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Vacancy for a Clerk – Clifton & Newton Joint Burial Committee (CNJBC)

The CNJBC seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of a Part Time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The Clerk is expected to work from home and attend at least one evening meeting every two months.

Duties will include: minute taking; correspondence; updating burial registers and cemetery plan; management of cemetery operations; management of accounts and audit procedures.
The post will have contact with bereaved families, funeral directors, grave diggers and a groundsman, therefore excellent communication skills will be essential as well as a high degree of sensitivity and flexibility.

Good literacy and numeracy as well as good organisational and IT skills will also be required. Previous experience within a similar role would be desirable but a candidate with a willingness to learn would also be considered.

This is a part time post and should therefore not exceed an average of 11 hours per month unless the need arises. Pay will be based on an hourly rate of £8.87.

Please email your CV and covering note to clerkcnjbc@gmail.com. The closing date for applicants is 9th March 2018 with the successful applicant in post for the March meeting.

A full job description can be found here JOB-DESCRIPTION-CNJBC-CLERK 2018 or contact the current Clerk, Liz Harvey on 07954 146561, or Cris Palmer (CNJBC Chairman) on 07915 206062 if you have any queries.

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Annual Parish Meeting of Clifton upon Dunsmore

MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 AT 7.30PM AT THE TOWNSEND MEMORIAL HALL

All parishes, whether or not they have a parish council, hold a meeting once a year to discuss the affairs of the parish. It is an opportunity for the Parish Council to report on its activities during the year, for borough and county councillors and village organisations to make presentations, and for villagers to raise any concerns they may have.

The annual parish meeting is not a parish council meeting; however, the Chair of the Parish Council should preside if he/she is available to attend. The Clerk to the Parish Council is responsible for the minutes of the meeting. As it is not a Parish Council meeting, no resolutions can be passed by the Parish Council, however a vote may be taken amongst those electors of the parish present on a motion laid before the meeting.

This year invitations have been issued to the local Police Beat Team, the Fire and Rescue Service (Safe and Well at Home service) and Community Safety Wardens to attend from 7.00pm to provide information on their services and to enable residents to talk directly to them.

Representatives of local groups and organisations are most welcome to come along to the meeting to provide information about their activities during the past year; their information will be then recorded in the minutes and included on the community pages of the Parish Council website, which will hopefully encourage more people to participate over the forthcoming year.

If your group would like to give a presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting please let The Clerk know at least 10 days before the meeting (by 16 March) to enable this to be included on the Agenda.

If possible please also provide the Clerk with a copy of your presentation on clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.org.uk  to ensure that it is recorded accurately.

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Happy Christmas from Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council

hollyFirstly, Parish Councillors should like to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all parish residents. We hope that you will all be able to take some time out from your busy lives to enjoy the festivities with your family and friends; although we appreciate that many people working in the emergency services and caring sectors do not have such a luxury!

As the New Year approaches we would like to reflect on achievements during the past year and our ambitions for 2018. It has certainly been a busy year.

We are really pleased by the success of both the summer and Christmas events that have been organized by the Parish Council this year. It has been so heartening to have had so many residents attend both events and received such positive feedback. We look forward to building on this work next year and forging greater links with many more residents.

2017 also saw the installation of new playground equipment and a trim trail to provide an added dimension to the use of the playing fields for the wellbeing of  youngsters and adults alike.

Early in 2017 a defibrillator was installed by the Parish Council and two training sessions were set up for residents to learn how to use the equipment. Early in 2018 we will be setting up a survey to ask residents if they would like to receive further training in any other areas of interest – including First Aid.

The local Conservation Group continues to work with the Parish Council to help improve and preserve the local environment; undertaking regular remedial pieces of conservation work and litter picks in the parish.

The Parish Council continues to ensure the accountability and transparency of its work through our website, regular newsletters to each household and two facebook sites; one for Parish Council posts (Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council) and the other (Clifton Upon Dunsmore events) to provide information on events taking place locally.

We have also worked hard to ensure that the speed and volume of traffic through the village is improved, by continuing to lobby for the  traffic calming scheme, accompanied by a weight limit, and speed restrictions that are to be introduced. We understand that work will start on the traffic calming scheme in the Spring on 2018.

In 2018 the Parish Council will be working with the various partners who are putting the traffic calming measures into place (which WILL happen from early next year!) to ensure they are fit for purpose and achieve their objectives. We will also continue to maintain strong ties with the local authorities to ensure that the measures, such as the new 20mph zone and weight restrictions, are adhered to.  We have already arranged for gateway signs to the village to be installed, which will further alert drivers that they are entering a village and so, hopefully, inform their driving speed.

The Parish Council will again be organising  summer and Christmas events next year, building on the feedback that we received, to enhance the experience provided to residents in the past year. We will be circulating an annual report in the first quarter and will be providing contact details should you have any further feedback or suggestions, or wish to offer your skills and experience to support this work.

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Co-option of new Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is delighted to welcome to new Members to its team.

Local residents Ian Brinklow and Clare Bonwick were co-opted to serve on the Parish council at its meeting on 4 September 2017. They will serve as Councillors until the next ordinary election in May 2020.  Ian and Clare will bring a wealth of business experience and community engagement skills to the Parish Council, and strengthen its resources and ability to serve the community it serves.

Contact details for both new Councillors can be found on the Councillors page of the website.

 

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Allotment Rents 2017-18

The annual rent for all allotment plots is due to be paid by 1 October 2017.

 The annual rent due for the year 2017-18 is:

  • £20 for a full plot; or
  • £10 for a half plot

Allotment rents should be paid to the ‘Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council’ by cheque or cash, and sent to the Clerk of the Parish Council c/o 24 Harebell Way Rugby. CV23 0TT (but please do not send cash in the post).

Allotment rents can also be paid by BACs.  Should you prefer to pay using this method please contact the Clerk  on clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.org.uk for the account details.

Thank you

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Play Area refurbished and Trim Trail installed

Play area openingThe Parish Council has completed the refurbishment the play area, replacing 4 pieces of ageing play equipment with new more inclusive pieces with improved safety surfacing; a new adult trim trail has also been installed at the South Road site
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At a gathering to celebrate these exciting changes and to mark the completion of the works on Saturday 22 July, local residents Barbara Spiby and Jane Suddens were asked to officially declare the new play equipment ready for use. Barbara and Jane played a key part in raising funds to improve the play area.

The photograph shows the Barbara Spiby and Jane Suddens cutting the ribbon on the new Multispinner; accompanied by Marion Nash Chair of the Parish Council, the Vice Chair Alastair Robinson, and local parents and their children using the new equipment in the play area.

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Notice of Casual Vacancies

Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council has casual vacancies for two Parish Councillors.

This is your opportunity to make a difference in your community. A Parish Council is a body of eligible volunteer Councillors with a Chair and Vice Chair. Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council has 8 Councillors of which 6 were re-elected for a term of 4 years following an un-contested election on the 5th May 2016.

The Parish Council obtains its funding from the local element of residents council tax which is listed separately on residents council tax bills as the parish element.

Councillors are volunteers and as such receive no payment. They give their time freely to attend meetings. There are 11 programmed full council meetings which are held on the first Monday of each month commencing at 7.30 pm.

Skills and experience that the Parish Council are particularly looking for are:

  • Parent/s with children at Clifton Primary School to provide a link and insight into the work of the school
  • Resident/s able to support the practical skills already provided by councillors

Any eligible person wishing to serve as a Councillor should send a one page resume to clerk@cliftonupondunsmore.org.uk or complete an application form which can be found here co-option application form 25 August 2017 by the deadline of 5pm on  Friday 25 August 2017, giving some details and information about yourself and your background and why you wish to become a Parish Councillor.

This will enable Councillors to co-opt, based on skills and experience at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 4 September 2017.

Should you wish to speak to someone further about, for instance, responsibilities and time commitment before making application, please contact:

Marion Nash (Chair)                        07710 624867
Alastair Robsinson (Vice-Chair)     07771 945290