About

Governing Body

Burton Hastings Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the governing body of this church. It comprises the Churchwardens, the Treasurer, the Secretary and the Incumbent (Vicar assigned to the Parish).

Governing Documents

The governing documents of all PCCs are the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 and the Church Representation Rules. For more information, please see Parish Resources Governing Documents.

Who owns this church?

The PCC maintains the church and acts as owner in the absence of a vicar:

Churches and churchyards

Generally owned by the rector or vicar as 'Church property' (as opposed to the parsonage, which is 'benefice property') and maintained by the Parochial Church Council.

From the Church of England's website: Property owned.

Charity Status

Excepted charity; No charity number.

Why?

Church of England churches are often asked to prove their charitable status by providing a registered charity number. As many of them are not registered with the Charity Commission and therefore do not have registered charity numbers, this can easily create confusion about their legal status. The answer is that, even when they are not registered, the governing body (the Parochial Church Council) of any Church of England church is a legally recognised charity.

Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) with gross income below £100,000 are all excepted charities. Being an excepted charity just means the charity doesn't have to register or submit annual returns. Apart from that, they are regulated just like registered charities and the Charity Commission can use any of its powers in relation to the charity if it needs to. For independent verification of this, please see the explanatory page of the Charity Commission's website.

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