Easter General Vestry Meeting Report —————reporter Alan Jones
The Easter General Vestry meeting was preceded by a service of Holy Communion in St. Andrew’s Church during which Rev. Gamble thanked the outgoing Select Vestry members including churchwardens and glebewardens for their hard work and diligence throughout the year.
We bid farewell to Sally Anne Edwards soon to relocate in Geneva.
Difficulties confronting parish finances and the excellent work undertaken by the finance sub-committee was acknowledged with particular mention of Brian Brown who headed same. Assistance afforded by John Haynes and Stephen Hardy was also much appreciated.
Anne Winslow was thanked for heading the Parish Forum committee and producing a draft plan for 2015 which would be distributed accompanied by a presentation at the ensuing General Vestry meeting. With regard to the future, it was indicated that parishioners may approach churchwardens with suggestions on a continuing basis at any time.
Messy Church has proved to be a great success and it was suggested people might attend to personally witness the service in action.
The achievements of Christine Mullock, Mother’s Union chairperson, and the organisation generally were commended.
Rev.Gamble also alluded to the continued development of the school under Lesley McElhinney following the retirement of Trevor Richmond.
All parishioners and helpers who assisted with the various organisations and events within the Parish were thanked.
On a sadder note, Rev. Gamble referred to the deaths of Robert Turner and David Seymour both of whom made significant contributions to the Parish. It is intended to mount a memorial plaque in St Andrew’s church to honour of the long service of Robert. David was heavily involved in all aspects of parish life and will be especially remembered for his commitment to development of the school.
Following a break for refreshments, the meeting commenced with Rev. Gamble welcoming all attendees.
Minutes of the meeting held on 27th April 2014 were read, approved and duly signed.
Copies of audited accounts for year ended 31st December 2014 were circulated following which a comprehensive explanatory review was furnished by Brian Brown. He indicated that 2014 had been a difficult year with expenditure exceeding income by €14,500 approx. He outlined the major contributors to the deficit and reported on a series of actions being taken by the Select Vestry to rectify the situation in 2015. Nevertheless, the financial position remains parlous rendering focus on the Direct Giving envelope scheme of crucial importance. At present, more than 50% of parishioners do not subscribe in this way. In addition, existing envelope scheme members should be encouraged to transfer to standing orders thus avoiding gap periods arising from vacations etc.
Brian thanked all parishioners for their support and thanked the entire finance team also acknowledging assistance from the Friends of St Doulagh’s towards various projects.
Following satisfactory responses to questions from the floor, the accounts were approved.
(A full set of the 2014 Accounts can be seen by clicking on the link United Parishes of Malahide Accounts for year ending 31st December 2014)
Select Vestry 2015/16:
Rev. Gamble nominated Richard Firth and Ken McAllister as Rector’s churchwardens for St. Andrew’s and St. Doulagh’s respectively.
People’s churchwardens elected as follows:
St. Andrew’s – Anne Winslow
St. Doulagh’s – Alan Jones
Glebewardens – Andy Bailey (Rector’s), Ian Watkins (People’s).
Members elected – Brian Brown, Emma Rogan, Ruth Thompson, Emer Bryan, Mandy Fleury, Hazel Bolton, Nigel Warburton, Graeme Tarbox, Derek Moffat, Victor Black.
Due to commitments precluding their involvement, Stephen Hardy and Don O’Donnell were unable to present for re-election.
2015 Draft Work Plan circulated.
Having commenced by outlining the background to the development of the current plan for implementation, Anne Winslow proceeded to provide an overview of the document intimating that all aspects will be subject of ongoing review and evaluation. She expressed thanks to Emma Rogan, Ruth Thompson and Richard Firth for their contribution in it’s preparation. Acknowledgement of hard work undertaken by Anne throughout the process proposed by Richard, was ratified by all present.
The meeting concluded with prayer.