Parochial Church Council (PCC)

St Helen's Church Annual Parochial Church Meeting - 15.04.2015

The APCM was held in Church on Wednesday 15 April.  Caroline Wandless was re-elected Church Warden and thanked for the extraordinary work she has undertaken during the past twelve months.  Fiona Walters and John Wilson were formally welcomed onto the PCC, which now has the following members: Rev Richard Kirkman and Caroline Wandless (ex officio); Sadie Ashton, Avril Bowman, Hilary Castle, Margaret Gowthorpe, Judith Luscombe, Christine Mason, Robert Richards, Carolyn Skilbeck, Maurice Vassie, Fiona Walters and John Wilson. The Child Protection Policy was adopted, a copy of which can be found on the church notice board.  The audited accounts were discussed and unanimously approved.  A review of general activities undertaken during the year was presented and all those who have contributed in so many different ways were gratefully thanked for their time and support of our beloved Church.  Caroline Wandless presented an extensive report of the work executed over the past year and the major projects planned for the future, details of which are given below.

Future Plans

You may be aware that we have been discussing ways of improving the facilities in Church so we can encourage the Church building to be more accessible, used more frequently and for a wider range of activities.  The initial plans to upgrade the Vestry, return the Baptistery to its former glory, install a kitchen, improve heat retention, improve the lighting and provide a versatile space for use for children's and group activities have been drawn up and made available for consideration.  We have sought the views of all interested parties including the congregation and parish.  All the comments received have been discussed in PCC and the plans have been adapted.  We are now in a position both to approach the Diocese for their formal view on the proposals, and to make an initial formal approach to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  We'll let you know how we get on.  To install the kitchen we propose to re-site the statue of Lady Caroline Lawley into the Baptistery, together with the stone knight.  They will be very much in keeping with the other funeral monuments in the Baptistery, and when they are professionally cleaned and well lit should look quite impressive.

In early autumn we welcomed the Church Monuments Society in to Church for afternoon tea and during their brief visit we overheard them telling their members about our Legless Stone Knight.  It turns out that our Knight is in fact very special and dates to around 1300.  We now plan to put him in pride of place in the Baptistery and tell his story to all our visitors.  He will also feature when we make our Heritage Lottery bid.  If you get a chance to pop in to Church over the next few weeks do go and have a look at him, and then over the next few months we will tell you a bit more about him, the details that can been seen in the carving, what we think the effigy would have been like back in 1300, where the carving may have been during the last 700 years, and who he actually was.  The story is intriguing and with the help of the Church Monuments Sociaty and others, we are still learning more about him. Look out for our forthcoming series "The Life and Times of the Legless Knight of Escrick" .... part one is coming in July.


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