The Parochial Church Council is responsible for the day-to-day running of Holy Cross. It meets 10 times a year with an additional Annual Parochial Church Meeting, usually held in April, when the churchwardens and PCC members are elected. Crediton has recently moved to a system whereby every year a third of PCC members are elected to stand for 3 years. This ensures continuity whilst at the same time encouraging new PCC members to come forward. In addition to the full PCC meetings, various PCC sub committees meet to plan and discuss specific aspects of church life. A list of the committees and their activities for the last year can be found in the annual report.

The PCC is responsible for the implementation of safeguarding in the church. Policies in relation to children and young people and adults at risk are available to view on request.

Almost uniquely the fabric of the church is the responsibility of a board of Governors founded in 1547.


The PCC membership is made up of the clergy, churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and elected members. The PCC membership for 2021 / 2022 is:

– Clergy

Rev Matthew Tregenza

– Churchwardens

Peter Brewer, Mike May,  Sheila Ralph

– Ex Officio

Diocesan Synod – Rev David Francis

Deanery Synod – Amy Bright, Anne Jerman (also PCC Secretary), Carol Price, Jack Shelley

– Elected Members

Sue Barker,  Gill Lee, Penny Little, Joanna Lunnon, Geoff Mangan, Stephen Mitchell, Stella Stephens, Mandy Tomlinson, James Turner

– Co-opted Members

Glenda Hills (Treasurer)

Ernie Heard (Governors’ Representative)

Greater Data Protection Regulation


The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and the Mother of Him who hung thereon (Crediton Parish Church)

1. Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?
The PCC of Crediton Parish Church is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?
The PCC of Crediton Parish Church complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: –
• To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area (for example, the Pastoral Carers Group);
• To administer membership records (for example, the Church Electoral Roll);
• To fundraise and promote the interests of Crediton Parish Church;
• To manage our staff and volunteers;
• To provide rotas and information for members of church groups and committees;
• To maintain the PCC’s accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
• To inform you of news, events, activities and services taking place at Crediton Parish Church (for example, the Parish Stewardship Lunch).

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
• Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
• Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
• Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: –
o the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
o there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data ?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website

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Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –
• The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of Crediton Parish Church holds about you;
• The right to request that the PCC of Crediton Parish Church corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
• The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of Crediton Parish Church to retain such data;
• The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
• The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable);
• The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
• The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable);
• The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Parish Administrator, Parish Office, Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton, EX17 2AH.

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.