Author Archives: Helen Metcalf

Our statement about Ukraine and Russia

After the outbreak of the invasion of Ukraine we had a collect from Coffee Morning participants in aid of Ukraine to which also LINC contributed.
We have also taken a stance by cancellation of a concert:
We had a booking for Maruk Jarij at the St Petersburg Choir to take place on Friday the 29 October, but due to the Russian violations in Ukraine the board has taken a decision that this event is unsuitable in the circumstances and has cancelled the event, even though this choir has performed with us before and was very well received.

Norwegian Language Classes

The Norwegian language group meets via Zoom on Thursdays from 6:30 pm for about one hour.

The group intends to meet at the church one Thursday a month; this will be decided when things get back to normal.

Anyone with some knowledge of Norwegian (however slight) is welcome to join.

Complete beginners are advised to contact the group for suggestions as to teaching materials, of which there are many.

Swedish Language Lessons

The Swedish learners’ conversation group meets each Thursday evening at seven
o’clock, on-line during the pandemic but in the church during normal times.

New members who can already speak some Swedish are welcome to join us.

For others who wish to start learning the language we can recommend effective
self-teaching materials, and when numbers are sufficient we can help beginners
to form a new mutual support group at the church – or on-line if the pandemic
continues.
Contact m.farnworth@btinternet.com for more information

Our Data Protection Policy

Addition for the website: If you post us a comment on this website, we will delete the comment and our answer after one month to comply with our data protection rules.

LiNC COMPANY DATA PRIVACY RULES NOTICE
16/05/2018
Liverpool International Nordic Community Charity Company (LiNC)
This document is also applicable to the Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company (GANC)

1. Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the infor-mation alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
2. Who are we?
The LiNC Company is the Charity that runs the Gustaf Adolf Church Building and Activities in the building. The LiNC Company is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. The data is only stored on two personal computers belonging to the Data Users – the LiNC Company Secretary and the LiNC Company Treasurer. Data is being transmitted between the users by personal email accounts. LiNC and GANC keep separate files of personal data of their members.
If there is any data breach on these computers, the Information Commissioners office will be informed within 24 hours. Also, you will also be informed of this occurrence within 72 hours.
3. How do we process your personal data?
The LiNC Company complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to protect personal data.
We use your personal data for the following purposes: –
• To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public as specified in our constitution;
• To administer membership records;
• To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
• To manage our volunteers;
• To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
• To inform you of news, events, activities and services being run by LiNC.
• LiNC will NOT disclose any personal data to any other body or organisation, unless required to do so, by law.
• If the above is required, you will be informed that the data has been requested and why.
4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
• Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and ser-vices and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about our events.
• Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under company law.
• Processing is carried out by our not-for-profit body with a cultural, philosophical, or religious aim provided: –
o the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
o there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of LiNC or GANC to carry out a service with other members or for purposes connected with the activities.
We will not share your data with third parties outside of the charity without your consent.
6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the GDPR guide
Specifically, we retain gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate. The GANC company will keep parish registers (baptisms, marriages) permanently.
Your personal record data will be kept on file for 15 months following the year that you last payed for membership. This is because you may just have forgotten that the membership is due, and you make your member-ship payment late.
Any e-mails you have sent to the company will be deleted at the same time.
Company Directors’ e-mails will be kept for 8 years, because they may relate to important decisions taken by the Boards regarding the running of the Companies.
If you are NOT a member of LiNC or GANC but have given us your contact details like email addresses or postal ad-dresses in order to be informed about activities, we need to have your full details and your agreement in order to comply with the new regulations.
If you ask a question on our website, we will reply as soon as possible and then delete your post after 14 days. There is no need to supply any personal details.
7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –
• The right to request a copy of your personal data which LiNC holds about you;
• The right to request that LiNC corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
• The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the LiNC Company to retain such data;
• The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
• The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and if re-quired, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability, where applicable)
• The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to re-quest a restriction is placed on further processing;
• The right to object to the processing of personal data
• The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact us by sending an email to linc_gakyrka@yahoo.co.uk or letter to our company address below.
Liverpool international Nordic Community Charity Limited
Registered Company Number 8351592 Registered Charity Number 1152041
Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Limited
Registered Company Number 7034654 Registered Offices Gustaf Adolfs Kyrka, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool, L1 8HG

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

LiNC Chairman’s Report March 2022

LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL NORDIC COMMUNITY COMPANY
THE CHAIRMAN’s REPORT March 2022

An update from the Chairman of LINC – Roger Metcalf

Dear members and friends,

Welcome back to the church building on Park Lane! Let us hope that this time is for real and the pandemic will not stop us again. It is now almost 2 years since we closed the church because of the Covid pandemic. This period has been very difficult for us all, but I hope that you have been able to keep well and now are going about nearly as you would normally.
We did have what turned out to be a false start in the summer and early autumn of last year when we started to gradually open up our activities but soon had to close down again. Now we are under completely new Government rules that enable us to restart our normal activities.
The coffee mornings are in full swing along with church services. The Film Club is also up and running. However, we do ask that you keep a strong sense of safety regarding everyone’s health. The hand sanitisers will still be in position for your use and we do recommend to wear face masks, if it is crowded but of course, it is on a voluntary basis
I would ask you all to consider offering your help for these events. We really need to have some extra volunteers to make these convivial occasions as good as they are. Please offer help, be it serving or clearing up after events.
The only constant source of income this year has been from the people who hire spaces in the car park and some stalwart Swedish supporters of Liverpool F.C. We are hoping that we can now look forward to increasing the income to the charity to make up for the losses over the last two years, when we have had to spend money on all the annual testing of equipment that is required for a public building, and unavoidable repairs and maintenance.
I am spending time at the moment on developing a new LINC website, with a professional website builder. We hope to have this up and running in the next month or so. If you have any materiel that you would like to be included, pictures, videos, stories or events, please email rogermetcalf1@hotmail.co.uk
As to visits to the church, we already have a Heritage visit booked for the middle of March; the Finnish Embassy is hiring the building for two days at the end of March to issue passports to Finns living up here in the North. The Liverpool Male Voice Choir has made a private booking for a concert at the end of April, and we have a wedding reception booked for June. We already have a booking for Maruk Jarij and the St Petersburg Sunday Choir on Friday 29 October, for which tickets will be available later in the year. This choir has performed with us before and was very well received, so you can look forward to a different musical evening that day, make a note of this in your diaries!
Our knitting/sewing/handicaft Saturday group has started again and it has been greatly welcomed by many, and all things produced will be sold for the benefit of LiNC. Anyone interested to join, please come on a Saturday morning. Thank you, Sheila and Kirsten for setting it up and running!
Thus, events are starting to build up when we provide a service of sandwiches, cakes and coffee. I again ask you to consider if you may be able to volunteer to take part in these events, make cakes, set up the coffee room, serve coffee or help clearing up afterwards. Group visits are mostly at lunch times, concerts of course in the evenings where helpers often are needed after 6 o’clock for a couple of hours.
We have also started to carry out the 5-yearly building inspection. In previous years we have only done internal inspections, but if you look at the outside of the building, you will see that there is significant damage to some of the external sandstone arches and other external features such as windows, the spire and the 32 (!) different roof sections of our building. We decided that the time has come to do a complete inspection of the building. The external inspection has been completed and the internal one will be done at the end of February. We also need to have the leaded light windows, which are in a poor condition, inspected by experts. These inspections are going to give us a shock about the costs involved in carrying out repairs on the building, which is now 138 years old and has not had any major corrective work for a long time. When we have a complete portfolio of the work required, then we will start to go out looking for sponsors because there is no way we can afford the work.
As you might remember, the board decided a long time ago to put money away for a rainy day and luckily, thus, we have managed to pay for these inspections as well as the everyday expenditures during these two years. That has left us of course with a hole in our pocket but with income-bringing activities and your financial support we hope to restore the finance situation. Please don’t forget to renew your subscription to us now in the new year.
Thank you all who responded to our appeal at Christmas, you gave LiNC a generous sum
of £535.
Now at long last, it looks like we can have our usual events going again in the church building but why not help us with something new, any ideas are most welcome! There is no denying that most of the volunteers who help out so generously, are no spring chickens, so new fresh blood is needed!!
At the moment we are planning to have a children’s garden party in May/June, if you can help with food, games, filled flowerpots and raffle prizes, etc, contact Sirpa on sirpa.in.uk@gmail.com
All the best and I hope to see you soon
Roger

Subscription form Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company 2022

PLEASE PRINT OUT AND SEND WITH A CHECK TO 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG

2020  Subscription form for membership of the 

Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company 

at Gustaf Adolf Church, Liverpool

 Company registration in England and Wales 7034654

As a member you have the right to vote at the congregation’s AGM and elect the church council members/directors. This board decides on the activities and expenditures of the parish.

It has been decided that we should recommend a congregational membership fee of £25 per annum for each individual and you must be over 18 years of age. We are aware that you might not be able to pay as much but we do appreciate whatever you can contribute to the congregation.

1st person in the household  —-Capitals, please: 

I ………………………………………………………………….. wish to make a donation of £………..for 12 months.

OR:  I wish to make  a standing order for  £…………/  month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby for this.      I wish to be a member……   or a sponsor…….. (tick appropriately)

Signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………….Date…………………..

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Phone…………………………….Email…………………………………………………………………………………………

IMPORTANT!    By giving us your email address you agree that we can contact you in this way.

2nd person in the household:  —-Capitals, please:

I  ……………………………………………………………………wish to make a donation of £…………..for 12 month.

OR: I wish to make a standing order for £…………/  month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby for this.

I wish to be a member……   or a sponsor…….. (tick appropriately)

 Signature: ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Date………………….

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Phone…………………………….Email…………………………………………………………………………………………

IMPORTANT!  By giving us your email address you agree that we will contact you in this way.

Make cheques payable to Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation.     Send this form to 138 Park Lane, Liverpool, L1 8HG.  I am/we are willing to volunteer and can help in these areas:

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Charity Gift Aid Declaration – In order to Gift Aid your donation you must tick the circle below:

 Ο    I want to Gift Aid my donation of £________and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years, to Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company.  I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

Title ______ First name or initial(s) ______________ Surname ________________________________________

Full Home address _________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________ Postcode ______________ Date_____________

Please notify the charity if you want to cancel this declaration; change your name or home address;  no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

 

Subscription form for Liverpool international Nordic Community Company 2021

PLEASE PRINT OUT AND SEND FORM AND CHECK TO LINC.

LiNC Charity Company Ltd   (Registration in England 8351592   Charity registration 1152041)

 

Subscription form to renew or apply for membership

By becoming a paying member you have a right to vote in elections of Directors at a general meeting and vote for any resolutions put forward by the directors. A third of the directors are elected or re-elected each year. You will get copies of the financial accounts and the Chairman’s report.  We  ask you to pay £25 for each person in the household per year, this to reflect the costs of running and maintaining the building along with the costs of all activities.

Make cheques payable to ‘Liverpool international Nordic Community’

Send this form to 138 Park Lane,  Liverpool, L1 8HG

 I, …………………………………………………………………………………………….(capitals, please)

wish to make a donation of £………..for 12 months’ subscription.

OR:  I wish to make a bank standing order for £…………/ month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby.

I will tell you when I no longer wish to be a member. I agree that I will not be considered a member when the renewal date is overdue by 3 months.          Date……………………….                                              

Address.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Email address……………………………………………………………………….Phone……………………………

Please tick here………. if you agree that we communicate with you in the future by email.

We will save on a lot of postal costs and administrative work!

Signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………….Date…………………….

 

I, ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..(capitals, please)

wish to make a donation of £………..for 12 months’ subscription.

OR:  I wish to make a bank standing order for £…………/ month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby.

I will tell you when I no longer wish to be a member. I agree that I will not be considered a member when the renewal date is overdue by 3 months.              Date……………………….                                         

 Address.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Email  address…………………………………………………………………..   Phone……………………………

Please tick here………. if you agree that we communicate with you in the future by email.

We will save on a lot of postal costs and administrative work!

Signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………….Date…………………….

Charity Gift Aid Declaration – In order to Gift Aid your donation you must tick the circle below:

Ο     I want to Gift Aid my donation of £________and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years, to  Liverpool international Nordic Community Company. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my

responsibility to pay any difference.

 

Title ______ First name or initial(s) ___________________ Surname _________________________________

Full Home address ______________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________ Postcode _________ Date_____________ Please notify the charity if you want to cancel this declaration; change your name or home address;  no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.