Join this one-day virtual event for training focused around the ‘Clerks’ Year Calendar’ to support you with important tasks for the upcoming months.

  • Understand key aspects of the planning reforms & how they will work in practice – crucial update for clerks
  • Discover how your bereavement services can be environmentally measured & achieve environmental compliance
  • Identify bullying & harassment & find out what to do if it happens to you
  • Receive details on the latest round of funding for Neighbourhood Plans
  • Find out how to lead your community in a crisis using the Covid-19 pandemic as an example
  • And much more!

The event will take place using Zoom.

Delegates will be sent the Zoom link to access the training day a week before the event begins.


23rd June 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Members: £45 + VAT
Non-members: £90 + VAT
Bring along a fellow clerk, officer or councillor and get their non-member place for £45 + VAT!

CPD Points

Attend this event and log 2.5 CPD points!

A closer look at your sessions...

Government’s reforms of the planning system

Andrew Towlerton, SLCC National Planning Advisor

How will the planning reforms affect your council?

This session includes vital updates for clerks in England including details on the latest round of funding for Neighbourhood Plans.

The Government’s Planning White Paper ‘Planning for the Future’ proposes ‘radical’ and ‘far-reaching’ reforms of the planning system in England which will ‘streamline’ and ‘modernise’ it. This session will explain the key aspects of the reforms that will have implications for the sector and how they are likely to work in practice.

It is being led by Andrew Towlerton, SLCC National Planning Advisor, who is a qualified planner and has worked in various senior planning roles in the public and private sectors. He is also a parish clerk so is familiar with local councils.

Andrew Towlerton, National Planning Advisor

Bullying: an accepted part of being a clerk?

Claire Rolston, Solicitor/Director, CLR Law

What do tomato plants, lawn mowers and allotments have in common? They have all been at the heart of a bullying claim by clerks. Clerks seem to have a disproportionate chance of being bullied for simply doing their job. Find out how to identify what bullying and harassment looks like and what to do about it if it happens to you.


Claire Rolston, Solicitor/Director, CLR Law

Feedback from Training Seminars in 2021

‘This was the best training event I have ever attended. The content was on target and explained beautifully. Bargain price for the knowledge and expertise imparted. And whilst we do not have the face to face experience, I also managed to deal with some emergency situations throughout the day so being in the ‘office’ was really useful.’
Helen Griffiths, Chalfont St Giles Parish Council

‘Although I missed meeting colleagues in person and the inevitable gain from networking, holding the Regional Training Seminar virtually worked really well.  The programme was fast paced and without travelling the day was shorter so there was the opportunity to keep on top of work.  A win-win situation!’
Julie Larter FSLCC, St Austell Bay Parish Council

‘To do these training sessions virtually is so much easier as you don’t have to give up a whole day. You can listen in to those sessions of most interest/use, and do others things whilst the other sessions are being held. Thank you, I have a back ground in planning and deal with the planning aspects at work, so the planning session was of particular interest to me.’
Helen Ferdinand, Yeovil Town Council

‘Excellent program covering useful topics, lots of useful information.
Philip Peacock PSLCC, Huntingdon Town Council

The North Virtual Regional Training Seminar (VRTS) is generously sponsored by Utility Aid.

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Utility Aid sponsor the VRTS North Event in 2021