Clerk to the Parish Council vacancy

Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Bathampton Parish Council wishes to appoint a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. 

The Parish lies in the Green Belt close to Bath. It has around 770 homes, a church, primary school and two pubs / restaurants. The playing field, playground and land adjacent to the canal (Jubilee Gardens) are managed by the Parish Council; the village hall is let on a long lease to a Management Committee. The Council employs a part- time handyman. 

Applicants, who will work flexibly from home, must be able to communicate well at all levels, be computer and social media literate (or at least willing to learn about social media) and have internet access. A laptop and printer will be supplied. Candidates should hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration or be prepared to study to obtain it within two years. Training costs will be funded by the Parish Council. 

The Clerk is responsible for preparing agendas, taking minutes, dealing with correspondence, liaising with contractors and BANES officials and communicating with the local community through social media and the newsletter. The Clerk is also the line manager of the handyman. 

As Responsible Financial Officer they will manage accounts to include cash book, payroll, bank reconciliations, budgets and VAT claims, and organise audits. 

The successful candidate will be expected to become familiar with the requirements of the General Data Protection Act and to act as the Council’s Data Controller. 

As Proper Officer, the Clerk ensures correct procedures are followed and advises the Council to ensure that it acts within its powers. 

The position is for 10 hours per week. The council normally meets 11 times a year, currently on the third Thursday in Bathampton Village Hall. 

Salary offered is in accordance with official Local Authority salary scales and would vary based on experience. An unqualified Clerk would start on £10.95 per hour. 

The job description is available from the Clerk here or from the Clerk at    To speak informally about the post please contact the Clerk by email in the first instance. 

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to  

The closing date for applications is 31stAugust 2019.  Interviews are scheduled for 5thSeptember 2019, to be confirmed.


Are you worried about the impact of the proposed Clean Air Zone on traffic in Bathampton ?

BANES have agreed to hold a one off drop-in session in Bathampton to discuss the potential impact.

Saturday 17 November, 3pm to 5pm.

Bathampton Village Hall, Holcombe Lane.

Even if you have been to a previous consultation event please go along. At previous events the officers have not been able to explain why they think cars will not use the toll bridge to avoid paying £9 to drive over Cleveland Bridge. They have promised us that at this event they will address the Bathampton issue.

If you have any comments or concerns about the scheme I would also strongly urge you to complete the questionnaire on the BANES website (search for Bath Breathes) or write to them at CAZ Public Consultation, Environmental Services, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.

Harbutt – One Hundred and Twenty

A Celebration of 120 Years of Plasticine, William Harbutt and Bathampton

  • From 10.30 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.
  • Bathampton Village Hall, Holcombe Lane Bathampton
  • Free Admission

Programme of Events June 17th 2017

10.30 Welcome and Introduction – Main Hall. Bring cakes for the cake competition. There are prizes for Most Tasty, Most Like Plasticine (not in taste) and Generally Best Looking! Refreshments all day.

10.30-12.00 Working with Plasticine – A workshop for young and old led by actor Doc Watson as William Harbutt. Come along and work with Plasticine to make an entry for the sculpture competition! There are prizes for pre-school, school and grown-ups.

12.30 Judging of Plasticine Sculpture and Cakes by Jess Mckillop of Aardman Animation, William Harbutt and a representative of the Harbutt family.

1.15 p.m. Awarding of Prizes and Presentation to Bathampton Village Hall of Medallion of William Harbutt.

Tea and Cakes all afternoon. Other refreshments are available!

6.00 p.m. Showing of Aardman Animation films A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. Take a ticket for this when you arrive during the day!

Event supported by:

  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Museum of Bath at Work
  • Bathampton Village Hall Committee
  • Bathampton Village Show Committee
  • Bathampton Parish Council
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bathampton Primary School
  • Bathampton Church Bellringers

Election of a Mayor for West Of England Combined Authority

Notice of Election

  1. An Election is to be held of a Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority area.
  2. Forms of nomination for this Mayoral Election may be obtained at 5th Floor, B Bond, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN from the Combined Authority Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Combined Authority Returning Officer, 5th Floor, B Bond, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN on any day after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding bank holidays), but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.
  4. The required deposit may be made either by (a) the deposit of any legal tender or by (b) means of a banker’s draft or by (c) electronic transfer of funds using a debit card.
  5. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.
  6. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.
  7. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.
  8. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.
    To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.

Electoral Registration Officer’s Contact Details

Address: Electoral Registration Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW
Telephone: 01225 477333

Online council tools for the community

Melanie Hodgson, the People & Communities Communications Team Lead of Bath and North East Somerset Council has provided us with the following information:

I would like to tell you about some useful information tools for your local community. These are managed in-house by the Council and are free of charge to all.

1 Big Database Bathnes

Looking for family and childcare information? Find support for a range of family issues, childcare, parenting support, activities, benefits, school and much more on 1 Big Database –

Rainbow Resource

Do you have a child or young person in your family with a special educational need or disability? Rainbow Resource provides information on the services children, young people and their families may access from a range of local agencies – including education, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations. See

Wellbeing Options

Are you (or do you care for) an adult needing support to live a full and independent life? Wellbeing Options has a wealth of information about local activities, clubs, help at home or care and support. Find out more at

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Changes to our rubbish collection service from 6 November 2017

The following is from an editorial provided by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

What is changing?

Most households across Bath and North East Somerset will be changing to every other week collection for their rubbish from 6 November. We will be providing a 140 litre wheeled bin for the storage and collection of rubbish. We realise that one size does not fit all, so in a small number of cases where a 140 litre wheeled bin is not suitable for your property, or family situation, we may provide a larger bin or a re-useable rubbish bag to contain rubbish for collection.

Recycling collections, including food waste will remain weekly and our emphasis will be on encouraging you to use this weekly service to its full potential.

Over 70% of UK councils including all our neighbours in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire, are already running every other week collections for rubbish (in wheeled bins) and weekly recycling collections. They are seeing the benefits including reduced street mess, cost efficiencies and collecting more recycling (instead of rubbish).

Collection days and times may change as we will need to redesign the routes so that they are as efficient as possible.

Look out for your letter in March

From 9-13 March all households will be sent a personalised letter informing them how the changes will affect them. To reduce postage costs, most letters will be included in the envelope with your Council Tax Bill.

This letter will let you know whether we have allocated your property a wheeled bin or re-useable rubbish bag for rubbish collection, and the frequency of your rubbish collection. The letter is for information and no response is needed. If you are concerned that the container we have allocated is not appropriate for your specific property, or if despite recycling all you can, you feel that your household will not manage with the allocated container you can complete an online query form.

We will write separately to residents who

– live in a registered House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
– are currently registered for an Assisted Collection (those who require the help of our crews to carry their rubbish and/or recycling to an agreed collection point). You will be asked to complete a form to update your details to re-apply for an assisted collection if you still need help. For some residents wheeled bins will be much easier to manage.

Why are we introducing the changes?

1. To keep our streets cleaner

Containing rubbish in a bin or bag will prevent animals and birds ripping open bags and making a mess which is unpleasant for everyone and costs us to clear up.

2. To recycle more

We have a very comprehensive recycling collection where you can already recycle 17 different types of household waste every week. We know that some residents can recycle more than they are currently doing – about 75% of a household’s waste can be recycled using the current collections, but we still find that over half of an average rubbish bag consists of items that could have been recycled. Our local research shows that if you recycle all you can you will still have space left in your rubbish bin when collected every other week.

The change will help to encourage everyone to use their food recycling collection – only about 50% of households currently use this. About a third of the waste in black sacks currently is food.

3. To save money

Every lorry load of waste costs £1000 to dispose of whilst every lorry load of recycling earns an income of £100, so reducing the amount put out as rubbish is essential.

Find out more

Our website is being updated as details are confirmed and more FAQs added so please check back for updates.

Park and Ride Update

The following is from the Save Bathampton Meadows Facebook page:

B&NES Cabinet are holding a special meeting on Wednesday 25th January to decide on the location of a Park & Ride East and the fate of our precious Bathampton Meadows. PLEASE come join our protest outside the Guildhall at 4.30pm. Bring your banners, megaphones, drums and children. At 5pm join us inside the Guildhall to witness the Cabinet meeting and support the campaigners who are speaking. We need to get our message across to the 9 Tory cabinet members loud and clear.

Please note that we have requested that the timing of the meeting be moved so that people with jobs are able to attend. If they consent, the timing of the protest may change. We will keep you posted on the SBM FB page and on Twitter.