13th April 2021


nformation following the Death of

HRH The Prince Philip


Letters of Condolence


You will appreciate that Buckingham Palace will be receiving many letters of condolence from individuals, organisations and local authorities and the capacity to acknowledge them all will be limited.  However, if you wish to send a letter then it should be sent to:


Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell,

Private Secretary to His late Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,

Buckingham Palace,

London,  SW1A 1AA


Letters can ask for condolences to be passed to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family, but do bear in mind that only one letter of condolence should be sent, whether it’s from  Mayor or Leader, or jointly, but just the one letter.

Looking on the internet it is clear that many Councils posted very warm and appropriate messages on their websites when The Duke’s death was announced.  Those messages were all the better because they were each individual expressions of sadness.  The same will apply to letters of condolence.  The value is greater when it is an individual expression from the writer, rather than something based on a standard format.


Digital Image of The Queen and Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday


Earlier this month NACO sent its members details of how their Councils could obtain digital images for use on their websites and social media in connection with Royal birthdays this year.

The Queen’s 95th birthday will fall during the period of Court mourning and so will necessarily be marked more quietly than would otherwise have been the case.  There has been no formal guidance issued but as things stand, if Councils wish to post a message of good wishes to The Queen on the occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday, then that remains an opportunity.  You can still apply for a digital image if you have not done so and the way in which to do that is set out in the last Newsletter on this subject.

On previous birthdays and anniversaries the Palace has issued special photographs to mark the occasion.  Should that happen this time then you should be aware that copies of that special birthday image will NOT be available for our use.  It is restricted exclusively to Buckingham Palace and to national newspapers and broadcasters for a very limited period around the birthday itself. 

For local authorities the options are either to apply for the free digital image or one of the other images from the Royal Images Library for which a charge is made, as detailed on the website www.royalimages.co.uk


If you are purchasing images then you will need to state:

Image(s) required -
Size required –
Type of finish (print only, mounted print or framed print) -
Invoice address
Delivery address (if different) -
Phone number (a mobile number is best for courier tracking updates) -
Preferred method of payment (by invoice, bank transfer or card payment via a link)


Please Note:

Members are reminded that the Message Board on the NACO website is public and questions on any matters relating to sensitive subjects should be restricted and queries raised in the first instance through info@naco.uk.com


Jim Babbington

Vice Chair, NACO


13 April 2021


22nd March 2021


 A vacancy has occurred for a part time Clerk/Responsible Finance Office to commence  the beginning of  July 2021

For this varied position . candidates must be computer literate and have internet access. Candidates should have previous experience working as a Parish Clerk and have knowledge of local government, although training can be provided.

Candidates should be prepared to undertake continued development training throughout their period of employment and be prepared to study for the Certificate in Local Councils Administration if this is not currently held by the applicant.

The clerk is responsible for preparing agendas, taking minutes, dealing with correspondence, liaising with contractors and local government officials, managing of accounts to include keeping of cash book, bank reconciliations, preparing budgets, VAT returns, PAYE, organising Internal & External Audits and administration of the Parish Council website.

The clerk ensures that correct procedures are followed and advises the Council to ensure that it act within its powers. The ability to communicate well at all levels is essential.

The salary is based on 10 hours a week (worked flexibly) and will be calculated according to the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) rates dependant upon qualifications and experience but will be within the range LC2 SCP18-24 (£24,982-£32,234 pro rata)

The post holder will work mainly from home.

Attendance is required at the Parish Council meetings held in the Village halls of Harley or Cressage or Zoom on the first Wednesday of every month. Extraordinary meetings may be arranged as necessary throughout the year.

For further details please visit the parish council website www.cressageharleysheinton.co.uk

 For an application pack please contact the clerk  chsparishcouncil@gmail.com

To apply please send completed application form to t the clerk at chsparishcouncil@gmailcom

Closing date for applications  16th April 2021

It is intended that interviews will be held by Zoom during April but this may be subject to change.


5th March 2021

There will be Local Council Elections on Thursday 6th May 2021.

 If you are interested in Standing as a Parish Council you will need to visit the Electoral Commissioners website . There you will need to search for Parish & Town Councils Nomination packs  or use the link below. On this page you will be able to download the Guidance for Candidates along with Nomination Pack. You will need to ensure that you have ALL the relevant documents downloaded. Once you have downloaded you will need to print off the documents and complete them. Once you have them completed  you will need to get them proposed and seconded before  delivering them to The Shirehall in Shrewsbury. They must be delivered by HAND. These are the rules of the Electoral Commission .

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When you are ready to deliver your nomination to The Shirehall you will need to book a time slot for them to be checked. Staff will check your application when you hand it in to ensure that it is in order. If any changes need to be made to the papers you will need to be there to make the changes or will have to return at a later time with the corrected papers.

 Please ensure that you do this in good time to ensure that your papers are able to be entered in the Local Election process.

For more information please use the link below Town and parish elections 6 May 2021 | Shropshire Council


Election timetable

  • Deadline for delivery of nomination papers
    4:00 pm Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Publication of statement of persons nominated
    Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April 2021
  • Despatch first batch of postal votes
    aiming to commence 16 April 2021
  • Last date for registration
    midnight Monday 19 April 2021
  • Receipt of postal vote applications
    5:00 pm Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Despatch second batch of postal votes
    aiming to commence 21 April 2021
  • Receipt of proxy vote applications
    5:00 pm Tuesday 27 April 2021​




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