Tuesday 26 01 2022


Rev Charles  (Chair),  Rachel Cooper: Ian Corden: May  Davis:   John May:  : Rachel Partridge: Susan Turner

1.Opening prayers


Chris Catlin, Sybil Randle:Ken  Sleeman

3  Declarations of interest:

There were no declarations of interest.

 4.Minutes of meetings held on 16 11 2021

The minutes of the  above meeting  were unanimously accepted as a true record.

5.Matters Arising:

Desk for Sound System:

The recommended desk was approved and it is recommended that David Cooper go ahead and place the order.

Logo: The PCC expressed their gratitude to James for the final result.  CH and IC will make plans for its “launch” in time for Easter.  Approval was give for  gift of £100 to be made as a token of thanks to James – MD will deal with this.

Restoration of Bells:The minutes of the meeting and the costings from the 12th January were considered and some preliminary questions raised.  CH has received further more detailed costings.  It was agreed that these costings would be circulated to the PCC and a separate meeting be convened to devote an adequate amount of time for an in-depth discussion on this inviting Gerald Trevor to attend. Prior to this meeting it is suggested that specific questions from PCC members be submitted to MD so that there can be a joint approach combining questions where necessary.

On going work in Churchyard:

One of the grave diggers is offering to submit a quote for the removal of a significant amount of debris and this was thought to be a worthwhile plan  Richard Liggins, Peter Gordon, John May, Brian Choules and Vic Brindley have worked tirelessly on “ project churchyard” and the PCC is  very grateful for the work undertaken.  The suggestion was made that it may be worth approaching Lubs Cvetkovic to ask if  he would be willing to explore  the possibility of organizing a working party for a general churchyard tidy up and CH will contact him.


It was unanimously agreed that the noticeboard of choice is the Classic range with a central

panel and two side opening windows.  It was noted that Kay and Michael have generously

offered to contribute £350.00 towards the cost. In the absence of CC the exact finances available is not known – therefore the continuing progress with this will be left until CC

has returned.  In the meantime, MD will find out the cost of the installation by the company

who supply the noticeboard.

Natasha’s Law:

CH will approach Jack McCreath asking if he would be kind enough to compile a document

which details the required information to comply with Natasha’s law.

Re-Location of Choir Robes:

Nothing has happened about this so far but further discussions will be held with Peter Furnival.

  1. Vicar’s Report:

Copy attached.

A copy is attached.

A suggestion was made that consideration be given to an Advent Service t his year.


(a) Reports from Sub-Committees:

Buildings Sub-Committee:

There has been no meeting of the Buildings Sub-Committee:

GN reported that a faculty had been submitted for the plaque

Post meeting note – this has been granted

It is an anticipated that when all the debris has been removed there is likely to  be

a further 10 burial plots.

The Memorial Garden extension should  be completed within the next 4 weeks and Hackett’s

quote from last year stands.

Finance Sub-committee:

There had been no recent meeting of the Finance Sub-committee.

The annual accounts have been submitted for auditing.

In the last few days notice has been received  that The Parish Share has been reduced to

£40,000. in fact, £48,000.has already been paid. The Parish share for 2022 is set at

£48,000.  Some creative thought needs to be given to ways of increasing sources of

revenue for this coming financial year.


Worship Sub-Committee;

There was nothing to report

Pastoral Team:

The PCC was advised of the establishment and members of the pastoral team and the

working it was undertaking.  Each church member on the electoral roll has been allocated

to a member of the Pastoral Team.  So far we have been able to ensure that newsletters from

the Vicar reach all of our church members and attention is given to those of whom  we are ware need any additional contact or support.

CH has been able to take home communion to one church member. 

The PCC gave its approval for the establishment and continuation of this essential part of St James Ministry.

8.Safeguarding update:

The issues which need to be addressed will be dealt with at a separate meeting to be held on

Monday 21st February at 7.30p.m.

9.”Big Conversation”

The documentation related to this topic had been circulated.  Following discussion on the way forward, it was agreed that a Working Party consisting of  Church Wardens, PCC secretary, Ian Corden and Ken Sleeman plus three  members of the congregation be formed.

Congregation members for initial approach were agreed as Gillian Whitcroft, Annie Elson

and Anita Anthony – in reserve Vicki Buckley and David Lowrence.

MD will organise this.

Post meeting note – the first three members approached are agreeable to join this working party

  1. Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee:

After discussion it was agreed that Village activities were being planned and CH had been

invited to be on this Committee – therefore it would be appropriate for us to join forces.

Ginny will be invited to organise a display within the Church ad ST will do this.

The possibility of a “Songs of Praise” type service was raised and some thought  will be given to this. However,  it is acknowledged that a number of  people are likely to be away over this weekend and support when organising such events needs to be considered.

 11.Any other Business:


Following the recent ruling there is no legal requirement to wear masks,but those attending Church will be encouraged to wear masks when moving around the building, but it will be up to individuals.

Communal Communion Cup:

There is no guidance on the return to the use of the communal communion cup.

CH will seek the view of individuals on this topic.

13 Meetings:

Additional PCC Meeting to discuss Restoration of Bells Project and Safeguarding issues

21 2 2022 at 7.30 a.m.

PCC Meeting 21 3 2022  at 7.30 a.m.

APCM 15 5 2022 following morning service.

14 The meeting closed with the Grace


Vicar’s Report to the PCC

First of all, I’d like to take you back to just before Christmas. On the fourth Sunday of Advent our Gospel reading was the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. I was really inspired by this passage and how it gives us a vision for engaging with our community. In the sermon I preached on that Sunday, I invited us to imagine Elizabeth as the parish of Bulkington and St James Church as Mary. In this passage, Mary travels many miles on foot to meet Elizabeth among what is familiar and important to her. In this passage, Elizabeth blesses Mary, there is treasure that the Holy Spirit longs to give to the Church from relationship with those in our communities. In this passage, Elizabeth and Mary bring their own experiences of God that they don’t quite understand and their meeting changes everything. That is a picture of Church and community being good neighbours together. This begins in getting to know one another without presumption or agenda, simply aware that God blesses us through those with whom we spend time. I pray that this could be grafted more into our DNA as a Church this year.

As Elizabeth and Mary, we journeyed on to our celebration of Christmas. We were able to celebrate in a slightly more familiar fashion and I was encouraged by the gathering of our parish to celebrate together. One gift that was stirred during the pandemic was creativity and we carried on something greatly enjoyed last year – Carols in the Churchyard.

Other highlights from Advent and Christmas include the continuation of Seashells, which in February will now increase to twice a month. As well as more stand out celebrations, as ever it’s been a privilege to walk alongside those coming for baptisms, weddings and funerals. This Sunday we will mark Candlemas together, where we turn from the crib behind me to the cross. During Lent we will be reviving our Lent group that we hope will become more regular after Lent. 

Tuesday 14 09 2021


Rev Charles (Chair), Chris Catlin: Rachel Cooper: Ian Corden: May Davis: John May: Graham Nuttall: Sybil Randle: Rachel Partridge: Ken Sleeman Sue Turner

1.Opening prayers

2.No apologies

3 Declarations of interest:
There were no declarations of interest

4.Minutes of meetings held on 6 7 2021
The minutes of the above meeting were unanimously accepted as a true record.

5.Matters arising:
(a) Sound System
The contract has been awarded to MGD and it is anticipated that work will be undertaken in October, taking 2 to 3 days. A second hand i pad can be purchased at reduced cost if needed.

The final brief will be delivered to the graphic designer who is undertaking this work free of charge and it is anticipated that we should have the proposed design by October.

(c) Pastoral Group:
A meeting is being held on 26 09 2021

(d) Toddler Group:
A meeting is being held on 16 09 2021 to take the plans forward.

(e) Restoration of Bells:
A successful meeting was held between Church and Bell Ringers’ representatives
to advance the situation. Since then and after informing the insurance company of the
movement of the tower, an inspection has taken place by the Architect who undertook the last Quinquennial inspection. The outcome is there is deflection of the tower, not movement. No cracks of concern were detected and an investigation by a specialist structural engineer is recommended. The insurers have insisted that ringing ceases until the matter has been investigated. The Bell Ringers are being kept informed.

6. Vicar’s Report:
Please find this attached.

7. Reports from Sub-Committees:
(a) Buildings Sub-Committee
The Minutes from the meeting held on 31 08 2021 had been previously circulated.

Faculties are being submitted for the additional cremation plots, remembrance bench and memorial plaque and Graham will organize the printing of the plaque.

Disposal of soil from graves:
This will be addressed with the Undertakers. In the meantime Sue will arrange for the
residual soil to be removed.

Crumbling stone work:
It is noted that there are areas on the external church stonework which is crumbling It was agreed that the Quinquennial inspection, which is due in 12 months’ time, will identify the areas affected and recommendations will be made at that time.

Chris detailed some past history related to the maintenance of the hedges which had been carried out by Keith Farndon. However, Chris will speak to Keith to see if he
would be willing to undertake this work again. The Remembrance Garden was discussed and it has been agreed that this area needs to be cleared . t Michael Whitehead will be approached to ask if he knows the history of this area.

Church Wall:
It was unanimously approved that this would be repaired/restored to its original

Sandra Jones, Margaret Wilkins and Mr Hardy have carried out a significant amount of work in the churchyard and a letter of thanks will be sent to show the appreciation of the PCC.

(b) Worship Sub-Committee:
It is anticipated that this Committee will be meeting shortly to discuss
Christmas/New Year worship.

© Finance Sub-Committee:

The financial situation is ahead of where we expect to be but our forecast wedding fee income during the next quarter of £6000 is likely to be considerably less. Four weddings are booked and it is unlikely to have any more at this stage of the year.

£22,000 has been paid towards the reduced Parish Share of £40,000 that was applied for earlier this year. (Full amount £52,642). That application will be considered by the Diocesan Board of Finance this month. Even if agreed, it may be difficult to pay the remaining £18,000.
In order to generate more income it was suggested that fund raising events be organised



Tuesday 22 04 2021


Rev Charles  (Chair),Vicki Buckley:  Chris Catlin: Rachel Cooper: Ian Corden: May  Davis:   John May:  Graham Nuttall: Sybil Randle: Rachel Partridge: Sue Turner

  1. Opening prayers
  2. Apologies  Ken Sleeman, Iris Duggan
  3. Declarations of interest: There were no declarations of interest
  4. Minutes of meeting held on  2 03 2021 The minutes of the meeting held on 2 3 2021 were unanimously accepted as a true record.
  5. Matters arising

Extension to Remembrance Garden:

Graham reported that the quote from Hacketts was £400.00 which he thought was expensive.

Graham will make further enquiries about costings and will approach W S Gardens.He will also find out if a faculty is required.

Commemorative plaque :

Graham will make further enquiries regarding a faculty.

Neighbourhood Group:

Ian had submitted a comprehensive report which had been circulated, the content of which

was a valuable basis for discussion. The key issues which came out of the discussion were:

Activities to encourage children and young people in to Church

The establishment of a midweek toddler group and  regular Sunday school were discussed and Rev Charles will seek key people who would  be interested in involvement with these activities.

Develop a Church logo

In an attempt to  avoid costs suggestions  were to invite village folks to submit designs within specificparameters.The other suggestion was to find out how much it might cost to have this designed  professionally – Ian agreed to do this and declared that he had a family member who may be able to assist.

Utilise Social Media

It is recognised  that this is an area where many people look for information, and this has been especially evident since the start of the  pandemic -   it  is an essential tool for St James to reach the local community and beyond.

Rev Charles thanked  Ian for the work he had undertaken on this.

The Pastoral Care Group is to meet on Sunday 25 04 2021 following morning service.

  1. Vicar’s report:

Please see attached – to follolw

  1. Reports from Sub-Committees:

(a) Buildings Sub-committee:

There had been no meeting since the PCC last  met.

Graham gave an update  on the state of the kitchen window – in summary, it is not

dangerous and if this were to occur,  steps can be taken to make it safe.  The cost is likely

to be significant and it would take about  18 months to obtain the services of  a stonemason.

It was unanimously agreed to leave this matter for the time being.

(b) Worship Committee:

There had been no meeting during lockdown.

It was agreed that the evening services should  remain at 6.30 p.m. during the summer months.

(c) Finance Sub-Committee:

The report from Chris had been circulated.  Sue confirmed that she would arrange for the funds from the Flower Account to be transferred.  Chris confirmed that  the application for the reduction in the Parish Share is in the process of completion. 

Future expenditure was discussed  in relation to the sound system and internet access.

It was unanimously agreed that both items were priorities and further detailed costings were

required before proceeding.

  1. Safeguarding update:

Sue discussed the documents which had been circulated previously and answered  some

questions  which were raised.  Further safeguarding training is to be arranged when it is

safe to do so.

  1. APCM 23 05 2021

The term of office for John and Graham expires this year and Rev Charles has asked if they

would both consider standing again. Rev Charles thanked John and Graham for their significant contribution during their period of office.  Nominations will be sought for Church Wardens and a Synod Representative.

  1. Date of Next meeting:  6 July 2021 at 7.00 p.m.
  1. Closing prayers.

MD/22 04 2021


On Sunday 23 05 2021



Rev Charles Higgins (chair) Rachel Cooper   Chris Catlin: Ian Corden: :John May :  Graham Nuttall: Sybil Randle: Rachel Partridge:    Sue Turner:

In attendance:

May Davis

1 Appointment of Treasurer:

Chris Catlin agreed to stand for office for a further year and this was unanimously approved.

2 Appointment of Secretary:

May Davis agreed to stand for office for a further year and this was unanimously approved.

Date of next meeting:

6 07 2021



The meeting closed with the saying of the Grace.

MSD/12 10 2020

This year's Annual Parochial church meeting was held on Sunday 23rd May in Church.

Vicar’s Welcome 

A very warm welcome to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting(APCM) for this year. During this meeting we will look back on 2020,look forward to 2022, as well as fulfilling our legal duties to this parishthat has been entrusted to our care. 
Our meeting this year will focus on the question “How do we tellthe story of 2020?” What follows is a number of answers to thatquestion from many parts of the Church community and wider parish. 
As I read through these reports, there is undoubtedly evidence of thepain that the pandemic has caused – 2020 has been a year totallyunexpected and wide-reaching in its impact on our lives. At the sametime, I am also profoundly moved by the creativity and determinationon show here from everyone at St James who have found new andinnovative ways to be a valued part of the Bulkington community andto keep on meeting together. Whether it is the Café Church teamputting together video services to the Bell ringers continuing to meet,and everything in between. I shall present a fuller spoken report to theAnnual Meeting on 23rd May 2021, which will explore 2020 using threekey words: lament, celebrate, hope.
For all the twists and turns of this past year, we have journeyedtogether, for which I am so grateful. I would like to thank Sue andRachel, Ken, the PCC, and each and every member of St James who serve God, noticed and unnoticed. As ever, I am especially grateful to Vicky Buckley and May Davis for preparing the electoral roll, and toMay for her tireless efforts drawing up the paperwork for the APCMand preparing this report. 
With every blessing, Charles

Churchwardens’ Report 

Being very new to the role of Churchwarden, I am finding everything alearning curve at the moment. Thankfully Sue is always on hand and stillshouldering the majority of the responsibility. 
Having my contact details on the website and access to thechurchwardens’ email were some of the first steps and this began toopen up some of the queries to be dealt with which range fromfunerals, baptisms, graves, replacement certificates, bins, churchservices and food parcels to name but a few.
This last year has been a learning curve for us all and we have had toadapt the in–person worship to satisfy the Covid 19 guidelines whichinvolved reviewing risk assessments and cleaning rotas etc. At timesthe only services we could hold have been online services and thesafety of all the Church family has been paramount when making thesedecisions. 
We have enjoyed trying out different types of worship, such as theCarol Service in the church grounds and involving the church in thecommunity with The Wreath Festival, prayer walk and Easter Trail.We have opened the church for Bulkington Volunteers to pack anddistribute their food parcels to help families in need across the village.We have delivered daffodils to some of the Church family for Mother’sday and an Easter Message too.
Supporting Charles to enable his paternity leave to spend precious timewelcoming baby Rowan and supporting Emma was important, and wewere able to continue with the day to day running of the churchwithout too many hiccups. The support of other clergy was welcomedin taking the services for us.As someone who likes an instruction book, I find this role doesn’treally come with one but I see the job of Churchwarden as supportingCharles and the church congregation, and sometimes liaising between the two.    5 The biggest benefit to this role is the massive amount of support wereceive from everyone at St James and we would like to thank you all.It really is a team effort and everyone is willing to take a part. There isa small army of volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep thechurch going on both a day-to-day basis and long term. I am not goingto list everyone for fear of missing someone out but please be awarethat your support is very much appreciated. One thing is very clear:that without these people the church would struggle to function. So‘Go team St James!!!!’ you are awesome!!As we now begin to take the first tentative steps out of the pandemicrestrictions it gives us an opportunity to not only welcome morepeople back into the church building but also to build on the onlinelinks we have made within Bulkington Community as a whole.Last but not least, we thank Charles for his tireless support and guidance. 
Rachel Partridge (on behalf of wardens Rachel Partridge and SueTurner

The full booklet that was issued at the meeting is available for you to download and read at your leisure

Download this file (APCM Annual Report 202021.pdf)APCM Booklet