The following is the Governance Statement as required by the Transparency code for smaller authorities.
We acknowledge as the members of Stapleford Parish Council our responsibility for ensuring that there is a sound system of internal controls, including the preparation of accounting statements. We confirm to the best of our knowledge and belief, that the statements produced and published throughout the year accurately reflect the finances of the council
M Geoghegan Chairman & John Gibbs Parish Clerk
STAPLEFORD HISTORY: OUR CRUCIFIX
I have mentioned this crucifix before but not its possible history. I had never noticed it until I looked up from outside at the East window and there it was. Set in a square stone frame is a worn figure of the crucified Jesus with the Virgin Mary and St John at his sides.
It is speculation but it may have been a casualty of the battle to suppress Roman Catholic ceremonial by Puritan influence in the 16th and 17th centuries. At that time, stone altars, crosses, images to venerate the Saints, particularly those of the Virgin Mary (who it was thought at times received more veneration than Jesus) were defaced or broken up.
Our crucifix may have been part of a larger carving broken up and this piece hidden to await better times some time later on. It would have been good to see the crucifix set in place by some devout Stapleford villager and to have heard its site being planned. It is worth looking at the carving itself with binoculars.