COMPTON MARTIN PARISH COUNCIL
CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER
Compton Martin Parish Council is looking for a resourceful individual to take over from their current clerk who will be retiring at the end of March 2021. We are a progressive council engaging with our community of just over 500 residents. We have recently declared a Climate Emergency in line with a number of parish councils in the Chew Valley.
Applicants who will work from home, must be able to communicate well at all levels, be computer literate and have internet access. Ideally you will have some knowledge of local government, although training will be provided and you will hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) or be prepared to study to obtain it.
The Clerk is responsible for preparing agendas, attending parish council meetings and taking minutes, dealing with correspondence, liaising with contractors and local government officials. Other responsibilities will be explained at interview.
As Responsible Financial Officer you will manage the accounts to include monthly bank reconciliations, Income and Expenditure Accounts, budgets, VAT returns and organise internal and external audits.
The salary is based on 10 hours per week and calculated
according to the National Joint Council.
To apply or to receive further information please email
Chris Craig, Chairman Compton Martin Parish Council. firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 5.00 p.m. Monday 30th November 2020
Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of December
by Zoom if necessary.
Compton Martin lies in the west of Bath and North East Somerset, straddling the A368 and nestling below the north slopes of the Mendip Hills approximately midway between Bath and Weston-super-Mare, with Brisol 12 miles to the north and Wells over the Mendip Hills to the south. It is within the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the village is also a conservation area.
The population has remained fairly static, despite the changing face of life, the loss of the hamlet of Moreton under the waters created for the Chew Valley Lake in the 1950s, and a large area of "top of Mendip" to Priddy, when Avon was formed.
The village is primarily a commuter based village now, with only two farms remaining with large dairy herds and some local and home based businesses.
There are two halls, The Old Schoolroom was the school from 1843 to 1950 and is next door to the Church. The Village Hall at the east end of the village was built as a memorial after the First World War.
One public house remains, the Ring 'o Bells, which is in the centre of the village. The local shop (since the 1840s) sadly closed in 2001, but we retained the Post Office.
Our twelfth century church "is considered one of the finest specimens of Norman architecture" in Somerset (Ref: Pevsner) with a twisted column and a very rare columbarium (a pigeon loft).