The Parochial Church Council, and Finance

The PCC meets several times a year to conduct the business of the church with the clergy and churchwardens. If you would like to know more about the PCC or would like to write to the PCC ask the Rector or contact the PCC Secretary, Margaret Whitaker.

The members of the PCC are elected each year at a formal business meeting, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which is held by the end of April. More information about the election of Churchwardens etc can be found on www.westyorkshiredales.anglican.org , together with forms for the following:

  • Application for Membership of the Electoral Roll (Rule 1(2));
  • Form of nomination of Churchwardens;
  • Form of nomination for Election to PCC;
  • Form of nomination for Election to Deanery Synod

Finance

The Parish Council relies on the goodwill of its parishioners for its income. This can be donated as cash put into the plate during a service, by putting it in an envelope as part of regular planned giving or by the use of direct debit schemes involving reclaiming from the government the amount of tax payable on the donation. For more information about the finances of the parish, please contact the Parish Treasurer, Brenda Jackson (Tel 01943 876978). Click here to contact the Treasurer [link needed].

Tax-Efficient Giving

PCCs are legal charities and, as such, are exempt from income tax. The tax which has been paid on the giving of Church people can be recovered from the Inland Revenue. The PCC prefers tax efficient giving and more details can be found on the Church of England website.

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society, formerly The Church of England Children’s Society has a comprehensive network of family and community centres and residential homes for children with handicaps and those in difficulties, particularly those who have run away from home and are consequently in danger, The work is largely funded by individuals in parishes – at present 30 people from our parish support the Society.

In Guiseley this work is co-ordinated by Peter Spencer. The Society asks those who are interested in helping to take a house collection box, which will be emptied once a year in Autumn. All the monies are sent to the Society. If you are willing to help this worthwhile work by having a box please contact Peter Spencer on 872722

St Oswald’s Tower Fund

Work on the bell tower at St Oswald’s Parish Church, in urgent need of repair, was completed recently. Last year we launched an appeal for funds to raise funds and so far, through self-initiatives and kind donations, we have raised £20,108.71 as at 24th August 2016 – but there is some way to go to cover costs estimated at £85,000.  To facilitate this, we have set up the mydonate application to allow for further donations. If you are able to help in any way, great or small, it will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

You can donate or set up a sponsorship page here mydonate.bt.com/charities/stoswaldschurchguiseley

Donate here

Christian Aid

The Parish of Guiseley with Esholt have for many years been staunch supporters of Christian Aid and in particular Christian Aid Week.

As part of the Aireborough Christian Aid Group we have been very active contributors in many ways and played a full part in helping to raise in excess of £13,000 during 2015. The large majority of these funds are raised during Christian Aid Week with the door to door collections. The collections this year are in aid of supporting Bangladeshi people devasted by floods and the effects of global warming to rebuild their lives.

Our parish has an organising group of 5 people who plan the door to door collections across the locality and at the same time recruit new collectors to carry out the work which, depending upon the size of a round,  requires 2 to 3 hours of delivering and collecting envelopes during the week.

At least 2 of our organisers are stepping down after many many years of service and we need to replace them going forward to enable this very worthwhile work to continue and flourish. The best way to do this is to initially be involved as a collector but even if you are unable to do that but are interested in joining the organising group we would be delighted to hear from you. So if you can help as a collector or an organiser or if you would like more information then please contact any of

Anne North 01943 875631
Ruth Spencer 01943 872722
Colin Avison 01943 878967