NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Please join us from 7.00pm when Tea and Coffee will be served, and when representatives from the Local Police Beat Team, Community Safety Wardens, Rugby Community First Responders will be available to speak to and answer questions.
Representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service (Safe and Well at Home scheme) will also be present from 8.00pm. All attendance subject to emergency callout.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING of Local Government Electors for the above-named Parish will be held at the Townsend Memorial Hall Lilbourne Road Clifton upon Dunsmore on:
MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Councillor Marion Nash, Chair of the Parish Council will preside.
The Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for residents on the Electoral Roll for Clifton upon Dunsmore to raise any matters of concern to them that relates to their local community. It would be helpful to have written notice of any matters to be raised but it is not essential. Matters can be raised at the meeting without prior notice. For any queries, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.
- Welcome by Councillor Marion Nash
- Apologies for absence
- Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 27 March 2017.
- Annual Report from the Chair of Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council, Cllr Marion Nash
- Statement of Accounts for Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council for 2017-18
- Annual Report from County Councillor Adrian Warwick
- Annual Report from Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt
- Reports from village organisations
- Tennis Club
- Garden Club
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Open Forum – to consider any matters electors wish to raise
- Any Other Business
Councillor Marion Nash
Chair of the Parish Council
16 March 2018
Clifton Upon Dunsmore parish council was extremely proud to be presented with the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) certificate at their meeting last week by Borough Councillor Hunt and County Councillor Warwick.
The new LCAS has been designed by the National Association of Local Councils to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop, to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.
Chair of the Parish Council, Marion Nash, said “Thanks are due to the diligent and committed work of the Clerk to the Council, Christine Lord, to bring together the exhaustive amount of evidence required to achieve the award. We are already well on our way to meeting the criteria for the Quality standard, which will provide further confidence that the Parish Council maintains an accountable and transparent practice in the use of public funds.”
For further information on the LCAS scheme please visit https://www.walc.org.uk/information/lca
The Parish Council is able to provide small grants (to a maximum of £500) to local groups and not for profit organisations.
The grants are awarded at each September and March meeting of the Parish Council.
For more details about the Community Grants Policy and an application form, please click on the links below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com to ensure that it is recorded accurately.
Firstly, 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.
Routes will be available on the day along with equipment and hi-vis jackets. Please spare an hour or two to help clean up the village.
Many thanks in anticipation
Councillor Lesley Edwards.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the account details.