The scheduled meeting of the Vestry was postponed until 25th July when various items were discussed. The Rector reported that, following the retirement of Canon Val Nellist, he had been appointed by the Bishop as Acting Synod Clerk, pending an election at next year’s Diocesan Synod. His main duties involve organising and taking the minutes of Chapter meetings and the Statistical Return from the Diocese. Following the resignation of Ann Varley-Tipton a new PVG Co-ordinator would also be appointed to be approved by the Bishop.
It was reported that one Choral Scholarship had been appointed (Christoph Mayr) and efforts were being made to attract other suitable candidates to fill the other three scholarships on offer, at the start of the next academic year. If any member of the congregation is able to assist in this matter please do let the Organist or Rector know.
A number of repair / redecoration works had come to light when the students vacated Rectory Lodge and Castle Wynd House and these are now being attended to, together with the HMO application for Rectory Lodge prior to the start of the new academic year. The central section of the main pathway to the Church will be repaired in the near future.
An application for change of use of 35 North Street had been approved by the All Saints’ Trustees and this was being progressed with Fife Council.
The Storehouse initiative, whereby the congregation is encouraged to bring a small selection of shopping items each week for distribution to the needy in the area had got off to a good start but we are all asked to ensure we keep up the momentum. An extra tin, packet of toothpaste, packet of pasta, for example, at each shop, would be much appreciated.
The Health & Safety Policy Document was approved at the meeting with detailed Health & Safety Risk Assessments now being undertaken for the various areas in the Church. The major work of the Risk Assessment had also been completed and approved, although this was very much a “work in progress” with inclusion and report at each Vestry meeting in the future.
It was reported that the Mission Action Planning Group would be meeting the Diocesan facilitators during August in preparation for the Congregation Day on 5th October. It was hoped that as many of the congregation as possible would take part on this day.
Liz Sidebottom, Vestry Secretary