I have just completed the first of my 11 AGM's, and had the opportunity to take a look in the deep dark recesses of that particular church's safe. I thought that I had gone through all our church safes and sorted them out, but this was clearly one I'd missed.
Inside, and going slightly mouldy, were four small painted linen shields that had fallen from the roof bosses at some time in the past. They need storing and conserving. There was a very nice silver-plated paten - bigger than the one usually used for the communion services, so that will now be put out on a Sunday. There was also a small Charles Farris cream-coloured tin, and inside it a single mouldering communion wafer. There was a pew copy of Common Worship - something I knew this church had but could never find. And there was also a rather superb wooden collection plate. Now I've sen a lot of these, but never one with a detachable cover to stop people taking coins out as it was passed around. That also is going to come back into use - purely for aesthetic reasons, rather than not trusting the congregation!
All in all, a rather good end to the evening.