Parish Council

The purpose of the Parish Council is to represent the community in matters of local government, to improve the quality of life through community schemes and to provide services such as allotments, leisure facilities, bus shelters. It needs to understand the needs of different groups within the parish and when making difficult decisions, act in an open and impartial way.

There are 8 Councillors and a Clerk.

Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings either to listen to what is being discussed or to bring matters to the attention of the Council.

The  position of Clerk is currently vacant. Cllr Alison Feist is covering the clerk’s duties until a replacement is found and she can be contacted by email at clerk@uptonbishoppc.org. Please contact her if you wish to raise an issue with the Parish Council.


Herefordshire Councillor

The Herefordshire County Councillor is Barry Durkin who represents Old Gore Ward. Barry can be contacted by e-mail:bdurkin@herefordshire.gov.uk or by phone: 07792 882054


Member of Parliament

Our MP is Bill Wiggin who represents North Herefordshire. Bill lives in the village and can be contacted through his association office on 01568 612565.  


Vacancy for the Parish Clerk

The parish council is actively seeking a new Clerk/RFO (Responsible Financial Officer)

The role is part-time … based on 7 hours per week

If you are interested in applying, please contact:

HALC (Herefordshire Association of Local Councils)

Bath Street

Hereford

HR1 2HE

lynda@halchereford.gov.uk

01432 353492

for a job description, person specification & application form.


Forthcoming meetings

The Parish Council meets at 7pm in the Millennium Hall on the first Tuesday of every month.

7 January 2020
4 February 2020
3 March 2020
7 April 2020
5 May 2020
2 June 2020
7 July 2020
4 August 2020
1 September 2020
6 October 2020
3 November 2020
1 December 2020

 


HOW CAN WE HELP GET THROUGH THE WINTER OF 2020 WITH THE RESTRICTIONS OF COVID 19

 At the virtual Upton Bishop Parish Council meeting on 3rd November 2020, we discussed how the Parishioners can get through the winter ahead with continual restrictions being imposed because of Covid-19.

Parish Council Minutes

Firstly, if anyone that would like to see a copy of the latest Parish Council minutes a week after the meeting, can you please email the clerk@uptonbishoppc.org to ensure you are added to the mailing list.  Anyone without a computer who would like to receive a copy of the minutes, please contact the Temporary Clerk, Alison Feist on 07772389234. Would anyone like the minutes posted on the notice boards over the winter?  Again, contact the Parish Clerk.

Walk/Cycle with a Parishioner

Under the current lock down state you can have no one in your house or garden, however, you are allowed to go for a walk with one other person from another household.  During first lock down, many people went for a walk/cycle on their own.

The suggestion is that you supply your details to the Clerk who is happy to set up a list and see who else is available to join you.  It could be that you walk/cycle with someone you know or get to know another Parishioner.  This way you have exercise in fresh air and the chance of a chat with someone which is a benefit to us all.

Children and Young Adults in the Parish

It has been asked by new families moving into Parish, how do children make friends and meet up.  The suggestion is for parents or young adults to supply details, (with permission to supply details to other families in the Parish), to the Clerk of the Parish Council. The Clerk will supply details of parents to each of you who are interested to arrange a get together. Maybe there are activities that can be set up when restrictions are lifted.  The Parish Council are happy to listen and assist where they can.   Events are occurring across the Parish and are advertised on the website and Facebook. If you do not use either, contact the Clerk for details, for example for the recent Pumpkin Competition.

People shielding during winter

If you need assistance with errands or shopping during the winter, please contact the Parish Council.

Jane Ayres

Jane is the new church warden in the Parish; she is always trying to arrange activities for children and young adults. We are sure she will continue to do so and wish her all the best. If you need to contact her please let the Clerk know.

Any other ideas

If anyone in the Parish has any other ideas for things we could do, please contact the Parish Clerk and we will be happy to discuss at the Parish Council or contact the appropriate people.

 

Thanks to Chicory Crops for the Community Shop and Moody Cow for supplying take away meals from the pub and the popular take away wagon.

Contact:    Alison Feist  Upton Bishop Parish Clerk,  email clerk@uptonbishoppc.org or 07772389234.

 


Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday, May 28th 2019

The 2019 Annual Parish Meeting took place on Tuesday, May 28th.  This was a chance for residents to meet their parish councillors, find out what has been going on the in the village over the last year and get an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

This the the 2019 Annual Parish Meeting Presentation.


Who can stand as a Parish Councillor?

Elections to the Parish Council are held every four years and the last election was in May 2019.  The next election will be in May 2023.

To stand for election to become a parish councillor you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, or
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election, or
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area, or
  • You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.