Newton Longville Parish Council
Sunday 12 November 2017
Joining the rest of the nation, the Parishioners and Friends of Newton Longville congregated at our War Memorial, all spruced up by volunteers for the occasion. Wreaths were laid to mark the respect held by the people of Newton Longville for their fallen: the first one by the Parish Council, a joint one by Aylesbury District Council representative Ben Everitt and the Buckinghamshire County Council Leader, Janet Blake. This was followed by the Wreath representing the British Legion, then the Newton Longville school and finally the Scouts with their impressive flags and banners.
The list of our fallen was read by Councillor Sylvie Norris and the Kohima Epitaph:
When you go home, tell them of us and say, ‘For your tomorrow we gave our’ was read by Chairman Nigel Gausden. Rev David Talks led the Service. Young Matthew Lambros played the Last Post and we finished with a final blessing before moving to the Remembrance Service inside our lovely Church, St Faiths – again packed
These occasions do not happen overnight or without planning and on Behalf of the Parish Council I would like to personally thank all involved directly or indirectly – leaf sweepers, church cleaners, road closure personnel, microphone monitors, wreath purchasers etc. THANK YOU for making the occasion so special and meaningful. And thank you to so many people for braving the cold to be present.
By Councillor Sylvie Norris
History and Role of Councillors
The Parish is the most ancient type of local government unit in Europe and in England has been used for some civil purposes since the eighth century.
Parish Councils and Parish Meetings were founded by the Local Government Act of 1894 and brought about the separation of local civil government from the Church. Since then power has derived from a number Acts of Parliament.
Anyone who is aged 21 years or over, is a British subject, a citizen of the Commonwealth, a citizen of the Irish Republic or the European Union and is either an elector or works in the Parish or lives within 3 miles of the Parish is entitled to stand as a Parish Councillor.
There are two methods of becoming a Parish Councillor, the first is to be elected at the four yearly elections and the second method is to be co-opted to fill a vacancy. Once elected, all Councillors are required to sign an ‘Acceptance of Office’ which is witnessed by the ‘Proper Officer’ for the Parish Council.
Being a Parish Councillor gives you an opportunity to be involved in all decisions of importance in the Parish. It gives the opportunity to be involved in local and strategic planning for many facets of life. Being a Parish Councillor means you are nearest to the people whom you represent and upon whom you have levied a precept. The role of councillor brings no special privileges other than the satisfaction of serving your local community.
The Role of the Clerk
Just as Parish Councils are a tier of Local Government, the Clerk to the Parish Council is an officer of Local Government. The Clerk guides the Council on points of law and procedure and is the person to whom all correspondence is addressed. The Clerk calls all meetings, except the Annual Parish Meeting, maintains the records, pays invoices and maintains accounts, and conducts correspondence.
Notice of Meetings
Three clear days notice must be given of all meetings with a summons to all Councillors to include the date, time and venue of the meeting with an agenda specifying in detail the business to be transacted. Similar notices must be displayed on public notice boards in the Parish. Members of the public are entitled to attend Parish Council meetings, committee and sub committee meetings although they may not take part in the proceedings.