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Benefice of Boldre and South Baddesley

St John's PCC Meeting 11th July 2016

St Johns PCC Meeting 11th July
Many occasions have been celebrated at St John's recently, not least the very enjoyable Queen's birth-day celebration of music and poetry, the Patronal Festival and numerous marriages, baptisms and sadly funerals, all with the beautiful flower arrange-ments that the church is fortunate to enjoy. It was with great pleasure that the meeting welcomed and co-opted James Loweth to the PCC as its Treas-urer. He has talked to a number of people and feels ready to get stuck into the role. Our Past Our Future scheme is a project by the National Park Authority which amongst many other things carries out ar-chaeological work in the New Forest. It ap-proached the church and has carried out an audit of grave stones. Neil Smart reported that during his meeting with Bishop Jonathan it was confirmed that Andrew Neaum will continue with his office as Minis-ter at St John's for a further three year contract. Overall the bishop express satisfaction with the work of the parish.
The churches mission in Uganda continues to be supported and it was agreed to forward the sum of £1000 to provide benches for a school in Mu-gumbwa. On the matter of fundraising the meeting was pleased to hear the grand sum of £4000 had been raised at the church fete in early July.
We are URGENTLY looking for someone to take on the role of fete organiser for 2017. Graham Edmis-ton is retiring and if no one comes forward this fabu-lous event will not happen next year. Yet further on the matter of monies we have been fortunate to receive a generous bequest from the Norris family for the upkeep of St Nicholas Chapel and also a healthy donation from St Nicholas Choir. Finally, and still on the matter of money, parishioners are urged to use the new Parish Giving Scheme to make regu-lar donations to the church instead of the usual of-fertory during the service. This system is much easier to administrate. Interested? Please ask for a pack which explains it all at the church.