The Annual Church Meeting will take place on Saturday 21st March in St Thomas’ at 10.30am. It has been moved from a Friday evening in the hope of attracting a higher level of attendance from the congregation and parish. If you are on the Church Electoral Roll, or have an interest in the running of the Church in the Parish, please do try to attend. As well as providing an opportunity to scrutinise local management of the Church, the Parish of Winchelsea is also a charity and those who run your Church are also Trustees of that charity, so this is effectively the AGM. It is also an exercise in local democracy, because Churchwardens and the Council members are elected.
If you wish to stand for election as a churchwarden or as a member of the Parochial Church Council, appropriate papers, available at the back of both churches, must be completed and placed in the box at the back of St Thomas’ by 17th March. All candidates will be welcomed and, of course, all existing churchwardens and members have to reapply if they wish to continue to serve.
There will actually be three separate meetings, each one following on from the other. The first part is the Annual Parish Meeting, which is open to those on the Roll and anyone else who is resident in the Parish. The sole purpose of this meeting is to elect churchwardens for the year ahead. The second part is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Those who are on the Church Electoral Roll have a vote at this meeting. This meeting considers financial accounts, statutory reports from the churchwardens and non-statutory reports from, for example, St Thomas’ School. The meeting debates any issues arising, votes for the acceptance of reports and then elects members of the PCC for the year ahead. Finally, at the third meeting, the new PCC meets to elect its officers for the year ahead.