of the meeting of the Parish Core Team on
Wednesday 11 January 2012 at 7.30pm at Cathedral House
Present: Graham Rodmell in the Chair
Canon Tim Madeley
Deacon David Clifton
Item 1: Opening Prayer
Deacon David opened the meeting with a prayer.
Item 2: Minute taking for meetings of the Parish
For future meetings it was agreed to take up an offer from Louise
Sharp (Parish Secretary) to add this to her present duties and the
Team asked Canon Tim to explore this further. Chairman agreed to
prepare minutes for this meeting.
Item 3: Minutes of the last meeting
Minutes accepted and signed off by the Chairman
Item 4: Matters arising from the minutes (not otherwise
on the agenda)
Members gave their reactions to the Festival of Kings. Warm appreciation
was expressed for all the work undertaken by Lulu Willis in mounting
this Festival for a second year. It was felt that the occasion enriched
the Christmas and Epiphany experience at the Cathedral.
Item 5: Cathedral Health and Safety
Mike Bloxham updated the Team on the attention that had been given
to matters raised at the last audit in February 2011 by the diocesan
adviser and consultant, Nicola Worley. This disclosed that there
was thought to be substantial compliance whilst recognising that
with buildings of the age of the Cathedral and Cathedral House,
it was not always possible to have full formal structural compliance.
Mike was ready to deal with the next annual audit although there
was not yet an appointment. He emphasised that all parishioners
had on-going duties to contribute to this being a safe environment
and he was asked to prepare something to be inserted every three
or four months in the Newsletter reminding everyone of these duties.
Item 6: Finance
(a) Oral Report
Finance totals as at 3.01.12
Main account £98,704.11 (net of restricted Hall Fund and other
Stipend £ 1,335.18
Choir account £ 298.12 (at 31.12.11 prior to credit of budgeted
sum of £3,000)
Organ fund £ 722.11
Gift Aid for December: £ 1,302.50
Diocese debited main account with £28,125.78
for building services - part of the original commitment of £100k
for the refurbishment of St Mary’s Hall. There were no other
cheques issued over £2,000 since the last PCT meeting.
(b) 8th Parish Forum for Chairs of Parish Finance
Chairman reported upon this annual Forum chaired by Bishop Kieran
Conry, which he attended on behalf of the Cathedral Parish. The
Forum is held primarily to increase awareness of diocesan and parish
priorities. On this occasion it included a presentation by the diocesan
health and safety adviser and consultant, Nicola Worley and a parish
employment review. The main contents were the diocesan report and
accounts for 2010 and the budget and levy for 2012.
(c) Planned Giving
There was distributed an extract from the Parish Administration
Manual (PAM) dealing with schemes of planned giving as promoted
within the diocese. Agreed to defer consideration until the March
2012 meeting of the PCT.
Item 7: Cathedral Hall
a) Progress of works
Deacon David reported on progress of the works substantially in
accordance with the 8 January Newsletter. The ‘shell’
of the new building should be complete by the end of January in
readiness for plumbing and electrical work.
b) Future management.
The Group to assist Deacon David has now been nominated. It was
expected to meet in the week commencing 22 January 2012.
c) Progress on fund raising
Canon Tim reported in accordance with the 8 January Newsletter that
so far there had been collected £23,645 from 50 donors, leaving
£6255 to raise of the building target of £30,000, plus
in excess of £10,000 for furnishing and equipping the Hall.
Since then there had been some encouraging indications of further
donations to be made. Canon Tim and the Team expressed their appreciation
to all donors for this very promising start.
Item 8: Parish Outreach - update
In accordance with the decision at the November meeting of the PCT,
Chairman distributed a possible rolling programme for distributing
the Proclaimer to parts of the Parish outside Arundel using the
five editions published during the year, probably starting with
the Easter 2012 edition. He would be looking at the implications
with the editor Alex Clouter and would prepare a suitable announcement
for the Newsletter. When it was known that the scheme would be launched,
Canon Tim would mention it at a Deanery Clergy meeting so that neighbouring
parishes would be aware of the proposal.
Item 9: Arundel Cathedral Fairtrade Parish
Deacon David has discussed the proposal with Michael Heathcote who
had produced some useful materials. It is important that this is
seen to be a parish initiative and further thought and planning
Item 10: AOB
The Team welcomed the return of a functioning bell but was concerned
at Canon Tim’s report that the bell is insufficiently audible
outside the Cathedral. Canon Tim has raised the matter with the
architects and awaits their solutions.
The recent storm had resulted in some damage to fencing in the grounds
of Cathedral House and water penetration through south facing window
joints. Water penetration has not affected the side Chapels (Blessed
Sacrament and Lady Chapel) over the last year which are notorious
weak points in the building. If this continues and rectification
work appears successful then the planned refurbishment of both Chapels
will go ahead this year (Restored wooden floors, new carpets and
Item 11: Date of next meeting
Tuesday 6 March 2011 at 19h30
Canon Tim closed the meeting with a prayer at 21h20.