Parochial Church Council
Margaret Martin | Bourton
Celia Cotton | Kilmington
Chris Reeves | Kilmington (also Deanery Synod Rep)
Jane Parker | Stourton
Cristina Gabrielle Fearon | Stourton (also Vice Chair)
Ross Coad | Zeals
Jane Joyce (also PCC Secretary)
Ashley Kemp (also PCC Treasurer)
Deanery Synod representatives –
Electoral Roll Officer
Sue Todd – For contact details, please see policy opposite or below.
Members are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, usually held each April.
The ex officio members are the Incumbent, who is usually the Chair, Licensed Clergy and Lay Ministers, plus the eight Churchwardens (two for each church) and Deanery Synod members.
Plus we can have up to six elected members. This number is related to the number of Parish members on the Church Electoral Roll. One is nominated by each Local Church Council and two may be nominated by anyone on the Church Electoral Roll. Their term is for a period of one year, but they can stand again each year.
In order to qualify for election, you need to be over sixteen, on the Church Electoral Roll, a Communicant, willing to serve and contribute as a PCC member.
We meet at least four times a year. The chief responsibilities of the PCC include the financial affairs of the four churches, the care, maintenance and insurance of the fabric of the churches and their goods and ornaments plus of course, the churchyards.
The four Local Church Councils are sub-committees of the PCC. Members are appointed at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in consultation with the respective Churchwardens and Assistant Churchwardens. Membership of LCCs include the Incumbent, Licensed Clergy, the relevant Churchwardens, Assistant Churchwardens and local PCC members, plus five parishioners and/or Electoral Roll members.
I am the Parish Safeguarding Officer for Upper Stour. It is a requirement of the Salisbury Diocese for each Parish to have a PSO, as we are called.
Any issues arising within the church community should be referred to me of the Priest in Charge. If they are of a serious nature I then pass the information onto the Diocesan Safeguarding team in Salisbury, who would refer to the relevant agencies, such as the Police and Social Services.
If I am worried that there is a dangerous situation, I would contact the Police directly.
Safeguarding issues can be physical or mental abuse and also include Domestic abuse/violence.