2018 Report and Accounts for the Parochial Church Council All Saints’ Church, Hartford Aims and Objectives All Saints Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Reverend Geoffrey Boucher, in promoting the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. We are called to be a local church, learning and growing together, rooted in the love of God, and bound up in all sorts of everyday ways with the life of our community. Our mission is to reach open hearts with the love of Christ, and to help all the people of Hartford to find Christ, to be found by Him, and to respond to His love through the life and worship of their Parish Church. The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to worship at our church and to be part of the parish community at All Saints. In addition to our normal Sunday services regular monthly Communion services are held, an evening service for healing in church and a morning service at Hunters Down. Home Communion is taken to those in need. Monthly Sunday School and a weekly Tots Praise ran during term time for most of the year. Reaching out to the wider community various activities are held in our Church Room some run by members of our church family and others through the hire of the room by external groups. Worship and Prayer As of December 2018 the total number on the Electoral Roll was 86 of which 47 were residents and 39 non-residents of the parish. The average Sunday 11am service attendance was 52 adults and 2 children. The average bimonthly 8.30am service was 7, the monthly 6pm service was 7 and the monthly healing service was 7. Attendance was high at our Carol service, 106 adults / 6 children, and Nativity service, 112 adults / 40 children. During the year 15 baptisms, 7 weddings, 1 renewal of vows, 17 funerals in church and 9 at the crematorium, 3 memorial services and 6 interments of ashes took place. Rector’s Report Our sharing of life at All Saints Hartford continued to be both strength and joy in 2018, rooted in our sharing of faith, worship, prayer, creativity, hospitality and conversation. It is good to see the Sunday services faithfully attended and well supported. We are blessed by the variety of services and the voices to lead them, giving thanks for Elaine, Kate, Trisha, Mary, Clifford and Michael and for all who read the lessons and enable our prayer in the intercessions. We are grateful too for Linda and the choir in the leading of our singing and offering of praise. At the beginning of 2018 we were just beginning to talk about a project to restore the church tower. Remarkably, by the autumn the project had not only been planned and put out to tender but begun and completed. In addition to this major piece of work, a number of other significant jobs were done in and around the church building and these are recorded in the churchwardens’ report below. Amongst them were the upgrading of the sound system and the repair of the church wall. Our thanks are due to Sue Craven, Pam Clarke, Paul Fearon and Derek Colbert for causing all of these things to happen and managing the financing of them. Hospitality continued to be offered generously and regularly in the building through the Monday and Sunday lunches, tea and chat, cream teas and the scrabble club, and fellowship was also enjoyed at the monthly Sunday lunch at the Barley Mow. Creativity was expressed in the Art Group and in the Crafty Saints group which began in late 2018. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who makes these things happen through your inspiration and dedication. There was much social activity and creativity and alongside that much Fundraising too. Thank you too to everyone who organises and contributes to these events. The Parish Giving Scheme was introduced in the Spring of 2018 along with a sermon series on the theme of giving and a ‘Parish Giving Day’. Twenty seven people signed up to the scheme which is now fully established and working very well for us. We are very blessed in having an excellent website and in 2018 it was improved still further. Our thanks to Pat and Haleema for the thought, imagination and work that made this possible. It was a joy to welcome Kate Baker to the parish in July after her ordination as deacon. Kate settled into the parish immediately and has been a blessing in so many ways, through preaching, conversation and visiting and in the conducting of funerals. I am particularly grateful for Kate’s understanding and kindness whilst I have been unwell. We said goodbye to John Unwin who died in 2018 and gathered together to give thanks for the goodness of God and the faithfulness, love and joy that we have witnessed and known in John and his presence amongst us. Finally, thank you to all of you for your support whilst I have been recovering. I am very blessed to be amongst a Christian fellowship that is characterised by such love and kindness, patience and understanding and which we can think of as family in Christ. You have sustained me and kept me going. I hope that I will be able to return to ministry soon. Choir Linda Davies We are very fortunate at Hartford to have a choir of dedicated members who come to church for 10.00am every Sunday to rehearse before the service. They all enjoy singing and I hope they help you to worship and feel confident to join us in praising God. We sing a wide variety of music and are always open to learning new hymns and songs. My thanks go to Helen Dowzall for taking on playing for services when I am unable to attend. She is becoming very proficient. Helen regularly plays the organ on a Thursday morning when she opens the church. Hunters Down appreciates Helen’s playing at their service once a month. David Brown has taken on playing for Evensong on the first Sunday of the month. David also goes in during the week and can be heard playing a wide variety of music. Elaine Levitt and I meet to choose hymns quarterly. Also if you would like a particular piece of music before the service please just give me a CD. Children’s Work Elaine Levitt Sadly Tots Praise folded in the summer as all our children departed for school or nursery. We decided to close, with regret, after many enjoyable years. The morning in the church room has changed to a different sort of praise as we launched a craft group calling ourselves Crafty Saints. Sunday school sessions have continued to be offered on the first Sunday of the month when possible. A steep drop in numbers attending and unforeseen delays in appropriate recruiting and training of new leaders have resulted in this becoming an ongoing project for 2019. Hunters Down Elaine Levitt We still continue our monthly communion Service at Hunters Down on the first Wednesday of each month (11a.m.), Thanks to Helen Dowzall who plays the keyboard we can sing favourite hymns with confidence. Pearl and Claire, who co-ordinate it all, are great at getting many folk to it and we see the appreciation each time. Our annual carol service there is also well received. Anyone is welcome to join our group to help. Deanery Synod Elaine Levitt Huntingdon Deanery Synod continues to be an important layer in the Diocese .Huntingdon is fortunate is being able to pay the share in full. This is our contribution to the cost of having a priest. There have been changes to the shape of the Deanery with the joining of All Saints Huntingdon to St Barnabas and the appointment of Rev Jon Randall to these parishes. Hopefully the proposed changes will see a new Deanery Plan in place soon. Diocesan Synod- Elaine Levitt Diocesan Synod is at the beginning of a new triennium. It continues to look at the Strategy for 2025 and the Diocese offers many training opportunities for lay as well as clergy. Churches Together Janet Boston Clifford, Elaine and Janet have attended various meetings during the year, which has been a time of some change with a new Chairman (Tim Anderson) and Vice Chairman (James Bamber} appointed at the AGM in November. The treasurer has now formally resigned and at present there is no-one willing or able to take over. Monthly Prayer meetings and both Mens’ and Ladies’ breakfasts continue to be held and are usually well attended. As it was not possible to find a Church to host it was not possible to hold a Christmas Day lunch last year. During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Janet attended the service at St Barnabas Church, and had an enjoyable morning of prayer and fellowship. Achievements and Activities During the year many social and fund raising events have taken place and been enjoyed by members of the congregation and the wider community. These have included a Spring lunch, Lent lunch, Eve of St George’s Day lunch, Harvest lunch, two cream tea afternoons, Parish Giving Day, Art Exhibition weekend, Lucy Bunce concert and a Christmas Fayre. Details of our fundraising and charitable giving are detailed in the Financial Report. In addition there are several events which take place on a regular basis throughout the year. Monthly Lunches – Elizabeth Cooper The lunches, held on the first Monday of each month including bank holidays, continue to flourish. We cater for an average attendance of 24 people and our priority is making ALL people welcome and adapting to any particular needs. At times we have even become ‘meals on wheels’ delivering the cooked lunch to their home when we know someone is unable to attend. There is a charge of £3 per person, and whilst it was never intended to be a money
making scheme, by careful purchasing and not claiming expenses, a healthy sum is donated to church funds each
month. Cuppa Club – Elizabeth Cooper
On   the   second   Monday   of   each   month   and   again   meeting   in   all   bank   holidays,   the   club   is   simply   what   the   title   says   –   we   meet,
chat,   lend   a   listening   ear   and   enjoy   a   cup   of   tea   and   cake   without   any   charge   what   so   ever.       This   is   a   much   smaller   group   grown
from   the   needs   of   people   who   attend   the   lunch,   but   nevertheless   is   open   to   anyone   who   wishes   to   while   away   two   hours   in
pleasant company, hosted by 3 church members.
We do not have a “booking” scheme for either of these occasions, we cope no matter what happens or how many people come
and do so gladly.
Monday Scrabble Group – Helen Dowzall
At   2pm   on   the   second   Monday   of   the   month,   a   small   group   of   people   (from   Hartford   and   neighbouring   villages)   continue   to   meet
in   the   Church   Room   to   enjoy   a   friendly   game   (actually   two   games   are   usually   managed)   of   Scrabble.   The   numbers   are   small   but
the   players   rarely   miss   a   session.   The   afternoons   –   which   include   a   cuppa   and   chat   -   have   been   enjoyed   by   those   attending.
Anyone   interested   is   welcome,   no   matter   what   your   level   of   Scrabble   expertise.   Indeed,   we   are   happy   to   teach   non-players.   If
you   don’t   want   to   play   Scrabble,   a   game   of   chess   can   usually   be   arranged   instead.   If   you   fancy   neither,   you   can   always   join   the
folk   that   just   meet   for   a   cuppa   and   a   chat   -   and   think   about   having   a   game   of   Scrabble   at   a   later   date.   Whatever   you   decide,   you
will be made most welcome. If you require any more information, ask Helen Dowzall.
Monthly Sunday Lunch at the Barley Mow – Helen Dowzall
Usually held on the second or third Sunday of the month, a group of people (usually about twelve) meet for lunch at the Barley
Mow around 1pm. These monthly Sunday lunches have been held now for a good number of years and it is a great opportunity
for folk to have the time to get to know each other better. If you do not have a prior commitment for Sunday lunchtimes, and
fancy a meal out, think about coming along to see what it is like. You will be made very welcome. There is a sign-up sheet
displayed at the back of church usually two weeks before the meal. If you need any further information, ask Helen Dowzall.
Crafty Saints – Mary Adlam
Crafty Saints started in September 2018. It was decided to disband Tots Praise temporarily as there were currently no children in
that age group. This left Monday mornings free so the craft group moved to that time and now meets weekly from 10am
onwards. The aim of the group is to enable those who enjoy a craft to get together either to do their own craft or to learn a new
one such as crochet, jewellery making, flower arranging, patchwork and quilting.
We have had a very successful four months during which we furnished a stall at the Christmas Fayre and knitted over one
hundred poppies which were placed in church for Remembrance Day. Everyone is welcome to come along to Crafty Saints and
our numbers are steadily increasing week by week.
Art Group – Pam Clark
The art group has been running for a number of years and we meet on roughly alternate Fridays throughout the year. Numbers
have gone up and down but we have a good core group. Exhibitions take place nearly every year at a time to fit in with other
church events and members’ availability. This is a good fundraising activity for the church and generates many visitors who
would probably not come into the church otherwise.
The two-hour sessions are enjoyed by all and we welcome new members of any ability. It is a self-help group and we support and
encourage each other rather than have an official structure.
Hartfordian – Peter Levitt
The Harfordian magazine has been produced in two versions for a number of years. A print version produced by Huntingdon
District Council Print Services from print ready material and an e-magazine version produced ‘in house’. There are currently 64
subscribers (56 print and 8 e-magazines with 5 complimentary electronic recipients) and the current subscription is £6 which
covers 10 issues including a double edition for January/February and July/August.
A sudden decision by Huntingdon District Council to close the community print service has caused a significant change in the
production of the magazine. The next 3 editions will be printed and finished ‘in house’ using the new Epson Workforce printer.
At the end of this time the future format and number of editions per year will be reviewed by the PCC which had already (before
the HDC decision) received a submission from the Editor about the magazine and likely future costs.
I would like to thank all those who have made contributions to the magazine in 2018. It is a matter of continued regret that there
is little or no material about church activities other than that which is generated on rota by the Ministry Team, the
Churchwardens and by the Editor.
Financial Review
Please see the Annual Accounts paperwork for details.
Structure, governance and management
The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. At All Saints the membership of the
PCC consists of the incumbent, associated clergy, elected and co-opted members drawn from members of the congregation who
are on the electoral roll.
The full PCC meets six times a year to discuss and make decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish
including how church funds are spent. A smaller Standing Committee meets prior to the PCC meeting to collate and prepare
information for PCC consideration but it has no powers to make decisions unless specifically instructed by the PCC at a prior
meeting.
To facilitate the worship and outreach activities that take place at All Saints it is important that we maintain the fabric of our
church and church room. We are very grateful to the small army of unsung heroes who regularly carry out cleaning and
maintenance tasks in and around our church and those who look after the church contents and consumable supplies.
Churchwardens’ Fabric Report for 2018 – Pam Clark and Sue Craven
January - fire alarms checked; first aid box checked and contents updated
February - fire extinguishers serviced; Health and Safety Inspection carried out; repairs to plasterwork behind organ
March – organ tuned; PAT testing carried out
April – removal / disposal of asbestos shed roof
May – PA system checked; tower repairs started
July – churchyard wall repaired
August – fault in fire alarm system checked, alarm in kitchen replaced
September – Smart Water applied to outside metalwork and relevant interior items
October – replacement of faulty outside light unit with LED photo cell, replacement of faulty emergency light unit
November – sound system updated and new speakers installed; repairs to outside light; gas boiler serviced; new water meter installed; tower repairs
completed apart from work on bells to be carried out in 2019
December – trellis / posts replaced at rear of church room; collapsed gate post and gate, Hollow side, moved to safety
Church Flowers – Pam Clark
The flowers in church are arranged all year round on a rota except during Lent. Special displays at Christmas, Easter and Harvest
are part of the cycle when all the arrangers work together. As our numbers decreased a few years ago we are no longer able to
offer special flowers for weddings.
We would be very pleased if new people joined the current group and if they felt under-confident they could be with one of the
established group until they felt ready to work on their own arrangements.
Money is available to pay for flowers but currently none of the ladies accept payment and this saves the Church a considerable
amount of cash. Donations are given by some members of the congregation especially for the lilies in memory of loved ones at
Easter.
Health and Safety – Vaughan Clark
The annual Health and Safety inspection was carried out in February, regular informal checks carried out throughout the year and
any issues promptly rectified.
Safeguarding – Alastair Hill
I am pleased to be able to record that there have been no safeguarding issues at all to report in 2018.
The concept of safeguarding, once just ensuring the safety of children, has increased to cover safeguarding of all vulnerable
people. To reduce this to manageable proportions, our focus should be on ensuring that all children and vulnerable older people
are safe when in the company of members of our Church. The main activities over the year, where we need to cover ourselves,
have been Tots Praise, Youth Club, Breakfast Club, craft groups, the nativity service, Sunday School and Communion services at
Hunters Down. The principle of never being alone with a vulnerable person, if at all possible, reduces the likelihood of a concern
being raised and this principle seems to be followed in Hartford Church.
Advice and training is available either from the Church’s own Safeguarding Officer or through Ely Diocese.
Administrative information
All Saints Church is situated at The Hollow, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 1YF. It is part of the Diocese of Ely
within the Church of England.
The Rector, the Reverend Geoffrey Boucher, who is responsible for the benefices of All Saints Hartford and St Mary the Virgin
Houghton with Wyton, resides at The Rectory, 3 Rectory Lane, Wyton PE28 2AQ.
PCC members who have served at any time during 2018 are listed below.
Ex-Officio Members:-
The Rector - Reverend Geoffrey Boucher
Associate Ministers – Reverend Clifford Owen, Reverend Amanda O’Neill (until April 2018), Reverend Kate Baker (from July 2018)
Licensed Lay Minister – Mrs Elaine Levitt
Churchwardens Mrs Pam Clark, Mrs Sue Craven
Deanery Synod Representatives – Mrs Elaine Levitt, Mrs Mary Hill
Elected Members:-
Mrs Mary Adlam (from 17 th April 2018)
Mr Richard Barrett
Mrs Janet Boston (from 17 th April 2018)
Mr Derek Colbert
Mrs Elizabeth Cooper (until 17 th April 2018)
Mrs Linda Davies
Mrs Helen Dowzall
Mr Nicholas Esders
Mr Paul Fearon (from 17 th April 2018)
Mrs Carol King
Mr Peter King
Co-opted members:- Mrs Nanette Cleghorn (from 21 st May 2018)
Appointed Positions:-
Treasurer –Mr Paul Fearon
PCC Secretary –Mrs Carol King (until 17 th April 2018), Mrs Janet Boston (from 17 th April 2018)
Verger – Mrs Elizabeth Cooper
Fabric Officer – Mr Derek Colbert
Organist and Choirmaster – Mrs Linda Davies
Health and Safety Officer – Mr Vaughan Clark (from 15 th January 2018)
Gift Aid Co-ordinator – Mrs Helen Dowzall
Electoral Roll Officer – Mrs Helen Dowzall
Churches Together Representatives – Mrs Janet Boston (from 15 th January 2018)
Safeguarding Officer - Mr Alastair Hill
Data Protection Officer – Mrs Nanette Cleghorn (from 21 st May 2018)
Website – Mrs Haleema Hawkins
Flower Arranging Co-ordinator – Mrs Pam Clark
Independent Examiner - Mr David Ebdale
Authorised Worship Leader – Mary Adlam
Magazine Editor – Mr Peter Levitt
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2017 Report and Accounts for the Parochial Church Council All Saints’ Church, Hartford Aims and Objectives All Saints Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Reverend Geoffrey Boucher, in promoting the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. We are called to be a local church, learning and growing together, rooted in the love of God, and bound up in all sorts of everyday ways with the life of our community. Our mission is to reach open hearts with the love of Christ, and to help all the people of Hartford to find Christ, to be found by Him, and to respond to His love through the life and worship of their Parish Church. The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to worship at our church and to be part of the parish community at All Saints. In addition to our normal Sunday services regular monthly Communion services are held, an evening service for healing in church and a morning service at Hunters Down. Home Communion is taken to those in need. Monthly Sunday School and a weekly Tots Praise run during term time. Reaching out to the wider community various activities are held in our Church Room some run by members of our church family and others through the hire of the room by external groups. Worship and Prayer As of December 2017 the total number on the Electoral Roll was 83 of which 48 were residents and 35 non-residents of the parish. The average Sunday 11am service attendance was 48 adults and 2 children. The average bimonthly 8.30am service was 5, the monthly 6pm service was 8 and the monthly healing service was 9. The Hartford Schools Christingle service was very well attended, 140 adults / 105 children, as was our Carol service, 120 adults / 7 children, and Nativity service, 108 adults / 41 children. During the year 20 baptisms, 7 weddings, 2 renewal of vows, 9 funerals in church and 6 at the crematorium, 4 memorial services and 3 interments of ashes took place. Rector’s Report Our life as the church at All Saints Hartford continued to flourish in 2017 through the enthusiastic and energetic commitment of so many. Worship and prayer are at the heart of who we are and what we do, and it continues to be a joy and encouragement that there is real and deep commitment to regular worship and the life of prayer. Thank you to the many voices who contribute to our worship in your speaking, singing and playing, and in your prayerfulness. We have been blessed to have Reverend Amanda O’Neill at the heart of our community for the past four years, to have shared in her development as priest and to have received from her love, from her life of prayer and relationship with The Lord, and from her wisdom. Amanda will complete her time at Hartford at Easter 2018 and we pray that she will continue to be blessed and to be a blessing in all that she does. There was a lot of change in leadership roles in 2017 - Two new churchwardens, a new secretary and a new treasurer. The change was managed seamlessly by all involved and we continue to be very fortunate in the leadership of our church, which is conducted with deep commitment and professionalism and great grace. There have been many helpful discussions at PCC meetings, characterised by clear speaking and good listening. The conversation about our Mission Giving was one particular joy. The offering of hospitality is a defining characteristic of the life of All Saints Hartford, as is evident from the reports below. There is such blessing in every meal and every cup of tea that is offered in the church room throughout the year. The church building, church room and churchyard are all beautifully cared for. The opening and closing of the building, cleaning, managing the heating, painting, varnishing, plastering, brass polishing, weeding, rose pruning, flower arranging, ordering of church supplies, counting of collections – all of these things, and many others, just seem to get done. Thank you to all of you who take responsibility, who see what needs to be done and do it! There was plenty of social and fundraising activity in 2017 including the wonderful Open Gardens weekend, the Art Exhibition and the Autumn Fayre. Our thanks to all involved and to the webmaster and Hartfordian who let us know what is happening and celebrate what has happened. We welcomed Cydney Dobbs to speak to us about Fusion and its work with teenagers, and Natasha Clarke to speak about Secondary Schools. Following this, a monthly Breakfast Club has been started in the church room for teenagers and will continue through 2018. Plans for 2018 include a Parish Giving Day when we will celebrate the variety of ways that we offer our time and energy, skills and money in our church community, and invite others to join us. The day will also provide a particular opportunity for members of both the church and the wider community to join the Parish Giving Scheme to support the church financially. Plans for restoration work to the church tower are currently being drawn up. In July we will welcome Kate Baker who will serve her curacy with us. Choir – Linda Davies We are very fortunate at Hartford to have a choir of dedicated members who come to church for 10.00am every Sunday to rehearse before the service. They all enjoy singing and I hope they help you to worship and feel confident to join us in praising God. We sing a wide variety of music and are always open to learning new hymns and songs. My thanks go to Helen Dowzall for taking on playing for services when I am unable to attend. She is becoming very proficient. Helen regularly plays the organ on a Thursday morning when she opens the church. Hunters Down appreciates Helen’s playing at their service once a month. David Brown has taken on playing for Evensong on the first Sunday of the month. David also goes in during the week and can be heard playing a wide variety of music. Elaine Levitt and I meet to choose hymns quarterly. Also if you would like a particular piece of music before the service please just give me a CD. Tots Praise – Elaine Levitt Tots Praise meets each Monday term time .We have struggled a little with numbers in the autumn term but enjoy the singing ,story and craft in a relaxed way .Thanks to Mary Adlam and David Brown who help to make the sessions work. Sunday School – Suzanne Froggatt Sunday school sessions have continued to be offered on the first Sunday of each month to coincide with the Family Communion service at All Saints Hartford. The leaders that have delivered Sunday school sessions throughout 2017 have been Alastair Hill and Suzanne Froggatt. The children attending Sunday school have been aged 4- 13 years, with parents and grandparents of younger children joining some sessions as well. On average 3 children attend each session. Over the year, 8 different children have attended. We continue to use Scripture Union Light Live online Bible based resources to structure the sessions for the group. If you would like to know more about scripture union and its programmes please follow the link below. https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/reso urce/light-resources Activities and materials have been used from the Splash (5-8) X stream (8-11) and the grid (11-14) programmes. At each session the children continue to praise God with Christian songs, saying the Lord’s Prayer, sharing prayers and reading the Bible together. Over the last year we have covered topics including; ·The Wonders of God. To remember that God is the creator. Psalm 19 ·The story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. To remember all the amazing things God has done. Exodus 15 ·Easter. Jesus’ love and his authority and power. Mark 7 and Luke 13 ·God’s call to Abraham and God’s promise to bless people for ever. Genesis 12:1-9 ·Jesus as a boy and John the Baptist. Luke 2: 41-52 ·God makes light, day and night. Genesis 1:1-19 ·To recognize that God goes with his people – God is with us and we should say thank you. Prayer. Exodus 14: 1-31. ·Israelites in the desert. How God provides for his people. Exodus 16:1- 17:1 ·The story of the farmer. Jesus teaching us about being a Christian through parables. Matthew 13:1-23 ·Thomas seeing Jesus. John 20:19-31. Jesus is here with us Matthew 28:20 Songs sung in Sunday School ·Reach Up – Scripture Union ·Taller than the Mountains – Scripture Union ·Wow! – Scripture Union ·Jesus Stand Among Us ·Be Bold Be Strong ·How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin ·Here I am to worship ·Let Your Light Shine – Hillsong Kids ·I’m Going to Trust in God ·Lord I Lift your Name on High ·Our God is a Great big God ·Our God is an Awesome God I would like to thank Alastair Hill for his continuing involvement in Sunday School throughout this year. Thank you to Revd Geoffrey, Elaine, the Church Wardens and the whole congregation for always welcoming the children’s participation in our church. I am no longer able to deliver sessions at Sunday school due to my family and work commitments, and wish you all the best in future provision for children and young people at All Saints Hartford. Hunters Down – Elaine Levitt A group of us from All Saints take a Communion Service at Hunters Down on the first Wednesday of the month.(11a.m.) It is much appreciated by all who come and we enjoy it too. Thanks to Helen Dowzall, who plays the keyboard, we can sing familiar hymns with confidence and thanks to Pearl and Claire, who coordinate it all at the Home. We also do a carol service which is popular. We welcome more to come if you can. Deanery Synod – Elaine Levitt Huntingdon Deanery Synod met three times in 2017. Firstly at St Barnabas Church in May and the July and November meetings were at All Saints Huntingdon. The Deanery share for 2016 was paid in full with only a small amount from our reserves to achieve this. The resulting rebate has been shared out to the benefices of the Deanery as a thank you for the efforts parishes have made. Changes to the current Deanery plan will take place in the coming months as Fen Drayton becomes part of the Deanery, linking with Fenstanton, the Secondary Schools coordinator resigned but a new appointment was made. . Becky Fanning spoke on the Parish Giving Scheme which was devised in 2008 by Dr John Preston. The July meeting opened with prayers from Rev Andrew Milton, who also spoke briefly about the re-ordering of All Saints Church. This was a busy meeting, with much information about what is going on in the Diocese, as reported at PCC. Full minutes are available if anyone wants to see them. Appointments have been made to ensure a good out come to the Strategy 2025. In November the Directors of Mission and Ministry spoke of what is happening in the Diocese and what is available to parishes .The training booklet that comes to parishes offers a range of different workshops and training that everyone can do. The Diocese is asking all parishes to do a development action plan which is intended to be more action based than previous such motions. It will be built around the 5 levers of change. Churches Together - Elaine Levitt A variety of events continue to happen under the auspices of Churches Together. In the summer it supported the Kairos Prison ministry to Littlehay. Work in schools continues well .Prayer spaces are being created and Natasha Clarke is working with Youth ministers from others denominations. “It's your move” was given to Year 6 pupils in the summer. The Beach Party in the Market Square was a success in the summer. The Ladies and Men’s breakfasts continue to be well attended by many of the churches. The Christmas Day lunch was held at All Saints Huntingdon and went well. Rev Nicholas Kearney has moved to Scotland to do a PhD. Rev Philip Shryane is the new Roman Catholic priest at St Michaels’s. Diocesan Synod- Elaine Levitt Diocesan Synod met in March, June and October. A range of subjects were covered, with presentations about use of churches and church halls, the draft of “A way of Life”, (to be launched at the end of the year), a presentation about chaplaincy work in prisons. Bishop David commissioned Natasha Clarke as Secondary schools coordinator in October. There was an update on Safeguarding and the adoption of five new policies relating to that and continued training for clergy, lay ministers and volunteers. Rev Alex Hughes spoke of the Deanery Action Plans, which Deaneries need to consider and bring to Diocesan Synod. Achievements and Activities During the year many social and fund raising events have taken place and been enjoyed by members of the congregation and the wider community. These have included a Pre Lent lunch, Lent lunch, St George’s Day lunch, Harvest lunch, two cream tea afternoons, Open Gardens weekend, Art Exhibition weekend and an Autumn Fayre. Details of our fundraising and charitable giving are detailed in the Financial Report. In addition there are several events which take place on a regular basis throughout the year. All Saints Hartford Mother’s Union – Elizabeth Cooper During the year monies have been raised for the local Women’s Refuge and Fusion. Sadly despite membership being open to men and women, married or single and “come and see” invitations, numbers continued to remain low and decreased as members moved away. Even changing to day time meetings during the winter months did not increase attendance therefore in January 2018 it was decided to dissolve the branch as it was no longer viable. The social aspect formerly undertaken by members will not be affected for they will simply continue their work as members of the church. Monthly Lunches – Elizabeth Cooper These continue to be very popular, serving an average of 24 people per month with 30 people attending the Christmas lunch. An interesting mixture of church members and members of the public ensures a very lively atmosphere with nobody feeling they need to leave as soon as they have finished their meal. We continue to charge £3 per head per lunch and by careful purchasing of provisions we are able to pay £30 per month to church funds for use of the facilities. Cuppa Club – Elizabeth Cooper Whilst this is open to anyone who would like to come, it is those who care for partners suffering from dementia who attend these monthly afternoon sessions, and this is probably the most needed facility Hartford Church offers. It is a small group who meet and the carers are so very grateful for a second day during which they can leave the isolation of their homes knowing that they will be welcomed no matter how disturbed the partner might be. Whilst we never accept responsibility for the cared for during the two hours, we do endeavour to engage their attention and thus allow the carers some time for normality in conversations Monday Scrabble Group – Helen Dowzall At 2pm on the second Monday of the month, a small group of people (from Hartford and neighbouring villages) continue to meet in the Church Room to enjoy a friendly game of Scrabble. The numbers are small (but slightly up on last year) but the players rarely miss a session. The afternoons – which include a cuppa and chat - have been enjoyed by those attending. Anyone interested is welcome, no matter what your level of Scrabble expertise. Indeed, we are happy to teach non-players. If you don’t want to play Scrabble, a game of chess can usually be arranged instead. If you fancy neither, you can always join the folk that just meet for a cuppa and a chat - and think about having a game of Scrabble at a later date. Whatever you decide, you will be made most welcome. If you require any more information, ask Helen Dowzall. Monthly Sunday Lunch at the Barley Mow – Helen Dowzall Usually held on the second or third Sunday of the month, a group of people (usually about twelve) meet for lunch at the Barley Mow at 1pm. These monthly Sunday lunches have been held now for a good number of years and it is a great opportunity for folk to have the time to get to know each other better. This past year, we have been delighted to see some fresh faces joining us. Lunch and laughter is the order of the day. If you do not have a prior commitment for Sunday lunchtimes, and fancy a meal out, think about coming along and seeing what it is like. The reasonably priced Sunday roasts seem to be particularly popular. There is a sign-up sheet displayed at the back of church in the weeks prior to the meal. If you need any further information, ask Helen Dowzall. Art Group – Pam Clark The art group has been running for a number of years and we meet on roughly alternate Fridays throughout the year. Numbers have gone up and down but we have a good core group. Exhibitions take place nearly every year at a time to fit in with other church events and members’ availability. This is a good fundraising activity for the church and generates many visitors who would probably not come into the church otherwise. The two-hour sessions are enjoyed by all and we welcome new members of any ability. It is a self-help group and we support and encourage each other rather than have an official structure. We are hoping to extend it in to include a group of crafters who would like to have similar informal meetings. Hartfordian – Peter Levitt The Harfordian magazine continues to be produced in two versions, print and e- magazine, with 57 print subscribers and 11 e-subscribers. The subscription for 2018/2019 will remain at £6 for 10 issues including a double issue for January/February and again for July/August. Print costs have risen sharply over the last 2 years and this subscription income will, in all probability incur a small deficit and as print costs rise then a further increase next year cannot be ruled out. In previous years I have asked the P.C.C. to give active consideration to seeking advertising and/or sponsorship for the magazine and I repeat that request yet again. A campaign to recruit more subscribers for both print and electronic versions will take place in April this year. I am pleased to say that there has been a continued improvement in the flow of stories and I would like to thank all those who have made contributions to the magazine in 2017 and I hope they will continue to keep writing! It is a matter of regret that there is little or no material about church activities other than that which is generated on rota by the Ministry Team and by the Editor. I have asked in the past that the PCC as a Committee to consider the purpose and future role of the Parish Magazine and once again I repeat this call. I am willing to continue as Editor if that is the wish of the P.C.C., however I must point out that I am entering the ninth year of my third spell as editor. My first edition was produced on a BBC B computer using a daisy wheel ribbon printer and the master pages had to be guillotined to size before duplication (in black and white on a Roneo machine) because my printer could not handle landscape format. The technology now is newer and full colour printing is possible with all sorts of visual effects that would have been impossible back in the 1980s however the Editor is not newer(!) and some consideration of succession planning would be appropriate. Financial Review click for Annual Accounts Structure, governance and management The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. At All Saints the membership of the PCC consists of the incumbent, associated clergy, elected and co-opted members drawn from members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll. The full PCC meets six times a year to discuss and make decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish including how church funds are spent. A smaller Standing Committee has now been formed, which meets prior to the PCC meeting, to collate and prepare information for PCC consideration but they have no powers to make decisions unless specifically instructed by the PCC at a prior meeting. To facilitate the worship and outreach activities that take place at All Saints it is important that we maintain the fabric of our church and church room. We are very grateful to the small army of unsung heroes who regularly carry out cleaning and maintenance tasks in and around our church and those who look after the church contents and consumable supplies. Churchwardens’ Fabric Report for 2017 – Pam Clark and Sue Craven January - replacement of church room ceiling lights and vestry switch; fire alarms checked February - fire extinguishers serviced; Health and Safety Inspection carried out March – patching of plaster in Rector’s vestry and south wall April – gutters and glass roof cleaned; fire alarm box replaced and fitted; church room redecorated; Quinquennial Inspection; organ tuned; water tap in kitchen replaced May – vestibule, kitchen and toilets redecorated June – two bell ropes repaired July – churchyard gate to Church Lane removed for safety reasons and secured to wall in churchyard; ivy removed, belfry floor and vice stairs swept; carpets in vestibule and church room cleaned; external woodwork of extension oiled, boiler house balustrade and water tank repainted October – gas boiler serviced November - churchyard gate to Church Lane replaced Church Flowers – Pam Clark The flowers in church are arranged all year round on a rota except during Lent. Special displays at Christmas, Easter and Harvest are part of the cycle when all the arrangers work together. As our numbers decreased a few years ago we are no longer able to offer special flowers for weddings. We would be very pleased if new people joined the current group and if they felt under-confident they could be with one of the established group until they felt ready to work on their own arrangements. Money is available to pay for flowers but currently none of the ladies accept payment and this saves the Church a considerable amount of cash. Donations are given by some members of the congregation especially for the lilies in memory of loved ones at Easter. Health and Safety The annual Health and Safety inspection was carried out in February and regular informal checks carried out throughout the year. As of the end of the year we are without a Health and Safety officer but a potential new one has been identified and his nomination will go to the first PCC meeting of the new year. Safeguarding – Alastair Hill The role of Safeguarding Officer was transferred from Pam Clark to Alastair Hill towards the end of 2017. Pam Clark has carried out the role of Safeguarding Officer very ably for 15 years. Pam arranged for the Ely Diocese Safeguarding Team to deliver training to all appropriate church members in January 2018 and many members of other nearby churches took the opportunity to attend. This was a very useful session. Safeguarding is taken very seriously at All Saints Hartford and diocesan policy is followed. Safer Recruiting is being introduced as new volunteers are appointed to roles within the church. All DBS checks are up-to-date. All key workers with children and vulnerable adults have been checked. Administrative information All Saints Church is situated at The Hollow, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 1YF. It is part of the Diocese of Ely within the Church of England. The Rector, the Reverend Geoffrey Boucher, who is responsible for the benefices of All Saints Hartford and St Mary the Virgin Houghton with Wyton, resides at The Rectory, 3 Rectory Lane, Wyton PE28 2AQ. PCC members who have served at any time during 2017 are listed below. Ex-Officio Members:- The Rector - Reverend Geoffrey Boucher Associate Ministers – Reverend Amanda O’Neill, Reverend Clifford Owen Licensed Lay Minister – Mrs Elaine Levitt Churchwardens – Mrs Elizabeth Cooper (until 25th April 2017), Mr Derek Colbert (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Pam Clark (from 25th April 2017), Mrs Sue Craven (from 25th April 2017) Deanery Synod Representatives – Mrs Elaine Levitt, Mrs Carole Crompton (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Mary Hill (from 25th April 2017) Elected Members:- Mrs Sue Craven (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Jill Crimes (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Linda Davies Mrs Helen Dowzall Mr Nicholas Esders Mrs Mary Hill (until 25th April 2017) Mr Gary Moran (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Val Rule (until 25th April 2017) Mr Richard Barrett (from 25th April 2017) Mr Derek Colbert (from 25th April 2017) Mrs Elizabeth Cooper (from 25th April 2017) Mrs Carol King (from 25th April 2017) Mr Peter King (from 25th April 2017) Co-opted members:- Mrs Pam Clark (until 25th April 2017) Mr Victor Phillips (until 25th April 2017) Mrs Janet Boston (from 25th April 2017) Mr Paul Fearon (from 20th August 2017) Appointed Positions:- Treasurer – Mr Nicholas Esders (until 20th August 2017), Mr Paul Fearon (from 20th August 2017) PCC Secretary – Mrs Sue Craven (until 25th April 2017), Mrs Carol King (from 25th April 2017) Verger – Mrs Elizabeth Cooper (from 25th April 2017) Fabric Officer – Mr Derek Colbert (from 25th April 2017) Organist and Choirmaster – Mrs Linda Davies Health and Safety Officer – Mr Gary Moran (until 25th April 2017) Gift Aid Co-ordinator – Mrs Helen Dowzall Electoral Roll Officer – Mrs Helen Dowzall Churches Together Representatives –