Our Annual General Vestry meeting was held on Wednesday the 30th March in St. Andrew’s Parish Centre.
Before we got into the serious business of the evening we had the joyous occasion of presenting a token of the Select vestry’s appreciation to Mrs Addy Patterson following her having recently completed 25 years as a fully licenced diocesan lay reader.
The meeting followed the usual pattern with the select vestry‘s report for the last year and the election of office holders for the coming year.
The rector’s report thanked the many volunteers and staff covering a wide range of activities from gardening to finance to communications to church flower arrangements etc.
During the course of the evening we received six different reports were presented covering, The Friends of St. Doulagh’s, The Bowls Club, The Table Tennis Club, The Mothers’ Union, The Parish Development Group, and The Youth Club.
We also received a briefing telling us how the Government’s Charities Act 2009 was going to affect us as an individual parish of the Church of Ireland. Any parish with a turnover of €100,000 + per year has to comply with this now compulsory regulation.
We then had a presentation by Brian Brown. Hon. Treasurer, of the parish accounts for the year ended 2015. Surprisingly it was a pleasant experience as the overall numbers were far more acceptable than had been the case over the last number of years. We actually ended up the year with a surplus of €7,844 and all parishioners and friends who support our finances and the finance team, were thanked accordingly.
We then proceeded with the appointment and election of Select Vestry members and Hon. Auditor for 2016/2017; details are recorded separately.
Just before we finished we received some questions from the floor which will be referred to the the first meeting of the incoming select vestry.
All in all the meeting lasted just about an hour and a half when we then adjourned to the parish kitchen for light refreshments.