Minute Book - 1900 to 1909
The following extracts are taken from the St Anne's Church, Sale, 'Minute Book' - and give details of the Vestry Meetings (and others) between 1900 and 1909.
23rd April 1900 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr Bancroft Bayley.
Mr John Lowe resigned as one of the Lay [Rural Decanal] Reps. and Mr JC Blake and Mr Tennant were appointed.
“... regret was expressed that so few members of the congregation attended the vestry meetings”.
18th April 1901
Present: Rev A Ball, M.A.
Account showed an adverse balance of £32-7-11½
Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr J McDonald. Lay Representatives: Mr S Tennant and J Hall.
“... vicar ... again expressed regret at so few members of the congregation attended the vestry meeting”.
Letter dated 20 May 1901 from John R Burne (Secretary) of the Manchester Industrial Schools
... stating that at the Sale House Committee on 11 February 1901 it had been resolved, “That a contribution of £3-3-0 per annum be made to St. Ann’s Church, Sale, in consideration of the accommodation afforded to the school in the church”
4th April 1902 Vestry Meeting
Present: Revd A Ball, MA. Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr James McDonald. Lay Representatives: Mr James Hall and Mr SJ Tennant.
“Moved ... Mr Stratton the Organists Salary be advanced £5 per annum”.
“A letter was read from Mr Frape Church Keeper and Collector asking for an advance of Salary which after some discussion was refused”.
17th April 1903
Vicar’s Warden: Mr James McDonald. Renters’ Warden: Dr Adolph Renshaw. Lay Representatives: Mr James Hall and Mr DJ Tennant.
“The vicar moved ... a hearty vote of thanks to Mr WS Coppock on his retiring after serving as warden for 10 years ...”.
“... the best thanks of the Vestry be accorded to the organist and members of the choir and particularly the voluntary members ...”.
“The Vicar mentioned for discussion the question of appointing a Church Council but no resolution was moved”.
Letter dated 12 Nov. 1903 from Mr John R Burne (Secretary) of the Manchester Industrial Schools (to Mr James McDonald)
“Your favour of 2nd Oct. has been submitted to my Committee and I am instructed to say that as you attach the Committee with the risk of transmitting cheques thro’ the post, you are requested to arrange for your Collector to apply at the School for payment of pew rent in future”.
8th April 1904
Vicar’s Warden: Mr James McDonald. Renters’ Warden: Dr Adolph Renshaw. Lay Representatives: Mr JH Hall and Mr DJ Tennant.
28th April 1905
Vicar’s Warden: Mr James McDonald. Renters’ Warden: Mr VE Heathcote Hacker. Lay Representatives: Mr J Hall and Mr DJ Tennant.
“... moved “That a monthly collection be made in the church to provide an Assistant Clergy Fund in addition to the opening of a subscription list” ”. Duly Carried.
20th April 1906
“... suggested that a notice of the offertories be posted on church door each Sunday ...”
Vicar’s Warden: Mr VE Heathcote Hacker. Renters’ Warden: Mr W Smith. Lay Representatives: Mr Hall and Mr Tennant.
“The vicar explained that the Assistant Clergy Fund had been started and would be carried on by 4 Sundays’ Church Offertories annually supported by voluntary donations and subscriptions”.
“The vicar referred at some length to the Education Bill and explained his objections to many of the clauses and more particularly to Clause V1. The vicar then moved .... the resolution as follows “That the Education Bill as it now stands demanded the strongest opposition of all churchmen” Carried Unanimously.
Dr Heathcote Hacker was further instructed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Member of this division Mr Crossley (which was afterwards done and acknowledged ...)”.
12th April 1907
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Heathcote Hacker. Renters’ Warden: Mr Wm Smith. Lay Representatives: Mr Hall and Mr Tennant.
“... read a letter from Warrington applying for an increase in Salary. After considerable discussion this was left to the vicar and churchwardens to decide. It was moved ... that the resolution of 1895 dealing with the above matter should be rescinded”.
“The vicar proposed... a vote of thanks to the organist and choir especially the voluntary members, coupling with the latter the name of Mr Dutton. Mr Dutton afterwards suggested the choir sermons should be given once a year. It was resolved that this be left to the vicar and churchwardens to discuss”.
“... heartiest congratulations of the Vestry were accorded to Mr and Mrs Cort on attaining the 25th anniversary of their wedding”.
24th April 1908
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Norman Smith. Renters’ Warden: Mr J Crosby. Lay Representatives: Mr Hall and Mr Tennant.
“Mr Smith read a letter from Mr Stratton (Organist) for increase of salary ... increase his salary £5 per annum”.
“... the Rev Frank J McCormick MA Senior Curate of [Tuam] Cathedral has been appointed Curate at £180 per annum from Friday May 1st 1908”.
“… Assistant Clergy Fund a/c showing a deficit of £41-18-9. It was decided to try and obtain additional subscriptions ...”.
“... presented the Vicarage a/c showing about £200 still required to clear off the Chief ...”.
[Note: A list of subscribers and balance sheets are included in the ‘Minute Book’. The latter is the first occasion that this had taken place; although there has been mention, for several years, that accounts had been presented and circulated to the congregation.]
“... the question of decorating the church and it was resolved to leave it to a meeting of the congregation for further discussions”.
New vicarage a/c 1906-8: 3 No. Subscribers at £100; 1 No at £52 and 3 No at £50. Total from subscriptions: £935-9-10 (further Donations to Vicarage Fund £170-4-0).
Bazaar a/c Income £1106-19-3.
16th April 1909
Deficit on year of £1-0-8.
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Crosby. Renters’ Warden: Mr J Harcourt Wilson. Lay Representative: Mr Tennant and Mr Hall.
Usual thanks to the choir and, “... that best thanks be given to all the Sunday School Teachers”.
“... appreciation be shown to Messrs Smith and Crosby for their labours in collecting such an amount towards the decorations account - It was named that practically every member of the congregation had been approached or called upon ...”.
“To commemorate the 25 years ministry of the Rev JP Cort the wardens decided to appeal to the congregation of St Anne’s Church to make a suitable Testimonial and accordingly issued the circular, as annexed on the page opposite”.
[Note: An account for “Rev JP Cort Testimonial Fund” was opened at Lloyds Bank, Sale].
A meeting of the subscribers was arranged for the evening of Thursday 9th December 1909 at 8 o'clock; the evening to be a social evening, with some music, etc. Tea, coffee and light refreshments were provided.
To that date £109 had been received and it was proposed to purchase a Silver Epergne and a pair of Silver Candlesticks to be presented to Mr Cort and that a Ruby Ring be purchased for Mrs Cort.
Invitation to Presentation on Tuesday 21 December 1909 at 7.45 pm
Newspaper cutting dated 25th December 1909
“Presentation to the Rev JP Cort”.
... plus a cheque for 28 Guineas. The ring was Ruby and Diamond! A total of £124 had been raised.
In Mr Cort’s reply the following was mentioned:
He was thankful to say that in Sale they did not know any bitter sectarian controversy.
It was exactly 30 years that day since he was ordained in the Cathedral Minster at York.
The church during that period had been enlarged and twice beautified, a new organ had been provided, the room in which they were now met had been built, the old schools - as they called them now the “mixed department” - had been altered, the new vicarage which now made the parish complete had been purchased, and recently their beautiful bowling green had been added and had proved of great benefit ...