The Church Council, previously known as the Parochial Church Council or PCC is the body that plans, makes decisions, and puts into action all aspects of our parish life.
Fifteen very hardworking members are elected by the church members each year. They are chaired by a lay chair and attended by the Vicar..
The PCC consider our church services and the way we use the church. They have encouraged modernisation in services and adventurous use of the church building.
In the past few years they are much exercised by issues of development of facilities for St Chad’s. It is hoped eventually to have a northwest extension to include toilets, kitchen, meeting space and a new heating system. This has been complicated by the failure of our heating system first in 2012 and then again in 2014 making necessary an emergency solution. Sadly the PCC have also been distracted in 2011 and 2012 by the major problems caused by lead theft from the church roof.
In 2013 and 2014 the heating emergency was finally solved with two new heating boilers, complete replacement of all piping and radiators and new forced convection heaters. This has distracted from our plans for new facilities but a warm church was essential to continue services into winter. Even more dramatically our architect discovered that the two aisle roofs were in urgent need of renewal. The enormous cost of this occupied all our time and fund raising efforts before it was completed by the end of 2016. Since then the aim has been to quietly restore financial stability before taking on new projects.
The PCC has considered relaying the stone floor of the porch to improve the disabled access. As always we have to work with diocesan advisory committee and CADW and others with interests in ancient buildings, whose interests are often in conflict with those of the PCC who are interested in maintaining a worshipping community here in St Chad’s Church.
Entered 9th November 2011, last updated 18th October 2018 by Bill