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THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST LADOCA IN THE PARISH OF LADOCK
The Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Parochial Church Council for 2017 presentated at the Annual Parish Church Council Meeting on 10th April 2018
The report has been prepared to comply with the requirements of The Charities Act 2011.
Team Vicar: Reverend Ellen Goldsmith
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Banks: Lloyds Bank St Austell, CAF Bank
Independent Examiner: Mr Geoffrey Warring
The Parochial Church Council is a corporate body established by the Church of England. The PCC operates under the Parochial Church Council Measure. The Parochial Church Council is expected by order from registering with the charity commissioners.
Members of the Parochial Church Council of Ladock Parish Church are either ex-officio or elected by the Annual Church Council meeting in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.
The Parochial Church Council met 4 times during 2017.
Jane Sloan, Team Safeguarding Officer, regularly attends PCC meetings and updates the PCC as necessary and has arranged safeguarding training.
The Standing Committee, which consists of the incumbent, two church wardens, treasurer and secretary, is the only committee required by law and has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the council.
Members of the Parochial Church Council for 2017:
Incumbent: Vacancy as Canon Andrew Wade retired in November 2017
Team Vicar: Reverend Ellen Goldsmith
Church wardens: Suzanne Smith
Bell Tower Captain: Renfree Stephens
Head Teacher of Grampound Road School.
Head Teacher Ladock School: Mary Stevenson
Chair: Reverend E Goldsmith
Lay Vice Chair: Shirley Soper
Secretary: Jenny Thomas
Treasurer: Ryland Shephard
Lindy Van Welie
Deanery Synod Representative: Vanessa Morcom
Safeguarding Officer : Jane Sloan, Team Appointment - non PCC
At the beginning of 2017 the Electoral Roll number stood at 48.
Objectives and Activities.
The objective of the Parochial Church Council of Ladock Parish Church is to exercise the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent in promoting the Ecclesiastical Parish, the whole mission of the Church, Pastoral, Evangelistic, Social and Ecumenical.
We have fulfilled our objectives with the Achievements and Performances of the following headings.
This past year has been a very busy year socially and very enjoyable for church and community.
Our most grateful thanks go to Reverend Ellie Goldsmith for all that she does for our church and to our retired clergy who come to lead our worship from time to time.
Reverend Andrew and Jane Wade are sadly missed and we thank them for their ministry within our Team.
Many parishioners help in so very many ways to keep the life of Ladock church alive and well and to ensure the church building is safe and sound. Thank you all.
It has been a somewhat turbulent year in the life of our church with period of lows in the midst of illness and several of our dear friends in the community and church departing this life. But we have also experienced some high moments of recovery from illness and celebrating with Ladock school their 150th Anniversary and the installation of the Holborow window to enhance the beauty of our church. The Christmas Tree Festival brought great joy to many with an added bonus financially.
The Covenant between Grampound Road and Ladock Parish Church, which was re-established during 2013, continues to thrive. We are committed to two joint services a year with committee meetings during the year. During the course of these past 12 months, we have shared our worship in both Grampound Road and Ladock churches on several occasions.
We shared a Lent course lead by Reverend Pat Robson this past year held at Grampound Road Methodist church.
The joint Christmas Card cover was designed by Amy, a pupil of Grampound Road School, this year and dates of services for both churches over the festive season were printed within with a message from our clergy and dates of events over the Christmas period. This venture has been a great success and warmly received.
A Parish Profile was written jointly with Probus, Grampound-with-Creed and St Erme in order to attract applicants for the post of Team Rector.
An informative and attractive Welcome Pack intended for distribution to newcomers was produced containing details about the Church and many of Ladock’s facilities, clubs and organisations.
Shirley Soper & Suzanne Smith, Churchwardens
Once again, the Churchyard has been maintained to a high standard throughout the year, thanks to the efforts of Colin Haines and several anonymous volunteers. As always, their hard work is much appreciated by the PCC.
The legal formalities associated with the purchase of 0.25 of an acre, forming part of the field adjacent to the Churchyard extension have taken much longer to complete than anticipated. At the end of 2017 we were still awaiting confirmation from the Land Registry that the transfer of land from the Glebe to the Incumbent was complete. Fortunately this arrived in early January 2018.
Consequently no work was undertaken on the site during 2017, but two site meetings were held with the Parish Council and subsequently we received confirmation that they would be prepared to help with the cost of fencing. In recognition of the work we will be undertaking, they agreed also to increase the annual grant we receive for maintenance of the Churchyard.
We intend to apply for outline planning permission and change of use in 2018, prior to undertaking any work on the new site. Meanwhile we will clear vegetation to allow access in due course.
There is nothing major to report and the general fabric of the building is in good order and no problems have arisen during the recent extremely wet and cold weeks. With this is mind, regular clearing of the rain water goods and the main valley should continue.
The water tap by the South Porch has been repaired.
Internally arrangements are in hand to replace two electric sockets, one by the pulpit and the other near the maim light switch box. The two wall heaters made surplus following the kitchen/ toilet project will be connected into the existing circuit within the Trethurffe Aisle; this should make for warmer choir practices.
A suitable barrier rope has been put at the bottom of the stairway leading to the ringing chamber.
The lock on the South door is still difficult to operate at times and is being monitored; it would be a pity to replace it and it may be prudent to get the advice of a locksmith.
Renfree Stephens, Fabric Officer
Health and Safety
Health and safety matters within our church are continually being reviewed and updated to meet with requirements and keep all safe.
Shirley Soper, Health and Safety Officer
The year has been one of consolidation, the principal aims being to generate sufficient income to cover our running costs and our full MMF ‘offer’. The accounts show that we achieved our goals, but in order to do so, we had to use more of the accumulated reserve on the general account: there was a deficit of £1,273.83 at the end of December. The successful implementation of the Parish Giving Scheme meant that tax efficient giving rose significantly, whilst the collections at services remained stable; fund raising income improved also. But costs continued to rise: apart from the increased MMF call, energy charges increased noticeably. The reserve on the general account has effectively been used in full and so we will need to work especially in 2018 to satisfy all that is expected of us. The PCC has agreed an MMF ‘offer’ for 2018 of £21,300. The Diocese of Truro is implementing a new financial system in 2019 which will challenge us with some stark realities. It will be ‘cost-based’ for each Deanery, shared on a pro-rata basis. In its turn, our Benefice will have to apportion its own costs and contributions. Currently, this would be 1.3 clergy costs, approx. £64,000. Last year, our Benefice paid £55,000, 61% of total costs. We will be liaising closely with all our members and interested parties as further details of the new system are made available.
In spite of the pressures on our resources during the year, we managed to maintain out record of making donations to other causes and charities. These included:
Truro Food Bank: £381.00 (plus food)
British Red Cross Grenfell Fire Appeal: £254.47
Royal British Legion: £155.00
St Petroc’s Society: £429.83
As indicated elsewhere in this report, the highlight of the year for us all was the installation of the new window in memory of Geoffrey Holborow. The cost was covered almost entirely by the funds raised from collections at Geoffrey’s funeral and thanksgiving service, plus donations from family and friends, as reported last year. In addition, the PCC contributed £500. The residue of the money raised will be used to help with the cost of a memorial plaque, which will include Lady Mary as well as Geoffrey.
We hold £18,420 in our Capital Account. These are the surplus funds, left after the fund raising for the new kitchen in 2014. It is anticipated that they will be used for the cost of repairs to the fabric and lighting systems as required.
The PCC collectively acts as trustees for the Canon Wise Trust. This was established under a Charity Commission Scheme dated 8 March 2007 (4019554).
The endowment of £220,573 was the proceeds of the sale of the old Grampound Road School, which was owned by the PCC. The purpose of the Scheme is ‘to further the religious and other charitable work of the Church of England in the parish (of Ladock)’. Grants are given to help our two Church Schools as well as to encourage alternative types of worship (Messy Church for example). In addition we have maintained our programme of buying bibles for the leavers at our schools. In 2017 we contributed crosses to all the children at Ladock School as it celebrated its 150th anniversary. In the longer term our intention is to use the income from the Trust for mission work in both Ladock and Grampound Road.
The assets of the Canon Wise Trust are held by the Truro Diocesan Board of Finance as custodian trustee under the designation ‘Wise’. The PCC retains responsibility for the oversight of the Trust assets, with the guidance of the Treasurer who is an Approved Person (CF30) under FSMA 2000. The PCC does not have an ethical investment policy, but investments are only made in CBF Funds, specialist charity funds, UK Government Stock and the larger, well established investment funds.
The market value of the investments in the Canon Wise Trust and the change over the last year are shown in the accounts.
Miss E A Hotten Bequest
The Churchyard report explains how we are using part of this generous legacy to cover the cost of the churchyard extension. During the year the purchase of the land was completed and the legal fees became payable. We anticipate that there will be approximately £90,000 available for investment after allowance for the cost of the extension; discussions on the use of the income are underway.
Finally, we hasten to record our gratitude to all those who help with the work of our Church, both financially and in kind. We really could not survive without your generosity and goodwill.
We attempt to ring the bells on the first and third Sunday of each month, however this has proved difficult at times due to a general lack of ringers as those available ring at more than one tower if the service times allow.
For example I ring for the Probus 10.00 am service and at Ladock for our 11.00 am service.
However our first and third Wednesday practices are well attended where Method and Call Change ringing is carried out.
I am grateful to a number of the band who have supported me over the past year and have continued to make it a happy tower.
The highlight was of course the Christmas Tree Festival; enthusiasm ensued with much enjoyment.
It was with sadness when we heard that a former Captain, Henry Hoskin, had died.
Renfree Stephens, Tower Captain