TOP STORIES FROM MARCH
MBE for community champion
Cllr Caryl Billingham, the chairman of SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNCIL (SNC), received an MBE in recognition of her 40 years of service to the community of Brackley. The award was announced during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations last year. She first entered local government as a 24-year old graduate when she joined Brackley Town Council in 1975. She went on to serve as the town’s mayor on five occasions, and has 26 years of unbroken service with SNC, after winning her seat as an independent in 1990.
Timely ad sees loo on the move
WOKINGHAM Town Council in Berkshire needed to urgently remove a modern public convenience due to land development plans. The solution was to place an advertisement in the September 2016 issue of Clerks & Councils Direct. Six parish councils around the country responded to the ad and the outcome was that the toilet was taken away in December to its new home in the parish of Hamsey, East Sussex.
The photograph shows the loo leaving Wokingham
WEALDEN District Council in East Sussex launched its latest tourist guide on 8 February at the medieval Wealden Hall in Uckfield. The free publication, Wealden do the Best Attractions, features 72 tourist destinations in the district and is distributed to hotels, libraries, businesses, farm shops and garden centres. It is also available from tourist information centres nationally and can be downloaded from the council’s website.
Special ceremony for Queen’s card
Last year FEATHERSTONE Town Council held a competition for junior school children to design a birthday card for HM the Queen. The winning design came from Jaycee McPhail of St Thomas’ Junior School. A special award ceremony was held at the Mayor’s Carol Concert, where the Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Major Stan Hardy, made the presentation on behalf of Her Majesty of a special letter from Buckingham Palace, which was framed by the council for her to keep.
| Community Litter Picking |
HERTFORD Town Council launched a new Community Litter Picking Project in January to encourage the community to take pride in their town. The initiative is designed to encourage residents to volunteer to care for their community's environment by collecting litter from the streets or local area. Members of the public are asked to choose an area to “adopt”, and volunteers can go out as often or as little as they choose. The council will supply equipment such as litter pickers, hi-visibility jackets and plastic rubbish sacks.
NALC’s top clerk joins LGRC
SUSAN Wilthew, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)’s Clerk of the Year in 2016 and former chief executive at Chippenham Town Council, has joined the Local Government Resource Centre (LGRC) as an Associate. LGRC offers short-term capacity solutions through experienced professional providers that can help local councils cope with an ever widening remit beyond their traditional areas of expertise.
Susan Wilthew was presented with the NALC Clerk of the Year award in late 2016
Scroll celebrates huge contribution
THE former chairman of WITTERSHAM Parish Council, John Rivers (left), was presented with an illuminated scroll admitting him as an honorary freeman of the parish, in recognition of his huge contribution over many years. According to clerk Yvonne Osborne, Mr Rivers joined the council in 2005 and was elected chairman in 2007. Among his achievements, he masterminded setting up the Caretaker Scheme for the Wittersham Cluster of four parishes and led the way in introducing portable defibrillators to villages across the area.
A century of family tradition
In January Cllr Frank Yendell, a member of MORCHARD BISHOP Parish Council in Devon, was presented with a certificate of appreciation to mark 100 years of service to the council by members of his family. As clerk Bob Patten explained, his grandfather Fred Yendell was co-opted onto the council on 15 November 1916; when he stepped down in 1947, his son Frank (Cllr Yendell’s father) was elected on a show of hands. When Frank senior stepped down in 1987, his son was elected by secret ballot.
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