Parish Forum

Contacts:
Chair, Tony Noone. Secretary, Andy Sipple 01546 412511  email: andy.sipple@btinternet.com

Meetings:
On or around the 2nd Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November in St. Edward’s Parish Hall.

The Parish Forum provides a platform for Parish groups and parishioners to share ideas and communicate views for the benefit of the whole Parish. In its present form it is an informal body with an elected Coordinator (Chairman) and elected Secretary. While mostly attended by Parish group leaders, parishioners are encouraged to have their say and to look on the Forum as a way of becoming better informed about what is going on in the Parish, the Deanery and the Diocese.

The Parish Forum was first established at the recommendation of the Diocesan Assembly in 1986. Originally known as the “Group Leaders Forum” it was later expanded to become the “Parish Forum”, to which every parishioner is welcome.  The current Chair is Tony Noone and the Secretary is Andy Sipple. The Forum has no written constitution and sends two representatives to the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In May each year election/re-election of Chair and Secretary takes place.

Over the years many now established groups, organisations and events have originated from the Parish Forum. At any meeting you may find the Parish Priest, representatives from the Churches in the Parish, the two local Catholic schools and Eucharistic ministers. There also could be leaders from Parish groups such as St. Vincent De Paul, the Knights of St. Columba, the Union of Catholic Mothers, youth and uniformed groups to name just a few. Some examples of issues and events raised and organised are the two week Sion Mission, Health and Safety including matters relating to disabled persons, and strengthened administrative support offered to the clergy in this time of priest shortages.