Annual Easter General Vestry Meeting

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Our Annual Easter Vestry Meeting, attended by 54 parishioners, took place by Zoom on Wed. 14th April and was chaired by our priest in charge and rural dean, Rev Lesley Robinson.

Hon. Secretary, Nigel Warburton, presented the  Minutes of the previous meeting which took place on 31st August 2020.  The minutes were accepted and passed.

Lesley in her capacity as chairperson of the meeting and acting priest in charge, referred to the great support she had received from many parishioners in helping her to get to know the parish and  to carry out her duties. A period of silence was observed, in memory of all parishioners who had departed this life since the last General Meeting

Hon. Treasurer, Brian Brown, presented the accounts for year ending 31st Dec. 2020.

The year had started with a negative cash position of  €19k and the Select Vestry at the start of 2021 set an aggressive plan to recover the deficit and to rebuild  a reserve fund for future needs, without realising we were heading into a Pandemic.

Income was seriously disrupted compared to previous year’s figure, in particular the Parish Centre,  Envelopes and Events showing a combined reduction of €58k . There were upsides in income from the Old School House rental, VAT Recovery, Tax rebate and significant contributions to St. Andrew’s Restoration Appeal.

 Expenditure during the year was well below 2019 figure, due mainly to no exceptional property costs incurred on building restorations.

The overall result for the year was a surplus  of €59k, thereby restoring our reserves to €40k.

The Hon Treasurer finished by thanking the following people.

All Parishioners for the generous support and contributions made over this difficult year, the Fund-Raising Teams & Helpers, Glebewardens, Friends of St. Doulagh’s, the Finance Team and Hon. Auditor  Des Mullock.

The accounts for year ended December 2020  were subsequently passed and approved by all present.  (Full set of accounts is available online on the parish website)

.Appointments & Election of Officers

  • Auditor

Des Mullock was reappointed as Hon Auditor for the current year

  • Rector’s Churchwardens

Rev Lesley announced the appointment of the Rector’s Church wardens, Linda Barry for St. Andrew’s and John Chambers for St. Doulagh’s.

  • People’s Churchwardens

Graeme Tarbox, St. Andrew’s, and Alan Jones, St. Doulagh’s were elected as People’s Churchwardens.

  • Glebewardens

Rev. Lesley appointed William Flynn as Rector’s Glebewarden and Ian Watkins was appointed People’s Glebewarden.

  • Select Vestry

The following were  elected to serve on Select Vestry together with the elected officers:

Hazel Bolton, Brian Brown, Emer Bryan, Claire Craig, Karl Daly, Richard Firth, Mandy Fleury, Ken McAllister, Derek Moffatt, Andrew Smith, Nigel Warburton, Ann Winslow-O’Dea