Oakham PCC

Finance: A scheme to introduce Cashless Giving was explained by Richard Plummer, who is progressing this venture with the PCC’s full support. The draft budget is nearing completion, to be published at the March meeting, and the latest accounts were presented. Neil Lowther has been examiner of the accounts for several years, but wishes to stand down – a volunteer to take on this annual task is urgently needed (speak to Revd Stephen or Peter Hill). Fabric: A small committee continues to work diligently to repair and improve the Church: new floodlighting externally will be achieved this year; new light bulbs in the Church have greatly improved visibility and high level lights will be replaced; an additional handrail will arrive shortly for the Trinity Chapel access; a large project involving replacement of louvres on the tower is in hand. Progress has also been made towards a new Audio System. A permanent area to display the crosses and silhouette figures following the centenary commemorations is to be considered. Mission: Mindful of lower attendees at some of the Advent/Christmas services, and also the need to continually research ways of mission and outreach to the community, a working group is to explore ideas – suggestions to Revd Stephen or the churchwardens. Health and Safety policies for all aspects of church life are being complied, and a lead person to check these annually is needed – to volunteer speak to a churchwarden or Monica Compton. A supported housing project co-shared with all Churches Together in Oakham, with All Saints as the lead signatory was agreed. A new electoral roll is to be drawn up before the Annual Parochial Church Council meeting on 7 April – see separate notice.