Annual Parish Meeting.
♦ . ST LUKE THE EVANGELIST. The annual meeting of the parishioners of St Luke the Evangelist was held last night in the parish schoolroom. There was net a large attendance. The Rev E. A. Lingard presided. Tho Chairman congratulated the parish on the past year as one of progress. The only change that had taken place was that of organist. Mr Kelsey entered on his duties on August 1, and still continued. The offertories were about JJI2 larger than last year. The evening congregation had fallen off, though the morning had kept up, and the number of communicants had increased. The falling off in the evening waa due to the beautiful services in the Cathedral. While not blaming anyone for attending the Cathedral, he must agree with Mr Watson as to the duty of persons to their own parishes. A great many seemed to ignore the claim their parish had upon them. There was one item which had considerably helped to diminish the debt. .£9OO had been granted by the Church Property Trustees to. build the school. This cost .£OO a year; but, thanks to Mr M'lntyre, the Trustees had taken over the debt. In addition to this, the parish would receive from the Christchurch parsonage reserve a grant of £40 a year, perhaps £50. As Chairman of the Cemetery Board, he considered it satisfactory that the number of interments last year was four less ,than the previous year. The cemetery would still be open for those who had secured and used ground previous to March 31. There were 3000 holders of land in the cemetery, so that interments would still continue, though the number of interments would be reduced. During the year the Board had received .£I2OO from, tho Permanent Loan Association. Of that amount St Luke's had borrowed .£6OO at (5 per cent ; .£3OO had paid off the overdraft ; and St John's had borrowed .£3OO. It was quite open to St Michael's to claim their third of the .£9OO. Mr A. P. N. Blakiston announced that Messrs C. T&. Blakiston and A. Rose had been elected Synodsmen for the parish. He then read the following report of the Vestry : — " Tho churchwardens and Vestry, in presenting their annual statement; of accounts, have to congratulate the parishioners upon the substantial improvement which has been effected during tho past year in the financial position of the parish, the liabilities having been reduced by over .£9OO. This is mainly duo to the fact of the Church Property Trustees having released the parish from the loan of the redemption of which is now chargeable [ against the rents accruing from the Christi church Parsonage Keserve, which rents will ultimately become a source of revenue to the parish. The thanks of the parish are due to Mr M'lntyre, who was mainly instrumental, by his action in Synod, in bringing nb:mt this natisfactory arrangement. As it was necessary that the temporary loan of .£2OO from the Church Property Trustees, and other liabilities, should be paid off, your Vestry deemed it advisable to obtain upon favourable terms a loan j of JEGOO from tho Christohurch Cemetery I Board, with which to reduce tho bank
overdraft, pay off the aforesaid loan from the Church Property Trustees, and also the loan of .£l5O from a parishioner, which had been standing over from the year before. The ordinary receipts and expenditure compare favourably with those of last year, the receipts showing an increase of £18, and the expenditure a decrease of -£42, the expenditure for the year haying exceeded the income by about .£3O, while the year before there was a deficit of from .£IDO to £200. During the ensuing year the reduction in the charges for interest and sinking fund will result in a saving of quite .£75 ; which, other things being equal, will bring tho expenditure well within the income, a result which the parish has not experienced for many years. Tho thanks of the parishioners are due to the members of the Parochial Association of Lay Helpers, who have kindly assisted the Vestry in the collection of funds and in other ways; also to the Ladies' Work Party, by whose exertions a reduction in tho debt upon the Orsran Fund has been affected, and whose pent up energy is shortly about to culminate in a bazaar or sale of work. Thanks are also due to Mr Kelsey for his kindness in refunding to the parish 25 per cent of big salary as organist." The report had dealt with all the salient points of the account?, but if any parishioner wished an explanation of any item he would be happy to give it. Mr Forrest moved the adoption of the report and balance-sheet. Mr Henry Smith seconded the motion, which was agreed to nem con. The Chairman nominated Mr W. Stringer as the clergyman's churchwarden, and declared him to be appointed. Messrs Forrest and Knapman were proposed as parishioners' churchwardens, but declined the honour. Mr Broadhurst moved, and Mr Forrest seconded, the election of Mr A. F. N. Blakiston, and this was agreed to. The meeting decided to elect seven vestrymen, and elected Messrs W. Broadhurst, T. A. B. Maskew, W. A. Knapman, J. H. Stewart, T. Forrest, G. W. Thomas, and A. Eose. Mr W. Stringer referred to the arrears of seat rents, .£3O. In some instances he had called several times for the arrears. People who wished to have seats should pay for them. He would like an expression of opinion as to the payment of the arrears. He thought a good plan would be to take out all the tickets after next Sunday. He also advocated making every third seat free. Mr Eose thought tho tickets of those who were in arrears should be withdrawn, but notice should first be given. The Chairman read the resolution of the Synod, recommending the making of all seats free. At St Luke's the rule was, practically, that every third seat should be free. In fact, out of 000 sittings, quite half the number were free. ~ Mr Stringer moved— "That when the seats are re-let they shall be paid for, at least, quarterly in advance, and that no tickets be placed on sittings until they are so paid for." Mr Stewart seconded the motion. Mr Maskew moved, as an amendment — "That the existing state of things remain, but that the seats of those in arrears be relet, unless the arrears and one quarter's rent in advance be paid." Mr Triggs seconded this. After discussion, the resolution was put. Ten voted for and twelve against it. Mr Maskew's resolution was put as a substantive motion and carried. Votes of thanks to the outgoing vestry and Church officers ; to the ladies who decorated the church at Easter and Christmas ; to the ladies of the sewing party ; to the choir ; to Mr A. R. Kelsey, the organist ; and to the Chairman closed the meeting.
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Star, Star, Issue 5281, 10 April 1885
Annual Parish Meeting. Star, Issue 5281, 10 April 1885
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