Church Council

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Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Church Hulme (Holmes Chapel) - registered charity no. 1132587

The PCC is registered with the Charity Commission under no. 1132587 and all members are also trustees of the charity.  The PCC meets bi-monthly in the church hall.  The meeting agenda is sent to members by email and posted in the church porch near the time of the meeting.  Minutes of meetings and other documents are available on the PCC documents page.

The members of the Church Council following the Annual Church Meetings on 23rd April 2017 and the Council meeting of 14 November 2017 are shown below:

Name and Office
Term of office ends
Revd Paul Mason
tel. 01477 533124
ex officio


Ms Rachel Copley


Mr Peter Cotton
Assistant Churchwarden
tel. 01477 537491
Peter Cotton
Mr Alastair Cragg
tel. 01477 534844
mob. 07887 625170
ex officio
Mrs Valerie Cragg
Assistant Churchwarden

tel. 01477 549114
Val Cragg 
 Mrs Alison Dale
Alison Dale
Mr Raymond Davies
Ray Davies
Mr Timothy Fryer
tel. 01477 532754 
mob. 07773 756336
Mr Stephen Haigh
Assistant Churchwarden
Mr William Hall
Deanery Synod Representative
tel. 01477 535497
William Hall
ex officio
Mr Trevor Jenkins
Mrs Wendy Macdonald
Director of Music
tel. 01477 533718
Mrs Sandra Mulford
Sandra Mulford
Mr John Oram
John Oram
Mr William Paton
Bill Paton
Mrs Fiona Pullé
Genesis Leader

tel. 01477 537796
Mr Alan Rickards
Church Magazine Editor
tel. 01477 534193 
mob. 07899 994775
Mrs Anne Smith
Licensed Lay Reader
Safeguarding Officer
tel. 01477 544072
ex officio
Mrs Barbara Smith
Deanery Synod Representative
tel. 01477 537301
Barbara Smith
ex officio
Dr Steve Smith
Church webmaster
tel. 01477 571872 
mob. 07801 621142
Steve Smith
Mrs Jayne Weaver
Parish Giving Officer
tel. 01477 532516
mob. 0774 832 8032
ex officio
Mrs Jane Thomson

 PCC documents: such as minutes of meetings, financial accounts and the like can be found here

some background about Parochial Church Councils (PCCs)

first some history:

The Parochial Church Council is a relatively recent invention in the long history of the Church of England. Until the early years of the 20th century the administration and finances of a parish were the legal responsibility of the incumbent and the churchwardens. The members of congregations had little say in the running of the church except in electing the Churchwardens. Parochial Church Councils were first given legal status in 1919. Since then a number of Acts of Parliament have defined and refined the composition, functions and rights and responsibilities of the PCC.

so what is the purpose of the PCC?

The Synodical Government Measure 1969 states it clearly:

It shall be the duty of the incumbent and the Parochial Church Council to consult together on matters of general concern and importance in the parish.

The Measure then goes on to set out a number of functions of the PCC, of which perhaps the most important - and certainly the widest - is:

co-operation with the incumbent in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

The incumbent and the PCC each have their own particular rights and responsibilities in the life of the Church but the important theme is partnership and co-operation.

More specifically, the PCC is responsible for the maintenance of all the church buildings and churchyard, and, together with the incumbent, for deciding how the Church's money is to be spent. The PCC is also the legal employer of the Church's paid workers, for example our Verger and Church Hall cleaner. The PCC has the right to be consulted about major changes to the forms of worship used in the parish and about the appointment of a new incumbent. It is also consulted about any pastoral scheme affecting the Parish.

The PCC also has on it one or more members of the Deanery Synod, who provide a critical link between the Parish and the wider structures of the church at Deanery, Diocese and national (General Synod) level.

how do you become a member of the PCC?

Get nominated and elected at the Annual Parish Meeting when vacancies arise - one third of our elected PCC members retires from office each year but are available for re-election.  If you are over 16, confirmed and interested in serving, then Steve Smith, our PCC Secretary (<>), can advise on how many vacancies will arise in any particular year. 

how do I contact a PCC member?

Names and pictures of current PCC members are shown above.  Talk to them after Services or ring them up! They will be delighted that you are taking an interest. If you have difficulty in contacting an individual, or if you want to address the PCC as a body, you should do so through Steve Smith, our PCC Secretary (>)

[adapted from a description by Jerry Porter which appeared in the Prestbury (Gloucestershire) Parish magazine in December 2003]