This year's Annual General Meeting of the Friends was held on Saturday 30 August and was attended by 22 members.
The Chairman summarised the Friends' fundraising activities and grants made since the last AGM and John Barrow, on behalf of the Treasurer, explained the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013. Net income raised by the Friends in 2013 totalled £11,235 and this was almost exactly matched by grants made to the St Lawrence Church's Parochial Church Council (PCC) of £11,769. The income comprised £2,914 subscriptions, donations and gift-aid tax recovery, £92 interest received, and £8,695 from fundraising events, less operating costs of £466. Fundraising income arose mostly from the book fair, flower festival, Christmas craft market and the sale of the history book. The vast majority of the grants paid to the PCC (£10,000) was for the external lime-washing of the church. Members present unanimously approved and adopted the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013.
All members have been sent a copy of the minutes of the meeting.
The AGM was followed by a barbecue lunch.