues with Connect (as Clarissa’s line manager), the regular prayer meetings with
Clarissa and the youth workers Lauren and Dan from the Methodist and Congregational Churches
respectively and the Open the Book team. Last Easter I was privileged to help out at Yeoford with
their “Easter Experience” bringing the whole school in small groups to partake in Palm Sunday,
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter morning commemorations.
I continue to be very grateful for the prayerful support at the Wednesday Morning Prayer Service
and also for the financial support of the PCC and Mission and Charities Group.

Babes and Toddlers (report by Angy Cargill)
“Babes and Toddlers” is thriving. Attendance has risen significantly so Thursday afternoons are
very busy which is wonderful. The Mothers’ Union provide great support as do Nigel and Eileen
Brassington. Thank you to Enid Clifton for her reliable help. Thank you to Anne Williams for all
her help over the years. She’s now retired. There is no charge for the afternoon but generous
donations each week has meant that we were able to give a considerable amount this year to a
charity DEBRA which helps one of our own toddlers. It’s a small charity for children with a
debilitating skin condition. We had a happy Christmas party to which Father Christmas came. He
brought lovely presents to an amazing 30 children. Thank you Ted Staite. We would welcome anyone
interested in helping us subject to a DBS check.

Sunday Club (report by Gill Lee)
The Sunday Club sessions continue to be based on the ‘Roots’ material, which usually follows the
lectionary. Children listen to the Bible reading (often the Gospel) and then take part in a variety
of crafts and activities related to this. Although the number of children is still low there are
some loyal and enthusiastic members who regularly attend. We always look forward to creating the
Sunday Club display at the June Exhibition with Flowers and this year we had fun creating a toys’
birthday tea party with plenty of bunting and flags. We discussed how to decorate our tree at the
Christmas Tree Festival and the children all decided to make and decorate smaller Christmas trees!
They were all very colourful with plenty of sparkly sequins and glitter. In Advent the liturgical
calendar was introduced and the children are now in church for longer at the beginning of the
service. The length of time they spend in church will be gradually increased in the coming year as
more of Eileen’s ‘In Their Midst’ initiatives are used.

Open the Book (report by Revd Jenny Francis)
A year ago I reported our customary pattern of a Tuesday morning rehearsal and a visit to Yeoford
and Hayward’s Primary Schools the following Thursday and Friday was continuing smoothly. Little has
changed in the year since. We have thus presented another 20 stories, bringing our total to more
than 60. We rarely repeat one and on a few occasions we use two if they are particularly short.

We always make sure we ‘do’ Easter and Christmas at the right time and it is different versions of
these stories we sometimes use again. Consequently between January 2015 and Easter 2016 we will
have presented altogether 27 different stories in 33 visits to the two schools!
We could not manage this without the splendid assistance of all our volunteers. In addition to the
storytellers themselves, there are those who sew suitable garments for both children and adults,
those who help with props and those who support us with prayer. We are extremely grateful to
everyone who takes part in this wonderfully effective way of introducing primary school age
children to the Bible. We always welcome others, in any of the above categories for it is
surprising how often the storytellers have to drop out temporarily, subject as we all are to the
challenges of normal life.
We have continued to benefit from the enthusiasm of the children and are warmly greeted whenever we
arrive in school; pupils rush to offer help including volunteering for less onerous parts in the
presentations. They have taught us a lot about the way children listen and learn and can surprise
us with their skills of participation. We continue to liaise with Messy Church.
Recently we have received a lot of ‘stuff’ from Bible Society (which supports Open the Book) about
Safeguarding responsibilities. Not only has every team member been given a set of documents to make
them aware of their personal responsibilities but I have liaised with the Head Teachers and other
Safeguarding staff to make sure we all know what to do should the need arise, with regard to both
safeguarding and prevention of terrorism.
OtB itself has grown considerably in the years since we began here and care is needed to ensure
standards are maintained with more complex patterns of administration, training and as more
material is produced (Year 4 soon to be available). Ofsted continues to approve of OtB as a form of
Christian worship in collective assemblies. In one of ‘our’ schools we’ve appreciated the greater
engagement by the staff, both with the stories themselves and in taking more care to stick to
safeguarding requirements. OtB remains an exciting and positive project and we are privileged to be
part of its success.

Worship

Choir Committee (report by Lesley Smith)
The choir had a very active and eventful year in 2015. We started the year with our Director of
Music Tim Woodford on his sabbatical, with Richard Stephens as Acting Director of Music and Mark
Perry as support. Despite the pressure on the music staff, the choir had a most enjoyable visit to
Romsey Abbey to sing evensong, helped with another lovely Flower Festival Show directed by Karen
Reed and Nicki Wilkes, put on a well attended Summer Concert and saw two of our choristers, Emma
Richards and Isabel Tuffin Donnavert, reach the final of the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year
competition. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel up and hear them sing, and I know others
heard the finals when they were broadcast from St Martin in the Fields. It was a wonderful
occasion, especially following on from 2014 when Helena Paish won the event. We can be very proud
of our Juniors and grateful to all those who help them reach this standard of excellence. Many
adults also saw well deserved success as they, as well as choristers were successful in achieving
RSCM ribbons this year.
We welcomed Tim back in the autumn in time to visit Dokkum in the Netherlands. This was a most
enjoyable trip but sadly, the occasion to say goodbye to Tim who is pursuing his career in the
south east. We were able to appoint Mark Perry as choir Director, with Richard Stephens continuing
to work hard for the choir as Assistant. It was Richard who directed the choir in our last
fundraising event of the year the Christmas Tree Show, which was enjoyed by a good audience against
the magical backdrop of many beautiful Christmas trees.
As well as saying a big thank you to our music staff and our ever supportive Rector, I am always so
grateful for all those choir members and parents whose individual work helps to keep the choir
going. Robes, music, candles, support for our juniors and fundraising events are all in place
because people work hard to make sure that happens – my grateful thanks to all for their much
appreciated support, including the congregation, Music Foundation, PCC, Governors and Friends of
Crediton Church

Worship Committee (report by Joanna Lunnon)
During 2015 the committee continued to review services and plan for those ahead, meeting three
times during the year.
• Easter and Christmas services were reviewed and any feedback received was considered with any
potential changes noted for future years.
• Attendance at the main morning services continued to be strong.

• Choral Evensong continued to be appreciated with a wide variety of attendance depending on the
occasion.
• ‘Sacred Space’ led by Rev Paul Fillery takes place once a quarter and continues to be much
appreciated.
• Messy Church is held every other month and continues to be very successful with around 40 – 50
people attending. Some families come regularly, others from time to time.
• The form of the Remembrance Sunday service was considered by both the PCC and the Worship
Committee. Some changes were introduced for the 2015 service including asking each group to take
the collection for their organisation. The prayers were led by volunteers from the uniformed
organisations. The service was well received and the Royal British Legion wrote to the PCC to
express their thanks.
• A Worship Review took place in the autumn with all members of the congregation invited to fill in
and return a form. The replies are still being collated.

Bellringers (Report by Geoff Sparling)
Three new ringers have joined the band but on-going recruitment must remain a priority. Our social
programme of two outings and an annual dinner were maintained and several church events supported.
Two peal attempts were made, the second of which was brought to an early halt by a broken clapper.
Repairs were effected in time for Tuesday practice and the peal attempt re-booked for January 2nd
2016. We supported Crediton Festival by arranging for a portable bell tower in the park bandstand.
Open towers during the month of the Crediton Festival attracted several visitors. In June we hosted
the AGM of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers. In September a band of 12 ladies from the Exeter area
rang a quarter peal on our bells to celebrate the installation of Bishop Sarah, the new Bishop of
Crediton. In November Holy Cross bells were featured in Church Bells on Sunday on Radio 4.

St Lawrence Chapel (report by Isolde Summers, Chairman of the Friends of St Lawrence)
The main event at the Chapel this year was the highly successful Fair on 18 July. It was decided to
combine the Fair with an opportunity to raise funds for Medicins Sans Frontieres as well as for the
Chapel. We were delighted that Mary Flowa Houldsworth, a very friendly lady who had worked for MSF
for some years, was able to join us. Mary had been out in Sierra Leone with her nursing and
midwifery skills during the ebola outbreak. Many people enjoyed talking with her during the
afternoon. In the evening, she gave a talk, with Powerpoint pictures, in the Congregational Church.
The evening alone raised £625 and together with half the Fair’s takings, a total of £825 was sent
to the Charity. The Friends of the Chapel are most grateful for the support which was received on
that day.
Our gardener, Jill, works hard in the garden which is most appreciated by all who visit there. The
downside is the number of cats and possibly dogs who also visit and leave their “calling cards”
there! The West Gallery choir still rehearse regularly in the Chapel. It is good know that the
Chapel can be used for this purpose. Their carol service took place as usual and was well received.
As we had only two visitors for the Devon Historic Churches Trust Day in September, we have decided
not to participate in the scheme this year. The Friends of St Lawrence Chapel have various plans
for the coming year.

Holy Trinity, Yeoford (report by Carol Price)
Holy Trinity Yeoford continues to have two services a month taken by Retired Clergy or a Reader
taking Communion by Extension. Songs of Praise was held at the end of July taken by Revd Nigel
Guthrie and followed by drinks and canapés. The Harvest Service was held in September and all gifts
taken to St Petroc’s. The Carol service was again held as an ecumenical service in the village hall
which was very well attended. We had a very full Church on Christmas Eve with about 60 people
attending the Crib Service. We had another full church for the Christmas Holy Communion later on
Christmas Eve.
Our main fund raising event this year was a concert at Holy Cross by Nigel Ogdon. This was
organised with the Crediton Church Campaign Roof Appeal. Other charities supported were Children’s
Hospice and the Children’s Society.
Other events in the Church were an Easter Experience organised by Eleanor Moffatt. The church was
divided into seven areas all depicting a scene from Holy Week. The children from the school could
enter the areas in turn and experience for example the Last Supper or the palm strewn road. All the
children from the school visited the church and many poignant questions were asked. Other
activities included Pancake races followed by pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, Messy Church every other
month and Coffee Company on Monday mornings.

Ministry
Ministry Committee (report by Clare Shelley)
The Ministry Committee meets three times a year and gives an overview to the ministry of the
Benefice.
Paul Fillery, having finished his time as curate, is now a licenced assistant self-supporting
priest. We have had another year without a curate and without a priest at Sandford but thanks to
our strong team of retired clergy and our readers, Nigel and Paul have continued to provide regular
services throughout the Benefice. Our readers, Isolde Summers, Jack Shelley and Carol Price are all
licenced to take services of communion by extension which has helped to ensure that all the
churches have regular communion services.
The post at Sandford is now being advertised as a 0.5 post with responsibility for Sandford Parish
and a 0.2 post for Cadbury Deanery Ministry Training and Development. Helen Driver will be starting
as our curate this summer. Eileen Brassington, as Lay Minister to Children and Young Families is
introducing all sorts of new ideas which are reported elsewhere.
The Prayer Ministry group, coordinated by Eileen Brassington, continues to pray with individuals
during the 9.30am services. They have moved to the Lady Chapel as it can be difficult to hear what
is being said in the Friends Chapel when the organ is playing. This ministry continues to be much
appreciated by those who come forward for prayer.
Eileen Brassington and Clare Shelley ran the ‘Acorn Healing Course’ during the summer. As a result
of this we had new people joining the Prayer Ministry group and the Pastoral Care group and Linda
Heard has become a licenced Hospital Chaplain at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Nigel and Jean Hope ran the “Exploring Christianity” course in the autumn. The Ecumenical Lent
Course is following ‘The Beatitudes’, one of the Pilgrim Courses. There have been two quiet days
this year.

Pastoral Care Group (report by Slim Savage)
The ministry of Pastoral Visiting and Care continues to develop. Visitors meet regularly with
clergy on a confidential basis to ensure appropriate levels of involvement are being maintained.
The group predominantly ministers to the elderly and housebound, which includes those in hospitals
and residential homes. The number of visitors has recently increased to thirteen and training is
scheduled to commence. Four new visitors are awaiting authority from the Bishop of Crediton to
administer Home Communion. Whilst referrals for group involvement can be made to the co-ordinator
via the Parish Office, the majority of involvement is picked up by casual networking within the
group and other members of the church.
Within the scheme a Bereavement Sub-Group continues to make contact with the families of all those
deceased persons known to the church over the last year, and follow up visits have been made where
necessary. The Book of Remembrance is kept up to date following this contact. The Sub-Group is now
exploring ways of promoting contact between bereaved families in an effort to strengthen mutual
support during this difficult time.
All established group members have been subject to successful DBS checks and the new members are
now commencing their check procedures.

Missions & Charities Committee (report by Angy Cargill)
Missions and Charities is a PCC committee. We research and suggest 5 charities with Christian
ethics to support each year and put forward our proposals to the PCC who help us to decide which
ones we should support. An equal amount is given to each. We have a 3 year rolling programme and at
present we support CMS, Connect, The Amos Trust, The Umoja Project and Christian Aid (for disasters
and emergencies). However at present Connect, CMS and Christian Aid remain constant. Our newest
charity (The Amos Trust) is a Christian organisation promoting human rights and nurturing local
response to situations of injustice around the world. We are presently busy planning an exciting
concert in church on April 28th with Garth Hewitt, a well known Christian Country and Western
protest singer. Profits will be shared between our PCC and The Amos Trust.
We also have cake stalls 4 times a year and run a Lent lunch, all of which make a considerable
amount for other charities. This year we have supported Crisis at Christmas, Holy Cross family
support worker, Christian Aid and The Bible Society. There is a most informative display in church
that tells people about our chosen charities. We welcome feedback from the congregation.

Communications Group (report by Stephen Mitchell)
The Communications Committee has met on a few occasions during the year to discuss and improve
things such as notice boards, church signage, the website, the sound system, church information
guides, the magazine and other items connected to communications within church and with those
outside. The following three items are examples of issues addressed this year designed to give a
flavour of what we do.
1. New leaflets for the information table were produced.
2. The cost of advertisements in the parish magazine have been adjusted.
3. The website has been updated.

Crediton Benefice Community Council (report by Anne Jerman)
The Benefice Community Council met during the year which has sought to be a forum where the
benefice churches can encourage and strengthen each other in accordance with our Mission Action
Plan. The MAP was revised during the year and the Council contributed to planning the agenda for
the annual joint PCC meeting of the three parishes in the Crediton Benefice Community. It was a
very positive occasion with some good sharing of ideas.

Fabric and Maintenance of the Church and Churchyard
Housekeeping Committee (report by Bill Jerman)
The committee met three times during the year. Health and safety arrangements and issues continued
to be monitored. A number of projects were completed during the year including the installation of
two replacement heaters, delivery of the new nave altar cover and the treatment of the pillar
candle shelves with fire proof varnish. Progress was finally made on two longer term projects with
plans drawn up for the half glazing of the South porch doors and the installation of a CCTV system
scheduled for early in January 2016.

Restoration Committee (report by Sandra Thresher)
Holy Cross now has a maintenance plan which lists the task and the date when it needs to be
completed. There is an ongoing list of jobs to be done, some which we can do ourselves while others
need the help of experts. Our architect John Scott is a source of support and information. We are
also lucky that we have so many local people who help us and our own experts from the congregation.
Because Holy Cross is such an important building, the Diocese has to be consulted and the necessary
permissions or faculties granted, all of which require a lot of time and paper work. Applications
can now be made online for minor works permission and faculties. The Parish Magazine regularly
features photographs and details of ongoing work.

The two main fund raising events for maintenance of the church and churchyard (it’s not only the
roof that needs looking after!) continue to be the June Festival and the Christmas Tree Festival
which raised £8,405.83 and £7,286.30 respectively. Stella Ahier hopes to form a committee to help
plan the next Christmas Tree Festival. The Restoration Committee is very grateful to all those who
commit time and energy in the organising of these Festivals, and those who organised concerts and
other events.

The Roof Appeal total receipts stand at £64,916.02 against the phase one target figure of £600,000.
In particular we would like to thanks the Friends of Crediton Church, the Church Governors and the
trustees of the Crediton Evangelical Church for their contributions. Out of the gross sum raised
during the year some of the funds have been necessarily spent on utmost urgent elements of roof
repairs which included the rebuild of a short section of parapet above the north choir aisle.
Through the year there have been a series of fund raising events including talks, concerts,
sponsored events and the ever popular quiz evening. Glenda Hills was the driving force behind many
of these for which the Appeal Committee is very grateful. Thanks also to everyone that helps at the
events. A leaflet listing the events planned for 2016 is available. Towards the end of the year,
Church Governor Mike Wiggins resigned from the small Appeal committee due to ill health and we
would like to thank Mike for his input during the first eighteen months of the appeal. It is hoped
that someone will be willing to take his place.

Other Reports
Boniface Centre Committee (report by Geoff Sparling)
With a building over 20 years old problems regularly occur but are dealt with by the committee ably
guided by our secretary. Modern fire doors were fitted in January. New cupboards were fitted in
the Green Room for “Messy Church”. The main areas were professionally redecorated by Messrs. Alan
Davey. Following this the Green Room was redecorated by volunteers. The Dokkum Room curtains were
professionally cleaned.
Following damage the disabled toilet was replaced and making good of the floor is being pursued. It
was agreed to employ Graham Phare, the gardener who looks after the churchyard, to look after our
gardens too. Bob Browning and Alan Bellamy were thanked for their work to date.
A review visit by Viridor who had part-financed the roof glass replacement passed off successfully.
The security of the Parish Administrator working alone in the building was considered at length and
a successful agreement reached. This will continue to be monitored.
Various actions have been taken concerning leaks around the roof lights. These will continue to be
monitored. Monitoring by volunteers of car parking during special events has produced encouraging
results. 20 years’ experience has allowed our secretary to produce an outline financial forward
plan for the next 20 years. This includes in the short term upgrading our current seating
arrangements.

Social Committee (report by Karen White)
The Social Committee is always looking for new members with realistic ideas for new activities that
will bring the congregation together and raise much needed funds for the PCC. Please speak to any
of the Committee members (Tracy Jones, Anne Parsons, Pat Sherwood, Kay Shillingford, Pat Sneddon
and Karen White) if you would like to join. We meet approximately every two months in the evening
and you do not have to be available for all activities. Mostly it is fun and you meet new people.
Each year we need to raise around £120,000 in order to pay our contribution to the Diocese and meet
our running costs such as clergy expenses, remunerating staff such as the Director of Music and
paying our utility bills. We are also aware of the need to raise funds for the roof and the hard
work that is happening to put on activities for this cause. The Roof Appeal Committee are doing an
amazing job and so far have raised in excess of £70,000, for which they are to be highly commended.
But still our church bills and the Diocese need to be paid
Social Committee have done Sunday Lunches, a BBQ, the Book Fair and the St Nicholas Fair. We also
join in all catering events at church, e.g. the Two Moors Festival, which was a great success,
Harvest Supper, the Stewardship Lunch, Flower and Christmas Tree Festivals. Not bad considering
most of us are of retirement age!
Particular mention must be made of the ‘Men in Pinafores‘ who provided us with a lovely lunch and
the opportunity to sit down and be waited on for a change! John Musty was up for the challenge of
getting a group of men together to cook for us. They looked superb in their dicky bows and
waistcoats and the meal was very good too. Thank you. They have offered to do a repeat on Sunday
17th April 2016 in the Boniface Centre. Please buy tickets from John Musty and support this event.
Everyone is very welcome to attend. The Social Committee are working with the Missions and
Charities Committee to put on a concert performed by Garth Hewitt in church on Thursday April 28th
2016 in the evening. He is described as a troubador, rock musician with a religious and political
message. He has performed at Green Belt and is highly recommended by those who have seen him. Full
details will appear in the April Parish Magazine and on posters.
Many thanks as usual to Robin and Sue Lavery for their patience and understanding with bookings,
organisational and catering skills. You are very much appreciated. And to the Boniface Centre
Management Committee also – without this building, our fund rising opportunities would be seriously
curtailed.

Mothers’ Union (report by Anne Jerman)
The year began with the AGM where Enid Clifton agreed to serve for another year as Branch Leader
with Elsa Wakefield continuing as Secretary and Pauline Staite as Treasurer.
There were a variety of speakers throughout the year – some local such as Eileen Brassington on
Ministry for Children and Families, Penny Little on Places of Worship and Richard Stephens on
Teenagers in Uniform and others from national organisations such as Coastwatch and Save the
Children. There were also speakers on the Lord’s Prayer and the life of St Francis of Assisi. At a
talk on Reminiscence Therapy for people with dementia, I was forcibly reminded of my mother’s cure
for all ills where all my siblings and myself had any cut or graze liberally doused with neat
Milton Sterilising Fluid as the familiar hexagonal bottle was on show. There is an act of worship
at every meeting and in addition, many members attended the Women’s World Day of Prayer and MU
midday prayers at the Cathedral. There were two Home Communions during Lent and Advent (thanks to
hosts and celebrants Revds. Jenny and David Francis) and a Harvest Communion (thanks to celebrant
Canon Michael Hall). Food always plays a big part in the fellowship of the Mothers’ Union and
during the year, we hosted a Lent Lunch and joined together for the Harvest Lunch and Summer and
Christmas meals. There was also a lovely cream tea afternoon at the home of Jenny and Phil Stallard
in aid of the MU Big Wheels appeal. Members also help at both the Flower and Christmas Tree
Festivals and run very popular cake stalls in church around Mothering Sunday and at the St Nicholas
Fair.
Finances
Brief Overview (report by Glenda Hills)
The Accounts are separately presented this year; as was pointed out last year, the consolidated
figures tend to give a distorted view. All four Accounts will be merged in due course for
submission to the Diocesan Board of Finance and to the Charity Commissioners. There have been some
timing issues following the introduction of the updated software but the Accounts, as you see
them, have been Independently Examined and signed off.

The PCC Accounts show a profit for the year but this is misleading and results from a generous
legacy received for the upkeep of Holy Cross Church, shared with the Church Governors and with
£29,000.00 retained by the PCC in a Designated Legacy Fund awaiting future decisions. Without this,
the PCC Accounts would have shown a loss of £2,065.56 for the year – a little lower than the
previous year but remaining a concern. From a cash perspective, £15,000.00 was transferred
to our Investment Fund and the remaining
£14,000.00 retained in the Current Account. It was decided at the same time to move £5,000.00 from
the CBF Deposit Account across to the Investment Fund and it should be noted that a further legacy
of £1,000.00 was received in the year. These values will be carried forward to 2016 pending
decisions.

Of note, you will see that the Bounty Table has decreased, but Drop In has flourished. There were
slightly fewer Weddings and Funerals during the year – and we would be very pleased if the Weddings
were to increase! Concerts, with grateful thanks to Tina Guthrie, made a profit of £1,436.08. The
increased costs for Stationery and Office Equipment reflect the necessary purchase of a new
computer for the Parish Office and the updated Finance Software.

The Accounts for the Boniface Centre, the Choir, and Holy Trinity Church, Yeoford will speak for
themselves and have been reported on elsewhere. Finally, with the approval of the Rector and our
Independent Examiner, a more explicit statement relating to the Church Workers Institute
Shareholding is shown on the Balance Sheet.

Cadbury Deanery Synod
(report by Anne Jerman, Cadbury Deanery Synod Secretary)
The Deanery Synod met three times during 2015. Guest speakers this year were Andrew Godsall and
Penny Doe talking about the 12 Step Programme for a Sustainable Mission Community and Katie
Stevenson (née Roscorla) raising awareness of the Parish Giving Scheme. Parishes also shared
experiences of holding alternative services on Sunday mornings – often necessitated by the lack of
clergy in the Deanery where 3.5 posts out of 4.5 have been vacant for much of the year. Parishes
throughout the Deanery have been reliant on and are very grateful to the retired clergy for
leading services. It wasn’t possible to organise much training this year at Deanery level but
instead, it was decided to purchase training and development resources which can be borrowed by
parishes as needed. This includes sets of the Table Talk discussion cards on a variety of topics,
the Christianity Explored and Discipleship Explored material and the Pilgrim Course. The Deanery
Synod receives feedback from our representatives at both the Diocesan and General Synod and some
members also attended Summer Consultations organised by the Diocese to look at how the funds set
aside for the Diocesan Growth Fund might be put to best use. The Deanery has also put forward a
motion to the Diocesan Synod asking that the Diocese ‘remunerates self-supporting ministers for the
weddings and funerals at which they officiate’. This is still going through the necessary
processes before actually reaching a Diocesan Synod Agenda. Nothing moves fast in the Church of
England!

Approved by the PCC on 9 March 2016 and signed on their behalf by:
Reverend Prebendary Nigel Guthrie (PCC Chairman)