Monday, 30 November 2015

Minutes November 2015


Minutes of the meeting for worship for business held Sunday 1 November 2015 at 11.30am in the Bethany Room, Methodist Church, Witney
10 Friends were present. §27.10 from Quaker Faith and Practice  was read during our opening worship.

15.41   Matters arising
a)       We have received a revised final list which adds Riding for the Disabled and Oxfordshire MIND to our special collections in 2016 and agree this. The final list is attached to these minutes.
b) We decide not to hold a Christmas Day meeting this year.

15.42  Finance matters
a)       Nominations Group brings the name of Suzette Hubbert to join the Finance Group. This name being acceptable, we appoint Suzette Hubbert accordingly, to serve from now until 31 December 2017.
b)       i)        Our treasurer has presented figures for 2015. We are pleased to note                   that we have received contributions as expected and that we have met                  our obligations.  We have not spent the money allocated for training             and education, and this, together with other underspends, means that              we have an additional £935, giving a total of £2214 which we can                      choose to allocate to our donations for the year. We will retain £2600               as our standard reserves figure.
          ii)       We agree to the following donations to Quaker and other bodies for                           2015:
·        Britain Yearly Meeting £400
·        Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre £250
·        Friends World Committee for Consultation £250
·        Oxford Asylum Welcome £500
·        Glebe House, Quaker Social Action, Quaker Cottage Belfast,
Base 33 and Bridewell Organic Gardens: £160 each

          Iii)      We receive the proposed budget for 2016 and approve it (attached).                  We will return to the matter of specific donations in the early part of                    2016, to make final recommendations.

We thank Friends for their support of the meeting’s work and remind ourselves that our wealth lies in our members, but that our willingness to give service and money is an important part of our commitment to the Society.

15.43  We appoint Mahalla Mason and Suzette Hubbert as our representatives to Area Meeting on 14 November.

15.44  Our Friend Dennis Compton will reach his one-hundredth birthday on 2 February 2016. Arrangements are being made for a celebration at the Four Pillars Hotel, Witney, on this date, to which Witney Friends and many others are invited. We are happy to contribute the birthday cake, and Mahalla Mason will place the order.

15.45  We agree the following dates for bring and share lunches in 2016: 20 March, 22 May, 21 August, 11 December.

15.46  The next Spiritual and Pastoral Care gathering will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 December at 3 Church Green. The topic is Ministry: Vocal and Silent
15.47  We agree the following dates for Spiritual and Pastoral Care Gatherings in 2016, all at 7.30, venue to be confirmed: 24 February, 18 May, 14 September, 30  November.

15.48  We ask Mahalla Mason to continue to represent us at the Women’s World Day    of Prayer on 4 March 2016, together with Roshan Somani

15.49  Any other business
a)    Rae Cather has reported on the Elders and Overseers Day held at Faringdon, when discussions included: a report on a successful weekend at Charney Manor which could lead to a similar weekend for Elders and Overseers in 2016; challenges and successes in meetings, when Rae reported on Witney’s recent experiences; and consideration of two publications, Coping with Mental Distress in Meetings and With a Tender Hand: a handbook on eldership and oversight.

b)   There will be no business meetings in December 2015 and January 2016. Mahalla and Don Mason will represent us at Area Meeting in Oxford on 9 January 2016.

There being no other business, we closed with worship at 12.25pm.

Jennifer Barraclough
Sharon Watson

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