A Note from the Treasurer
Yes, it is that time of the year.
As you may know Liz Atkinson stepped down this past September as Treasurer of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) after five faithful serving years. She conducted the financial affairs in a very clear and efficient way that has made the turnover in a very seamless and easy way for me to be able to take over the duties. Nevertheless, I still have some things to catch up on.
As a first duty, the PCC would think me remiss in my new role of Treasurer if I did not offer a short note at this time of the year about .....yes finance.
We are very fortunate at St Peters to have a very stable and solid financial support from its parishioners. In this past year of incumbent change we have continued our financial support to the diocese that was asked of us, financed our programmes and made significant gifts to many charitable causes in our outreach. On behalf of the PCC I thank you for that support.
Our financial picture at St Peters is sound and at PCC we do look to make efficiencies where possible and to look at ways to be as prudent as we can in caring for the resources that we have. However our expenditures do go up year on year and we would not want if at all possible to cut our programmes and outreach. For this reason I would urge you to continue and if possible increase your giving in the coming year. For your guidance the Government Pension increase (CPI) for 2016 will be 2.5%.
For those who give to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), thank you. This is the most efficient way in which to contribute, they collect in the donation, obtain the gift aid and send the funds directly to our account each month. For those who donate by direct debit themselves again thanks, but I ask if you would also consider taking up the PGS. In case you were unaware the bank does deduct a service charge for each DD. For those who generously give through the pew blue envelope also thanks and I would ask if you also would consider donating on a regular basis also through the PGS.
If you would like to know more about the PGS there is information on the web at www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk The PGS has over 10,000 parishioners and over 500 parishes participating, it is a very confidential service and donations can be made if you so wish on an anonymous basis and any gifts or changes can be made and communicated directly with PGS.
Thanks again for your parish support in 2015.
St Peter's Festival Weekend
The weekend of 5 to 7 June 2015 saw 100's of visitors coming to Wisborough Green for a fantastic series of events - Flower Festival, Open Gardens and various music events. More pictures here: photos
FLOWER FESTIVAL 2015
From the ethereal beauty of a bridal arrangement, to the pastel shades of flowers dancing round a beribboned maypole, to the vibrant hues of "Colours of Day", the Flower Festival delivered the promised explosion of colour.
The arrangers interpreted the theme of "Hymns of Glory" with skill and imagination and we received many encouraging compliments. When the flowers were unpacked from the wholesaler and put into buckets you could have been at the Nice flower market such was the range of blooms from the exotic and tropical to the simple flowers of an English meadow. However the church was soon transformed and we hope that the many visitors and friends who came to see our finished efforts enjoyed their visit.
Thank you to all who contributed time and energy and creative talent.
OPEN GARDENS 2015
The annual Open Gardens weekend was blessed with glorious sunshine this year. Eleven keen and extremely talented gardeners opened their gates for people to see their beautiful lawns, borders and vegetables. With the Flower Festival in the church too there was plenty for everyone to feast their eyes on.
MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015
On Friday night Malcolm Brinson, our resident organist and choirmaster, treated us to a wonderfully varied organ recital which showed his talents off to a treat. We were able to watch his performance on a screen at the front of the church as the nave was filled with the rousing pieces of music.
On Saturday night we had a concert of two halves. In the first we were entertained by local talent including the joyful Glee Singers, under the leadership of Victoria Smallwood and solos from Alice Warwick. Then followed some poetry, read by Richard Vause and Doris Smallwood, and music from WW1 sung by the church choir, finishing with audience participation in choruses such as ‘pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’, the whole given against a back drop of video clips from WW1 scenes.
In the second half the young and very gifted Ferio Saxophone Quartet amazed and delighted everyone with their wide ranging and uplifting repertoire. At times it felt as though a whole orchestra were there such was the varied sound from their four saxophones. At the end, after a standing ovation, they talked to the audience before returning to London.
On Sunday evening, in the sun filled church, a short songs of praise took place. The congregation sang some of the hymns depicted by the beautiful flowers arrangements and learned a little about the origins of each very different hymn. This brought to a close a successful and enjoyable weekend.
The Festival Weekend made a wonderful profit in excess of £2,800. A huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.
St Peter’s LINKS Committee