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St Thomas à Becket Church and Chapel Plaister at Box, in the County of Wiltshire and in the Diocese of Bristol.

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Parochial Church Council in the Parish of Box with Hazelbury for the year ending 31 December 2021

 

Priest-in-Charge : Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie

 

Introduction to the Year

 

2021 remained a year which was very much affected by the COVID pandemic. Whilst we were able to continue to hold some in person services through all the year they were very much still constrained by the guidelines around public worship. These included variations in guidelines on the wearing of face-coverings, social distancing and the re-introduction of communal singing. Each church building was individually risk assessed for worship and it was local decisions about keeping everyone safe whilst providing spiritual support for people which determined what could actually occur at which time.

 

This was a mammoth task and many thanks are due to all who helped in these difficult times.

 

We continued with our ZOOM services, these provided key support for those people who were unwell or vulnerable and not able to attend in person services. Also these were a support for those people who were self isolating. Throughout 2021 the Lidbrook Group provided one morning and one evening ZOOM service per month.

 

We were joined in the Spring by Revd Teresa Townsend on placement from Swindon. She began by supporting our on line services. Then when restrictions were lifted more she was able to join us in person. It was super to have her join our team for the few months she was with us.

 

The Autumn saw more services creep back to normal, but always mindful of the COVID situation.

 

In December I was appointed as Interim Minister (House for duty) for the Churn Valley Benefice between Cirencester and Cheltenham. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported the ministry of the church community during my time here, and wait to see what God has planned for this church community in 2022 and beyond.

 

Janet Anderson-MacKenzie

 

Heart for Rudloe

Heart was closed due to Covid until 26th September, when increased vaccination and a thorough risk assessment made it possible to meet safely once more. We have continued since then but with optional mask wearing and a change in food handling, with parents serving food to their family members. In the seven meetings so far the average attendance reduced to 11 adults and 7 children. A change in kitchen arrangements, with new ownership of the Café, has benefited Heart, as we now have access to community crockery and cutlery and the use of a dishwasher, all of which have reduced trips from one end of the premises where Heart stores its materials to the kitchen at the other end.

Themes for the seven sessions were:

 

A new beginning – Noah’s ark

Son of laughter – God’s special promise to Abraham

A giant staircase to heaven – Jacob

God to the Rescue – Moses and the Great Escape from Egypt

The warrior leader – Joshua and the battle of Jericho

The teenie weenie true King and The young hero and the horrible giant

Christingle

 

Unfortunately Corsham Baptist Church have been unable to assist us this year due to a shortage of staff. This has meant that Janet has had to conduct the worship without help, which she has done admirably, with the help of technology to provide the music and video. We continue to offer tea and coffee, craft activities related to the theme followed by Worship, singing and Prayer time and ending with a hot meal.

There is also time and space for adults to relax and enjoy each other’s company and talk with Janet and volunteer helpers. Parents also enjoy taking part in Worship, which is a joyful time for everyone and is central to spreading the Good News of Jesus.

We are very grateful to Vanessa who has continued to help with the activities. We were very sorry to hear of the death of Margaret Rousell who, until she moved nearer to her family, was a regular supporter, working with the children, since the inception of Heart. We miss her very much.

Thank you to Barbara and Denise for their regular help with Heart. With the reduced support, parents and carers have again responded well to the situation and help with activities, serving food, clearing plates, cleaning the room and we are grateful for all they do.

Once again, thanks go to Janet for persevering in the face of all the problems arising from Covid restrictions and staffing this year. We are very sorry at her leaving but hope that our prayers will be answered and we will be sent the help we need to see that Heart continues.

If you can offer us help with Worship, music, activities, food shopping and preparation or in any other capacity, we will be delighted to hear from you.

Lee Towler & Pam Farmer

Grace in Box

Grace is a joint venture between St Thomas’ Church and the Methodist Church in Box. Grace was able to re-start post Covid in September with a shorter session looking at creation. Then met for full length sessions in October (Joseph), November (Good shepherd) and December (Christmas). Elizabeth Kirova the Methodist minister has now moved away but we have been getting additional support from other members of the Methodist team. Revd Clair Southgate also has joined the team, coming over straight from school, this has been a great blessing and Clair will head up Grace during the vacancy.

Janet Anderson-MacKenzie

 

Box Mums and Toddlers Group

Owing to Covid the group did not meet in the Spring and Summer terms. It was decided that it would be better for the Mums to make their own arrangements in the Autumn term, owing to a rise in the infection rates.

                                                                                                                                                           Denise Brighten (co-ordinator)

 

Church Flowers

Having been closed for most of 2020, the church resumed some normality of services in July of 2021, and we were able to enhance the church once again with our flower displays.

As with many of our small teams, ours is shrinking and we aren’t getting any younger, so we aim to keep things simple and easily achieved. We all do two weeks at a time, hoping that the flowers, all donated by ourselves, will last the fortnight and very often you will see just a simple vase of garden flowers in the Hazelbury Chapel.

Our highlight for 2021 was being able to hold a flower festival in September, during our harvest celebrations. This was to launch us back into active service as a church and entitled ‘Come ye thankful people come’, as we reflected upon all that the harvest signifies and also the good that still exists in our world, despite our ongoing fight with the virus. It was encouraging to see how many other village groups felt that they wanted to create a display also and so we thank them most sincerely.

We were all very mindful at that time of Brenda Parry, who so excellently organised previous flower festivals over the years. You may have noticed several butterflies adorning pillars in her memory!   Although not a fundraiser as such, the teas offered whilst the church was open for visitors over the weekend raised a welcome £270 towards church funds.

The year ended with a simple and natural display for Christmas, greenery & berries, all very cost effective but hopefully they enriched our worship over the festive period.

 

John Tucker

 

Home Group 2021

The Quiet Waters (Valens Terrace) Home Group continued to meet throughout 2021. Whether we met virtually or physically, we were (and still are) profoundly grateful for the fellowship, encouragement and support of our group as we faced another difficult and unsettling year.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our socials – to celebrate New Year, the Summer Break and Christmas – which have further contributed to the warmth and cohesive nature of our group.

We started the year studying “The Sermon on the Mount”, using John Stott’s Life Builder Study Guide. We usually took two weeks to work through each of the Study Guide’s chapters, such was the depth of the study and our enjoyment of it! The Study Guide led us comprehensively through the “Blessed are the poor in spirit” etc (Matthew 5: 1-12), which gave rise to much challenging discussion and not a little soul-searching. Of course, this study also included the Lord’s Prayer. It’s always beneficial, as well as thought-provoking, to look at such a familiar piece of scripture with “new eyes”, as it were.

After our Summer Break, we started a series on the Psalms, looking at a variety of contrasting psalms, using the Life Builders Study Guide written by Eugene Peterson.

Worship plays an important part of each meeting, as does prayer – for each other, our church, community and anyone in God’s wider world who needs prayer in our world during these current troublesome times.

                                                                                                                                                           Jamie and Jo Hay, Angela Dew

                                                                                                                                                                               

The Filling Station, Box                                        

The Filling Station continued to meet very successfully during the lockdown through recorded worship, talks and prayer online.  Highlights included an inspiring interview with Kathy Larkman and  Rev Philip Turner recording a talk, having come straight off his duty shift as Chaplain at the RUH. 

The must-watch talk of 2021 is Janet’s video on “Worship”… recorded in a field where both a flock of sheep, and a very large longhorn cow, along with her calves, made guest appearances!   

The talks are all available on Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChTn-HObSzGeyAdDVgF7kGQ

Over the summer the team dedicated a time of prayer and fasting to listen to what God wanted Box TFS to do next.    We identified 3 main areas in which we feel God wants us to grow:

 

  • ENCOUNTER with God – especially in worship.
  • ENCOURAGE one another – welcoming, sharing, connecting & supporting each other
  • EQUIPPING the people of God - so we are energised, equipped & ready to take up the challenges of following Christ in our everyday lives and churches.

In September the lifting of COVID restrictions enabled us to re-launch our monthly TFS evenings. It has been wonderful to worship and learn together - and to share the vision for us all to Encounter God, Encourage each other, and be Equipped to follow Jesus.

www.thefillingstation.org.uk/station/box

Jamie & Jo Hay and the TFS Box team

 

Christian Aid 2021

Because of the pandemic, methods had to be devised to raise money in ways that were not necessarily traditional. One such scheme was for sponsored walkers to ramble the various heritage trails around the areas of Box and Corsham during the month of May. Groups were led by a number of responsible volunteers who were familiar with the routes. Being outside in the fresh air and by maintaining social distancing, regulations were observed. Monies raised from this activity and ‘Just Giving’ amounted to £2138.37. One individual managed to raise £25 in a Christian Aid collection tin.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Denise Brighten

 

Craft Club 2021

The Club was unable to meet between the months of January and June owing to Covid restrictions. Phillipa was able to open her garden for members to assemble outside during the months of August and September. Subsequently we were able to meet at the Methodist Hall in October and December for some very enjoyable activities. November was a ‘no-go’ owing to the venue being closed because of the proliferation in viral cases.   

                                                                                                                                                                                     Denise Brighten                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Welcome Packs

The aim of our Welcome Pack is to make newcomers to the village feel welcomed and sufficiently informed as to all that’s going on around them, thus enabling them - we hope - to soon feel part of the village community of Box.

During the year we have been asked for fourteen welcome packs, some we have delivered ourselves, others from the village have taken the giving of a pack as a means of introducing themselves to new neighbours. We try hard to make sure the information in our packs is up to date, so we would be very grateful to those who represent or organise all the many varied interest groups around, to let us know of any changes i.e., contact details, change of meeting times etc.  Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                Pam Farmer and Lee Towler

Toast

Toast has continued to meet when we have been able, we changed the way we catered, using packaged food and drinks, but happily we are now back to toast with a brand-new shiny toaster and plenty of hot chocolate and other snacks!

Our numbers have remained steady, even though we lost 3 to university. Much fun has been had with Bible or church-based quizzes, treasure hunts and scavenger hunts, as well as lots of eating, chat, laughter and volleyball.

We will obviously really miss Ian now and it would be lovely to have some more volunteers to be a ‘responsible adult’ during our evening meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, we meet from 6-7.30pm in St Thomas à Becket.

Rev Clair Southgate

 

 

Nativity Trail

For the second year running we held our Nativity Trail around the village on Christmas Eve. We had 6 stops on the trail, each with the appropriate part of the Nativity story, as well as a hidden word which, when all were gathered and sorted, gave us the name of the well-known carol ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’.

 

The scenes began with a sparkly beautiful Gabriel and Mary followed by Joseph, Mary and the Donkey travelling.

Then the Shepherds (including lots of socks being washed obviously!)

The Kings (including one in a taxi, one in a car, and one on a scooter blowing his hooter, Following yonder star!)

Gorgeous Angels and finally the spectacular Stable Scene.

 

The weather wasn’t great but a good number of people walked around the trail and enjoyed the challenge.

Thank you to everyone who created, hosted and viewed!

Rev Clair Southgate

 

 

Box CE VC Primary School Annual Report 2021

Once again, COVID-19 overshadowed everything at the school.  Thanks to the sheer hard work and dedication of Jo French and her staff, it was possible to minimise the effect on the children. The Governing Board is very grateful.  Governors were not able to visit the school as much as they would have wished, but Zoom meetings and some socially distanced face-to-face meetings went ahead.

Most children were not in school from the beginning of 2021 until we could reopen on 8 March.  During this lockdown period, vulnerable children and the children of critical workers were able to be in school, but all others were taught remotely.

Children worked in class bubbles for most of the year with separate play times.  Clubs, which form such an important part of school life, were unable to take place for months.  Music lessons, sports events, whole school assemblies and residential visits also suffered from the restrictions of COVID.  Sports Day was very different with no parents as spectators, and separate classes taking part.

We were able to arrange three socially distanced Ascension Day services in church, but most other services were not possible.  We did hold a service in church for the school leavers in July and, for this, the parents of those leaving were able to attend.

There were some positives!  We achieved reaccreditation for our Eco Schools Award (Green Flag).  The Church and School Partnership Award was achieved, but the presentation is still to come. 

In May, Year 6’s residential trip to Stackpole was cancelled, but the children enjoyed two days spent at Jamie’s Farm.  In June, to the delight of the children, the Year 4 residential visit to Braeside in Devizes was rearranged.

In July a wonderful Key Stage 2 production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ was live streamed from the Wiltshire Music Centre, with no audience present. 

 

September saw a return to a more normal school life with whole school assemblies and play times, but by October high case numbers of COVID-19 meant these had to stop again.  It was possible for more outside visits in the Autumn term with trips to STEAM, Warleigh Lodge Farm and the Corinium Museum.  There were historical walks around Box and some Corsham cluster sporting events.  Once again, we had to record the Nativity production and send the link to parents.

To sum up – 2021 was a difficult year, but the school coped brilliantly!

                                                                                                                                                  David Babb, Foundation Governor

 

Prayer Circle

We are still here – praying. Sometimes we get feedback about the people and situations we are praying for, which is great and so encouraging – however, please rest assured the Prayer Circle is completely confidential. If you would like prayer about anything, please contact me, also if you would like to join our Circle of Pray-ers, on 01225 742469.

 

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                                                                                                                                                                           Barbara Kirby

 

Chapel Plaister

Due to Covid and the ongoing variations of restrictions, it was decided to leave Chapel Plaister with two Services a month, one Evensong and one Compline.

We were fortunate to be able to open the Chapel up on Wednesday afternoons as usual from July to September and we had lots of visitors.

Sadly, yet again, we were unable to hold our popular Christmas Nine Lessons & Carols Service on Christmas Day, but hopefully we will resume next year.

With our Vicar departing, we are still going to continue with our twice monthly services. However, so that we have someone able to deliver Evensong, from April we will be altering their positions. On the first Sunday of the month, there will be Compline, and on the third Sunday, Evensong.

Anna Woollard

 

Choir and Music 2021

During 2021, the contribution of music to worship at St Thomas’ continued to adapt to the changing situation of the COVID pandemic.

The first half of the year saw services continue online with a small rota of musicians leading hymns and modern worship songs. The regular musicians were Jo and Jamie Hay; Vanessa, Tim, Alex and Daniel Hammond; and Alice Kemp and Andrew Clark. We are particularly grateful to them all for continuing to offer live online music.

For the second half of the year, the church offered a mix of services in-church and online services. The same musicians named above, as well as Ian Phipps and Ruth Pfundner, offered live music for in-church services.

It was decided to hold the Christmas Carol Service outside in the churchyard and a group of singers formed a one-off choir for the event which worked well. Particular thanks are due to Ian Mackenzie for his brilliant technical support both for the Zoom services and for the outdoor carols.

Andrew Clark

 

 

The Community of the Sisters of the Church

This year we have tried our best to continue supporting the community of the Sisters of the church in Bristol with donations of food, clothing, money and gifts.  

Their work focuses on pastoral care in the local community, both centred on the house and through working with other agencies. At the house, this care has taken the form of both practical assistance, such as giving food parcels at the door, and befriending and listening to callers and volunteers. The house at times is also used for Social Services supervised visits between parents and their children who are in care.

With lockdowns in place they have found more families struggling to make ends meet and relying on their services to survive.  During the year we have delivered tins and packets of food to the Sisters collected from St Thomas' church.  As in previous years there was a particular effort in December when we provided a collection of gloves, socks, scarves and festive goodies alongside some food items.  For the harvest offering in September we had almost 600 tins of food and also loads of pasta, sauces and nappies which will be very well appreciated by all the members of the community at the Sisters.  I think this was our biggest donation so far.  Also included and very well-received were cash donations: these are often used to top-up gas or electric meters to enable families to survive.

At St Thomas à Becket there is a plastic crate by the North Door, where members of our community leave their donations towards this ministry. 

                                                                                                                                                                                 James Symons

 

Churchyard

This is a long and complicated story. In brief, the struggle continues to try to compel Wiltshire Council to remove the Heras fencing from the half-dozen tombs which it regards as unsafe. Under church law there is a requirement for the Council either to remove the fencing and find some other way to keep the area safe, or seek a Faculty, which is unlikely to be granted. On behalf of the PCC I have continued to liaise with the DAC Secretary, who is leading the negotiations with Wilts Council. The Council and the DAC have an outline plan for the parish to be given a grant to make the tombs safe, but this plan has stalled. During the second half of 2021 the attitude of the DAC towards the Council has hardened; the diocesan lawyers (the Registrar and Deputy Registrar) have been brought into the debate, and attention is being given to the possibility of serving the Council with a Restoration Order. I am doing my best to encourage this.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Charles Freeman

 

Accessibility

Over the past five years or so, much attention has been given by the parish to all matters of accessibility. However, in 2021 the various anti-Covid restrictions led inevitably to an emphasis on consolidating recent improvements rather than fresh initiatives.

Charles Freeman

 

Safeguarding

For much of 2021, faced with lockdowns, social distancing and working from home, it was not easy to meet current recommendations for Safeguarding training. However, much refreshing of all aspects of Safeguarding was pursued during the last quarter of the year. The parish's overall position, as summarised online on the Diocesan Safeguarding Dashboard, is now very satisfactory, albeit the cycle of training and clearances means that there is always a steady flow of tasks to be undertaken. Every opportunity is taken to emphasise that Safeguarding is the responsibility of everybody, not just the Safeguarding Officer, or the Vicar, or the PCC.

Charles Freeman, Parish Safeguarding Officer

 

Fabric Report

St Thomas à Becket. Following the considerable amount of work carried out at StTaB during 2019 as recorded in previous year’s Report, it was intended that 2020/2021 would be a time of consolidation during which the last two or three items from the 2018 Quinquennial Inspection would be addressed. As with 2020, In practice the Covid restrictions meant there was no chance to pursue extensive works, although some action has been taken:

  1. The moth infestation is in the process of being treated around the Hazelbury chapel
  2. The stonework damage to the vestry entrance is in the process of being repaired.
  3. The dome lights above the main church pews are scheduled for taking down and cleaning
  4. Remedial action has been taken to resolve the damp to the toilet, further monitoring is taking place.
  5. Gutters and gullies have been cleared and emptied and the roof has been inspected for leaks.
  6. As reported last year, after the 2018 Quinquennial questioned the state of the bell tower support frame, it was concluded that further major work was not necessary but at least the steel bell support bolts ought to be inhibited.  No progress on this has been possible.
  7. As previously reported, the organ in StTaB was taken out of use in 2018. It remains in situ but out of action.

Chapel Plaister. The chapel remains generally in satisfactory condition, but a Quinquennial Report on it is overdue.

Inventory Check. The annual check of portable items at StTaB and CP has been correctly completed.

      James Symons

Financial Report

  1. The accounts for the year ended 31 Dec 2021 are attached to this Report. In summary:
  2. General Fund. During the year the General Fund achieved a surplus of £13,792 and closed the year with a balance of £17,671. The surplus was almost entirely due to the very generous donations which were received in response to Vicar Janet's "Project Rev Run", during which she ran a distance equivalent to a marathon, spreading the distance into daily stages. The running took place across Advent 2020, but most of the donations were received in 2021.
  3. St Thomas a Becket Fabric Fund. At 31 Dec 2021 the StTaB Fabric Fund, having subsumed the TeePee Fund, had £13,647. Nothing was spent from this fund during the year, but in 2022 there will be a need to pay for extensive treatment of a moth infestation in the chancel carpet and other fabrics, and it is likely that more maintenance requirements will emerge.
  4. Chapel Plaister Fabric Fund. The CP Fabric Fund had £10,746. It is likely that there will be a need to draw significantly in order to deal with recommendations in the Quinquennial Report which was received as 2021 drew to a close.
  5. Donations. For much of the year, as in 2020, there was no “into the plate” donating and almost no giving via the envelope scheme. Box was slightly better protected than some other parishes against the effect of this because many regular churchgoers kindly use the Parish Giving Scheme, but the reduction in donations from weekly services relative to pre-pandemic giving was significant.
  6. Parish Share 2021. During 2021 we contributed a Parish Share of £25,544. This included elements of the 2020 Share which we did not pay until after 1 Jan 2021, but we more than met the sum we had pledged for 2021. We therefore maintained our proud record of never failing to give the total sum pledged, albeit this was less than the sum of £28,350 which the diocese had originally requested.
  7. 2022 and beyond. Our funds are currently in a satisfactory state However, there are many uncertainties about the level of income we shall be able to achieve in 2022 and subsequent years. For the moment, the diocese has been informed that we can only commit to a Parish Share of £20,600 in 2022, well below the £29,060 which we were asked to consider. However it is hoped that in practice we may be able to pass onwards a sum greater than that current pledge. The two Fabric Funds are likely to face requirements as explained above.

Charles Freeman, Chair of Finance Committee

 

 

Deanery Synod Report 2021

Three Deanery Synods were held during 2021: on 25 February in St Peter’s Church Hall, Chippenham; on 24 June by Zoom; and on 4 November in St Peter’s Church Hall, Chippenham.

The Synod in February

Finance: Aurea Hart gave a report on the Deanery Finances and presented the accounts for 2020, which were approved.

 

Eco Church:  Eco Champions. Dick Spencer spoke about his role as Deanery Synod Eco Champion and his hope that individual Parish Eco Champions would be able to exchange ideas and best practice through the deanery system.  He also drew attention to a Tearfund initiative.

Transforming Church Together Initiative: David Froude and David Moore led facilitated discussions on the Transforming Church Together initiative in our region, which is shaping a new vision and set of priorities for the coming years.  It sought to understand what we did well, what we can change for the better and how to create a positive way forward together.  Our world is constantly changing with many opportunities and challenges affecting our daily lives and our relationships with others.  The Diocese of Bristol wants to ensure that it shares God’s hope by meeting everyone’s spiritual needs, inspiring worship, transforming lives and providing support where it is needed most.  We aim to become a better church, a force for good, and open and welcoming to all.  It will be a process of developing a new vision and set of priorities for the diocese over the coming years.

The Synod in June

Rebuilding Community:  The various Benefices/Groups each gave a brief report on how parishes had faired during the latest lockdown and outlined future plans.

 

Living in Love and Faith:  The Synod was briefed on a diocesan website that was available to listen to people’s stories.  Each parish could decide how it wanted to engage with this initiative.

Diocese’s Engagement with Racial Justice: The Synod was briefed that Revd’s Marc Terry and Sally Wheeler were members of the Diocesan Advisory Group on Racial Justice.  Revd. Anjali Kanagaratnam was part of the Diocesan Taskforce that had been asked to apply recommendations on all aspects of church life based on the actions identified in The Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Task Force report 'From Lament to Action'.

Parish Boundary Changes.  The Church Commissioners had advised that the Draft Scheme of changes would be ready imminently and that once it was ready, it would be sent to the Bishop for her signature and then out to the statutory interested parties for the final round of consultation.  All indications were that progress was picking up.

Uganda.  The new Link to Kigezi Diocese was not yet in place for reasons that had been explained in a Deanery newsletter.  We were asked to pray for Uganda in the light of the spread of Covid.

 

The Synod in November

Good News from Around the Deanery.  A number of highlights of good news were shared from around the deanery, indicating continued activity and engagement despite Covid.

 

Uganda Link.  Chris Dobson expressed hope that he would be able to take the letter to Bishop James in person, formally closing our Uganda link with Mukono, along with a letter from Bishops Viv and Lee.  He brought good news from the Uganda Prayer meeting, which he had just attended, that the Covid situation in Uganda was improving.

 

Living in Love and Faith, Deanery Leadership Team.  Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield and Chris Dobson gave a presentation on the ‘Living in Love and Faith’ initiative and the further development in the process of engagement.  The presentation was followed by small group discussions on the issues raised and a Q&A session.

 

Michael Brzezicki

 

 

Aims and purposes for St Thomas à Becket Church and Chapel Plaister

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

 

Objectives and Activities

The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to join in Christian worship and to become part of our parish community. The PCC maintains an overview of worship throughout the parish and makes suggestions on how our services can involve the many groups that live within our parish. Our services and worship put faith into practice through prayer and scripture, music and sacrament.

When planning our activities for the year, we have considered the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and, in particular, the supplementary guidance on charities for the advancement of religion.

In particular, we try to enable ordinary people to live out their faith as part of our parish community through:

  • Worship and prayer; learning about the Gospel; and developing their knowledge and trust in Jesus.
  • Provision of pastoral care for people living in the parish.
  • Missionary and outreach work.

 

Structure, Governance and Management

The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. The membership of the PCC consists of the Priest-in-Charge (our vicar), churchwardens, our associate ministers and members elected by those members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll of the church. All those who attend our services / members of the congregation are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC. The full PCC met six times during the year. Safeguarding is always on the agenda and the PCC follow national church and diocesan guidance on the safeguarding policies and practices which are put in place.

 

Administrative Information

St. Thomas’s Church is situated in Church Lane, Box and Chapel Plaister within the hamlet of Chapel Plaister, Box.   The Parish is part of the Diocese of Bristol within the Church of England. The correspondence address is The Vicarage, Church Lane, Box. The PCC is a body corporate (PCC Powers Measure 1956, Church Representation Rules 2011) and a charity currently excepted from registration with the Charity Commission.

PCC members who have served at any time from 1st January 2020 until the date this report was approved are:

 

Ex-Officio Members:                      

Priest-in-Charge: Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie (Chair)

Associate Minister:  Revd Clair Southgate

Churchwarden: Lee Towler (from APCM 2020)

Churchwarden: Denise Brighten (from APCM 2020)

 

Elected Members:           

Until APCM 2021               Eleanor Symons, Pam Farmer, Lee Towler

Until APCM 2022              Barbara Carr, Anna Woollard, John Tucker

Until APCM 2023               Angela Dew, Jamie Hay

Until APCM 2024               Eleanor Symons, Harry Barstow

 

Debbie Rafferty was co-opted as secretary for the PCC on 26 March 2021

Andrew Kerr was co-opted as Treasurer for the PCC on 26 March 2021

 

The PCC members are responsible for making decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish including deciding on how the funds of the PCC are to be spent.

 

Approved by the PCC on XXXXX

 

 

 

 

 

and signed on their behalf by the Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie (PCC Chair).

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 


 

 

BOX WITH HAZELBURY

RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2021

 

 

 

2021

2021

2020

2020

General Fund

notes

£

£

£

£

Balance 1 January 2021

 

 

3,879

 

1,902

RECEIPTS

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTARY RECEIPTS

(1)

39,068

 

33,439

 

OTHER ORDINARY RECEIPTS

(2)

5,808

 

5,458

 

OTHER ACTIVITES

(3)

18,230

 

11,256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL RECEIPTS

 

63,106

 

50,153

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAYMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

MINISTRY

(4)

28,949

 

27,528

 

CHURCH AND SERVICES

(5)

11,177

 

12,145

 

OTHER ORDINARY PARISH

(6)

718

 

620

 

EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

(7)

7,470

 

7,883

 

CHARITIES

(8)

1,000

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL PAYMENTS

 

49,314

 

48,176

 

SUPRLUS FOR THE YEAR

 

 

13,792

 

1,977

BALANCE AT 31 DECEMBER 2021

 

17,671

 

3,879

 

 

BOX WITH HAZELBURY

NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2021

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

£

 

£

1.VOLUNTARY RECEIPTS

 

 

 

Gift Aid

2,747

 

3,420

Parish Giving Scheme

14,011

 

13,590

Non Gift Aid

84

 

84

Tax Reclaimed

1,676

 

1,975

Collections

661

 

1,129

Donations

19,889

 

13,241

 

 

 

 

 

39,068

 

33,439

2.OTHER ORDINARY RECEIPTS

 

 

 

Ministry expenses reimbursed

618

 

996

Remembrance Service

120

 

0

Bookbarn

6

 

40

Weddings /Funeral Fees

3,717

 

3,057

Interest

515

 

562

Income from Trusts

832

 

803

 

 

 

 

 

5,808

 

5,458

3.OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Social

357

 

42

Tom Cox legacy

1,000

 

0

Box, Colerne, Rudloe link donation

500

 

0

Jane Cox Yard Sale

1,634

 

0

Childrens Society

55

 

0

VAT refund re heating pump

0

 

184

Magazine Sales

4,985

 

4,404

Magazine colour printing

640

 

320

Advertisements

9,059

 

6,267

 

 

 

 

 

18,230

 

11,217

 

 

BOX WITH HAZELBURY

NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2021

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

£

 

£

4.MINISTRY

 

 

 

Expenses

3,784

 

1439

Deanery Synod

10

 

10

Wiltshire Churches

20

 

20

Chippenham Deanery

10

 

0

Parish Share

25,544

 

22,720

Assigned Fees

1,926

 

1,954

Heart 4 Rudloe

0

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

28,949

 

28,528

5.CHURCH AND SERVICES

 

 

 

Heat and Light

1,433

 

2,986

Insurance

3,847

 

3,789

Minor Repairs

1,325

 

301

Communion wine, candles etc.

4

 

180

British Legion Remembrance service

120

 

0

Remembrance service equipment hire

226

 

0

Copyright Fees

330

 

319

Secretarial Assistance

3,892

 

4,570

 

 

 

 

 

11,177

 

12,145

6.OTHER ORDINARY PARISH EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

Administration

718

 

620

 

 

 

 

7.OTHER ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Social

70

 

0

Childrens Society

55

 

144

Dementia UK

0

 

39

Colerne/Ditteridge PCC re marathon

874

 

0

Magazine Production assistance

63

 

275

Magazine Production

6,408

 

7,425

 

 

 

 

 

7,470

 

7,883

8.CHARITIES

 

 

 

Box School Endowment fund

1,000

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

1,000

 

0

 

BOX WITH HAZELBURY

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2021

 

Notes

STaB Fabric Fund

Tee Pee Fabric Fund

Chapel Plaister Fabric Fund

TOTAL

 

 

£

£

£

£

Balances as at 1 January 2021

 

10,903

2,526

10,478

23,907

Transfer Tee Pee Fabric Fund

 

2,526

-2,526

0

0

Interest/Investment Income

 

218

0

915

1,133

Donations/Grants received

        (1)

0

0

44

44

Payments

        (2)

0

0

-691

-691

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balances 31 December 2020

        (2)

13,647

0

10,746

24,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO FABRIC FUNDS YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2020

1.Donations/Grants received

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STaB Fabric Fund

Tee Pee Fabric Fund

Chapel Plaister Fabric Fund

TOTAL

 

 

£

£

£

£

General Donations

 

0

0

44

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

0

44

44

2.Payments

 

 

 

 

 

Candlesticks renovated

 

0

0

396

396

Cleaning Solutions

 

0

0

295

295

 

 

0

0

691

691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOX WITH HAZELBURY

BALANCE SHEET as a 31 December 2021

 

2021

 

2020

 

£

 

£

ASSETS

 

 

 

HSBC Bank Account

11,730

 

9,761

 

 

 

 

CBF Deposit Account

29,673

 

18,026

 

 

 

 

Cash in Hand

661

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

42,064

 

27,787

 

 

 

 

TOTAL FUNDS

 

 

 

General Fund

17,671

 

3,879

 

 

 

 

STaB Fabric Fund

 

 

13,647

 

13,429

 

 

 

 

Chapel Plaister Fabric Fund

10,746

 

10,479

 

 

 

 

 

42,064

 

27,787

 

 

 

 

TRUSTS

At 31 December 2021 the market value of Trusts from which the parish benefits were:

 

2021

 

2020

 

£

 

£

Browne Trust

19,858

 

17,373

Strong Trust

8,571

 

7,499

Kidston Trust

68,850

 

60,332

           

 

The Capital of these trusts is not at the disposal of the churches which benefit from the income revenue.

Accounts signed

 

Revd Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie, Priest in Charge

Andrew Kerr, Treasurer