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Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer Vacancy

Uffculme Parish Council is looking to appoint a new Clerk. This is a paid role within the Parish Council, working approximately 15hrs/wk. The position encompasses a wide range of tasks and responsibilities on behalf od the Parish Council. The Parish of Uffculme is a large area and includes Ashill, as well as further rural areas. The Parish Council is made up of 13 Parish Councillors who all have a variety of skills.

The ideal candidate will need to:

  • Be a natural people person with a sense of public duty, to help the Community

  • Have a good deal of common sense

  • Be confident in handling queries and administrative work, and advising on legal protocol

  • Have the ability to be a good organiser and be organised

  • Have good IT skills to include Powerpoint and professional correspondence preparation

  • Be able to prepare monthly meeting agendas and following minutes for Councillor approval

  • Sound knowledge of the preparation and understanding of monthly a yearly financial reports

An outline of the duties of the Parish Clerk will include, but are not limited to:

  • Organising and attending up to 12 Full Council meetings per annum. Held on a weekday evening and lasting approximately 2 hours.

  • Organising and attending up to 12 Planning Committee meetings per annum. Held on a weekday evening and lasting approximately 1 hour.

  • Responsibility for meeting notifications, agenda drafting, minute taking and producing an associated record of full minutes and decisions.

  • Maintaining records of all financial transactions, to include monthly financial statement and produce the annual reconciliation of accounts and reports for audit.

  • Managing all aspects associated with the Cemetery, including dealing with all mandatory burial paperwork.

  • Monitoring all correspondence sent to the Parish Council, then responding or forwarding to Councillors for their action.

  • Liaison with Devon Association of Local Councils (DALC) including on matters of compliance, policy or training.

  • Liaison with Councillors to advise and ensure the Council complies with the appropriate legal processes and procedures.

  • To processing a monthly payroll for 2 employees.

The position is part-time with flexible working hours and is home-based. Full training and equipment will be provided.

For further information in respect of the role or to discuss the position and its scope, please contact the current Clerk, Verity Aldridge, on 01884 693023, or e-mail

You can also apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to or by post to 7 Ashley Road, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3AY.

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