The Parochial Church Council (PCC)


Wantage Parish is a charity, and the PCC is the legally responsible governing body. Members of the PCC are Trustees, elected from the worshipping members of both churches. The PCC meets approximately every other month. Below you can find a summary of recent decisions.

Summary Report on the Meeting of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) held on Thursday 21st September 2022


At the start of the meeting the Revd. Katherine Price thanked everyone who had contributed to the arrangements for opening the churches during the period since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  The PCC thanked Katherine for the dignity she had shown during the service to mark the death of the Queen.

There was a discussion on the process to be adopted for establishing the financial budget for 2023.  It was agreed that detailed consideration would be given to estimating likely expenditure on both routine items and on non-routine projects, including those that may involve the appointment of external contractors.  Particular importance was to be also placed on identifying sources of funding to seek to balance the income against proposed expenditure.

A process for establishing a detailed budget was identified involving the Finance Mission Action Group and the Standing Committee.  It was agreed that the objective was to prepare a draft budget for presentation to the PCC for their review, discussion and approval at the next PCC Meeting scheduled to take place on 23rd November 2022.  The PCC resolved that once the Budget had been approved, the PCC would agree a process for monitoring the income and expenditure against the approved budget.

The PCC reviewed the expenditure incurred for the work on the North Aisle Roof of the Parish Church and noted that additional expenditure had been incurred on the project.  The PCC agreed that the Churchwardens would report back to the PCC on the reasons for the additional expenditure, but in the meantime, it was agreed to seek an external grant to cover this additional expenditure.

The PCC reviewed and approved proposals from the Director of Music to increase the rates paid to organists and to increase the salary of the Director of Music.

The PCC noted the reports submitted on Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and by the various Mission Action Groups.

The PCC approved a proposal from the Revd. Katherine Price that Elizabeth Marshall be appointed as a Chalice Bearer (Eucharistic Assistant).

The PCC also approved resolutions to support an initiative to support those facing poverty issues in the community in Wantage, and to take steps to manage the Parish energy costs during the winter.

The PCC agreed that the next meeting would be held on Wednesday 23rd November 2022 commencing at 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church.

Bob Chaplow

PCC Secretary.