Lamarsh Church

The Friends of Holy Innocents Church, Lamarsh
Registered charity No 1088711

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Registered Charity No 1088711


Our main work this year has been removing the moss from the North side of the chancel roof. We obtained competitive quotes from specialist roofers and the work was given to Contact Roofing who were authorised to replace any damaged tiles. In the event they had to replace 205 tiles which shows the necessity for this work. The cost, which included erecting scaffolding, was 2,795.


The Churchwardens were justifiably concerned at the fact that there had been falling branches from the Lime trees in 2011 and a specialist tree surgeon removed quite a number of branches that were considered dangerous. This will be an on-going problem due to the age of the trees, and lime trees always drop branches.


The Friends paid to replace the rotten wooden posts to the wooden gate. I carried out this work.


At the PCC AGM in 2012 I suggested to the PCC Treasurer that there might be items that could be paid for by the Friends and eventually invoices were submitted for both 2010 and 2011. The Trustees declined to go back two years but agreed to pay 656.61 in respect of 2011. We have now been asked to pay some invoices for 2012, which are awaited.


The hedge to the right of the iron gate that leads to the porch is dying and I have suggested to the PCC that all the hedge on both sides of the iron gate should be replaced with simple horizontal iron railings. This would save a lot of very unpleasant hedge cutting, which I have said I am no longer willing to carry out, and would enhance the view of the church. In a few years the rest of the hedge to the right of the gate will be dead as each year more gives up the struggle to survive under the limes. Do you have any views on this proposal?


I think that it will not be more than a year or so before the tower needs re-lime-washing as the plasterwork has flaked badly in some places. As there is, currently, no other major work envisaged I think that the Friends should try and build up sufficient funds do this work in a few years time. This may limit the amount we can pay on behalf of the PCC.


I am sorry that this Report and the Accounts are a month later than usual. This is entirely due to our Bank, NatWest, failing to send year end bank statements as requested by me in mid-December. I normally prepare the accounts in the first week in January but this year we went on holiday before NatWest got around to sending the statements. The Report and Accounts have had to await my return.


As we cannot hold the Friends AGM on the same night as the PCC AGM, due to the late issuing of these Accounts, I am proposing to hold it at my home to save having to heat the Village Hall.


The independent examiners statement has had to be considerably changed to comply with the latest Charity Commission's requirements. (Charities Act 2011)


Once again I am grateful to John Sparkes for certifying these accounts.


 Mark Dawson.  Treasurer.                                                   18 February 2013




Income and Expenditure Account for the year ended 31.12.2012

  2012 2011
Income received £3,578.02 £4,079.37
  £3,578.02 £4,079.37
Less: Expenditure £4,196.98 £5,014.94
  (£618.96) (£935.57)
(Deficit) Surplus for the year (£618.96) (£935.57)
Balance b/f 01.01.2012 £8,005.06 £8,940.63
Balance c/f 31.12.2012 £7,386.10 £8,005.06
Balance Sheet at 31.12.2012    
Current Asset    
Balance at bank £7,386.10 £9,094.06
Less creditors   £1,089.00
Net assets £7,386.10 £8,005.06
General Reserves    
Balance b/f £8,005.06 £8,940.63
(Deficit) Surplus for year (£618.96) (£935.57)
  £7,386.10 £8,005.06

Independent examiners report to the trustees of The Friends of Holy Innocents Church, Lamarsh
I report on the accounts of the Trust for the year ended 31st December 2012, which are as set out above
Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner
The charity's trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts. The charity's trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year under section 144(2) of the Charities Act 2011 (the 2011 Act) and that an independent examination is needed.

It is my responsibility to:
Examine the accounts under section 145 of the 2011 Act
To follow the procedures laid down in the general directions given by the Charity Commission under section 145(5)(b) of the 2011 Act, and
To state whether particular matters have come to my attention.
Basis of independent examiners report
My examination was carried out in accordance with the general Directions given by the Charity Commission. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeking explanations from you as trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a "true and fair view" and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below.
Independent examiners statement
In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention:
(1) which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements:
To keep accounting records in accordance with section 130 of the 2011 Act; and
To prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and comply with the accounting requirements of the 2011 Act
have not been met; or
(2) to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.

John Sparkes.  Chartered Accountant

18th February 2013



The stated objectives of The Friends are,  “by contribution, to maintain, repair, restore, improve and reconstruct the fabric of Holy Innocents Church, Lamarsh, including its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments, other chattels and its churchyard, for the benefit of the public. The Trustees are empowered to distribute any excess funds, which in their opinion are surplus to requirements, for the relief of financial hardship, or the relief of sickness and the preservation of health among people residing permanently in Lamarsh

The Trustees are:

David Anderson
Charlotte Erith
Mark Dawson – Treasurer
Andrew Marsden - Churchwarden Trustee
Rory O’Brien 

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