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President's Blog

The SLCC President for 2018/19 is Sarah Jeffries, who can be contacted at sarah.jeffries@slcc.co.uk

Bedfordshire Branch Meeting, 19th July
Presidential visit to the Bedfordshire SLCC Branch today, the Bedford Rural Communities Charity spoke on the role and remit of their charity, neighbourhood planning and housing needs survey along with green infrastructure planning.

We also enjoyed an excellent briefing on the Website Accessibility Regulations provided by James Stirling. His website for Stondon Parish Council is well worth viewing!

South Yorkshire Branch Meeting, 2nd July
At the South Yorkshire SLCC Branch today talking about education and Professional Development. The relaunched Branch now have new Officers in place with fresh ideas for moving forward.

Buckingham Palace, 15th May

Solar Conference, 15th March
The Society of Lawyers and Administrators in Glasgow was inspirational. Our IIMC Representative, Kathryn Richmond, was present along with the Irish representatives from across the water. Conversations on issues experienced in our sector were fast flowing and it was really interesting to hear the Scottish Ministers Aide speak on the 50,000 homes to be built in Scotland. Maureen Falconer, the Scottish Regional Manager for the ICO, spoke at length about how overwhelmed the ICO were since GDPR and how they were tackling the overwhelming increase in contact. There was a session on Brexit (yes there had to be one) delivered by Lynda Towers, Director of Law at Morton Frazer which was informative and thought provoking.

Michael McLaughlin gave a session on behaviours and the challenges facing officers engaged in the field of employment. It was lovely to meet up with Suki Binjal and talk about all the work she actioned with David Preston (SLCC Past President).

New Clerks Training, 27th February
The New Clerk Event was well attended and such a rewarding day for those delivering presentations. It was a pleasure to answer those burning questions and it seemed that many clerks do not realise the SLCC Advisory Team are at the end of a phone 9.00am - 5.30pm. I am very much looking forward to the New Clerk Event in Sedgefield, if you’re a new clerk, sign up before places sell out – www.slcc.co.uk/newclerkevent

Practitioners’ Conference, 14th & 15th February
I attended Practitioners’ Conference and, as a student myself, it was an honour to present the Community Governance certificates and special awards. I have always found Practitioners’ Conference to be my favourite event as it provides me with practical knowledge and tools to take back to my work place. If you haven’t been before make it a must for 2020, you won’t be disappointed and will go back to work inspired and enthused.

SLCC Lancashire Branch Meeting, 7th February
I attended the Lancashire Branch meeting and was thrilled to see Debra Platt my fellow SLCC Advisory Team member as Chair, the Branch Chairman, Jan Finch, was sadly unable to attend. The meeting featured a talk on Neighbourhood Planning delivered by a guest speaker. It was extremely insightful to listen to the questions from those interested in starting the process and those who have been through several years of consultation for their Neighbourhood Plan. Those who had been through the process and “come out of the other side” felt that whilst it had caused issues and debate it was a worthwhile process and would do it all over again.

January 2019
I visited the Cheshire Branch on Friday 25th January 2019 and was delighted to be met by Chris Shaw, Winner of Council of the year. He gave me a tour of their facilities and the stunning War Memorial Project recently completed. The Cheshire Branch are very enthusiast about training and they even use the profit from their annual training event towards a training bursary for one of their members. I was very impressed with the support they give their members and they made me feel very welcome.

I attended the Hertfordshire Branch on the 18th January 2019. They met at a lovely restaurant in St Albans called Lussman’s. I was made most welcome. We discussed the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) and the one-to-one mentoring which is on offer as well as celebrating recent Branch CiLCA passes.
It was interesting to hear about the training provided by Carina Helmn, from the Hertfordshire County Association (HAPTC) and talk with Carina about the Code of Conduct. I left having had good debate and lovely food, thank you to Hertfordshire for spoiling me!


December 2018
I was welcomed to the Hereford SLCC branch meeting and their Christmas dinner. I was met by a lovely group of 17 Clerks at Hereford Town Hall. It was an informative session headed by the Balfour Beatty Team. There were really good systems in place too.



Ruby, my beagle, enjoyed sightseeing around Hereford Town in the afternoon. The poppy displays were stunning...



November 2018
I was thrilled today that my first branch visit was to Wiltshire on the 16th November 2018 and that I had the delightful task of presenting Jonathan Bourne with his long service award. He’s worked tirelessly for the SLCC and as a branch we are extremely proud of him













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