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Bideford Town Council - Employment Opportunity

Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer 

SALARY SCALE (SCP 37 – 42,  £43,516 - £48,587)

(Subject to CiLCA Qualification) 

Applications are invited for the full time position of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, with a starting date of April/May 2023.

The Council seeks a motivated and proactive person to work with the Members to meet the challenges and opportunities that are available to the Local Council sector.

You will need commitment and vision, together with sound administrative, financial and business management skills and the capacity to provide objective and impartial advice to Members.  You will have self-motivation, be a lateral and forward looking thinker together with an ability to forge strong partnerships with other organisations and the local community.

In return, the Council offer a competitive salary, Membership of  the local government pension scheme and a generous holiday allowance.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a solutions focused individual to work with the Council and the Community to really make a difference within the town.

If you have the relevant skills and experience to meet the challenges ahead, please apply for an application pack to the Town Clerk, Bideford Town Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Bideford, EX39 2HS.  By e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Telephone 01237 428818.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications Tuesday 3 January 2023.  (Please mark your envelopes CONFIDENTIAL) 

Interviews to be conducted during the week commencing 23rd of January 2023.

Please use this link to download the Application Pack

 


Bideford Pannier Market - Festive Dates

For further information and an application form please contact Deputy Town Clerk  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 01237 428817.

List of Festive dates at the Pannier Market Bideford during December 2022


Bideford Pannier Market - Shop Unit to Rent in Butcher's Row

Shop Unit to Rent Butchers Row Unit 5 Bideford Pannier Market on a cream background with burgundy border

 


AVIAN INFLUENZA (Bird Flu) Update

APHA Avian Flu Update notice from 7 November 2022

 

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds will come into force in all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a decision by the United Kingdom’s Chief Veterinary Officer. This means anyone keeping hens in England (including just one) will need to ensure they are fully protected from wild birds. The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size. You are able to still enable your birds to have access outside to fresh air, but they will need to be either protected with netting or clear plastic from wild bird droppings.

Evidence shows that housing birds reduces the risk of kept birds being infected with bird flu. However, housing alone will not protect birds and all keepers must still follow the other enhanced biosecurity measures mandated by the AIPZ at all times to protect their flocks and prevent the risk of future outbreaks which is circulating in wild birds.

Housing combined with stringent biosecurity measures can provide even greater reduction in risk

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared across Great Britain on the 17 October 2022, when it was made a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

The addition of housing measures to the AIPZ already in force across England means all bird keepers across England must

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control
  • keep records of mortality, movement of poultry and poultry products and any changes in production
  • thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
  • keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
  • minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
  • prevent access by poultry to ponds and watercourses and ensure that birds are kept in fenced or enclosed areas

For more information please check out the government website here: https://tinyurl.com/4e4vdctm

 


BIDEFORD TOWN CRYER – JIM WEEKS – ON TOUR IN NOVA SCOTIA AND THE USA

Our intrepid travelling Town , Mr Jim Weeks, has been on a special road trip – visiting family in Nova Scotia, then driving down to Biddeford, Maine and onto our Twin Town Manteo, in North Carolina. 

He has special dispensation to take his Town Cryer Uniform and bell with him, to ring out and “cry” for Bideford. 

Luckily, so far on his travels, Jim has not had to battle with Storms Fiona and Ian.  

Our twinning cousins in Manteo are always delighted when they meet anyone from Bideford and we are made to feel very welcome indeed.

Mr Jim Weeks, Town Cryer, who has been visiting family in Nova Scotia as well as a trip to Biddeford, Maine and our twin town Manteo in North Carolina.

Mr Jim Weeks,  Town Cryer has been on a special road trip – visiting family in Nova Scotia, then driving down to Biddeford, Maine and onto our Twin Town Manteo, in North Carolina.

  



*INTRODUCING THE MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR FOR 2022-2023*

Bideford Town Council elected the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, on Thursday 12th May, for the 2022-2023 term. 

A round of applause went up for Councillor Mrs Jude Gubb after she was elected as Town Mayor – the first lady Mayor for 14 years!  And Councillor Mrs Gubb is the third member of her family to be elected Town Mayor, having been preceded by her brothers Tony Inch and Simon Inch respectively.  She will be supported by her Consort and husband, Mr Michael Gubb.

Councillor Mrs Gubb said “I am very proud and feel privileged to be your Mayor and will look forward to representing the Town wherever I am invited.  I would like to thank Councillor David Ratcliff for the work he has done during the past year, and for giving me the opportunity to deputise for him when he was unable to attend events. “

She continued, “I am excited and enthusiastic for the coming year – we have some great events of our own lined up, starting with the amazing Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and I know that the Mayor’s diary is filling up rapidly”.

 

   Councillor Jude Gubb Town Mayor for  the year 2022-2023 Councillor Mrs Jude Gubb - Town Mayor 2022-2023

01237 475455

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The Deputy Mayor for this term is Councillor Jamie McKenzie who was equally delighted to take up the post.  Having been on the Town Council since 2015, he felt that he was “ready” for the role.  He thanked members for voting for him and assured the Mayor that he would support her to the best of his ability.  Councillor Jamie McKenzie will be supported by his Deputy Mayoress and wife, Mrs Zofia McKenzie.

  Councillor Jamie McKenzie Deputy Town Mayor 2022-2023

Councillor Jamie McKenzie – Deputy Town Mayor

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