St. Michael’s, Bray with Braywood
Welcoming All in Faith, Hope and Love
Annual Parochial Church Meeting Papers 30th April 2017

The Treasurer's Report
Report on St Michael’s Mission Plan
Report on the Music at Bray
Financial Statements Year Ending 31st December 2016
St. Michael’s, Bray with Braywood
Welcoming All in Faith, Hope and Love

Notice of two meetings to be held in St. Michael’s Church at 11.30am on Sunday 30th April 2017
Agenda
01
Apologies for Absence :-
02
First Meeting - Election of Churchwardens
03
Second Meeting - Annual Parochial Church Meeting
**Minutes of the Meetings held on 17th April 2016 and matters arising therefrom.
04
Election of up to 3 members of the Deanery Synod
05
Election of up to 12 members of the of the Parochial Church Council
06
  Annual election of members of the of the Parochial Church Council
07
Election of Sidesmen
08
The Electoral Roll of the Parish
09
Report on the proceedings of the Council and of the Church’s life up to 31st December 2016
10   Presentation of the Financial Statement for the year to 31st December 2016
11
The Young Church
12
Report on St Michael's Mission Plan
13   Report on the Music of the Church and Music at Bray
14
Report on the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the Church
15
Report on the Deanery Synod
16   Report on The Tower Bellringers
17   Report on the Friends of St Michael's
18
Independent Examiner
19
Date of the next Annual Parochial Church Meeting
 
20
Vicar’s Report
 
21
Any Other Business

St. Michael’s, Bray with Braywood
Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting held on 17th April 2016
PRESENT

Rev Richard Cowles (Chairman), Linda Shepherd (Churchwarden), Penny Murray (Churchwarden), Lesley Burch (Secretary), Pam Woodruff (Treasurer) and 23 other parishioners.

 
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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Veronica Robinson, Ollie Gooch, Pam Robotham, Jasvir Banks,
2
 
FIRST MEETING - ELECTION OF CHURCH WARDENS
Linda Shepherd and Penny Murray had been nominated and seconded as Churchwardens. There being no other names put forward were duly elected.  Chairman expressed thanks for their efforts over the past year and congratulated them on their excellent teamwork.
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SECOND MEETING - ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on 19th April 2015 had been circulated. There was no comment on them, and it was the unanimous wish of those present that they be accepted as a true record. The chairman therefore signed the minutes, and there were no matters arising.
4
 
ELECTION OF UP TO 12 MEMBERS OF THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
The below named had been duly proposed and seconded for election to the PCC, the names were read out. There were no further nominations. Their election was carried unanimously by a show of hands. Those elected were: -  Kenneth Amery, Audrey Ashby, Jasvir Banks, Lesley Burch, Tony Ellison, Graham Firman, Oliver Gooch, Lynda Jones, John Seymour, Pam Woodruff.

In addition to those listed above, the Incumbent, and the following members will serve on
the PCC:

Linda Shepherd 
Penny Murray
Jim Tucker 
Natasha Teeder 
(Churchwarden)
(Churchwarden)
(Deanery Synod)
(Deanery Synod)
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ANNUAL ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
The chairman explained to the meeting that the default position on the election to the council was that members be elected for three years. We choose to elect members every year, which was allowed under the rules. This was agreed without dissent.
6
 
ELECTION OF SIDESMEN
The following had been nominated as sidesmen, and were approved unanimously by the meeting.

Dorothy Chappell, Claire Pishhorn, Kath Schofield, Lyn Richardson, Judith Riley, Tim Cook, Jackie Tucker, Sandra Halliday, Peter Sands, Ken Amery, Brenda Gardner, Roy Gardner, Sue Seymour, Sheila Fontaine, Gilly Blaxland, Edna Wood, Richard Smart, Helen Pearson, Anne Clare, Jane Carruthers, Tony Ellison, John Blaxland
7
 
THE ELECTORAL ROLL OF THE PARISH
Wenda Fowles, the Electoral Roll Officer reported that two names had been added during the year, so that the total on the roll was now 135.
8
 
REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL AND OF THE CHURCH'S LIFE UP
TO
THE 31st DECEMBER 2015
A report on the proceedings had been included in the APCM papers, and at the chairman’s suggestion was taken as read. There were no questions.
9
 
THE YOUNG CHURCH
A report from Natasha Teeder on the activities of the Sunday school had been included in the APCM papers. There were no questions or comments.
10
 
REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE PARISH AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR TO 31st DECEMBER 2015
The treasurer’s report had been circulated beforehand with the financial statements and approved by the PCC. The treasurer, Pam Woodruff stated that this year we had made a small profit and thanked all those who had contributed towards this. She thanked Tony Ellison for his work with the planned giving and the Friends of St Michael's who had helped with the purchase of the new chairs and office equipment.  She then asked for questions. There were no questions. The chairman thanked Pam for all her work.
12
 
REPORT ON THE FABRIC, GOODS AND ORNAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
A Report from Ian Murray on the Fabric, Goods and Ornaments of the church had been included in the papers for the APCM.  There were no questions or comments.
13
 
REPORT ON THE DEANERY SYNOD
Jim Tucker’s report on the work of the Deanery Synod had been included with the church papers. There were no questions or comments.
14
 
REPORT ON THE TOWER
A report by Graham Firman had been included with thee church papers for the APCM.  There were no questions or comments.
15
 
INDEPENDENT EXAMINER
Elaine Pleace had expressed her willingness to be re-elected as the Independent Examiner. Jim Tucker proposed and Ken Amery seconded the appointment of Elaine Pleace as Independent Examiner, and all were in favour.  The chairman thanked her for her work.
16
  DATE OF NEXT ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
This was scheduled for Sunday 30th April 2017.
17
 
THE VICAR'S REPORT
Looking back over the whole of the year 2015 one realises just what a lot goes on at St Michael’s and just how many people are involved in many different ways.

All of these activities are reported in the pages of the Annual Report and I commend it to you.  I intend to comment on just a few of the events and activities of the last year.  I note from last year’s report that I spent a good deal of time mentioning people by name and thanking them. This year I have deliberately intended to keep this report brief and also not to mention anyone by name.  In doing so I ask you please to understand and to be assured that that I am deeply conscious of all the hard work put in to maintaining the life of the church by so many people in so many ways and that I am sincerely thankful to you all. 

Soon after last year’s Annual Meeting four of us from St Michael’s attended a four day residential course organised by the Diocese called ‘Leading your church into growth’.  I reckon it is one of the best things the Diocese has done.  We were with a hundred or so Christians from other parishes in the diocese, different types of churches, big and small, rural and urban, but facing similar issues.  We came away energised and inspired and some of the thinking from LYCiG has fed into our Mission Plan.  The report incorporates a full description of what has already been achieved by the Plan and what is still to be done

I would just say that I think that though we are fully convinced of the good news of Jesus Christ that we have to share with others, we are operating in a difficult context nationally.  Institutions such as the Church of England are not automatically associated now with many people’s spiritual aspirations.  The Church has not helped its own cause with its divisive obsession with questions of sexual morality.   
 
Although we would wish to see more young people regularly in church on a Sunday, our involvement with local schools is significant.  The land scape of school governance has changed greatly recently due to political directives and much more is being demanded from school governors.  I am grateful to all those associated with St Michael’s who fulfil these increasingly important roles.

The congregation may not be aware of their involvement in our church schools, or indeed of the attendance of the schools at Xmas and Easter services which are held here, when we get a combined attendance of some 700 adults and children and when it is ‘standing room only’.

I see from the last few reports that ‘Money’ has been one of the items on which I have specifically commented. This year the financial situation is looking a little healthier and the Treasurer not so worried.  Thank you to all who support the church with their giving.

Most of the visitors I meet here say something like ’What a beautiful church you have.’  Sometimes it is good to be reminded that we are fortunate to be able to worship in a very special, beautiful and historic building.  But of course we are aware that only constant maintenance and expense and sheer hard work can keep our church going.  In the past year we have carried out some planned reordering by moving a few pews and introducing new seating, thanks to the Friends.  We are all looking forward to the new Toilet Project coming to fruition later this year.

I have always been fond of some words of RL Stevenson:

‘Look backward with gratitude,
Look onward with hope,
Look upward with confidence.’
 
As we look back over the last year we realise that there is much for which to be grateful, and as we look forward we do so in hope, looking upward in confidence that God will continue to bless us.

I know that Maureen will want to join me in wishing to express our sincere gratitude for the personal support shown to us over the last year.

And finally, as I conclude my 8th annual report, I should like to say that it has been, and continues to be, an honour and a privilege to serve as your vicar.
In response to the Vicar’s report, Anne Clare expressed the thanks of all present to Richard. Her statement was greeted with applause.

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  ANY OTHER BUSINESS
None
The meeting ended at 11.54 am

Signed …………………..
Date …………………….

 

St. Michael’s, Bray with Braywood
Welcoming All in Faith, Hope and Love
Annual Report for 2016

INTRODUCTION

There are ten elected members of the PCC. In addition there are unelected members who are on the council because of their roles in the church and parish. These are the incumbent, the churchwardens and members of the deanery synod.  The PCC meets regularly and has met seven times during this Church year to discuss the regular business of the church. The Standing Committee meets regularly between the full meetings and has met on six occasions to plan agendas for the full meetings and to discuss matters of urgency that cannot wait until the full meeting.

MEMBERSHIP
The members of the Council are as follows;

Rev. R. Cowles
Chairman
J. Seymour
Deputy Chairman
   
L. Shepherd
Church Warden
P Murray
Church Warden
L Burch
Secretary
A. Ellison
Planned Giving Secretary
P Woodruff    
Treasurer
J. Banks
Fees Treasurer
K Amery
A. Ashby
G.Firman
O. Gooch
L. Jones     N. Teeder      
J Tucker            

DEANERY SYNOD
The vicar is automatically a member of the Deanery Synod. Our lay representatives are Natasha Teeder, Jim Tucker and Penny Murray. 

A YEAR AT ST. MICHAEL'S
From the Registers

 
2015
2016
Baptisms
25
37
Thanksgiving for the gift of a child
0
0
Confirmations
0
0
Marriages
14
13
Blessings of Marriage
0
1
Funerals of Parishioners in church
18
18
Funerals of Parishioners in crematorium
22
17
Memorial services in church
9
6
Burials and Internment in Touchen End churchyard
1
3
Burials and Internment in Braywood churchyard
1
2
Interment of cremated remains in St Michael’s churchyard
19
6

Average Sunday attendance was 138 adults and 12 children (aged under 16).
Major festivals: Easter – 218 ( 171communicants) and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day –  366
(220 communicants)

The combined attendances at the school services during Advent was 883.

THE P.C.C.

Your PCC meets to discuss many things that relate to the day to day running of our church.  The finances involved in the upkeep of our beautiful and historic church building are considered, as well as how to enrich our worship and enhance support and outreach within the local community and beyond.

This year began with the arrangements for celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday when we had a truly wonderful Flower Festival where aspects of the Queen’s life were highlighted with floral tributes. The event, held over 3 days, was well attended and many very positive comments were made. Our grateful thanks to all involved to make this such a special occasion. As the weather warmed we started to provide Summer Teas in the churchyard. The numbers were disappointing initially but picked up as time passed enabling a very satisfactory input to the churches’ income.  I know of at least one customer who regularly returned due to the particularly tasty chocolate cakes! The efforts of the stalwart cooks and servers are really appreciated. We have had several more people coming forward with offers to help provide teas this year so that we should be able to run these again next year.

As well as organising the Ploughman's Lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer care, the social committee have arranged three very popular trips. The first was to St Paul's Cathedral and then a rather different trip along the full length of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway in Kent. The last trip of the year was an overnight visit to Norwich to see the Thursford Christmas Spectacular. This was so popular that a return trip has been organised for 2017.

For the Remembrance Service we were joined by the uniformed childrens’ organisations and the local British Legion. There was a display of those who fought in the Great War from our area with photographs and short biographies which was most interesting. The choir sang a piece by Malcolm Archer called ‘In War Resolution’ where the words were by Winston Churchill and a bugler played over the singers.

Children from Holyport school choir sang at 3 All Age services and those from Braywood School choir sang at the Christingle service and then returned for an All Age service. In our services it has been lovely to be able to hear the young voices so obviously enjoying singing.

Our Facebook page has been quite popular and now has 28 members from both inside and outside our congregation. It enables users to talk more informally about happenings and events at the church and post photographs fairly quickly after events. It supplements but does not replace our excellent website or Parish Magazine.

We have raised funds in many ways including a Jumble Sale, a bridge afternoon and a Community Carol service.  These have allowed us to make donations to several charities such as Christian Aid, MacMillan, Alexander Devine, British Legion, Maidenhead Group Food Share as well as supporting our own new toilets fund. We are most grateful to all those involved in giving their time and skills to this work.  The excellent news about our new toilets is that the building work is about to begin in March 2017 and we do have enough funds in the bank to cover the initial stage of providing the new toilets although the covered connection to St Michael’s Hall is not funded and may take place at a later date.  Great thanks must be given to Jim Tucker who has steered this project through many difficulties over several years.

Finally I cannot close without mentioning the forthcoming retirement of Reverend Richard Cowles, who has announced that he will be leaving us in September 2017.  He will be greatly missed and I personally wish him and Maureen a very long and happy time in Caerphilly spending his well earned retirement. 

TOWER REPORT 2016 - 2017

We continue to have a strong band of bellringers at St Michael’s, if anything gaining in strength since last year with three experienced ringers moving into the area and our newest recruits making excellent progress. We have over 20 on the books, encompassing a remarkably wide range of ages from 14 up to 90!  We have acquired two potential new ringers during the year with the birth of Abby to Olly and Mary Cross, and of Olivia to Sam and Emma Maynard.  Our repertoire of methods continues to expand and we pride ourselves on being able to ring surprise methods on a regular basis, something that only a few churches in the country could aspire to.

We have rung for all Sunday morning 10am services and weddings, many Sunday evening services, as well as our usual Thursday evening practices.   Ringing has also taken place for other occasions including additional services at Easter and Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the ‘open tower’ during the flower festival in June. We did very creditably in the local knockout striking competition, where we reached the final round and came 3rd.  We fill up a sizeable area of the Hinds Head after practising on Thursday evenings, and have enjoyed a number of other socialising activities throughout the year. Some of our ringers also ring regularly with other bands, including the High Wycombe 12-bell band, and the London-based societies of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths and the Ancient Society of College Youths.

We greatly appreciate the hard work of all our Officers to ensure the smooth running of the tower -  Katharine Firman (Tower captain), Sam Maynard (Deputy Captain); Wenda Fowles (Secretary);  Mary Cross (Treasurer) and John Payne (Steeplekeeper). 

Katharine Firman

The Friends of St. Michael’s Bray
(Registered Charity Number 1070040)

The Friends of St. Michael’s Bray was formed in 1998 with the objective of raising funds to support the church, the church hall and churchyard.

In 2016 contributions were made to items for the church and church hall, including re-print of the church guide, heater for the church hot water system and fund raising for the new toilets through Ride and Stride, a Bridge afternoon (with thanks to Jane Crowhurst and her team and Lesley Burch for providing the tea), a musical afternoon with The Garrison Players organized by Graham Barker and a Fisheries Residents Association Carol Service.

Since formation of the charity the following items have been purchased by The Friends in whole or part for use by, or in, the Church, the Church Hall and Churchyard.

Approx. £27,000 towards cushions, kneelers, hymn and prayer books, carol sheets, Christmas cards, printing costs, microphone and audio equipment, lectern, bible, font, restoration of historic memorials, altar frontal, chairs, piano, ladder, also sundry repairs to roof etc.

Expenditure of nearly £7,000 for items in the church hall including tables, cloths, storage shed, tea towels, hot water boiler, hot water system, printing and copying equipment, notice board and minor maintenance.

Financial support for Music at Bray events, also refreshments at concerts etc., totals almost £3,000.

Also The Friends donated £35,000 to the fund for the new organ and currently a generous bequest by a former member of The Friends has enabled us to commit £79,000 to the new toilets project which is about to commence.

In addition to the above more than £300,000 was raised via the Emergency Appeal through the combined efforts of the PCC’s Fund Raising Committee and The Friends of St Michael’s.   These funds were utilised in the restoration of stained glass windows, tower repairs, repairs to the north west corner wall and the installation of the new organ.

ST MICHAEL’S SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT

This year, the number of children who regularly attend has continued to drop. Sadly, often it is just Percy who is present. A letter has been sent home to the pupils of the Church schools to invite them to attend. A few have shown interest.

As we do every year we have covered many topics, some lessons are based on the reading you’ll hear in church others on the basic principles of Christianity. 

The All-age services continues to draw in new faces, recently some have expressed an interested in joining us. I have also had interest from those who attended the Candlemas Service. So if the sermons are too much do come and join us! 

See you soon, with love and prayers.


Natasha

CHURCH AND CHURCH HALL FABRIC REPORT 2017

The Fire Safety Equipment contract with Nu-Swift has been cancelled. This contract, established some years ago, required the church to purchase replacement extinguishers on a ten year cycle and, in addition, pay the costs of maintenance and inspection. A new rental contract has been signed with Chubb Ltd whereby all the equipment remains the property of the company and all maintenance, repair and inspection costs are included in the annual payment of £350, fixed for five years.

A very successful working party day was held in May. All gutters and down-pipes were checked and cleaned where necessary. Roof valleys were also inspected (thanks to Mike Henley for this). An extensive amount of high level cleaning was carried out in the south aisle (thanks to Roy and Brenda Gardner for supervising this project) and it is hoped, on future working party days, that this can be continued throughout the remaining areas.

The church shed was successfully moved from in front of the toilet block to allow better site access when work commences on the new toilet block.

An under-sink, electric water heater has been fitted in the hall kitchen. This replaces the old Fortic, indirect tank in the upstairs office which had no temperature control, leaked and was causing ‘water hammer’ problems. Thanks to the Friends for financing this project. The carpet tiles in the hall kitchen and hallway have been removed and replaced with cushion flooring (on board underlay) in the kitchen and new carpet tiles in the hallway.

The organ has undergone two tuning sessions within the year. In addition the digital/electronic switching panel has been extensively rebuilt and now appears to be functioning satisfactorily. We maintain a good working relationship with the sub contractor who designed and built the organ electronics. Sadly, however, I have to mention that Peter Collins Ltd, the organ builder has ceased trading. All tuning and maintenance issues will now be dealt with by Tarquin Wiggins Ltd. It was Tarquin who previously looked after our old organ and manfully kept it going well beyond ‘its sell-by date’!

The yew tree hedging, in front of the toilet block, has been removed in preparation for the new build.

An Autumn working party day proved successful. Gutters, downpipes and valleys were checked and found satisfactory. The utility room at the rear of the church was cleared and space found, for the installation of pallet shelving, to accommodate all the service booklets.

The Church Architect has been reminded that 2017 is a quinquennial inspection year. This should take place in April or May. The five year electrical inspection has been booked for 3rd April.

Gas and lightning conductor checks have been carried out and pass certificates entered in to the church log book.

DEANERY SYNOD REPORT

Maidenhead and Windsor Deanery Synod met three times in 2016. The main topics at the meetings were as follows:-

Tuesday 15 March at All Saints, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead

  • Presentation by lay members on their experiences of vocations (One of these was given by
    Lynda Jones as Lay Minister for Funerals).

  • Presentation by three parishes on their approach on mission to children.

  • Presentation and approval of the 2015 accounts

Wednesday 8th June at St Peter’s, Old Windsor

  • Rev’d Nick Cheeseman from the Diocesan Mission Department on Mission and Vocations.

Thursday 20th October at St Luke’s, Maidenhead

  • Presentation by Dr Bev Botting, (Head of Research and Statistics, Church of England Central Services) on Parish Statistics: How, Why and Help!

  • An update was given on the share position for 2016 and a resolution passed to return the 2% windfall savings by the diocese in 2014 to parishes.

The representatives from St Michael’s, in addition to the Vicar, were Natasha Teeder, Penny Murray and Jim Tucker. Jim continued to serve as Deanery Treasurer, and is also a member of Oxford Diocesan Synod. The three-year term of this Synod is coming to an end, and we are required to elect representatives for the 2017-2020 Synod.

MUSIC REPORT

In 2016 the choir continued to support services at St Michael’s, the core membership of about a dozen maintaining faithful attendance. Numbers were boosted occasionally by the return of former members who have fled the nest, and they are always welcome. The choir’s contribution at Easter and Christmas attracted a good deal of favourable comment, which is appreciated.

A new recruit to the tenor ranks was Sean Douglas. He is the first recipient of a Music at Bray choral scholarship, towards the cost of singing lessons. It is, therefore, particularly rewarding to report that Sean has been selected to join the National Youth Choir, and we congratulate him on his achievement.

As predicted last year, Music at Bray’s production of The Happy Prince was a memorable occasion. Two good houses gave the piece an enthusiastic reception, and greater than expected ticket sales, coupled with generous sponsorship, helped to make the event financially successful. In April 2017 we hope to perform the Durufle Requiem.

The monthly recitals continued throughout 2016, with a wide range of performers maintaining the excellent standards we have come to expect. Attendances were generally satisfactory, and thanks are again due to Sue Seymour and helpers for the splendid tea and cakes.

The Music at Bray accounts for 2016 are overleaf, confirming our ability to operate financially entirely independently of the PCC. Indeed, this year we have contributed to the organ tuning and the toilet fund. In addition, the cost of new music has continued to be met from donations individuals have made from their fees singing at weddings.

MISSION PLAN PCC ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Welcoming All in Faith, Hope and Love

The objective of the Mission Plan is “Going for Growth” under three main pillars of activity

  1. Nurture and Discipleship Courses with Jim Tucker as Lead Person
  2. Children and Young People with Penny Murray as Lead person
  3. Pastoral Care with Lynda Jones and Linda Shepherd as Lead Persons

A copy of the Mission Plan is attached (which is reviewed on a regular basis) and if there is anyone who would like to be actively involved then Richard, Jim, Penny, Lynda or Linda would love to hear from you.
   
During 2016 the following activities took place

Jumble sale held at Holyport school as part of outreach

Lent Pilgrim course “The Eucharist” attended by over 20 members of the congregation

Happy Prince Opera held in church as part of the Windsor Festival involving 30 plus young people

Newsletters sent to mailing list and email alerts re special events

Choir from Holyport school sang at 3 All Age services and Braywood school choir sang at the Christingle service and returned to sing at an All Age service.
 
First Welcome Back to Church Sunday on 15th May

Welcome course held on 23rd April - designed to improve our welcome in church - attended by over 20 members of the congregation

A flower festival held to commemorate HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Sunday teas restarted

Regular social committee outings for members of the congregation and friends to places of interest

Mission Prayer used regularly during Intercession Prayers

Regular contact with church schools to inform about all age and special services as well as The Vicar’s regular visits to the schools

 
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH BRAY MISSION PLAN
Welcoming all in Faith Hope and Love

   
TREASURER’S REPORT
Year Ended 31 December 2016

This year once again closed with a small surplus of £952, which is an excellent result and down to the generosity of all those who support the church both financially and with their time.
Planned giving and collections were slightly down on the previous year; however, this was more than compensated by the increase in the amount of gift aid recovered. My thanks to Tony Ellison for being ever vigilant in keeping up to date with changes in government legislation and thus being able to claim back this considerable sum.
Funds for the new toilet block accounted for most of the donations in 2016.  The Friends of St Michaels, All Churches, Music at Bray and the Quiet Garden to name a few, all made donations and this meant that after paying architects fees, at the end of 2016, the Toilet Fund had a balance of £41,660. Funds in the form of a legacy via The Friends of St Michaels and a donation from Bray Parish Council will enable the project to go ahead in 2017. HMRC have confirmed that the new build can be exempt of VAT saving the church approximately £22,000. All thanks to our Fees Treasurer Jasvir Banks for bringing this subject to our attention and to Jim Tucker for the hours of in-depth research and phone calls.
On the subject of fees, wedding enquires are down and it is thought that budget conscious couples prefer to book a venue that can offer a wedding plus reception package. This combined with the closure of the Monkey Island Hotel for refurbishment, has resulted in a drop in fees for the year. However, it appears there is renewed interest for 2017 with bookings from other churches. I would just like to thank Jasvir Banks for her continued support.

The flower festival, summer teas and Advent fair provided a useful income of nearly £1800 which went towards the running cost of the church. The jumble sale made £682; which went into the Toilet Fund.

Our monthly Diocesan payment benefited from a rebate, all thanks to the diligence of our Deanery.
Given the age of the church, maintenance is a challenge; however, cuts have been made where possible. The Friends have paid for a new hot water heater for the hall; Music at Bray has contributed to the cost of tuning the organ, a more price competitive company has been sourced to maintain the fire extinguishers and with the help of Mike Henley, our account with BT has been closed and transferred to a company that does not charge rental.

The payment to CMS (Church Mission Society) will be an annual payment to Reverend Mark Balfour and his wife for their work in Guatemala.

Lastly I would like to thank Elaine Pleace for giving her time to audit the books and the many who are involved in counting and banking the weekly collections.

 

 
PCC OF ST MICHAEL’S BRAY WITH BRAYWOOD
Financial Statement for Year Ended 31st December 2016

GENERAL FUND - INCOME & EXPENDITURE
CHURCH FABRIC RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS ACCOUNT
RESTRICTED FUND (CHANCEL REPAIR FUND)
SUNDAY SCHOOL RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS ACCOUNT - RESTRICTED FUND
Created by the legacy of the late Miss E Heath in March 2000
HOLWAY LEGACY ACCOUNT - RESTRICTED FUND
Created by the lagacy of the late Mr J Holway in May 2002
CHURCH AND HALL REPAIR FUND - RESTRICTED FUND
In Memory of the Late Jennifer Muriel Boulton
Interest from Fund Created by Donation in August 2004 et seq
ST MICHAELS HOUSE (SALE PROCEEDS) TRUST - RESTRICTED FUND
Created following the sale of the curate’s house
Transferred to local control in May 2009
TOILET FUND
Created December 2013 to fund toilet block adjacent to Church Hall
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
as at 31st December 2016