Buckland Brewer parish

Elections May 2015

Elections will take place on Thursday 7 May 2015 to elect:

  • members of parliament
  • district councillors for the Torridge district
  • parish councillors for towns and parishes in the Torridge district

For full information about the elections in Torridge, please see Torridge DC election pages.

See Parish council election 2015 for information and advice on standing for parish council.

Register to vote

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Candidate and nomination information

For guidance and advice on standing as a candidate in any of the elections, please see the guidance notes produced by the Electoral Commission:

Parish council election 2015

Thinking of becoming a parish councillor?

On 7 May 2015, at the same time as the general election, there will also be elections for district and parish councillors.

For full information about the elections in Torridge, please see Torridge DC election pages.

The parish council is the first tier of local government in England and Wales and, for most of the electorate, provides the most accessible forum for debating and developing local issues. Parish councils are elected for a term of four years so, if you are thinking of standing as a parish councillor, you would be making a commitment to serve the community until May 2019.

Buckland Brewer Parish Council has nine councillors. It has two sub-committees (‘Budget and Finance’ and ‘Personnel’) and provides, or recommends other parishioners, as trustees to the Village Hall Management Committee and the Playing Fields Association. Meetings are held at least once every month, normally on the second Wednesday of the month. Frequently, extra meetings are needed to meet deadlines for consultations on planning applications and these normally take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The Parish Council’s Annual Meeting is held in May each year. At this meeting a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are elected for the coming year. There is only one other formally appointed role for a parish councillor, which is to undertake the role of Snow Warden (although this role can also be delegated to an individual who is not a councillor if necessary).

The Parish Clerk is a paid employee of the council – not a councillor, and therefore is not required to stand for election. Their role is to advise the Council, prepare minutes and agendas, provide financial control and undertake other administrative duties. He or she does not take part in any voting.

If you are considering standing as a parish councillor you might find some of these guides and background papers helpful:

Nomination forms will become available on or soon after 9 March and must be returned in person to the Returning Officer by 9 April 2015. You can email the Parish Clerk or any of the present parish councillors. If you would like an informal chat just leave your telephone number and they will call you back.

Parish Council minutes 11 February 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 11 February 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer school

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Kate Slocombe, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 28 January 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 28 January 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer village hall

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 14 January 2015

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 14 January 2015

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present

Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Miss Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 16 December 2014

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 16 December 2014

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Sally Nicholls, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Read on…

Parish Council minutes 10 December 2014

Buckland Brewer parish council meeting, 10 December 2014

Held at the Buckland Brewer School

Draft minutes

Members Present: Mrs Barbara Babb, Mr Andrew Hewitt, Mr George Heywood, Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Trevor Mills, Mrs Shirley Tilley and Mr David Watson. Sally Nicholls was co-opted at the meeting and joined the Council from item 1357. Read on…

Village hall survey February 2015

The Buckland Brewer Village Hall Committee/Trustees need up to date information on how you use the existing hall, and how you would use a new one – we want to hear how much you need it.

Please would you spare five minutes (honestly, no more) to complete the tick-sheet questionnaire that’s coming through your letter box in the next two weeks. It will be collected after a few days, or you have the option of leaving it outside your house (a collection day will be given on the form).

If you have any ideas about new clubs you may want to set up, or “hall-based” activities you would like to see that are not on offer at the moment (maybe you would like to have a go at organising it), now is your chance.

Thank you for your contribution.

The Village Hall Committee.

4 February 2015

Geoffrey Cox QC MP advice surgery dates

Geoffrey Cox QC MP, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon

Advice surgery dates 2015

Bideford and Torrington

  • Saturday 24 January
  • Saturday 14 February
  • Saturday 14 March

Holsworthy and Tavistock

  • Saturday 17 January
  • Saturday 7 February
  • Saturday 7 March

By appointment only.

If you would like to make an appointment to see Geoffrey, please contact his office by post, email, phone or via his website.

Constituency Office: 2 Bridge Chambers, Lower Bridge Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2BU

Email: tellgeoffrey@geoffreycox.co.uk