St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Hall Roof renewed - Yippee!

Another successful project has been delivered over a very wet few months, without too much hassle.  Thankfully without that many leaks or inconveniences to the hall users too. This was despite the annoyingly late start caused by a delay from the local Planning Authority, over which they have apologised.

The contractors Finchampstead Roofing led by Kelvin Thomas and his sons has been completed very competently and now should last us all for a good many years to come.

Included in the work was the complete replacement of the old ‘felt and chipping’ roof covering. We now have above our heads a modern rubberoid roof liner with a much longer warranty. We have also replaced the old fibreglass roof lights with see through, obscure, toughened plastic domes. They are secured with lockable roof bolts for added security. Hopefully

you will all now notice a great deal more light being shed within the entrance to the hall and the vestibules for both WC areas. A huge thanks goes to everyone involved, especially Anne Mohan our Churchwarden and to Julie and Beccy for sorting the finances out for us all. Plus of course anyone that has donated specifically to get this work to fruition above and beyond regular giving.

The next project will probably be the internal re-decoration to the Hall and adjoining rooms, but please be patient with us as to when we have the energy and people power to deliver that one!

If anyone is willing to get involved with the re-decoration works to the hall, please drop Mike Thackray an e-mail and he’ll try to co-ordinate that project, possibly for the summer holidays next year or the year after.

Enrolment on the Church Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll is the Parish Church’s register of electors and is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

Those on the roll are voting members of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the synodical councils of the Church – the Parochial Church Council, our Deanery Synod, the Oxford Diocesan Synod and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members. Members of the Parochial Church Council and Parish Representatives to Synod are required to be on the Electoral Roll.

Regular worshippers to this Church are asked to consider applying to enrol on the Church Electoral Roll.  The number of years on the electoral roll is also a qualifying factor for a parental applicant to Ranelagh School.

The Electoral Roll is to be revised before the Annual Parochial Church meeting on the 27th April, as required by the Church Representation Rules.

Anyone who has not yet had their name added to the roll, and wishes to do so, should apply for entry by completing a form and returning it to Tracy Perrett, the Electoral Roll Officer, no later than the 7th April.

Forms are available in the entrance lobby or from Tracy or by downloading from the Church website. If you have any queries about the Electoral Roll please have a word with Tracy (01344 773808) or the Vicar.