A good number of villagers, along with family members and representatives of the armed forces turned out for a commemoration service on Monday afternoon.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission have provided a grave stone to mark the final resting place of Wilfred Chappell Spring who was born and brought up in South Luffenham.
Wilfred died during his initial training for active service at the start of the 1st World War.
A Church full of people welcomed baby Oscar at his Baptism Service at
St Mary’s Church South Luffenham.
Benefice Rounders Match
Sunday May 20th
12.30pm at Barrowden Cricket Club, Wakerley Road
All the villages of South Luffenham, Morcott, Tixover , Duddington and Barrowden have entered a team.
All welcome come and support your village.
There will be a bar and a barbeque available
Mixed teams of 9 Men Ladies and Children.
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2017 was a significant year for our church. Following the approval from the DAC and the Chancellor at the end of 2016, we started fund raising in May to realise the plans that we had proposed. Our church plays an important role in the life of the village, but this is only one venue for all the activities taking place in a thriving village. Under the heading of ‘Barrowden on the Move’, we have been contributing to the development of a village hub which takes into account all the changes and activities that the village is considering. It is part of our objectives, with the re-ordering project, to be able to offer a wide range of facilities for the village, adding to the hub principle but not competing with other locations.
We had four sessions throughout the year where volunteers tidied up the churchyard and cleaned inside the church. During the year we also disposed of a range of surplus equipment. Our bell ringers continue to maintain the bells and their associated elements. We have some ingress of water into the tower which needs to be fixed and we have submitted to the DAC specifications of the work that needs to be carried out.
We have also identified problems with the chancel roof which will require a major refurbishment to the structure. The specifications for this have also been sent to the DAC for consideration.
When we started fundraising for the re-ordering, we concentrated on three areas which were local contributions, grants and events. We had a very positive response from the village where people donated one off payments or spread out payments over a three-year period. Steve Preston has headed up all our applications to grant giving bodies and commercial enterprises. This has been quite an undertaking as each application has to be tailored to the interests of the potential donors. So far, we have attracted funding from 11 bodies supporting the project.
Peter Voller has been co-ordinating our events programme and we are very grateful to Alison Tebbit, John Comber, Jean Swinbanks and John and Carol Harding for their support in organising these during 2017.
We sold the organ early in the year and replaced it with a Thirlmere two manual 30 stop organ from Church Organ World. The organ has been put in a temporary situation until the full re-ordering has been carried out.
The Churchwardens from the Benefice have worked very cooperatively over the past years, particularly with regards to parish shares and expenses. Chris Armstrong has further encouraged us to engage more widely on events and other projects within our parishes. The Benefice website was set up during the year and we are grateful for all who have been involved, particularly Gordon Brown and Rosamund Cotton.
We would also like to thank all the people who have contributed to the upkeep of the church building, who have helped with services, brass cleaners, flower arranging, flower bed maintenance and refreshments. We also thank the Bell ringers for their wonderful pealing of our bells. We are also very fortunate to have John Comber and Philip Riley playing the organ throughout the year and our thanks goes to them both and to Jean Swinbanks for her beautiful piano playing.
We look forward to the rest of the year when we hope that we may be able to start the work in the church which is such an important part for the future of the village.
Martin Beattie and Kay Bagshaw 02/03/2018
The summary of the Annual Accounts for St Peter’s Barrowden is shown below
Accounts for St Peter’s, Barrowden
for the year 31st December 2016 to 31st December 2017.
The Current Account is the general trading account through which most income and expenditure pass. Total income for 2017 amounted to £32614-78 and is an increase compared with previous years.
Planned giving along with Gift Aid Tax reclaimed shows a marked increase compared with previous years. Income from Church Collections and Donations have also seen an increase. Our thanks must go to those who have so generously given and contributed to the running and upkeep of St Peters.
2017 saw the rent received by the PCC for the 11 acres of arable land owned for many years by the PCC significantly increase. The land was being sublet and after the original tenant gave up the tenancy, the land was put up for tender and a more realistic rent achieved.
Fees paid to the PCC were slightly less than previous years as this income is determined by the number of ceremonies (weddings, funerals etc) held in the Church.
Income from Fund raising has also risen with the Open Gardens event, generally thought of as a great success. Along with sponsored cycle rides, harvest supper, sale of teas etc. £3667 was raised so crucial to funds. Our thanks must go to those who worked so hard to ensure their success.
The 200 Club run by Dr and Mrs Wilkinson contributed an increased donation to funds compared with previous years. Our thanks to Les and Grace for their hard work in the organisation of the 200 Club.
Unfortunately, expenditure has also increased compared with previous years.
Insurance for the Church and its Contents along with heating and lighting have remained fairly consistent with previous years. Heating costs and use of the heating is dependent, to a degree, on the weather and when the fuel tank needs refilling.
A cost was incurred in examining the Chancel roof and the examination by expert builders and architects. Fees for this examination amounted to over £5000. Unfortunately, this examination uncovered some long-term problems which will require considerable future expenditure,
General Parish Expenditure which include our contribution to the Five Parish Accounts, Alarm fees, printing etc. has increased compared with previous years.
Churchyard Maintenance including Wakerley Churchyard at £2194 is a reasonable figure.
A payment to the Diocesan Architect of £4000 fees has been paid for his work on the Reordering Programme.
Parish Share to the Diocese is the largest single expense and has increased £14064 in 2015 to £15046 in 2016 to £16080 in 2017. Increases of this magnitude are not sustainable.
The total Expenditure for 2017 amounted to £35168-54, a loss of £1729-76 on the year 2017.
If the one-off expenses, Roof examination and architect’s fees are discounted then general income and expenditure would be in the black.
Angus S Kennedy