Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer – VACANCY

We now have a vacancy for a Clerk & RFO, working flexibly around 60 hours monthly. You will be home based but must be prepared to attend evening meetings at least twice monthly, generally including the first Monday.

The major focus of the role is providing comprehensive administrative support for our eight Councillors and their committees, including liaison with residents and with both City and County Councils who provide the majority of our services to residents. As the Responsible Financial Officer, you will manage all the administration of the Parish Council’s finances and financial records, including liaising with the independent auditors. You will also run the Council’s website.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; the ability to understand and interpret local government law; financial accounting experience; plus a willingness to develop the role – our Parish Council has ambitions to increase its engagement with residents. Experience of servicing committees is essential and facility in Microsoft Office (ideally including TEAMS data management) is desirable.

Ideally you will hold the CiLCA qualification or be prepared to work towards achieving that; starting salary will depend on qualifications and relevant experience, in the range  LC2 SCP 24 – 28 £28,672 – £32,234, pro rata.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a formal application form, including details of referees, although these will only be contacted after an offer of employment has been made and accepted. These candidates will also be given the opportunity of asking questions by telephone.

Applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview in the week commencing 24th May and the successful candidate will be invited to attend the full Parish Council meeting on Monday 7th June, ideally taking up the appointment by 1st July.

To apply, please send the current Clerk your CV with a covering letter explaining why this appointment interests you and what you believe you can contribute to the smooth working of the Parish Council; the closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 7th May.

Please send your CV and covering letter to .  We look forward to hearing from you !

Further particulars are attached.

Further information about the Parish Council can be found on the About & Around section of the website.

Warndon Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the sad passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh

We offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this very difficult time and pay tribute to the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Residents can pay their respects to Prince Philip at the online Book of Condolence for Worcestershire. A national book of condolence is also available on The British Monarchy website.

The gates of the Guildhall will be open to allow people to leave flowers in tribute to His Royal Highness. These flowers will, at an appropriate time, be moved to the Cathedral. The Cathedral will also be open 7:30 a.m. -10.00 p.m. for the laying of flowers and lighting of candles.

Worcester residents who want to pay tribute by other means can donate to the Worcestershire Community Foundation.

The Union Flag is being flown at half-mast at City Council buildings, including the Guildhall, and at Cathedral Square. The Guildhall will be illuminated in purple during the national period of mourning.

Warndon Parish Council will be engaging with the local community in due course and considering ideas for a memorial to be located within the Parish, to recognise and remember HRH Prince Philip and his service to the country.

Worcestershire County Council Budget 2021/22 approved

Follow link for further details

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/2445/budget_proposals_for_202122_approved

 

 

 

 

Elections – 6th May 2021

Elections are expected to be held on 6th May 2021. Polling stations will be COVID secure, however if you prefer not to vote in person you can apply to vote by post or proxy. You should do this as early as possible to ensure that accurate poll cards and postal ballot papers reach you in good time.

For more information go to Elections – Worcester City Council https://www.worcester.gov.uk/councillors-democracy/elections

 

 

Beware – oil pollution

Please be cautious when using the footpath which runs from Trotshill Lane East to Dugdale Drive and adjacent to Mabbs Field and Allotments, especially if you are walking with dogs and/or small children. Sadly, there has been a leak from a heating oil tank at a nearby property which has seeped into the pond adjacent to this footpath. The Environment Agency have inspected the site and Oracle Environment Services are at work commencing the clean-up process. Specific timescales for the completion of the work are unknown, however could extend to several weeks. The area is very muddy and whilst the ground is being disturbed unavoidably there will be a strong oily smell.

Help with Fuel Bills

Are you or anyone you know struggling to pay your fuel bills this winter?

You may be eligible for a Winter Warmer voucher. Please see attached document for further details or contact Act on Energy:

Email:

Call freephone: 0800 988 2881

 

First Bus Services

A message from local County Councillor Andy Roberts.

The County Council has been informed by First Bus that the Department for Transport has instructed them to reduce their operational mileage to around 75%-80% of their current operation. First Bus has confirmed that they will reduce the network to the levels back in June, starting week commencing 17th January 2021. This will mean a reduction in frequency of services, but will continue to provide for key worker journeys, shopping services and weekend services.

Notices will be put up at bus stops to convey this message, update Real Time Information boards and the County Council website. Similarly, First Bus will also undertake their own communication to passengers.

All regular subsided services will continue to operate to their normal timetables. However, some operators are already starting to report staff capacity issues due to positive Covid-19 cases, or where staff members have needed to self-isolate. We will continue to work with operators to minimise disruption where possible and keep you updated.

For more information go toFirstbus

https://www.firstgroup.com/worcestershire

 

Professor Whitty COVID warning

Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) warns that COVID-19 is spreading quickly across the Country

Play his video message here:

https://news.sky.com/video/covid-19-professor-chris-whittys-warning-in-new-government-advert-12182686

New Benches

We are pleased to report the two new benches funded by the Parish Council have finally been installed – one by the Astroturf play area at Brecon Avenue and one situated on the green space between Stirling Avenue and Chepstow Avenue.

These two younger members of the community, out for a walk with their grandma were delighted to be the first ones to use the bench situated on the green space between Stirling Avenue and Chepstow Avenue.

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new bench by the astroturf play area at brecon avenue

Bench by Astroturf play area at Brecon Avenue

COVID-19 – Message from Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire

A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire 

Dear Residents,

I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included over Christmas, when so many were not able to spend time with loved ones.

But some stark realities remain for us all. Worcestershire’s infection rates are at the highest we have ever seen. In the past 7 days alone, the county has 1,888 positive Covid-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined. I am concerned about this level of spread, and the risk it poses to our health and the lives of our vulnerable and elderly residents. We need to act now to protect one another, prevent the virus spreading further and reduce the demand on our hospitals.

The pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, cases are rising nationally and we know the new variant of Covid-19 spreads very quickly. Our NHS is also facing considerable pressure on its services. All of these factors have led to the government’s announcement of a new lockdown across England. This means once again, we are facing tough restrictions on our way of life. I know this is hard, but by doing as we are asked, we are saving lives. The restrictions have been brought in to protect every one of us.

Please now stay at home, don’t go out unless you need to, for example to buy food or collect medicines. The Government has set out the clear limitations of the lockdown and I ask you to read the restrictions and follow the rules. You can read a full explanation of all the restrictions on the government’s website; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Once again, Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service is available to anyone who needs support or is clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding). If you have no-one to turn to for help, our service can respond and provide help such as collecting medicines and getting shopping. You can reach the service online; https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

If you are on the Government’s shielding list, you will be receiving guidance about what to do now. It is key that you socially distance, and you reduce your physical contact with others. The governments webpages are updated regularly and you can read detailed guidance at; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

While we are all at home, please do remember to check on vulnerable or isolated residents. Just a phone call or a text message can provide a vital link to the outside world, and can ensure those who need comfort or help, have someone to turn to.

You will know that a programme of vaccination has begun nationally, and we are already seeing Worcestershire residents receiving the first doses. This process is being co-ordinated by central Government, and following a strict order for administering the doses. Worcestershire County Council is supporting NHS colleagues to ensure the roll-out is progressing. The vaccines are safe, and if you are called forward to receive one, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please keep following the rules, wear face coverings, wash your hands, keep your distance. These simple measures help reduce the spread of the virus.

We are all in this together. Throughout the pandemic, you have shown your resilience, kindness and compassion for others. We have seen many examples of people supporting one another, lending a hand or going the extra mile. The situation has demonstrated how working together, we are able to support one another and get through. I am asking you to do this once again. The single most important thing you can do for everyone, is to stay home. Please do this for yourself and for others. We all want to protect people who are precious to us, our family and friends. Let’s take care of each other, and work together.

Thank you for doing this. Our actions now will hopefully bring brighter days for us all in 2021.

Best wishes

Dr. Kathryn Cobain