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Parochial Church Council

St Mary's Church, Great Bealings

More about St Mary's church

The Parochial Church Council meets four times a year to discuss all matters pertaining to the continued well being of St Mary’s Church, Great Bealings.

The current members of the PCC are:

The Reverend Pauline Stentiford, Chairman
Mr Norman Porter, Church Warden and Vice Chairman
Mr Charles Barrington, Secretary
Mr Roger Roseboom, Treasurer and Representative on Village Hall Management Cttee.
Mrs Virginia Porter,
Mr Eric Barnett,
Mrs Leah Haywood Smith, Electoral Roll Officer
Mrs Karen Walker
Mr Pat Keep, Representative on Angela Cobbold Hall Management Cttee.


The PCC has recently completed the installation of an outside WC and relaid the path, but there are lots of other jobs on their to-do list highlighted below. Please feel free to contact any member to offer your help and support.

Plant Sale. This annual fund raiser started by Hugh and Monica Philbrick, taken up by Ruth Willis, and from 2008, to be held at the Village Hall, provides extremely valuable funding for the parish churches of Great and Little Bealings. The next sale will held on the 26th April 2008, when hopefully the playing field refurbishment has been completed. Lots of help is needed to cover signage, parking, publicity, plants, budget, boxes and pots, etc. Please contact Norman Porter at Rill Cottage, Great Bealings if you can help in any way.

December 2007 will see the pilot version of the Benefice magazine being distributed free to the benefice as of February 2008. Costs should be covered by advertising plus a subsidy from the Parish Councils. Sections will cover the school, what’s on, the playing field, etc. Contributions can be sent to the Editor

List of jobs for St Mary’s – to be prioritised


  1. See through refurbishment project
  2. Purchase a dozen folding chairs
  3. See through work required for Quinquennial Inspection
  4. Re-do seats – some padding, plus Velcro
  5. Clear out tower room
  6. Rationalise merchandise and methods for storing and selling it
  7. Investigate and repair Seckford memorial – including crack above.
  8. Repair altar frontals
  9. Repair the organ
  10. Revise, reprint history of the church
  11. Update graves Map – identify and mark in future sites?
  12. New flag pole
  13. Repair all plaster damage
  14. Redecorate
  15. The font step is detached and needs to be fixed
  16. Check the reredos
  17. Mend broken window at the back of the church


  1. Re-do paths – Completed November 2007
  2. Consider ways of dealing with side gate – brick it in
  3. Remove tree remains from car park
  4. Fit up mirror re traffic – installed November 2007
  5. Plan and seek faculty for Belstead Memorial Garden
  6. Deal with nettle beds
  7. Deal with moles and rabbits
  8. Take steps to prevent further infestation –wire under gate etc
  9. External water supply laid on
  10. Repair wooden fence below brick wall
  11. Mend stage and store
  12. Restore grave with metal fencing
  13. Clearly identify area for deposit of grave spoil