Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting is, in legal terms, a quite separate body from the Parish Council, but it is the Council that arranges it simply because it is unlikely that anyone else will do so. Its decisions are not binding on the Council, although the Council will normally take heed of what is said at the meeting.

The Annual Parish Meeting is a legacy from the Middle Ages when Local Councils did not exist and all local decision making was carried out by meetings of the whole community, taking place in the church vestry. It is open to all electors of the Parish, who have the right not only to attend but also to speak on any matter of local interest. This contrasts with a Council meeting, where electors who are not Councillors have no automatic right to speak, though there is an item on every parish council agenda when electors can raise matters of concern to them.

This meeting has its own minutes, which are kept separately from the Council minutes, and these minutes can only be approved by the next Annual Parish Meeting which will, of course, not be held until the following year. The draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting are reported to the next convenient meeting of the Council, since otherwise matters are unlikely to get progressed. But the Council cannot approve these minutes, as they do not belong to the Council.

If you have any matter of local interest or concern which you wish to raise, please let the Clerk know and come along to the Annual Parish Meeting, or just come along if you would like to find out more about the issues affecting your parish.



Minutes Annual Meeting May 2019 - Ratified


Agenda Annual Meeting May 2019



Minutes Annual Meeting May 2018


Agenda Annual Meeting May 2018