Bruton Town Council seeks a new Town Clerk

Bruton Town Council seeks a new Town Clerk

Following the resignation of our long-serving Town Clerk we are looking to recruit a replacement.

Our advertisement

£21,117 to £23,740 pa, subject to qualifications and experience, for 28 hours per week. Some evening work will be required.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual, ideally with relevant experience, to undertake this interesting and varied post supporting an active and ambitious town council.

Bruton is a small rural market town situated in Somerset, served by 13 town councillors. In addition to employing an assistant clerk, the council also has a dedicated group of community office volunteers.

We are seeking a clerk of the highest calibre to lead and develop our team, to work actively with elected members to help improve the town, and to ensure that all legal, financial and other governance requirements are met.

The successful applicant will either hold or be willing to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

The position is graded at mid-LC2, (new SCP 24-28). The full time equivalent for this grade is £27,905 to £31,371.

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 20th May with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 28th May.

How to apply

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for the post carefully.

Send us a short covering letter and a CV, which when read together should demonstrate that you meet the criteria in the Person Specification.

Please also provide the name and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your most recent employer, and let your referees know that we may be in touch with them.

In order to be considered, your application needs to be with us by 12.00 on Monday 20th May. Email applications to recruitment@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk are preferred, but postal applications received by this time will be accepted. The postal address is Recruitment, Bruton Town Council, 26 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AA. (If you chose to post, please note that Bruton’s post often arrives after midday).

Interviews will take place in Bruton on Tuesday 28 May 2019. The Town Council will make a decision about who to appoint at its meeting that evening, and we should be able to let the successful candidate know the next day (subject to receipt of satisfactory references).

About Bruton: information for applicants

Bruton is a small town at the eastern end of South Somerset District. It has a long history, was mentioned in the Domesday book, and had an Abbey, some of the remnants of which are still visible. The whole of the town centre is a conservation area, with many listed buildings, and a mediaeval street pattern which is a delight to look at but less convenient for pedestrians and cars, as the houses are simply too close together.

Despite its mediaeval centre, Bruton is anything but preserved in aspic. In 2014 Hauser and Wirth opened a renovated farmhouse on the edge of the town as an international art gallery with restaurant and garden, which now attracts 140,000 visitors each year. The town is well-marketed by this and other prominent local businesses, and has become something of a tourist destination, with over 28 AirBnB listings and overnight accommodation for nearly 150 visitors. This, coupled with its accessibility from London, has in turn made it a popular destination for people down-sizing from London (DFLs, or Down from Londons, as locals refer to them).

The other major business of the town centre is education. Kings School, a long-established private boarding school, occupies much of the land to the south of the town, and Sexey’s School, Somerset’s only voluntary aided boarding school, is also to the south-west of the town. Bruton School for Girls (which despite its name is in the neighbouring parish of Pitcombe) is another private boarding school less than a mile from the town centre. The often quoted 2011 census Bruton population of 3,000 actually includes over 400 boarding pupils.

Apart from Bruton itself, the parish is largely rural and pastoral, with two small outlying settlements at Wyke Champflower and Redlynch. Dairy cattle predominate, but several farms have diversified into related industries: Wyke Farms Limited, now a cheesemaker, has a turnover of £64M and 160 employees.

Because of its attractions and its employment opportunities Bruton feels and is a town that is thriving. The challenge for the town and its Council is to ensure that the changes that come with this prosperity are for the town’s benefit, and that Bruton remains a community that meets the needs of all its residents. In the 2016 Town Plan Survey residents valued the town’s friendliness, and its people, above everything else, but there was an under-current of anxiety about incomers, shops that didn’t sell anything that local people might want, and lack of affordable housing for young people. The Town Council’s Planning Committee sees this tension most acutely: in the historic centre there are frequent applications to create guest accommodation, on the edge of town there is widespread public opposition to new development that might provide the needed affordable housing.

You can download a copy of our Town Plan here, and read much more about the Council and the Town elsewhere on this website.

Bruton Climate Emergency

Bruton Climate Emergency

On Tuesday 26 March 2019, Bruton Town Council voted unanimously to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, adopting a 9 point motion (below) that commits the Council to tangible actions to “make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030″.

 

The Council would like to thank the large number of residents who attended the meeting to speak on this issue. We will be setting up a working group to take this forward, and encourage members of our community who want to help to to get in touch. Please contact the Town Clerk, Kathy McCarthy (townclerk@brutontowncouncil.gov.uk)

 

Bruton Town Council adopted the following nine resolutions…

 

1.   Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
2.   Write to Bruton’s schools thanking our schoolchildren for demonstrating their ecological concerns, and pledging support for addressing this as a Council;
3.   Pledge to do everything within the Town Council’s power to make Bruton carbon neutral by 2030;
4.   Set up a Working Group to review all Town Council policies and activities to assess how they might be modified to reduce emissions. This Working Group to report back to Full Council withing 6 months with a Proposal for adoption by the TC. Said Proposals to be reviewed annually.
5.    In the absence of Bruton specific emissions data, to work to make our contribution to South Somerset achieving our regional target by 2030.
6.   Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
7.   Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors;
8.   Work with Bruton’s residents, businesses and other organisations to meet the 2030 target.
9.   Call on All Local Principal Authority Councils to take similar actions.

Queen’s visit to Bruton: the details that have been released

Bruton Town Council is delighted to welcome the Queen to our town on Thursday.

The Queen’s visit is primarily to open the new Music School at Kings’ Bruton, as part of the school’s 500th anniversary celebrations. Her majesty will then attend a Somerset Celebration Lunch at the school’s Memorial Hall, before visiting Hauser and Wirth. Exact details of her route and time have not been released to the public.

There will be no parking or waiting anywhere on the one-way system, Station Road or Dropping Lane, from midnight on Wednesday until the Queen has departed Bruton on Thursday afternoon. Bruton’s roads will be open as normal to through traffic.

Bruton Town Council has played no role in organising this visit, but we would like to thank Mill on the Brue and Godminster Farms for opening up temporary parking on Thursday, which will be accessible by Legg’s Bridge and through our existing Station Road Car Park. We will put up signs on Thursday morning.

Unionist Club Community Consultation Events

Unionist Club Community Consultation Events

All are welcome at our consultation events on 28 February at the Unionist Club and 1 March downstairs At the Chapel. No need to book. Just turn up.

  • Have fun at one of our activities
  • Light refreshments
  • Speak to our consultants about your thoughts about the future of the Hall (or just have fun)

Activities at the Unionist Club, Quaperlake Street
Thursday 28 February 11.00 am till 4.45 pm

11.00 to 12.00: Drop-in for free tea, coffee and cake

Art-based activities on offer. Or just chat.

1.00 to 1.45: SLINGFIT with Jay West

Try Jay’s new exercise session for mums (and dads!). Either wear your tot in a sling or bring along a pram. A very toddler/baby friendly class. All abilities welcome. Free light refreshments.

2.15 to 2.45: Rhyme Time with Rachel Guest

Come to one of Rachel’s popular story and song sessions for parents and toddlers. Or just sit around and chat. Free light refreshments.

3.45 to 4.45: Get creative after school

Stop off after school for free refreshments, with art-based activities for primary age children.

 

THE HALL WILL BE CLOSED FROM 5.00 TO 7.30.

 

Bruton Town Quiz Night at the Unionist Club
Thursday 28 February 8.00 pm till 10.00 pm

£10 per team of four with free bottle of wine and nibbles.

Balance of takings all go to a CASH PRIZE for the winning team.

Bar open for those who want more.

All are welcome: no need to pre-book. Doors open 7.30.

 

Community Consultation Drop-in
Saturday 2 March 10.00 to 4.00
At the Chapel (downstairs Club Room)

Hear about what’s been suggested so far.

Talk to our consultants in a relaxed atmosphere.

Free tea or coffee.

No need to book. Just drop in.

 

More about the consultation and our survey

To read more or complete the survey click here.

Unionist Hall survey and public consultation

Unionist Hall survey and public consultation

A public consultation on the future of the Bruton Unionist Club, its building and its site began on 29 January 2019 and closed on 5 pm on Friday 8 March 2019. Residents, club members and others could take part by completing an online or paper survey, and by attending one of three consultation events:

  • Thursday 28 February, 11.00 to 5.00, The Unionist Hall, Quaperlake Street
  • Thursday 28 February 8.00 pm to 10.00 Bruton Town Quiz at the Unionist Hall
  • Saturday 2 March, 10.00 to 4.00, Clubroom downstairs At The Chapel

For more details about the events click here.

When will we hear the outcome of the consultation?

The consultants carrying out the consultation have been asked to prepare a report for the Unionist Club members and the Town Council by the end of March 2019. We expect that the report will be published here after the council election.

Why is this consultation taking place?

We are having this public consultation to ensure that there is an exciting future for the Club, its building, and its site. With your help the potential of the club to provide events and entertainments for Brutonians both young and old can be fulfilled.

The discussions between the Town Council and the Unionist Club are a once in a generation chance to make people’s wish for a modern multi-purpose community centre in our town a reality. We and the Club want as many Club members, residents and organisations as possible to take part in this consultation about its future, so that the Club can make the best decision for its members and for the town.

 

Who is paying for this?

The consultation is entirely funded by an Awards for All National Lottery Grant. You can read the text of the Town Council’s successful grant application here (the application is completed online, so it is not possible to share the completed form).

Background information

The Town Council’s Programme Plan: describes the Council’s overall plan for development of the Unionist Hall, including the work that will be done if the Unionist Club decide that they wish to go ahead. This decision has not yet been taken. The fact that we have a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that everything in it will happen.

The Stage Two Business Case: explains why the Council has decided to proceed to this stage of the Plan, (which includes the Community Consultation).

The Town Council thought it important that the consultation was seen to be independent from both the Unionist Club and the Council itself. We therefore ran a procurement exercise and have awarded a contract to Counterculture Partnership LLP to do the work.

You can read more about Counterculture on their website here.

You can read the procurement documentation here.

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