1. Welcome and Opening:Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.00pmPresent:
  2. Rev Sally Boothey, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Rob Elliott, Mary Muntz, Bev Patrick, Robyn Pendlebury, Carol Lugg, Merle Cobbledick, Ron Cobbledick, Keith Schier.Apologies: Wendy Watson, John Stammers.
  3. Election of Office-bearers.Secretary: Lou Hamon nominated by Rob Elliott, seconded Mary Muntz. Carried with acclamation.Treasurer: Wendy Watson nominated by Ron Cobbledick, seconded by Carol Lugg. Carried with acclamation.

    5.       Confirmation of Minutes:

    MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 30th January 2014 be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

         Moved: Merle Cobbledick.             Seconded: Mary Muntz.                                Carried.

    6.        Business Arising from previous minutes:

    6.1   Holy Trinity smart meter yet to be installed.

    7.       Correspondence:


     7.1.    . . Diocese of Wangaratta: Trust Fund balances.

                           Sale of 44 Chapel Street                   $102,715.36    ($91,178.52)

                           Nathalia Term Deposit                     $ 243.82          ($209.57)

                           M.S. Pyper Trust                              $ 568.56          ($488.65)

    Purpose: For use by Nathalia Vestry.

                          Mavis Rice Bequest                           $ 6,238.35       ($5,361.30)

                                       Purpose: For use by All Saints Barmah

                          Claude Hamilton Bequest                 $3,125.07        ($2,685.72)

                                       Purpose: Holy Trinity – general.

                          Lou Hamon Eucharist                      $5,432.68        ($4,668.91)

                                       Purpose: Maintenance of Vestments, Linen, Vessels at St Georges.

                          Yalca Porter Bequest                        $ 1,901.50       ($1,634.16)

                                       Purpose: For Rector.

                           L. Hamon Trust                                $ 16,824.33     ($14,458.93)

                                       Purpose: Maintenance of Columbarium & gardens at St Georges.

                          Archibald Trust                                $2.059.64        ($1,770.07)

                                       Purpose: Prize for a girl & boy by St Georges Sunday School.

                          A. Heap Memorial Prize                   $1,776.30        ($1526.58)

                                       Purpose: Annual gift of 2 bibles St Georges.

    7.2.    Bishop: Deacon Grace Sharon Appeal.

    7.3.    Registrar: Annual Silent Retreat. Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June.

    7.4.    Bishop: Ray Cleary Blog.

    7.5.    Registrar: Lady Day/St Stephens Flower Festival/Christ Church Garden Party.

    7.6     Australia Post: Standing order.

    7.7    Moira Shire: registration Certificate Food Premises.

    7.8    Sparljit/BS/SU/Couriers/CBM/ACT/Numgalinya/BCA.


    7.9.   Letters of thanks: Geoff Austin.

    MOTION: “That the correspondence inwards be accepted and outwards adopted”.

    Moved: Bev Patrick.                   Seconded: Judy James.                             Carried.

    Brian Devenish addressed the Parish Council.

    After returning from Vietnam, formed “Friendship on the Move Inc.” to work with disenfranchised    children, adults and the elderly. Worked in eastern suburbs for 7 years handing over sustainable programs to interested parties before moving into the western suburbs.

    In 2001 established “Missions Across Australia Inc.” working with indigenous communities with building programs and youth programs.

    Last year moved into Moira Shire and established “Helping Hands” program. Working with Beacon program at Secondary College. Training volunteers to assist with work.

    Will return later in the year to assist building program at Ngukhur mission


    8.         Rectors Report:

    Written Report tabled and discussed.

    We are now into the main part of the year, with AGMs over and office bearers elected. We have some annual events gazetted and much of the ‘structure’ of the rest of the year for the parish is laid out.

    Since our February Parish AGM, the Lenten season has begun with Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday services at Holy Trinity and St George’s. I felt that all services went quite well and, as the Easter season progresses, I am keen to observe how the special services go so that a suitable format can be identified and fine-tuned. With the help of Heather Stammers, I hope to make some generic service booklets to be used in the parish at Lent and Easter for the next three years. It would be good to have something similar for baptism services.

    A baptism at Holy Trinity on 9 March was a delightful celebration – Will is very cute!

    Services of Holy Communion at Pioneers Lodge have continued each fortnight with a regular congregation of 5 and non communion services are held at Karinya, Banawah and Barwo Homestead.

    A study group has been formed to look at the Marcus Borg/Tom Wright perspectives on Easter. It meets at Joan Harding’s home each fortnight. Each week the pew sheet has a question or two on the readings for Lenten reflection and a very short weekly comment on the Gospel, given by Rev’d Dr Dorothy Lee, is available at each centre for interested parishioners. On Mondays at 5.30pm, an opportunity for Lenten meditation is offered at St George’s. After Easter, the ‘Living the Questions’ study group will resume at St George’s if there is enough interest.

    The combined Anglican/Uniting church services held on March 16 in both Nathalia and Numurkah were quite well attended and it was good to see a fair number of Anglicans at each. From all reports, the services were well received and may become an annual event.

    The Men’s Breakfast is coming up this Saturday and there are a few takers. Thank you to Brian Devenish for taking the initiative for this event.

    On Tuesday 25 March is the Diocesan Lady Day celebration. The guest speaker, Dr Pauline Glover, is from Plympton Parish in Adelaide and she and two friends (also former parishioners) are staying at the rectory on Monday and Tuesday nights. The service is in the Cathedral and Bishop John has asked that, given my new role as diocesan Mothers’ Union chaplain, I preach at Lady Day. There will be no service at Holy Trinity on 25 March.

    Monies ($6093.95) have been given to the Numurkah Hospital to close the Rector’s Flood Account.

    The front tap and meter at the rectory has been repaired and the leak has stopped.

    The Diocesan Lay Silent Retreat for this year is at Harrietville on the weekend of 30 May to 1 June. As I am the retreat leader, I have asked Rev’d Michael Moulder to take the services at Holy Trinity and St George’s on 1 June.I will change St Paul’s service to another week.

    Our oldest son, William, is marrying his long time fiancee Felicity at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne on 10 May at 4.00pm, with reception to follow. In the light of a likely late night for family members and friends, I have arranged for the services at Holy Trinity and St George’s on 11 May to be taken by Rev’d Dr Helen Malcolm.

    It seems to me that the parish is in good spirits and people are ‘gearing up’ for another busy year, with several fundraising events in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who works so hard and with such willing cheerfulness in all of the ways that make our parish community and our times of worship together, so strong and positive.

    Thank you, in advance and in anticipation to all who will make palm crosses and to Lou who has postponed his holiday to ensure that all the orders are filled and sent on time.

    Rev’d Sally

    MOTION: that the Rector’s report be accepted.

    Moved: Rev Sally Boothey             Seconded: Mary Muntz                               Carried

    9.                     Financial Report:

    Cheque Account                                         $    2073.23

    Investment. Account                                   $  18599.83

    St George’s ladies Guild                             $    1212.41

    Holy Trinity Ladies Guild                            $    1669.19

    Holy Trinity Mother’s Union                      $      334.05

    Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival                 $    1498.45

    Holy Trinity Diocese Wang.                       $      243.82

    Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit   $    8724.43

    Offertory (2 months)                                    $    9500.45

    Accounts payable                                    $      368.00

    MOTION: “That the financial report be received and accounts passed for payment”

    Moved: Lou Hamon.                        Seconded: Keith Schier.                             Carried.

    10.       GST Business:

    10.1.      Catering: B & A Gray 60th Wedding Anniversary 8th Feb.

    10.2.     Hall Hire: Orana Day Care.

    10.3.      Funerals:

    10.4       Fundraising: St George’s Ladies Guild Street Stall March 14th.

    MOTION: “That the activities listed above be Input Taxed”.

                             Moved: Lou Hamon.                       Seconded: Bev Patrick.                   Carried.

    11.       Warden’s Reports:

    St. George’s: 11.1. Inspection of Rectory after AGM. No major maintenance required.

    Holy Trinity:  11.2. Extra services over Lent appreciated.

    12.       Other Reports:

      12.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild

     Bank balance $ 1669.19

    Donation to World Share.

    Selling raffle tickets to 4 weeks to be drawn at function with Ragg Denn on April 24th.

    Street stalls 16th May and 17th October.

    Visiting Barwo on 15th September.

    Received letter of apology from Bendigo Bank.

    12.2 Mothers’ Union.

      Rev. Sally admitted to Mother’s Union last Tuesday.

    12.3. St George’s Ladies Guild.

     New kettle purchased for Parish Centre.

    Cobwebs in church need attention.

    MOTION: “That the Reports be received”

    Moved: Judy James.                        Seconded: Bev Patrick.                     Carried.

              13.      General Business:

      13.1. Palm Crosses: 14 orders for 1,977 crosses. Palm Sunday 13th April. Post 2nd Apr.

    13.2  Parish Annual Return.

    13.3. Enquires through Darwin Diocese of need of Ngukhur church and mission.

         Next Meetings: Thursday 24th April. Holy Trinity Nathalia.


    Meeting closed with the grace at 9.40 pm.


  Minutes confirmed…………………………………………….         Date


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