Ashmanhaugh Parish Clerk

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Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer – 4 hours per week

We are looking for a suitably experienced person to support our team of seven Parish Councillors. This is a varied and interesting role with a flexible working regime. The post will be based at home with bi-monthly meetings in Ashmanhaugh, which are held every first Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, November plus an Annual Parish meeting.

Key duties include:

  • Organising, attending and reporting to meetings
  • Preparing agendas and writing minutes
  • Dealing with Parish Council business including Planning applications
  • Updating the Parish Council website – WordPress
  • Liaising with local organisations and external bodies
  • Managing the Parish Council’s finances / financial record keeping, including annual audit reporting
  • Liaising on the Parish magazine
  • Overseeing the SAM2 device

Good organisational and communications skills are important, together with a working knowledge of IT.  Files are kept mainly electronically and held on Google Drive and email via Gmail.  A laptop and filing cabinet are provided.  Applicants should be self-motivated, able to work independently and to plan and manage their own workload.

Previous relevant experience would be an advantage but is not essential. Support will be provided and the appointee will be encouraged to take advantage of training to improve their knowledge and skills. NJC Pay Scales will apply depending on experience and qualifications between LC1 SCP 7 – 10 (£10.16 – £10.79).

In the first instance please contact the current Clerk Clare Male on 07803 705434 or [email protected] or Harry Buxton (Chair) [email protected] for further details or to arrange for an informal chat.

Closing date for applications 8th July 2019.  Handover from the current Clerk from the 22nd July.

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Fun Dog Show and Fete

Frank, prize winner from 2017

The Tunstead Fun Dog Show and fete in on Sunday 9th June. Gates open at 11:00am. The show classes start with the children’s classes at 12:00 midday, with all-comers classes starting at 1:00pm. The event closes at 4:00pm.

There are 14 classes in all.

Entry to the grounds is free. To enter your dog the fee is £1 per dog, per class


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Appeal to our Benefactor

We will soon be in a position to seek further help in raising funds for the construction of the village hall on the recreation ground. To start the ball rolling we thought we would test-run our appeal.

We are currently looking to raise £160,000 towards the hall. The village residents have so far raised £30,000. The parish council have pledged another £10,000 once the building work starts. We will be looking for providers of a capital building grant of £120,000.

Do you think the following letter would do the trick? if not, could you join our team as a grant application researcher?

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Tunstead Village Hall AGM – 2019

It is currently a very exciting and busy time for the village hall committee. We are having plans drawn up for the new village hall.

We have sent out a questionnaire to everyone in the village asking for opinions on what people want from the hall when it is built.


We have had a representative from the Football Association (FA) take a look around the recreation ground in order to assess our position for obtaining grants from the FA.  We are also running our regular events; the Yard Sale is coming up on the 12th May, and the Village Fete on the 9th June.


The Annual General Meeting,
which had to be postponed in April, will now take place on Tuesday 14th May at 7:30pm. We have just one vacancy for a Trustee. If you would like to join the committee please come along to the meeting in the Portacabin.


It is not necessary to be on the committee to volunteer to help run the village hall and recreation ground charity. We are looking for people with particular skills to join the body of 50 volunteers that help us already. We are currently looking for volunteers with professional and technical skills in:

  • Legal Matters – to help establish the legal basis for the Charity and its new hall.
  • Bid Writer – someone to help with making applications to grant providers to fund the building of the hall.
  • Building Project Manager – someone with established skills to ensure the construction of the village hall will be a success.
  • Grounds-Keeping – a person who will be able to prepare the recreation ground for football matches and other events. Also, to ensure that the play area is safe for the children to use.
  • Questionnaire Reviewer – a person with skills in assessing responses to the questionnaire sent out recently.

If you have any of the above skills or other technical skills, especially when the construction of the village hall is under-way next year, please come along and have a chat.
The plans for the village hall will also be on display at the AGM.

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