May 2014 PCC Minutes

United Parish of Upper Nidderdale PCC Meeting 7.30pm on 7th May 2014 at St Cuthbert’s Church.


Sue Beever, Kath Gill, Darryl Hall, John Hayton, Margaret Mitchell, Barry Nuttall, Jean Robinson, Jenny Spruce, Julia Thompson, Audrey Walker, Peter Wright 

(Lindsay Pooley also attended to report on Fresh Expressions Easter Event).


  1. Apologies: Eileen Bain, Judy Buller, Daphne Clay, Sharelle Henderson, John Hone, David Hutchins, Paul Kirkbright, Gavin Lewis, Celia Morris, Doreen Prince, Stephen Ramsden, John Robson.
  1. Minutes Of P.C.C 19th March 2014

The following amendments were agreed item 9 – to say “try and encourage P.C.C and other Congregations,” and item 12, Peter Wright’s name to replace John Hayton’s quotes. Signed and agreed.

  1. Matters Arising.

Item 12 – Barry explained that the Friends of Old St Mary’s coffee morning raised £140. The programme for repair and reinstatement is £2800 but donations are coming in. This will enable 20 more memorials.

Bags 2 the future – Darryl handed out certificates for churches. We collected 400kg of clothing raising £200.

Greenhow worship date changed from third Sunday to first Sunday.

Elections made in AGM PCC- Margaret Mitchell – Treasurer, Sharelle Henderson- Secretary, Brian Hicks- Electoral Role, John Hayton- Lay Chair formally appointed at this meeting.

  1. Finance

Margaret Mitchell read out her report. She explained that she is looking at budgets now and expenditure. She will look at the upkeep of Church services and possibly adjust church budgets.

The new signatures on accounts will be Margaret, John H to replace Martin and Darryl.

The address for the bank account has also changed to Margaret.

Barry will arrange for a monthly statement from the Synod.

  1. Deanary Synod.

The last Deanery Synod was held at Holy Trinity in Ripon and was hosted by Bishop Tony of Pontefract exploring “Views on new Diocese” – The feedback and views of this meeting were put into a 14 pages long document. Barry Nuttall to e-mail this to Peter Wright one of the new Deanery Synod Representatives. Next Tuesday (13th May) the topic will be “Ministry in a Rural Parish and the Lower Wensleydale Youth project.

  1. Desert Island Disc Event.

80-100 people have been envisaged and there would not be enough equipment in St Cuthbert’s Church so it was agreed to host the event in Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. Joyce Liggins will organise tickets, posters and newspaper coverage now.

A meeting has been arranged for next Monday at 4.30pm for further arrangements.

  1. Trip to Lindisfarne.

So far there are 68 members but this will expand. All addresses will now be kept with Margaret Mitchell. The booking slip is in source. It was discussed that we should make a formal invitation to other churches/denominations in the area. The cut off date is the end of July. There are 10 children going so far. Prices are £10 for primary school age and £20 secondary school age. The pilgrims walk is 2 hours at £65 for up to 15 people and the Celtic walk is one and a half hours at £50  for up to 15 people.

Eileen Mclean suggested booking the United Reformed Church on the island for shelter etc and provide a venue for quiet prayer together. This was agreed.

  1. Vision For Mission

Peter Wright reported on the Harrogate event being held on June 14th. Points of interest were the Life Church, Prayer on the Street, Learning Resource Centre and Mission Action Plans and possibly Social media.

Linsay Pooley reported on the Children’s Easter event – the funding was from the Church in the Dale. Children who go to one of the three primary schools in the Parish received a ‘Real Easter Egg’ which contained a booklet with the Easter story and an invite to the children’s event. Most of those who came to the event did not come to church. There were 49 children and it was a huge success. There were craft activities, music, Reverend Darryl told the Easter Story with Gary the Gorilla and a magic trick.

Sue Beaver reported on a new Fresh Expressions idea called “Walking In Faith.” This is set for 24th May with two walks a short walk and a longer one (aiming to cater for all abilities) heading towards the Merryfield lead mines, Pateley Bridge stopping for a picnic at a designated spot. There will be some scripture readings along the way and Reverend Darryl will bless the food at the picnic. Any further numbers to Sue please.

  1. Correspondance

Nidderdale Strategic Partnership – Darryl will be away. John Hayton and Peter Wright to attend at Nidd Plus.

The list of dates for future Parochial Church Meetings needed amending so that the 10th Sept meeting changes to Tues 9th Sept 2014. And 13th Nov should say 12th Nov. 2014


The Confirmation Service went very well and was the first in the new Episcopal area of Ripon in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Sue B who was one of those confirmed thanked everyone for their Bibles. Darryl bought confirmation candles, certificates, Bibles and flowers.

Archdeacon Visitation is this Monday for all Church Warden’s.

A Eucharist for the Feast of the Ascension will be held at St Mary’s, Greenhow at 7.30pm with Reverend David Hutchin taking service.

We have been allocated 10 tickets for the inauguration of the new Bishop of Leeds, West Yorkshire and the Dales at York Minster on 8th June (Pentocost / Whit Sunday). We can request extra tickets – Sue and Hugh Beever, Kath Gill, Margaret Mitchell, Darryl Hall, Peter and Helen Wright, Eileen and Jim McLean and Barry Nuttall will attend.

Compassion’s HG1000 project seeks to lift 1000 children out of poverty and provide life saving water filters in Africa via anyone with a Harrogate post code area (HG).

Darryl has organised a Songs of Praise event at St Cuthbert’s Church on behalf of the Church in the Dale on 29th June-6.00pm. The guest speaker will be Reverend Guy Donegan-Cross of St Mark’s Church in Harrogate. Refreshment help will be requested from one of other Churches within the Church in the Dale.

The Welcome Pack was discussed and maps were agreed to be included.

Darryl will get an estimate of printing costs and quantities for Margaret.

Fair Trade – it was agreed to buy fair-trade for all churches. We would speak to Elizabeth Clarke at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church to source cheaper supplies and look into purchasing via the ‘easy buying’ fundraising (for the PCC) on the internet.

Wilsill have put up a yellow bicycle for the tour and are making it into a prayer cycle.

Meeting closed at 9.30pm