David McCleery, our Concerts and Events Manager, reported on ongoing developments relating to St James’s concert programme. Particular note was made of efforts to obtain feedback and to increase donations from lunchtime concerts. Concerts aimed specifically at children, including a very successful recent interfaith concert, were also discussed.
The PCC perused the management accounts for the twelve months to 31st December 2016 and Simon Stedman, Honorary Treasurer highlighted key aspects. The PCC approved an allocation of the surplus for the year, to the Building Repair Fund and a contribution towards staffing costs during the year ahead.
The PCC approved a new Investment Policy, with a specific focus on ethical considerations in relation to the investment of St James’s cash resources.
Deborah Colvin, St James’s Sustainability Champion, provided an update on St James’s participation in Eco Church. Specific aspects brought to attention were the continuing downward trend in gas and electricity consumption and costs and a very positive outcome from the recent ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ audit.
The PCC discussed arrangements for the future management of St James’s Traidcraft activity. Huge appreciation was expressed for the enormous commitment and hard work that Betty Harris, who would be stepping down at Easter from the role of St James’s Traidcraft champion and co-ordinator, had given to this activity over the years.
The PCC received an update on the Wren (site redevelopment) project, including the ongoing development of architect’s plans and preliminary consultations with Westminster Council.
Plans for St James’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) scheduled for 23rd April 2017 were discussed.
United Charities of St James’s
Future governance arrangements in relation to this charity that awards grants on a discretionary basis to pensioners in need living in Westminster were discussed. Lia Shimada, and also subsequently Trevor Lines, agreed to become trustees of the charity and Maggie Butcher offered to provide future support as Clerk.
The PCC received a report from Adolfo Sansolini on his liaison role with the Animal Welfare Group.
Deborah Colvin provided the PCC with an update on Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) activity, and Raks Patel also provided an update on CTiW’s Prisons Mission project.
The PCC received and noted:
- The minutes of the Liturgy Group meeting of 16th November 2017
- The minutes of the Health & Safety Committee meeting of 12th January 2017.
- The minutes of the Staff meetings of 7th December 2016 and 10th January 2017