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St James Church Bulkington Nuneaton Deanery,

Diocese of Coventry

Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council for the year ended 31st December 2021

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 2021, look forward to the rest of 2022, as well as fulfilling our legal duties to this parish that has been entrusted to our care. In one of the reports that follow, Sue insightfully calls 2021 a year of “twists and turns” and indeed it was. We went into the longest national lockdown on 6th January 2021 and we ended the year with “plan B” measures, which heightened restrictions relaxed in the summer. Navigating these twists and turns has been draining in all sorts of expected and unexpected ways. St James has dealt with all of these things with characteristic creativity, determination and commitment 4 that I have found profoundly moving and for which I must thank each one of you. All through the Bible, there is a pattern of exile and return. Abraham is called out of obscurity to follow God. The Israelites are rescued from slavery in Egypt and brought to the Promised Land. Generations later they are taken into exile in Babylon and brought back to a different world. Through all of these twists and turns, the Bible bears witness to the key truth they realise in the midst of difficulty and uncertainty: God is with us. We have lived in that pattern of exile and return this year. Throughout all that change, we have held one another in that truth that has not and will not change: God is with us. I commend this report to you as a snapshot of the way that God has been with us and we have been with one another and with our parish in 2021. I shall present a fuller spoken report to the Annual Meeting on 15th May 2022, which will explore 2021 thinking about the gifts that God gives us. You are one of those gifts: thank you for all you bring to St James. I would like to thank Sue and Rachel, Ken, the PCC, and for everyone who serves God here, noticed and unnoticed. As ever, I am especially grateful to Vicky Buckley and May Davis for preparing the electoral roll, and to May for her tireless efforts drawing up the paperwork for the APCM and preparing this report.

With every blessing,


The full APCM document can be accessed fron the link below.

Download this file (APCM Annual Report 202122.pdf)APCM Booklet 

A verbal report was given by Rev Charles, which covered:

  • The success of ‘Marriage by Design’ run collaboratively with other churches in the Deanery for wedding couples
  • Wedding, Funeral and Baptism Ministry
  • Bishop Christopher’s vision for the diocese of Renewed Health, New Growth, Renewed Relationships
  • How we might interpret that at St James with reference to the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45)
  • Plans for Easter and Holy Week. Seeking PCC members to support Easter experience with St James school
  • Plans for Platinum Jubilee – including the beacon and an ecumenical service, with bellringing happening 2nd June.
  • Friday – Picnic in the Park
  • Saturday – coffee morning
  • Sunday – street party for the generations
  • HeartEdge – Congregation, Compassion, Culture and Commerce


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

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 23 02 2022 and 21 2 2022

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

5.Matters Arising:


CH showed the logo of choice which received favourable comments. This will

be introduced on the lead up to Easter. CH will investigate the possibility of badges featuring the logo.

Bell Restoration:

Minutes of the meeting on 21 2 2022 were circulated.   The first survey will take place on 8th April 2022.

Church Noticeboard:

The suggestion to make a public appeal for funding was suggested and it was agreed to

discuss this at the next meeting.

Natasha’s Law:

It was confirmed that this law is being adhered to at the coffee mornings and other Church events.

Big Conversation:

A successful meeting was held - IC and RC are arranging to meet with CH to feedback following which an action plan will be drawn up.

Platinum Jubilee:

CH reported on discussions from the Platinum Jubilee Village Committee and the events planned. RC suggested a “Parish Lunch” – it is a likely that there will be an event in the Village on the Saturday which could be attended. A Flower Festival at St James over the Jubilee weekend is being planned. Members from St Botolphs will contribute to this. Funds needs to be raised to finance this which ST will organise .  Refreshments will be served during the Church opening times and a rota will be established to cover this.

The programme looks as follows:

Thursday 2 6 2022                              4.00 p.m. Town Crier

                                                            Beacon Lighting

                                                            Bellringing from 19.52 – 20.22

                                                            Ecumenical service in the rec

Friday 3 6 2022                                   Picnic in the Park – Rec

Saturday 4.6.2022                              Coffee Morning

Sunday 5.6.2022                                Pentecost

                                                           Street Party, with guests invited from school and retirement communities

  1. Vicar’s Report:

Please see attached report

  1. Vision for the next 5 years:


Bishop Christopher recorded a video which can be accessed via the above website. This was discussed and differing views shared.

  1. Reports from Sub-Committees:

(a) Buildings Sub-Committee:

There had been no meeting but it was reported that Grass Cutting is due to start in April but it may be necessary to arrange an earlier cut due to the growth

Extension to the cremation plot is due to be carried out by the end of March. GN will obtain a quote to remove the soil in the churchyard.

The hedge between the churchyard and bowling club ground was discussed and CH will have a conversation with the relevant people about some kind of screening between the two areas.

b.Worship Sub-Committee:

CH raised the return of the common communion chalice, and after some discussion it was agreed that this should be re-introduced on Easter Sunday – it would be the choice of individuals to partake of this. It was also agreed to return to sung liturgy and passing round the offertory plate. The singing of two hymns would continue and CH would make a decision about members of the congregation delivering the communion elements.   CH detailed the services for Holy Week.

  1. Finance Sub-Committee:

The annual accounts for 2021 had been circulated and were approved. In his absence CC had circulated some notes on the current financial status,

CH commented that the Parish Giving Scheme had proved beneficial and mention of this facility will be emphasized at the APCM.

  1. Safeguarding Update:

There was no update on this occasion. Further safeguarding training is being arranged.

  1. Charitable Giving:

St James “charitable giving” was discussed and various views expressed on how  we should manage this in these challenging financial times remembering that

St James is a charity. It was agreed to ask the Finance Committee to discuss this and offer some advice.

  1. Website:

Comments had been received that the website was rather difficult to navigate – this is the original website which was created and is not a criticism but an observation. It was agreed that it would be worth   CH, IC and DC having a “brainstorming” session to discuss this.

  1. Any other business:

There was no other business.

  1. Date of Next Meeting:

Monday 25 04 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

  1. The meeting closed with the Grace.

St James Church  BULKINGTON           


Rev Charles (Chair), Ian Corden, May Davis, John May, Rachel Partridge, Susan Turner, Sybil Randle

1.Opening prayers


Chris Catlin, Rachel Cooper

3  Declarations of interest:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.Bell Restoration Project:

Gerald Trevor attended for this item.

1 Who is going to manage the project

Gerald detailed his experience both as a professional and with previous bell

restoration projects and is willing to act as Project Manager.

2.How much disruption is there likely to be to the function of the church?

All of the work will be undertaken behind the wooden doors which lead into the choir area – there may be some noise but if there were to be a Church function the bell restoration work could be tailored to suit.

 3. How long is the project likely to take

The scale of the work was detailed and the time span is likely to be around 5 months.

4.How much contingency funding is in the quote?

There are several variables in this which Gerald discussed and this figure cannot be approximated at the moment until further surveys/issues have been resolved and the gift aid has been calculated on the pledges. However, there is a recognised figure for this type of work and   a 5% contingency needs  to be built in.

5. Where are the pledges coming from which are mentioned in the quote?

For the time being the donors wish to remain anonymous but Gerald reassured the PCC that they are known to him and bona fide.

6. Geoff has kindly offered to fund the VAT in the first instance – should his situation change can we be certain that we will be able to access these funds?

Should Geoff’s situation change and his offer was not available Gerald and Joy would fund the VAT in the first instance

7. Looking at “next steps” should we not be considering that further grant applications and confirmation of donations and pledges should be top  of the list before any

order is placed?

This is the recommended order for the process by the Central Council for Church the Church Bell Ringers Association.

 8 If and when this happens,  is Adrian Dempster’s  fee included in the quote?

No,  but the Bell Ringers’Fund will cover this.

 9  Who is going to approach the potential donors?

Geoff, Joy and Gerald will accept responsibility for this. There is advice available from the Central council of Bell Ringers who offer guidelines.

10  Who is going to submit the faculty?

Rev Charles will do this supported by information and documents from Graham and the Bell Ringers.  There is a Diocesan Bell Ringers’ Advisor who will be able to support this process. The PCC will pay for the faculty.

11 Are Taylors going to charge for producing detailed specifications and drawings?

No, there will be no charge for this.

12   How are the old bells disposed of ?

Gerald detailed various disposal methods but this is as yet undecided.

 Additional comments:

There is a significant marketing opportunity  within this project as there will be a time when  the old bells to be viewed within the Church and for the new bells to be viewed before they are hung. This is a time to engage and involve the community within the fund raising element of the project.

Rev Charles thanked Gerald for his time and expertise.

The PCC considered the answers and unanimously agreed that the Bell Ringers’ should be instructed to go ahead -  this needs to come back to the PCC when the Faculty has been approved. It should be noted that there is no cost to the PCC (apart from the payment of the faculty) until this point. 

5. Safer Recruitment and People Management:

There was a significant discussion on this and it was agreed that the only activity which falls into this category is Seashells but further consideration should be given  and guidance sought regarding the  Pastoral Team

Rev Charles confirmed that there are only a few elements of the recruitment process which need to be completed for the members of the Seashells volunteers and he will deal with these.

It was agreed that Café Church did not fall into this category. However, a risk assessment  needs to be undertaken . Rev Charles will deal with this.

Further discussion took place on safeguarding and the safeguarding dashboard which Sue, as SO, will bring up to date.

A further Safeguarding Training session will be arranged by Sue.

The PCC has processed the Safer Recruitment and People Management regulations which were issued by the Diocese.

6. The Meeting closed with the Grace.




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