St Ladoca Parochial Church Council 2019 Annual Report





The Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Parochial Church Council for



The Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Parochial Church Council for 2019 for presentation at the Annual Parish Church Council Meeting on 2nd April 2020 at 7.30pm in Ladock Church.


The report has been prepared to comply with the requirements of The Charities Act 2011.


Incumbent:    Reverend Joachim Foot

                     The Sanctuary



Team Vicar: Reverend Ellen Goldsmith (until May 2019)

Associate Priest:   Reverend Linda Whetter


Banks:          Lloyds Bank St Austell, CAF Bank


Independent Examiner:  Mr Geoffrey Warring


The Parochial Church Council is a corporate body established by the Church of England. The PCC operates under the Parochial Church Council Measure. The Parochial Church Council is expected by order to register with the charity commissioners.


Members of the Parochial Church Council of Ladock Parish Church are either ex-officio or elected by the Annual Church Council meeting in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.


The Parochial Church Council met four times during 2019 and conducted one virtual meeting.


Shirley Soper is our designated Safeguarding Officer.


The Standing Committee, which consists of the incumbent, one church warden, treasurer and secretary, is the only committee required by law and has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the council.


Members of the Parochial Church Council for 2019:


Incumbent:  The Reverend Joachim Foot, Rector of the Probus Benefice.

Team Vicar:  Reverend Ellen Goldsmith (until May 2019)

Non Stipendary Associate Priest: Reverend Linda Whetter


Ex officio

Church warden: Jeremy Sharp


Bell Tower Captain: Renfree Stephens


Ex officio

Head Teacher of Grampound Road School

Head Teacher Ladock School: Chris Stoyles


Elected members

Chair: Reverend Joachim Foot

Vice Chair: Reverend Ellen Goldsmith

Lay Vice Chair: Shirley Soper

Secretary: Jenny Thomas

Treasurer: Jeremy Sharp (until APCM) and David James

Vanessa Morcom

Simon Holborow

Barbara Holt

Suzanne Smith


Deanery Synod Representatives: Vanessa Morcom and Suzanne Smith


Safeguarding Officer: Shirley Soper


At the beginning of 2019 the Electoral Roll number stood at 36.





Churchwardens Report


2019 has been a year of changes. In May we bade a sad farewell to the Reverend Ellie Goldsmith, whose decision to retire coincided with the appointment of her husband Bishop Chris as the Church’s Director of Ministry. We remain grateful to her for ministry among us, especially during the recent period of transition. We are also so grateful to our Rector Joachim Foot and our new Associate Priest Linda Whetter for all they do on our behalf, in church, in school and in the wider community, often far beyond the call of duty. Both are new in their roles and they have risen to the challenge in a splendid fashion. We are pleased that in July 2020 we will be welcoming Paul Salaman to the Team to serve as stipendiary curate. Paul will be with us from three to four years in this role. 


Our long-standing churchwardens, Shirley Soper and Suzanne Smith have stepped down, with Jeremy Sharp replacing them as the sole churchwarden for the time being. Both his predecessors have been more than generous in sharing their expertise and experience.


Overall we have continued to move together in a positive manner in the life of our church here at Ladock. Above everything else, we give thanks for the PCC members, congregation and many parishioners who help in so many ways in keeping our church alive and well.


2019 Overview


Objectives and Activities


The objective of the Parochial Church Council of Ladock Parish Church is to exercise the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent in promoting the Ecclesiastical Parish, the whole mission of the Church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.  



• The highlight of the year was the installation and dedication of the window in memory Lady Mary Holborow. The window was designed by Oriel Hicks to complement the adjacent window in memory of Lady Mary’s husband Geoffrey. It takes as its theme the words from Harry Glasson’s poem Cornwall My Home: ‘For this is my Eden, and I'm not alone. For this is my Cornwall and this is my home’. The dedication service was conducted by the former Bishop of St Germans, Richard Llewellyn and attended by family, well-wishers and friends. Cornwall my Home was sung by a specially selected male voice choir. The window was funded by private subscription, led by our Patrons, the Worshipful Company of Grocers.

• A talk on all the windows in the church was given by Michael Swift in September, attended by over 50 people. The proceeds were shared with Cornwall Historic Churches Trust.

• The Harvest celebration was a happy affair with many participating in decorating and attending the service which was followed by a Harvest lunch in the church. All financial proceeds from the lunch and harvest goods were donated to Truro Food bank.

• Remembrance Sunday saw a large congregation at the church and wreaths were laid by the Parish Council, Ladock Players, the School and by members of the Caff family, as well as by the PCC. The wreath laying ceremony was led by the vice-chair of the Parish Council.

• The Annual Church Carol Service brought in many individuals on the fringe of the church. In addition, a good number attended the informal Carols around the Christmas Trees a week later.

• Weekly Morning Prayer continues and, although only few attend, it is valued by those who do.

• Home visits by the clergy team and a lay church member continue.

• Monthly coffee mornings continue to grow by taking the church into the community; they are well attended and enjoyed by all.

• Numerous visitors visit the church during the course of the year - some on foot, bicycles, car or coaches.  All enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and peace of our lovely church. Many come specifically to view our Morris and Burne-Jones windows and the newer Holborow Windows.

• The children’s area has been moved from adjacent to the South Door to the more secure (and less draughty) Trethurffe Aisle. We have taken the opportunity to provide a new carpet for this area at the same time, to make it more welcoming. We are grateful to Vanessa and Jo Morcom for suggesting this project and ensuring its completion.

• We continue to have an open church policy to allow anyone to visit our church in daylight hours and this is so much appreciated.  When we know a ‘group’ is coming, we ensure that someone is there to welcome them and offer refreshments.   This is always greatly appreciated by our visitors.

• 3 baptisms, 1 wedding, 3 funerals, 1 burial of ashes took place during the year. There were no confirmations.

• Communion is taken to those in their homes as and when necessary.



• Ladock celebrated an open air Evensong led by Reverend Joachim Foot at the home of Mr and Mrs Jeremy Sharp in wonderful rural surroundings of Ladock.

• Changes in our pattern of ministry were reflected by the retirement service for Rev’d Ellie Goldsmith on 7 May (attended by her husband, Bishop Chris Goldsmith), and the installation of Rev’d Linda Whetter on 12 May, as our Assistant Priest.

• Financial and practical assistance given at ‘Messy Church’ held at Grampound Road School, which falls within Ladock /Probus Parishes.

• The Ladock Church website ( continues to be updated regularly and advertises all services, news, notices and information about the church with links to the community, diocese and beyond. Thanks to Suzanne Smith.

• Annually the church buys Bibles for year 6 pupils of both Ladock and Grampound Road schools.

• Ladock weekly school assemblies have taken place within the church during term time. A Eucharist Service is held each term and is well received by the children, parents and teachers. As of late 2018 some of the children with parental permission act as servers, acolytes and crucifer. These services are attended by more than 100 parents and children.

• A small regular team acts as sacristans, with another group regularly leading intercessions on a Sunday. We have a wider group who act as weekly readers.

• Our clergy go into school on a regular basis to lead assemblies.

• Our worship leaders continue to deliver the Service of the Word monthly.

• Shirley Soper has been afforded permission to administer Holy Communion as directed by Reverend Joachim Foot within the Ladock community.

• Individuals clean the church, offer refreshments following services and decorate with flowers regularly; we are incredibly grateful to them all.

• We give thanks to our regular organists and feel very privileged to have such an array of talent in our midst. Sadly Hilary Keam has been forced to cease playing for the time being but we are grateful to Margaret Edwards for filling the breach. On occasions younger individuals deliver music.

• Ladock church choir are committed and practice regularly, leading our singing bi weekly and on special occasions. Sadly Hilary Keam has been compelled to cease coaching and playing during the year, but her place has been taken ably by Margaret Edwards.

• We continue to build upon the strong links we have with Ladock School.

• Kenwyn church choir enhanced our evening worship wonderfully when they came in October for Choral Evensong.

• Our Feast Day was celebrated in early January and followed by a wonderful Bring and Share Lunch.

• Our bell ringers practice regularly and ring before two services a month and at most weddings.

• The monthly coffee morning, held by the church in the community is a vehicle to befriend, combat loneliness and promote the Gospel. The aim is not to make money other than to have sufficient to pay for the use of the community hall. The exception was in December when the coffee morning raised money to financially support the work of The Children’s Society.

• A Community Christmas Tree Festival took place over a period of 8 days with Carols around the Christmas Trees one evening which was well supported. Numerous visitors came to view and greatly enjoyed the experience daily.

• A Crib Service was held on the Sunday before Christmas. The church was buzzing as we welcomed new families into our community. We plan to repeat the service in 2020.

• The Reverend Linda Whetter and Mrs Roxana Foot have introduced Cup and Care mornings for school parents once a term. The initiative is in its early stages still, but the initial signs are positive.

• We held a successful Lent Group in a parishioner’s home, conducted by the Rev’d Joachim Foot.

• Once again, we were able to hold a Good Friday Service.



• Once again, year has been a very busy year socially and very enjoyable for church and community.

• As you will see elsewhere in our report, on many special occasions, such as Harvest, there is a social element, always involving refreshments.

• Mr and Mrs Cole’s Garden Openings to view the snowdrops and summer displays.

• Refreshments following 11am service.  All money goes to charity.

• Dr and Mrs Newton of New Mills kindly opened their wonderful garden to raise funds for the church during July.

• Christmas Raffle and refreshments following the Carol service. All proceeds were sent to St Petroc’s Appeal

  • Monthly coffee mornings.
  • Church Fête with all proceeds going to the church and involving many members of the wider community. 



The Covenant between Grampound Road and Ladock Parish Church, which was re-established during 2013, continued to thrive. We are committed to two joint services a year with committee meetings during the year. During the course of the past 12 months, we have shared our worship in both Grampound Road and Ladock churches on several occasions, notably at Harvest and for our respective Feast and Chapel Anniversary.


The Covenant between Ladock and Grampound Road Methodists has been renewed and we are holding a Covenant service in January 2020.


The joint Christmas Card cover this year was designed by Phoenix, a pupil of Grampound Road Church of England Primary School with dates of services for both churches over the festive season printed within, alongside a message from our clergy.  This venture has been a great success and warmly received.



The attractive Welcome Pack intended for distribution to newcomers contains details about the Church and many of Ladock’s facilities, clubs and organisations. We continue to seek to ensure that a copy is provided for all newcomers to the village. Several of the congregation have been regularly offering transport to those with relatives in hospital and this has been warmly received.


Cards are also sent to those who may be celebrating a special occasion or who are unwell.


Health and Safety Report

During the year we updated both our Health and Safety and Fire Risk Assessments. We have improved the signage in the Church and introduced a guide for stewards and sidesmen to coincide with the Christmas Tree Festival in December. We are planning to increase awareness of our fire precautions early in 2020. This will involve training sessions for the sidesmen and stewards.

We undertook a full electrical check and PAT tested all electrical equipment.

 Shirley Soper, Safeguarding Officer


Churchyard Report

Colin Haines has continued to maintain the churchyard during the year. We are grateful for his hard work and the care that he takes.

As part of our concern for health and safety issues, we commissioned a tree survey during the spring. No significant issues were identified. We decided also to resurface the paths to the main burial area, which have become broken and at times, slippery.


Churchyard Extension

We fenced the extension and undertook more clearance work during the summer. We received consent for change of use during the year and have been drawing up plans for the new area. Having been approached by the Parish Council and the Ladock Parish Wildlife Group, we  are considering planting a wildflower meadow that can be appreciated by the wider community until the site is required for burials over time.


Jeremy Sharp, Churchwarden


Fabric Report

This year the quinquennial inspection took place and necessary works have been carried out.  Minor repairs to the church have been dealt with as they have arisen.  The PCC is continuing to consider various solutions for increasing the temperature in the church on cold days.  Thanks go to a loyal band of volunteers who continue to clean the church and arrange flowers there on a regular basis.

Simon Holborow


Financial Report


 This has been a challenging year for Church finances.  Income from Parish Giving declined slightly, though income from other collections and services rose.  Once again, we received a generous grant from our Patrons, The Worshipful Company of Grocers.  In order to meet our increased MMF offer of £22,814.14 in full we needed to transfer a considerable sum from The Canon Wise investment account.  There is good news, however, as our MMF offer for 2020 has been reduced to £18,736.


Although income from fund raising activities was lower this year, we are most grateful to a number of people who raised considerable sums for the Church.  In particular we would like to thank the following:


·Michael and Maureen Cole, whose two garden open days raised £400

·Jeremy and Irene Newton, whose garden open day raised £300

·Rob and Jenny Thomas, whose Holy Land talk raised £115

·Jo Nicolle, for organising the Christmas Tree Festival which raised nearly £400

·Jenny Thomas, for masterminding the Carol Service raffle which raised £145


Income from the annual fête was also up slightly from last year at £3,315 and we

thank Suzanne Warring and her volunteers for working so hard to raise this amount.


Regular Church running costs have increased this year, though salaries and clergy

expenses have decreased.  The increased running costs were, in part, caused by

remedial work carried out following the quinquennial inspection in June.  We

continue to be concerned about electricity consumption costs, though more targeted

heating (where most expense lies) has reduced costs by around 9%.  We continue to

seek alternative methods of heating the church, in particular looking for ways to

make individuals warmer during services.  One initiative was to move the childrens’

play area from the South Aisle to the Trethurffe Aisle.  A new carpet, funded from the

Canon Wise investment account, was laid and toys and activities added.  This has

proved popular with our younger members.


It has always been our aim to contribute to a variety of causes and charities.  This

year we were pleased to send donations to the following:


·Bishop’s Discretionary Fund - £154.76

·Wateraid - £200

·St Petroc’s - £312.70

·Cornwall Historic Churches - £125

·Truro Food Bank - £330.38

·British Legion - £163.00

·Children’s Society - £52.90


Progress has been made concerning the purchase, planning permission and development of the churchyard extension.  Invoices from Scott & Co (Chartered Surveyors) concerning application for planning permission, P. G. & H.S. Dymond regarding ground preparation and access, C. Haines for tree management and Andrew Hartley for fencing, were discharged through the Churchyard fund with the assistance of funds drawn from the E.A. Hotten Bequest.  A contribution towards the upkeep of the Churchyard was received from the Parish Council and it is hoped that they will also be able to contribute to the new paths and wildlife meadow under discussion.


Administration of the Canon Wise Trust, highlighted and explained in the 2018 annual report has continued.  The accounts detail the current situation.


Progress has been made regarding the investment of funds held in the Miss E.A. Hotten Bequest.  £10,000 has been invested in the CBF Church of England Global Equity Income Fund Income Shares, £10,000 in the CBF Church of England Investment Fund Income Shares and £20,000 in an M & G Charity Investment Fund.  The balance of £67,525.65 is held in the CBF Church of England Deposit Fund.


It remains for me to thank Jeremy Sharp in particular, but also many others, for their help in guiding me through the first few months of my tenure as treasurer.  I would also like to thank the many and various members of the Church and wider community for their support in ensuring our healthy position in the centre of the community.  


David James



Bellringers' Report

The Bellringers are pleased to report that the team is thriving and, although ringers can be scarce at times, a degree of co-operation with other Towers ensures the continuing success of the group.  They were delighted to host the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers Nine Lessons and Carols this year, followed by supper.

Tower Captain Renfree Stephens has suffered a temporary setback this year and has transferred the tower captaincy to Ian Young until further notice.


Many congratulations and thanks to Renfree who has held this position for about thirty years.


Renfree L C Stephens, Tower Captain



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