Who we are & what we do
Newnham Parish Council came into existence in its own right prior to 1923.
Newnham Parish Council has 8 seats and is non-political in make-up. Councillors are elected every 4 years to represent Newnham but Councillors can, of course, decide to submit themselves for re-election and continue to serve longer.
We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor - why not give it a go! For more information, please contact the Clerk.
The Parish Council's responsibilities include open spaces, burial ground, street lights and setting a precept (the amount you pay to the parish as part of your council tax) for services provided and work for the benefit of the entire community.
Meetings of the Parish Council are held on the first Monday of every month except August at the Village Hall, Church Street, Newnham. During Covid-19, the meetings were held remotely by video conference, but since the meeting on 7th June 2021, meetings have been again held in person in the village hall.
The meetings are open to anyone to attend. The Agenda for a meeting (and the minutes from the previous meeting) can be found in the calendar (either under the "About the Council" tab, or under the "Community" tab - "What's on")
In addition to the monthly meetings, there are 2 further meetings each year that are required to be held by law.
These are the Annual Parish Council Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting.
The Annual Parish Meeting is a legacy from the Middle Ages, when Local Councils did not exist, and all local decision making was carried out by meetings of the whole community
The Annual Parish Meeting is NOT a Parish Council meeting. It does not have the formality of a Parish Council meeting nor can it make decisions. It is more of an open forum for you to generate discussion, questions and ideas.
The Annual Parish Meeting is when reports from district councillors and locals groups and or organisations are received. The meeting is held between March and 31 May of each year.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council is held in May of each year where the Chairman and officers are elected.
Newnham Parish Council has adopted a Code of Conduct, which sets out the rules that govern the behaviour of its members. All elected and co-opted Members are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct and must complete a declaration of interest form to register their financial interests and other interests. Any suspected breaches of the code can be referred to the Monitoring Officer.
The principal roles of an elected Councillor are:
- To represent the interests of all residents in their parish
- To offer advice and assistance on Council services
- To decide Council policy, monitor performance and scrutinise decisions made.
Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)
Newnham Parish Council
- 2 Western Row, Western Avenue, Daventry, NN11 4UD
The Clerk is employed part-time and works 30 hours per month. The Clerk is normally available by telephone Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm.These hours are flexible and may change.
Should the Clerk be unavailable, a message can be left and the Clerk will contact the caller as soon as is practicably possible thereafter, having assessed the nature of the enquiry. The Clerk is also available on email during these hours.
Email is the preferred method of contact.
The Clerk has responsibility for all areas of Council, as well as the following:
- Responsible Financial Officer
- Burials as Burial Superintendent
- Street Lighting
- And general queries
I have lived in Northamptonshire for the last 45 years, initially in Weedon and then moving to Daventry in 2001 following the death of my husband in 1999. I have a sister, two daughters, a grandson and grand-daughter. My mother and father were farmers in Warwickshire.
My working life was spent as a secretary for local solicitors but the last 20 years were spent working for Northamptonshire Association for the Blind as PA to the General Manager. A very rewarding position.
In 2005 I remarried and it was at this time I thought about getting part-time employment. I have been Newnham Parish Clerk since May 2007.
Over the last 20 years I have been heavily involved in charity work, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, the Royal British Legion and the British Red Cross.
My hobbies include gardening, reading, knitting and walking the dog.