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All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish are entitled to vote at the elcetion of the parish representatives of the laity.
The parish representatives are those elected to the Deanery Synod and to the Parochial ChurchCouncil (PCC). The PCC's primary function is to co-operate with the Vicar in promoting in the parish the whole work of the Church of England. The PCC has responsibilty for the fabric of the church and churchyard.
Download a form for application for enrolment onto the church electoral roll here.
The APCM is usually immediately preceded by a separate meeting of all parishioners. This is a joint meeting of those who are on the church electoral roll and anyone who is on the register of local government electors for the parish. This meeting has only one purpose which is to elect the Churchwardens of the parish for the coming year.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is held each year between January 1st and April 30th. Anyone who is on the church electoral roll may attend and vote at the meeting.
It is a legal requirement to hold the meeting and certain items of business must be carried out. These include:
Receiving reports on the electoral roll of the church, the proceedings of the PCC, the church finances, the buildings and property of the church and the work of the deanery synod.
Electing people to serve on the PCC and, every three years, to the deanery synod.
Appointing sidesmen for the church.
Appointing an independent examiner for the PCC accounts.
The meeting may discuss these matters and anything else of parochial or general church interest.