Minute Book - 1890 to 1899
The following extracts are taken from the St Anne's Church, Sale, 'Minute Book' - and give details of the Vestry Meetings (and others) between 1890 and 1899.
8th April 1890 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden Mr J Makinson. Peoples’ Warden: Mr W Stelfox. [Note: This is the first reference to a “Peoples’ Warden] Treasurer for the Mission Room: Mr Tennant. Ruri-decanal Reps.: Dr Royle and Mr J Lowe.
2nd April 1891 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr J Makinson. Peoples’ Warden: Mr W Stilfox. Ruri-decanal Reps.: Dr Royle and Mr John Lowe. Treasurer for the Mission House: Mr Tennant.
[Note: Reference is made to the ‘Churchwardens’ Balance Sheet’.]
19th April 1892 Vestry Meeting
Present: Rev [James William] Chaplin Wilkinson. Ruri-decanal Reps.: H Worthington and J Lowe. [Note: No Dr Royle, after many years.] Treasurer of Mission Room: Mr Tennant.
“That a special collection be made on some Sunday during the ensuing year on behalf of John Dewsbury late Clerk”.
“That the appointment of Warrington as Clerk (Clerk crossed through in pencil and Apparitor added) and of A Frape as collector at £5 per quarter be confirmed”.
The meeting was adjourned to Monday next, for the purpose of electing officers.
25th April 1892 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Stelfox. Renters’ Warden: Mr G Howe.
4th April 1893 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Howe. Renters’ Warden: Mr Coppock. Ruri-decanal Reps.: Mr H Worthington and Mr J Lowe.
“The vicar and wardens announced that the resolution of April 19th 1892 is not carried into effect on behalf of John Dewsbury, in consequence of other arrangements having been made”.
“Moved ... that a collection be made in church in aid of the Mission Room fund, on the third Sunday in April, and the vestry further recommend that there should be a quarterly collection in the Mission Room in aid of it”.
[Note: Previous Minutes had shown the Room to be running at a deficit.]
7th July 1893 Special Vestry Meeting
A special meeting of the vestry, “... for considering the decoration of the church and other business ...”.
“The vicar explained that it was necessary to hold such meeting in order to obtain the approval of the Chancellor of the Diocese before beginning the decoration.
The following resolution was proposed and unanimously accepted ...
... First ... That the offer of John Kendall Esq. to decorate the sanctuary and to erect an oak reredos be gratefully accepted and that a Faculty be applied for forthwith to carry out the work.
... Second ... That the decoration of the church in accordance with the plans prepared by Mr R Bennett be proceeded with and that the vestry empower the vicar and churchwardens to apply for a Faculty for the carrying out of the same”.
2nd April 1894 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr Howe. Renters’ Warden: Mr Coppock. Ruri-decanal Reps.: Mr Lowe and Mr AK Dyson, J.P.
“The vicar reported that a sum of £1-12-0 was still owing for the support of the late John Dewsbury, it was resolved that the same be taken out of the “Poor Fund” ”.
[Note: The first reference to the “Poor Fund”.]
“Commenting upon the question of the Easter Offering given to the Vicar for the purpose of assisting in paying the Stipend of the Assistant Curate, it was resolved that a meeting of the church wardens and sidesmen be held for the purpose of acquainting themselves and parishioners generally concerning the facts of the case respecting such stipend, and with the view to the remitting of a substantial proportion of such liability”.
Further collection required for the Mission Room (to cover an adverse balance of £7-3s-0d).
18th April 1895 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr RJ Hudlestone. Rural Decanal Reps.: Mr Lowe and Mr AK Dyson, J.P.
“Proposed ... that the Salary of Mr J Warrington Parish Clerk be raised to £25 per annum on the understanding that this be the fixed salary in future”.
[Note in margin: “This resolution rescinded on the motion of W Coppock at Vestry Meeting of April 12 1907”.]
Mission Room: Adverse balance of £22-2-11.
10th April 1896 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr RJ Hudlestone. Rural Decanal Reps.: Mr Lowe and Mr CJ Blake.
“With regard to the debt on the church and schools it was proposed ... that a circular be issued to the congregation and posted with the annual statement”.
“Proposed ... that the Vicar and Wardens be empowered to interview the organist and state that the feeling of the vestry is decidedly adverse to any advance this year”.
“Mr Cort thanked the officers and congregation for their generous response to the Easter Appeal”.
23rd April 1897 Vestry Meeting
Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr RJ Hudlestone. Rural Decanal Reps.: Mr J Lowe and Mr CJ Blake, FRGS.
“Moved ... that in the future the salary of the organ blowers be at the rate of 30/- per quarter - such salary to include attendance whenever required”.
“The question of celebrating the 60th year of the Queen’s Reign was brought forward and discussed at some length and it was decided to leave the arrangements for the same in the hands of the Church Officers with power to add to their numbers”.
“A letter was read ... suggesting the duty of collector be fulfilled by the Parish Clerk. The same met with the strong disapproval of the vestry as they considered that the present Apparitor and Collector (Mr Frape) carried out his duties to their entire satisfaction ...”.
15th April 1898 Vestry Meeting
Present: Rev Drury. Vicar’s Warden: Mr WS Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr RJ Hudleston. Rural Decanal Reps.: Mr J Lowe and Mr CJ Blake, FRGS.
6th April 1899 Vestry Meeting
Present: Rev RM Drury.
“The vicar referred to the death of Mr John Campbell an old Warden and also to the removal of Mr RJ Hudleston to Bristol and then expressed his thanks ...”.
Vicar’s Warden: Mr W Coppock. Renters’ Warden: Mr Bancroft Bayley. Rural Decanal Reps.: Mr CJ Blake, FRGS and Mr John Lowe.
“The vicar thanked the congregation for work done at the Bazaar and announced the gross amount would be about £430 also for the Easter Offering which amounted to £39-5-0 being £20-5-0 collected in church an £19 sent to the Wardens and Sidesmen”.
14th April 1899
Present: Rev RM Drury
“... showing an adverse balance of £22-5-7 ...”.