Friends of Wiveton


This report on the activities of the Friends of Wiveton Church covers the period since the 2013 AGM. Following the arrival in January of Libby Dady as Rector, the committee now consists of:

The Revd. Elizabeth Dady (Rector)

Mr F J Crossley (as Treasurer of Wiveton PCC)

Mrs Mary S Wakelin (nominated by Wiveton Parish Council)

Mr J S Woodhouse and Mrs M L Bennett (nominated by Wiveton PCC)

Mr R P Harris       (Secretary)

Mr Woodhouse was reappointed to act as Chairman until the conclusion of the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

At the date of this report, 53 supporters are enrolled as Friends and have given covenants which, when increased by the generosity of other supporters who have made single donations to assist in the pursuit of our objects, and with the recovery of Income Tax through Gift Aid, have in the last accounting year amounted to some £4500.

With the help of supporters and well-wishers, we were able to put on a number of events during the year starting immediately after last year’s annual meeting with the welcome return of Annabel Molyneaux and her group with their ‘Irish Magic’ selection. In January we welcomed back the Godlee family and the Friends of Cley Windmill with a selection of music and readings inspired by familiar and less familiar children’s tales.

Barely a week later, February saw the return of singers from Gresham’s Schola Cantorum – 3 Choirs, indeed, with music from Bach, Fauré, Rutter, Britten and others making up a splendid evening. In March there was Sounds and Silence, a new venture organised by Paul Veitch and the Glaven Contemplative Prayer Group and comprising a selection of suitably themed pieces sung by local group Vocality interspersed by readings and periods of silence. May gave us a wonderful evening’s entertainment from Glaven Valley’s own diva, Jayne May-Sysum, along with her accompanist Andrew Mildinhall and her guest contralto Jocelyn Cooper, and then in June we welcomed the return of Double Octave who gave us a selection of a cappella songs both sacred and secular under the direction of their conductor Graham Hoskins.

Finally, members of the Galton family and their Junction Jazz friends returned for their third visit to give us a hugely popular couple of hours of Jazz on June 21st, accompanied by strawberries and cream and by a gin sling. Unlike last year, which saw the skies open just as the gig was starting necessitating a rapid removal of performers, equipment, strawberries and audience into the church, in 2014 we enjoyed glorious sunshine and the many villagers and others attending were trated to a programme of traditional jazz with familiar and well-loved numbers performed with skill and vigour.

The committee, and indeed all those attending these functions, owe a debt of gratitude to Bayfield Estate, Wiveton Hall and the Wiveton Bell and all whose hard work and generosity laid the foundation for their success. In financial terms, the net sums raised came to £2900.

Our next event is to be held on the evening following the 2014 AGM, when we again welcome the return of Annabel Molyneaux and her group of musicians who this year will perform a programme of Scottish-inspired music. The Committee is now planning a programme for the coming year, with the first planned event being a visit of Klezmerized!, a group who are gaining an ever-increasing following, on 1st November.

During the year the remaining work called for by the Quinquennial Report on the state of Wiveton Church has been completed but the next Quinquennial Inspection is almost due. The saga of the South Porch project to provide the Church with a WC/washroom/kitchen facility has at last moved to a new chapter. Diocesan approval of the works has been given, and the PCC now feels able to start on the fundraising process. As noted last year, in order to complete the repairs already commissioned and anticipated and to carry out the South Porch project the PCC contemplated expenditure over the next 4 years of £200,000. The costs incurred in respect of the last Quinquennial Report works have been pretty well within budget but there is a long way to go.

The raising of these funds will provide a major challenge to the PCC, and the support of the Friends will in the coming years be crucial. Having taken advice, the PCC is planning a major appeal the format of which is being tailored to appeal not only to the many friends and visitors whose support has always been crucial but also to the various charities and other organisations from whom grant aid may be forthcoming.