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Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

WHO ARE THE PCC?

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embers of the PCC are either ex officio or elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.

S AINT A GNES C HURCH C AWSTON, NORFOLK

During 2007 the following served as members of the PCC:

Incumbent The Rev. Tom Harris

Wardens Mr. Simon Court

(also served as Child Protection Officer)

Mrs. Betty Brunt

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mr. Brian Seager

(served as Warden until March 2007)

Representatives on Deanery Synod Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

(also served as PCC Secretary)

Mrs. Jane Court

(also served as PCC Lay Vice-Chairman)

Elected members Mr. Peter Boxshall

(resigned from the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Mandy Cameron-Heffer Mr. Brian Canavan

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Debbie Graver Mrs. Lyn Fairchild

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. June Hopper Mr. Alex Young

(resigned from the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Rita Mead served as our treasurer, although not as a PCC member.

CHURCH WEBSITE

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he church website evolved slowly throughout 2007. The main improvement has been the inclusion of a comprehensive calendar of services and events.

e have had several thousand visitors to the site during the year — with interest from people in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada plus many from all over the UK. It is hoped that an on-line shop may be introduced soon. That is what I said last year — maybe it will happen in 2008!

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on’t forget that the site holds copies of PCC minutes, reports and policies covering the past three years. Visit www.st-agnes.org.uk soon. Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

Major Points of Interest  Average attendance at our Sunday services is now: 34 adults 11 children  2007 Parish Share paid in full and on time!  The Church electoral roll (membership) rose from 34 to 38 during 2007  Parish Share for 2008 is increased by 18% to £15,818  Income needs to rise by £3,000 through 2008 to ensure we “balance the books”

The document is copyright material. © 2008 Cawston Parochial Church Council The contents of this document were agreed for publication by Cawston Parochial Church Council on Tuesday 5th February 2008 This document is available to download from http://www.st-agnes.org.uk

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 In 2007 £1,140 was given to local, national and international charities (see the full breakdown on the page 6 of this report)


Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

CONTENTS Introduction Notes from The Rectory

INTRODUCTION 2 2

Churchwarden’s Report

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Finance Parish Magazine

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

4&5 5

Choir Bookstall

5 5

Fabric Report Grants Received plus Mission and Charity

6 6

Work with Children and Youth

7

Fair Trade Who Are The PCC?

7 8

Church Website

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aint Agnes Church, Cawston, is part of the Ingworth Deanery in the Church of England Diocese of Norwich. The Parochial Church Council (the PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, Reverend Tom Harris, in promoting the ecclesiastical parish with the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

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he PCC has maintenance responsibilities for the vast church building in the centre of Cawston village. This report highlights the activities and achievements of the church; including a financial summary; over the past year. Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

NOTES FROM THE RECTORY

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n recent years the cost of ministry in Cawston has been met by linking with other parishes (Hav ering land & Heydon, for ex ample) an d generating income from other sources. For some years Cawston College filled this latter role, but since its closure in the mid-1990’s there has been a significant shortfall. In 2002 the development of what had been known as the West Norwich Hospital into the Norwich Community Hospital offered the opportunity of a fund-generating chaplaincy just as this under-funded benefice became available upon the retirement of Michael King. For nearly five years this combination of ministries worked quite well. Sadly, the NHS is not doing long-termism just at the moment, and the role of chaplain became redundant in January of 2007.

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owever, this enabled the fulfilling of two worthwhile roles within the diocese, both as the gloriously titled World Church Officer, and the less happily named Trainer in Adult Abuse. Additionally, the sudden increase in available time has coincided with a year in which our aspirations for the fabric of the church have demanded particular concentration.

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s long ago as 2003 we identified the re-siting of the organ as the key to the full exploitation of the church building’s resources. During 2007 we have obtained both the permission to move the instrument (and have it refurbished in the process) and the funds to make this possible.

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e have hired the services of a bid-writer, Laura Price, to secure the funding for the rest of the project and, through Pro-Help, benefited from the immensely generous contributions of

Screen Print Plus Ltd. of Great Yarmouth, who designed and supplied both the brochures which have been distributed to every household in Cawston, and the Thank You cards sent to every donor, and the magnificent display boards in church – all absolutely free of charge.

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he building project is now entering a new phase. In early 2008 we expect to receive the detailed Faculty permission necessary to achieve our objectives, and then our attention will be focused on securing the funding necessary. This again coincides with a new ministerial (and fundgenerating) role as part-time chaplain at Cawston Park.

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hese changes and opportunities emphasize the utmost importance of the ‘priesthood of all believers’. We all need to play our part in the life of the Church. We need everyone’s God-given and God-blessed gifts for the Church to be truly the Church. We need fervent prayer. We need sacrificial giving. We need courageous discipleship – ordinary men, women and children who are prepared to risk looking foolish when they try something new for God’s sake.

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suspect that for many, spiritual growth in 2008 will come about through membership of a monthly home-group — which offers mid-week confidential fellowship, prayer support and the opportunity to explore faith and express worrying doubts — and attendance at a faith-building Quiet Day.

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Rev. Tom Harris

WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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his has been a year of changes for children’s and youth work at St Agnes. After three years running Sunday School Bobby and Peggy decided to retire in the summer. We are thankful for their dedication and commitment to working with children in the church.

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he children have chosen the name SUNDAY CLUB for their activities which now take place during the service on the second and third Sunday in the month. SUNDAY CLUB is for children aged 5 to 10 and we have a varied programme of activities tailored to children of these ages.

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nother exciting development this year has been the start of our youth group for those aged 1118. Calling themselves STITCH (Some Teenagers In The Church), the young people are still developing their programme. Meeting at Phil and Amelia’ s home each mon th w ith addition al meetings as planned, STITCH have been doing some interesting things with music and pizza. At the time of writing the (entirely non-competitive!) bowling challenge is about to take place. n the course of the year our young people have been involved in the worship in church and have enjoyed their own activities too. In July a day of adventure and activities at the Horstead Centre was great fun and included open canoes, low ropes, rock climbing and the zip wire.

ick Whittington was the pantomime at the Theatre Royal this Christmas. This year the invitation to join the Cawston Church party was extended to the Cubs, Scouts and Brownies. A record 64 people enjoyed the traditional panto and a good time was had by all. he second St Agnes Scalextric Grand Prix took place in September. This year we had a new large grand prix racing track which allowed close racing for those who could handle the power! The long straight drag race once again was very popular with racers of all ages. he 2007 nativity took on an alternative form. The children, together with a select band of (alleged) grown ups presented our “Normal for Norfolk Nativity”. This was a modern retelling or the Christmas Story as it might have been reported by BBC Look East. Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men from the East (Lowestoft) following an unreliable star, arrived at the stable behind the Inn in Cawston where Mary had given birth to Jesus. We have yet to hear from Stewart White and Debbie Tubby’s lawyers. ur children and youth activities are open to all young people who are very welcome to take part. Mr. Simon Court and Mrs. Jane Court

FAIR TRADE

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his has been another successful year for our Fair Trade stall. We have expanded the range of products we sell. We usually have a selection of gift items in stock and the full range is available to order from our Traidcraft catalogue.

Profit/Loss Account Sales Cost of sales Opening Stock Purchases Closing Stock

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n November’s Family Praise service Ruth McGinley, a Christian Aid speaker on Fair Trade spoke about Trade Injustice. Ruth went on to explain the crucial role of Fair Trade in building God’s Kingdom on earth.

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e would like to thank all of our customers for their loyal support throughout the year. Profits from our operations have been used to support Traidcraft by investing in storage boxes and additional stock which has enable us to extend the range of products we stock.

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2007 £

225.08 3,082.54 409.94

Balance Sheet Fixed Assets Stock Debtors Cash

Alice Court and Jessica Cameron-Heffer

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£

3,101.76

Gross Profit

ook out for our special Fairly Traded Easter gifts!

2006 £

£ 3,328.40

3,337.32 225.08 2,897.68

3,112.24

204.08

216.16

56.90 409.94

5.00 225.08 14.40 25.06

38.05 504.89

269.54

84.65

53.38

Total net Assets

420.24

216.16

Capital Account B/Fwd Profit

216.16 204.08

216.16

420.24

216.16

Creditors


Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

CHURCH FABRIC

CHURCHWARDEN’S REPORT

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fter four years of planning to adapt St Agnes’ building so it can become a valuable c ommu n ity r esou r c e w e h av e been able to commence the work. In September the PCC decided to go ahead with improvements to the church porch. The porch is being redecorated, the floor has been re-laid and the door-step removed to make the building more readily accessible.

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onstraints placed on us by the various heritage bodies have meant that much of the original uneven stonework from the porch floor has had to be reused rather than new flatter materials. The new floor is certainly more even, and much safer, than the old. We hope that you will agree that the re-laid floor is a great improvement and presents a more welcoming entrance to the church.

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he other highly visible change to the building this year has been the removal of the organ for repair. The St Agnes organ has waited a long time to be reinstated to full working order and is being completely rebuilt by Richard Bower, a local organ builder, at his premises in Weston Longville. We have received significant grant aid towards the cost of this project from the Council for the Care of Churches and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The organ should be back in church by Easter, in full working order and in its new location at the head of the South Aisle.

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uring the coldest months of winter many of our services have taken place in Cawston Primary School. This will continue until satisfactory heating is available in the building.

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ur plans for a new heating system, dais, meeting rooms, kitchen and lavatory facilities have received recommendation of the Norwich Diocesan Advisory Committee which enables us to apply for a Faculty (licence) to undertake the work. We are now trying to raise the £450,000 cost of the scheme.

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he PCC are thankful to all of those who prepare the church for worship. Cleaning of the church building is an onerous task, willingly undertaken by a dedicated band of volunteers. The flow er s team ar e r espon sible for th e flor al decorations which enhance the building throughout the year.

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large mediaeval building need constant attention and tackling the regular maintenance headaches of St Agnes continues to be coordinated by Mike Graver. The PCC are grateful for the Parish Council‘s maintenance of the churchyard. The improvement in the grass cutting programme has been appreciated by all users of the churchyard.

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erhaps next year’s report will be looking forward to the opening of our new facilities!

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his year the church’s LPG gas heaters have been fully serviced so we can continue to have some heat on Sunday mornings until a new and more effective heating system is installed.

Mr. Simon Court

GRANTS RECEIVED

MISSION AND CHARITY

During 2007 a number of grants have been received from trust funds.

During 2007 the Church made many donations towards mission and to charities.

Here is a breakdown:

Here is a breakdown:

Cawston Poor Allotments

£1,000.00

Norfolk Churches Trust

£10.00

Lady Hind Trust

£2,500.00

Historic Churches Preservation Trust

£50.00

Shelroy Charitable Trust

£250.00

Royal British Legion, Poppy Appeal

£205.00

Fitzmaurice Trust

£250.00

Children's Society

£650.00

Heritage Lottery Fund *

£13,000.00

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Council for the Care of Churches *

£13,000.00

Mexico Orphans

* grant for organ work

£35.00 £190.00 £1,140.00

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start my report by thanking all those who have given Simon and me, their support over the past year, my first as church warden. Very special thanks to Brian Seager, who thought he had retired!

Services

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he Essex leg of The Students of the Cross visited again last year and Passover was celebrated. We also had successful evenings celebrating St Agnes Eve and Harvest Suppers. As part of the Village Carnival Celebrations Cawston Silver Band entertained about 60 stalwarts and they also played again at the Carol Service. We were also entertained by the Sheringham Shanty Men

he attendance at Sunday Services averaged 34, two down on last year and 11 children, one up on last year. Our regular congregation are the bedrock of St Agnes’ and without their support we would not have a church so thank you all very much for all your efforts and long may you continue worship in this beautiful church of ours. We congratulate Phil Whiting, Edward Cameron-Heffer and Tim and Alice Court who were confirmed in April 2007. We are pleased to report that twelve confirmations, throughout the Benefice, have taken place since Rev. Harris became our Rector — with at least three more planned for 2008. It is hoped that more Alpha courses will be held this coming year.

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Events

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e thank all those involved in preparing for these events . We know only too well how much work is involved. Once again the Court family held a Scalextrics day which proved very popular and our thanks are given to you all. I am told that a good time was had by all attending the Panto. More people are attending, including Scouts and Brownies but more adults are needed!

P.C.C.

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he PCC discussed several issues including the reordering of the Church, Fund raising, and Spiritual Growth . It was also decided to change the format of the Sunday School and the Sunday Club was formed. Sincere thanks are given to Bobbie and Peggy for the excellent service they provided to the Church and the children. Bobbie and Peggy organised a Sunday School Activity Day and this was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks are given to Tom, Andrew as Secretary, Rita as Treasurer and Jane as Vice Chairman and the rest of the PCC for giving their time and for all their efforts in making the services and events successful and enjoyable.

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s par t of th e reor der ing th e Porch w as renovated to provide better access for disabled persons. The organ was dismantled and taken away for essential repairs and will be re-sited in its new position in time for the 2008 Easter Services. I am sure we will all look forward to welcoming Bishop Graham on 7th April when he attends St Agnes to rededicate the organ. The Worship Committee continues to meet on a regular basis and it is at this Committee that the services for Family Praise are arranged. Many thanks to those involved in providing some very interesting topics for these services.

hanks also to those who sing in the choir— their musical leadership is greatly appreciated. It was nice to see that more people attended the Remembrance service. Due to a virus which affected most of the children at the School, the numbers attending Christingle were down on previous years so we hope that this will improve this year. The attendance at the Carol Service was slightly up on 2006 as was the attendance at Midnight Mass and Christmas Day but only slightly so there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Helpers

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e ar e blessed w ith man y w illin g an d dedicated helpers and St Agnes would not function without their support. Thank you to all those involved in cleaning the church, those responsible for all the floral displays, for typing the service sheets and advertising materials, for assisting with communion, prayers and readings, locking up the church and various other tasks essential to the smooth running of this lovely church of ours. My co warden Simon and our Rector, Tom, have worked very hard to raise grants and other funding needed to carry out the essential reordering of the church and I must now thank all those responsible for delivering the leaflets to every household, telling the village about our plans for the future. Thanks also to Sandra who acts as liaison officer for all the organised visitors to the church. Their visits generate some income and as we all know every little helps.

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nce again thank you all for all your support and may God Bless You Mrs. Betty Brunt and Mr. Simon Court


Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

FINANCE

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he P.C.C. GENERAL FUND had an increase in giving during the latter months of 2007 which allowed the P.C.C. to pay all its expenses including the Parish Share of £13,405 without going into reserves, as it had done in 2006. Regular giving was just over £2,000 up on the previous year and £2,882 tax was claimed (£450 more than in 2006). The balance at the end of the year was £3,703. 2008 - Parish Share = £15,818, an increase of £2,413. The rate of tax claimed by the Gift Aid system will be reduced because of the fall in the rate of income tax paid.

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OOTON CHURCHYARD ACCOUNT paid the balance of the account £311.52 to Booton Parish Meeting and the account was closed in July.

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he ORGAN FUND received grants of £26,000, towards repairs to the organ and the installation of the platform, with a further £19,000 to come. Bower & Co., Organ Restorers, were paid £12,600 of the £36,000 total cost. £3,510 to be paid for the platform. £2, 199 w as paid for Architec ts and Fundraising Fees. The balance at the year end was £ 12,997.

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ncome into the MAGAZINE ACCOUNT covered the year’s expenditure, plus purchasing a coffee percolator for the church. The balance at the end of the year was £4,389.

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he WAR MEMORIAL FUND increased to £2,236 with interest and dividends being added to the account and no payments made.

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UILDING PROJECT received interest of £25 and with no payments made during the year had a year end balance of £470.

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eaders have again offered their thanks and congratulations for this year’s issues, which makes it all worthwhile.

s usual some residents have moved away or departed to a better life, but we have gained more than we have lost in recent months.

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his examination was carried out under Regulation 3(3) of the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 and s43 of the Charities Act 1993.

O STA r ec eiv ed in c ome of £828 fr om subscriptions, donations, sale of cookbooks and interest. With £1 spent on postages the year end balance was £1,886.

opies of the documentation are on display in Church or may be downloaded from the church web site.

ew homes and new families like to have knowledge of village activities and businesses to help them settle here and various people phone me, which is quite pleasing to know when I can help. helma retired recently from school and says she still enjoys keeping busy computer setting and printing for us. I still enjoy what I’ve done for many years, but if anyone would like to try having a go, I’d be pleased to help them.

ST AGNES CHURCH, CAWSTON

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he FLOWER FUND had no transactions during the year and the balance at the year end remained at £40.

he Financial Statement below for ms p ar t of t h e fu ll P CC ac c ou n t s . Th e s e ac c oun t s we r e independently examined by Mrs. Jeanne Vince on 3rd February 2008.

Mrs. Rita Mead

hat will mean that if the books are to balance at the end of 2008, without going into reserves, receipts need to increase by at least £3,000.

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he BOOK STALL balance at the end of the year was £2,445, an increase of £12 on the previous year (see Book Stall report opposite).

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h e FABRIC FUND paid for por ch repairs amounting to £11,455 with a further £1,300 to pay. £6,000 was raised for the porch work from fund raising and donations. The account received £12,697 in donations and grants following the Appeal for funds towards repairs/alterations to the church. £6,185 was paid for Architects and Fundraising Fees. The balance at the end of the year was £35,251.

PARISH MAGAZINE

Mrs. June Hopper

Financial Statement for the Year ended 31st December 2007 Balance at 1st Jan 2007

Receipts Collections and Tax recovered Miscellaneous Transfers in Restricted

PCC General

Balance at 31 Dec 2007

Payments

Parish share Running exp. Charities Restricted

4,271

17,559 575 6,582 1,667 26,383

36,802

22,839

24,390

35,251

40

0

0

40

Organ

3,479

31,462

21,944

12,997

Magazine

4,332

4,084

4,027

4,389

War Memorial

1,985

251

0

2,236

445

25

0

470

2,433

846

833

2,446

312

0

312

0

1,059

828

1

1,886

Fabric Flower Fund

Building Project Book Stall Booton Churchyard FOSTA

+

55,158

86,718

-

13,405 5,820 10 6,663 25,898

4,756

77,405 =

64,471

P.C.C. balance

of £ 4,756 includes £ 1,053 Restricted Funds - Actual balance = £ 3,703

Debtors

Nil

Other Assets

250 shares in Alliance & Leicester - free allocation on Alliance & Leicester going public (War Memorial Fund)

Liabilities

Nil

Non-monetary assets

Nil

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CHOIR

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hank you to all the Choir for their hard work and commitment to the Church this year. We are pleased to welcome Jessica and Brian to our membership. Kate is once again playing for some of the services and taking choir practices which is a great help. We also greatly enjoy Edward and Tim’s contribution to the music in the church.

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hristmas was, as ever, a busy time for the choir, singing for the Carol Service and the Christingle Service. The next few months look equally busy. We have two important Weddings coming up in April along with the dedication of the new organ. On Passion Sunday we are joining Aylsham Choir to sing Steiner’s Crucifixion at Aylsham Church. This will be a new experience for most of us and we have taken up the challenge with enthusiasm.

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inally a special thank you to Michael who moved to a new job in Croydon. During his time in Cawston Michael was a loyal choir member and friend to all. He is greatly missed. Mrs. Mandy Cameron-Heffer

BOOKSTALL

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he Bookstall has not been so busy this year due to the work in the Porch. No profit — we just broke even. We purchased some new tea cloths in a different material and they can be machine washed so we hope this will improve sales.

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e again did well with small Church Guides and cards from Quidenham. We purchased our Christmas Cards for Delivery from Quidenham this year at a very reasonable price.

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ookbooks are still selling steadily. We hope the Bookstall will do better now it is in a different position. We aim to make a profit in 2008. Miss Iris Bramble

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Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

FINANCE

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he P.C.C. GENERAL FUND had an increase in giving during the latter months of 2007 which allowed the P.C.C. to pay all its expenses including the Parish Share of £13,405 without going into reserves, as it had done in 2006. Regular giving was just over £2,000 up on the previous year and £2,882 tax was claimed (£450 more than in 2006). The balance at the end of the year was £3,703. 2008 - Parish Share = £15,818, an increase of £2,413. The rate of tax claimed by the Gift Aid system will be reduced because of the fall in the rate of income tax paid.

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OOTON CHURCHYARD ACCOUNT paid the balance of the account £311.52 to Booton Parish Meeting and the account was closed in July.

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he ORGAN FUND received grants of £26,000, towards repairs to the organ and the installation of the platform, with a further £19,000 to come. Bower & Co., Organ Restorers, were paid £12,600 of the £36,000 total cost. £3,510 to be paid for the platform. £2, 199 w as paid for Architec ts and Fundraising Fees. The balance at the year end was £ 12,997.

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ncome into the MAGAZINE ACCOUNT covered the year’s expenditure, plus purchasing a coffee percolator for the church. The balance at the end of the year was £4,389.

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he WAR MEMORIAL FUND increased to £2,236 with interest and dividends being added to the account and no payments made.

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UILDING PROJECT received interest of £25 and with no payments made during the year had a year end balance of £470.

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eaders have again offered their thanks and congratulations for this year’s issues, which makes it all worthwhile.

s usual some residents have moved away or departed to a better life, but we have gained more than we have lost in recent months.

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his examination was carried out under Regulation 3(3) of the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 and s43 of the Charities Act 1993.

O STA r ec eiv ed in c ome of £828 fr om subscriptions, donations, sale of cookbooks and interest. With £1 spent on postages the year end balance was £1,886.

opies of the documentation are on display in Church or may be downloaded from the church web site.

ew homes and new families like to have knowledge of village activities and businesses to help them settle here and various people phone me, which is quite pleasing to know when I can help. helma retired recently from school and says she still enjoys keeping busy computer setting and printing for us. I still enjoy what I’ve done for many years, but if anyone would like to try having a go, I’d be pleased to help them.

ST AGNES CHURCH, CAWSTON

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he FLOWER FUND had no transactions during the year and the balance at the year end remained at £40.

he Financial Statement below for ms p ar t of t h e fu ll P CC ac c ou n t s . Th e s e ac c oun t s we r e independently examined by Mrs. Jeanne Vince on 3rd February 2008.

Mrs. Rita Mead

hat will mean that if the books are to balance at the end of 2008, without going into reserves, receipts need to increase by at least £3,000.

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he BOOK STALL balance at the end of the year was £2,445, an increase of £12 on the previous year (see Book Stall report opposite).

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h e FABRIC FUND paid for por ch repairs amounting to £11,455 with a further £1,300 to pay. £6,000 was raised for the porch work from fund raising and donations. The account received £12,697 in donations and grants following the Appeal for funds towards repairs/alterations to the church. £6,185 was paid for Architects and Fundraising Fees. The balance at the end of the year was £35,251.

PARISH MAGAZINE

Mrs. June Hopper

Financial Statement for the Year ended 31st December 2007 Balance at 1st Jan 2007

Receipts Collections and Tax recovered Miscellaneous Transfers in Restricted

PCC General

Balance at 31 Dec 2007

Payments

Parish share Running exp. Charities Restricted

4,271

17,559 575 6,582 1,667 26,383

36,802

22,839

24,390

35,251

40

0

0

40

Organ

3,479

31,462

21,944

12,997

Magazine

4,332

4,084

4,027

4,389

War Memorial

1,985

251

0

2,236

445

25

0

470

2,433

846

833

2,446

312

0

312

0

1,059

828

1

1,886

Fabric Flower Fund

Building Project Book Stall Booton Churchyard FOSTA

+

55,158

86,718

-

13,405 5,820 10 6,663 25,898

4,756

77,405 =

64,471

P.C.C. balance

of £ 4,756 includes £ 1,053 Restricted Funds - Actual balance = £ 3,703

Debtors

Nil

Other Assets

250 shares in Alliance & Leicester - free allocation on Alliance & Leicester going public (War Memorial Fund)

Liabilities

Nil

Non-monetary assets

Nil

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CHOIR

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hank you to all the Choir for their hard work and commitment to the Church this year. We are pleased to welcome Jessica and Brian to our membership. Kate is once again playing for some of the services and taking choir practices which is a great help. We also greatly enjoy Edward and Tim’s contribution to the music in the church.

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hristmas was, as ever, a busy time for the choir, singing for the Carol Service and the Christingle Service. The next few months look equally busy. We have two important Weddings coming up in April along with the dedication of the new organ. On Passion Sunday we are joining Aylsham Choir to sing Steiner’s Crucifixion at Aylsham Church. This will be a new experience for most of us and we have taken up the challenge with enthusiasm.

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inally a special thank you to Michael who moved to a new job in Croydon. During his time in Cawston Michael was a loyal choir member and friend to all. He is greatly missed. Mrs. Mandy Cameron-Heffer

BOOKSTALL

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he Bookstall has not been so busy this year due to the work in the Porch. No profit — we just broke even. We purchased some new tea cloths in a different material and they can be machine washed so we hope this will improve sales.

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e again did well with small Church Guides and cards from Quidenham. We purchased our Christmas Cards for Delivery from Quidenham this year at a very reasonable price.

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ookbooks are still selling steadily. We hope the Bookstall will do better now it is in a different position. We aim to make a profit in 2008. Miss Iris Bramble

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Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

CHURCH FABRIC

CHURCHWARDEN’S REPORT

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fter four years of planning to adapt St Agnes’ building so it can become a valuable c ommu n ity r esou r c e w e h av e been able to commence the work. In September the PCC decided to go ahead with improvements to the church porch. The porch is being redecorated, the floor has been re-laid and the door-step removed to make the building more readily accessible.

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onstraints placed on us by the various heritage bodies have meant that much of the original uneven stonework from the porch floor has had to be reused rather than new flatter materials. The new floor is certainly more even, and much safer, than the old. We hope that you will agree that the re-laid floor is a great improvement and presents a more welcoming entrance to the church.

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he other highly visible change to the building this year has been the removal of the organ for repair. The St Agnes organ has waited a long time to be reinstated to full working order and is being completely rebuilt by Richard Bower, a local organ builder, at his premises in Weston Longville. We have received significant grant aid towards the cost of this project from the Council for the Care of Churches and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The organ should be back in church by Easter, in full working order and in its new location at the head of the South Aisle.

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uring the coldest months of winter many of our services have taken place in Cawston Primary School. This will continue until satisfactory heating is available in the building.

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ur plans for a new heating system, dais, meeting rooms, kitchen and lavatory facilities have received recommendation of the Norwich Diocesan Advisory Committee which enables us to apply for a Faculty (licence) to undertake the work. We are now trying to raise the £450,000 cost of the scheme.

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he PCC are thankful to all of those who prepare the church for worship. Cleaning of the church building is an onerous task, willingly undertaken by a dedicated band of volunteers. The flow er s team ar e r espon sible for th e flor al decorations which enhance the building throughout the year.

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large mediaeval building need constant attention and tackling the regular maintenance headaches of St Agnes continues to be coordinated by Mike Graver. The PCC are grateful for the Parish Council‘s maintenance of the churchyard. The improvement in the grass cutting programme has been appreciated by all users of the churchyard.

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erhaps next year’s report will be looking forward to the opening of our new facilities!

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his year the church’s LPG gas heaters have been fully serviced so we can continue to have some heat on Sunday mornings until a new and more effective heating system is installed.

Mr. Simon Court

GRANTS RECEIVED

MISSION AND CHARITY

During 2007 a number of grants have been received from trust funds.

During 2007 the Church made many donations towards mission and to charities.

Here is a breakdown:

Here is a breakdown:

Cawston Poor Allotments

£1,000.00

Norfolk Churches Trust

£10.00

Lady Hind Trust

£2,500.00

Historic Churches Preservation Trust

£50.00

Shelroy Charitable Trust

£250.00

Royal British Legion, Poppy Appeal

£205.00

Fitzmaurice Trust

£250.00

Children's Society

£650.00

Heritage Lottery Fund *

£13,000.00

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Council for the Care of Churches *

£13,000.00

Mexico Orphans

* grant for organ work

£35.00 £190.00 £1,140.00

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start my report by thanking all those who have given Simon and me, their support over the past year, my first as church warden. Very special thanks to Brian Seager, who thought he had retired!

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he Essex leg of The Students of the Cross visited again last year and Passover was celebrated. We also had successful evenings celebrating St Agnes Eve and Harvest Suppers. As part of the Village Carnival Celebrations Cawston Silver Band entertained about 60 stalwarts and they also played again at the Carol Service. We were also entertained by the Sheringham Shanty Men

he attendance at Sunday Services averaged 34, two down on last year and 11 children, one up on last year. Our regular congregation are the bedrock of St Agnes’ and without their support we would not have a church so thank you all very much for all your efforts and long may you continue worship in this beautiful church of ours. We congratulate Phil Whiting, Edward Cameron-Heffer and Tim and Alice Court who were confirmed in April 2007. We are pleased to report that twelve confirmations, throughout the Benefice, have taken place since Rev. Harris became our Rector — with at least three more planned for 2008. It is hoped that more Alpha courses will be held this coming year.

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e thank all those involved in preparing for these events . We know only too well how much work is involved. Once again the Court family held a Scalextrics day which proved very popular and our thanks are given to you all. I am told that a good time was had by all attending the Panto. More people are attending, including Scouts and Brownies but more adults are needed!

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he PCC discussed several issues including the reordering of the Church, Fund raising, and Spiritual Growth . It was also decided to change the format of the Sunday School and the Sunday Club was formed. Sincere thanks are given to Bobbie and Peggy for the excellent service they provided to the Church and the children. Bobbie and Peggy organised a Sunday School Activity Day and this was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks are given to Tom, Andrew as Secretary, Rita as Treasurer and Jane as Vice Chairman and the rest of the PCC for giving their time and for all their efforts in making the services and events successful and enjoyable.

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s par t of th e reor der ing th e Porch w as renovated to provide better access for disabled persons. The organ was dismantled and taken away for essential repairs and will be re-sited in its new position in time for the 2008 Easter Services. I am sure we will all look forward to welcoming Bishop Graham on 7th April when he attends St Agnes to rededicate the organ. The Worship Committee continues to meet on a regular basis and it is at this Committee that the services for Family Praise are arranged. Many thanks to those involved in providing some very interesting topics for these services.

hanks also to those who sing in the choir— their musical leadership is greatly appreciated. It was nice to see that more people attended the Remembrance service. Due to a virus which affected most of the children at the School, the numbers attending Christingle were down on previous years so we hope that this will improve this year. The attendance at the Carol Service was slightly up on 2006 as was the attendance at Midnight Mass and Christmas Day but only slightly so there is still plenty of room for improvement.

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e ar e blessed w ith man y w illin g an d dedicated helpers and St Agnes would not function without their support. Thank you to all those involved in cleaning the church, those responsible for all the floral displays, for typing the service sheets and advertising materials, for assisting with communion, prayers and readings, locking up the church and various other tasks essential to the smooth running of this lovely church of ours. My co warden Simon and our Rector, Tom, have worked very hard to raise grants and other funding needed to carry out the essential reordering of the church and I must now thank all those responsible for delivering the leaflets to every household, telling the village about our plans for the future. Thanks also to Sandra who acts as liaison officer for all the organised visitors to the church. Their visits generate some income and as we all know every little helps.

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nce again thank you all for all your support and may God Bless You Mrs. Betty Brunt and Mr. Simon Court


Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

CONTENTS Introduction Notes from The Rectory

INTRODUCTION 2 2

Churchwarden’s Report

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Finance Parish Magazine

Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

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Choir Bookstall

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Fabric Report Grants Received plus Mission and Charity

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Work with Children and Youth

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Fair Trade Who Are The PCC?

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Church Website

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aint Agnes Church, Cawston, is part of the Ingworth Deanery in the Church of England Diocese of Norwich. The Parochial Church Council (the PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, Reverend Tom Harris, in promoting the ecclesiastical parish with the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

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he PCC has maintenance responsibilities for the vast church building in the centre of Cawston village. This report highlights the activities and achievements of the church; including a financial summary; over the past year. Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

NOTES FROM THE RECTORY

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n recent years the cost of ministry in Cawston has been met by linking with other parishes (Hav ering land & Heydon, for ex ample) an d generating income from other sources. For some years Cawston College filled this latter role, but since its closure in the mid-1990’s there has been a significant shortfall. In 2002 the development of what had been known as the West Norwich Hospital into the Norwich Community Hospital offered the opportunity of a fund-generating chaplaincy just as this under-funded benefice became available upon the retirement of Michael King. For nearly five years this combination of ministries worked quite well. Sadly, the NHS is not doing long-termism just at the moment, and the role of chaplain became redundant in January of 2007.

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owever, this enabled the fulfilling of two worthwhile roles within the diocese, both as the gloriously titled World Church Officer, and the less happily named Trainer in Adult Abuse. Additionally, the sudden increase in available time has coincided with a year in which our aspirations for the fabric of the church have demanded particular concentration.

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s long ago as 2003 we identified the re-siting of the organ as the key to the full exploitation of the church building’s resources. During 2007 we have obtained both the permission to move the instrument (and have it refurbished in the process) and the funds to make this possible.

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e have hired the services of a bid-writer, Laura Price, to secure the funding for the rest of the project and, through Pro-Help, benefited from the immensely generous contributions of

Screen Print Plus Ltd. of Great Yarmouth, who designed and supplied both the brochures which have been distributed to every household in Cawston, and the Thank You cards sent to every donor, and the magnificent display boards in church – all absolutely free of charge.

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he building project is now entering a new phase. In early 2008 we expect to receive the detailed Faculty permission necessary to achieve our objectives, and then our attention will be focused on securing the funding necessary. This again coincides with a new ministerial (and fundgenerating) role as part-time chaplain at Cawston Park.

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hese changes and opportunities emphasize the utmost importance of the ‘priesthood of all believers’. We all need to play our part in the life of the Church. We need everyone’s God-given and God-blessed gifts for the Church to be truly the Church. We need fervent prayer. We need sacrificial giving. We need courageous discipleship – ordinary men, women and children who are prepared to risk looking foolish when they try something new for God’s sake.

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suspect that for many, spiritual growth in 2008 will come about through membership of a monthly home-group — which offers mid-week confidential fellowship, prayer support and the opportunity to explore faith and express worrying doubts — and attendance at a faith-building Quiet Day.

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Rev. Tom Harris

WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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his has been a year of changes for children’s and youth work at St Agnes. After three years running Sunday School Bobby and Peggy decided to retire in the summer. We are thankful for their dedication and commitment to working with children in the church.

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he children have chosen the name SUNDAY CLUB for their activities which now take place during the service on the second and third Sunday in the month. SUNDAY CLUB is for children aged 5 to 10 and we have a varied programme of activities tailored to children of these ages.

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nother exciting development this year has been the start of our youth group for those aged 1118. Calling themselves STITCH (Some Teenagers In The Church), the young people are still developing their programme. Meeting at Phil and Amelia’ s home each mon th w ith addition al meetings as planned, STITCH have been doing some interesting things with music and pizza. At the time of writing the (entirely non-competitive!) bowling challenge is about to take place. n the course of the year our young people have been involved in the worship in church and have enjoyed their own activities too. In July a day of adventure and activities at the Horstead Centre was great fun and included open canoes, low ropes, rock climbing and the zip wire.

ick Whittington was the pantomime at the Theatre Royal this Christmas. This year the invitation to join the Cawston Church party was extended to the Cubs, Scouts and Brownies. A record 64 people enjoyed the traditional panto and a good time was had by all. he second St Agnes Scalextric Grand Prix took place in September. This year we had a new large grand prix racing track which allowed close racing for those who could handle the power! The long straight drag race once again was very popular with racers of all ages. he 2007 nativity took on an alternative form. The children, together with a select band of (alleged) grown ups presented our “Normal for Norfolk Nativity”. This was a modern retelling or the Christmas Story as it might have been reported by BBC Look East. Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men from the East (Lowestoft) following an unreliable star, arrived at the stable behind the Inn in Cawston where Mary had given birth to Jesus. We have yet to hear from Stewart White and Debbie Tubby’s lawyers. ur children and youth activities are open to all young people who are very welcome to take part. Mr. Simon Court and Mrs. Jane Court

FAIR TRADE

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his has been another successful year for our Fair Trade stall. We have expanded the range of products we sell. We usually have a selection of gift items in stock and the full range is available to order from our Traidcraft catalogue.

Profit/Loss Account Sales Cost of sales Opening Stock Purchases Closing Stock

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n November’s Family Praise service Ruth McGinley, a Christian Aid speaker on Fair Trade spoke about Trade Injustice. Ruth went on to explain the crucial role of Fair Trade in building God’s Kingdom on earth.

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e would like to thank all of our customers for their loyal support throughout the year. Profits from our operations have been used to support Traidcraft by investing in storage boxes and additional stock which has enable us to extend the range of products we stock.

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2007 £

225.08 3,082.54 409.94

Balance Sheet Fixed Assets Stock Debtors Cash

Alice Court and Jessica Cameron-Heffer

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3,101.76

Gross Profit

ook out for our special Fairly Traded Easter gifts!

2006 £

£ 3,328.40

3,337.32 225.08 2,897.68

3,112.24

204.08

216.16

56.90 409.94

5.00 225.08 14.40 25.06

38.05 504.89

269.54

84.65

53.38

Total net Assets

420.24

216.16

Capital Account B/Fwd Profit

216.16 204.08

216.16

420.24

216.16

Creditors


Saint Agnes Church, Cawston — Annual Report 2007

WHO ARE THE PCC?

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embers of the PCC are either ex officio or elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.

S AINT A GNES C HURCH C AWSTON, NORFOLK

During 2007 the following served as members of the PCC:

Incumbent The Rev. Tom Harris

Wardens Mr. Simon Court

(also served as Child Protection Officer)

Mrs. Betty Brunt

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mr. Brian Seager

(served as Warden until March 2007)

Representatives on Deanery Synod Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

(also served as PCC Secretary)

Mrs. Jane Court

(also served as PCC Lay Vice-Chairman)

Elected members Mr. Peter Boxshall

(resigned from the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Mandy Cameron-Heffer Mr. Brian Canavan

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Debbie Graver Mrs. Lyn Fairchild

(joined the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. June Hopper Mr. Alex Young

(resigned from the PCC in March 2007)

Mrs. Rita Mead served as our treasurer, although not as a PCC member.

CHURCH WEBSITE

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he church website evolved slowly throughout 2007. The main improvement has been the inclusion of a comprehensive calendar of services and events.

e have had several thousand visitors to the site during the year — with interest from people in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada plus many from all over the UK. It is hoped that an on-line shop may be introduced soon. That is what I said last year — maybe it will happen in 2008!

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on’t forget that the site holds copies of PCC minutes, reports and policies covering the past three years. Visit www.st-agnes.org.uk soon. Mr. Andrew Cameron-Heffer

Major Points of Interest  Average attendance at our Sunday services is now: 34 adults 11 children  2007 Parish Share paid in full and on time!  The Church electoral roll (membership) rose from 34 to 38 during 2007  Parish Share for 2008 is increased by 18% to £15,818  Income needs to rise by £3,000 through 2008 to ensure we “balance the books”

The document is copyright material. © 2008 Cawston Parochial Church Council The contents of this document were agreed for publication by Cawston Parochial Church Council on Tuesday 5th February 2008 This document is available to download from http://www.st-agnes.org.uk

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 In 2007 £1,140 was given to local, national and international charities (see the full breakdown on the page 6 of this report)

Cawston PCC Annual Report 2007  

This is the annul report from St Agnes Church, Cawston, Norfolk, UK. This document was produced by Cawston Parochial Church Council.

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