St Leonards Church Being a Parish Treasurer Why would anyone want to be a Parish treasurer? It was never in my career plans, but I first became one in 1976 when I was working in the Dominican Republic and we were members of Epiphany Episcopal Church. When you are part of a small expatriate community, if something needs doing, you do it. “Someone else” is never available! It was then a surprise when I got press-ganged into the job again in 2014 in the parish of Wolborough in Devon. The previous Treasurer, who was also the curate, suddenly was appointed to a benefice in mid Devon and had to leave at very short notice. He had worked for HSBC Bank before taking Holy Orders so had been well qualified for the job. When he informed the PCC that he was leaving, one of the Readers had the idea that – “someone else” being conspicuously absent – I had nothing better to do. I have no financial qualifications. I am an engineer by training but could just about find my way round a profit and loss account. Fortunately, the independent inspectors were a firm of accountants whose senior partner had been a Parish treasurer so understood my predicament. The Diocesan Board of Finance in Exeter were also very friendly and helpful and ran courses for novice treasurers. All very helpful, but some things like claiming Gift Aid or VAT refunds from the Listed Places of Worship Scheme, you just had to settle down and learn for yourself. There is great satisfaction when HMRC accept the claim and the money appears in the bank account. We moved to Badsey in 2017 with no idea of getting involved in church management but in 2019 a plea went out for a treasurer. I mulled it over and decided to offer to help. Badsey is a smaller parish than Wolborough and ought to be less complicated. It is not so well endowed though and making ends meet actually is harder. It took about a year to find out how things work, how they had worked in the past and what resources were available. I was blessed to have colleagues on the PCC and ex-members of the PCC who have been generous with their help. So, what do I do? What I do not do is set the financial policy for the PCC. It is the task of the PCC to decide on this and for the treasurer to implement it. Because I now know the details, it is also part of the job to advise and 4
guide the PCC as they set the policy. It is also part of my job to foster good relations with the Diocesan Board of Finance. Too often they are thought of as Robber Barons imposing an impossible amount of Parish Share that they want us to pay them. Working with them is so much better than working in opposition. Parish Share, after all, replaced paying the clergy directly, so it is something that we are honour bound to pay – if we want to keep the churches going! Looking after the church finances during the pandemic has not been easy. Many sources of income have been closed off to us. Churches were closed but utilities still had to be paid; no plate collections; no fees from Weddings or Funerals. We were reliant on those faithful people who gave by Standing Order or by the new Parish Giving Scheme. I must not forget the fantastic generosity of those people who donated to the fund to restore the Badsey Church Clockface. Not only were we able to pay for the work but the Gift Aid that we reclaimed on many of the donations has helped us defray many other ongoing expenses. What have I learned from my times as a Parish treasurer? The most important task is to simplify the work involved so that it is then easier to convince someone else to take over from you! And last – but not least – ALWAYS say “Thank you”. They are the most influential words imaginable. John Waters, Badsey
St Leonard’s Church Contacts Vicar: Revd. Philip Morton - 832599 Churchwardens: Mr S Mitchell - 831871 Mr J Wood - 834672 Bells: Mr J Cleveland - 831200 if unavailable contact - Mr S Mitchell Flowers: Mrs Liz Kerr 832899 Parish Administrator - Wendy Stafford Email: email@example.com Tel: 01386 424 728 All enquiries for Baptisms & Weddings please contact the Parish Administrator
A rolling diary of events can be found on the Benefice Website: www.eastvaleavon.org.uk 5
From the Parish Registers August 2021 Weddings; 31/07/2021
Baptisms; 18/07/2021 25/07/2021 01/08/2021 01/08/2021 08/08/2021 08/08/2021
Badsey Badsey Badsey Offenham Badsey S.Littleton
Funerals; 13/07/2021 15/07/2021 16/07/2021 17/07/2021 19/07/2021 20/07/2021 21/07/2021 22/07/2021 26/07/2021 12/08/2021
Badsey Bretforton Bretforton Offenham Bretforton Badsey Cleeve Prior Offenham Offenham Bretforton
Katie Cooke & Nicholas Baldwin
Ingrid Erica Beth Enderby-Morton Jacob Keith Lane Lillia Marie Ogg Hugo James Collins Freddie Ted Parker Felix Draco Reid Barrett-Lee
Alan Morrell (93) Lilian Margaret De Vine (90) Jean Ann Mallins (65) Stella Doreen Webb (100) George Beresford Walford (95) John Keen (83) Michael Peter Sylvester (79) Esther Edith Holloway (100) Eileen Rose Latham (86) Thelma Joan Lippett (86)
Mother & Toddlers For more details phone Angela on 01386 830329.
Bretforton Preschool Playgroup We hope you are all enjoying a beautiful summer holidays, meeting up with friends and family. We are looking forward to our new term In September, we have lots of activities planned ready for the children. For enquiries please contact Jane Jones 01386 832091 Kind regards Jane and Team
3M’s We had an outing to Badsey this month to see the Knitted Bible exhibition. Everyone enjoyed themselves and finished the afternoon off with tea and cakes, of course. We are taking part in the floral festival in St Leonard’s on the weekend of 11/12th. Some of our crafts will be part of the 3Ms display. Our next meeting is September 20th and we will are visiting the garden of The Old Police House, Shop Lane. We meet at our normal time of 2pm. Hope to see everyone there. If you are interested in this friendly club, please get in touch with Margaret Pye 833537
Craft & Chat We are a friendly relaxed group of mixed ages and skills. We’d love you to join us with your latest project or even just for a chat between 10am - 12pm on Wednesday 8th and 22nd of September at Bretforton Community Social Club. £3 entry including a drink and cake. See you all soon, Leeann 07398231138
Bretforton Ladies Circle Great news we will be recommencing our monthly meetings. The first meeting will be on Thursday September 23rd in The Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm. This will be a general meeting and it is hoped all current members will attend. We would welcome some new members to this friendly ladies group. Mary McKallin 10
Next meeting will be in September. For more information please see - www.bretfortonpc.uk
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Bretforton Garden Club News Meetings on the following Wednesdays. September 1st - Kathy Smith talks on "What is the future of gardening October 6th - Robin Pearce on 'Create a Prairie Garden in your own back yard" November 3rd - Gail Plant on December 1st - Reg Mole on
"Winter Scent" "An evening with Reg Mole"
Honeybourne Village Hall, Harvest Close, Honeybourne WR117RH Our website is www.bretforton-gardenclub.co.uk Facebook Group is Bretforton Garden Club E.mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy your gardening and we look forward to seeing you all, everyone welcome.
Macmillan Bring and Buy Coffee Morning Saturday 09th October 2021 10am – 12noon at Bretforton Sports Club. After a year out last year we are back this October with our annual bring and buy coffee morning, please come along to support. All proceeds to Evesham Macmillan Unit. For further information please ring Carol 830176, Jane 832091, Janette 832222 or Elaine 831472
Young at Heart Hello all you lovely Young at Heart group, We have all missed you so much and hope your all well. It was lovely to hear that you enjoyed the afternoon tea we delivered to your doors, and must apologise to anyone we missed – We will make up for it! Obviously, because of Covid we have been unable to continue with the lunches - but be reassured were looking at ways we can bring this back to you. However for now, Lucy and Rob Anstey have kindly let us use their Manor Barn to hold an afternoon tea party on Friday 3rd September, 2pm until 4pm, so please come along and meet up with friends. It will be lovely to see you all again, and share a cup of tea and cake together. Kim x
11th & 12th September St Leonards will be open this weekend displaying arrangements created by the many groups that form our wonderful community. A service will be held at 11am on Sunday. All welcome.
Bretforton Silver Band Thank you so much to everyone who watched and supported our virtual Proms performance streamed live from the Fleece Inn in July. If you missed it the recording is available to view on our YouTube channel. We were also very grateful for the donations we received on our just giving page; all donations will be added to our funds for a new bandroom. The band’s committee have been thinking about the future of the Proms and are considering what we can do to run it safely for all, we will keep villagers updated. We have really enjoyed rehearsing in the gardens of The Fleece Inn throughout the summer and have really appreciated the support from Nigel Smith for being so accommodating; however, now that the nights are drawing in we have made plans to rehearse at the Lifford Hall in Broadway for the remainder of the year. We are now working towards a special recorded performance for Armistice and will let you know more details next month. Even though it’s only September, tickets for our Christmas concert at The Henrician are now available to book via their website www.henrician.org. You may wish to book early to avoid disappointment. Did you know?
The first overseas trip by the band was to a German village called ‘Löhrieth’, near the town of Bad Neustadt, in 1981. This event came about through the twinning association at the local town of Pershore. The band formed a friendship with their village band, ‘Musikkapelle Löhrieth’ and have remained twinned with them since. Both bands regularly visit exchange visits every several years. Best wishes
Bretforton Sports Club The League Cricket season will be over in a couple of weeks .Both sides are in 2nd position in their respective divisions . The 1st X1 beat Norton Lindsey by 6 wickets , Elmley Castle by 22 runs and Kineton by 6 runs .They lost their last game to Exhall and Wixford by 77 runs. The 2nd X1 lost to Kenilworth by 37 runs but have beaten Elmley Castle by 4 wickets Norton Lindsey by 127 runs and Southam by 8 wickets .The last 2 games for both sides are very important . On a sad note, the Cricket Club are mourning the death of Denys Shaw of Elmley Castle Cricket Club. .They have been great sporting rivals of Bretforton and Denys was a player, Captain and latterly Chairman of this Club. Denys was also a very good football referee and after his retirement took on the job of Referees Assessor. Many local referees were grateful to Denys for his observations. Denys was a great supporter of Evesham Utd and on a personal note I spent many a happy hour with him at the Jubilee Stadium. Local sport will be the poorer for his passing. R I P Denys The Ladies Hockey section are training hard for the start of their season, but 2 of their players , Lisa Workman and Julie Hall have played for England Veterans in 2 matches so far, beating Wales 6 - 1 and Scotland 2 - 1. Julie Hall scored against Wales. Congratulations girls .The Club is proud of you. The Saturday football side has started its pre-season Stratford League Cup with a 1st round 4 -2 victory over Blockley. The League starts on Saturday 4th September . The Sunday side have arranged 2 friendlies against Perrywood and Broadway on Sunday 22nd and 29th August K.O 10.30. Both matches at home . On Sunday 5th September there will be a match in celebration of the life of Sam Raphael who was a great stalwart of the Club. He held many positions throughout his career, most important of these was Treasurer. Without his efforts the Club would not enjoy the success it does today. The match kicks off at 11.00 with celebrations thereafter . League football starts on Sunday 12th September . 24
The Club are still seeking to appoint a Chairman. Anyone interested please contact the Club Secretary Alan Allchurch on 07759898599 . That’s all for this month. Lets hope the fine weather continues as an exciting climax to the cricket season is predicted. Yours Sincerely Keith Mitchell
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Mobile Library Service The mobile library service resumed in April for socially distanced browsing and borrowing. The mobile library visits the Bretforton on the 4th Friday of the month at the following times: 13:35 to 13:55 – Bretforton Village School 14:00 to 14:20 – Station Road