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posted 19 Apr 2015, 01:04 by Richard Jones   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 06:47 ]

Parochial Church Council Review of the Year 2014

This year has been a difficult year with only one churchwarden. However, the introduction of PCC members as assistant wardens, individuals taking on specific tasks, and the support of Graham Calvert and Hilda Hilton has been a great help.

During the year there were five major fundraising efforts: the Village Quiz, the Art Festival, the Barbecue, Autumn Fayre and Christmas Tree Festival. Thanks go to everyone involved in these events whether as part of the organising committees or through their support at them. 

The PCC met 6 times during the year and there was also the encouraging meeting with the Archdeacon of Blackburn to review the work of the PCC.   In addition to these there were the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and two Vestry meetings, the second extraordinary meeting being required as regrettably no churchwardens had been appointed at the first meeting prior to the APCM.   Another combined PCC Away Day was held in September to discuss United Benefice issues. 

Stewart Woodward, Jean Freeman and Bill Shaw resigned from the PCC; we thank them for all their hard work.  Sue Saunders and Marilyn Watson were welcomed as new members.  It is with great sadness that we remember the loss of two PCC members who contributed so much over so many years, Geoff Peake and Sonia Tipper.

The successful Repair Appeal concluded in February having met its target of £52,000, which not only enabled the work to be completed but also restored the reserves held with the Diocese of Blackburn back to the pre repair levels.

The various organisations within the Church have continued to flourish: the Mothers’ Union, the Sunday School, Youth Fellowship and Little Angels. 

During the year Geoff Hill resigned from the position of Organist and Choirmaster as he moved from the area and thanks go to Margaret Baldwin, Frank Ashton and Rosemary Potts who played for services and organised choir practice until a new Organist and Choirmaster was appointed.  We welcomed Mike Wilcock to this role in the autumn and have greatly appreciated Mike’s contribution to our worship over the recent months.

The church school continues to provide a wonderful start to our children’s lives thanks to Mrs Taylor and her staff and we look forward to and enjoy their participation, together with that of our own Sunday School children, in our services.  We congratulate them on the quality of their OFSTED and SIAMS reports.

The church continues to look attractive and welcoming thanks to our cleaners and our flower ladies, led by Joan Moss, while the churchyard is maintained throughout the summer by the willing team of mowers. The church clock and chimes also continue to play an important part in the life of the village thanks to the care and attention they are given by Alan Bibby.

The parish magazine flourishes under the editorship of Rita Gorman and Ron Hak.  Richard Jones and Chris Davis ensure the website and notices are up to date and informative. The Fair Trade stall continues to be held on the first Sunday of most months and the work of the card ladies is ever present.

Thanks are again due to all those who help with our services: visiting clergy, Nigel, choir, sidespersons and servers.  We also thank the ladies who make the coffee for us, not only after parish communion on the first Sunday of the month but also at the weekly coffee mornings.  

Finally, to everyone who has supported the church in any way during the year, and there are far too many of you to name individually, we hope you will accept this note of thanks and appreciation. Without you all, the Parish Church of St Mary, Mellor, would not be the centre of our worship and witness.  

As this is his last report as Churchwarden, Graham would like to thank the parish for giving him the honour to serve as Churchwarden and for the support he has received during the last six years.

Graham Tipper Jim Saunders

Church Warden Secretary


PCC Update from November 2012 Parish Magazine

At its recent meetings, the PCC has discussed a large number of items. 

The Children’s Corner in the Narthex will be refurbished to make it attractive to a range of ages and a Lady Chapel will be created in the north aisle, near the organ, for small group services to take place. 

The future of Evensong, given the small number attending, will need to be considered when a new incumbent is appointed, as will the format of All Age Worship.  These services, together with the activities of the Sunday School and Youth Fellowship, are crucial to the future of St. Mary’s.  We need to do all we can to encourage and support young people and young families to be involved members of our church.  (These issues feature prominently in the September edition of “The See”.) 

Support for charities has focussed on Montgomery Heights, a Christian Care Centre in Zimbabwe, and – closer to home – on the Blackburn Foodbank initiative, promoted by The Trussell Trust. 

The Quinquennial Report into the fabric and maintenance of the church building was the subject of a special meeting.  A number of items were discussed, but the most urgent concerns the removal of asbestos in the boiler room in order to treat a dry rot problem.  Fortunately, funds are available for this work to be undertaken.  Also, some work remains to be done to rectify the leak from the vestry roof. 

We hope that a new incumbent may be appointed in the near future.  We ask for your prayers in helping to guide the PCC members who will be involved in this process.  

Sue Saunders (Secretary)

PCC Update – Appointment of Priest-in-Charge

The PCC met on Monday 6th February to consider two documents that must be completed before a meeting with the Bishop of Burnley.  Only after this meeting can the vacancy be advertised.

The two documents are a Statement of Needs  and a Parish Profile which will give a prospective incumbent information about the parish and what qualities we would ideally like him/her to have.

A draft Statement of Needs was completed at the meeting, to be reviewed by all members of the PCC before the next meeting on Monday 20th February. The Parish Profile will also be considered at this meeting.

Former St Mary's Pupil Oliver Alcock's Successful IT Business

posted 17 Feb 2015, 08:06 by Richard Jones   [ updated 22 May 2017, 03:08 ]




Choir Notes - February 2015

posted 27 Jan 2015, 07:59 by Richard Jones   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 07:50 ]

Christmas is receding into (recent) memory although "in the bleak midwinter" on a cold January day resonates perhaps more potently than "Ding Dong Merrily on High". 

Alongside "Benedicamus Domino" and "The Angel Gabriel" the above, the first in the beautiful setting by Harold Darke, represent the choir's "particular" musical offerings to our carol service. 

"Outings" to Stanley House, "fronted" by Margaret Baldwin - thank you, and to The Millstone, not only spread Christmas cheer but raise valuable sums towards the choir fund and in support of local charities. 

I would like to thank the choir and its "guests", Anne, Helen, Caitlin and Zoe  for their efforts, enthusiasm... and indeed, expertise throughout the festive period. 

As the church's year unfailingly unfolds, preparation for Passiontide and Easter now takes place. 

Please consider joining us and stretching your vocal chords to the highest levels! Singing in a "chorale" is a pursuit proven not only to be fulfilling and enjoyable... but also healthy! 

You know where to find me 

Mike Wilcock

Church Repairs Fundraising Appeal

posted 9 Apr 2014, 09:34 by Richard Jones   [ updated 9 Apr 2014, 09:35 ]


*** THANK YOU! ***

 

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported St. Mary’s Church Repairs and Restoration Appeal.

 

In  May 2013 we started the Appeal to raise £50,000 and we are pleased to announce that by the end of January 2014 we had raised £52,316.18.

 

This has enabled the repairs to be completed.

In time we hope to raise sufficient funds to completely redecorate the church and replace the existing lighting.

Once again, many thanks for the tremendous support St. Mary’s has received.

 

The Appeals Committee


Fundraising Appeal for Repairs to the Chancel, Boiler Room and Vestry at St Mary’s Church, 

During the Quinquennial Inspection of our church last year evidence of dry rot was found in certain areas. On further inspection additional damage from wet rot was discovered which also requires attention with the entire project costing an estimated £50000. Because of the urgent nature of the repairs required, work has already started.

The church building is 184 years old serving a village parish of 2000 people and the steeple of St Mary’s Church is a popular landmark being seen for miles around as a symbol of faith on the skyline on the approach to the village.

Through its many activities and relationships within the community, St Mary’s provides a valuable social and community resource which extends beyond the immediate locality. As a presence in the community for over a hundred years, the building provides a valuable focal point for both the congregation and the wide community; a resource that would be unavailable to the community of the building was no longer available as a visible communal presence in the village.

An appeal has been launched to raise the £50000 required to complete the repair and restoration. Fundraising events are being arranged and an Appeal leaflet has been circulated to every family in the parish. The result of this so far is the receipt of almost £26000 from events, donations and grants. With St Mary’s still some £24000 short of the target needed to complete the work any further donations would be most gratefully received. These can be sent to Rev’d Sue Williams at The Vicarage, Church Lane, Mellor, Lancashire, BB2 7JL

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children

posted 3 Jun 2012, 07:25 by Richard Jones   [ updated 3 Jun 2012, 07:25 ]

Do you feel that you could make a difference to a young person’s life?

The Blackburn group of Friends of Chernobyl's Children need a loving and compassionate family to host a Belarussian child when a group visit in June.

During the visit there is a programme of activities for the children from Mondays to Fridays based at Wilpshire Methodist Church. Each child attends between 8.30am and 5.30.  If you feel that you could welcome a child into your family for a month please contact me on 07511544019 or at liz.skupski@talk21.com.

If you feel that hosting is not for you, maybe you would like to help with the children in other ways during the visit. We are always in need of help with transporting the children on days out, any catering assistance is never refused and any offers of entertainment are always welcome.

Liz Skupski

Margaret Baldwin Honoured

posted 19 Apr 2012, 00:43 by Richard Jones   [ updated 22 May 2017, 03:10 ]

MARGARET BALDWIN

At a Royal School of Church Music Festival in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 4th February, Margaret was presented by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn with a ‘Jubilee Award’ for long service to Church music.

Margaret has been a member of Mellor Choir for over forty years and my deputy organist for most of that time.

Prior to this she was a member of Lower Darwen St. James’ Church Choir and played the organ there from the age of 15 years.  She trained at St. Mary’s College, Bangor and played the organ there for the chapel services.

Having worked with Margaret for such a long time, I am delighted she has been honoured for 55 years of faithful service.

Frank Ashton

Pavement Poem

posted 26 Feb 2012, 01:39 by Richard Jones   [ updated 22 May 2017, 03:12 ]

Pavements For Pedestrians Please!

Pavements pinched by parked 'Pride and Joys'
Pedestrians a'walking, we know this annoys
 
For parents with pushchairs it's a constant chicane
A problem encountered again and again

People in wheelchairs to roads must resort
When facing obstruction from those without thought

A bus passes close in too much of a hurry
A scratch in the paintwork - it's always a worry

We know your car's precious - with it you're delighted
But please have a care for the partially sighted

To finish, a thought, it's just a request
Please parallel park - 'tis part of the test!

Richard

Rev'd Paul's Retirement

posted 29 Jan 2012, 01:35 by Richard Jones   [ updated 29 Jan 2012, 01:35 ]

The Vicar Retires

Rev'd Paul's Retirement

As a result of continuing ill health Rev'd Paul has announced that he is unable to carry out his parish duties in the immediate future and has therefore decided to retire at the end of December 2011.

During .this period and until the situation is resolved would parishioners please contact either Hilda or Graham as Churchwardens or Rev'd Roland Nicholson who has kindly agreed to help the parish whenever he can. Roland is able to be contacted on 01254 207047.

We know this has not been an easy decision for Paul and Judith and we wish them well during the remainder of their time with us.

Hilda and Graham

Trevor Jones

posted 22 May 2011, 01:03 by Richard Jones   [ updated 19 Jun 2011, 04:59 ]

It is with great regret that we have to announce that Trevor Jones, our treasurer for the last 3 years, passed away peacefully at Pendleside Hospice on Monday 16
th May.

During the time Trevor has been Treasurer he has worked tirelessly to ensure the PCC and parish financial affairs were under control and his help and financial guidance have been invaluable. He will be greatly missed by everyone who has known him and worked with him.

The funeral is next Friday 27th May at 1.00pm followed by cremation at the crematorium at Pleasington.

Rev’d Paul, Hilda, Graham and All members of the PCC

Carol Singing

posted 12 Dec 2010, 07:49 by Richard Jones   [ updated 4 Mar 2011, 06:06 ]

"O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL"
Let's ALL sing carols around the village on Monday & Wednesday of Christmas week. The whole congregation is invited to join with the choir to help the village into the true spirit of Christmas!. Meet at the church at 6.45pm.

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