Annual General Meeting,

ANNUAL MEETING ST. MATTHEW’S CHURCH.

The annual meeting of the above Church, was held on Wednesday evening last and was somewhat thinly attended.

The Rev. Mr Teakle after opening the meeting with prayer read the Churchwardens report and the balance sheet for the past year.

From the latter we gather that the ordinary income for the year was ₤302 14/10 and the expenditure ₤313 19/9. The special receipts were ₤392 11/3. The Church debt had been reduced by ₤50. There were liabilities outstanding to the amount of ₤104, and subscriptions and donations in arrear, to the amount of ₤84.

Mr J.V. Smith suggested that so few members being present it was desirable to adjourn the meeting, and in the enterim publish the balance sheet, as it was impossible for the meeting to understand it from merely hearing it read.

It was, however, decided after discussion to proceed with the business, and at future annual meetings to publish a balance sheet before hand.

The report and balance sheet were then adopted on the motion of Mr Payton. In putting the motion the Chairman [two lines unreadable]… offertories, a large portion of the congregation apparently did not contribute at all to them.

The Chairman then laid before the meeting the recommendation of the Church Committee, “that the Assistant Curate have the entire management of that district beyond the limits of the proposed parish, and that the other part of the district (comprised within the boundaries of such proposed district) adopt the practical provisions of the Parish Act.”

He explained that the Rev. Mr Gossett proposed to give for the future the whole of his time to church work, and that he was willing to accept such sums as might be raised within his own district. The proposed arrangement met with the approval of the Bishop.

Mr J.V. Smith objected to adopting the practical provisions of the Parish Act without such provisions were first [unreadable] defined. He advocated waiting till the petition in favor of a Parish which had been sent to the Bishop was dealt with.

Mr Payton understood that adopting the practical provisions of the Act meant being guided by them as far as possible in the interim, and thought there could be no difficulty in adopting such a course. He moved the adoption of the recommendation.

Mr Clayson seconded the resolution.

Mr Fannin objected to the members calling them selves Churchwardens and vestrymen without a proper status.

Mr Quartly did not see that there was any reason why they should not call themselves by such titles.

The recommendation was then put to the meeting and adopted.

The Chairman then nominated Mr Godfrey Russell as his Church Warden. He was deeply grateful to him for his service during the preceding year.

Mr Thorby was re-elected Parishioners’ Church Warden on the motion of Mr Quartly.

The Chairman then asked the meeting to elect a Church Committee of those members who had the interest of the Church at heart and were willing to work. He also intimated that none but communicants should be returned.

Mr Payton regretted that the question of communicants had been raised as it embarrassed the meeting. He asked the chairman if he intended to veto non-communicants, should they be elected.

The Chairman replied in the negative. At the same time, if the meeting respected his feelings, it would nominate communicants only.

Mr Pilkington suggested holding the election at a future period, as the present meeting had no list of communicants for its guidance.

Mr Payton proposed that the difficulty be got over by re-electing the former committee.

It was, however, explained that only one member of the former committee was a communicant.

Mr Bish, as a member of the former committee, declined to be re-elected, as his sole duty during the year had been to collect money.

Mr Thorby stated he would continue to act as Churchwarden [if] a collector were employed.

After a discussion of about an hour, the meeting arrived at no conclusion onthe question of electing a Church Committee and the meeting adjourned sine die.[1]

 

[1] Annual Meeting St Matthew's Church, Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 2, Issue 22, 25 July 1879, Page 2