The Meetings for the Election of Churchwardens, and the APCM, were held on 26th April.
Helen Brophy and Ted Graham were elected as Churchwardens for the coming year. Ted has taken over from Alison McLellan who has retired after 6 hard-working years in the role.
Peter Collins, the Chairman of the Trustees of the Parochial Charities reported that the income for the year ended 30th April 2014 was £5,203, an increase of £345 compared with the previous year. Charitable grants totalling £5,200 were made to the St. Mary’s Lunch Club, the West Cheshire Food Bank, the Chester Samaritans, St. Mary’s Overleigh School Pastoral Fund, the Friends of Mulberry, DIAL House, Age UK (Chester) and a range of smaller local discretionary grants.
Chris Schofield, our Treasurer, reported that whilst income on the General Fund increased by £11,681, this was principally due to receiving an unexpected legacy of £10,000. Expenditure for the year increased by £17,769, the single most significant increase being in repair and maintenance due to the costs incurred on the tower and electrical rewiring within the Church. The total cost for repair and maintenance was £27,372 (after claiming back eligible VAT), an increase of £16,558 over 2013. Overall there was a deficit of £4,787 in the accounts.
Peter Dove, Mark Keen, Alison McLellan and Alan Park were re-elected to the Parochial Church Council. In addition to accepting the Annual Report and the Accounts, the meeting also received a number of reports including those on Deanery Synod, Parish Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Magazine, Luncheon Club, Youth Group, and Sunday Club.