About Us

Welcome to our church, with its rich history and vibrant community.

Our church was built in the twelfth century and has witnessed Kingston’s transformation from a small scattered settlement into the bustling, lively town it is today. In the twenty-first century All Saints remains as a place to celebrate and protect this rich heritage.

All Saints continues to adapt to the needs of the community it serves as a site for meeting, celebration and culture, whilst remaining true to its foundation as a place of worship and prayer where all may find a moment’s peace.

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Rev'd Jonathan Wilkes

Team Rector of the Kingston Team

Assistant Priests (Part Time, Non-Stipendary) - Rev'd Sandy Cragg
Rev’d Sandy Cragg

Assistant Priests (Part-time, Non-Stipendary)

Assistant Priests (Part Time, Non-Stipendary) - Rev'd David Bell
Rev'd David Bell

Assistant Priests (Part Time, Non-Stipendary)

Churchwarden - Liz Deller
Liz Deller

Churchwarden

Jennifer Pearce

Churchwarden

Katarina Hardy

PA to the Rector

Kate Kern

Heritage and Learning Officer

Personal Assistant to the Rector
Katarina Hardy (020 8546 5964), Office open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm

Assistant Priests (Part-time, Non-Stipendary)
Rev’d Ken Walker (Minister, John Bunyan Church, Kingston)

Readers
Peter Hann
Martin Corner

Deputy Churchwardens
Ann Cornick (Pastoral)
Alexia Cammish (Children and Families)
Michael Hodgkinson (Community)
Paul Thompson (Premises and Insurance)

PCC Secretary: Isabel Isaacson
Treasurer: Alistair Deller
Heritage and Learning Officer: Kate Kern (020 8541 5371)
All Saints Appeal: Keith Long
Safeguarding Officer: Phil Walker
Director of Music: Stephen Westrop
Assistant Director of Music and Organist: Matthew O’Malley

All Saints is the church for the historic parish of Kingston that, at one time, stretched from Molesey to Richmond. It has been at the centre of the Town’s life since Kingston grew up around the Royal Estate (Cyngstun) – the current churchyard – with its church at the heart.

The Church’s Tower is the focal point of the Kingston Avenue of tress at Hampton Court and its bell started and finished trading in the market.

Today, All Saints hosts three civic services each year – the Crown Court Service (Marking the start of the Court’s New Year in September), the Mayor Service (to pray for the new Mayor as they start their year in office) and the Remembrance Sunday Service after the public act of remembrance in Memorial Square.

All Saints is part of a Team of Anglican Churches with St John the Evangelist Church and St John the Baptist Church Kingston Vale.

All Saints is also a member of a local ecumenical partnership of churches in the Town centre with Kingston United Reformed Church and John Bunyan Baptist Church.

We are a member of Churches Together in Kingston

All Saints is part of the Diocese of Southwark and the wider Church of England. To find out more:

www.southwark.anglican.org and www.churchofengland.org

NameRoleYear of electionEnd of term of office
Rev Jonathan WilkesTeam RectorEx Officio-
Rev. Sandy CraggNon-stipendary PriestEx Officio-
Martin CornerReaderEx Officio-
Peter HannReaderEx Officio-
John DewhurstChurchwarden20152016
Liz DellerChurchwarden20152017
Isabel IsaacsonSecretaryDeanery Synod Representative20142016
Jeremy SkinnerTreasurer20152017
Christopher AultDeanery Synod Representative20142017
Eithne FrayDeanery Synod Representative20142017
Jeremy JeffreysDeanery Synod Representative20142017
Paul ThompsonDeanery Synod Representative20142017
Penny D’SouzaPCC Member(Diocesan Synod Member)20142017
Alexander AclandPCC Member20142017
Ed HumphersonPCC Member20152017
Tsetsy KehayovaPCC Member20132017
Janet NevillPCC Member20122017
Iain NevillPCC Member20152017
Amanda UnderwoodPCC Member20152017

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

ANNUAL REPORT
2015/16

Kingston Team Ministry

Church office:info@allsaintskingston.co.uk
Tel 020 8546 5964 www.allsaintskingston.co.uk
Development office: klong@WhereEnglandBegan.co.uk
Tel 07444 548 423
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Rector: Rev Jonathan Wilkes Tel: 020 3132 8717
Email: jonathan@allsaintskingston.co.uk

Rector’s Report
In my report last year I suggested that we were faced with some questions following the successful completion of our redevelopment work. What will we make with what we have made? What will we do with what we have done? How will we be? This year has seen us try to answer those questions in the form of some priorities agreed by the Church Council; to look at ways of developing our ministry specifically with old and young, consolidate our use of the church building as a community venue and to support our new Heritage programme, while continuing to explore how best to be a place of reflection, prayer and worship for anyone in the Town.

There’s lots to be encouraged by. Coffee mornings, Tea afternoons and a new Befriending Service have added to the ways in which we are trying to encourage friendships and break down isolation, especially among older people. The church is being booked by more groups than ever for a wider variety of different uses and, in spite of greater activity, the sense of the church as a place to sit and pray has not been diminished (we’re learning how to find prayerful peace amongst a flurry of liveliness). Visitors tell us that they are intrigued and impressed by our history, and the way we tell it, including the many inventive activity days we inspire and stage. Our cafe, run by a number of different partners (including Kingston College) is increasingly a place to meet for coffee and the only one in Kingston in a Grade I listed space. These are just a few of the ways that we let our Town Centre church speak to the millions who visit Kingston and just part of the wider picture we seek to paint of a God who is interested and alongside us in the daily struggles of living, who never judges and always looks for the shoots of our growth and yearning to be whole.

We’re served in making this possible by some great staff; Kat Hardy, the Rector’s PA, and Kate Kern, our Heritage and Learning Officer, who work from the office. Stephen Westrop, Director of Music and Organist, and Matthew O’Malley, Assistant Organist. We’re lucky to have such talented and committed people working for us. To them we say a very big thank you. There is, however, an army of volunteer workers who make our life possible and for that we are very grateful. We are a church of the people, by the people, for the people but that so much is “by” so many cannot be understated and is not unappreciated. All are valued, however great or small their part, but we rightly say a special thanks to John Dewhurst and Liz Deller for taking the lead as churchwardens, as well as the clergy team of Sandy Cragg, Andrew Williams, David Bell (who joined us in August) and Readers Peter Hann, Martin Corner, Isobel Robinson and Mick Cooper. We are very grateful for the wisdom, skill and energy that they bring us.

In 2015 we took a close look at our parish finances. With so much else in transition it was right to consider whether we have the resources to support our growing mission and ministry in the Town. Our consideration told us that our giving had begun to fall away, that we are heavily reliant on rental income from our various spaces and that we appeared to be less financially supportive of our church in comparison with other parishes in the Deanery and Diocese. The Stewardship campaign that followed in the second half of the year improved the position for the short term but we have agreed that it will require an annual review if we are to keep pace with need. The simple truth is that things in life from which we derive benefit have a cost attached and the church is no different so we will continue to remind ourselves, and those who join us, of the financial needs we face.

Resources are important to enable our mission but they are nothing without an outlook that is rooted in our values: tolerance, openness, forbearance, imagination, creativity, generosity, an acceptance of mistakes (our own as well as those of others) and a dedication to share the treasure we bear in our earthen vessels. These will be the bedrock of our ministry in the coming year.

Jonathan Wilkes
Rector

The Kingston Team
Team Rector’s Report
As Team Rector

When I was a theological student I spent four months at an ecumenical institute near Geneva at the World Council of Churches. The Roman Catholic Church were only partially involved but part of their contribution was to invite the whole course of students – some 50 odd of us – to Rome for a week where, among other things, we met the Pope (John Paul II). During the visit we also met several different departments of the Catholic Curia, including that with responsibility for interfaith affairs. The Bishop in charge spoke to us for half an hour and explained that most of his job was done when there wasn’t a crisis. His most important work wasn’t when there was great strife or difficulty between the faiths but at other times where he invested time and energy into making friends and building bridges with those from other beliefs. Relationships take time to build, he explained, and so we invest in building them when things are quiet so that we can draw upon those bonds of fellowship if a crisis might arise.

Though we hope that no crisis will arise in our Team we still know that investing in that quiet building of friendship is important and it has formed the context for most of our work together this year. We made friends in a trip together to Cambridge. Did so again at a joint service and have continued to share our life together in Team Council meetings. Quietly, bonds are being forged, allowing us to learn from one another and preparing us if a day should come when our need of each other is greater.

The annual reports of each of our churches will tell of heroic and dedicated work by scores of our members. Heartfelt and whole hearted thanks go to them but may I take this opportunity to thank Mandy Beck and Vicky Maunder for their inspiring leadership. Though part time, they deliver fulltime direction with great skill, sensitivity and wisdom. This year saw the first women consecrated as Bishops in the Church of England and though I’m hoping that an Episcopal call won’t take them away from us quite yet it wouldn’t be a surprise…so, we rejoice, with grateful hearts, in making hay with them while the sun is still shining!

Jonathan Wilkes
Rector, the Kingston Team

St John the Evangelist
In 2015 we continued to develop those areas of our church life prioritised in our Mission Action Plan. We reviewed our new pattern of services and were very encouraged by the positive responses from the congregation given through an anonymous questionnaire. Our Children’s and Young People’s Mission and Ministry Parish Representative carried out an audit of our children’s work and worked hard to make improvements to our Children’s Church by holding leaders’ meetings and working on a new folder of resources. Our church groups and activities continued to flourish and the year saw a significant increase in the use of the church building. We also started to build a friendship with Kingston Methodist Church and look forward to exploring ways we can share together and support each other in our care and concern for those in this area of Kingston.
The year was about holding our nerve with our Regeneration building project and staying committed to the vision God has given us for St John’s. We are several years into the project and we still have a fair way to go but we have kept momentum and energy and the year saw a number of really positive steps forward. We further clarified our vision for the building by deciding to include improvements to the east end of the building as well as the west end. We set up a Project Committee to oversee management of the Project on behalf of the Church Council. There was continued support from the wider community for our plans and many great fundraising events were held, including the SpringFest street party in May.
It was a good year and I’m very grateful to all the teams of people who enabled our worship and the many activities, groups and events that enriched our church life. We are blessed to have many energetic and capable people at the church who are generous with their, often limited, time. Particular thanks to our church wardens Angus and Nancy Pearson and Jim Duffy who are now stepping down.
Vicky Maunder
St John the Baptist
In 2015 St John’s continued to offer a place of quiet spiritual care in a hectic world. The regular ways we pray in the parish remains to be a real blessing. Our prayer book service at 8am enduringly follows the pattern of those who have gone before; we meet each Sunday and pray for world, the parish and ourselves. The 10.30 service, in a livelier, noisier way, different people come forward each week to lead us in prayers. Indeed, over the last year, new members have taken on this role of leading prayer. Then there are mid-week times of prayer; a small group gather on Monday and a wider group on Wednesday.
This last year not only local members have prayed, but a team came from Korea, they met in our church and spent all night and all day praying for a week. They also shared their vision with us and hosted a community supper. This visit was a real blessing the group spoke of how missionaries had set out from England to share faith with people in Korea. Now they wished to come to the UK and bless us by praying for our church and community.
Prayer and worship are key to all we do, and run behind the numerous social and fun events we organise. Along with many ongoing activities, a new group which started up this year – the Monday afternoon group – has been run by Ruth Brown. The group have a range of activities and discussions, I will never forget the look on a member’s face who thought they would not be able to join in the indoor bowling and then scored a strike.
This last year, as always, we have been involved in many community and social events. Thanks must go to numerous people who have enabled these activities to run so well. To Sue Richardson in the office who just does so much. To John Waddleton and Penny Jivani who hold so much together. To Tony Wilkinson, Pete Hodges, Gary Conn and Edward Paterson who keep the place tidy. To Cheong Wong, Martin and Jo Hirst who look after the money and books. To Lorna Ailes who helps with the magazine and e-mails. To Una Sutcliffe and Ruth Brown as church wardens. The list goes on and on, thank you to all who help at St John’s. We are a church and a community and all of the different people contribute in different ways. Thanks to all those who have prayed with and for us this year.
Mandy Beck

Churchwardens’ Annual Report 2015-2016

Headlines

The year was unique in that it saw Jonathan taking a thoroughly well-earned and long overdue period of sabbatical leave, extending from May to September 2015. The Churchwardens were immensely grateful to him for the meticulous cover arrangements he made to see us through his absence, which enabled services to continue without any interruption to the normal pattern. Sandy was a tower of strength during these months, well supported by the other members of our wider ministry team. One very welcome by-product of Jonathan’s absence was that we were able to see rather more of Bishop Richard than we normally do in a typical year, and also that we had the opportunity to get to know Bishop Christopher and Rev. Mark Steadman from the Cathedral, as well as other local clergy.

The year also saw the departure for pastures new (in Northampton) of Simon Toyne, who had been our Director of Music for many years. We said farewell to Simon at a special Choral Evensong, followed by an excellent party, on Sunday 19th July. Sad as we obviously were to lose Simon, we were absolutely delighted that his post as Director of Music was taken on by our own Stephen Westrop, with Matthew O’Malley joining us as Assistant Director of Music.

Services

The most high-profile services that took place during the year were the Archdeacon’s Annual Visitation Service in May, which was attended by Churchwardens of all the churches in the Wandsworth Deanery, followed by the Kingston Episcopal Area Ordination Service in June. This service was conducted by Bishop Richard and saw seven candidates ordained as Deacons in the presence of a very large congregation. It was the first time for many years that either of these important services had taken place at All Saints

In addition to the Archdeacon’s Visitation Service and the Ordination Service, other notable services during the year have included the annual Mayoral Service (31st May), conducted by Bishop Richard, the Crown Court Service (21st September) and the Civic Remembrance Sunday Service on 8th November. In November, All Saints was host to the Tenth Anniversary Re-dedication Service of the Order of Athelstan, a Masonic lodge which has a very particular interest in All Saints’ connections with the Anglo-Saxon kings. This colourful and dignified service, which was attended by representatives of the Order not only from the UK but from many other countries also, resulted in a very generous and substantial donation to support our Heritage activities.

The Community Carol Service on the afternoon of Sunday 20th December attracted a huge congregation, as has become customary for this very popular service.

The weekly round of services has continued through the year, with Sunday services at 8.00am (BCP Communion), 9.30am (Parish Communion, with a monthly Family Service) and 6.00pm Choral Evensong. Midweek Communion services take place at the new regular time of 12.00 noon on Tuesday and Wednesdays and 10.30am (BCP) on Thursday, with Silent Prayer on Friday at 12.30pm (at 12.00 noon from February 2016). The average attendance at Sunday services during October-November 2015 (the period used for the annual statistical return to the diocese) was 135 adults and 30 children, which was slightly fewer than the record figures achieved in 2014. The numbers of communicants on Easter Day (224) and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (307) were also slightly less that in 2014. There were 15 baptisms during the past year, three weddings and three funeral services, including those for our dear and greatly-missed friends Basil Whiffen and Betty Spooner.

Ministry Team

The Churchwardens continue to be immeasurably grateful for the inspirational leadership given to us by Jonathan, Sandy, supplemented on occasion by Rev. Ken Walker and Rev. Andrew Williams. They have continued to receive invaluable support from our two licensed Readers, Martin Corner and Peter Hann, supported by Isobel Robinson and Mick Cooper who we continue to ‘borrow’ from St John the Evangelist from time to time.

On August 9th, our ministry team was further strengthened by the licensing of Rev. David Bell to All Saints by the Bishop of Southwark at the morning service. We are absolutely delighted to welcome David to our parish community, and we hope that he will be very happy with us.

The clergy, wardens and readers from All Saints, St John the Evangelist and St John’s Kingston Vale have continued to meet as a Team Ministry once each term, and a very successful Team Service took place here at All Saints on November 1st, our Patronal Festival. The annual Team Conference took the form of an outing to Cambridge on October 10th, which included Choral Evensong in King’s College Chapel. We also held a Team Picnic in Richmond Park of the afternoon of Sunday 5th July. Members of the three PCCs met for a pre-Christmas social event at St John the Baptist, which provided another useful opportunity for us all to continue the process of getting to know each other a little better.

Staff

We were delighted to welcome Katarina (Kat) Hardy as Personal Assistant to the Rector in March 2015. Kate Kern, Heritage Learning Officer (HALO) has continued to work extremely hard to further develop the vitally important heritage side of All Saints’ work. The Heritage Room continues to be very popular with visitors. The various activity days that Kate has organised during the year, including ‘Terrific Tiles’ and ‘Medieval Madness‘, were as always imaginatively conceived, meticulously organised and encouragingly well attended. We are extremely grateful to Isabel Isaacson for providing highly accomplished cover for occasional periods when the office is un-staffed because of either annual leave arrangements or sickness absence.

We are immensely grateful to our music staff, Simon Toyne (Director of Music until 19th July) Stephen Westrop (and from 20th July Organist and Director of Music) and, from July, Matthew O’Malley as Assistant Director of Music, together with the choir, for leading our worship with such a wide range of inspirational and extremely well-performed music. We really do appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into their vital contribution to our prayers.

Deputy Churchwardens and the PCC

The team of four deputy churchwardens have continued to work with the two Churchwardens to distribute a considerable workload in a way which makes it manageable. Working closely with John Dewhurst, Paul Thompson takes a specific responsibility for the church premises and insurance matter whilst Michael Hodgkinson focuses on our links with the wider Kingston community, including the Council and Kingston First. Ann Cornick and Alexia Cammish work with Liz Deller on a range of pastoral, children and young people matters.

We are very grateful to the members of the PCC, which includes our five Deanery Synod representatives, for their work throughout the past year, and particularly to Isabel Isaacson for her excellent work as PCC secretary. Caroline Ayles has recently been joined as Parish Safeguarding Officer by Phil Walker. Caroline has continued to working very hard during the past year to ensure that everyone who needs to have a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check has been properly vetted. We were hugely grateful to Jeremy Skinner, who took on the role of Treasurer in succession to Simon Grout at the last AGM, and are naturally very disappointed that increased pressure of work has now made it necessary for him to relinquish this responsibility. We completely understand the reasons for his decision, and would like to extend our thanks to him for all that he has achieved during the year. Jeremy and Alastair Deller have been laboriously transferring the All Saints accounting systems to an electronic format which is intended amongst other things to enable our financial management arrangements to keep abreast of the constant changes inflicted on us by HMRC. Alastair has very generously agreed to act as temporary Treasurer while more permanent arrangements can be made, and we are enormously grateful to him. Our thanks also go to Leslie Packer, Phil Walker and Martin Corner for helping us put together our 2015 Stewardship Campaign, which had a much more successful outcome than was achieved by the 2014 campaign and which has helped to get our finances into a better position to meet the challenges of the next few years. Anne Packer, our Stewardship Officer, continues to provide us with excellent support by ensuring that the Stewardship Scheme runs efficiently, and we are extremely grateful to her.

Volunteers

The rich and varied tapestry of day-to-day life at All Saints simply would not be possible without the help of a huge number of volunteers, and especially the crucially important people who co-ordinate their activities. We are enormously grateful to them all.

Helping the churchwardens to ensure that services run smoothly, along with the much-appreciated team of Sidespeople and Chalice Assistants, are the joint Sacristans, Helen Goodman and Isabel Isaacson, along with Linda Corner (Crucifers and Servers), Liz Hann (Readers and Intercessors), Jennifer Pearce (Coffee) and Susannah Acland (Children’s Workshop). The setting-up team of Michael Hodgkinson, Faith MacDonald, Ian Lachlan, Daniel Kelly and Isabel Isaacson are meticulous in their preparations for the Sunday morning Communion service. The Ringers, under the leadership of Paul Flavell (Tower Captain) and Kate Flavell (Secretary) make their own highly-skilled contribution to Sunday worship from high above our heads up in the tower by ringing the peal of twelve bells before services. We are very grateful to them, as well as being in considerable awe at their expertise in the art of change ringing. The Flower Arrangers, co-ordinated by Sandy Cragg, have produced some simply breathtaking floral decorations for the church during the past year.

The church is able to be kept open to the public from 10.00am until 4.00pm throughout the week only because of the dedication of the Vergers, supported in the afternoon by Peter Nadin, and especially their indefatigable co-ordinator Rosemary Gout, who achieves minor miracles every week in ensuring that all the Verger slots are filled. The fact that Kingston’s town-centre church is so regularly open to visitors throughout the year is clearly something that is very much appreciated by the many people who pass through the building every week. The Community Café, run by Kingston College catering students under the watchful eye of Eva Panter during term time, by Balance during College holidays and by Sarah Cogger at weekends, continues to provide an important dimension to our ministry to the wider Kingston community, and the café is steadily building up a regular and appreciative clientele.

Children

All Saints places an enormous importance on its ministry to young children and their families. The Little Saints Toddler Group, organised by Ann Cornick, officially takes place each week on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings, but the children’s area is being used spontaneously, and usually very responsibly, by young children and their parents at other times of the week. Children’s Workshop takes place during morning service on Sundays, usually with two groups, for the older and younger children respectively. Our thanks go to all the Workshop Leaders who work so hard to keep the children purposefully occupied during services, and especially to Susannah Acland and Eithne Fray for co-ordinating the leaders’ rota. There was another children’s party at the Canbury Pavilion in May 2015, organised by Ann Cornick. These parties, at which families bring and share lunch, provide a lovely opportunity for parents and children who attend All Saints to get to know each other better.

Church activities

There is an enormous amount of activity at All Saints, running alongside the weekly round of services. The Listening Service, led by Sandy and with Hilary English now co-ordinating the monthly rotas, is a hugely important part of the All Saints ‘offer’ to the wider Kingston community, and is available to visitors each morning from Monday to Saturday. The Tuesday morning Knitters Circle continues to flourish, and the Embroiders Group, co-ordinated by Sandy Cragg, has continued to stitch away industriously on Thursday mornings in a room generously provided by John Lewis Partnership. The completed parts of their set of Advent panels formed a welcome addition to the church Christmas decorations, and a beautiful pair of embroidered Wedding Kneelers was also produced by members of the Group during the year. The popular Monday lunchtime concerts, organised by David Robinson and Keith Long, continue to attract substantial audiences to some very high-quality performances. The Topical Lunches series, organised by Leslie Packer, has also continued to be very popular and has provided some lively and stimulating discussion of topics that are of great importance to the people of Kingston. The monthly Book Group and the Bring & Share Lunch, both organised by Ann Cornick, have continued to be much appreciated by small but select groups of participants.

‘Saints Alive’, the Parish Magazine of All Saints and St John the Evangelist, has become a hugely successful quarterly publication, expertly edited by Isabel Isaacson. The magazine has a print run of 3,000 copies, and demand seems to be outstripping supply increasing quickly with each successive issue. We hear from various quarters how much people look forward to a new issue, and what a thoroughly good read it provides. ‘Saints Alive’ undoubtedly helps us to reach part of Kingston that our other activities may not be reaching, and is therefore a vitally important part of our outreach to the wider community.

The season of Lent has seen the launch of another Lunchtime Talks series, organised in association with the University, with an impressively high-profile programme of speakers, together with the Lent Course, devised and led by Martin corner, on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. A regular Thursday coffee morning has continued to provide a valuable part of All Saints’ ministry to older people and the socially excluded. This important aspect of our work has been further developed this year by All Saints’ involvement in the national Befriending Scheme, with Isabel Isaacson acting as our link with this initiative

Church grounds

The church grounds are, we believe, looking better than ever. This very happy state of affairs is substantially due to the tireless work of the volunteer gardening group. They have continued to make a huge impact on the appearance of the churchyard, not least in ‘taming’ the rampant basal growth around the lime tree avenue in the North churchyard, keeping the hedges trimmed and planting out a variety of bulbs and shrubs by the Market Place and Thames Street entrances. This work is paying huge dividends, not only in terms of the enhanced appearance of the churchyard approaches but also in persuading the public to use this vital green town-centre space more responsibly. The trees in the churchyard have recently been made the subject of a comprehensive Tree Protection Order by the Council.

Use of the building

All Saints was host to a weekly Night Shelter on Mondays through January and February, a very practical use of the building which could hardly be more important.

The refurbished church continues to be used by a wide range of concert promoters, including Tiffin School, Tiffin Girls School, Kingston Grammar School, Twickenham Choral Society, Thames Philharmonic, the Rock Choir, Banquet Records, Kingston Choral Society, Kingston Philharmonic Orchestra, Kingston Chamber Orchestra, the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston Third Age and, for the first time, the ‘Kingston Welcomes Korea’ festival in August. All of these groups continue to be highly appreciative of the newly enhanced surroundings, not least the fact that we can now offer two toilets as well as reliable heating, lighting and electricity. The new South Transept location for the portable staging units has made it much easier for them to be wheeled into place and then put away afterwards.

Other innovative uses of the building in the past year have included the Mayors’ Ball in April, a very successful wedding reception party that took place at the East End in September, following the marriage service for Biddy and Rick Lampard, the All Saints Ringers’ Annual Feast in February, Kingston First consultation and briefing meetings, and several children’s parties.

In concluding this report, the Churchwardens would like to thank everyone in the All Saints community for their support during the past year. We are extremely grateful.

Liz Deller & John Dewhurst
Churchwardens

Annual Fabric Inspection

The Churchwardens are required to inspect the church building and the churchyard at least once each year, or to arrange for this to be done on their behalf (The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure, 1991). The Churchwardens are required to present an annual report on the condition of the building to the Church Council. This report is then presented to the Annual Parishioners’ Meeting, with any amendments required by the Church Council (A Handbook for Churchwardens and PCCs, 1997).

Date of inspection: 4th February 2016
Quinquennial Inspection period: 2013 – 2018

The church building – is it: Yes / No Comment
• structurally sound Yes The cement rendering to the brick buttress at the East end of the building is cracked and coming away in sections, although there are no loose areas of rendering at present.
ACTION: The situation will continue to be monitored. It does not currently present any threat to the building’s structural integrity.

• watertight Yes, barring two areas of damp penetration There is evidence of long-term water penetration at the top of the tower stair turret which has resulted in some softening and breaking away of the plaster / cement surface of the wall.
ACTION: The Church Architect has been consulted about this issue. The turret is to be made watertight, loose areas of plaster removed and the affected areas of the wall re-rendered. This work will involve the erection of external scaffolding.
There is also some indication of internal damp penetration at the West End. The Church Architect has been consulted about this.
ACTION: The situation will be monitored and if necessary the affected area of rendering may be neatly removed in order to reveal the underlying stonework and permit further investigation of the problem.
• secure Yes All the doors are fitted with reliable locks. There are no opening windows that could afford access to an intruder

• safe Yes No potential hazards were identified during the inspection

• in good decorative order Yes Vastly improved by the refurbishment

• clean and tidy Yes Much improved since the refurbishment. Some tiled areas of the floor have suffered from wax candle and other spills.
ACTION: The floor tiles are to be thoroughly cleaned and re-sealed by a party of Community Service Volunteers at some time during the coming year.

• adequately heated Yes Vastly improved by the refurbishment

• adequately lit Yes Vastly improved by the refurbishment

• accessible by wheelchair Yes The building’s wheelchair accessibility was substantially improved by the refurbishment. Wheelchair access is now possible at the West Door (low-level porch-pad to open the doors) and the North Door. There is a low step at the South Porch. There are no internal barriers to wheelchair access.

The churchyard – is it: Yes / No Comment
• safe Generally In most respects the churchyard is completely safe. But three slightly raised paving slabs which represent potential trip hazards were identified by the inspection. Two are in the Memorial Square drive-in and one is outside the West Porch, by a drain cover.
ACTION: In two cases, the small slabs causing the problems simply need to be re-bedded; the other is a larger slab near the Memorial Square entry which appears to have been cracked by the weight of heavy vehicles, possibly associated with the Christmas Fair, and will need to be repaired.
The erosion of mortar from around an area of paving outside the West Porch has revealed a void below the slabs, although there is currently no indication of any movement in this area.
ACTION: This areas of paving will be closely monitored and if necessary re-pointed.
Two of the drains to the pathways have missing covers.
ACTION: The Council will be asked to replace the missing covers.

• clean and tidy Yes Very much improved as a result of the efforts of the volunteer gardening group and the installation of a litter bin on the South path. The paths showed signs of having been recently swept. A second litter bin that RBK undertook in 2014 to install on the north side of the church has still not been provided.
ACTION: Further efforts will be made to persuade the Council to act on all its undertakings.

• structurally sound Mainly The low retaining wall in the North churchyard has been repaired by a member of the congregation since the last inspection. A small gap in the low brick wall by the Memorial Square entrance is in the process of being repaired. Several broken paving slabs in the drive from Memorial Square have been replaced since the last inspection.
The wrought iron gates to the Thames Street entrance have been securely re-hung and fixed in the ‘open’ position.

Are the trees: Yes / No Comment
• safe Yes The trees were given a thorough trim by the Council’s contractors in October 2015. Dead or broken branches were removed, and three decayed trees were entirely removed. These trees have since been replaced with new saplings.

• overgrown To some extent Several of the trees in the South churchyard have become too large for their positions, and the lime avenue in the North churchyard is also arguably overgrown. The previously rampant basal growth around the lime trees and wild growth around the churchyard perimeter has been either heavily cut back or entirely removed by the Green Saints gardening group. The churchyard trees are now the subject of a Tree Preservation Order imposed by RBK in February 2016. An application has been made to the Council for permission to remove an overgrown holly tree by the path leading out to the Market Place

• posing any threat to neighbouring buildings No Branches that were overhanging either the roof or adjacent properties have been cut back by the Council’s contractors.

Safety certificates Date of issue Comment
Gas 22.12.15 Requires an annual renewal

Electricity 23.10.14 Valid for three years

Lightning conductor 19.2.16 Bacon Lightning Protection Ltd have checked the condition of the lightning conductor and found it to be satisfactory. The copper strip that leads to earth is to be re-fixed to the church wall where it has come loose, by volunteer labour.

Fire Extinguishers 29.9.15 The fire extinguishers are inspected annually
Public Liability insurance 28.9.15 Provided by Ecclesiastical Insurance as part of the comprehensive ParishGuard Insurance Policy
Inspection carried out by: John Dewhurst & Liz Deller (Churchwardens) and Paul Thompson (Deputy Churchwarden)

Treasurer’s Report

2015 review

2015 / 16 has been a year of major transition. After forty years of dedicated service Simon Grout handed over the reins to the new team, Jeremy Skinner, assisted more recently by Alastair Deller. And to Anne Packer who has kept the gift aid pledges and income up to date; to various people including Leslie Packer for their work on the giving campaign earlier in the year; to the congregation for their generous response to that campaign‎; Switching over halfway through a financial year was always going to be challenging and so it has proved: more daunting in fact than originally conceived and as a result the financial accounts for 2015 will be delayed by a few weeks. The overall cash position of the church is stable and we are estimating that 2015 will show a small surplus, as a result of rising income but also higher expenditure. 2015 is the first full financial year since the church reopened fully and the higher income and expenditure reflect the much greater levels of activity in the church since its glorious refurbishment, with even greater demand for large services, concerts and other community uses, even weddings, as well as new income arising from the cafe and rent from the grounds and Jo Malone shop (the freehold of which is owned by the church). In order to complete the refurbishment the PCC took out a long term loan of £170,000, which our higher income (particularly from the cafe) can cover. New computers have been purchased for the vestry office as have a new electronic financial ledger and gift aid accounting system, to enable future financial reporting to be more automatic. We are still setting up these systems so that they are accurate and can work to their full potential. The PCC has agreed to reduce the number of funds that the church holds so that our income is more fungible (able to be mixed and spent on various things).

Looking ahead

We aim this year to produce a medium term financial plan, recognising the great potential for further mission and service of the church to KIngston and beyond. That mission includes celebrating the heritage of the church for which funding from the Heritage lottery will come to an end from 2017, so there will be a need to divert our funds to support the continuation of that work: and maintaining the upkeep of our wonderful building. While thankfully there have been very low maintenance costs this year, there remain some major jobs to do (particularly to the church tower) even despite our recent restoration. Finally, with new entrances and many more visitors, having a permanent caretaker seems crucial, which will be a further demand on our resources.

The church’s activities are now much more extensive than a few years ago, prior to its redevelopment, and as anticipated and hoped for because of its renewal. The downside is that the financial transactions have become more complex and numerous and I have decided that the job requires more time than I can give to do it effectively: Jonathan has begun the search for my successor. Finally, I must express my thanks and admiration to Simon, who for many years was singly the bookkeeper, Treasurer, payroll manager, cashier, budget setter, and did whatever other financial duty was required: also to Alastair, who has provided brilliant and completely necessary support to me, as well as gentle and wise counsel: and finally to Jonathan, who has understood the demands on all of our time and has been infinitely patient with us.

Jeremy Skinner

PCC Report

The All Saints Parochial Church Council met eight times during the year following the 2014/15 AGM (May 2015-March 2016). There are 16 elected and co-opted members and 11 ex officio members including the clergy, wardens and Deanery Synod representatives. The average attendance was 17. The PCC’s regular business includes the monitoring of the Church’s finances, reviewing Church life and events, health and safety issues and preparing for forthcoming services and other events. The work of the PCC is greatly assisted by the appointment of sub-committees to look in detail at particular issues: this year, for example, the Stewardship Planning Group did great work in organizing the stewardship campaign. We also now have an environmental sub-committee to oversee and monitor our environmental impact.

Isabel Isaacson

Good Causes report

We shall shortly be sending donations to Oxygen, Kingston WelCare, Refugee Action Kingston, Kingston Samaritans, SightSavers, Depaul UK, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, Alzheimers Society, Street pastors, National Deaf Childrens Society, and the Church Urban Fund.
Further information on all of the organisations can be found on their websites.

This year the church has increased its contribution to good causes to £7,000. The very successful Christmas Tree festival also raised £1535 for Good Causes. Topical Lunches donate their collection to Good Causes.

Every few years we review the charities we support, and the time has come for us to do that. We will provide a questionnaire for the congregation to give their preferences and then revise our charities accordingly.

This year we are supporting The Bishops Lent Appeal, by saving change in jam jars.

There are many activities that take place both in and outside the church supporting various charities and good causes. Our beautifully restored church provides a venue for many of these activities.

Jennifer Pearce

Vergers Report
At our recent lunch meeting we discussed the problem of trying to cover every weekday from 10am – 4pm. One easy way would be to have two 3 hour shifts each day but this is not possible for many of our current vergers due to the necessity of standing around to greet people which can be tiring and also many have other commitments. We have 30 people on the rota plus 3 new volunteers which means asking for people to do extra duties on top of their committed time. We are short of volunteers especially on Saturdays and Sundays
Our aim is to make welcome visitors to the church even if they have only come in to use the toilet. We are also trying to make sure that when the services on weekdays take place visitors are aware of the desirability of quiet. Our current vergers all agree that verging is a pleasurable activity. Visitors come in all varieties, some love a chat, others wish to do their own thing, others are just using the short cut through from John Lewis to the Market Place. It would be great if more of the congregation would offer to join us on a regular basis or even occasionally.
Rosemary Gout

Christian Aid

The Church has continued to support Christian Aid through fund-raising and in other ways. Collectors from All Saints raised over £2100 in the street collection, and well over half of this was gift aided, adding an extra £300 to the total.

Keith Long

Little Saints

The children’s area in the church is used most days by parents with their young children and two or three groups have regularly used the space. Some come as a result of contact with Little Saints and others by chance. Little Saints continues to run on Tuesday afternoons and on Friday mornings and over the year well over 60 families have used the group more than twice and some on a very regular basis. I’m just about remembering everyone’s name! Many friendships have been made which is lovely to see. I should like to thank particularly Priya, TingTing and Jill for looking after the group while I was ill.

Bring & Share

We have continued to hold bring and share lunches in the church on the first Thursday of the month and have had some delicious food, particularly Vivian’s homemade rice and noodle dishes and Beryl’s cakes, and some good conversations. Do join us if you would like to. You will find the group in the East end of the church 12.30 – 1.30pm.

Book Group

The Book Group follows the Church Times reading group’s selection which includes an article by a theologian or academic and a set of questions, some of which we find difficult to follow. So we go off at a tangent. I find the two hours passes very quickly (helped by a bowl of soup from the café). This year we have read several non-fiction books, one of which A Lot Like Eve by Joanna Jepson I particularly enjoyed and which lead to a wide ranging discussion. We shall shortly be reading a number of works of fiction including Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and Lila by Marilynne Robinson. In the Autumn we read Reunion, a short and near perfect novella by Fred Uhlman.
If you are interested in joining us please do come along.

Ann Cornick

A Safe Church
Phil Walker joined the Safeguarding Team recently and All Saints is now using the on line DBS application system which is very quick and reliable. The groups now requiring DBS clearance are Listeners, Vergers, Children’s Workshop and Choir as well as Churchwardens, Lay Readers and Clergy.
The Diocese has introduced a structured application system for all volunteer roles which we now need to use, with DBS certificates as the final step. Many different safeguarding courses are provided by the Diocese so please ask if you are interested.
Caroline Ayles

Knit for the Needy

The Knitting Circle continues to flourish and attract new members. Visitors to the church often express interest in the work and some mention the possibility of introducing a circle in their own churches.

The Circle meets on Tuesday between 9.45 am and 11.45 am approximately. At present 24 ladies are registered and the average weekly attendance continues between 14 and 18. Some non-knitters have joined and learned the basic stitches so they can participate.

Since the last report we have sent to Malawi over 50 large blankets and 50 small / lap blankets in a variety of colours and patterns. Our range has expanded to include simple T-shirts and hats to suit both girls and boys in different sizes. These blankets and garments provide much needed warmth and comfort particularly during cold nights and winters. The neo-natal unit at Kingston Hospital continues to benefit from the many blankets and baby hats knitted by our members. In December we took part in the Christmas tree festival in All Saints Church and knitted many decorations including stars, garlands, toys and animals.

Any donations of wool would be gratefully received and any new members, experienced knitters or beginners, warmly welcomed.

Bellringers’ Report
Kingston upon Thames Bell Ringers 2016

We have made good progress with teaching learners in the last 12 months, and it is very pleasing to welcome Howard Elliott and Jessica Hay to the band. Howard and Jessica and Matt have all passed their Learning the Ropes level 1 test which is very satisfying for them and us. Additionally Dan Smith took part in advanced training courses so he is now becoming a very competent ringer.

There are around 20 ringers attached to the tower, so we are able to ring the 12 bells most Sundays. There have been 11 quarter peals in the tower mainly for evensong which helps maintain an acceptable standard of ringing in the tower. We are delighted to welcome regular visitors to our practices as we also benefit from their being with us.

The Kingston ringers kept up their tradition of visiting islands by including the Isle of Thanet in their Annual outing on 11 July 2015. The towers visited included St Nicholas at Wade, the quirky Quex Park, Birchington, St Lawrence in Thanet and Margate. The 2016 outing will be a weekend in Monmouth.

We entered the local Surrey ringing competitions but came second in both. However Kingston entered the inaugural Docklands Striking Contest at the Isle of Dogs and won the trophy and bottle of champagne with the excellent score of 96% in our test piece of ringing.

The Annual Dinner was held in the church with 16 ringers and guests with food provided by outside caterers. Many thanks to Kate for arranging this. The barbeque was attended by over 20 people at Diane and Allen’s house, so many thanks to them for hosting this. There was the usual New Year’s Eve party at Paul and Kate’s, followed by ringing in the New Year in the tower and the customary champagne and photos.

We now have our own Kingston Bell Ringers polo shirts with our own logo, consisting of the church and our coloured sallies, which looks great on group photos. Many thanks to Diane for arranging this. The Kingston ringers took part in the Surrey Quiz which was incredibly competitive. We didn’t win but it was good to take part. The ringers also decorated a Christmas tree in the church as part of the campaign to raise funds for good causes.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our ringers for their continued support and dedication towards the tower, especially as we are all getting a little older now. The ringers all play an active part in social events including coffee after Sunday morning ringing and we are still a very active tower.

Paul Flavell
Tower Captain

Children’s Workshop
We have had a very positive and active year of children’s workshop.
Attendance is flourishing with a number of long standing families continuing to join us each week as well as an influx of new families now regularly attending both the younger group (children aged 5 and below) and the older group (5+ years).
We have in a place a very strong and committed team of workshop leaders for both the younger and older group workshops, who continue to bring the teachings of Jesus and the love of God to our children.
The Scripture Union syllabus is working very well for both groups and provides our leaders with lots of great inspiration and ideas on which to base each session.
The children’s involvement in the main service continues to develop. Each week two children are nominated to take the collection from workshop and join the main offertory procession. They really enjoy this responsibility and the feeling of being a part of the main service. The children have also become more involved in the family service held each month with a handful of very enthusiastic children regularly composing and reading prayers, which they thoroughly enjoy.
As ever, a huge thank you to all our wonderful workshop leaders who work so hard each week and to all our parents and families for their commitment and support.
Susannah Acland

All Saints Embroiderers.
This year saw the completion of the first 6 Advent panels telling the Christmas Story – the Annunciation, the Star of Bethlehem, Caesar Augustus, the Angel, the Boy Shepherd and the Holy Family (embroiderers Sue Brown, Dorothy Droy and Sandy Cragg with braiding by Lydia Ault) took their places on the wrought iron screens in the crossing just before Christmas. The remaining 5 panels – the Journey, 3 Magi and King Herod will be completed for Advent 2016.
Two beautiful kneelers for weddings were worked by Julia Dewhurst and Jenny Grout.
Preparatory work has begun for a new altar cloth for Lent and Advent to replace the old one which was judged too discoloured and beyond cleaning at the time of the restoration. The embroiderers would like to thank Celia Capron who has designed a Saxon Cross based on our own Saxon Cross Fragment. We are hoping to work the crosses, on each facet of the altar, in appliquéd braid. This is time-consuming but we hope to be reporting its completion in next year’s Annual Report!
We now have the 7 completed panel designs by Sophia Pearson for the Saxon Kings to go in the East End niches and we are exploring various possibilities for moving forward on this exciting project.
Listening Service.
Listening continues 6 mornings a week for anyone who comes into church and needs a sympathetic ear. 7 new Listeners joined the team this year, bringing numbers up to 25.
A record is kept of the number of conversations which happen, this year totalling 650, without mentioning names or identifying information. People helped range from the simply lonely to those carrying very serious problems. Some days may be very quiet but the important thing is that there should be a friendly face and a listening ear available should anyone need them.
New training sessions are planned once numbers interested reach a minimum of 8, so if you think you would like to be part of this important service, please speak to Beryl Walker, Hilary English or Sandy Cragg.
Flower Arrangers.
The Flower Team, although small in numbers, is enjoying the opportunities and challenges of arranging flowers in the restored Church – new recruits welcome! See Faith MacDonald or Sandy Cragg. We arrange flowers for weddings when requested, and are able to make some profit then to offset the cost of flowers on big church Festivals.
We are very grateful for the congregation’s contributions to the monthly Flower Fund collection which this year provided £247 towards the cost of flowers in church.
Rev’d Sandy Cragg
All Saints Kingston Development Trust

After the excitements of the previous two years this has been a relatively quiet year for the Trust. But there is still a great deal of work going on behind the scenes. We have been working closely with the Council on plans that, if fulfilled, could see our hoped-for new building on the north lawn come to fruition. Alongside this, we continue to plan for the eventual return of the Coronation Stone to a place of prominence in the churchyard, bringing the Saxon heritage of Kingston back together on to a single site. And we have continued to raise funds for the ongoing programme of heritage activities, overseen by our very able HALO Kate Kern.
Keith Long

Music Report
As Simon Toyne said at the end of his report last year, he departed for pastures new in July and I want to thank him for the fact that I have inherited such a well-oiled machine. I feel that, in taking over as Music Director, I have come full circle, as it was here that I gained my first experience of regular service playing and choral direction with David Nield in the late 60s. Inevitably every conductor has his own musical passions and blindspots and so, while some pieces which dropped out of the repertoire will gradually make a reappearance, others may take a rest for a while. Hopefully choices are always made which enhance the liturgy and create fit atmosphere for worship. One thing I am really keen to do is widen our repertoire of hymns – a process which can’t happen overnight as people need time to assimilate new tunes – so I will continue the practice of occasional congregational rehearsals.

Membership of the choir has remained reasonably constant although time is inevitably going to take its toll on certain members of the top line soon and so we are going to undertake a serious recruitment campaign in the next few months. This year we’ve welcomed Anna McKeon into the front row and Angelina Park has made a welcome return after a brief rest. I am also delighted that Alex Crooke has rejoined the Alto section and former treble Cameron Davis has joined the tenors, along with Ro Amembal. I’ve been joined by Matthew O’Malley, the new Director of Music at Tiffin School, who, as yet, has seemed unfazed by the constant stream of new accompaniments he has had to learn. I would also like to express my enormous thanks to Robin Blaze and Lisa Beckley, who are ever ready to help out.

One aspect of the musical life of the church that should not go unmentioned is the highly successful series of Monday Lunchtime Concerts which David Robinson and Keith long organise. With regular audiences of 60 to 70 it is no wonder that so many young musicians are keen to make return visits.

Finally, a special mention of the achievement of head chorister, Ben Knight, who has been appearing as Fyodor, the son of Boris Godunov, in a new production of that opera at the Royal Opera House. A measure of his success is that nearly all the reviews have made special mention of him – remarkable when he is in a cast including such stars as Bryn Terfel and John Tomkinson.

Stephen Westrop

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
Parochial Church Council Meeting
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

Minutes

Present
Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes (Chair), Chris Ault, Martin Corner, Rev’d Sandy Cragg, Philip Davies, Alastair Deller, Liz Deller, John Dewhurst, John Edwards, Eithne Fray, Isabel Isaacson, Iain Nevill, Janet Nevill, Philip Walker.

1. Apologies: Rev’d David Bell, Penny D’Souza Peter Hann, Ed Humpherson, Chris Mayo, Jennifer Pearce, Julia Fionda, Tsetsy Kehayova, Paul Thompson.

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

2. Minutes of last meeting: PCC 22nd February 2017 – minutes agreed subject to the following amendments.
Item 4: Finance – replace existing text with the following:

“The preliminary income/expenditure January 2017 figures were circulated to the meeting. Accruals &c will appear correctly in the accounts after last year’s accounts are closed out, so some of these figures will change. There are also some outstanding issues from 2016 but, once these are ironed out, we will be in a position to send the 2016 accounts to our Independent Examiner.

“The following points were noted:
Gift Aid giving is up largely due to increased pledges for this year;
wall safe amounts are about the same (safes weren’t emptied at the end of January);
figures for tax recovered will be included as soon as the Gift Aid claim up to the end of 2016 is submitted;
Church usage includes some expenses accrued from last year;
Parish Support Fund: this now shows the correct sum;
increase in staff costs – due to introduction of pension scheme
caretaker – the January payroll costs shown also include those for December (when Robert Boardman commenced employment with us). The December costs will be correctly accrued to 2016 when the accounts are closed out;
printing &c increased costs reflects increased activity;
Church repairs – includes Ptolemy Dean’s fee for plans for work on the Tower;
heat, light, water – the last true readings were in February 2016, since when both the gas and electricity bills have been based on estimated readings; both meters have now been read and it is estimated that we have under-paid by around £207 for gas and by around £4632 for electricity. £173 of the excess gas charge will be accrued to 2016, as will £3860 of the electricity charge. However, we have already received £1950 for the electricity used by the Christmas Craft Fair, so the additional electricity cost for 2016 will be £1910. Paul has now read the meters and will continue to do so regularly.
There is just a small benefit from the photo-voltaic panels on the Church roof amounting to just a few hundred pounds a year.

“When the 2016 accounts have been finalised, we will look at rationalising some of our funds to ensure that we are making the best use of our financial resources. However, Alastair emphasised that all the bank accounts are fully reconciled up to date with no ongoing issues.”

Item 7: Safeguarding policies. It was confirmed that each of the safeguarding policies reflects the guidance issued by the Diocese.

3. Matters arising
(i) Café area drains. The pipes in the café area have been cleaned and drain-clearing fluid applied regularly. If the problem persists the contractors, who are returning in relation to the work on the Tower, will have another look.
(ii) A quote has been received from Daedalus for work on the leaking roof of the Bell Tower. The revised amount (before VAT, which we should be able to claim back, and fees) is £28,000. Savings have been agreed to ensure that this amount can be adhered to. It is hoped that work will begin very shortly after Easter. There is an option to suspend activity in the Bell Tower for a period of three weeks which will enable the work to be completed more quickly. The Bellringers will think about what might work best for them.
(iii) Following the discussions under A.O.B item (iii) at the last meeting, concerning the vote in General Synod on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships, Jonathan put together a letter to Bishop Christopher encapsulating the views expressed at the meeting this was circulated to, and approved by, PCC. It has been sent to the Bishop; so far no response has been received. The meeting agreed that an extract from Jonathan’s statement on the subject currently displayed on the church noticeboard should be reproduced in the church welcome booklet.
(iv) Philip Davies has responded to a request from Trip Advisor and produced a review of All Saints Church. The meeting welcomed this addition to our on-line presence.
(v) Deanery Synod Reps – those wishing to continue as representatives will make sure that their names are put proposed and seconded for the AGM; forms available on the table at the East end of the church.

4. Finance
(i) 2016 Accounts
A draft “End of Year Financial Statements” was circulated to the meeting. The draft figure for total income is £292,619. Information on Fund starting balances was not received until December 2016 so there will not be much transfer activity shown. It was noted with approval that the amount owing on the MCA loan is now £144,487 (from £159,483 in 2016).
There were no major shifts in asset valuations on the Balance Sheet. The parish set up a pension scheme for some of its employees in October 2016, as required by law, and pension contributions were the main additional payroll cost under “Liabilities”. “Reserves” remain basically the same – the £50,000 balance in the fabric fund will cover the work on the Tower.
The £111,786 was wrongly allocated to the restricted SLCF Fund so the movement of it to the General Fund is simply to correct this.
There was a modest increase in both income and expenditure. The estimated final surplus is £30,042; this doesn’t include the loan repayment (£9,000). Ways in which the potential surplus could best be used were discussed. The meeting agreed that £10,000 should be added to the Fabric Fund and that consideration should be given to paying off an additional six months’ worth of the loan but that this would be left to Jonathan and Alastair to decide.
Some of the Church funds need to be rationalized – these will be reviewed by the Finance Sub-committee and a paper for discussion brought to the PCC.
The meeting unanimously approved the accounts as currently set out, on the understanding that there will be some changes to come. An amended set of figures will subsequently be sent round to the PCC before the APCM and changes also will be highlighted at that meeting.
(ii) Finance Sub-committee
A finance sub-committee is to be formed to provide support to the Treasurer in his or her day-to-day work and a forum in which related issues can be discussed. Jonathan has approached Jeremy Skinner, John Ayles, Ed Humpherson and Tsetsy Kehayova.

5. ASK Development
(i) Museum. The Council team is currently working towards submitting a first round funding bid to the HLF in June. Jonathan has also had a meeting with our former fundraising team, Jacky and Sarah, to discuss ideas. The ground for the new building must be broken by September 2018 to remain within the planning permission timescale. However, before this can be done, bodies (approx. 250) must be removed from the area for development. This will either be a boxing-up of the remains to move them to Kingston Crematorium or a deeper burying of the remains in the church grounds.
If the first round bid is approved (September) then we will progress to the second round which will then include money for the movement of bodies from or within the church grounds.
The Coronation Stone was due to moved within the next six months but we have had to ask for this to be postponed whilst building work is taking place. So far the response has been unhelpful (involving a suggestion that we could move it and then move it again when work is finished resulting in a doubling of expense).
(ii) Seven Kings Embroidery. A meeting took place on Thursday 9th March with Jacky Puzey, the embroiderer chosen to work on the seven kings. She brought with her some very impressive samples of selected parts of the Athelstan panel, photographs of which were circulated to the meeting. Work will begin on the first panel on 27th March, working towards a delivery date of the panel (unmounted and unframed) in the first week of May. Advice has been sought from a specialist conservator on protecting the panels. This may mean that they will be behind glass but samples will be provided for visitors to examine and touch. Sandy and David Robinson will visit the workshops in Bristol on the 27th to see work begin. A piece will be prepared with photos for the magazine.
The first panel has been funded by an anonymous donation; and a second anonymous donation has been received. The Freemasons may be willing to contribute to fund “Athelstan”. A fundraising event will take place when the panel is in place asking local businesses etc to provide sponsorship.
Completion of the project may take two to two and a half years. A faculty from the Diocese is still needed – it is hoped that the finished first panel might provide encouragement for this.
The meeting expressed its thanks to Sandy and David.
(iii) Choir stalls. A design has now been received from the architect and Jonathan will be meeting with Kevin Davis and Stephen Westrop. An estimate of costs will be sought. Jonathan will then bring a proposal to the PCC on what action to take.

6. Church life review
(i) The inclusion of the first performance of a setting of the canticles by Louis Halsey at Evensong on Sunday 12th March was greatly appreciated.
(ii) The Annual Church inspection by the area Dean took place on Sunday 12th March.
(iii) Lent discussion groups have been well attended so far (13-14 at each).
(iv) The children helping with the intercessions at the morning service has been appreciated.
(v) A microphone has been installed to enable the recording of services and will make possible the accessing of services via the internet. Permissions from the choir have to be confirmed but the system should be available for use by Easter.
(vi) The wonderful display of flowers in the church grounds has been greatly admired and appreciated. The churchwardens have been in contact with the green saints to express thanks for their work in this.

7. Health and safety and Safeguarding
Health and safety. No issues were raised.
Safeguarding. A suggestion was made at the safeguarding audit meeting regarding the that plug guards should be used but it was decided against as modern sockets (which ours are) are designed with the safety of children in mind. An amendment will be added to the risk assessment.
John Dewhurst will take responsibility for carrying out risk assessments for church activities; he has created a risk assessment form. The meeting recorded thanks to John for taking on this task.

8. Kingston Team news
(i) St John the Evangelist has submitted its HLF bid.
(ii) David Bell is provided cover for the period of Vicky’s sabbatical.
(iii) There is a joint safeguarding training session planned for 14th June.

9. Deputy churchwardens meeting
The notes from the meeting of 24th February were circulated to the PCC.

10. Events
9th April: Evensong service will be presented differently – a service of word and music specially devised.
14th April: Good Friday 1pm-3pm – Children’s Workshop at St John the Evangelist.
23rd April: Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 11am in the Church. Up to seven new members can be elected this time. Standing down are Iain Nevill, Janet Nevill and Peter Croad.
24th June: 11am Ordination Service at All Saints

11. A.O.B.
Fresh expressions. Jonathan met Jim, the leader of the Eclipse Choir, to discuss a new type of service, with a different musical input, and which could attract new people to church. Jim was very enthusiastic about it; he has good contacts with several nationally significant choirs, raising the distinct possibility of being able to attract guest choirs to take part, eg Missing People’s Choir, as well as his own local people who meet to rehearse in the Church. The service will probably take place once a month on Wednesdays and, initially, Jonathan will lead the worship. The precise format is yet to be decided upon but there will be congregational; singing, perhaps a choir piece readings, a message. There will be a spirituality about it within a broad Christian context to help people with their prayers and to explore faith.

The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 8th May.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
Parochial Church Council Meeting
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

Minutes

Present
Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes (Chair), Chris Ault, Penny D’Souza, Alastair Deller, Liz Deller, John Dewhurst, John Edwards, Peter Hann, Eithne Fray, Isabel Isaacson, Chris Mayo, Iain Nevill, Jennifer Pearce, Paul Thompson,.

1. Apologies: Martin Corner, Philip Davies, Julia Fionda, Tsetsy Kehayova, Janet Nevill, Philip Walker.

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

2. Minutes of last meeting: PCC 18th January 2017 – minutes agreed.

3. Matters arising
(i) Filming at services. Anyone seen filming during services will be asked not to do so. Jonathan is giving a reminder at baptisms not to film during the ceremony and will think further about how to address the issue.

4. Finance
The preliminary income/expenditure January 2017 figures were circulated to the meeting. There are some outstanding issues from 2016 but a set of almost final accounts is now with the Auditors. Accruals &c will appear in the accounts after last year’s accounts are closed out.

The following points were noted:
Gift Aid giving is up largely due to increased pledges for this year;
wall safe amounts are about the same (safes weren’t emptied at the end of January);
figures for tax recovered will be included next month;
Church usage includes some expenses accrued from last year;
Parish Support Fund: this now shows the correct sum;
increase in staff costs – due to introduction of pension scheme
caretaker – half of the cost will be accrued to last year;
printing &c increased costs reflects increased activity;
Church repairs – includes Ptolemy Dean’s fee for plans for work on the Tower;
heat, light, water – meters were under-read last year (last true reading was in February 2016); gas was under-read by £207; electricity by £4632 (£3860 of this from 2016 so £772 accrued this year; the craft fair charge of £1950 leaves £1910 in this year). Paul has now read the meters and will continue to do so on a regular basis.
There is just a small benefit from the photo-voltaic panels on the Church roof amounting to just a few hundred pounds a year.

When the 2016 accounts have been finalized there are several funds that need to be examined. However, Alastair emphasized that the accounts are now fully up to date with no ongoing issues.

5. ASK Development
A meeting will take place on 23rd February to work on the HLF funding bid. The aim is to make the first round bid in June: we would hear the result this in September. It is important that the Borough has a contingency plan in case this doesn’t go ahead. The second round would be in March 2018 from which we would hear in June. It was emphasized that the Borough is firmly behind these plans – the money originally having been set aside by the Lib Dem Council as a fund to aid the development of the Museum. The ground for the new building must be broken by September 2018 to remain within the planning permission timescale.
ASK Development will now be a regular item on the PCC Agenda.

6. Ascension Day Service
It was accepted that a Choral Service for Ascension Day was a big undertaking for the choir for a relatively small congregational turn out – the least well attended of the mid-week feast days. It was agreed that, before considering a Eucharist service with hymns rather than a full choral service, the Ascension Day service would be given more and better publicity this year to try to improve attendance.

7. Safeguarding policies
The three safeguarding policies (for the Safeguarding of Children, Adults who may be Vulnerable and for Responding to Domestic Abuse) were unanimously approved by the meeting. The Procedures (how to put the policies into action) were unanimously approved subject to two amendments: the deletion of the first bullet point under the heading “The choir” and the addition of the ratios of children to adults under the sixth bullet point of the heading “Children’s Workshop”.
The safeguarding of any vulnerable adults working in the Café will be covered by the agreements between the Church and the relevant organization.
Whistleblowing policy. This was approved unanimously and mention of it will be included on the safeguarding summary on the noticeboards. Thanks are recorded to John Dewhurst for producing this policy.
All policies are now on the Church website.

8. Deanery Synod Representatives
The 4-year term for current Deanery Synod Representatives (Chris Ault, Eithne Fray, Isabel Isaacson, Jeremy Jeffries and Paul Thompson) ends this year. Chris has decided to stand down. Those wishing to continue as representatives will make sure that their names are put proposed and seconded for the AGM. John Dewhurst has expressed a willingness to stand for election as Chris’s replacement.

9. Church life review
(i) Burns Night was a great success raising £1300. Jennifer has now handed over the organization of next year’s event to others. The meeting recorded its thanks to Jennifer for her work over 9 years of organizing this popular annual event.
(ii) The children’s workshop is happy using the Choir Vestry.
(iii) The new Friday short service for small children and their carers, Praytime, is proving to be successful.
(iv) Interruption of concerts by noise from the café is being addressed by the use of plastic cups and plates; this seems to have made a difference. Peter Nadin is monitoring the children’s corner during Monday concerts to contain any noise.
(v) The final quote for the Tower staircase has proved to be quite high: efforts are being made to reduce it. The preference is to use the usual contractors but we may need to look for a second quote.
(vi) Good work by the sub-committee concerned with All Saints electronic presence, alongside Kat and Kate has resulted in an increased Facebook presence with 1200 people engaging with it.

10. Health and safety
Safeguarding will now be a standing item under Health and safety. John, Liz and Paul have prepared the following: A General Risk Assessment and a Fire Risk Assessment – no significant risks have been identified.
The Annual Fabric Inspection was circulated to the meeting and was approved unanimously and with gratitude. The meeting agreed that it would be acceptable to include a summary, rather than the whole report, in the Annual Report for the AGM. There was some concern about the condition of some trees in the churchyard, which are the responsibility of the Borough. Plans for the proposed new building include a revamp of the churchyard.

11. Kingston Team news
The team conference will take place on the evening of 14th June and a representative of the Diocese will be present to provide safeguarding training for the PCCs.
There will be a joint service with St John the Evangelist on 9th July.

12. Deputy churchwardens meeting
The notes from the meeting of 20th January were circulated to the PCC.

13. Events
Attention was drawn to the Talks (listed on the Agenda) and Study Groups (organized by Martin Corner and Ken Walker) that will be available during Lent.

14. A.O.B.
(i) There will be a non-Eucharistic Dawn Service on Easter Day.
(ii) Kingston First will be renting the whole of the Church grounds this Christmas. There will be the Alpine village (as for last year) plus a children’s activity area. The Craft Fair will be in Memorial Square.
(iii) Letters concerning the vote in General Synod on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships, one from Bishop Christopher and one from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, were circulated to the meeting for discussion. The general feeling was one of great disappointment whilst understanding the desire to preserve the unity of the Church of England and the Anglican Community world-wide. The meeting felt that the Church of England’s stance on same sex relationships was alienating a significant number of people, not just those from the gay community but anyone who believes that God regards us all equally.
It was agreed that the views expressed at the meeting should be communicated to Bishop Christopher; Jonathan undertook to put together a draft to be circulated to PCC members for approval.

The next PCC meeting will be on Tuesday 14th March.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

 

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
Parochial Church Council Meeting
Wednesday 18th January 2017, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

Minutes

Present
Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes (Chair), Chris Ault, Rev’d David Bell, Peter Croad, Penny D’Souza, Alastair Deller, Liz Deller, John Dewhurst, John Edwards, Julia Fionda, Peter Hann, Ed Humpherson, Eithne Fray, Isabel Isaacson, Tsetsy Kehayova, Chris Mayo, Jennifer Pearce, Paul Thompson, Philip Walker.

1. Apologies: Martin Corner, Iain Nevill, Janet Nevill.

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

2. Minutes of last meeting: PCC 23rd November 2016 – minutes agreed.

3. Matters arising
(i) Developing a new congregation. Jonathan has had a meeting with the Dean of Fresh Expressions and also with Andrea Campinale of the Church Missionary Society and suggests that a good next step might be to follow the route taken when plans were made for the church development, ie to talk to a group of people with whom All Saints already has a connection. The Rock Choir and the Eclipse Choir both regularly use the church. It was agreed that Jonathan should meet the leaders of the two choirs and explore the possibility of having a conversation with the people attending these. There may be potential to build a service around a particular sort of music. Once this has been followed up whatever comes out of it will be brought to the PCC for discussion. Other possibilities were mentioned, eg the inhabitants of Charter Quay, close to the church.

4. Finance
The meeting welcome Acting Treasurer, Alastair Deller, who gave a brief summary of progress following the ending in 2015 of the manual accounting scheme to the current position. All bank accounts have been reconciled from the beginning of 2016 to the end of December. Because of the amount of work involved in the changeover to appropriate financial software and the delayed availability of the 2015 accounts, the Budget for 2016 had to be based on incomplete information; some discrepancies had been unavoidable.

(i) Draft Income and Expenditure 2016
The shortfall in the Gift Aid giving was due to an overestimate in the budget figures. Church usage and rent of church grounds have been separated out in the 2016 draft – the combined total shows an increase over 2015 of around £30,000, mostly due to increased use of the grounds by John Cogger.
The church building is now regularly in use – it is regularly rented out three evenings a week and the church uses it for a further three. Saturdays are free for bookings and there are three regular concert hirers. The hiring fees have been raised for 2017 following research to compare pricing with other venues in the area.
The increase in personnel cost is largely due to the enrolment of some of our staff in a pension scheme in October. Increased printing, postage and stationery costs reflect increased activity.
There will be further increases in costs next year: the pension scheme for the whole year; the caretaker’s salary; the loss of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the Heritage and Learning Officer’s salary from August.

(ii) Draft budget 2017
Changes to the budgeted amounts under the following headings in relation to the 2016 budget were noted as follows.
Plate collections /wall safes – an increase reflects the actual figures for 2016
Gift Aid Giving – the figure is based on the pledges now received by Anne under the stewardship scheme
SLCF (now called Parish Support Fund Pledge) – this is the actual amount pledged
The budget doesn’t include the loan repayments (£8,500) which will be covered by the surplus (£9,670).
The result is a broadly balanced budget. A full year using the new accounting system provides a base of accurate and accessible facts and figures going forward which will enable our financial performance to be measured against them.
All of these improvements are the product of a huge amount of work undertaken by Alastair and represent a great step forward in the monitoring and management of the church’s finances. The meeting showed its appreciation of Alastair’s contribution with a round of applause.

(iii) Stewardship
A results update (as at Sunday 15th January 2017) from Anne Packer was circulated to the PCC.

5. New Building update
This will be a two-storey, three-level (includes basement) building. A large part of Kingston Museum will move into the space. The balance of usage between museum and church is to be negotiated as part of the deal as is compensation for loss of usage of that part of the grounds. The building will be owned by the church and leased back to the Borough on a lease of no more than 25 years.
Emphasis was placed on the importance of recognizing that we will have a new building but that it will be fundamentally a museum. The PCC understood this and were content with it. The museum focus will be on Saxon history; there will be an education centre, café, cloakrooms and space for community activities. Further thought will be needed on how the character of the church café might develop; whether the church office could be accommodated in the new building (enabling a return of the vestry to its originally-intended purpose); a rethinking of how the heritage gallery/choir vestry is used.
The New Building will accentuate our presence in Kingston as it continues to grow and develop its retail sector and residential properties.
The main sources of funding include £4million contribution from the Borough and application for Heritage Lottery Funding of £4.8million currently in progress and in relation to which a meeting has already taken place. Work on the project will not begin until we are sure that the finance is in place.
The next step is to await a response from the HLF meeting. It is important that the Borough has a contingency plan incase the HLF doesn’t go ahead.
The scheme has been approved under the Pastoral Measure 1983 (copy circulated to meeting). Independent legal advice will be sought to be sure that the lease dovetails with this document. It was noted that planning permission for the project expires in 2018.

6. Draft Environmental Policy
The meeting approved the Environmental Policy subject to a change of order under “Actions” list – “to celebrate God’s creation in our worship” is to be the first item on the list. The meeting expressed thanks to Liz and the sub-committee for their work on this and for producing a commendably straightforward policy.

7. Church life review
(i) It was noted that worshippers were being disturbed during services by people using the crossing. This can be controlled during major services by use of sides people on both doors. Before increasing use of sides people at evensong (where the problem is most noticeable) it was agreed that we should ensure that the “Service in progress” notices are displayed, perhaps in the lobbies for greater clarity. Anyone seen filming during services should be asked not to do so and child protection issues should be explained to them. Jonathan will give a reminder at baptisms not to film during the ceremony.
(ii) All Christmas services were well attended; the crib service was very crowded and two services may be needed this year. It was asked whether we were considering a Christingle service; the response was that we had no plans for one at this stage.
(iii) A slight concern had been expressed about the safety of processing at baptisms whilst hymn-singing. Following some discussion, the meeting decided that it was safe to do so.
(iv) The meeting agreed that, although there always seemed to be members of the congregation taken by surprise by the collection, it did not need to be announced. At services (eg baptisms) where there might be a number of people unused to church the collection could start at the opposite side to give the baptism party time to see and understand what was happening.
(v) It was agreed to reinstate the pause by the crucifer in front of the altar at the end of the service to enable the congregation to bow before the cross. So that the cross remains upright, the crucifer will not bow.
(vi) The meeting agreed to support the Diocese Lent appeal.
(vii) The meeting strongly endorsed the value of the “Topical Lunches” and Leslie Packer’s excellent work in organizing relevant and interesting subjects and speakers. It was agreed that it was exactly the sort of interaction with the community that was valuable in church life and the meeting heard from David Bell (who had chaired one of the meetings) that the opportunity to connect with the community was greatly appreciated by the speaker, Kingston’s Borough Commander, Superintendent Glenn Tunstall. It was agreed that there was a need for greater publicity for these events.
(viii) A sub-committee will be set up to help support All Saints electronic presence. Penny D’Souza and Chris Mayo volunteered; it was thought that, although not present, Phil Davies might like to be included, too.
Some issues with the website were mentioned (eg Events calendar only extends to the end of March). Where England Began website is to be revamped.

8. Health and safety
The Health and Safety policy has been amended to take account of concerns expressed for the personal safety of people who find themselves carrying out duties on their own in the Church.
The kneelers in the chapel are to be removed from the vicinity of the candle stand (recently two were noticed on the shelf behind the lit candles).

9. Kingston Team news
• Vicky Maunder will shortly be on sabbatical; thanks was expressed to David Bell for the cover he will be providing at St John’s.
• The team conference will take place on the evening of 14th June; venue to be confirmed.

10. Deputy churchwardens meeting
The notes from the meeting of 9th December were circulated to the PCC.

11. Events
Saturday 28th January – Burns Night: The take up for Burns’ Night has been good; there are still a few spaces remaining.

12. A.O.B.
(1) AGM. Date has been fixed for 30th April. [NB: Following the meeting a request was made for the AGM to be on the 23rd April and, there seeming to be no reason not to, we have agreed that as the date.]
(2) Choir stalls. We are currently awaiting designs from Ptolemy Dean.
(3) Lent Groups.
• A joint course with LEP/URC is available to examine the Lord’s Prayer;
• Martin Corner and Ken Walker are putting together a study group based on the subject and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
(4) It was agreed it would be good to record the lunchtime Lent Talks for those who were unable to attend them and to make them available on the website.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames
Parochial Church Council Meeting
Wednesday 19th October 2016, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

Minutes

Present
Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes (Chair), Chris Ault, Rev’d David Bell, Martin Corner, Liz Deller, John Dewhurst, Philip Davies, John Edwards, Julia Fionda, Peter Hann, Eithne Fray, Ed Humpherson, Isabel Isaacson, Chris Mayo, Iain Nevill, Jennifer Pearce, Paul Thompson, Philip Walker

1. Apologies: Tsetsy Kehayova

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

2. Minutes of last meeting: PCC 20th September 2016 – minutes agreed.

3. Matters arising
• Item 6: two additional stewards have been recruited
• Item 11. A.O.B. (i) a floor-cleaning machine has been bought. Liz is supervising cleaning plan. (ii) there are three new probationer choristers

4. Finance

(i) September statement of expenditure and income
The year to date shows a deficit of £13,248 but the £20,999 owed under “Heritage Funding” is simply a case of money to be transferred from the Heritage Trust and the £14,015 under “Tax Recovered under Gift Aid” is a matter of timing.
At present we are living within our means but need to be aware of financial responsibilities including such things as building repair for which provision needs to be made.
A more realistic figure for Gift Aid Giving is being looked at – the budget figure was affected by some one-off donations – and the deficit will be around £2,000, rather than the £23,541 currently shown. The figure for 2017 Budget will be £80,000 plus what we aim to achieve in the stewardship campaign – we know that we do need £100,000 for 2017.
There is a variance against church usage but much of the usage occurs in the last quarter, plus there is possibly some confusion in these amounts between usage of the church and usage of the church grounds. The church is increasingly busy with a wider variety of events and fees will be increased next year to a more realistic level. The need to try to induce givers to the plate collections to Gift Aid their donations was acknowledged. Having Gift-Aid envelopes to hand would help and we will look into ways to do this.

(ii) Stewardship
The stewardship letter will be ready for distribution on 30th October. A list has been compiled of members of the congregation to target, eg groups including workshop, choir, and so forth and team “captains” will be sought to take control of the identified groups. It was agreed that the stewardship message at the EGM on Sunday 16th October was clear and succinct in setting out our responsibilities and our ability to meet them.
It was agreed that it would be useful to have a bank of photos appropriate to various requirements for future campaigns and Philip Davies kindly offered to look at starting to compile one.

(iii) Debit card for the Parish Clerk’s account
The PCC agreed at the meeting of 14th October 2015 that Jonathan’s PA, Katarina Hardy, should have a credit card for use on church business. It is now become clear that what she actually needs is a debit card. This was proposed to the meeting by Philip Walker, seconded by John Dewhurst and unanimously agreed.

5. A caretaker

There has been for some time an acknowledged need for a caretaker for the church but a decision has been dependent upon the final 2015 accounts. A draft job description was circulated to the meeting. Payment of £10,000 per annum will give us 20 hours a week of that person’s time (NI not included in this amount). Comments on the job description were: holiday entitlement will need to be added; under “Person specification” add “and” after “robust”; “menial” was queried but it was felt important that the applicant should be aware of the variety and range of tasks that the job would entail.
There is an arm of the Balance organization that helps adults with learning difficulties to obtain employment. Jonathan has contacted them as there are significant parts of the caretaker’s job that someone from Balance might be able to do. The caretaker role would eliminate the need for a separate cleaner and would take in some of the tasks currently carried out by Peter Nadin. It was felt desirable that if possible Peter could continue in his role and assist the caretaker in areas with which someone from Balance might not feel at ease. If Balance had a suitable candidate they would undertake a 12-week probationary period, paid for by Balance.
The meeting expressed enthusiasm for the Balance solution and it was agreed that Jonathan should pursue. If for some reason it didn’t work out then the job would be advertised through the usual avenues: job centre, churches network etc.
It was emphasized that the caretaker role would not replace the role of vergers in the church.

6. Commissioning work to the Tower

The work on the Tower was not put out to tender as Daedalus originally quoted for this work when carrying out the refurbishment of the church – the specification was circulated to the meeting (the costs will be around £25,000 with a 10% contingency allowance; architect’s fees (approx. 10% of total) not included in this). The meeting unanimously agreed that the work on the Tower should be carried out.
The restoration work needed on the East Surrey gates may be eligible for a lottery grant.
The damp in the wall at the West end will probably need to be fixed by extra lead roofing. A temporary measure is to strip and replace the plaster and then repaint it.

7. Development update – new building

Following a recent meeting with the Borough representative responsible for finding a solution to the Museum location, Jonathan reported that it was felt that the new church building would be the best option. The Museum functions are to be split and the Saxon History and History of Kingston are the areas to be housed in the new church building. The external appearance and dimensions of the building would remain as for the original plans and would be a huge advantage as no new planning permission would be needed and no extra faculties. The interior design is open and flexible and will accommodate a variety of requirements. The planning permission is active for a further two years.
A requirement for our partnership with the Council in this project is that we will own the finished building; we will also require compensation for loss of income from the use of the church grounds. There will be a commitment of no more that 25 years to this partnership so that our successors are not tied into this arrangement.
A large Heritage Lottery Fund grant is needed for this – the Council will apply for it but because of our experience in this area, All Saints will lead on it. We have a track record of having received the grant, carrying out what we agreed we would do – this will reassure the HLF that their money will be well-spent. The Borough will contribute funds, too, which could come from the redevelopment of the Museum/Cattle Market area.
Details of this project will be circulated to the PCC for discussion and approval.

8. Church life review

• Café. (i) Notices: An incident of a service taking place in church but no notices to say so was reported to the meeting. Notices should be in place – continuing efforts will be made to try to ensure that this happens. Listed menu items not available: Jonathan is aware of certain issues of concern in relation to the service provided by the café. He has met the person with overall responsibility who is aware of the problems and is taking steps to address them. They are quite major and need to be carefully handled so will take a little time to resolve.
• Leslie Packer’s initiative in a joint venture with the university, aided by Faith Adviser at the University, Andrew Williams and Martin Corner, was praised as a way of increasing intellectual offerings to those interested and drawing together a varied group of people from different backgrounds within the parish. This initiative started with a lecture series on Matthew Arnold, presented by Martin, and it is hoped that more will be planned for the future.
• The meeting was made aware of Kingston Hospital’s plans to create a new space for spiritual matters to include a chapel, meeting room and one-to-one counselling area. They will be looking to local parishes for support in this.

9. Health and safety

• We now have our own PAT testing equipment with which Brian Cornick is currently carrying out the testing of portable electrical appliances in use in the church.
• Iain Nevill is kindly going to fix a further four loose paving slabs in the church yard.
• Daedalus have been in to (i) repair the Angel’s broken wing and (ii) replace non-functioning lights.

10. Kingston Team news

The trip to Winchester was a great success.
It has been suggested that in late Spring/early Summer next year the Kingston Team’s PCC could get together for a joint PCC conference.

11. Deputy churchwardens meeting

4. Attention was drawn to the children’s party at St John the Evangelist on Sunday 6th November.
7. We have suspicions but we do not know that drugs are being used in the church toilets. Anyone known to be doing so will be banned from the building.

12. Events

November 12th – this Banquet Records event is still to be confirmed. It takes place on the Saturday evening prior to Remembrance Sunday.
November 17th – there will be a Christmas Lights Service.

Pilgrim Course: David Bell is running a course which will examine our core beliefs and how they relate to our lives. This starts on Wednesday 16th November and runs for six weeks up to Christmas.

13. A.O.B.

A Deanery Funerals Administrator was appointed to assist in arranging church funerals and to help to make the process more straightforward. Fourteen churches have signed up to this (a payment per church of £100) and a trial of one year is taking place. It is felt that a second year is needed to accurately assess whether or not it’s worth continuing. The meeting unanimously agreed to support a second year.

Next meeting: Wednesday 23rd November.

The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

 

 

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames

Parochial Church Council Meeting

All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames

Extraordinary General Meeting
16 October 2016 at All Saints Church at 10.45am

Attendance The meeting was attended by forty-seven members of the laity, with Jonathan Wilkes, Team Rector, Chairing

Jonathan explained that the meeting is a statutory meeting held for the purpose of approving the 2015 Accounts. This is as set out in the minutes of the AGM held on Sunday 24th April 2016 at All Saints Church.

The PCC Treasurer, Jeremy Skinner, took the meeting through the accounts page by page to draw attention to specific issues as follows.

Front page: as stated on the front page, the 2015 Accounts have been produced by an external firm of Chartered Accountants, HPH, of York. They also provided the external examiner. It is unlikely that All Saints PCC will need external help for the 2016 Accounts but if needed it will very much less.

Pages 1 to 4: These pages cover the Annual Report of the PCC and include a financial overview plus aim and purpose, objectives and activities, achievements and performance and administrative information (the PCC members for 2015, PCC’s bankers and the independent examiner). The accounts will be signed by Jonathan and by the independent examiner to signal approval by the PCC.

Page 5: The Independent Examiner’s Report; page 6 the statement of financial activities and page 7 the balance sheet. Pages 8 to 14 contain the notes to the financial statements.

Finances

Keys points include:
• An overall increase in income: donations and legacies up by £31,000; trading activity increased over the 2014 figures partly due to greater church usage following the completion of the refurbishment of the church but also due to 2014 figures being depressed by the closure of half the church for the building work during that period. The result is that on ordinary activities we have a small surplus.
• There is a significant loss on designated funds as a result of assets used to complete the church refurbishment.
• Page 11 sets out church income in detail. Planned giving increased by £16,000 due to increased congregational numbers and increased giving; the post of heritage officer is funded by the HLF until 2017 and this amount is included under “other income”. The church usage increased as expected in the first full year of the refurbished church.
• Page 12 gives an analysis of expenditure. Increased expenditure included the contribution to the Diocese (SLCF Assessment £104,157) and the full year salary for the Rector’s PA (this was a vacancy for part of 2014). Organ and piano costs show an increase but only because these are now listed as a separate item whereas formerly they were included under “Sundry expenses”. Insurance payments haven’t actually fallen, the method of payment has changed and premiums are now paid monthly. Increased printing costs are due to the leasing of a new printer and also reflect greater church activity. The loan amount of £170,000 is included under “Designated funds”.
• Page 13: 4(a) staff costs. There were no payments to any members of the PCC. 5 Tangible fixed assets: the main item under this heading is the rental from the premises currently occupied by Jo Malone. As there had been a recent valuation there was no revaluation for these accounts.
• Page 14: 8 Creditors: £157,000 outstanding loan used for the development of the café area. The café income more than covers interest and repayment. 9 Unrestricted and designated funds – funds have been allocated to replenish the Fabric fund of £1560 to £50, 000
• Fabric fund is to now £50,000 to be sure to enable the maintenance of the building in its refurbished form. There is currently work needed on the Tower staircase (£25,000) and on the west end (£10,000).

Jeremy concluded that the overall financial position was respectable but tight – we are maintaining an ancient historic building plus supporting the Church’s purpose in the diocese.

Jonathan added that it was good news in the accounts but added that the loan reflects surplus at the end of 2015 as it was income that we didn’t have to pay out on then. The insurance, likewise, appeared as less expenditure due to the way it is now paid. Costs have increased as we have changed from a small parish usage to a town-centre, open seven days a week, operation. As far as reserves are concerned the Charities Commission guidance is for three months’ expenditure to be held in reserve (ie ¼ of £260,000).

Stewardship campaign. Leslie Packer spoke briefly to the meeting regarding the forthcoming stewardship campaign. He firstly emphasized that only Anne Packer (Stewardship Officer) and the PCC Treasurer know individual giving details. The target last year was set at £98,000 and promises of £83,000 were collected which resulted in a total of £80,000. (Some up-front payments in November and December also resulted in the Accounts being ahead of what was expected.) Approximately half of the £260,000 needed to maintain and run the church is met from external sources (rent from the Jo Malone shop, John Cogger’s use of the grounds, the Christmas fair, church rental for events); the amounts remaining (£130,000) is reduced by gift aid to £100,000 and the stewardship campaign will focus on that figure. Last year 20 new gift aid givers signed up – a further 20 this year would be an excellent result.

Jonathan then opened the meeting up for questions.

1. Concern was expressed over the lease of the café (3years) when compared to the term of the loan (25 years). However, it was felt that we could be confident, given our town-centre location, that the café space could and would be filled if or when the current lease ended.
2. Debtors as at 31 December 2015 were not a cause for concern. The debts have subsequently been paid in 2016.
3. It was agreed that the matter of the church lawns potentially being used up to 10pm is to be discussed further outside the meeting.

There were no further questions raised.

Attention was drawn to the questionnaire that was handed out at the 9.30 service and available at the meeting for everyone to take a copy and complete.

Jonathan raised the motion that the accounts be accepted:
Proposed by John Dewhurst; seconded by Hilary English. Agreed unanimously by the meeting.

This was Jeremy Skinner’s last act as PCC Treasurer; the meeting recorded its thanks to him.

An interim PCC Treasurer is needed to cover until a new Treasurer has been appointed. The appointment to the interim role of Alastair Deller was proposed by Anne Packer and seconded by Joni Timmins. It was unanimously agreed.

The meeting ended at 11.20am.

 

 

 

Parochial Church Council Meeting

Wednesday 15th June 2016, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

 

Minutes

 

Present

Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes, Martin Corner, Philip Davies, Liz Deller, John Edwards, Eithne Fray, Peter Hann, Ed Humpherson, Isabel Isaacson, Tsetsy Kehayova, Jennifer Pearce, Paul Thompson

 

Leslie Packer (for item 5: Finance – Looking to 2017

 

  1. Apologies

Apologies received from: Chris Ault,  Rev’d David Bell, John Dewhurst, Penny D’Souza, Julia Fionda, Chris Mayo, Philip Walker

 

 

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

 

  1. Minutes of last meeting

PCC, 10th May 2016: minutes agreed.

 

  1. Matters arising

o    Holy water. It was agreed to provide a small bowl of Holy Water in the niche outside the Trinity Chapel for a trial period following requests received by visitors to the church.

o    Table-top sale. It was confirmed that there would be a table-top sale on Saturday 25th June, 10am to 4pm, as planned.

o    Safeguarding of choir children. A rota of designated adults has been drawn up to monitor the area in and around the choir vestry (including the church grounds nearby) to ensure that the children in the choir are kept safe during the period between the end of the 9.30am service and the start of the trebles’ rehearsal.

 

 

  1. Finance

The meeting welcomed the news that Tsetsy has joined the finance team to provide administrative support for Alastair and Jeremy.

 

A summary of the financial activity for the first four months of 2016 was circulated to the meeting. There are at present no actual figures for 2015 but we can make sensible estimates.

 

Some good improvements have been achieved: there will be more income from John Cogger and from the Christmas craft fair this year; insurance is now paid monthly rather than annually. It would be helpful to be more accurate on gift aid giving amounts (the figure is based on the last 4 months of 2015); Anne Packer will be looking into this. A meter reading will be submitted this year in July for the photovoltaic panels.

 

The Accounts for 2015, which are currently being prepared by an outside firm of accountants, should be available by the end of July to enable the drawing up of a draft budget and discussion at an extraordinary general meeting in September.

 

For the timing being our pledge to the Diocese will remain at a 2% increase; it will be reviewed when we have the actual figures for 2015.

 

Concern was expressed at the difficulty of asking for financial contributions whilst not having actual figures to indicate what will be needed but it was agreed that this was unavoidable as the circumstances this year have been exceptional. We now have an excellent new accounting system in place but it was an enormous task to get to this position and done entirely by the great efforts of volunteers taking on major roles within the church structure.

 

The meeting recorded its thanks to Alastair and Jeremy.

 

  1. Finance – Looking to 2017

Leslie Packer joined the meeting to discuss a paper produced on Anne’s behalf looking to All Saints’ financial needs for 2017. The paper provided an estimate of the likely amount on the basis of figures from Jeremy and Alastair and also a summary of projected income.

 

All figures are provisional – in particular the level of paying events in the church will have a bearing. There are two new important needs to take into consideration: the desirability of paying a sum each year (suggested £10,000) into a fund for repairs; the covering of half the cost of the heritage officer’s salary. Given the greater use of the church and the aim to increase this further there is also the need for a janitor.

 

The meeting agreed that the approach last year worked well (open books; keep it simple; talk about £££, rather than percentages). There are new people in the church who need to be engaged; there is a lot of unpledged plate giving that needs to be translated into pledged, gift-aid, or envelope scheme giving. We also need to guide the congregation towards annual reviews/increases in giving; a guide as to what they might expect to give based on income. The focus should address those who haven’t responded or aren’t giving anything and those who are new to the church. We should illustrate what “good giving” looks like. There should be clear explanations of where and on what the money is to be spent.

 

For now, we continue to monitor the financial figures and take stock as we approach the time of the appeal and then a re-examination once we have the actual accounts for 2015.

 

The meeting recorded thanks to Leslie and Anne for their work on the stewardship campaigns.

 

  1. A simple order for daily prayer

Jonathan circulated a simple order for daily prayer to the meeting for discussion. It came out of the prayer survey conducted last year and is intended to provide a structure for people to use in their daily lives. It was considered that there might be an opportunity to ask people to make a gentle commitment to prayer/praying for a trial period.

 

Some suggestions/additions were discussed; Jonathan will incorporate these and re-circulate the paper.

 

  1. Church Life Review
  • The point about where people should stand at baptisms has been taken on board and is working well.
  • Some concern was expressed that the “professionalization” of flower arranging in church might discourage people from coming forward to help or to make gifts of flowers. This was not the intention and care would be taken to encourage all levels of involvement.
  • The confirmation service was very enjoyable, providing an opportunity to experience the ways of other churches.
  • A cherry-picker is needed to replace lights in church and the opportunity will be used to identify where the squirrel is gaining ingress with the aim of stopping it.
  • During one of the recent heavy downpours the chapel roof let in some water; it was thought that blocked gutters caused this. When they are clear it was suggested that something be placed in them to deter birds from nesting etc.
  • There is a brief summary in the vergers’ folder of information to give to homeless people coming into the church for help.

 

 

  1. Health and Safety
  • Two of the drains inspection hatches in the west end path are damaged (probably by the very wet weather causing damage to their supports); repairs are being arranged.
  • The “dust-buster” is missing – the office staff will be asked to look out for it.

 

  1. Kingston Team news
  • There will be a joint service at St John the Baptist church, Kingston Vale, on 19th June at 10.30am to celebrate their patronal festival; this means that there will be no 9.30am service at All Saints on that day.
  • Team council meeting: last year’s trip to Cambridge was a success; this year a trip to Winchester is being planned for 15 October.

 

  1. Deputy churchwardens

The next meeting is on 17 June.

 

  1. Forthcoming events

These were noted as set out on the agenda, subject to the inclusion of the table-top sale on Saturday 25 June in the church grounds.

The Service on 1 July commemoration the first day of the Battle of the Somme will take place at 12noon and will replace silent prayer on that day.

 

  1. A.O.B.

Choir stalls: we have collected £28,000 towards new choir stalls which is enough to make a start. Jonathan and Kevin Davies have written a brief for Ptolemy Dean who will produce a design for PCC to approve. The choir stalls will be made by those who did the woodwork for the restoration.

 

Friends of All Saints. There was no great reaction to the note circulated at the AGM so plans will be put in place for the winding up of the Friends organization.

 

 

The meeting closed at 9pm with the Lord’s Prayer.

 

Next meeting: Wednesday 27 July 2016.
Tuesday 10th May 2016, 7.30pm at All Saints Church

Minutes

Present
Rev’d Jonathan Wilkes, Chris Ault, Philip David, Liz Deller, John Dewhurst, Penny D’Souza, John Edwards, Julia Fionda, Eithne Fray, Isabel Isaacson, Tsetsy Kehayova, Chris Mayo, Iain Nevill

1. Apologies
Apologies received from: Rev’d David Bell, Martin Corner, Rev’d Sandy Cragg, Peter Hann, Ed Humpherson, Jennifer Pearce, Paul Thompson, Philip Walker

Jonathan opened the meeting with a prayer.

The meeting welcomed the three newly-elected PCC members: Philip Davies, Julia Fionda and Chris Mayo.

2. Minutes of last meeting
PCC, Tuesday 15th March 2016: minutes agreed.

3. Matters arising
o Holy water. It was agreed that this item should be carried over to the next meeting as it was initially raised by Martin Corner who was unable to be here.
o Designs for the Seven Kings for the East End niches. Jonathan has responded to the concerns of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (discussed at the PCC meeting in March). The DAC has asked to see a trial piece of the embroidered fabric to see how the drawings will be interpreted. It makes sense from our point of view to work on a complete King and this is what has been suggested to the DAC. The plan is for the trial piece to be King Athelstan as the image can also be used in other ways, not just in the wall niche. We are now awaiting approval for the painted designs to be placed in their niches at the East End.
o Safeguarding Policy. The Diocesan safeguarding officer has suggested, in relation to the monitoring of the children in the choir between the end of the 9.30am service and the start of the trebles’ rehearsal, that a slightly more active role is needed than the one indicated by the suggested re-wording of the Safeguarding Policy. The relevant wording will thus be amended to read: “We will specifically ensure that children in and around the choir vestry are monitored by a designated adult at this time.” Jonathan will send round an email setting out what is required and a rota will be organized.

Additional agenda item:

3A. Role and responsibilities of the PCC
Jonathan circulated a document setting out the role and responsibilities of the Parochial Church Council. He drew the attention of the meeting to the following.
Body corporate. PCC members are not personally responsible but commitments made by the PCC have to be honoured even when membership changes.
Structure within which PCC is set. The Bishop is in overall charge of the churches in the diocese but delegates his authority to Jonathan as Rector to act on his behalf in the parish. An example of this is the delegation to the priest of the sacrament of baptism with the Bishop retaining responsibility for confirmation. The members of the PCC are the elected representatives of the congregation and the parish priest consults and works with the congregation via the PCC. The life of the PCC incorporates local issues (everything that happens in the geographical location of the parish, eg businesses, visitors, shoppers &c) and in church (which would include visitors to the church as well as services and so forth) and also national issues, represented by Deanery, Diocesan and General Synod.
Specific responsibilities. These are concerning the building, finances, people (volunteers and paid employees). There are also specific responsibilities in relation to the appointment of parish priests which involve two elected representatives (usually but not necessarily the churchwardens) who consult with the Bishop.
Standing committee. All Saints has a system of deputy churchwardens (4 at present) not all of whom are members of the PCC. The churchwardens, deputy churchwardens and Jonathan (with PCC secretary taking notes) form a chapter which operates as standing committee. It was suggested that this be formalized to be our de facto standing committee; this was agreed unanimously by the meeting.
PCC Vice-chair. Jonathan proposed that the role of vice-chair be undertaken by the churchwardens. Agreed unanimously by the meeting. The churchwardens are elected for one year at a time but can serve for six years. They can stand for re-election after a minimum of one year has passed.
Priorities. Although it is essential to ensure that the PCC functions in the right way, Jonathan stressed the importance of not getting stuck inside procedure and process at the expense of losing sight of our ministry. We need to be welcoming; we need to have patience and forbearance; generosity; to speak the truth in love; to be inventive, creative, brave. Our great themes should be Love, Joy, Hope.
Feedback: Deanery Synod representatives feed back from meetings but it was suggested that we might look at ways of influencing from our PCC up through the levels of the deanery and diocese. The PCC minutes will be uploaded on to the church website and displayed on the church noticeboard.

4. Finance
An interim finance report was given at the AGM. Due to some delays following the introduction of new accounting software and restructuring of the way they are to be presented, the church will pay an outside firm to produce the final accounts this year. A special Accounts meeting will be held shortly (June/July) when the final accounts will be examined and discussed. Jonathan will meet with Jeremy and Alastair to look at ways in which to organise the workload so that the treasurer’s job is less onerous.

5. Church Life Review
• The high quality of the music at evensong is greatly appreciated. Following on from this, Jonathan asked PCC members to spread the word to help with recruitment of choir members, essential to maintain the strong musical tradition.
• It was suggested that it would be helpful to have the Annual Report available via the website.
• In September help will be needed for the running of the children’s workshops.
• It was noted that sidespeople need to co-ordinate when taking the collection to avoid overlapping in certain areas (especially the South aisle). The churchwardens keep an eye on this where possible from the back of the church.
• It was suggested that, at baptisms, parents needed to be in a position from which they can clearly see the baptism taking place.
• Those who attended the Easter dawn service enjoyed it and felt that they had witnessed something special. It was suggested that the service itself could be expanded.
• Thanks was recorded by the meeting for Iain Nevill’s excellent catering following the Easter dawn service and at the Come and Sing event.

6. Parish Support Fund
The importance of supporting the Diocese was emphasized especially to help supplement parishes who find they are unable to pay to maintain clergy. The meeting discussed what contribution should be offered on behalf of All Saints to the Parish Support Fund for 2017. The meeting acknowledged the difficulty of not having final accounts at this stage in the process as we don’t know exactly how much might be available. However, we can give an indication. Jonathan recommended an increase of at least 2% on what we gave last year; the meeting unanimously agreed, with a proviso that we would look to improve on this when we have the final figures.

7. Year of Mercy
This provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our ministry. The meeting looked specifically at the issue of refugees. It was agreed that a themed service would help to raise awareness within the congregation. Recognition was given for what we are already doing to help: “Good Causes” has made a donation to Refugee Action Kingston and there is a fundraising concert for this charity at All Saints in June; an article in the current Saints Alive raises awareness of the plight of those in the “Jungle” camp at Calais; the Mayoral service on 29th June has a theme of welcome which will focus on refugees; our open church is a good space for those needing refuge; the church is actively helping a member of the congregation through the asylum process (which experience might be of help to other churches and could be shared via Deanery Synod).
Jonathan asked for a volunteer to be the church representative on the issue of refugees.

8. Health and Safety
• Thanks were recorded to Iain who has made safe the worst of the broken flagstones at the church gate facing the Memorial Gardens.
• The key to the operating function of the West End doors is missing – all were asked to look out for it and to hand it in if found.
• One or two of the East End electricity floor boxes occasionally have some moisture in them. We have been assured that there is no danger but anyone planning to use them and finding dampness should dry them first.
• Daedalus will shortly be attending to the fixing of the North door mechanism and to quote for work on the bell tower leak, the damp patch at the West End and refurbishment of the East Surrey Gates.

9. Kingston Team news
There will be a joint service at St John the Baptist church, Kingston Vale, on 19th June at 10.30am to celebrate their patronal festival; this means that there will be no 9.30am service at All Saints on that day.

10. Deputy churchwardens
Notes of the deputy churchwardens meeting, 15th April, were circulated. There were no matters arising.

11. Forthcoming events
These were noted as set out on the agenda, subject to the following amendment: the topic of the Topical Lunch on Thursday June 16th is “EU Referendum Hustings” and not as listed on the Agenda.
There is the possibility of regular hiring of the church on Mondays and Thursdays by a choir run by the former organizer of the Rock Choir at the church.

12. A.O.B.
o A table-top sale in aid of good causes is to take place in the church grounds (if wet, in church in the café area) – contact the church office for details.
o The main noticeboard, North lawn, is to be replaced.

The meeting closed at 9pm with the Lord’s Prayer.

Next meeting: Wednesday 15th June 2016