Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Rennington and Rock

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St Philip and St James, Rock

Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council for the year ended 31 December 2019

The Church is situated in the village of Rock near Alnwick, Northumberland. It is in the Diocese of Newcastle in the Church of England, and is part of the Benefice of Embleton with Rennington and Rock. The correspondence address is:

c/o Lady Well House



NE66 3SB

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Rennington with Rock is a charity exempted from registration with the Charity Commission.

PCC members who have served during the year from the last AGM on 4 March 2019 until the date this report was approved, 2 March 2020 (unless otherwise stated) are:

Chair: The Revd Alison Hardy

Lay Chair: Mr Jay Bosanquet

Reader and Safeguarding Officer: Mr William Devonshire

Treasurer: Mr Brian Eke

Churchwardens: Mr Jay Bosanquet and Mr Brian Eke (Rock)

Mr Paul Weston (Rennington)

Elected members: Mrs Carole Dent

Mrs Sara Eke

Mrs Adelaide Thompson (until 21 August 2019)

Mrs Hilary Walls

Mrs Judith Weston (Secretary and Assistant Churchwarden for Rennington)

Electoral Roll Officer: Mr Paul Weston

Representatives on Deanery Synod: Mr William Devonshire and Mr Paul Weston

Representative on Farne Churches Together: None

The bankers are Barclays Bank, 20 Bondgate Within, Alnwick, and

CBF Church of England Funds, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4ET.

The independent examiner of accounts is Ms Wendy Kenway-Smith, 4 Southfield, Rennington.

Structure, governance and management

The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. All members of the congregation are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC.

Objectives and activities

Rennington with Rock PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent, or priest in charge, in promoting in the Benefice of Embleton and Rennington with Rock the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, social and ecumenical, and to maintain the church building and its contents in good repair.

Achievements and performance

Church attendance

There were eight parishioners on the new Church Electoral Roll. The average attendance at the 11.15 Holy Communion service on the second Sunday of the month was 11, and at the 10.00 service on the fourth Sunday it was 9. The attendance at the Benefice service in September was 53. From October we were delighted to welcome Revd Ian Chadwick as Assistant Chaplain. The Holy Communion in February was taken by the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Ven. Peter Robinson. The 10.00 Morning Prayer services were taken by our Reader, Bill Devonshire, apart from that in December, which was taken by Revd Alison. We are most grateful to all of them.

The wedding of Laura Logan and Ethan McDougall took place on 31 May.

Coffee and biscuits or cake are served after the Morning Prayer service on the fourth Sunday of the month. We are most grateful to Bill Devonshire and all those who provide the refreshments.

Fundraising events were the Rose Supper hosted by Bill Devonshire on 12 July, which raised £530, a coffee morning at Lady Well House on 14 December which raised £305, and a lunch in Rennington village hall hosted by Revd Alison and her sister Janet on 19 December, which raised £160 (and the same amount for Rennington). We are extremely grateful to all those who helped to organize these events.

The PCC met five times, and there was a joint meeting with Embleton PCC in January.


The PCC has complied with the duty under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (duty to have regard to House of Bishops' guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults).

Fabric and contents review

There were no major repairs to the fabric during the year, but a slipped slate on the north side of the nave roof was replaced and the church gate was repainted before the wedding. Following an inspection by the Archdeacon in September, the baptism and burial registers, which date from before 1815, were deposited at the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn, and a digital copy on CD-ROM has been received.

A plaque for the Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard was put up on the wall beside the church gate by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


We are most grateful to our voluntary organists, David Head and Peter Hignett, for playing for us regularly. David plays on second Sundays and Peter on fourth Sundays. The organ is badly in need of tuning but in view of the financial situation this is out of the question at present.


For full details please see the Treasurer's Report. The deficit of expenditure over receipts was £1172, compared with a surplus of receipts over expenditure of £88 the previous year. Once again we have been fortunate that there were no major repair bills and we are grateful to the Rock Estate for cutting the grass in the churchyard.

The long-term future of the church, with finances being so tight and such a small number of active people to keep it going, is a serious concern. The lack of proper heating is one of the most important considerations.

Reserves policy

A policy will be stated when needed with an increased level of funding.

This report was approved by the PCC on 2 March 2020 and signed on their behalf by the Revd Alison Hardy.