Month: May 2016

General, News, Parish Council

Notice of Casual Vacancies – co-option of Parish Councillors

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 Chairman and Vice Chairman. Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council has 8 Councillors of which 6 have now been 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 person wishing to serve as a Councillor should send a one page resume to or complete an application form (available to download below or from the Clerk on request) by the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 31 May 2016; giving some details and information about yourself and your background and why you wish to become a Parish Councillor.

This will enable Councillors to elect, based on skills and experience at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 6 June 2016.

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 Robinson (Vice-Chair)    07771 945290

Please read the notes on qualifications and disqualifications prior to submitting your application.


co-option application form 31 May 2016

News, Parish Council

National recognition for Connecting Clifton event

The ‘Connecting Clifton’ event held at the end of February has been recognised nationally by an article in the publication ‘Clerks and Councils Direct magazine.’CC

The magazine is the’go to’ source for information about what is happening in the parish and town councils around Britain.

The unique event was aimed at engaging local residents interested in standing as a Parish Councillor in the May local elections; so to provide an understanding of what the Parish Council does.

However, it was also an opportunity to celebrate the work of many local groups the village, including the Local History and Art groups, WI, St Marys Church, Tennis Club and the Townsend Memorial Hall.

Those who visited the event were also able to speak to representatives of the Association of Local Councils, Rugby Borough Council, the developers of the Rugby Radio mast site, Clifton Primary School, the Police and the local Neighbourhood Watch over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.


It is anticipated that a similar event will be held during 2017, and representative of local groups and residents alike are encouraged to suggest how the event can be improved.

General, News, Parish Council

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 at the Townsend Memorial Hall, Clifton upon Dunsmore, Rugby.

Duties will include: minute taking; correspondence; posting documents to the Parish Council website; management of accounts and audit procedures.

The post will have contact with bereaved families, funeral directors, grave diggers and a grounds man; excellent communication skills will therefore 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.

The closing date for applicants is Friday, 27th May 2016.  Interested applicants will be invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on the 13th June 2016.

A full job description can be found here  JOB-DESCRIPTION-FOR-THE-CLERK – 05052016 or contact Councillor Lesley Edwards (CNJBC member) on 07973 849335 if you have any queries.

General, News, Parish Council, Rugby Borough, Uncategorized

Potential Solar Farm for Clifton upon Dunsmore?

Warwickshire County Council is considering putting a solar farm onto its land at Dunsmore Home Farm on Lilbourne Road. It should be emphasised that at this stage there are no firm proposals and that the planning department at Rugby Borough Council has not yet been consulted on the matter.

The solar farm would be located on land that is south facing and slopes away from the ridsolar farmge on Lilbourne Road, so that it would not be visible from the village, although it could
become quite a landmark for traffic on the A5. It is understood that around 22 acres of the total 155 acres of the smallholding would be involved, and that sheep would continue to graze between the solar panels.

The proposed location of the site can be viewed here. Dunsmore Home Farm

Two emails have been received regarding this, please click on the links below for details.

Emails – Potential Solar Farm

Your local representatives at parish, borough and county level are trying to gauge the views of Clifton residents on this idea. To assist with this, could you please complete the short survey here.