THE FRIENDS OF ST JAMES THE GREAT, THORLEY

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 11th MARCH 2016

TREASURER'S REPORT - YEAR ENDING 31 DECEMBER 2015

 

This year our accounts show an excess of income over expenditure of 13,903 and we have healthy cash balances in our bank and savings accounts. All our excess funds are deposited with the Church's Central Board of Finance until they are needed and so that we can earn a little interest. The Accounts I am presenting tonight show how the income was received and the expenditure was incurred in the year ended 31st December 2015, with comparative figures for 2014. The increase of 4,000 in income in comparison with that for 2014 is due to the repayment of the loan which we made to the Parochial Church Council to cover VAT payments on the restoration work carried out in 2013.

1. Subscriptions and Donations show a slight increase this year, mainly due to gifts in memory of Friends who have died during the year.

2. The Festival of Flowers and Music was again a huge success. Gross takings of 7,027 less expenses of 1,982 means that, again, we have reached 5,000. A more detailed financial analysis of the 2015 Festival with compartive fgures for that in 2014 is shown below.

Flower Festival

2015
2014
 
£
£
Raffle
572
687
Donations 
1,470
1,328
Refreshments 
1,676
1,661
Ice Cream
10
-
Souvenirs 
30
105
Plants
439
272
Flowers (note 1)
(3)
(21)
Stalls -Mini Fete
485
447
St Barnabas Centre
(120)
(120)
Expenses (note 2)
(127)
(215)
Craft Fair
240
310
Programmes
82
112
Books
277
427
Bill Hardy's Talk
14
21
Totals
5,045
5,033

 

Stalls

2015
2014
 
£
£
Recycled Goods
204
239
Tombolas
126
108

Cakes and Produce
(inluding flowers £35)

155
100
Totals
485
447

Notes

1. Cost of flowers met by sponsors 683 (2014 501).

2. Other expenses include donation to Organist, Caretaker and advertising.

 

3..Our annual Quiz evening was held February 2015 and raised a net 756.

4. Sunday teas have again generated substantial funds, 1,181. The accounts show a full year without winter lunches, which is why the figure is down in comparison with that for 2014.

5. The Plant sale in May raised 356 and the Craft Fair in November 572.

All our events are outreach opportunities, something of which the whole Church family should be aware. The Friends, through our events, probably welcome more non-St.James people, indeed, non-Churchgoers to our Church than come as a result of all other activities. We need to pray for more members of our Church family to be on hand at these events to welcome our visitors.

6. Repairs and Maintenance costs remain high, with our equipment needing costly repairs because of all the hard work to which it is put. Our thanks to Peter and Margaret Morley for all their dedication and efforts in this area.

7. Finally, I would like to thank John Wrentmore for examining our Accounts.

Rosemary Jones
11th March 2016

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