PCC Secretary’s Notes – May 1964

The Vicar [Rev’d., later Canon, David Robinson] reported that the Stewardship Campaign was a great success and that £4,620 per year had been promised. Consideration was being given to a follow-up campaign and to covenanted subscriptions. The Steering Committee was thanked for its leadership in the campaign.

Consideration was given to increasing the insurance cover on the church from £75,000 to £100,000 as advised by the Insurers to prevent the “averaging clause” applying.

The late Mr. Wilfred Bradley of East Park Road had bequeathed one half of his residuary estate to St. James’ PCC and £1,000 had already been received. The Vicar and Finance Committee were to make a recommendations to the PCC for the use of this money.

Church decorations and repairs in the sanctuary had been completed. The Mothers’ Union was thanked for its contribution of £207 towards the Carpet Fund.

An inspection of the boiler was to be made, following heavy fuel costs over the previous two years.

The offer of Mr. John Parkes to erect a new notice board on the corner of St. James’s Road and Cromer Place was accepted with thanks.

The Additional Curates Society had made a grant of £50 per year for two years on the basis that a sermon be preached each year on their behalf and the collection given to their funds. The PCC agreed to make payment of £10 per year to their funds.

In view of the possibility of Stewardship envelopes being left in church, it was resolved that a wall safe be placed in the wall in the porch.

The Vicar reported from the Diocesan Conference that the two major items on the agenda were Anglican/Methodist conversation and the Diocesan quota.

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