(Report by Derek Bailey, our Sacristan)


As a means of being more open and transparent, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) has agreed to publish a brief resume of each of its meetings. The last meeting took place on Thursday 10th January in Christ Church. The council is made up of representatives from each of our two churches together with the Parish Church Wardens and Assistant Church Wardens from St. Andrews. The main points from the meeting are as follows:


  • The Vicar reported that she had received a positive response from the Diocese regarding our Mission Action Plan (MAP).

  • The condition of the Parish Hall was discussed and the Council agreed that Phase 1 of the refurbishment, at a cost of £125,000, be authorised and that a Project Team be set up. This is the major objective in our MAP.

  • It was confirmed that the kitchen in the Parish Hall had been inspected and that we had been given a 4 Star rating.

  • Emergency Evacuation procedures for Christ Church were discussed. This is a complex issue as there a number of factors that need to be taken into account.

  • The Parish Church Wardens reported that the repair work on the Lightning Conductor had been completed. All the felling of the dead trees has been done. The cleaning of gutters in the Parish Hall and Christ Church has been done also. The front door of the Parish Hall will be replaced later in January.

  • St. Andrew's Assistant Wardens reported that the faculty for the new stained glass window had been received from the Diocese.

  • Finally, the council approved that the Turton Team Council be authorised to act on its behalf regarding the appointment of a new Team Rector to replace Reverend Stephen Parsons who has retired.


FYI: WHAT DOES A PCC DO...? The powers and duties of PCCs are laid down by the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956. They include the duty to co-operate with the incumbent (rector or vicar) or priest in charge of the parish in promoting the mission of the Church in the parish.