Church

weybread churchThe church of Weybread is called St Andrews which is in the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

It is a medieval church with one of only 38 round towers that exist in Suffolk.

You will find inside a memorial plaque to Suffolk’s first winner of the Victoria Cross, Alfred Ablett.

The entire west wall above the tower arch is filled with a painting of Christ the King.It has some beautiful stained glass windows.

The church was extensively restored in the 19th Century.

Drawing by Bill Finch - 1982

Services

Sunday 5th September     10.30   Family Service

Sunday 26th September    16.00    Harvest Festival

followed by Harvest Tea & Thank You

OTHER EVENTS

Saturday 11th September

Suffolk Historic Churches     “Ride & Stride” Event

See posters in porch for this excellent event which raises money for grant aiding Suffolk Historic Churches (50%) and your designated church (50%)

Church Contact

RectorRev'd Susan Loxton01379 388493
Assistant PriestRev'd Peter Schwier01379 586517
Lay Elder/ Church WardenPaula Robinson
SecretaryMargaret Bensly
TreasurerMike Nott01379 853889
mike@mikenottantiques.com

Annual Parochial Church Council  Report 2021

St. Andrew’s Church, Weybread

For the year ending 31st December 2020

St Andrew’s Church is rurally located in Weybread, near Harleston. It is part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich within the Church of England.

Administrative information

Incumbent The Reverend Canon Susan Loxton
The Rectory, Doctors Lane
Stradbroke, Suffolk, IP21 5HU
Correspondence Mrs M Bensly
September House
4 Fir Tree Close
Weybread IP21 5TF
 
Bank Barclay’s Bank
Harleston, Norfolk
Sort code 20-92-08
Account no. 70944092
Treasurer Hoblins
One Eyed Lane
Weybread IP21 5TT

Independent Examiner Peter Hatchman, Metfield

Objectives and Activities

St. Andrew’s PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the Incumbent, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social, & ecumenical. It is also expected to work in a harmonious & helpful way with the parishes, which share the ministry of the Incumbent; Fressingfield, Mendham, Metfield, Withersdale and Stradbroke. The PCC also has maintenance responsibilities for the Church building, and the care of the churchyard by which it is surrounded.

Membership of the PCC 2020 – Members of the PCC are either ex-officio or elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in accordance with the Church Representation Rules, During the year the following served as members of the PCC :

Incumbent:               Revd. Susan Loxton
Curate                      Revd Virginia Williams
Wardens:                  Mrs. Paula Robinson 
Secretary                  Mrs Margaret Bensly
Treasurer:                 Mr Mike Nott
Deanery Synod:       Mrs. Paula Robinson
Elected members:    Mrs. S. Webster. 
Committees – Standing Committee. This is the only committee required by law. The PCC operates through this committee, which meets as required between the full meetings of the PCC. It has power to transact the business of the PCC, subject to any directions given by the Council. The full PCC met fivetimes during the year.
The Clergy Team – comprising of Incumbent, SSM Revd Peter Schwier and Revd Gini Williams (curate).  The Ministry Leadership team made up of clergy, Lay reader in Training, Ordinand and Lay minister, meet regularly to pray together and to arrange services: cover, participation, and developments, to discuss sermon themes and to consider pastoral matters.
Church Attendance
There are 16 on the Electoral Roll, 5 of whom are not resident in the parish. We are grateful to Margaret Bensly who acts as the Electoral Roll Officer. In a normal year the usual Sunday attendance was 12 this number increased at the festivals. 
Church Wardens report
Last year was a mixed year, due to COVID the church was closed for most of the year from March onward. It was open for private prayer of Tuesday mornings.
When restrictions were lifted the benefice had joint service as well as regular zoom services. The few services we had were well attended by locals and people from the benefice. The all souls remembrance service was well supported, the church being lit by candles.
The church was decorated for Christmas as usual and open for three afternoons again so People could come in for prayer and enjoy the peace and quiet to reflect.
During the year the church has been supported by a wide range of villagers keeping it clean an tidy. Thanks to all their support especially by the gang who come regularly to tidy the churchyard and clean the church.
Hopefully from now on we hope that things will improve. Paula Robinson 
Rector’s report
I usually start my report by mentioning all the events that have happened during the year, but of course, this year is quite different. I still do want to thank you all for being part of the church community here in our parishes, for your support, help, encouragement, attendance, hospitality, (when we were able), your ministry – whether you are a warden, PCC secretary, lead worship, make tea, clean the church, arrange flowers, lead a homegroup, or have kept in touch with one or two people throughout the year – thank you, you have done a great job!
Coping with so many changes in the way we live, the covid restrictions, not being able to see people we love and miss, dealing with anxiety or fear, watching our children or grandchildren coping with home schooling, working from home and being a parent, and not being able to help, has all taken a toll on our emotional and mental health. However, God has been, and continues to be, right in the midst of it all, walking alongside us, weeping and rejoicing with us, and sending his love and grace just when we think we have nothing left to give.
Church services with social distancing and masks have been challenging; so too has conducting services online, but it is amazing what we can get used to, given the time. I did not want to do Zoom services and yet now I love them! Why? Because we get to see each other and even if we are in our own space at home, we are connecting with God and one another. 
I think many of us have learned a lot about doing things differently this year, whether that is online, on the telephone or chatting on the doorstep. It has not all been bad. I feel we are making more of an effort to communicate via online, emails, phone, hard copies of services given to people, and even meetings on Zoom! 
There are two things that stand out to me from this time. Firstly, that life and faith are all about relationships; our relationship with God and others. It should be no surprise because that is what God calls us into – relationship. But often we are too busy rushing from one thing to another and we can so easily forget what is important.
The other good thing is that I have taken some time to catch up on my reading about faith, the church and theology. The Church of England produced a book in 2020 called Living in love and faith. It is Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. I have started reading it and there is a lovely quote about God’s gift to us: ‘this gift of life that is for everyone and is without limit can only be fully known together – together with God and each other, together in families and communities, together in relationships, friendships, and marriages, together in the life of Jesus’ body, the church. For the life that God gives is life together.’
The church’s mission is to share this life and love of God with others. It should be our number one priority, but it gets lost in so many things. In some ways 2020 has brought us back to this, in the picking up of prescriptions, shopping for a neighbour, taking time to listen and to pray.
Some people are saying that things will never go back to what they were before the pandemic. I do not know if they are right, but I know one thing; I don’t want us to lose the richness that we have gained. Instead, I pray that we can build on the good and continue to look outwards to the communities we livein.
Weybread church, despite the restrictions of the past year has been able to have a few services and continues to try and connect with the wider parish. On Easter day the church sent out pots of pansies to people in the village to remind them that we are thinking of them, they were received warmly. Our curate Revd Gini is taking the role of local minister in Weybread and is slowly building on relationships with both church and non-church people, and we have gained a few more regulars. I am excited for the future of Weybread church.

Fabric report

Maintenance: We carried out important remedial works this year to comply with our insurance requirements as follows:

Lightning Conductor: The lightning conductor was tested in August and failed. A new copper earthing rod was installed in September in order to pass the test for our compliance. These works cost £ 401.58 inc. VAT.

Electrical System Installation: The system’s condition was regarded as “unsatisfactory” when tested in October. The remedial works included ensuring that the system was sufficiently protective against electrocution; that distributor board feeds were improved and earth leakages investigated. The system was upgraded in January 2021 at a cost of £ 498.00 inc. VAT. Unfortunately, the pew heaters have had to be disconnected as a result of the upgrade and may be too old to warrant repair. (The halogen heaters remain.) The portable appliances in the church were tested at the same time.  

Fire Extinguishers: We have entered into a new contract for the supply and maintenance of a new set of fire extinguishers, two water extinguishers and one CO2 for electrical fires.

Roof Alarm: There were a number of incidents in November when the alarm went off triggering a response from our loyal alarm support team. There was nothing untoward found each time. The cause was a faulty sensor that had to be replaced. We managed to reduce the cost by taking out a three-year warranty scheme at a cost of £ 234 p.a. Nevertheless, there was a further expenditure of £ 275.60 inc. VAT for the works.

Roof Repairs :We carried out urgent repairs to the roof in September including replacing slipped and broken slates, placing a temporary seal in leadwork over the North aisle (where there was ingress of water) and cleaning out the gutters and “S” bends with an industrial cleaner. This cost £ 888.00 inc.VAT. We envisage further roof work as a result of the closer inspection made at the time and following the Quinquennial Review.

Quinquennial Review : Our church architect Matthew Thomas conducted his inspection in October and November. We received the report in January which will enable us to plan and prioritise future building works over the next five years.

Volunteers: The life of the church and its role at the heart of our community is demonstrably sustained by the loyal volunteers who tend to the churchyard, arrange magnificent flowers, help with ‘Big Cleans’, jump out of bed for alarms or quietly donate.

A very big “Thank You” to you all from the P.C.C.

Treasurer’s Report for the Year ended 31 December 2020
Given the few services held at St. Andrew’s and the lack of our usual charity fundraising events, it is not surprising that there was a deficit this year of £ 2,480. (figures rounded throughout). A direct appeal to our parishioners was generously rewarded with £ 1,125 and offers of practical help. Other donations from a band of very loyal benefactors totalled £ 1,158. Both of these income streams helped to mitigate the circumstances of a challenging year. 
The number of monthly donors has grown and the sums received, albeit from a low base, have doubled over the year. We refreshed the Gift Aid database and made a further claim. We availed ourselves of the DCMS VAT recovery scheme, returning    £ 215 to our funds. 
Given the above, we were able to pay our Parish Share in full and spend £ 2,497 on running repairs. A major portion of this expenditure was on remedial works in relation to routine tests, electrical system, lightning conductor etc, in order to comply with our insurance requirements. The PCC remains concerned that the annual running costs of the roof alarm system now total £ 761. 
At the end of the year, although our current account was down 54% to £ 4,034, our “Fabric” account increased by 14% to £ 11,826 and our charities investment fund increased by 6% to £ 10,140. In the year ahead, there will be demands placed on the fabric fund as a result of the 2020 quinquennial review and the work envisaged in the architect’s report.   
Mike Nott Treasurer
St Andrews Church Weybread – Audited Management Accounts 2020 
01-Jan-20
31-Dec-20
Movement
2020
Balance on Barclays Community Account
8774.73
4033.95
-4740.78
Balance on CAF Bank Account
0
0
0
Balance on Fabric Account
10174.84
11826.45
1651.61
CCLA Charities Investment Fund
9530.86
10140.42
609.56
Total Surplus / -Deficit For Period
-2479.61
General Account
Income
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Collections
941.00
751.69
740.29
855.62
1096.43
558.20
Regular giving
1900.00
1965.00
2152.00
705.00
360.00
540.00
Tax refunds (gift aid)
468.93
1251.71
971.31
0.00
0.00
0.00
Tax Refunds VAT
214.93
Donations
1440.00
50.00
50.00
273.00
1417.00
1158.01
Donations Appeal
1125.00
Fund raising
593.00
2800.16
2811.20
1306.37
2052.70
374.00
Grants
500.00
Charities
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Church boxes
0.00
7.12
0.00
0.00
0.00
Wall safe
19.05
0.00
37.93
4.52
0.00
48.00
weddings
265.00
297.00
0.00
0.00
74.00
0.00
Funerals
910.05
472.00
606.00
673.00
2363.41
1267.00
Bells
24.00
12.00
16.00
16.00
0.00
Church yard
0.00
380.00
450.00
450.00
0.00
256.00
Interest
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Misc.
10.00
87.94
0.00
20.00
0.00
250.00
Total income 
6571.03
8074.62
7834.73
4553.51
7363.54
6041.14
Expenses
Benefice admin& expenses
33.05
238.66
272.95
298.82
180.34
519.23
Parish share
3440.00
3440.00
3290.00
3490.00
3385.00
3600.00
insurance
960.88
1001.08
1029.21
916.89
937.50
1399.02
Vicars Expenses
276.95
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
organists
0.00
0.00
70.00
50.00
106.00
0.00
P&O tuning
120.00
0.00
123.60
206.40
273.60
0.00
Churchyard maintain
79.93
94.88
215.96
238.87
222.01
95.00
Churchyard Equipment New
333.59
Churchyard Equipment Repairs
327.77
electricity
188.44
224.58
239.52
197.78
61.71
241.29
charities
150.00
150.00
44.10
0.00
240.00
25.00
Misc. Printing/Gifts/Fees
63.48
255.15
281.66
785.86
596.80
133.60
Church Repairs
109.17
2497.22
Church Equipment New
259.2
Transfer to Fabric Account
1351.00
Total Expenses
5312.73
5404.35
5567.00
6184.62
6112.13
10781.92
Surplus / – Deficit for Period
1258.30
2670.27
2267.73
-1631.11
1251.41
-4740.78
Charity Account
Closed in 2019
Closed
Funds transferred to CCLA COIF
in 2019
Income
(Charities and Organisations Investment Fund) 
Donations
0.00
0.00
120.00
0.00
0.00
Chancel Charity Interest
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
School Charity Interest
265.23
254.53
274.75
0.00
0.00
CCLA Dividends
0.00
0.00
0.00
280.54
67.39
Fund Raising
300.00
290.00
4950.00
0.00
0.00
Misc
853.00
0.00
1146.53
0.00
0.00
Total income 
1418.23
544.53
6491.28
280.54
67.39
0.00
Expenses
Account Charges
0.00
10.00
60.00
60.00
9161.80
Repairs
5118.00
40.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
Misc
0.00
240.00
7458.71
0.00
0.00
Total Expenses
5118.00
290.00
7518.71
60.00
9161.80
0.00
Surplus / – Deficit for Period
-3699.77
254.53
-1027.43
220.54
-9094.41
Barclays Fabric Account
Premium Account 
Income
Fundraising
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
1351.00
Donations
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
410.00
Interest
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.33
13.11
8.70
Misc.closed CAF bank
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
9141.80
0.00
Credit from investment Coif
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
218.73
291.91
Total income 
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.33
9783.64
1651.61
Share Changes
CCLA COIF Investment Fund 
School Shares
6944.44
7651.56
8314.95
8065.65
9530.86
10,140.42
Annual Increase/Decrease
707.12
663.39
-249.3
1465.21
609.56
I have audited the above figures and believe them to be a true and fair reflection of the financial position of the Weybread PCC.         Peter Hatchman