Report of All Saints’ Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council

The Parochial Church Council of All Saints’ Hollingbourne has supplied the following unapproved minutes for the Hollingbourne website. Future meetings will be reported on the website in due course.

MINUTES for Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council Meeting on Thursday 20th September, 2018, at 7.30 p.m. at THE VICARAGE


Chairman    Revd. Paul Kite

  • Present Jim Findley, Jo Horton, Natalie Williams, Valerie Lurcock, Peter Lurcock, John Cobbett, David Silsbey and Phil Smith


  1. Prayers and Welcome
  • Revd Paul Kite welcomed everyone and opened with a prayer,
  1. Apologies for Absence
  • Gill Brown, Hugh Fox
  1. Notification of AOB
  • Jim F mentioned that Canterbury can give a loan to cover any tax elements that need to be paid, whilst awaiting a tax rebait
  1. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18th July 2018
  • Amendments made
  1. Matters Arising not covered on Agenda
  • Church approach road is not owned by the church


  1. Ministry & Mission


  • 6a) Manwell Bequest
    • Jim F suggested that a plaque be placed near the tapestry


  • 6b) Culpeper Tapestry
    • Discussions held about having an open morning to the public to show off the tapestry and was decided to replace the curtains in the vestry with roller blinds, this was proposed by Jim F and seconded by Phill S, with the majority in favor.
    • William was thanked for taking photos of the tapestry to be turned into notelets and Christmas cards.
    • Peter L proposed that a de-humidifier be bought for the vestry which will reduce the humidity of the tapestry case which is currently above average at the moment. This was proposed by Jo H and seconded by Revd. P. Kite.  With a unanimous vote in favor.
  • 6c) Remembrance Sunday
    • Val L mentioned that there will be a remembrance service held at Hollingbourne to mark the 100th anniversary for the ending of World War 1. Different groups have been contacted to see if they would like to do anything special for this occasion and the Scouts have offered to decorate the church.  P. Kite will be speaking to the school.



  • 6d) Western boundary trees
    • It is the responsibility of Maidstone Borough Council to maintain the 4 lime trees in the church yard. It has been proposed by a local resident that maintenance is required for these trees as they have not been touched in 20 years. Peter L will contact the planning department of Maidstone Borough Council to discuss this matter.
  • 6e) Hollingbourne Graveyard
    • This was closed by Maidstone Borough Council and therefore no new burials can take place. Only the burial of ashes is permitted.


  1. Correspondence
  • Jo H has emailed through all relevant correspondence.


  1. Safeguarding
  • Val L – Ongoing training to be received


  1. Hucking
  • David S – Hucking will be having their Harvest Service on the 14th October at 6pm and their Carol Service will be on the 16th December at 3:30pm


  • Vicar’s Report
  • N/A


  • Fabric Report
  • Peter L – the wasps have been removed for now


  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Balances end Aug: Current A/C £32,610; Manwell Bequest £60,963; CBF General £2,182; Fabric £2,826; Culpeper £654; Bells £3,228; CofE Investment Fund £9,696.
  • Significant Receipts: In July there was one wedding and one funeral. Magazine subs this year have totalled £1,349, some 10% higher than last year.
  • Significant Payments: There was a final bill for storage costs and insurance from Textile Conservancy of £252, and for hanging the embroidery professionally of £336. Other non-standard expenditure: Printing Church Guides £210, and manhole cover repairs £222.
  • Having invested £9,000 successfully in the Church of England Investment Fund, it seems sensible to invest a similar amount over the autumn period.
  • The meeting to begin the review of Parish Shares within the Benefice took place on July 23rd, but came to no conclusions. Hollingbourne stated that they no longer wished to subsidise Leeds and Detling, on the basis that both these parishes retained substantial reserves, and that parishes in difficulties should look first to this source, rather than other parishes. Hollingbourne does however want to pay a sensible share of the Benefice costs, and has proposed a possible change to the sharing process, linking the ‘Cost of Ministry’ to the proportion of Paul Kite’s time in each parish. This has had no further discussion so far.



  1. Signatories Review
  • Phill S – Pauline Stubbs is to be removed and Gill B is to be added


  1.   Any Other Business
  • P. Kite proposed that there should be heating in the Vestry, e.g. an oil filled radiator. Peter L to look into the heating options and to get a quote to have the vestry decorated
  • Barbra Tremble was thanked for maintaining the boarders outside the church – Val L to put in a request in the Parish Magazine for a volunteer to take over the tending of the borders at the entrance to the church
  • Robin G to give a special presentation to Derek B to thank him and Paula for their contribution to the church life as PCC members and Derek’s work as Authorised Lay Minister, especially during the interregnum on the 21st October


  1. Matters Subject to Restricted Access
  • 6,8,9,12,14


  1. Dates of meetings for 2018
  • Thursday 22nd November 2018 for 7:30pm – venue to be confirmed