Monthly Archives: April 2018

GANC’s Chairman’s Report April 2018


Since last year’s AGM we have had 29 Sunday services, 15 of which were services of holy communion. Due to ill health, Lars Ruden has been unable to take any midweek services; this is a pity, but we are grateful to him for his contribution to our spiritual life and hope he and Liv will continue to join us occasionally.
Our pastor-in-charge, Jo Jan Vandenheede, returned to his native Belgium in August, to take up a full-time post in Brussels. We hope he found his time with us interesting, and wish him every success. Following this development, the church council decided that it would be advisable to reduce the number of monthly services from three to two: a communion service (if possible) on the first Sunday and morning prayer on the third. However, whenever we are fortunate enough to have an ordained minister visiting, we should make it a communion service. There have not been many such visits during the last year: Lasse Eriksson came twice, including Christmas Eve, Kristina Andreasson came once again for “julgransplundring” and Thomas Grunnesjö came once. Canon Neville Black has yet again been our saviour on more than one occasion. We have had offers of assistance from Scandinavia and look forward to meeting a retired Swedish priest on 3rd June, when we will also have a Swedish choir. The Danish church has also been in contact and this may yet lead to a positive outcome.
We have had no baptisms, confirmations or weddings lately, but several couples have been in touch to express a wish to be married in our beautiful church.
All the traditional events were commemorated, including Valborg, midsommar, the Nordic national days – and Lucia, which went well both at the Anglican cathedral and at “GA” (thanks in no small measure to the usual stalwarts). We hosted Reformation Day and were impressed by the number who came from the German church to join us.
Last year was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “event” at Wittenberg and there were many events to mark it, including a service at the Anglican cathedral and, finally, at Westminster Abbey, where our bishop Martin read one of the lessons.
On 25th February we welcomed Bishop Martin, who led the service together with Reverend James (“Jim”) Matarazzo, a recently-ordained Lutheran minister, originally from Boston Massachusetts but now based in Oxford. At a meeting with the church council after the service, it was decided that James would come and take a service of holy communion once a month, the first Sunday in the month if possible. James is very positive and has shown great willingness to be flexible (already!) Bishop Martin is due to retire shortly, so we may not see him in Liverpool again.
Ours is an ageing congregation and in the last twelve months we have lost Peter and Ingalill Owens from the Swedish community; in October 2017 we lost our last Norwegian war veteran, Otto Strønstad and in February of this year Dagfinn Kvamme passed away. He loved this church and it was fitting that his memorial service should take place here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
We may be few in number, but we are fortunate to have reliable and dedicated people where they are needed most:
Organist Phil Benzie, who hasn’t missed a service yet; Ole and Vernissa who keep the church neat and tidy; Mette who does a great job with the altar flowers; Harriet, who looks after our (modest) finances; Helen, who does the secretarial work; and the other members of the church council: Joan, Katrine and Ulfar. The post-service lunch is always appreciated, so thanks to those who “get on with the job” without any fuss.
Michael Phoenix, who puts on several concerts in the church every year, asked if the piano could be moved from the coffee-lounge and placed in the church – at his expense. After some discussion, we decided to give it a try and we think it has worked well. We hope you agree. It has created some much-needed space by the entrance to the lounge as well.
It is worth noting that our congregation has collectively joined the Anglican-Lutheran society. We are somewhat passive in our membership, but we receive copies of their magazine, “The Window”; if anyone would like to read it (it contains some interesting articles), please ask me or Harriet .
On 5th February this year, the Norwegian Consulate was closed down; Peter Copland had retired after more than thirty years and it was decided not to replace him. He has always supported our church, aided by his assistant Liz Murphy, and it was sad news. Peter very generously offered to buy the church something concrete as a parting gift from the consulate and it just so happened that we needed a new storage cupboard in the coffee-lounge. It’s already in place! Thanks, Peter.
Thanks also to LiNC, for their generous financial – and indeed moral – support.
It’s been a busy, sometimes hectic year- but never dull!

God bless

Stan Royden

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.

Liverpool International Nordic Community Charity Company (LiNC)
This document is also applicable to the Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company (GANC)
LiNC has been appointed by GANC to administer data protection rules for them.

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 the
LiNC Company Data Protection Officer Mr Jeff Cotton, LPC MA BAR BA (Hons), on 07522 192244 or
You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.
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