Category Archives: Annual Parish Meeting

April Meetings

The April Meeting of the Parish Council will be held at Horsehay Village Hall and will take place on the 20th April immediately following the conclusion of the Annual Parish Meeting*. The Annual Parish Meeting will commence at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a speaker in attendance; Alison Teece, Vulnerable Persons Officer, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting can be found here:

The Agenda for the Parish Council Meeting can be found here:

* Members of the Public are asked to especially note that the Annual Parish Meeting is NOT a Parish Council meeting.


Draft Minutes of the 2015 Annual Parish Meeting

The draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting are now on-line.

Members of the Public are asked to especially note that the Parish Meeting is NOT a Parish Council meeting.

The Annual Parish or Town Meeting is not a Parish Council meeting. It is a meeting of the parish or town electors and could involve local organisations such as the Women’s Institute and the drama group. Strictly speaking electors can set the agenda, and in practice these meetings often celebrate local activities and debate current issues in the community. The chairman of the Parish Council calls the Annual Parish or Town Meeting and, if present, will chair it. It is best practice to hold the Annual Meeting of the Council and the Annual Parish Meeting on different occasions to avoid confusion. [The Good Councillors Guide]


A parish meeting, in England, is a meeting to which all the electors in a civil parish are entitled to attend. In some cases, where a parish or group of parishes has fewer than 200 electors, the parish meeting can take on the role of the parish council itself, with statutory powers, and electing a chairman and clerk to act on the meeting’s behalf.

In England, the annual parish meeting of a parish with a parish council must take place between 1 March and 1 June, both dates inclusive, and must take place no earlier than 6pm.

Parish meetings are a form of direct democracy, which is uncommon in the United Kingdom, which primarily uses representative democracy.

Section 39(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1972 provides that a parish meeting is a precepting authority. This means that where there is no parish council the parish meeting must meets its own expenses, usually by precepting on the district council.

A parish meeting may only precept for expenditure relating to specific functions, powers and rights which have been conferred on it by legislation.

Parish meetings do not have the power to appoint staff.

Clayden, Paul (January 2007). The Parish Councillor’s Guide 19th edition. Shaw & Sons. p. 156 et seq


The Annual Parish Meeting*


THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING* Will take place on Wednesday 15th April 2015 at Horsehay Village Hall – 7:00 pm

SIGNED .A. Chetwood
Cllr. A. Chetwood – Chairman of the Parish Meeting

7:00 p.m.

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of the previous Meeting

3. Presentation of the Annual Report of the Parish Council

4. Report from the Parish Councils representative on the Board of Governors of
Aqueduct County Primary School

5. Borough Councillor’s report

6. Report from Local Organisations

7. Local Policing report

8. Resolutions
There are no resolutions.
Those who wish to present reports are invited to do so in written form. Questions may be asked at the end of each agenda item.
*Members of the Public are asked to especially note that the Parish Meeting is NOT a Parish Council meeting.

Clerk to the Meeting:
Martin Goldstraw – Regent Villa, London Road, St. George’s Telford, TF2 9LH
01952 458006