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Vacancy – Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer

An exciting Opportunity!

 

  • £28,672 to £39,880 per annum

  • 37 hours per week

  • Attractive Pension Scheme

  • Training provided

  • Professional fees paid

  • 22 days per year annual leave plus statutory holidays (plus extra 5 days for long service)

 

Brixworth Parish Council is currently looking to recruit a proactive individual who is an excellent manager and ambassador to partner our elected members in delivering their priorities to the Community. Interested? Further details including how to apply can be found here.

Grants for young people in Brixworth

Many families have found things challenging during the Covid 19 pandemic. A small cash grant for educational purposes may help those in need during this difficult time.

The Foundation of Thomas Roe provides small cash grants for young people, under 25, who live in the parishes of Brixworth or Scaldwell.

Grants have previously been provided to support young people with: purchase of school uniform; books and course materials; musical instruments; computer equipment; and travel expenses linked to education, including school trips.

Application forms can be downloaded here or from the Clerk at

Completed application forms must be returned to the Clerk, preferably by email and in Word format, by midnight on 6 October 2021 for consideration at the charity’s next meeting. This meeting is scheduled for 13 October, where grant applications will be considered.

Wildflowers Project

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The Parish Council’s wildflowers are more than an addition to the local scenery. They support dwindling populations of native pollinators and ultimately benefits human populations as well as the environment.

This is a pilot project, partly funded by a Community Grant from Daventry District Council. (Now West Northants Council)

The Wildflowers can be seen on Northampton Road and Holcot Road.

Financial Year 20/21 – Accounts Available for Inspection

img 2950 2As a local elector, or an interested person, you have certain legal rights in respect of the accounting records of Brixworth Parish Council. As an interested person you can inspect accounting records and related documents. If you are a local government elector within Brixworth then you can also ask questions about the accounts and object to them.

You have the right to ask the auditor questions about the accounting records. However, before you ask the Auditor any questions you should first ask Brixworth Parish Council about the accounting records, since it holds all the details.

Before you ask the external auditor any questions, inspect the accounting records fully, so you know what they contain. Please remember that you cannot formally ask questions, under the Act, after the end of the period for the exercise of public rights. You may ask the Parish Council any questions about their accounts for any year, at any time. But these are not questions under the Act. The Parish Council is open and transparent – and any reasonable requests and questions will be dealt with.

You can ask the external auditor questions about an item in the accounting records for the financial year being audited. However, your right to ask the external auditor questions is limited. The external auditor can only answer ‘what’ questions, not ‘why’ questions. The external auditor cannot answer questions about policies, finances, procedures or anything else unless it is directly relevant to an item in the accounting records. Remember that your questions must always be about facts, not opinions. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend that you always put your questions in writing.

It should be noted that –

  • You may not use this ‘right to object’ to make a personal complaint or claim against the Parish Council
  • Local taxpayers meet the costs of dealing with questions and objections. In deciding whether to take your objection forward, one of a series of factors the auditor must take into account is the cost that will be involved.
  • Objections if they think are frivolous or vexatious, or if it repeats an objection already considered will be disregarded.
  • Disagreeing with income or spending does not make it unlawful.

You can view the set of papers for the financial year 20/21 here.

An Exciting Opportunity – Parish Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer  

£26,683 to £28,982

Salary Scale LC2 (29-32)

30 hours per week

(Subject to review)

Attractive Pension Scheme

 Brixworth Parish Council is looking to recruit a proactive individual who is an excellent manager and ambassador to partner our elected members in delivering their priorities to the Community.

The successful candidate will have considerable administrative and organisational skills and have experience of working within local government. You will need to be a good communicator, be able to work under pressure and possess the ability to deal with a wide range of people with both diplomacy and tact. Strong interpersonal skills are essential together with IT skills which should include the competent use of the Microsoft range of products.

The successful candidate is expected to hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

The successful candidate will manage the council’s services, its four staff and take on the pivotal role in ensuring the council continues to move forward by delivering new initiatives and projects. Duties will require some evening work including attending Council meetings. The Parish Clerk is supported by a part time Assistant.  The Parish Clerk would also be expected to build and maintain a good working relationship with all the organisations within the village.

Brixworth is a unique large rural village set amid the rolling Northamptonshire countryside. It has grown in recent years and today has a population of approximately 5,500. It has one of the oldest, largest, and most complete Anglo-Saxon churches in the country whilst also being at the forefront of innovation being home to Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. Both Pitsford Water (a reservoir) and Brixworth Country Park, are a short distance from the village.

If you want to take this opportunity to serve a vibrant local Council and also have the required organisational and administrative skills please apply using the application form available from our website at  https://www.brixworthparishcouncil.gov.uk/pc/.  The Job Description and personal specification is also on the website.

The workplace is based both at home and at the Brixworth Community Centre & Library.

Further information is available from Peter Rowbotham, Parish Clerk via email at or telephone 07983 141786.

Application Form

Job Description

Person Specification

The deadline for written applications is Friday 28th May 2021.

Please submit you completed application form via email to with the subject heading ‘Job Application’.