Church of England Diocese of Exeter West Alvington

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019

All Saints Church West Alvington

Annual Report & Financial Statements

For The Year Ended 31st December 2019

1) Reference and Administrative information

Name: All Saints Church, West Alvington. On 1 September 2015 this church joined with St Edmund, King and Martyr, Kingsbridge and St Thomas of Canterbury, Dodbrooke to legally form The United Benefice of Kingsbridge, Dodbrooke and West Alvington. In 2019 the Benefice was given permission to be known as “The Estuary Churches Mission Community”

The PCC is a body corporate (PCC Powers Measure 1956 and the Church Representation Rules 2006) and a Charity excepted from registration with the Charity Commission.

Parochial Church Council (PCC) Membership:

Revd Prebendary J M Taylor               (Chairperson)

Ms E Chin                                               (Appointed 29 March 2019)

Mrs J Lapthorn                                      (Deanery Synod Member)

Mr W J Lapthorn                                   (Joint Treasurer)  

Mrs K O Lawrence                               (Deanery Synod Member)

Mr M C Manisty

Mrs S M Norsworthy

Mrs V H Oatley                                    (Vice Chairperson)

Mr K A Steer                                        (Churchwarden & Joint Treasurer)

Mrs J B Walster                                   (Churchwarden and Secretary)

Mr J J W Walster                                  (Appointed 29 March 2019)

Mrs P A Wyatt

Mr T P Wyatt


Lloyds                                                        The CBF Church of England Deposit Fund

65 Fore Street                                           80 Cheapside

Kingsbridge                                               London

Devon                                                         EC2V 6DZ


Independent Examiner:

Mr A J Babbage, 63 West Hoe Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3BH

2) Structure, governance and management

The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. The Council comprises the Rector, the Churchwardens, those elected to the Deanery Synod, and other members who are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, by those on the Electoral Roll. Members of the congregation are always urged to join the Electoral Roll, and to stand for election to the PCC.

The PCC members are responsible for making decisions on all matters of general concern and importance in the Ecclesiastical Parish, and for all financial matters. The full PCC met four times during the year, with an average level of attendance of 86%.

The only committee operated by the PCC is a Standing Committee, consisting of The Chairperson, Churchwardens, Treasurers and Secretary. This is the only committee required by law and has power to transact the business of the PCC between the full meetings, subject to any directions given by the full council. 

Connected Charities:

The Church Lands Charity is a Restricted Fund for the maintenance and upkeep of the Parish Church (Registered number 205310). The Prebendary and Churchwardens are Trustees.

3) Worship and Prayer

The Diocesan priorities: Growing in prayer, Making Disciples and Serving the people of Devon with joy continue to be our aim through the range of activities offered across the benefice and therefore in the life of All Saints. The PCC is keen to offer a breadth of services from the BCP bi-monthly Parish Eucharist, monthly said Eucharist and Matins to the bi-monthly Common Worship Eucharist and all age accessible Village Praise. Celtic Prayer is also offered once a month, led by a Reader from a neighbouring Mission Community. The PCC is keen to encourage the creativity of the lay ministry of our benefice Reader and those members who have faithfully led over many years. As a Mission Community we draw on the richness of worship and prayer of other denominations when we join together in Churches Gathering Kingsbridge services and events. Members from the benefice participated in the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative which included an ecumenical prayer walk. Eucharistic ministry was offered by our Rector and also by our Associate Priest. Our Rector was appointed to the diocesan role of Dean of Women in Ministry in October, having served over three years as Rural Dean. The monthly united benefice service around the three churches continues to offer an opportunity for members of the choirs to come together which they and the worshippers appreciate. Opportunities for shared benefice worship in various forms took place during Lent, Holy Week and at Christmas whilst All Saints also continued to offer a village: Harvest Festival, Service of Remembrance for the faithful departed, Carols by Candlelight and “early” Midnight service at Christmas. There continues to be a special service on Easter Eve which members from the other benefice churches enjoy attending. We seek to serve the people of Devon with joy and that means being there for our local community in times of joy and sorrow. As well as our regular services, we serve the communities of which we are a part in the ministry of Occasional Offices, at the milestones of the journey through life. We have celebrated 4 baptisms, 2 weddings and held 5 funerals this year.

4) Deanery Synod

There are two members of the PCC who sit on Synod who regularly offer reports to the PCC. Our Rector serving as Rural Dean was Chair of the House of Clergy on Synod until October. Last year meetings were opened to anyone to hear speakers from the diocese and elsewhere. There was a Deanery Celebration with Confirmation on 12th May at which the Bishop of Plymouth presided at Holy Trinity Salcombe and a Deanery beach picnic with Songs of Praise at Blackpool Sands. As closer links within the deanery develop it is hoped that Synod can be an effective influence for Mission.

5) Mission and outreach work

Mission is the priority point on our PCC Agenda and an integral area of discussion. Whilst we have had a Mission Action Plan, during 2019 we have worked as a benefice with The Totnes Archdeaconry Mission Development Advisor to create one appropriate to the development of the churches as a Mission Community in the context of the communities of which we serve. This has been crucial as we seek a unified way forward in our mission and outreach and the future shape, as a worshipping and missional community, of one of our benefice churches – St Edmunds, Kingsbridge. The Growing the Rural Church Project will be involved in supporting us in 2020. A willing team continue to offer the bi-monthly village outreach initiative Time-out established in 2018 which has a regular number attending. The strengthening of links and relationship with the neighbouring Church of England Primary Academy has continued throughout the year with opportunities for assemblies responded to by the Rector who also offered a Prayer Trail morning in church. We have developed a dedicated school area in church and encouraged school services including those at Christmas to which parents are invited. At the end of the academic year the church presents each leaver with a Bible. The whole school was also involved in the Village Picnic offered by the church to the community at which parents and village members felt welcomed.

The church gave generously to aid those affected by the Idai Cyclone, responded to a particular need that arose in the neighbouring village school and continues to be a collection point for local Food Bank as do the other Benefice churches.

6) Ecumenical Engagement

As members of the local ecumenical network “Churches Gathering Kingsbridge” the benefice churches participate in events throughout the year. Our Rector stepped down as Chair during 2019, another member of our Mission Community now taking on that role. Ecumenical worship takes place each quarter at other churches and all are involved in the Good Friday Walk of Witness and Open Air service in the heart of Kingsbridge.

7) Safeguarding

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). The Parochial Church Councils for St Thomas of Canterbury Dodbrooke, St Edmunds King and Martyr Kingsbridge and All Saints West Alvington fully recognize and accept the House of Bishops’’ Safeguarding Policy Statement “Making a Safer Church 2017”,  and commit to complying with the current Church of England and Diocesan safeguarding policies and practice guidance. Safely recruiting and support all those with any responsibilities related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church is in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Safer Recruitment: Practice Guidance 2016. We have a Benefice Safeguarding Policy Statement which is annually reviewed by the PCC and a Safeguarding Guidelines document. The Mission Community Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Parish Representative ensures that Churchwardens, PCC members and all who need to, have the appropriate training. The Rector is up to date with the level of training necessary in her role.

8) Volunteers

The members of the PCC would like to thank all the volunteers who work so tirelessly to ensure that our church is a welcoming and open community. There are volunteers who are involved in so many different areas of church life and make possible our outreach initiatives, fundraising initiatives and social gatherings and make so many areas of church life possible. We would like to express our thanks to them all.

9) Objectives and Activities

The PCC has the responsibility of cooperating with the Prebendary in promoting, within the ecclesiastical parish, the whole Mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

It was agreed at a PCC meeting that donations equivalent to 10% of church collections (excluding Gift Aid refund) would be awarded annually to various charities.

10) Achievements and Performance

The Annual Garden Fete was again held at Bowringsleigh on 29 June, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs M C Manisty and raised gross takings of £2,585.

On 27 September our annual picnic was also held in church to which all the villagers were invited including all the children from the local Primary School.

11) Financial Review

Capital costs and any major repair works were financed by funds transferred from the Church Lands Charity

A current account is maintained with Lloyds, through which the main PCC payments and receipts are transacted.

The primary reserves are maintained by The CBF Church of England Deposit fund in the following accounts:

Account number 615093001D

Account number 615093002D

Account number 615093003D

Interest earned on the first deposit account is credited to principal. Interest earned on the other deposit accounts is credited to the current account at Lloyds. Under the terms of a Will, the sum of £20,000 held in the third deposit account cannot be used for eighty years from 1997 and the Church is required to maintain the deceased’s family graves with the interest arising therefrom. Any surplus may be used for general purposes.


Chairperson...........Revd Prebendary Jacqueline Taylor......................

Date.........................21st January 2020.................................................. 

All Saints Church West Alvington 

Independent Examiner’s Report to the members of the Parochial

Church Council (“The Trustees”)

Year ended 31st December 2019

I report to the trustees on my examination of the accounts of the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church, West Alvington.

Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner

The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts. The charity’s trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year under section 144 of the Charities Act 2011 (the Charities Act) and that an independent examination is needed.

It is my responsibility to:

• examine that accounts under section 145 of the Charities Act,

• to follow the procedures laid down in the general Directions given by the Charity Commission (under section 145(5)(b) of the Charities Act, and

• to state whether particular matters have come to my attention

Basis of independent examiner’s statement

My examination was carried out in accordance with the general Directions given by the Charity Commission. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeking explanations from the trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a “true and fair” view and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below.

Independent examiner’s statement

In connection with my examination, no material matters have come to my attention which gives me cause to believe that, in any material respect:

• accounting records were not kept in accordance with section 130 of the Charities Act; or

• the accounts do not accord with the accounting records.

I have come across no other matters in connection with the examination to which attention should be drawn in this respect in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.


AJ Babbage

Alan Babbage

63 West Hoe Road





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