January, 2020 PCC Meeting Report

The PCC met on 15th January with the following outcomes:

  1. Broadband: the Faculty application is about to be submitted. Once agreed by the Diocese, it should be possible to have the cable installed with six weeks.
  2. Heating Update: The £16K increase in costs due to the need to instal a certain kind of self standing radiators is a concern in terms of having enough available funds to pay immediate bills on completion. Contingency plans have been put in place involving members of the church community pledging interest-free loans if necessary.
  3. Seven Marks of a Healthy Church: the meeting considered the first Mark – ‘Energised by Faith’. We summarised everything we are doing related to this and what else we might do. Jane took our notes to ensure we take our ideas forward.
  4. Finance, Stewardship and Fundraising: the meeting was made aware that the difference between our stewardship income and our expenditure continues to grow bigger and in 2020, there is a danger that we will not be able to bridge the gap. This is partly because our savings are depleted and partly because we have still to raise money for the heating work. Apart for the need to maintain and increase our fund-raising and stewardship, it was agreed that we will launch a community appeal early this year.
  5. War Memorial: the meeting agreed that the names of the fallen in the Second World War should be included on the memorial in our churchyard. Action is being taken to ensure the accuracy of the names.
  6. Parish Newsletter: Following the success of the Christmas Newsletter distributed to all homes in Taplow, it is intended to produce a further newsletter prior to Easter paid for through the inclusion of advertisements for local businesses.

Do talk to any member of the PCC if you would like further information related to any of these topics.