Hampstead Garden Suburb
Annual Report and Financial Statements
of the Parochial Church Council
for the year ended 31st December 2016
Charity No: 1133988
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Revd. Alan Walker
1, Central Square
Hampstead Garden Suburb
Temple Fortune Branch
762, Finchley Road
Mr. J Graham
51, Sunningfields Road
NW4 4RA The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
Structure, Management and Governance
St Jude-on-the-Hill is situated in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. It is part of the Diocese of London within the Church of England.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a body corporate governed by two pieces of Church of England legislation, called Measures. These are:
the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 as amended. This defines the principal function, or purpose, of the PCC as “promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church”; and
the Church Representation Rules (contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 as amended).
The PCC is also a charity registered with the Charity Commission (Charity No: 1133988).
Members of the PCC are ex officio (the incumbent (our vicar), the church wardens, the reader and the representatives on the Deanery Synod) or elected or co-opted by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in accordance with the Church Representation Rules. During the year the following served as members of the PCC: Incumbent The Reverend Alan Walker (Chairman)
Churchwarden POST VACANT
Licensed Reader Mr. Robert Chandler
Representatives on the Deanery Synod Mr. Robert Chandler
Mrs Elinor Delaney
Elected Members Mrs Sara Gibbins (Treasurer)
Mrs Antonia Clayden
Mrs Jenny Eden
Mrs Jessica Farmer
Mrs Esme Kingsley (retired APCM 2016)
Mr Tom Lyon
Mrs. Frances Price
Mrs Jennifer Radice
Mr David White
The PCC has a number of sub-committees that meet between full meetings. The Standing Committee has the power to transact the routine business of the PCC between meetings, subject to any directions given by the Council. It refers major decisions to the full PCC. In addition sub-groups have been formed:
The Heritage Project Steering Group, chaired by David White. The Steering Group now has representatives of both the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust sitting on the committee as well as the existing outside professional advisers.
The Spire – under the joint editorship of Elinor and Michael Delaney and Jennifer Radice to publish a Church magazine, ‘The Spire’ at regular intervals.
Guyana – under the chairmanship of Elinor Delaney to support the Guyana Diocesan Association.
Members of these groups are drawn from the PCC and the larger congregation.
The full PCC held 5 meetings (2015: 6 meetings) during the year with an average attendance of 86% (2015: 86.5%), together with an APC meeting in April.
Appointments and Retirements
The following appointments were made.
Sara Gibbins was re-elected as Vice-Chair of the PCC and as Hon.Treasurer.
Elinor Delaney was re-appointed Hon.Secretary for the year.
Antonia Clayden was re-appointed to the Standing Committee (joining the ex officio members: The Revd. Alan Walker, Sara Gibbins and Elinor Delaney).
Sara Gibbins was re-appointed as Children’s Champion.
The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
Elinor Delaney was re-appointed as Church Safeguarding Officer.
Robert Chandler and Elinor Delaney were re-elected as Deanery Synod representatives.
David White retired as Churchwarden but remains as a member of the PCC with responsibility for care of the fabric. Esme Kingsley retired from the PCC. The PCC would like to express their thanks to all who served on the PCC, including those who retired this year.
Objectives and Activities
Aim and purpose
With the incumbent, the Reverend Alan Walker, the PCC has the responsibility of promoting the mission of the Church within the parish of Hampstead Garden Suburb. It also has responsibility for the maintenance of the church, church grounds, Vicarage Rooms and other ancillary buildings.
Objectives and activities
Our mission is to celebrate and communicate the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition.
When planning our activities, we have considered the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and, in particular, the supplementary guidance on charities for the advancement of religion.
At St Jude’s, we welcome all parishioners and visitors to participate in our worship and provide opportunities for those wishing to find out more about the Christian faith to do so. We offer baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral services. We provide pastoral care for people living in the Parish.
Our magnificent Grade I Listed building is generally considered to be Lutyens's finest church. It the only 20th Century church in London to feature in Simon Jenkins' highly acclaimed book, "England's Thousand Best Churches". We maintain our beautiful building and open it to the public to enjoy on Sunday afternoons throughout British Summertime and on Open House weekend. The Vicar is pleased to welcome other visitors by arrangement and hosts visits from local schools and colleges as part of their study of religion or architecture. The executive summary of a report on the Church commissioned and paid for by Historic England in 2015 opens with the sentence: “St Jude’s Church is a building of national significance and is decorated with one of the most important and extensive schemes of early 20th century wall paintings in the country.”
St Jude's has a long-standing strong music tradition with organ scholars from The Henrietta Barnett School using our marvellous Father Willis organ for lessons and practice. Many organ scholars who have trained at St Jude's have gone on to organ scholarships at eminent universities and many former choristers have become professional singers. In 2016, the PCC and The Henrietta Barnett School expanded the organ scholarship programme and we are now supporting two organ scholars. In 2014, the PCC launched a choral scholarship programme offering four scholarships to train young singers between the ages of 16 and 20 in each of the main choral parts (one each of soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Under this scheme, the choral scholars are introduced to a wide range of church music which helps those of them who wish to apply for choral scholarships at various universities. In 2016, we decided to allow the scholarships to be shared by two part-time scholars, with a view to attending alternating weeks (and together for all festival services), to enable scholars to be able to balance the commitment required to the scholarship programme with their academic studies and other music commitments. This has also enabled the scholarship programme to benefit more young people. We also support the Proms at St Jude’s (which raises money for Toynbee Hall and The North London Hospice through an annual musical and cultural festival) through the energy and vigour of our members and that of the wider community (of all faiths and none). The church is regularly let to recording and television companies due to its excellent acoustics and beauty. The Church Rooms are also used for activities run by external organisations within our community. The money raised from lettings of the Church and Church Rooms helps us to meet the costs of running the church, including the high costs of maintaining this wonderful building.
We celebrate the diversity of faiths within our community and have a strong relationship with the local Jewish community. The Central Square Minyan worships weekly in the Church Rooms and contributes to our Harvest collections of goods made for Homeless Action in Barnet. The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
Achievement and Performance
The number on the Electoral Roll was 126 at the time of the APCM in April 2016 (2015:123). This rose to 129 in October 2016 and it remained at this level at the end of the year (2015: 121).
The average Church attendance on Sundays, including children, was 62 (2015: 74 people). In 2016 the two joint services were held at the Free Church. Numbers attending at specific festivals were:
· Easter Day attendance 168 (2015: 183; 2014: 208; 2013: 116)
· Christmas Eve/Christmas Day attendance 310 (2015: 273; 2014: 247; 2013: 263)
Whilst the actual numbers for special events vary, we believe this can typically be explained by whether individual families are celebrating with family at St Jude’s or away in other Parishes.
Holy Communion was taken regularly to housebound members of the community.
The pattern of worship remained as in recent years:
· Sunday 8am Eucharist (traditional language)
· Sunday 10.30am Parish Eucharist
· Thursday 9am Eucharist (traditional language).
On Ash Wednesday there was Eucharist with Ashing at 9am and a joint service at Golders Green at 7pm.
A Lent Group met weekly during the season using the Pilgrim course.
A Quiet Afternoon took place in church at the beginning of Advent.
Holy Week was observed with a Palm Procession on Palm Sunday; celebrations of the Eucharist on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 9am; the Liturgy of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday at 8pm; the Liturgy of Good Friday at 10.30am; and the Easter Liturgy at 8pm on Easter Eve.
In 2016 there was no baptisms (2015: one); two funerals (2015: five); and one wedding (2015: two). Other funerals took place at the Crematorium. Three Junior Members were “admitted to communion” (2015: one).
The icon of St Jude given in memory of Margaret Smith was installed blessed by the Bishop of Edmonton on Pentecost 2016.
Groups from Annemount, Brookland, the Garden Suburb and The Henrietta Barnett Schools visited the Church. Student groups from University College London/Bartlett School of Architecture and the University of Syracuse visited the church. Various other groups made informal visits the church.
The Church was open on Sunday afternoons during British Summertime in compliance with the agreement with Historic England. The Church was also open all day on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2016 for London Open House Day. The Vicar gave talks on the work of the artist Walter Starmer on each day. There were approximately 200 visitors that weekend (2015: 200).
The Church was open on New Year's Eve in 2016 as part of the Residents Association annual fireworks party.
The Vicar's book A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier was published.
The Vicar continued to serve on the Residents Association Events Committee and the Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust.
The Vicar chaired the RA Michael Rowley memorial Lecture in May and a meeting to discuss the Brexit referendum. The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
St Jude’s continues to have one reader, Bob Chandler, who is licensed to the Vicar. Bob preaches, reads the gospel and administers the chalice. He also contributes to the wider ministry of the Church by leading the monthly prayer group and coordinates teams of other lay people who administer the chalice and lead intercessions. At the end of 2016, six persons were licensed to administer the chalice of whom three did so regularly, whilst three other persons led the intercessions. A further chalice administrator was licensed by the Area Bishop early in 2017.
There are 8 children on roll, 5 in the younger class and 3 in the older group. The three older boys were admitted to communion at the festival of Christ the King. It was great to have 3 new children join the Junior Church in September. We still follow the Roots programme and receive a book of instructions plus a web site to access. Hopefully with the new internet connection n the Vicarage rooms we will be able to access more of the programme suggested.
The Nativity play this year was written by Linda Ayers with fewer parts, although some of our older members came in December to take part in the play which was called 'He shall be called Emmanuel '. We are grateful to Nic Chalmers for arranging for the organ scholar to play the music for us and for the choir to sing on Christmas Eve. The collection from the Nativity Play went as usual to the link parish in Guyana.
The Junior Church did a small presentation at both Mothering Sunday and Harvest Festival in Church. The joint service with the Free Church in January was not attended by any members of the Junior Free Church.
The PCC reviewed its Safeguarding Policy in 2016 and re-endorsed the wider Diocesan policy that encompasses Vulnerable Adults as well as Children. We are committed to ensuring that our church and its community is a safe and welcoming place for all members of the community.
The Safeguarding Officer consults with the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer where appropriate and promptly reports any dialogue, to the PCC, within the bounds of confidentiality.
The PCC and the Safeguarding Officer have taken steps to ensure that the lessees of the Church Rooms have a suitable Safeguarding Policy and that all agencies who hire the church are furnished with and agree to the church Safeguarding Policy.
An accident book is maintained to record any accidents occurring on the premises.
Three editions of The Spire, St Jude’s magazine which has now been published for eight years, were published in 2016.
This magazine has an emphasis on news and articles directly relevant to the church and congregation, with the aim of reinforcing our sense of community and communicating the Christian faith both within our congregation and parish and externally, a key element of our mission statement. The costs of producing the magazine are met in part by advertising revenue and from the £1 suggested donation, however there is a net cost to St Jude's of £513 (three editions) in 2016 (2015: £103 (one edition)). The PCC accepts is a cost that it should continue to meet as the magazine is seen as an important element of St Jude's activities. The editorial team is nevertheless considering ways to keep the cost to the PCC to a minimum and the publicity officer is now supporting the team in relation to advertising revenue. The circulation is in the region of 90 copies each edition.
Deanery Synod Report
The Vicar, Bob Chandler and Elinor Delaney have continued to represent St Jude’s on the West Barnet Deanery Synod. The Synod met three times during 2016. On 26 January, when the Archdeacon and Area Bishop were present, Ben Alonso, Diocesan Fundraising Manager, gave a talk on the Gift in Wills Programme, and Ali Lyon, Independent Analyst of “We-Equals” gave a talk on the Diocese during Interregnum, and her work for the Area Bishop in West Barnet. The Synod then went into breakout work, at the end of which Mission was defined as building the Kingdom of God, whilst having confidence in our own traditions and those of neighbouring parishes. On 19 July, the Reverend Dr Neil Evans, Diocesan Director of Ministry, gave a presentation on Mission, Evangelism and Outreach, with eight pointers as a guide to mission. On 18 October, the Bishop of Islington, who is responsible for the creation of 100 new worshipping communities within London and also working nationally to support Dioceses working nationally in planting new churches, spoke about Missional Mapping. He laid out a large map of the area and asked members to mark in their own churches and areas where they thought new churches could be grown. The Bishop emphasised the need for partnership between churches and not being NIMBYs. The Synod has so far met once in 2017, on 21 February, when the Reverend Jon March, of Ambassadors Initiative, spoke on the role of every Christian as an ambassador for Jesus Christ, adding that such an ambassador should be confident, committed and compassionate. The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
There were over 40 regular contributors to the Stewardship Scheme at St-Jude-on-the Hill for the calendar year 2016 (2015: 46; 2014:48 2013:55, 2012: 55). As in previous years we are losing members through death or moving away. Gift Aid enabled us to claim tax on contributions from 32 members (2015:42; 2014:43; 2013:48; 2012:47).
The London Diocese’s Parish Giving Scheme has continued to assist in ensuring that the Gift-Aided giving is efficient although there has been a slow take up of this scheme and additional members to the scheme will be very welcome.
The Church Rooms are now let to the Central Square Minyan, and under the lease, we have reserved the right to use the Church Rooms for the Palm Sunday procession each year that the Minyan are in occupation. The Minyan has completed extensive works on the Church Rooms including underpinning the building and extending the upper level to include inside the building what was previously the balcony and the Church Rooms are now a marvellous community facility.
Maintaining the fabric of the church continues to be a challenge and throughout the year, we have carried out the usual routine maintenance to the boiler, sound system, the alarm system, the fire extinguishers, the gardens and the organ which is also tuned once a quarter. We have increased some of the garden maintenance work to ensure the ground gutters are kept weed free as the weeds do not help with the disposal of rainwater. We have also ensured that the hedge abutting the part of South Square that runs from the Willifield Way Twitten to the path leading to the Church Rooms is cut back and the pavement area reclaimed.
The toilets in the basement present their own challenges and we have called out Hall & Randall on two separate occasions to sort out blockages and cisterns not working properly. The Vestry Toilet was redecorated in 2016 with funds generously provided by Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust under their annual grant scheme.
The lightning conductor was repaired and retested in February following the damage done in 2015 and enquiries continued into the repair of the weathervane. As the repair costs for the weathervane now run into the tens of thousands, the insurers have appointed loss adjusters who have taken over the claim. The loss adjusters have appointed MRDA to draw up a schedule of work and we hope that the weathervane will be repaired during in 2017. As part of the preparations for its repair, we carried out a drone survey of the entire spire in June of last year.
The gutters were cleaned during the year and various minor electrical repairs were completed. Where lights need replacing, we are fitting the LED equivalents as they have a longer life and are much cheaper to run.
Running repairs were carried out on the roof during the year and tiles have been replaced as necessary. We have also had to replace some broken window panes on the North side of the church.
A broadband line has been laid into the Choir Vestry and that part of the church now benefits from a high speed fibre broadband line which is being supplied by Zen Internet. We have also taken control of the St Jude’s website and it will be hosted by Expert IT once all the necessary changes have been made. For the time being, the website continues to be a blog on the Reverend Alan Walker’s Google account.
The Restoration of the Church
Our initial bid for a Heritage Grant was turned down by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in what, the Steering Committee was told, was a highly competitive round. Members of the Steering Committee attended a meeting in May 2016 at the Heritage Lottery Fund where they were advised that whilst the bid had been recommended for funding, the board had declined it on the grounds they had concerns about:-
The amount of volunteer time predicted in the bid;
The assessment of the risks to the project;
The church’s ability to raise the matched funding; and
How the project would be managed.
The Steering Committee was however encouraged to reapply. Following that meeting, the Steering Committee was strengthened with representatives being appointed on behalf of both Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust and a great deal of work was done by the committee in redrafting the original bid. In doing so, the Steering Committee hopes it has addressed the concerns of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Consequently, before submitting the revised bid last December, the Steering Committee liaised with the London Metropolitan Archives and obtained an estimate of the time it would take to create the digital archive to give a better idea of the volunteer time involved. The Steering Committee removed the café from the volunteer activities and advised that it would be The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
franchised to a local business. The Steering Committee produced a detailed paper outlining how the project would be managed and commissioned a report on the fund raising strategies to adopt. The Steering Committee also reassessed the risks to the project’s completion and added some further risks into the mix. MRDA architects conducted an interim survey of the condition of the building which confirmed the Steering Committee’s worst fears that fabric had deteriorated further with movement in the floor being one of the more obvious signs. Members of the congregation will no doubt have noticed the rubber floor mats that have been laid to avert trip hazards. The bid was submitted formally on 8 December and with that bid, the Steering Committee submitted the fundraising strategy, the notes on governance and the interim report on condition amongst the other papers that were required.
The key objectives of the revised bid were:
a) To Conserve and stabilize the Grade 1 Lutyens church, St Jude’s, removing it from the At Risk Register and enable fully-inclusive access.
b) Restore and conserve the extensive mural scheme, providing opportunities for conservation training.
c) Enhance the building as a space for musical and arts education, performance and recordings.
d) Tell the distinctive story of Hampstead Garden Suburb’s social, architectural, literary and cultural history in partnership with Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust.
e) Reveal the church’s story as a site of early twentieth century ‘memory’, particularly World War 1.
f) Serve the local community and enhance the public realm with a heritage activity programme, sensory garden and café serving Central Square.
The costed capital and activity project proposals in the HLF bid were as follows:
a) Repair and conservation of the external envelope including overhaul and extension of the rainwater disposal installation, repairs to external brick walls and perimeter drainage channels.
b) Re-point and water-proof walls to crypt; reconstruct the sub-strate to the floor of the nave and aisles, reinstate wood block floors; relay marble paviers to chancel and chapels.
c) Strip out redundant oil storage tank, defective heating distribution pipework and boilers. Install new central heating system and new facilities to crypt lavatories. Up-grade services throughout the Church including welfare, lighting and acoustic installations.
d) Re-order the Choir Vestry for community use, install a new mezzanine floor and access lift.
e) Re-order the Lady Chapel, the new Suburb-Central@StJude's, and the St John Chapel for improved Church and community use, install sound–proof glass screens and inter-active facilities and furnishings. Re-locate the Lutyens’ altar from the Chapel to the Chancel.
f) Investigate the feasibility of creating storage space in the crypt.
g) Install insulation within roof voids and form draught lobbies at external entrances to avoid heat loss and reduce the carbon footprint.
h) Conserve and restore the Starmer murals.
i) Adapt the kitchen to support the community café.
j) Car parking improvements and creating a sensory garden.
The activity plan involves working with Hampstead Garden Suburb Archives Trust to create a fully searchable digital archive of both organisations’ archives with a view to making them available for research purposes on a 24/7 basis rather than on the very restricted basis currently. The Steering Committee would be creating Suburb-Central@St Judes which is to be the name for the cultural hub. Suburb-Central@St Judes would be the source of the activity plans which would include a guest lecture series, church tours and heritage trails, with links to Hampstead Heath, ‘The Harry Potter Walk’, and summer art schools. A Schools Programme would be developed in line with those aspects of the National Curriculum that fit with the material available in the church and Suburb. Hard-hat tours would be offered during the construction period. The activity plans envisage exploring Starmer’s work, building links with the Imperial War Museum and the Starmer family to provide regular exhibitions of his work. The activity plans also envisage mounting an opening exhibition in the Lady Chapel charting the stories and discoveries around the capital aspects of the HLF-funded project. Both the Lady Chapel and St John’s Chapel would remain consecrated and available for worship as required.
Unfortunately, on 22 March 2017 we were advised that the Trustees declined to award a Heritage Grant at their March Board meeting and quoting from the letter the Church has received they advised “Whilst we considered that your project did qualify for support and noted the improvements made from the previous submission in terms of the fundraising plans and volunteer time, the Board considered that project risks remained high due to the complexity of the project and the large fundraising gap during delivery. As a result, your project was considered to be higher risk than others under consideration at the meeting and, due to the limited available budget, the Trustees decided not to award a grant.” The complexity issue has not been raised before and indeed, we were advised not to leave anything out in making a revised bid. We were competing for a grant from a pot of £22 million for which there were claims totalling £90 million. The The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
Steering group will be having a formal feedback meeting with representatives of the Heritage Lottery Fund after which we will consider the best way forward.
Guyana Diocesan Association
The church continues to have strong links with the Guyana Diocesan Association, as our main overseas outreach. The collection in Junior Church and the Nativity Play are donated to the GDA for dispersal in Guyana, with a proportion going to our twinned parish of St John the Evangelist, Jawalla, Guyana and to the Mothers' Union Day Care Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. Additional fund-raising in the form of a coffee morning was held in 2016.
The church is regularly let for rehearsals, recordings, filming and occasional conferences and concerts including the annual Proms at St Jude's
There were 38 (2015: 31) bookings during 2016 ranging from one day to nine days. The annual fee income of £51,109 is higher than last year (2015: £45,989) due to more bookings having been taken. There were many different hirers which reduces the risk of a downturn in our lettings. Already there are 22 lettings in the diary for 2017, although not all are confirmed.
Key to the success of our bookings are the wonderful booking team volunteers who open the church, meet and greet the hirers and help them with any problems they may have. It cannot be stressed enough how important a lovely welcome from a volunteer is to the whole hiring process and often messages received after a hire specially mention how the warm welcome and helpful attitude have enhanced their time in the church. The time our volunteers give is therefore of great significance to the income the church receives. Please consider if you might be able to help in this way
The PCC would like to thank all those who form part of the booking team: Elinor Delaney, Sara Gibbins, Anthea Davidson, the Vicar, Kathy Cunnold, John Wheeler, Helen Roose and Jennifer Radice .
Music at St Jude’s
Music has always been at the heart of the liturgy at St Jude’s. We have a magnificent Father Willis organ and, as our church is situated next door to The Henrietta Barnett School, we established a formal musical educational link with the school in 2004 with the provision of organ scholarships. This scheme has been a great success with many of the holders of the organ scholarship pursuing organ playing and music as a career. Our scholars have gone on to hold music scholarships at Merton and Hertford College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. One of our organ scholars from 2008-2010, Anna Steppler, is now studying organ for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Cornell University, New York. In 2016, the PCC agreed to expand the organ scholarships offered in conjunction with The Henrietta Barnett School and we are now supporting two organ scholars. The cost of their tuition is shared with The Henrietta Barnett School, with the cost to the church being £17.50 per week.
With the success of the organ scholarships, we decided to offer four full-time choral scholarships (one of each voice part) each academic year with a stipend per scholar equivalent to £15 per week. We started this scheme in 2013 and it has provided the musical backbone to our regular amateur choir ever since. The target age group is 16-20 year olds as we specifically wish to provide opportunities for sixth form students and students in their first year at university. Our programme aims to improve sight-reading and ensemble singing, introducing the scholars to a wide range of church music and providing a building block for those who wish to apply for choral awards at university. In 2016, we decided to allow the scholarships to be shared by two part-time scholars, with a view to attending alternating weeks (and together for all festival services), to enable scholars to be able to balance the commitment required to the scholarship programme with their academic studies and other music commitments. This has also enabled the scholarship programme to benefit more young people. The cost of this arrangement should amount to a further £90 per annum per voice part (representing the festivals where the scholars will attend together).
The presence of this core of choral scholars within our choir further encourages and supports additional young people to sing with us. We believe in opportunities for all and, whilst we have just four choral scholarship positions, this programme enables us to enhance the sight-reading capabilities and performance standard of all singers in our choir.
The choral scholars’ role includes supporting the junior singers in the choir as well as performing regularly as soloists in our weekly sung Sunday Eucharist and at our festival services.
We have already had successes with the new choral scholarships: Two of the choral scholars now hold choral scholarships at Merton College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge.
The organ scholars, in addition to developing their aptitude in organ playing, are required to sing within our choir and thus become familiar with both singing and playing a range of choral and church music. The understanding that both sets of scholars and wider choristers gain from each other’s presence within our choir further promotes and maintains the standard of our choral music. The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
Our Organist and Director of Music is Mr Nicholas Chalmers MA (Oxon) ARCO. Mr Chalmers is also the artistic director and conductor of Nevill Holt Opera, conductor at Northern Ireland Opera and artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company.
In July 2016, Anna Steppler, together with a colleague, Sofia Östling, held and organ recital to raise funds towards the cost of the choral scholarships. £85 was raised. In February 2017, Nic Chalmers submitted a grant application to The Ouseley Trust, applying for support towards a third of the annual cost of the scholarships. The outcome of that application is expected later in 2017.
Financial review for the year-ended 31st December 2016
In 2016 St Jude-on-the-Hill generated an overall net surplus of £8,740, with a net neutral position (neither surplus nor deficit) on unrestricted reserves. This net neutral position arose because the PCC determined to make a top up contribution to the common fund (to bring the PCC closer to its target contribution level) of 50% of the surplus existing on unrestricted reserves for the year prior to taking this contribution into account, with the remaining 50% being designated to the restoration project. Accordingly, £9,465 (2015: £8,423) was paid to the Diocese as a common fund top up and £9,465 (2015: £12,863) was transferred to the designated restoration fund reserve.
Despite the top-up payments made to the common fund, we continue to pay an overall reduced common fund contribution. In 2016 the total common fund contribution made by the PCC was £47,915 (2015: £45,923) being 62.3% (2015: 61.2%) of the total average cost of running a parish within the Diocese of London (based on one cleric and one house). The PCC contribute 50% of the average parish cost monthly via direct debit with an additional top up payment at the end of the year reflecting the income that the parish has actually been able to generate and the actual costs of running the parish – costs which can be unpredictable and large given the size and age of the church building. It is the PCC’s aim to be able to contribute sufficient to cover the average clergy housing and stipendiary costs (2016: £51,000; 2015: £49,500) and the top up payments have enabled the PCC to get closer to this target. The costs associated with the Heritage Lottery Fund bid process (2016: £10,513; 2015: £39,447) and the fundraising that we consider necessary to ensure that our next attempt to get a Heritage Lottery Fund grant is successful, mean that this aim is unlikely to be achieved until the project has been completed.
Voluntary Income £52,788 (2015: £60,086)
Income from voluntary income is lower than in 2015.
The PCC began to use the Parish Giving Scheme promoted by the Diocese for stewardship. This greatly reduces the administration of regular stewardship payments that have transferred to this scheme. The collection of Gift Aid is done automatically every month by PGS and an annual increase can be applied if agreed by the stewardship member. The automatic collection of Gift Aid by PSG means that the accounts only reflect the Gift Aid recovered directly by the PCC, which as a result is lower than in previous years. There has been an overall decrease in planned giving from 2015 (2016: £28,155; 2015: £30,317) reflecting fewer regular donors.
Collections are also slightly lower then 2015 (2016: £4,089; 2015: £4,640) although GASDS, the HMRC scheme that enables the church to reclaim 25% of small donations (£20 and under) made via the loose plate collections, has increased (2016: £918; 2015: £837).
Donations were lower than in 2015, although higher than 2014 (2016: £2,626; 2015: £5,292; 2014 £1,948). They included £305 donations that were restricted: £125 for the Easter lilies and £180 to the Centenary Fund.
The PCC continued to receive significant levels of grants in the year. The largest of these was from the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and amounted to £16,000. The trustees of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust have committed to make such a grant for five years, with this being the third. This grant is in connection with the sharing arrangement for the rental income from the Church Rooms (shared 50:50 between the PCC and the Trust). The PCC is obliged to use this grant for fabric and grounds maintenance, although £6,400 is also in connection with past costs incurred by the PCC in relation to the Church Rooms. Under the terms of the grant, any unused element in any year is to be added to the central heating fund. £595 was duly added to the central heating fund at the end of 2016 (2015: £736). The Parish Church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb Annual Report of the PCC for the year ending 31 December 2016
In 2016, the PCC also received a grant of £1,000 from the Trust to enable the Vestry Toilet to be repaired and refurbished (2015: no additional grant received, although £2,000 had been received in 2014).
In 2015, the PCC received a grant towards the significant cost of insuring the church, a Grade I listed building (2015: £3,000). However in 2016, the criteria for receiving this grant were not met. The loss of the Insurance Support Grant accounts for the majority of the net reduction in grant income..
Income from activities for generating funds £76,979 (2015: £72,753)
The income from church lettings was at a record level in 2016 (2016: £51,109; 2015: £45,989; 2014: £36,324). Letting of the Church Rooms generated £20,749 (2015:£20,897) after 50% sharing with the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.
Fundraising generated revenue of £4,986 (2015: £5,792), from the following activities: Revenue
(2015: Autumn Market)
(2015: £1,807 )
Catering for a conference held in the Church
Catering at Open House weekend
Guyana Coffee morning – restricted for GDA
Harvest lunch – 50% restricted for Homeless Action in Barnet
Organ recital– restricted for the choral scholarship programme