Church suffers ‘short term cash flow problems’ due to visitor centre upgrade

FINANCES: The Priory is having difficulty paying it’s Parish share due to improvements

FINANCES: The Priory is having difficulty paying it’s Parish share due to improvements

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INVESTMENT in the Priory’s new visitor centre has led to short-term cash flow problems at the historic church.

The latest instalment of the parish share for June, July and August will not be paid into the Diocese of Winchester’s central fund this quarter, the organisation confirmed.

The minutes of the June meeting of Christchurch PCC (Parochial Church Council), show an item titled ‘Short term cash flow problems’.

The minutes show members, which included chairman and former Priest in Charge, Father Chris Mann, requesting the Diocese agree to a postponement in paying parish share for the three-month period after the “fragility of the Parish short term funding had been emphasized in the Annual Report.”

It adds: “It is our intention that these monies will be remitted to the Diocese before the end of the current financial year.”

A spokesperson for the Diocese said: “Christchurch is making significant investment in upgrading its visitors’ centre.

“The long-term funding for this project is already in place but, as with any large investment, there are upfront costs and a need for cash flow.

“The Diocese of Winchester recognises this and so has agreed that Christchurch can postpone payment of parish share for three months.

“Christchurch’s payments of Parish Share will recommence as normal in September and the parish has committed to paying for these three months before the end of the current financial year.”

Representatives from the Priory declined to comment any further on the matter.

Plans for phase two of the visitor centre project were unveiled earlier this year and include a new modern hall at the back of Priory House with a glass front and new museum.

It follows the first part of redevelopment, which included new parish offices, a re-located gift shop, refurbished toilets and catering facilities.

Last month, Priory priest, Father Chris Mann resigned, unexpectedly announcing his departure via Twitter.

What is the parish share?

PARISH share is the sum of money paid by a parish each year into the Diocese ‘Common Mission Fund’.

The fund is the total of all the parish payments and funds the mission of the church.

Each parish receives from the fund in the form of their clergy, says an explanation on the Diocese of Winchester’s website.

It says expenditure on clergy includes monthly stipend, pension contributions, housing costs and training.

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6:40am Wed 16 Jul 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back.
Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

7:35am Wed 16 Jul 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back.
Could not agree with you more, the church is one of the biggest landowners and richest organisations in the UK, they can preach about the poor but actions speak louder than words!
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back.[/p][/quote]Could not agree with you more, the church is one of the biggest landowners and richest organisations in the UK, they can preach about the poor but actions speak louder than words! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

7:46am Wed 16 Jul 14

ben111 says...

From what i can gather that the C of E is one of the biggest land owners in the country, But always seem to be short on funds.
From what i can gather that the C of E is one of the biggest land owners in the country, But always seem to be short on funds. ben111
  • Score: 7

8:49am Wed 16 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

Church as business largely run by devoted volunteers real estate values going through the roof. Shake the tins - way to go God!
Church as business largely run by devoted volunteers real estate values going through the roof. Shake the tins - way to go God! whataboutthat
  • Score: 1

9:04am Wed 16 Jul 14

woby_tide says...

No wonder the PCC wants to try and stiff the locals with Chancel Repair Liabilities....obvio
usly the departing Vicar was spot on
No wonder the PCC wants to try and stiff the locals with Chancel Repair Liabilities....obvio usly the departing Vicar was spot on woby_tide
  • Score: 1

9:17am Wed 16 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

If they hadn't splashed out on a new house for Chris Mann, who has now resigned, perhaps they would have some cash to spare, as church members are declining now would be the best time to demolish all of them and build affordable housing on the plots.
If they hadn't splashed out on a new house for Chris Mann, who has now resigned, perhaps they would have some cash to spare, as church members are declining now would be the best time to demolish all of them and build affordable housing on the plots. Hessenford
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Remind us please, how much did the recently built new vicarage cost this same establishment?
Remind us please, how much did the recently built new vicarage cost this same establishment? muscliffman
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

S,Bowes says...

Not a lot of comments from.th congratulations .
Not a lot of comments from.th congratulations . S,Bowes
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

I will say this as kindly as I can:

Numbers attending services have declined noticeably in the past few years. It is simple maths. Fewer giving congregants = less giving to the church.

Perhaps the Diocese will take note of the lack of Parish Share from the Priory and make, for once, an inspired choice to become its new Vicar (no more of the 'Priest in Charge' nonsense. There is a brilliant young man on the Priory staff now.) There is nothing like the bottom line to inspire inspirational thinking amongst the church's hierarchy. Just ask the Vatican.
I will say this as kindly as I can: Numbers attending services have declined noticeably in the past few years. It is simple maths. Fewer giving congregants = less giving to the church. Perhaps the Diocese will take note of the lack of Parish Share from the Priory and make, for once, an inspired choice to become its new Vicar (no more of the 'Priest in Charge' nonsense. There is a brilliant young man on the Priory staff now.) There is nothing like the bottom line to inspire inspirational thinking amongst the church's hierarchy. Just ask the Vatican. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back.
Could not agree with you more, the church is one of the biggest landowners and richest organisations in the UK, they can preach about the poor but actions speak louder than words!
'Land rich - cash poor' defines the CofE.

Men in collars make bad business decisions.
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Pensioner living in bus,shelters.food banks while this bunch of clowns go bust building a visitor centre .the church really as got a strangle hold on reality build some affordable housing And get some cred back.[/p][/quote]Could not agree with you more, the church is one of the biggest landowners and richest organisations in the UK, they can preach about the poor but actions speak louder than words![/p][/quote]'Land rich - cash poor' defines the CofE. Men in collars make bad business decisions. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Hessenford wrote:
If they hadn't splashed out on a new house for Chris Mann, who has now resigned, perhaps they would have some cash to spare, as church members are declining now would be the best time to demolish all of them and build affordable housing on the plots.
In fact, it was the Diocese (whose Parish Share has been cut) who funded the new Vicarage. The Priory had no financial hand in it.

Call it 'poetic justice'.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: If they hadn't splashed out on a new house for Chris Mann, who has now resigned, perhaps they would have some cash to spare, as church members are declining now would be the best time to demolish all of them and build affordable housing on the plots.[/p][/quote]In fact, it was the Diocese (whose Parish Share has been cut) who funded the new Vicarage. The Priory had no financial hand in it. Call it 'poetic justice'. Yankee1
  • Score: 3

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