New Clerks Training

The latest round of new clerks training run by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association (CAPALC) has just been completed. It was held in the Norwood Room at Somersham from 9.30-3pm on Thursday 6th and Thursday 13th July and run by Diane Bayliss.

The Course which is held over two days covers topics such as Roles and Responsibilities, Elections, Powers and Duties, Meeting Procedures including Agenda Setting, Parish Council Financial Matters, Insurance and Risk Management, and Planning Matters.

There is plenty of opportunity for the new clerks to share their initial impressions of, and experiences in, their new role. Lots of discussion and questions punctuate the presentations throughout the day, hopefully ensuring that the delegates don’t go home with burning issues that have not been addressed at least in part.

The County trainer for the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)  is also on hand at lunchtime to talk about the Certificate, and answer any further questions the delegates may have.

The next course will be held at the same venue on 7th and 14th September. For further details please contact: or


Mythbuster Tour


The 2017 Cambridgeshire ACRE Mythbuster Tour was held on Wednesday 5th July to coincide with Rural Housing Week 33 people spent a lovely sunny morning exploring several affordable housing sites across the county. These included Warboys, Needingworth, Earith and Colne. A number of housing association staff were on hand to discuss the schemes and answer questions.


The Tour was organised on behalf of the Cambridgeshire Rural Affordable Housing Partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to deliver affordable homes in rural communities for local people.

The partnership is facilitated by Cambridgeshire ACRE and has the following partners:

  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Peterborough City Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Accent Nene
  • bpha
  • Cambridge Housing Society
  • Cross Keys Homes
  • Hastoe Housing Association
  • Luminus

The Mythbuster Tour Brochure is available here.

SLCC Branch Meeting

SLCC_6The Annual General Meeting of the Cambridgeshire branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) was held at the Medway Centre in Huntingdon.

The management committee for the branch re-elected for 2017 is as follows:

Chairman: Terry Jordan

Vice Chairman: Philip Peacock

Secretary: Libby White

Treasurer: Rosie Hughes

Committee Members:

Diane Bayliss, Alison Benfield, Penny Bryant, Linda Miller, John Vickery and Ed Reilly.

Diane Davis stepped down from the management committee this year, Terry Jordan thanked Diane for all her hard work for the branch and especially for her organisation of the Christmas Quiz.

The event was well attended by branch members and it was a pleasure to have the new CEO of the SLCC Rob Smith to talk about his initial impressions of  the society and answer questions raised by members.

Rob joined the SLCC on 9th January and took up his position as CEO on 30th January. He described an interesting first few months getting to know the sector and working with the board, who have been through some significant changes over the last year. Rob has also met with Sue Baxter, the Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to discuss matters related to the sector and is optimistic about their working together in the future. The next SLCC National Conference is to be held on 18th & 19th October (the first time the event will be held over 2 days instead of 3).

The remainder of the day was spent learning about emergency planning with speakers from the Red Cross, The Met Office and the Environment Agency.

The presentations from the event are available via the links below:

EA – Flood Forecasting and Local Preparedness

EA – Setting up a Community Flood Action Group 

Met Office – Cambridgeshire Community Resilience




Anglian Waterways Volunteer Scheme

River Mooring

Cambridgeshire ACRE has launched a NEW VOLUNTEER scheme today!

The Anglian Waterways Volunteer scheme is a partnership between Cambridgeshire ACRE and the Environment Agency and is looking for 10 volunteers to assist at the Denver Complex near Downham Market and at Northampton Marina. Find out more at

Do you know any Town and Parish Council Clerks and Councillors who might be interested in volunteering for this scheme? If so please feel free to pass on the link.

Mythbuster Tour

Rural Housing Mythbuster Tour

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 9.30-1.30pm

As part of the Support Cambridgeshire Project Cambridgeshire ACRE are repeating their highly successful affordable housing tours from 2014 and 2015. The tour is aimed at Parish Councillors and District Councillors who have an interest in how affordable housing can support and sustain the vibrancy of their community.

Our guided coach tour will start and finish at Warboys Parish Centre and take in a number of local rural exception sites. The half day event will include an introductory welcome and presentation from Mark Deas (Cambridgeshire ACRE) and a representative from Huntingdonshire District Council. A tour of local schemes with opportunities to stop off and look around recent developments in Warboys, Swavesey, Earith, Colne and Needingworth.
There will be a chance to discuss the schemes and broader rural housing issues with senior staff from Huntingdonshire District Council and local housing associations. Finally there will be lunch at the Warboys Parish Centre provided by the Windmill Bakery.

Please note that places are strictly limited and restricted to one place per Parish Council unless we have spare places. We only have 25 places for District/Parish Councillors on the coach. Your booking will be acknowledged and joining instructions issued.

Places are free but we will charge a £50 administrative fee for non attendance. (You can send a substitute)

How to book
To book a place, please go to

Bookings should be made by Wednesday 28th June 2017
Full joining instructions will be sent out ahead of the event.Housing mythbusting tour 2015 (3)


A Visit to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve


As part of the Support Cambridgeshire Project a ‘Managing and Funding Green Spaces’ event was held at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve  is managed by Huntingdonshire District Council Countryside Services and is supported by The Friends Group and the local community.

The workshop was well attended with 19 attendees representing 13 Parish Councils and one other organisation from across Cambridgeshire. The afternoon began with a talk by Jim Stephenson (Senior Ranger) on the management of the reserve followed by a walk around part of the reserve. Mark Nokkert of Cambridgeshire ACRE gave a power-point presentation on the funding opportunities. Finally several of the attendees visited the Little Paxton Recreation Ground with representatives from Little Paxton Parish Council to look at their outdoor gym equipment and netball court. The afternoon provided an opportunity for clerks and councillors from across the district to network and receive guidance on how to proceed with projects they are considering in the near future.

Excellent feedback was received from the delegates including:

  • The opening address by the Senior Ranger and the walk were excellent. The walk gave a great opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas.
  • Very useful new ideas
  • There are always new ideas to learn from however long you have been doing something.